Epistle: 2 Corinthians 11:31-12:9
Gospel: Luke 16:19-31
Schedule of Services:
-Saturday, October 29th, Great Vespers at 4pm.
-Sunday, October 30th, Divine Liturgy at 10am. Hours begin at 9:40am.
-Thank you to Matushka Mary for hosting today’s coffee hour. Your efforts are greatly appreciated!
-We are in need of a host for the Oct. 30th coffee hour.
-Please remember those in need. We are especially in need of Shop Rite gift cards. Place them in the blue box on the candle stand.
-Fr. Tristan will offer an adult education sessions at coffee hour on Sunday, Nov. 6th and Sunday, Dec. 4th.
-In regards to the pierogi making workshop, potato peeling and set up will occur on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 9 a.m. Our pierogi making will take place on Sat. Oct. 29. If you are able to attend, please sign up for Potato peeling on Oct. 27th at 9 a.m. and pierogi making on Oct. 29th. We need a minimum of 15 full time people for the duration of the day, for a smooth operation of all the pierogi making stations. If you are unable to stay for the full day, please indicate the time slot during which you will be able to help. Thank you.
-Finally, next Saturday, Great Vespers will begin at 4pm. We will keep this time for now as the starting time of Great Vespers, seeing as the sun is begin to set early, and the time change is coming soon.
Living: Melissa, Helen, John, Darlette, Steven, Janet, Teresa, Irina, Alla,
Ira, Victor; the suffering people and innocent victims of the Ukrainian/Russian war; the suffering people of Yemen, Syria, and Palestine.
Words for the Day:
The Church is holy, although there are sinners within her. Those who sin, but who cleanse themselves with true repentance, do not keep the Church from being holy. But unrepentant sinners are cut off, whether visibly by Church authority, or invisible by the judgement of God, from the body of the Church. And so in this regard the Church remains holy.
(St. Philaret of Moscow, Catechesis)
Don't be deceived regarding the knowledge of what will be after your death: what you sow here, you will reap ther. After leaving here, no one can make progress. Here is the work, there the reward; here the struggle, there the crowns.
(St. Barsanuphius the Great, Instructions, 606)
Next Week’s Readings:
Epistle: Galatians 1:11-19. For I would have you know, brothers, that the gospel that was preached by me is not man's gospel. For I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ. For you have heard of my former life in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God violently and tried to destroy it. And I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people, so extremely zealous was I for the traditions of my fathers. But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with anyone; nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me, but I went away into Arabia, and returned again to Damascus. Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to visit Cephas and remained with him fifteen days. But I saw none of the other apostles except James the Lord's brother
Gospel: Luke 8:26-39. Then they sailed to the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. When Jesus had stepped out on land, there met him a man from the city who had demons. For a long time he had worn no clothes, and he had not lived in a house but among the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell down before him and said with a loud voice,
“What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, do not torment me.” For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. (For many a time it had seized him. He was kept under guard and bound with chains and shackles, but he would break the bonds and be driven by the demon into the desert.) Jesus then asked him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion,” for many demons had entered him. And they begged him not to command them to depart into the abyss. Now a large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside, and they begged him to let them enter these. So he gave them permission. Then the demons came out of the man and entered the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and drowned. When the herdsmen saw what had happened, they fled and told it in the city and in the country. Then people went out to see what had happened, and they came to Jesus and found the man from whom the demons had gone, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid. And those who had seen it told them how the demon-possessed man had been healed. Then all the people of the surrounding country of the Gerasenes asked him to depart from them, for they were seized with great fear. So he got into the boat and returned. The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, “Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him.