Gospel for the Second Sunday of Luke
The Lord said, “As you wish that men would do to you, do so to them. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the selfish. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.”
Saints and Feasts:
Mardonios & Stratonikos, the Martyrs
Gregory the Illuminator, Bishop of Armenia
This Saint, a Parthian by race, was the son of Anak. He was born about the year 240 and was taught the Faith of Christ in Caesarea of Cappadocia. He entered the service of Tiridates, King of Armenia, but when discovered to be a Christian, he was subjected to many horrible torments at the King’s hands, then was cast into a pit of mire with poisonous serpents and left to die. By the power of God, however, he abode there unharmed for fourteen years, his needs provided by a certain widow, until he was made known by revelation and set free. He converted to piety innumerable multitudes of Armenians, including Tiridates himself, and was consecrated bishop by Leontius, Archbishop of Caesarea, to shepherd the vast flock he had gained for Christ. He spent the last part of his life in retirement in the ascetical discipline and reposed in peace about the year 325. Saint Gregory is honoured as the Illuminator of Armenia.
Romanos the Melodist Saint Romanos flourished during the reign of Anastasius (491-518). He was from Emesa of Syria, and apparently was born of Jewish parents, for a hymn written in his honour in Greek says he was “of Hebrew stock,” and it has furthermore been noted that he uses many Semitic idioms in his writings. He was baptized an Orthodox Christian, and at some time became a deacon in the Church of Beirut. He was the first composer of the kontakia, the foremost of which is that of the feast of Christ’s Nativity, On this day the Virgin …. In composing many of his kontakia. Saint Romanos was inspired by the hymns of Saint Ephraim of Syria
Wisdom of the Fathers:
Let us then, bearing in mind all the things which have been said, show forth great love even towards our enemies; and let us ease away that ridiculous custom, to which many of the more thoughtless give way, waiting for those that meet them to address them first.
St. John Chrysostom Homily 18 on Matthew 5, 4th Century
Food for Thought:
from the Sunday epistle: St. Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians 9: 6-11. “He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.” He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your resources and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way for great generosity, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.
Additional Reading: Prayer of Parents for Their Children
O God, our heavenly Father, who loves mankind and are most merciful and compassionate, have mercy upon my children, for whom I humbly pray and whom I commend to Your gracious care and protection. O God be their guide and guardian in all their endeavors. Lead them in the path of Your truth, and draw them nearer to you, that they may lead a godly life in love and fear, doing your will in all things. Give them grace, that they may be temperate, industrious, diligent, devout and charitable. Defend them against the assaults of the enemy, and grant them wisdom and strength to resist all temptations and the corruption of this Life Direct them in a way of salvation, through the merits of Your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, and the intercessions of His Holy Mother, and your blessed saints. Amen
Todayâ€™s Events, Tomorrowâ€™s Announcements:
Greek Dancing Lessons 101: by Roula Leristis starting Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 6:00 PM, at the Hellenic Hall.
National Church Musician Sunday
On October 7, 2018, the Sunday following the Feast of St. Romanos the Melodist, (patron saint of church musicians) we will honor our own church musicians, choirs, chanters and readers here at St George. Anyone who participates in singing, reading and chanting will be call forward for a special blessing. May God bless your ministry, and may He grant you all many years.
Teaching Liturgy Sunday, October 14, 2018
Children of all ages are encouraged to come to the solea (in front of the iconostasis) to come close to the table and witness the progression of the liturgical service. Fr. Constantine will pause periodically during the liturgy to explain the historical background and theological significance to these segments.
Todayâ€™s Coffee Hour is being sponsored by the mother and daughter team, Vasilissa Balkanikos, Stella Balkanikos, and Georgia Anderson.
Attending to the Needs of Others: If you or anyone you know is sick, please see or contact Fr. Constantine directly cell phone
978-314-4992 or email: email@example.com.
Sacraments and Other Services:
(Baptism, Chrismation, Confession, Communion, Holy Matrimony, and Holy Unction, 40-day Churching of the Mother and Child, Memorial Service or House Blessings) Please see or contact Fr. Constantine.
Receiving Communion in the Orthodox Church:
The Eucharist, the principal sacrament mystery of the Orthodox Church, is not so much a text to be studied, but rather an experience of communion with the Living God in which prayer, music, gestures, the material creation, art and architecture come into full orchestration. The Eucharist is a celebration of faith which touches not only the mind but also the emotions and the senses.
Fr. Thomas Fitzgerald
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