Monthly Archives: February 2018

WEEKLY CHURCH PROGRAM | 18 – 24 FEBRUARY 2018

SUNDAY 18 FEBRUARY
† Cheesefare Sunday | Matthew 6: 14-21
• 7.30 – 11.00am  Orthros and Divine Liturgy

 


MONDAY 19 FEBRUARY
† CLEAN MONDAY – FAST FOR GREAT LENT BEGINS
• 5.00pm Service of Great Compline with 1st section of Great Canon Continue reading

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WEEKLY PROGRAM | 11 – 18 FEBRUARY 2018

SUNDAY 11 FEBRUARY
† Judgement, Meatfare Sunday | Matthew 25: 31-46
• 7.30 – 11.00am  Orthros and Divine Liturgy

This week’s readings:

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On DESPAIR

St Seraphim of Sarov writes on despair: ‘As the Lord works for our salvation, so the devil, that killer of men, works to lead man into despair.’ Judas the betrayer was little of soul and untested in battle, and therefore the devil, seeing him in despair, attacked him and forced him to suicide. But Peter, the firm rock, when he fell into great sin in the testing time of battle, did not despair nor lose the presence of the Spirit, but wept bitterly from a full heart, and the devil seeing this, fled from him as from a flaming fire. And, my brethren, St Antiochus teaches that, when despair descends upon us, we must not surrender to it but, strengthened and protected by our holy Faith, say resolutely to the wicked spirit: ‘What hast thou to do with us, thou who hast fallen away from God, thou fugitive from heaven and slave of wickedness? Thou darest in no wise do us harm, for Christ the Son of God has dominion over us and over all. But thou, O thou murderer, get thee away from us! Strengthened by His precious Cross, we trample upon thy serpent head!’

Source:
Bishop St Nikolai Velimirovic,  Prologue from Ochrid

 

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The “Last Judgement”: Meat-Fare Sunday

~ Matthew 25:31-46
~ “When the Son of Man shall come” Matthew 21:31-46

Dear brethren, today’s gospel reading tells us about the Second Coming of Jesus. When Christ came the first time, He came as a very humble infant to the stable of Bethlehem. The second time He will come in His glory and in His dignity. The first time He came, many people did not notice His arrival and instead of giving Him a throne to sit on they put Him on the cross. Next time He will come sitting on the throne of His glory to judge the living and the dead. Upon His first arrival angels escorted His entrance into the world. Upon His second coming angels will accompany Him again, “And all the angels with Him”. Continue reading

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St. Kosmos: Hatred is the Devil’s Poison

∼ Words from the Church Fathers ∼

Even if we perform upon thousands of good works, my brethren: fasts, prayers, almsgiving; even if we shed our blood for our Christ and we don’t have these two loves (love of God and love of brethren), but on the contrary have hatred and malice toward our brethren, all the good we have done is of the devil and we go to hell. But, you say, we go to hell despite all the good we do because of that little hatred?

Yes, my brethren, because that hatred is the devil’s poison, and just as when we put a little yeast in a hundred pounds of flour it has such power that it causes all the dough to rise, so it is with hatred. It transforms all the good we have done into the devil’s poison.

~ St. Kosmas Aitolos, The Life of St. Kosmas Aitolos Together with an English Translation of His Teaching and Letters, Translated by Nomikos Michael Vaporis

“The outward man perishes through fasting and self-control, but the more he does so, the more the inward man is renewed…”

~ St. Gregory Palamas, “Homilies”

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