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"Now think like a reasonable man and repent. Stop blaspheming, and chant hymns and spiritual songs to the Lord (Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16), not blasphemies, before death comes, for in Hades and after death there is no repentance."

—Elder Philotheos Zervakos

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Sat 23rd May 2015

Today's readings
Epistle: Acts 20:7-12
Acts 20:7-12

Ministering at Troas

7 Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight.

8 There were many lamps in the upper room where they were gathered together.

9 And in a window sat a certain young man named Eutychus, who was sinking into a deep sleep. He was overcome by sleep; and as Paul continued speaking, he fell down from the third story and was taken up dead.

10 But Paul went down, fell on him, and embracing him said, "Do not trouble yourselves, for his life is in him."

11 Now when he had come up, had broken bread and eaten, and talked a long while, even till daybreak, he departed.

12 And they brought the young man in alive, and they were not a little comforted.

Gospel: John 14:10-21
John 14:10-21

10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works.

11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.

The Answered Prayer

12 "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.

13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

14 If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.

Jesus Promises Another Helper

15 "If you love Me, keep My commandments.

16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever--

17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.

18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.

Indwelling of the Father and the Son

19 "A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also.

20 At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.

21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him."


Saint of the Day

The Mandylion 4th April
St Michael the Confessor, Bishop of Synadon

The Divine Apostle, recounting the achievements of the Saints, and setting forth their memorial as an example for us to turn away from earthly things and sin, and emulate their patience and courage in the struggles for virtue, says, "therefore we also are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every burden, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us" (Heb 12:1).

Guided by the teaching of the Holy Scriptures and Apostolic Tradition, we honour the Saints, who are friends of God who keep His commandments, are shining examples of virtue, and are benefactors of mankind. Of course, we honour the known Saints on their own day of the year. However, many Saints are unknown and their number increases with time, so the Church has appointed that once a year a common commemoration be made of all the Saints on All Saints Day. This is the harvest of the coming of the Holy Spirit into the world; it is the "much fruit" brought forth by that "Grain of wheat that fell into the earth and died" (John 12:24); it is the glorification of the Saints as "the foundation of the Church, the Gospel''''s perfection, they who fulfilled in deed the sayings of the Saviour" (Sunday of All Saints, Doxasticon of Vespers). (read more)

Also celebrating:

Mary the Myrrhbearer & wife of Cleopas

Meletios the Commander & his Companion Martyrs


His Eminence

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Calendar

18 Mon

Holy Martyrs: Peter, Dionysius, Andrew, Paul, Christina, Heracles, Paulinus and Benedimus

Euphrasia the Martyr of Nicea

Julian the Martyr

19 Tue

St Patrick the Hieromartyr and Bishop of Proussa and his Companions

Our Righteous Father Memnonus the Wonderworker

Theotima & Kyriake the Martyrs

20 WedFish Allowed

Dismissal Feast of Pascha

Martyr Thalalaios and his Companions

Mark the Hermit

21 Thu

ASCENSION OF OUR LORD

Sts Constantine and Helen

Pachomios the Righteous New Martyr

22 FriOil & Wine Allowed

St Vasilikos the Martyr, Bishop of Comana

Holy New Martyrs Demetrius and Paul of Tripoli

John-Vladimir, Ruler of Serbia

23 Sat

St Michael the Confessor, Bishop of Synadon

Mary the Myrrhbearer & wife of Cleopas

Meletios the Commander & his Companion Martyrs

24 Sun

Fathers of the 1st Council

St Symeon the Stylite

St Hilarion