The place the place heaven and earth are united
As a priest, I bear the superior burden of providing the Holy Oblation earlier than the Throne of God, on behalf of all of the individuals who’s names are submitted to the monastery, and who’re Orthodox. I provide for my non secular youngsters, and even for the entire world. I commemorate my very own beloved dad and mom, Albert and Dolores, who each transformed to the Orthodox Religion whereas of their mid seventies, and who each lived a few years in Orthodoxy earlier than reposing within the Lord.
I keep in mind my finest buddy in faculty, Russell, who, like myself, transformed from Lutheranism to Orthodoxy, and died on the age of 56, within the pastoral care of my buddy Archpriest Nicholas Letten. I provide the Holy Oblation for the individuals who usually attend the Sunday and Holy Day Liturgies, right here in our monastery’s temple. I provide, like all monks, the Holy Oblation for our nation, our civil authorities, and our armed forces. I provide the Eucharistic sacrifice for our Holy Patriarch Kirill, our Metropolitan Hilarion, for Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco, and my Bishop Theodosy of Seattle. I provide the Oblation for all those that have nobody to hope for them, and for individuals who have died, however are forgotten. I provide the Holy Sacrifice for all of the clergy of the Seattle space, and for my brother monks of the diocese. I provide the Holy Sacrifice for myself.
As a priest, I’m a Servant of the Altar, and after I stand earlier than the holy desk I’m certain along with each priest who has ever served, and with everybody who has laid down his life for Christ, as a martyr. I’m certain to each Christian who has ever lived. I’m certain to Christ in His Everlasting Kingdom whereby the Heavenly Banquet is eternally celebrated, eternally provided, and am falling down, along with all of the heavenly hosts, in worship of the Holy Trinity.
The entire of the cosmos is united collectively on this heavenly providing, for it’s the very supply of Life itself. This providing shouldn’t be merely a “image” or “memorial” of one thing that passed off prior to now, however a spot the place we meet the Everlasting God, for Christ mentioned, “he who eats of My Physique, and drinks of my Blood, has life”. Inside this celebration we enter into the place the place there may be neither time, nor house, and we enter into the Heavenly Kingdom, the place the Church Triumphant (in heaven) unites with the Church Militant (on earth). We enter into the Communion of Saints!
I’m a proponent of frequent communion as a result of we want the Eucharist. It sustains us, encourages us, fortifies us, heals us, transforms us. The early Christians obtain at any time when they gathered collectively, for they knew the communal participation within the Eucharistic banquet, was life giving.
With love in Christ,
Thursday July 11, 2019 / June 28, 2019
4th Week after Pentecost. Tone two.
Apostles’ (Peter & Paul) Quick. Fish Allowed
Translation of the relics (412) of the Holy and Wonderworking Unmercenaries Cyrus and John (311).
Venerables Sergius and Herman (14th c.), abbots of Valaam.
New Hieromartyr Basil, deacon (1918).
Virgin-martyr Sebastiana (1938).
New Hieromartyr Gregory, deacon (1940).
Venerable Xenophon, abbot of Robeika (Novgorod) (1262).
Venerable Paul the Doctor of Corinth (seventh c.).
Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos “Of the Three Arms” (eighth c.).
Venarable Sergius of Crete.
Venerable Moses the Anchorite.
St. Sennuphius the Customary-bearer of Egypt (4th c.).
St. Austol of Cornwall (sixth c.) (Celtic & British).
Hieromartyr Donatus of Libya (Greek).
Three Martyrs of Galatia (Greek).
70 Martyrs of Scythopolis (Greek).
Martyr Pappias (Greek).
Martyr Macedonius (Greek).
Venerable Magnus, monk who reposed whereas praying to the Lord (Greek).
Martyrs Serenus, Plutarchus, Heraclides, Heron, Raiso, and others in Alexandria (202).
The Scripture Readings
13 For I converse to you Gentiles; inasmuch as I’m an apostle to the Gentiles, I amplify my ministry, 14 if by any means I could provoke to jealousy those that are my flesh and save a few of them. 15 For if their being forged away is the reconciling of the world, what is going to their acceptance be however life from the useless?
16 For if the firstfruit is holy, the lump can also be holy; and if the basis is holy, so are the branches. 17 And if a number of the branches have been damaged off, and also you, being a wild olive tree, have been grafted in amongst them, and with them turned a partaker of the basis and fatness of the olive tree, 18 don’t boast in opposition to the branches. However should you do boast, do not forget that you don’t assist the basis, however the root helps you.
19 You’ll say then, “Branches have been damaged off that I may be grafted in.” 20 Properly mentioned. Due to unbelief they have been damaged off, and also you stand by religion. Don’t be haughty, however concern. 21 For if God didn’t spare the pure branches, He might not spare you both. 22 Due to this fact think about the goodness and severity of God: on those that fell, severity; however towards you, goodness, should you proceed in His goodness. In any other case you additionally can be reduce off. 23 They usually additionally, if they don’t proceed in unbelief, can be grafted in, for God is ready to graft them in once more. 24 For should you have been reduce out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and have been grafted opposite to nature right into a cultivated olive tree, how way more will these, who’re pure branches, be grafted into their very own olive tree?
27 All issues have been delivered to Me by My Father, and nobody is aware of the Son besides the Father. Nor does anybody know the Father besides the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to disclose Him. 28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will provide you with relaxation. 29 Take My yoke upon you and be taught from Me, for I’m light and lowly in coronary heart, and you will discover relaxation on your souls.30 For My yoke is straightforward and My burden is mild.”