Getting into into the Silence
All Orthodox Christians are conscious of the significance of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving in our journey to God. These three practices are on the coronary heart of the Nice Lenten Quick. Prayer is our approach of speaking with God each day, and fasting days (Wednesday and Friday) are known as for all through the Church Yr. As Christians, we’re additionally obligated to present alms to the poor, as demonstrated all through the New Testomony. But we frequently overlook the good non secular observe of coming into into the Silence as a option to uncover ourselves, and deepen our expertise with God’s presence.
At present’s technological developments have launched noise into our lives in methods unthinkable to the ancients. No more than 100 years in the past, most households discovered silence as an on a regular basis expertise, for when the solar went down, households nestled into heat corners of their parlors, and their kitchens, typically studying books, or just watching a crackling hearth. Together with this quieting down of the day, silence was a part of each night. Orthodox households have been particularly cognisant of the necessity to spend quiet time on the eve of the Sunday Liturgy, in addition to nice feasts of the Church, realizing that this silence served as a preparation time for receiving Christ’s Physique and Blood, in the course of the celebration of the upcoming Liturgy.
Maintaining silence by turning off radios and tv units, muting iPods, and turning off computer systems, is a splendid approach of permitting everybody within the household to expertise the silence that enables us to pay attention for the voice of God, talking in our hearts. Refraining from dialog, music, and all types of leisure for simply an hour or two, helps open us to an expertise of God that has develop into international to most fashionable People.
Silence is the means by which we could entry and deepen our relationship with God, and develop self-knowledge. Silence permits us to reside extra harmoniously in our world, and really pay attention for the voice of God talking to our hearts. Saint Theophilus, Patriarch of Alexandria, positioned the advantage of silence on par with the religion itself in a synodal letter from AD 400. “Monks—in the event that they want to be what they’re known as—will love silence and the catholic religion, for nothing in any respect is extra vital than these two issues.” This invitation into the silence is just not for monks solely.
With love in Christ,
Sunday July 14, 2019 / July 1, 2019
4th Sunday after Pentecost. Tone three.
Venerables Tikhon, Basil and Nikon Sokolovsky (16th c.) (movable vacation on the first Sunday after June 29th).
St. Arsenius, bishop of Tver (movable vacation on the first Sunday after June 29th).
Synaxis of saints of Tver (movable vacation on the first Sunday after June 29th).
Hieromartirs Neophytus, Jonah, Neophytus, Jonah, and Parthenius of Lampsacus (movable vacation on the first Sunday after June 27th).
Synaxis of All Saints of Pskov-Pechers (movable vacation on the 4th Sunday of Pentecost).
Holy and Wonderworking Unmercenaries Cosmas and Damian, martyrs at Rome.
New Hieromartyr Arcadius priest (1918).
New Hieromartyr Alexis deacon (1942).
Martyr Potitus at Naples (2nd c.).
Venerable Peter the Patrician, monk, of Constantinople (854).
St. Angelina, despotina of Serbia (16th c.).
Venerable Nicodemus of Svyatogorsk (1809).
Translation of the relics of Venerable John of Rila (946) from Turnovo to Rila (1470) (Bulgaria).
Holy Julius and Aaron, protomartyrs of Wales (ca. 304) (Celtic & British).
St. Servanus, Apostle of Western Fife of East Scotland (sixth c.) (Celtic & British).
St. Leontius, bishop of Radauti in Moldavia (15th c.) (Romania).
Venerable Gallus, bishop of Clermont (551) (Gaul).
25 Martyrs in Nicomedia (Greek).
Venerable Basil, founding father of the Monastery of the Deep Stream in Cappadocia (10th c.) (Greek).
Martyr Constantine the Wonderworker and people with him, of Cyprus (Greek).
St. Leo the Hermit (Greek).
St. Serf, bishop of Kinross.
St. Eparchius the Recluse of Gaul (581)
He Is Risen
24 Now on the primary day of the week, very early within the morning, they, and sure different ladies with them, got here to the tomb bringing the spices which that they had ready. 2 However they discovered the stone rolled away from the tomb. three Then they went in and didn’t discover the physique of the Lord Jesus. four And it occurred, as they have been tremendously perplexed about this, that behold, two males stood by them in shining clothes. 5 Then, as they have been afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they mentioned to them, “Why do you search the residing among the many useless? 6 He isn’t right here, however is risen! Keep in mind how He spoke to you when He was nonetheless in Galilee, 7 saying, ‘The Son of Man should be delivered into the fingers of sinful males, and be crucified, and the third day rise once more.’ ”
Eight They usually remembered His phrases. 9 Then they returned from the tomb and advised all this stuff to the eleven and to all the remainder. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mom of James, and the opposite ladies with them, who advised this stuff to the apostles. 11 And their phrases appeared to them like idle tales, and they didn’t imagine them. 12 However Peter arose and ran to the tomb; and stooping down, he noticed the linen cloths mendacity by themselves; and he departed, marveling to himself at what had occurred.
18 And having been let loose from sin, you turned slaves of righteousness. 19 I communicate in human phrases due to the weak spot of your flesh. For simply as you introduced your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness resulting in extra lawlessness, so now current your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness.
20 For once you have been slaves of sin, you have been free in regard to righteousness. 21 What fruit did you have got then within the issues of which you at the moment are ashamed? For the top of these issues is dying. 22 However now having been let loose from sin, and having develop into slaves of God, you have got your fruit to holiness, and the top, eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is dying, however the present of God is everlasting life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Jesus Heals a Centurion’s Servant
5 Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion got here to Him, pleading with Him, 6 saying, “Lord, my servant is mendacity at house paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.”
7 And Jesus mentioned to him, “I’ll come and heal him.”
Eight The centurion answered and mentioned, “Lord, I’m not worthy that You need to come underneath my roof. However solely communicate a phrase, and my servant will likely be healed. 9 For I additionally am a person underneath authority, having troopers underneath me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to a different, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do that,’ and he does it.”
10 When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and mentioned to those that adopted, “Assuredly, I say to you, I’ve not discovered such nice religion, not even in Israel! 11 And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob within the kingdom of heaven. 12 However the sons of the dominion will likely be solid out into outer darkness. There will likely be weeping and gnashing of tooth.” 13 Then Jesus mentioned to the centurion, “Go your approach; and as you have got believed, so let it’s accomplished for you.” And his servant was healed that very same hour.