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Life of the Orthodox Church as a divine-human organism, whose head is the Lord Jesus Christ (Col.1: 24), and all the faithful, united with Him in one body, based on the sacrament of the Eucharist , committed during the Divine Liturgy. It is in the Eucharist, the faithful are not only recognized, but mysteriously, inexplicably made their unity with the head of the Church of Lord Jesus Christ and one another. In its entirety carried words of the Apostle Paul: "And you - the body of Christ, and - Member (1Kor.12: 27), which was reflected in the name of the service - the Liturgy (Greek λειτουργία – «Service, common cause» ).
An important part of the Divine Liturgy is the reading of Scripture. Apostolic and Gospel readings, which are heard believers in the Divine Liturgy, immerse them in the atmosphere of the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ, make believers of the gospel complicit in the events history. Thus the words of Scripture carry not only the educational role, but are the basis for the proper spiritual and moral attitude, preparing for the encounter with Christ in the Sacrament of the Eucharist. Understanding the Christian meaning and significance for himself heard in the church during the Liturgy of the Word of the Savior, and their uptake by the natural inclusion into their lives, is one of the steps in the ladder of ascent of man from earth to heaven.
In the section of our site "Small Easter" are published both the Gospel texts of Scripture, which offers a faithful Orthodox Church in the coming Sunday afternoon, and the patristic heritage, which helps to understand, grasp and remove the spiritual and moral benefit from the Gospel reading we hear in coming Sunday.


 

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Monday January 21, 2019 / January 8, 2019

35th Week after Pentecost. Tone one.

St. George the Chozebite, abbot (7th c.) and St. Emilian Bishop of Cyzicus (9th c.). Venerable Domnica of Constantinople (395). Venerable Gregory, wonderworker of the Kiev Caves (1093). Venerable Gregory, hermit of the Kiev Caves (14th c.). Hieromartyr Isidore and 72 companions at Yuriev (Dorpats) in Estonia, slain by the Latins in 1472. New Hieromartyr Victor priest (1937). New Hieromartyrs Demetrius, Vladimir priests, Paphnutius, Martyr Michael (1938). New Hieromartyr Basil priest (1939). Martyr John (1940). St. Michael confessor, priest (1941). Venerable Paisius of Uglich (1504). Hieromartyr Carterius of Caesarea in Cappadocia (304). Martyrs Theophilus the Deacon and Helladius in Libya (4th c.). Martyrs Julian and his wife Basilissa, and with them Marcionilla and her son Celsus, Anthony, Anastasius, seven children, and twenty soldiers, at Antinoe in Egypt (313). Venerable Elias the Hermit of Egypt (4th c.). Martyr Abo the Perfumer of Baghdad, who suffered at Tbilisi, Georgia (786) (Georgia). Sts. Atticus (425) and Cyrus (714), patriarchs of Constantinople. Venerable Agatho of Egypt, monk (4th c.) Holy Virgin Gudula of Brussels (659) (Celtic & British). St. Gregory of Ochrid, bishop of Moesia (1012) (Bulgaria). St. Severinus, apostle of Noricum, Austria (482). St. Theodore of Constantinople (595). St. Erhard, bishop of Regensburg (Bavaria) (700). St. Emilian the Confessor, bishop of Cyzicus (9th c.). St. Macarius (Macres) of Vatopedi, Mt. Athos (1431). St. Severin, bishop of Cologne (397). St. Nathalan of Aberdeenshire. St. Pega, hermitess, of Peakirk. St. Wulsin, bishop of Sherborne.
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