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Weekly Newsletter: May 22 – 28

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Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!

He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, lest they should see with their eyes, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them (John 12:40).

For just as the sun blinds the eyes of the weak… this is also what happens to those who do not give heed to the words of God. Thus, in the case of Pharaoh, God is said to have hardened his heart, and so it is with those who are contentious against the words of God. This is a peculiar mode of speech in Scripture, as in, “He gave them over to a reprobate mind”… that is, He allowed them to go. For the writer does not here introduce God as Himself working these things, but shows that they took place through the wickedness of others. For when we are abandoned by God, we are given up to the devil, and when so given up, we suffer ten thousand dreadful things. To terrify the hearer, therefore, the writer says, “He hardened,” and “He gave over.” For to show that He does not only not give us over, but does not even leave us except when we will it, hear what He says in Isaiah: “Do not your iniquities separate Me and you?”… He says Himself also in the Gospels, “How often would I have gathered your children — and you would not.”  Isaiah also says, “I came, and there was no one; I called, and there was none who listened.” These things He says, to show that we begin the desertion, and become the causes of our perdition; for God not only desires not to leave or to punish us but even when He punishes, does it unwillingly. “I desire not,” He says, “the death of a sinner, but rather that he should turn and live.” Knowing this, let us do everything so as not to remove ourselves from God, but let us instead be concerned about the care of our souls, and the love we have towards each other.  – St. John Chrysostom

 

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This Week’s Schedule:

  • Monday:
    • Midnight Praises: 8:00-9:30pm
  • Tuesday:
    • Bible Study: 7:00-8:30pm (in-person and Facebook)
  • Wednesday:
    • Liturgy: 5:00-7:00am
  • Thursday:
    • Liturgy: 7:30-10:00am
  • Friday:
    • Liturgy: 8:00-10:30am
  • Saturday:
    • Hymns: 5:00-6:00pm
    • Sunday School: 6:00-7:00pm
    • Vespers: 7:00-7:30pm.
    • Midnight Praises: 7:30-10:00am
  • Sunday:
    • Liturgy: 8:00-11:30am
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