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Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria & All Africa Archdiocese of Good Hope
ALL GLORY, HONOUR AND WORSHIP TO THE FATHER, AND TO THE SON, AND TO THE HOLY SPIRIT, NOW AND EVER,AND UNTO THE AGES OF AGES. AMEN.REMEMBERING ALSO OUR MOST HOLY, MOST PURE, MOST BLESSED AND GLORIOUS LADY, MARIA, BIRTH GIVER OFGOD, YET EVER VIRGIN, TOGETHER WITH ALL THE SAINTS. AND LET US COMMIT OURSELVES AND ONE ANOTHER ANDOUR WHOLE LIFE TO CHRIST OUR GOD. AMEN.
Sunday After Pentecost Tone 1
6 June 20102
Sunday of St Matthew – Fishers of Men Feast of St Hilarion the New – Abbot of the Dalmation Monastery; St Bessarion Wonderworker of Egypt; St Martha,St Mary, St Cyris, St Valeria & St Marcia – Virgin Martyrs of Caesarea
RESURRECTION APOLYTIKIONRESURRECTION APOLYTIKIONRESURRECTION APOLYTIKIONRESURRECTION APOLYTIKION –––– TONE 1TONE 1TONE 1TONE 1
ou lithou sfragisthentos ipo ton Ioudeon ke stratiotonfilassonton to ahranton Sou Soma, Anestis trimeros,Sotir, Doroumenos to kosmo tin Zoin. Dia touto eDinamis ton Ouranon evoon si Zoodota. Doxa ti Anastasi Sou, Hriste! Doxa ti Vasilia Sou! Doxa ti Ikonomia Sou, mone Filanthrope!
hile the stone was sealed by the Jews, and soldiers stood on guard over Thy Body undefiled, Thou rose on thethird day, O Saviour, Who grants Life to the world. For which cause the Heavenly Powers cried aloud to Thee: O Giver of Life: Glory to Thy Resurrection, O Christ! Glory to Thy Kingdom! Glory to Thy Providence, O Thou Who alone Loves mankind!
KONTAKION OF THE EVER BLESSED THEOTOKOSKONTAKION OF THE EVER BLESSED THEOTOKOSKONTAKION OF THE EVER BLESSED THEOTOKOSKONTAKION OF THE EVER BLESSED THEOTOKOS
ton Hristianon akateskhinte, mesitia pros tonPiitin ametathete, mi Paridis, amartolon deiseon fonas,alla profthason os agathi, is tin voithian imon, tonpistos kravgazonton Si: Tahinon is presvian, kespefson is ikesian, i prostatevousa ai, Theotoke, tontimonton se.
Protection of the Christians unashamable, Mediation to the Creator Immovable, despise not, the pleading voices of those in sin, but hasten O Good One, to the Help of all of us, who in Faith cry out to Thee: speed up ThineIntercession, and press on Thy Supplication, O Theotokos who always protects all those who honour Thee!
Resurrection Gospel 2 : Mark 16 : 1 – 8
THE HOLY MYRRHBEARERS WITNESS THE EMPTY TOMB OF OUR RISEN LORD & SAVIOUR, JESUS CHRIST
ave mercy on us, O Lord, as we have set our Hope on Thee!
ejoice in the Lord, all Righteous men!
The Epistle of St Paul to the Romans 2 : 10 - 16
WE ARE REMINDED THAT OUR CONSCIENCE WILL JUDGE US FIRST BEFORE THE FINAL JUDGEMENT OF CHRIST OUR LORD AND SAVIWE ARE REMINDED THAT OUR CONSCIENCE WILL JUDGE US FIRST BEFORE THE FINAL JUDGEMENT OF CHRIST OUR LORD AND SAVIWE ARE REMINDED THAT OUR CONSCIENCE WILL JUDGE US FIRST BEFORE THE FINAL JUDGEMENT OF CHRIST OUR LORD AND SAVIWE ARE REMINDED THAT OUR CONSCIENCE WILL JUDGE US FIRST BEFORE THE FINAL JUDGEMENT OF CHRIST OUR LORD AND SAVIOUROUROUROUR
Brethren: Glory, Honour and Peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Hebrew first and also to the Greek. For
there is no partiality with God. For as many as have sinned without Law will also perish without Law, and as many as
have sinned in
the Law will be judged by the Law (for not the hearers of the Law are Just in the Sight of God, but the
doers of the Law will be Justified; for when Gentiles, who do not have the Law, by nature do the things in the Law,
these, although not having the Law,
as a law to themselves, who show the Work of the Law written in their hearts, their
conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them) in the Day
when God will Judge the secrets of mankind by Jesus Chris
t, according to my Gospel.
Even as believing Christians,
WE MUST NOT TAKE THEOUTCOME OF GOD’S FINAL JUDGEMENT FOR GRANTED!
In every Divine Liturgy Orthodox Christians pray: “
For a good Defence before the dread Judgement Seat of Christ, let us pray to the Lord: Lord havemercy!”
St Paul’s Epistle to the Romans (2:2-16) describes God’s Judgement, showing how
WE CAN PREPARE OURSELVES
GOD’S RIGHTEOUS JUDGEMENT
ACCORDING TO TRUTH – GOD’S TRUTH
NOTHING ISHIDDEN FROM GOD
Who sees everything and Whoknows the Truth about every human being. Ourgreatest deception is the belief that anything can be“secret” or “hidden” and thinking that there is noDivine Judgement!
ACCORDING TO IMPENITENT HEARTS
THOSE WHO AREUNREPENTANT, STUBBORN AND IN A STATE OF SPIRITUAL DEATH DESPISE GOD’S INFINITEGOODNESS, THEREBY ACCUMULATING THE WRATHOF GOD AT THE FINAL JUDGEMENT.
A repentant soul who is in a state of Spiritual Life is grateful forGod’s Infinite Patience and Blessings, abiding inChrist and practising
A LIFETIME OF REPENTANCE
PRODUCES SPIRITUAL CONFIDENCE
beforeour Lord at the Final Judgement.
ACCORDING TO OUR DEEDS
: The “
” is not an attempt at gaining special merits with our Lord.Rather it means
ENJOYING THE UNITY OF INTENTIONS WITH ACTIONS
– i.e. Faith with Works –
OUR FAITH MOTIVATES AND COMPELS US TO DOGOOD DEEDS AT ALL TIMES, WITHOUT EXPECTING ANYTHING IN RETURN.
Even unbelievers arerewarded for their good deeds, apart from SpiritualUnderstanding.
” MEANS WHATEVER WE DO ISEXCLUSIVELY FOR THE GLORY, HONOUR ANDWORSHIP OF GOD
and never for our ownglorification or to receive the
COMPLIMENTS OF OTHERS
, which can
CAUSE OUR SPIRITUAL DEATH THROUGH VANITY, GREED, ETC.
By humbly seeking only the Glory of God through our gooddeeds, we receive the Eternal Reward of Immortality –Eternal Life in God’s Heavenly Kingdom of EverlastingLove/Agape.
GOOD DEEDS MAY BENEFIT OTHERS BUT THEY WILL NOT BENEFIT US AT ALL UNLESS WE
SEEK FIRST THEKINGDOM OF GOD
. Therefore, if we only commit ourselves to doing any gooddeeds so that others will praise us and admire us, that
TEMPORARY GLORY BECOMES AN ACCUSATION AGAINST US, THE CONSEQUENCES OF WHICH WILL WEIGHHEAVILY AGAINST US IN ETERNITY!
GOOD INTENTIONS ALONE, OR FAITH WITHOUT WORKS,WILL NOT SAVE OUR SOULS FROM CONDEMNATION!
Simply to hear but
to do is false faith – faith without any foundation or reality. Those who have True Faith are the doers of God’s Truthand they
CEASELESSLY PRACTISE VIRTUE FROM PURE AND REPENTANT HEARTS
” – i.e.
BY OUR HUMAN NATURE THAT ISCREATED AND ENLIVENED BY GOD, WE
AREINSPIRED BY AND CO-OPERATE WITH GOD’S DIVINEGRACE.
GOOD DEEDS ARE NATURAL TOUS
while wicked deeds are contrary to our human,intellectual nature!
Because we all fail sooner or later,
WE ALWAYS NEEDGOD’S DIVINE MERCY.
THE PRESENCE OF DIVINE LAW – THE LAW OF GOD –WITHIN OUR CONSCIENCE CONDEMNS ANYTHING WEDO THAT IS CONTRARY OR AGAINST OUR TRUE,PERFECTLY CREATED HUMAN NATURE.
Therefore, even Gentiles – those who are not under the Oldor New Covenant with God – have a natural, internal