Thursday, January 23, 2014

St Timothy

 Dear Students and Friends,

Yesterday was the feast day of St Timothy. St Timothy was an apostle of St Paul, of whom Paul wrote that Timothy was like a son to him. The letters to St Timothy are full of advice and thoughts on how to live in a fallen world and are thus very encouraging!

Study a bit about St Timothy. You can earn credits for doing so and be edified by this young man's ministry. Here are some activities:
Troparion — Tone 4
Having learned goodness and maintaining continence in all things, / you were arrayed with a good conscience as befits a priest. / From the chosen Vessel you drew ineffable mysteries; / you kept the faith, and finished a course equal to His. / Bishop martyr Timothy, entreat Christ God that our souls may be saved.

Kontakion — Tone 1
Let us the faithful praise the Holy Apostle Timothy, / the companion of Paul in his travels and together with him / let us honor the wise Anastasius, who came as a star from Persia / for the healing of the passions of our souls and the diseases of our bodies.

St Timothy, pray for us!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Prayer of the Week: Our Lord's Baptism

Dear Students and Friends,

Father Andrew of St Luke Church offers this prayer for our meditation:

O Lord, You sanctified the water through Your baptism. You were present when Moses sweetened the waters of Marah; present when he struck the rock and water flowed out. You were present when Isaiah parted the Jordan river and ascended to heaven; present when Joshua carried the Ark of the Covenant across the Jordan into the Holy Land. As we reenact Your Holy Baptism by blessing the water, so be present with us and send Your Holy Spirit upon us so that living water will flow from our hearts and we will be baptized with holy fire. May we experience that river which flows from Your throne in the new Jerusalem. We pray in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Pray this prayer as you need, remembering we are washed by our Lord.

You may also answer this question that Father poses regarding this Bible Verse:

And he showed me a river of water of life, bright as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb (Rev 22:1). What else will we experience from God's Holy River? (See Rev 22:2.)

To receive one credit, you can send your answer here (else10-at-gmail-dot-com) and to Father (oandrey-at-aol-dot-com) for anonymous posting to the St Luke website.

May you be blessed in your prayers!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Read: St Chrysostom's Sermon on the Theophany

Dear Students and Friends,

Today we celebrate the Theophany and Baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ, the day in which He was revealed to all. Read more about this feast.

St Chrysostom has written a marvelous sermon about the Lord's Baptism and its meaning for us as Christians. He also discusses why the Lord's Baptism is considered the revealing of the Lord rather than His Nativity.

Read the complete sermon here.

You can earn 2 credits for reading the sermon. Simply read, fill out the Worksheet for an Article (you can download the worksheet from the Lessons tab, above) and submit it to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com for credit.

May your reading be blessed!