Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Fourth Sunday after New Sunday

April-27: Fourth Sunday after New Sunday

St. John 14: 1-16

St. John 16: 16-30

Before Holy Qurbana
Deuteronomy 16: 1-8 ; Joshua 8: 30-35 ; Isaiah 54 : 1-8

Holy Qurbana
I Peter 3: 17-22 ; Hebrews 11: 32-40 ; St. Luke 9 : 51 - 62

"If our thoughts suggest something to us to be done we must handle it with utmost scrupulosity. It must be placed on the scales of the heart and weighed with the most exacting care.

Is it filled with what is good for all?
Is it heavywith the fear of God?
Is it genuine in the feelings which underlie it?
Is it lightweight because of human show or because of some thrust toward novelty?
Has the burden of vainglory lessened its merit or diminished its luster?

This prompt testing will be done as something public. That is, it is measured against the acts and the witness of the Apostles. If it looks to be whole, complete, and inconformity with these latter, then let us hold on to it. Or if it seems defective, dangerous, and not of equal weight with these, let us cautiously andcarefully reject it."

St. John Cassian.

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