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Friday, December 2nd. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Matthew 9:27-31.


Friday of the First week of Advent

2 December 2016

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ

“Let it be done for you according to your faith.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 9:27-31.

As Jesus passed by, two blind men followed him, crying out, “Son of David, have pity on us!”  
When he entered the house, the blind men approached him and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I can do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they said to him.
Then he touched their eyes and said, “Let it be done for you according to your faith.”
And their eyes were opened. Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.”
But they went out and spread word of him through all that land.

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Friday of the First week of Advent

2 December 2016

Commentary of the day

Symeon the New Theologian (c.949-1022),

Greek monk, saint of the Orthodox churches
Hymn 27, 116-124.128-132.138-149

“At that he touched their eyes”

     Let us seek him who alone can give us back our liberty. Let us pursue him constantly with our desire whose beauty wounds hearts,  drawing them towards love and uniting them to him forever. Yes, let us all run towards him by our actions. Let us not allow anyone, whoever he may be, to forestall us or deceive us and distract us from our search.   Above all… let us not say that God never manifests his presence to human beings. Let us not say that it is impossible for people to see God’s light one day – or even to see it today. Thanks be to God, such a thing was was never impossible provided a person desired it. Let us realize how beautiful our Master is! Let us not close the eyes of our hearts to him by allowing ourselves to become absorbed in the things of this world. Yes, may our concern with earthly matters not make us slaves of human glory to the point of abandoning the one who is the light of eternal life.  Therefore, let us all go out to meet him together, with one heart, one mind, with all our soul. Let us cry out to him humbly, our good Master, our merciful Lord, to him who is “man’s only friend” (Wis 1:6). Let us seek him, for he will reveal himself to us, he will appear, he will manifest himself, he who is our hope.

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Friday of the First week of Advent

2 December 2016

Saints of the day

St. Bibiana,

Virgin and Martyr (4th century)

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SAINT BIBIANA
Virgin and Martyr
(4th century)

        St. Bibiana was a native of Rome. Flavian, her father, was apprehended, burned in the face with a hot iron, and banished to Aequapendente, where he died of his wounds a few days after; and her mother, Dafrosa, was some time after beheaded.

        Bibiana and her sister Demetria, after the death of their parents, were stripped of all they had in the world and suffered much from poverty. Apronianus, Governor of Rome, summoned them to appear before him. Demetria, having made confession of her faith, fell down and expired at the foot of the tribunal, in the presence of the judge.

        Apronianus gave orders that Bibiana should be put into the hands of a wicked woman named Rufina, who was to bring her to another way of thinking; but Bibiana, making prayer her shield, remained invincible. Apronianus, enraged at the courage and perseverance of a tender virgin, ordered her to be tied to a pillar and whipped with scourges loaded with leaden plummets till she expired.

        The Saint underwent this punishment cheerfully, and died in the hands of the executioners.

Lives of the Saints, by Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. ed. [1894]

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Friday of the First week of Advent

2 December 2016

Saints of the day

Bl. Ivan Slezyuk,

Bishop (1896-1973)

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Blessed Ivan Slezyuk
Bishop of the “clandestine” Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church
(1896-1973)

        The Blessed Bishop was born on 14 January 1896 in the village of Zhyvachiv, Stanislaviv (now Ivano-Frankivsk) Region. After graduating from the seminary in 1923, he was ordained to the priesthood. In April 1945 Bishop Hryhory Khomyshyn ordained him as his Co-adjutor with the right of succession as a precaution in case Bishop Khomyshyn should be arrested.

        However, shortly thereafter on 2 June 1945, Bishop Ivan was arrested and deported for ten years to the labour camps in Vorkuta, Russia. In 1950 he was transferred to the labour camps in Mordovia, Russia. After his release on 15 November 1954, he returned to Ivano-Frankivsk.

        In 1962, he was arrested for the second time and imprisoned for five years in a camp of strict regiment. After his release on 30 November 1968, he had to often go to the KGB for regular “talks.”
The last visit was two weeks before his death, which was on 2 December 1973 in Ivano-Frankivsk.
He was beatified on 27 June 2001 by pope John Paul II.

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