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2012-11-11 message

posted Nov 18, 2012, 2:03 PM by St. John's Webmaster   [ updated Nov 18, 2012, 10:15 PM ]
It has been said, rightly or wrongly, that among all the treasures that Orthodox Christians have in their faith, the Scriptures themselves have been rather neglected.  It is strange that such an assertion could be made, since our services are full of scriptural quotations and references.  I have seen a document that had cited the appropriate Scripture for every line of the Divine Liturgy.  The Bible is very important in and to our Church; She is, after all, the Church who codified the Bible.  It is therefore only appropriate that we honor the place of Scripture in the Church through reading.  For the last few years, the Preachers Institute—a site organized by an Orthodox priest—has had a New Testament challenge for Advent.  I invite you to join me in reading through the New Testament in preparation for Christmas, and I offer the following schedule as a suggestion as to how this forty-day journey can unfold.

With love in Christ,
+Fr. Peter

DAY/DATE

READINGS

DAY/DATE

READINGS

1. Thu. Nov. 15

Matthew 1-9

21. Wed. Dec. 5

1 Cor. 12 – 2 Cor.

2. Fri. Nov. 16

Matthew 10-18

22. Thu. Dec. 6

Romans 1-8

3. Sabbath Nov. 17

Rest up or catch-up

23. Fri. Dec. 7

Romans 9-16

4. Lord’s day Nov. 18

Rest up or catch up

24. Sabbath Dec. 8

Rest up or catch up

5. Mon. Nov. 19

Matthew 19-28

25. Lord’s day Dec. 9

Rest up or catch up

6. Tue. Nov. 20

Acts 1-4

26. Mon. Dec. 10

Luke 1-7

7. Wed. Nov. 21

Acts 5-15

27. Tue. Dec. 11

Luke 8-16

8. Thu. Nov. 22 Thanksgiving

Rest up or catch up

28. Wed. Dec. 12

Luke 17-20

9. Fri. Nov. 23

Acts 16-28

29. Thu. Dec. 13

Philippians, Colossians

10. Sabbath Nov. 24

Rest up or catch up

30. Fri. Dec. 14

1, 2, 3 John; Jude

11. Lord’s day Nov. 25

Rest up or catch up

31. Sabbath Dec. 15

Rest up or catch up

12. Mon. Nov 26

Mark 1-11

32. Lord’s day Dec. 16

Rest up or catch up

13. Tue. Nov 27

Mark 12-16

33. Mon. Dec. 17

John 1-7

14. Wed. Nov. 28

James, 1-2 Peter

34. Tue. Dec. 18

John 8-14

15. Thu. Nov. 29

Galatians, Ephesians

35. Wed. Dec. 19

John 15-21

16. Fri. Nov. 30

1, 2 Thessalonians

36. Thu. Dec. 20

Titus, Philemon, Hebrews

17. Sabbath Dec. 1

Rest up or catch up

37. Fri. Dec. 21

Revelation 1-11

18. Lord’s day Dec. 2

Rest up or catch up

38. Sabbath Dec. 22

Rest up or catch up

19. Mon. Dec. 3

1, 2 Timothy

39. Lord’s day Dec. 23

Rest up or catch up

20. Tue. Dec. 4

1 Corinthians 1-11

40. Mon. Dec. 24

Revelation 12-22