Weekly Bulletin

St. Cyril of Jerusalem
Orthodox Church
www.stcyril.us  (281) 298-3232

December 2, 2018

27th Sunday after Pentecost. Tone 2.

Holy Prophet Habakkuk (Avakkum – 6th cent. BC)

St. Porphyrios of Kavsokalivia (+1991)

THE NATIVITY FAST

NEW BUILDINGS ARE NEARLY COMPLETE! After the workday yesterday installing flooring and painting the hall, we are now waiting for the final county inspection on Wednesday. Mike Rape is planning on installing a temporary septic tank and water this week, and we will be setting up our iconostasis and Holy Table. We will update everyone by the end of this week regarding the location for Liturgy next Sunday. +

Video on YouTube with a short talk by St. Porphyrios on an easy way to fight the devil: https://youtu.be/hwT0rvAK0t4 

Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 

– Ephesians 5:15-17
 

Regarding Life after Death

The Teachers of the Eastern Orthodox Church, having Holy Scripture as their foundation, teach that those who die in the Lord go to a place of rest, according to the statement in the Apocalypse: “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from henceforth. Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them” (Revelation 14:13). This place of rest is viewed as spiritual Paradise, where the souls of those who have died in the Lord, the souls of the righteous, enjoy the blessings of rest, while awaiting the day of rewarding and the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus . . .

About the sinners, they teach that their souls go down to Hades, where there is suffering, sorrow, and groaning, awaiting the dreadful day of the Judgment.

The Fathers of the Orthodox Church do not admit the existence of another place, intermediate between Paradise and Hades, as such a place is not mentioned in Holy Scripture.

After the end of the General Judgment, the Righteous Judge (God) will declare the decision both to the righteous and to the sinners. To the righteous He will say: “Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world;” while to the sinners He will say: “Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.” And these will go away to eternal hades, while the righteous will go to eternal life. This retribution after the General Judgment will be complete, final, and definitive. It will complete, because it is not the soul alone, as the Partial Judgment of man after death, but the soul together with the body, that will receive what is deserved. It will be final, because it will be enduring and not temporary like that at Partial Judgment. And it will be definitive, because both for the righteous and for the sinners it will be unalterable and eternal.

– St. Nektarios the Wonderworker (+1920)

Sacred tradition is the very Church itself. Without the sacred tradition, the Church does not exist. Those who deny the sacred tradition deny the Church and the preaching of the Apostles. Before the writing of the Holy Scriptures, that is, of the sacred texts of the Gospels, the Acts and the Epistles of the Apostles, and before they were spread to the churches of the world, the Church was based on sacred tradition . . . . The holy texts of Scripture are in relation to sacred tradition what the part is to the whole.

St. Nektarios the Wonderworker (+1920)

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