27th Week after Pentecost
Saints/Feasts/Fasts to be commemmorated/celebrated: Nativity Fast
Memory of the holy Great martyr James the Persian (+ca.422)
Saint James was born in Bethlapad in the Suzian. He was of noble ancestry and the intimate friend of Yasdagerd I, the King of Persia (399-425). A Christian from birth, he renounced Christ, blinded by the King's friendship and flattery. Learning this, his mother and wife made it known to him in writing that they no longer had anything in common with him, because he preferred a passing glory to the love of Christ. Struck by these words and returning to himself, he wept bitterly over his sin and completely changed his attitude toward the king. The king became extremely angry and condemned him to an atrocious death, such as no one would dare to inflict on wild beasts. His hands and feet were cut off, methodically piece by piece, up to his shoulders and legs. Thus mutilated, the Saint was beheaded.
Fifth Class Feast.
Galatians 5:22-6:222By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, 23gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. 24And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit. 26Let us not become conceited, competing against one another, envying one another.
6My friends, if anyone is detected in a transgression, you who have received the Spirit should restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness. Take care that you yourselves are not tempted. 2Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
Luke 10:19-2119See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing will hurt you. 20Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” 21At that same hour Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.