Saint Isaac said: “the fasting of the tongue is better than the fasting of the mouth, and the abstinence of the heart from lust is better than both fasts”.
Many people concern themselves with abstaining from food. God rebuked them, saying: “Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.” (Matt 15:11). This way, He shows us that bad-talk is defiling. Therefore, our teacher, the Apostle James, refers to the tongue which “defiles the whole body.” (James 3:6). Is your tongue, thus, fasting with the rest of your body? And is your heart abstaining from lusts?
A fasting heart is able to make the tongue fast with it, for “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” (Matt 12:34).
The Lord also said, “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. “ (Matt 15:18). Moreover, “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.” (Matt 12:35). Therefore, if your heart abstains from sin, your tongue will abstain from every idle word.
He who has a fasting heart, can also make his body fast also.
Therefore, what is important is for the heart and thought to abstain from every wrong desire assisted by the fasting of the body, which is the least of all, Therefore, in your fast, control your tongue. As you make your mouth refrain from food, also make it refrain from bad words. Increase your control over your thoughts and your reactions.
Overpowering the body is not an aim in itself but rather a vehicle for the soul.
Overpowering the body is necessary lest it should digress and cause the soul to perish. In this regard, the apostle says in earnest, “But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.” (1 Cor 9:27). When the body is subdued, the soul takes control and the body stop resisting, start collaborating with it and submitting to its leadership.
Therefore, control your body and keep it wisely from all futile enjoyment, luxury, and lust.
It is not enough that you fast, for you also need to overcome the lust for food.
This week we will be celebrating the Fast and the Feast of Jonah.
The schedule of the daily Liturgies will be as follows:
Friday, February 15:
There is No Liturgy
Saturday, February 16 & Sunday, February 17:
Scheduled services are as Usual.
Monday, February 18 :
Divine Liturgy at 10:00 am - 12:30, followed by a spiritual day ends at 5:00 pm.
Tuesday, February 19 :
Divine Liturgy at 1:00 - 3:30 pm
Wednesday, February 20 :
Divine Liturgy @ 3:00 - 5:30 pm
Thursday, February 21 : “ Feast of Jonah”
Divine Liturgy @ 9:00 - 11:00 am followed by the weekly seniors Meeting.
Friday, February 22 :
There is no Liturgy.
Happy Jonah Fast and Feast to everyone.
قداسات صوم يونان:
الاثنين : ١٠:٠٠ ص- ١٢:٣٠ ظ، و بعده يوم روحى حتى الخامسهً بعد الظهر.
الثلاثاء : ١:٠٠ - ٣:٣٠ ظ
الاربعاء : ٣:٠٠ - ٥:٣٠ م
الخميس : ٩:٠٠ - ١١:٠٠ ص، و يعقبه اجتماع أسره البركه ( السنيورز) الاسبوعي.
لا يوجد قداس يومى الجمعه ١٥ ، ٢٢ فبراير.
كل عام و انتم بخير
Please note that there will be no Liturgy this Friday, February 1st.
غادر عالمنا الفانى هذا الصباح المرحوم رومانى بشاى زوج السيده نوره بشاى و والد اخوتنا بيرو و مارى و مادونا و يوستينه بشاى.
موعد الجنازة و العزاء سيحدد بعد قليل.
ربنا ينيح نفسه فى فردوس النعيم و يملا قلوب أفراد الاسره بتعزيات الروح القدس.
Late Mr. Romany Beshay has departed to heaven this morning. Mr. Romany is the husband of Mr. Norah Beshay, and the father of Beroe Beshay, Mary, Madonna and Youstina Beshay.
May the Lord repose his blessed soul in the heavily Paradise of Joy, and fill the hearts of the family with the comfort of the Holy Spirit.
Funeral arrangements will be announced soon.
Monday, January 14th
The feast of the Circumcision: Divine Liturgy at 5:30 AM
Wednesday, January 16th
Divine Liturgy as usual at 9:00 AM followed by the Seniors meeting.
Friday, January 18th
In the morning, the Epiphany Paramon: Divine Liturgy at 5:30 AM
In the afternoon, the Lakan and the Divine Liturgy of the Epiphany Feast at 7:00 PM
Saturday, January 19th
The Feast of the Epiphany: No Vespers in the afternoon.
Sunday, January 20th
The schedule is as usual.
Let’s celebrate, for getting a new chance of a new year along with glorious Nativity, get back on the track, come to know the way and the performance for offering a good sacrifice to be a servant of the Lord. All are invited to this spiritual day, starting with the Holy Liturgy at 8.30 AM, including words of benefit about good example to follow, workshops, hymns , songs, Breakfast & Lunch and much more
When: SATURDAY Jan 12th, 2019
Where: St. Mary & St. Abraam, COC, Ajax, ON
Let it alone, sir, for this year too “Luke 13:8”
Scheduled Program Change notice
In addition to the regular scheduled services
- Wednesday Liturgy (@ 9:30 AM, Followed by the Seniors weekly Meeting.
- Friday Liturgy @ 5:30 AM
There will be a Divine Liturgy on Tuesday, Dec. 25th @ 8:30 - 10:30 AM,
Followed by Santa Day celebration for our Sunday School Children @ (11:00 AM - 1:00 PM). Everyone is welcomed.
There will be a Kiahk Praises Prayers Night starts Thursday Dec.27th @ 10 PM and ends with the Friday Liturgy.
The praises of Kiahk will resume this week until the celebration of Christmas.
Thursday’s from 7 PM - 9 PM starting December 6th
Saturday’s from 6 PM starting December 8th
This will last for four weeks
Please attend and invite others to take a blessing of the prayers.