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Joseph is the husband of Mary, the mother of Jesus of Nazareth in stories told in the Christian Bible's New Testament.

Joseph and Mary are introduced in the books of Luke (chapters 1 through 3) and Matthew (chapters 1 and 2) as an engaged couple living in the Galilean town of Nazareth. Mary becomes pregnant supernaturally through the work of God's spirit -- a development explained to her by the angel Gabriel but not to Joseph. "Unwilling to expose her to public disgrace," Joseph considers quietly breaking the engagement but then heeds instructions he receives in a dream to go through with the marriage and name the child Jesus. Joseph and Mary go to Bethlehem for the birth, flee to Egypt with the baby during a slaughter of infants ordered by Herod, and later return with the boy to Nazareth. Both parents are mentioned in the Bible's brief childhood descriptions of Jesus, but little else is said of Joseph. He is said to be a descendant of David and a carpenter. His death is not recorded, and Mary is the only parent named in accounts of Jesus' adult ministry.

Extra credit: Another Joseph, shared by Judaism and Christianity, appears in the Hebrew Bible (the Christian "Old Testament"). This son of Jacob is the subject of a long story in Genesis (chapters 37-50), filled with fratricidal and international intrigue, dream interpretation, and a famous colorful coat or robe... The New Testament genealogies of Jesus and Joseph (Matthew 1:17 and Luke 3:23-38) trace their male ancestors not only back to David, but also to, among others, Jacob, Isaac and Abraham -- and, in Luke, all the way to the first human, Adam... In an odd modern ritual of unknown origin, some people trying to sell a house will bury a miniature statue of Joseph on their property in hopes of improving chances of a sale.

Troparion of St Joseph Tone 2

O Joseph, proclaim to David, the ancestor of Christ our God the great miracles you have witnessed. You have seen the virgin with a Child, given praise with the Shepherd, adored with the wise men, and the Angel of the Lord has appeared to you. Intercede with Christ God that he may save our souls.




 



             
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Date: Friday, 31 July 2015.
9 after Pentecost;
Commemoration of the Holy and Just Eudocimos;

Saint Eudocimos lived under the Iconoclast Emperor Theophilos (829-842). Natives of Cappadocia, his parents Basil and Eudocia joined to the nobility of their patrician origin a steadfast attachment to the Orthodox faith. Raised by his pious parents in the practice of virtue, he was named by Theophilos "Candidatus" and "Stratopedarch" in Cappadocia, then in Charsianon. He was a model husband and an equitable judge, giving alms daily, offering gifts and fruits to the churches, helping widows and orphans, and, in a word, practicing all forms of virtues. He died around 840.

Class of Feast: 5
Troparion of Eudocimos Tone 4

Holy Eudocimos, God, who called you out of this world and led you to the eternal mansions, will keep your body incorrupt. You lived a life of wisdom and honour, keeping your body clean. Intercede trustingly with Christ that he may save us all.



 



             
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Date: Friday, 31 July 2015.
9 after Pentecost;
Vigil of the Feast of the Procession of the Holy and Vivifying Cross.

In Byzantine liturgical observance, the Universal Exaltation (also called Elevation in Greek Churches) of the Precious and Life-creating Cross commemorates both the finding of the True Cross in 326 and its recovery from the Persians in 628, and is one of the Twelve Great Feasts of the church year. September 14 is always a fast day and the eating of meat, dairy products and fish is prohibited. The Feast of the Exaltation has a one-day Forefeast and an eight-day Afterfeast. The Saturday and Sunday before[note 3] and after September 14 are also commemorated with special Epistle and Gospel readings about the Cross at the Divine Liturgy.

On the eve of the feast before small vespers the priest, having prepared a tray with the cross placed on a bed of fresh basil leaves or flowers, covered with an ar (liturgical veil), places it on the table of prothesis; after that service, the priest carries the tray on his head preceded by lighted candles and the deacon censing the cross, processing to the holy table (altar), in the center whereof laying the tray, in the place of the Gospel Book, the latter being set upright at the back of the altar. Those portions of the vespers and matins which in sundry local customs take place before the Icon of the Feast (e.g.,the chanting of the Polyeleos and the Matins Gospel instead take place in front of the Holy Table. The bringing out of the cross and the exaltation ceremony occur at matins.

The cross remains in the center of the temple throughout the afterfeast, and the faithful venerate it whenever they enter or leave the church. Finally, on the leave-taking (apodosis) of the feast, the priest and deacon will cense around the cross, there will be a final veneration of the cross, and then they will solemnly bring the cross back into the sanctuary through the Holy Doors. This same pattern of bringing out the cross, veneration, and returning the cross at the end of the celebration is repeated at a number of the lesser Feasts of the Cross mentioned below.

Class of Feast: 5
Troparion of the Feast Tone 1

O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance, granting peace to the world. And preserve your community by the power of your Cross.










 


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His Beatitude Gregorios III Laham Patriarch of Antioch and of All the East, of Alexandria and of Jerusalem of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church in communion with Rome.

Our Patriarch Gregorios III has asked us all to offer our sacrifices during this time for the people of Syria and Lebanon who are suffering, offering these petitions with our daily prayers, ...so as to accompany the situation (in Syria) with prayer, hope and optimism, for God protects Syria, as he is God of peace.

For all Christians, that their hearts may be confirmed in true faith and kept from false doctrines, that they may be united in thy Church, and be children of the light and of the day, we beseech thee, O Lord.

For leaders and members of Parliament, that they may be enlightened, and follow the ways of understanding, compassion and effectual co-operation, in order to improve social situations, let us pray to the Lord.

Grant to all the inhabitants of this country faith and love, that their hearts may be confirmed in understanding and peace, we beseech thee, O Lord.

For all Christians who are sad and in need of thy compassion and help, that Thou mayst be for them, O Christ, a God of goodness, comfort and healing, we pray thee, O Lord.




 


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Most Rev. Nicholas James Samra
Melkite Eparchy of Newton




 


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Rt. Rev. Arch. Mark Melone
Saint joseph Melkite Greek Catholic Church