Office of Religious Education


Included in this issue:

August 1

–A reflection for today, the Procession of the Holy Relics of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross of the Lord.

–Fasting recommendations for the Dormition Fast, which begins today.

–Reflections for the Sundays of August 6 — the Holy Transfiguration — and August 13.

–A reflection for the Dormition of the Mother of God, August 15.

The Procession of the Holy Relics of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross of the Lord

August 1

Chrysostom on John 19:6-11; 13-21; 25-27; 30-35 

And He, having committed His mother to John, said, Behold your Son.” John 19:26 O the honor! With what honor did He honor the disciple! When He Himself was now departing, He committed her to the disciple to take care of. For since it was likely that, being His mother, she would grieve, and require protection, He with reason entrusted her to the beloved. To him He says, Behold your mother.”  John 19:27 This He said, knitting them together in charity; which the disciple understanding, took her to his own home. But why made He no mention of any other woman, although another stood there?” To teach us to pay more than ordinary respect to our mothers. For as when parents oppose us on spiritual matters, we must not even own them, so when they do not hinder us, we ought to pay them all becoming respect, and to prefer them before others, because they begot us, because they bred us up, because they bare for us ten thousand terrible things. And by these words He silences the shamelessness of Marcion; for if He were not born according to the flesh, nor had a mother, wherefore takes He such forethought for her alone?


Blessed Theophylact on John 19:6-11; 13-21; 25-27; 30-35

On Pilate and those who chose to put the Lord to death: By their own will they chose to do evil, and God permitted them to accomplish their evil desire. Wicked men are not innocent because God permits them to do evil. Rather, they deserve utter condemnation because they act entirely according to their own will.

From Blessed Theophylact, The Explanation of the Holy Gospel According to John, Chrysostom Press, 2007

1 Corinthians 1:18-24

For the word of the cross, to them indeed that perish, is foolishness; but to them that are saved, that is, to us, it is the power of God.