Today we remember our Venerable Father Benedict of Nursia. He founded in Italy in the sixth century the Benedictine Order based on the rules of Saint Basil the Great, hence meriting the title of “Patriarch of the Western Monks.” He died A.D. 543.
Today the Lord has blessed our parish with two Altar Servers. The two wonderful boys took an oath to serve our Lord and Savior by committing their service at the Altar. May God grant them good health, long life, and many happy years.
O John, our God-bearing father, you were shown to be a citizen of the desert, an angel in bodily form, and a worker of miracles. Through fasting, prayers and vigils you received heavenly gifts to heal the sick and the souls of those who, with faith, run to you. Glory to Him who gives you strength. Glory to Him who crowned you. Glory to Him who works healing for all through you. On the heights of true abstinence, the Lord established you as a reliable star, giving light for guidance to the ends of the earth, O father John, our teacher.
Let us follow God so that we may ascend the Ladder of Ascent by amending our ways to God's ways so that we may climb the ladder to heaven.