New Testament Lessons

At the Divine Liturgy, we hear the Epistle and Gospel readings for the Feast! 
Let us attend!

Philippians 2:5-11

This is the Apostle Paul's glorious "hymn of kenosis" or "hymn of empyting."  Christ is divine, but in love chooses not to cling to his equality with the Father, but He "empties himself, taking the form of a servant" through Mary. Why?  because He loves us!

Luke 10:38-42;  11:27-28

The story of Mary and Martha of Bethany, sisters of Lazarus. Mary sits at the feet of Christ, while Martha serves. (For certain the Theotokos did both as one who raised Christ as His mother!) Then a woman near Christ glorifies the Theotokos, and Jesus responds by saying that all who hear and keep the word of God are likewise blessed -- for Mary is the one who truly hears and keeps these words.