Read The Entire Bible in 2022
To the Parishioners of Holy Ghost Church,
As we begin the Civil New Year, I offer my heart-felt prayers to Almighty God that he might grant us a spiritually profitable year filled with all manner of spiritual growth and an abundance of fruit-bearing and personal transformation into the likeness of the Lord Jesus.
It has been my personal goal for some time to re-read the Bible from cover to cover in the span of a year. This year, I have learned of several Diocesan Parishes that are doing so as a parish family, following a guide found in the Orthodox Study Bible. Those who have already done so has seen that this spiritual discipline has been a positive and transformative experience for priest and parish alike.
The Holy Bible is not just a collection of beautiful teachings, but rather the very words of the Holy Trinity. St. Paul says, “The word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Heb. 4:12). When we prayerfully read the Word of God we ourselves are radically altered, changed, and molded.
The Prophet Jeremiah says that God is the potter and we are the clay (ch. 18). Reading the Scriptures is one of the ways that the hands of the Lord shape, mold, poke, stroke, polish and smash our
Elder Aimilianos the Holy Monastery of Simonopetra on Mt. Athos, one of the great contemporary Holy Fathers, says this, “Holy Scripture is the greatest gift which God has given to man...the word of God is like an instrument which punctures the hardness of our heart. It is like a charge of dynamite which blasts our passions to the left and to the right. It purges our heart and fills it with virtues...the Holy Scriptures provide us with spiritual experience...Where God’s voice is, there is God, hidden within the voice. The spiritual book is a mystery, a sacrament...the words and lines of Holy Scripture are the garments of Christ...we know the names of dozens of actors and celebrities by heart, backwards and forwards. The same thing with sports stars...Here’s a better idea, let’s do something else. When you go home tonight, open up [the Scriptures].”
My dear parishioners I am asking you to commit to a holy project - to read with me a little portion of Holy Scripture each day according to the enclosed calendar of readings contained in the guidebook below. Pages This will allow us together to read from the beginning to the end of the Holy Bible over the course of one year (January 14, 2022 - January 13, 2023)
I know we can do this, and it will only require a 15-20 minute a day commitment to reading a portion of the Old and New Testament and a selection from the Book of Psalms. Less than the time it takes to update our facebook status and check out the postings from our family and friends.
I believe this will change us all for the better! And it will spiritually strengthen our parish. I Sincerely ask you to accept my invitation to launch out on this holy project.
With Love in Christ our Saviour,
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