May 26, 2019


In Your Prayers
 

In Nursing Homes or Convalescing:
Gladys Anderson (Shadyside)
John Bakuhn (Jameson Rehab)
Marian Charles (Rhodes Estates)
Betty Farris
Elizabeth Horney
Elias (Paizon) Jacobs (Home)
Joel Scalzo (Home)
Memory Eternal!
David Gabriel
Rose Hanna

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This Week's Events
Saturday, June 22

Events:


5:00 PM - Vespers

 

Sunday, June 23

Events:

 

9:00 AM - Sunday School

10:00 AM - Divine Liturgy


Monday, June 24 - Apostles Fast

Events:

 

6:00 PM - Intercessory Prayers and Fr.'s Class


Tuesday, June 25 - Apostles Fast

Events:

 

BREAD BAKING

 

Wednesday, June 26 - Apostles Fast

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Thursday, June 27 - Apostles Fast

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Friday, June 28 - Apostles Fast

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Saturday, June 29 - Feast of the Apostles

Events:

 

5:00 PM - Vespers

 

Sunday, June 30

Events:

 

9:00 AM - Sunday School

10:00 AM - Divine Liturgy

 


Fr. is available for confessions 1 hour before Vespers or upon request



 


Sunday's Epistle


The Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Hebrews. (11:33-12:2)


Brethren, all the saints through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, received promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.  Women received their dead by resurrection.  Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life.  Others suffered mocking and scourging, and even chains and imprisonment.  They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were killed with the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, ill-treated—of whom the world was not worthy—wandering over deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.  And all these, though well attested by their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had foreseen something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.  Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfection of our faith.

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Sunday's Gospel

 

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew.
(10:32-33, 37-38; 19:27-30)


The Lord said to His disciples, “Everyone who acknowledges Me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father Who is in heaven; but whoever denies Me before men, I also will deny before My Father Who is in heaven.  He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who does not take his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me.”  Then Peter said in reply, “Lo, we have left everything and followed Thee.  What then shall we have?”  Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, in the New World, when the Son of Man shall sit on His glorious throne, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.  And every one who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My Name’s sake, will receive a hundred fold, and inherit eternal life.  But many that are first will be last, and the last first.”

 

 


From Father: On Sainthood

    • Today is our All Saints Day.  We celebrate it on the Sunday immediately after Pentecost because the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is what drives us to serve God, and so today we remember those who lived into that Spirit par excellence. 

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    • We celebrate all sorts of saints: prophets, apostles, teachers, martyrs, confessors, ascetics, healers, and so on.  Each saint is seen as a person who lived out a Christian life really well, and because of that are seen to be set apart and worthy of salvation and worthy of imitation. 

     

    • The word saint made it from Latin through Germanic languages through English to what we have for today.  It means “set apart”.  Other words that are derivatives or synonyms are sanctus, sanctuary, sacred, and holy.  All mean the same thing, something set apart from normal things.
    • You can get a general picture of the intent of the word when you compare a saintly person to a worldly one.  The saintly person loves God with heart, mind, soul and strength and their neighbors as themselves.  They are set apart by their devotion to God and their keeping of God’s commandments.

     

    • When we have a liturgy where saints are remembered, we usually have the epistle reading that we read today: Brethren, all the saints through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, received promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.  Women received their dead by resurrection.  Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life.  Others suffered mocking and scourging, and even chains and imprisonment.  They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were killed with the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, ill-treated—of whom the world was not worthy—wandering over deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.  And all these, though well attested by their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had foreseen something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.  The last sentence is for us as much as it was for Saint Paul’s original audience: Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfection of our faith.

Our true calling.




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