Sunday before the Nativity of Christ, Tone 6; the Ten Holy Martyrs of Crete (249-51)

Posted on December 22, 2018

Great Vespers. Kathisma

For with the Lord there is mercy, and with Him there is plentiful redemption;* and He shall redeem Israel from all its iniquities.

The commemoration of the holy Fathers
is manifested to the ends of the world.
It is truly full of splendor,
and it glistens with the rays of grace;
for Christ the splendorous Sun has shone forth on high from afar.
He forms the assembly of stars which glisten with Him,
and the star reveals that the nativity of the God-man will be in Bethlehem.
Therefore, we piously and faithfully clap our hands
and leap for joy at this nativity,
and we give praise before the feast.

Bulletin December 22-29

29th Sunday After Pentecost. Conception of Saint Anna.

Posted on December 9, 2018

Conception of Saint Anna when she conceived the Most Holy Mother of God. The tradition in the East this feast is celebrated on the 9th December.
The feast of the Conception of St Anne known in the West as the feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Mother of God. Celebrated on December 8.

To the holy and righteous Joachim and Anna, forbears of Christ and elect among the human race, who gave birth to the holy Maiden of whom the Son of God was born in the flesh. Since you have great boldness before Christ our God and stand before His heavenly Throne, earnestly entreat Him that we may be delivered from all misfortune and thus may unceasingly cry aloud to you:
Rejoice, holy and righteous Joachim and Anna, Ancestors of God.
Kontakion 1. from Akathist to Joachim and Anna , Ancestors Of God.

Bulletin December 8-15

26th Sunday after Pentecost.

Posted on November 17, 2018

Gospel: 28th. (Luke 12:16-21):
The Lord spoke this parable: ‘The land of a rich man produced abundantly. And he thought to himself, “What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?” Then he said, “I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.” But God said to him, “You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?” So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich towards God.’
Євангеліє: (Лк 12,16-21): Сказав Господь притчу оцю: Одному багатому чоловікові добре зародила нива. І мислив він собі, кажучи: Що мені робити? Не маю де зібрати урожай мій. І сказав: Ось що я зроблю: розберу мої стодоли і більші збудую, і зберу туди все збіжжя моє і добра мої. І скажу душі моїй: Душе, маєш багато дібр, зложених на багато літ. Спочивай, їж, пий і веселися. Сказав же йому Бог: Безумний, в цю ніч зажадають від тебе душу твою, а те, що ти наготовив, кому буде? Отак воно з тим, хто для себе збирає, а не в Бога багатіє.

Bulletin Nov 17-24

The Good Samaritan Luke 10:25-37 25th Sunday after Pentecost. 25-та неділя після П’ятидесятниці. притча про Доброго самарянина. Луки 10: 25-37

Posted on November 9, 2018

“Jesus does not want us to serve Him for His gifts; it is He Himself who must be our reward. I do not desire sensible affection, a love that I feel, but only a love that is felt by Jesus. Oh! to love Him and cause Him to be loved!

Our love for Jesus is truly great when we do not feel its sweetness. It then becomes a martyrdom. . . . When, on the contrary, we begin to seek ourselves, true love dies away. Unfortunately, many serve Jesus when He consoles them, but few are willing to keep Him company when He is asleep.”

St Therese of Lisieux

Bulletin Nov 11-17

Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost.

Posted on October 28, 2018

Gospel: (Lk 8: 26-39): At that time Jesus arrived at the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. As he stepped out on land, a man of the city who had demons met him. For a long time he had worn no clothes, and he did not live in a house but in the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he fell down before him and shouted at the top of his voice, ‘What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, do not torment me’— for Jesus had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. (For many times it had seized him; he was kept under guard and bound with chains and shackles, but he would break the bonds and be driven by the demon into the wilds.) Jesus then asked him, ‘What is your name?’ He said, ‘Legion’; for many demons had entered him. They begged him not to order them to go back into the abyss. Now there on the hillside a large herd of swine was feeding; and the demons begged Jesus to let them enter these. So he gave them permission. Then the demons came out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned. When the swineherds saw what had happened, they ran off and told it in the city and in the country. Then people came out to see what had happened, and when they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid. Those who had seen it told them how the one who had been possessed by demons had been healed. Then all the people of the surrounding country of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them; for they were seized with great fear. So he got into the boat and returned. The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with him; but Jesus sent him away, saying, ‘Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.’ So he went away, proclaiming throughout the city how much Jesus had done for him.

Jesus shows Satan who’s boss: “The Temptation of Christ on the Mountain”
by Duccio di Buoninsegna

Bulletin October 27- Nov 3

Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost.

Posted on October 21, 2018

Gospel: (Luke 16: 19-31) The Lord spoke this parable: ‘There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man’s table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores. The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was being tormented, he looked up and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side. He called out, “Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in agony in these flames.” But Abraham said, “Child, remember that during your lifetime you received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony. Besides all this, between you and us a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who might want to pass from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.” He said, “Then, father, I beg you to send him to my father’s house— for I have five brothers—that he may warn them, so that they will not also come into this place of torment.” Abraham replied, “They have Moses and the prophets; they should listen to them.” He said, “No, father Abraham; but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.” He said to him, “If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.”

Євангеліє: (Лк 16,19-31):
Сказав Господь притчу оцю: Був один чоловік багатий, що одягавсь у кармазин та вісон та бенкетував щодня розкішне. Убогий же якийсь, на ім’я Лазар, лежав у нього при воротях, увесь струпами вкритий; він бажав насититися тим, що падало в багатого зо столу; ба навіть пси приходили й лизали рани його. Та сталося, що помер убогий, і ангели занесли його на лоно Авраама. Помер також багатий, і його поховали. В аді, терплячи тяжкі муки, зняв він очі й побачив здалека Авраама та Лазаря на його лоні, і він закричав уголос: Отче Аврааме, змилуйся надо мною і пошли Лазаря, нехай умочить у воду кінець пальця свого й прохолодить язик мій, бо я мучуся в полум’ї цім. Авраам же промовив: Згадай, мій сину, що ти одержав твої блага за життя свого, так само, як і Лазар свої лиха. Отже, тепер він тішиться тут, а ти мучишся. А крім того всього між нами й вами вирита велика пропасть, тож ті, що хотіли б перейти звідси до вас, не можуть; ані звідти до нас не переходять. Отче, сказав багатий, благаю ж тебе, пошли його в дім батька мого; я маю п’ять братів, нехай він їм скаже, щоб і вони також не прийшли в це місце муки. Авраам мовив: Мають Мойсея і пророків; нехай їх слухають. Той відповів: Ні, отче Аврааме, але коли до них прийде хто з мертвих, вони покаються. А той відозвавсь до нього: Як вони не слухають Мойсея і пророків, то навіть коли хто воскресне з мертвих, не повірять.

Bulletin October 20-27

The saints of the age to come do not pray with prayer when their minds have been swallowed up by the Spirit, but rather with awestruck wonder they dwell in that gladdening glory. So it is with us, at the time when the mind is deemed worthy to perceive the future blessedness, it forgets itself and all the things of this world, and no longer has movement with regard to any thing. St. Isaac the Syrian

Commemoration of the Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council.

Posted on October 12, 2018

Bulletin October 13-20

October is Respect Life Month

“The love of God does not distinguish between the newly-conceived infant still in the mother’s womb, the baby, the youth, the grown adult or the elderly because in each of them He sees the sign of His own image and likeness.” (Pope Benedict XVI)

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost .

Posted on October 6, 2018

At that time Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went with him. As he approached the gate of the town, a man who had died was being carried out. He was his mother’s only son, and she was a widow; and with her was a large crowd from the town. When the Lord saw her, he had compassion for her and said to her, ‘Do not weep.’ Then he came forward and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, ‘Young man, I say to you, rise!’ The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. Fear seized all of them; and they glorified God, saying, ‘A great prophet has risen among us!’ and ‘God has looked favourably on his people!’ (Lk 7: 11-16)

Євангеліє: (Лк 7,11-16) В той час пішов Ісус у місто, що зветься Наїн, а з ним ішли його учні й сила народу. Коли ж вони наблизились до міської брами, якраз виносили мертвого сина, єдиного в матері своєї, що була вдовою; і було з нею досить людей з міста. Побачивши її, Господь зглянувся над нею і сказав до неї: “Не плач.” І приступивши, доторкнувсь до мар, і ті, що несли, зупинились. Тоді Ісус сказав: “Юначе, кажу тобі, встань!” І мертвий підвівся і почав говорити. І він віддав його матері. Страх огорнув усіх, і вони прославляли Бога та й говорили: “Великий пророк устав між нами”, і: “Бог навідався до народу свого.”

Bulletin Oct 6-13

Respect Life Sunday – Sunday October 7th

Posted on September 29, 2018

“The love of God does not distinguish between the newly-conceived infant still in the mother’s womb, the baby, the youth, the grown adult or the elderly because in each of them He sees the sign of His own image and likeness.” (Pope Benedict XVI)

В материнській утробі дві дитинки. Одна запитує іншу:
“Ти віриш в життя після пологів?”
Інша відповідає, “Звичайно. Має бути щось після пологів. Можливо ми тут щоб підготувати себе для того, що буде потім.”
“Нонсенс. Немає ніякого життя після пологів. Що це за життя таке буде?”
“Я не знаю, але там буде більше світла ніж тут. Можливо ми будемо ходити нашими ногами і їсти нашими вустами. Можливо ми будемо мати інші чуття, яких ми зараз не розуміємо.”
“Це ж абсурд. Ходити неможливо. А їсти ротом? Це смішно! Пуповина постачає все що нам треба. І пуповина така коротка. Життя після пологів виключене. Подумай логічно.”
“Я все ж таки думаю, що там є щось, і можливо воно відрізняється від того, що є тут. Можливо нам більше не потрібний буде цей фізичний шнурок.”
“Дурниця. Більше того, якщо там є життя, то чому ніхто і ніколи звідти не повертався? Пологи – це кінець життя, і після них немає нічого крім темряви, тиші та забуття. Вони ні до чого нас не приводять.”
“Ну, я не знаю. Але, безсумнівно, ми зустрінемось з Матір’ю і вона буде піклуватися про нас.”
“З Матір’ю? Ти дійсно віриш в Матір? Це ж смішно. Якщо Мати існує, то де Вона зараз?”
“Вона навколо нас. Ми оточені Нею. Ми всі від Неї. Ми живемо в Ній. Без Неї цей світ не міг би існувати.”
“Але я не бачу Її. Отже, єдиний логічний висновок, що Її не існує.”
“Деколи, коли ти в тиші, зосереджуєшся і дійсно слухаєш, ти можеш відчувати Її присутність, і ти можеш почути Її люблячий голос, який закликає зверху.”

- Útmutató a Léleknek

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

Posted on September 29, 2018

(Lk 6: 31-36)
The Lord said: Do to others as you would have them do to you. ‘If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

(Лк. 6,31-36)
Сказав Господь: бажаєте, щоб вам люди чинили, так само чиніть їм і ви. А коли любите тих, хто любить вас, яка вам за те ласка? Люблять бо й грішники тих, хто їх любить. І коли добре чините тим, хто добро чинить вам, яка вам за те ласка? Бо те саме і грішники роблять. А коли позичаєте тим, що й від них сподіваєтесь взяти, яка вам за те ласка? Позичають бо й грішники грішникам, щоб одержати стільки ж. Тож любіть своїх ворогів, робіть добро, позичайте, не ждучи нічого назад, і ваша за це нагорода великою буде, і синами Всевишнього станете ви, добрий бо Він до невдячних і злих! Будьте ж милосердні, як і Отець ваш милосердний!

Bulletin September 29- Oct 6.