Many thanks to those who contributed and to those who helped pack our IOCC School Supply kits today. These kits are much needed for those who are lacking basic school supplies during the beginning of the school year. This work is event more urgent given the hurricane situation that has impacted our southern states. Click here to donate to IOCC hurricane relief effort.
Today, September 8, we commemorate the Feast of the Nativity of the Mother of God.
Your nativity, O Virgin, has proclaimed joy to the whole universe. The Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, has shone from you, O Theotokos. By annulling the curse he bestowed a blessing. By destroying death he has granted us eternal life. (Troparion for the Feast)
On September 14 we commemorate the Feast of the Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross. Please join us Wednesday, September 13th at 7pm, as we celebrate the Vigil of the Feast. All are welcome and encouraged to come pray on this Great Feast of our Church! Read here to learn more.
On Thursday, September 14 at 7:30PM we will hold our monthly parish council meeting for the month of September. Please take this opportunity to become involved in this important “behind-the-scenes” aspect of parish life. All are welcome!
Note: September 14 is also the calendar day for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. However, liturgical time reckons the day beginning in the evening and so the council meeting will have begun on the liturgical day for the 15th. The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross will be celebrated with the Vigil for the Feast on Wednesday the 13th at 7:00PM.
Did you know that today, September 1, begins a new year? That’s right! September 1st marks the beginning of a new ecclesiastical or liturgical year – more commonly called the “church year”. It is at this time we reset our liturgical clocks, so to speak, and begin anew the cycle of feats and fasts that anchor us to Christ and His resurrection, which is the focal point of the calendar and from which all other days find their meaning.
And as we move through the year, all the hymns we sing, the feasts we encounter, are all ordered by the Typikon. This book has often been called “the eye of the church” but “far from being merely a collection of dry and legalistic rules, is in fact a summary of two millennia of the Church’s experience.” (Heiromonk Makarios, preface to The Typikon Decoded, SVS Press)
Tomorrow, August 29, the Orthodox Church commemorates The Beheading of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist John. This day is also a strict fast day in remembrance of St. John and his suffering.
The Beheading of the St. John the Forerunner can be found in St. Matthew’s Gospel (Mt.14:1-12) and St. Mark’s Gospel (Mark 6:14-29).
From St. Matthew we learn:
At that time Herod the tetrarch heard about the fame of Jesus; and he said to his servants, “This is John the Baptist, he has been raised from the dead; that is why these powers are at work in him.” For Herod had seized John and bound him and put him in prison, for the sake of Hero′di-as, his brother Philip’s wife; because John said to him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.” And though he wanted to put him to death, he feared the people, because they held him to be a prophet. But when Herod’s birthday came, the daughter of Hero′di-as danced before the company, and pleased Herod, so that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she might ask. Prompted by her mother, she said, “Give me the head of John the Baptist here on a platter.” And the king was sorry; but because of his oaths and his guests he commanded it to be given; he sent and had John beheaded in the prison, and his head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother. And his disciples came and took the body and buried it; and they went and told Jesus.
Mark your calendars! Beginning September 27 we will be hosting a Bible study which will recur every other week. The study will begin at 7:30pm and conclude at 8:30pm. A book of the Bible will be announced soon for those wanting to read ahead. Please see Fr. Gregory for more details.
On September 8 we commemorate the Feast of the Nativity of the Mother of God. Please join us September 7th at 7pm as we celebrate the Vigil of the Feast. All are welcome and encouraged to come pray on this Great Feast of our Church! Read here to learn more.
Fr. Gregory and Pani Chris would like to invite all of our parish to their home for our annual parish picnic/cookout on Saturday, August 26th, at 3pm. Vespers will be cancelled that evening. A rain date has been scheduled for the following day, Sunday the 27th, after Liturgy. And note that the pool is open, so bring your bathing suit and a towel! Further information about what food to bring for the cookout will be forthcoming as the date approaches. See Fr. Gregory for details and directions.
Please join us Monday, August 14th, 2017, at 7pm as we celebrate Vespers for the The Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God. All are welcome as we celebrate this Great Feast of our Church.
For more information on this Feast day, see here: The Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary.