June 23, 2013

8th SUNDAY OF PASCHA  Tone 7  HOLY PENTECOST

8th SUNDAY OF PASCHA Tone 7 HOLY PENTECOST

 

The descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles amd all followers of Jesus Christ

The descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles amd all followers of Jesus Christ

Saturday, June 22 

  • 5:00 pm Vigil of Pentecost

Sunday, June 23 

  • 9:15 am –  Hours – Reader John Butcher
  • 9:30 am – Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
  • Vespers –  Kneeling Prayers of Pentecost

Epistle Reader – Matthew Zander

EPISTLE: Acts 2:1-11 ~ GOSPEL: John 7:37-52; 8:12

~*FAST FREE WEEK*~

SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST –Tone 8 –ALL SAINTS

Saturday, June 29 – NO VESPERS SCHEDULED due to the Diocesan Conference, Vespers will not be served.

 

Sunday, June 30

  •  9:15 am –   Hours – Bud Graham
  •  9:30 am – Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

Epistle Reader –   Bud Graham

EPISTLE: Hebrews 1:33-12:2 ~ GOSPEL: Matt. 10:32-33, 37-38; 19:27-30

 

"Oh taste and see how good the Lord is!"

Prosphora Offering -Michele Lambo

 

Today's coffee hour is provided by Reader John Butcher.  Thank you from your fellow parishioners!

Today’s coffee hour is provided by Reader John Butcher. Thank you from your fellow parishioners!

 

For the President of the United States and all civil authorities, and for the Armed Forces everywhere, let us pray to the Lord.

For the President of the United States and all civil authorities, and for the Armed Forces everywhere, let us pray to the Lord.

  • Anthony Freude, son of  Fr. Don and Popadia Donna Freude
  • Egor  Cravcenco, son of Serghei and Ludmila Cravcenco

 

PRAYCANDLE.GIF

 

In our thoughts and prayers!

All of you are in our prayers.

 

  • Tom Hagerman
  • Mickey Stokich
  • Leonora Evancho
  • Bessie Alexandrovich
  • Larissa Freude
  • Christina Paluch Collins
  • Anastasia Haymon
  • Nicholas Dimoff
  • Veronica Dameff
  • Rose Marie Vronick
  • Joseph Boyle (brother of Kathy Gray, Ann Arbor, Michigan)
  • Matthew Zander

Note:  Contact information such as addresses or phone numbers of those listed above will NEVER be published in a digital format.  Please call the church office @ 330.724.7009 should you need any information with visiting someone, sending a card or making a phone call to one of the faithful of Saint Elia.

 

Membership privileges include free coffee and everlasting life.

Membership privileges include free coffee and everlasting life.

PARISH MEMBERSHIP

 

A new Membership Form has been put into place by the Parish Council and available for 2013.  Membership numbers established by completed forms shall be used to establish voting eligibility and meeting quorums.    Please fill out the form on both sides and give it to Father Don or a member of the Parish Council.  As of now, forty-three forms have been submitted.

 

 

50th  ANNUAL DIOCESAN CONFEFRENCE

The Annual Diocesan Conference for the Bulgarian Diocese of Toledo, OCA, will beheld at St. Cyril and Methody Church in Granite City, Illinois, this week on Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29.   St Elia parish will be represented by our lay delegate, Mr. John Bohush IV, and our Parish Priest, Fr. Don Anthony Freude. John and Father Don will fly out on Friday and return on Saturday night.  Vespers will  not be served on Saturday evening, June 29.   Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at St. Elia on Sunday, June 30 at 9:30 am.

 

QUESTION?

The only dumb question is one not asked.

The only dumb question is one not asked.

IN CHURCH WE SAY “LORD HAVE MERCY” 3, 12 OR 40 TIMES. 

IS THAT LIKE THE “HEAPING UP EMPTY PHRASES OR “VAIN REPETITIONS” THAT MATTHEW 6:7 WARNS US AGAINST?

Repeating “Lord have mercy” reminds us that God is merciful. We fill our hearts and minds with the truth of the phrase by saying it again and again. The repetition helps us “slow down” and realize how true it is.  We are always in need of God’s mercy, so we are also asking Him for mercy by repeating this phrase as a request. Someone once said that a drowning person doesn’t yell “Help!” just once. We also should ask God for His mercy not just once, but many times, with sincerity, confidence and deep respect. We  just don’t take one breath in the morning and that is good enough for the day)

Taken from: http://dce.oca.org/assets/files/resources/Orthodox-Worship.pdf

 

PARISH NAME DAY OF SAINT ELIA FESTIVITIES

Our Parish Name Day falls on Saturday, July 20 the Divine Liturgy will be celebrated, followed by a Cross Procession with the singing of a Molieben (Prayer Service) to St. Elia, and the blessing of vehicles (cars, motorcycles, bicycles, skateboards, etc…).

Following the Divine Liturgy, there will be a covered dish cookout.  Bring your favorite picnic foods to share.  We will be grilling dogs and burgers.  Save the date and bring your appetite.

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Holy Prophet Elia, pray unto God for us!

This Week's Feast Days & Scripture Readings

This Week’s Feast Days & Scripture Readings

Monday, June 24 – DAY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.  NATIVITY OF THE HOLY GLORIOUS PROPHET, FORERUNNER AND BAPTIST JOHN – Fast Free   Ephesians 5:9-19, Romans 13:11-14:4, Matthew 18:10-20, Luke 1:1-25, 57-68, 76, 80

Tuesday, June 25 – THIRD DAY OF THE TRINITY.  Virgin Martyr Febronia of Nisibis – Fast Free

Romans 1:1-7, 13-17   Matthew 4:25-5:13

Wednesday,  June 26 – Afterfeast of Pentecost.  St. David of Thessalonica – Fast Free

Romans 1:18-27     Matthew 5:2-26

Thursday, June 27 – Afterfeast of Pentecost. St. Sampson the Hospitable of Constantinople – Fast Free

Romans 1:28-2:9    Matthew 5:27-32

Friday, June 28 – Afterfeast of Pentecost. Translation of the Relics of the Holy and Wonderworking Unmercenaries Cyrus and John– Fast Free     Romans 12:14-19     Matthew 5:33-41

Saturday, June 29 – LEAVETAKING OF PENTECOST.  THE HOLY GLORIOUS AND ALL PRAISED LEADERS OF THE APOSTLES, PETER AND PAUL – Fast Free

2 Corinthians 11:21-12:9   Matthew 16:13-19

8th SUNDAY OF PASCHA  Tone 7  HOLY PENTECOST

WEDDING CONGRATULATIONS

Alexandra Bilas and Eric Souder were Crowned in Holy Matrimony on Sunday, June 16, 2013, at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Let us remember Alexandra and Eric in our prayers and congratulate them as they embark together on their journey in Christ’s Kingdom.  May God grant them MANY YEARS!

God grant them many years!

God grant them many years!

Reflections from the Upper Room…

Reflections from the Upper Room...

Upper Room Weekly Reflection

“If God is all you have, you have all you need.”  John 14:8

Inheriting Paradise: a Book Review

This weekly bulletin insert complements the curriculum published by the Department of Christian Education of the Orthodox Church in America. This and many other Christian Education resources are available at http://dce.oca.org.
During the week of June 23, we read some New Testament verses that remind us how deeply God involves Himself in the world He made.

The Epistle reading for the 26th is Romans 1:18-27. Here Saint Paul is accusing the Gentiles of obstinately refusing to recognize the obvious signs of God in the world. He writes, “Ever since the creation of the world His eternal power and divine nature, invisible though they are, have been understood and seen through the things He has made.”

On the 29th the Gospel reading is Matthew 5: 42-48. These are Jesus Christ’s words exhorting us to love our enemies and pray for those who mistreat us, so that we can truly be children of God. Christ says, “…for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous.” The good things of the earth are for every person, not just the worthy.

Vigen Guroian’s book “Inheriting Paradise” is subtitled “Meditations on Gardening” for good reason. As an avid gardener—the kind who harvests and consumes what the soil produces and is willing to plant, hoe and weed till the sweat pours down his aching back—Guroian sees the garden as a place where God’s grace is offered to us. The book takes the reader through the liturgical seasons of the year and relates them to the seasons of a garden. So, for example, Guroian likens the weeding and preparation of the soil each spring, in anticipation of planting, to the Lenten work of weeding and preparing our souls to receive the Resurrected Christ.

He quotes the Anglican writer and gardener Evelyn Underhill: “The idea that a good vigorous campaign with a pitch fork is the best way of extirpating tiresome weeds from a herbaceous border is the one we most have to unlearn…in our hurry we’ve broken weeds and left the bottom half of their stems in the ground to start vigorous life again.”

Similarly, Guroian writes, we need humble patience as we work to uproot sins from our souls. “A quick pull on the root, however, will not do the trick, nor will an aggressive chop of the hoe…The Christian gardener patiently picks sin from the soul’s soil and cultivates it with care and attention to the tender new growth of faith.”

Vigen Guroian is dismayed at some modern ecologists’ views of Christianity. He quotes Jim Nollman, who asserts that “neither Judaism nor Christianity teaches us that nature is alive and and capable of interceding in our lives in a positive, spiritually enhancing manner.”

Guroian counters this extraordinarily ignorant statement with words from Saint Ephrem’s “Hymns on Paradise” and verses from the Psalms. Then he writes of Christians’ special responsibility to preserve and honor Earth’s life: “If we Christians truly treasure the hope that one day we, like Adam and the penitent thief, will walk alongside the One who caused even the dead wood of the cross to blossom with flowers, then we must also imitate the Master’s art and make the desolate earth grow green.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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