May 26, 2013

Schedule of Divine Services

3rd SUNDAY OF PASCHA  Tone 2  Holy Myrrrhbearing Women

4th SUNDAY OF PASCHA Tone 3 Sunday of the Paralytic

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Jesus Heals the Paralytic

 

 

 

 

Saturday, May 25:

5:00 pm  Great Vespers and Confessions

Sunday, May 26:

  •  9:45 am Hours – Reader Aaron Gray
  • 10:00 am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

Epistle Reader – Reader Aaron Gray

EPISTLE: Acts 9:32-42  GOSPEL: John 5:1-15

Tuesday, May 28:

Holy Day – MID FEAST OF PENTECOST

6:00 pm  Vesperal Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom.

*Lesser Sanctification of Water*

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

Prosphora Offering by Michele Lambo

 

Today's coffee hour is provided by Michele Lambo.  Thank you from your fellow parishioners!

Today’s coffee hour is provided by Michele Lambo. Thank you from your fellow parishioners!

 

For those serving in the armed forces.

For those serving in the armed forces.

Remember those serving in the armed forces:

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

 

 

 

Remember our sick and shut-ins:
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  • 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)

Note:  Contact information such as addresses or phone numbers of our brothers and sisters 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.

 Divine Liturgy Time Change!

Divine Liturgy Time Change for Summer!

Beginning Sunday, JUNE 2 and continuing through Sunday, AUGUST 25 DIVINE LITURGY will start @ 9:30 am.

 

 

This Week's Feast Days & Scripture Readings

This Week’s Feast Days & Scripture Readings

 

Monday, May 27 – Hieromartyr Therapon, Bishop of Sardis

  •  Acts 10:1-16    John 6:56-69

Tuesday, May 28 – St. Nicetas, Bishop of Chalcedon

  • Acts 10:21-33   John 7:1-13

Wednesday,  May 29 – MIDFEAST OF PENTECOST

  •  Acts 14:6-18     John 7:14-30

Thursday, May 30 – Venerable Isaac, Founder of the Dalmatian Monastery at Constantinople

  • Acts 10:34-43     John 8:12-20

Friday, May 31 – Apostle Hermes of the Seventy

  •  Acts 10:44-11:10     John 8:21-30

Saturday, June 1 – Martyr Justin the Philosopher

  • Acts 12:1-11   John 8:31-42

 

BANNS OF HOLY MATRIMONY

Banns of Holy Matrimony are announced for the first time between Eric Matthew Souder, son  of Cathy and Kevin Souder, and Alexandra Olga Bilas, daughter of Subdeacon Terrence and Veronica Bilas.  The celebration of Holy Matrimony will take place on Sunday, June 16, 2013, at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  If anyone knows of any reason why this marriage should not take place, please let Fr. Don know.

MIDFEAST OF PENTECOST – May 29, 2013

In the middle of the fourth week of the Paschal Season, the middle day between Pascha and Pentecost is solemnly celebrated.  It is called the MIDFEAST, at which Christ, “in the middle of the feast” teaches men of His saving mission and offers to all the “waters of immortality”.  (John 7:14)  Again we are reminded of the Master’s PRESENCE and of His saving PROMISE:  “If anyone is thirsty let him come to me and drink.”  (John 7:37)  We think once again of our Baptism: namely, our participation in the death and resurrection of Christ, and our reception from Him of the Holy Spirit in Chrismation.  We look back to Pascha and we look forward to Pentecost.  We know that we belong to the Kingdom of Christ!

Martyr Justin the Philosopher and those with him at Rome       Commemorated on June 1

The Holy Martyr Justin the Philosopher was born around 114 at Sychem, an ancient city of Samaria. Justin’s parents were pagan Greeks. From his childhood the saint displayed intelligence, love for knowledge and a fervent devotion to the knowledge of Truth. When he came of age he studied the various schools of Greek philosophy: the Stoics, the Peripatetics, the Pythagoreans, the Platonists, and he concluded that none of these pagan teachings revealed the way to knowledge of the true God.

Once, when he was strolling in a solitary place beyond the city and pondering about where to seek the way to the knowledge of Truth, he met an old man. In the ensuing conversation he revealed to Justin the essential nature of the Christian teaching and advised him to seek the answers to all the questions of life in the books of Holy Scripture. “But before anything else,” said the holy Elder, “pray diligently to God, so that He might open to you the doors of Light. No one is able to comprehend Truth, unless he is granted understanding from God Himself, Who reveals it to each one who seeks Him in prayer and in love.”

In his thirtieth year, Justin accepted holy Baptism (between the years 133 and 137). From this time St Justin devoted his talents and vast philosophical knowledge to preaching the Gospel among the pagans. He began to journey throughout the Roman Empire, sowing the seeds of faith. “Whosoever is able to proclaim Truth and does not proclaim it will be condemned by God,” he wrote.

Justin opened a school of Christian philosophy. St Justin subsequently defended the truth of Christian teaching, persuasively confuting pagan sophistry (in a debate with the Cynic philosopher Crescentius) and heretical distortions of Christianity. He also spoke out against the teachings of the Gnostic Marcian.

In the year 155, when the emperor Antoninus Pius (138-161) started a persecution against Christians, St Justin personally gave him an Apology in defense of two Christians innocently condemned to execution, Ptolemy and Lucias. The name of the third remains unknown.

In the Apology he demonstrated the falseness of the slander against Christians accused unjustly for merely having the name of Christians. The Apology had such a favorable effect upon the emperor that he ceased the persecution. St Justin journeyed, by decision of the emperor, to Asia Minor where they were persecuting Christians with particular severity. He proclaimed the joyous message of the imperial edict throughout the surrounding cities and countryside.

The debate of St Justin with the Rabbi Trypho took place at Ephesus. The Orthodox philosopher demonstrated the truth of the Christian teaching of faith on the basis of the Old Testament prophetic writings. St Justin gave an account of this debate in his work Dialogue with Trypho the Jew.

A second Apology of Saint Justin was addressed to the Roman Senate. It was written in the year 161, soon after Marcus Aurelius (161-180) ascended the throne.

When he returned to Italy, St Justin, like the Apostles, preached the Gospel everywhere, converting many to the Christian Faith. When the saint arrived at Rome, the envious Crescentius, whom Justin always defeated in debate, brought many false accusations against him before the Roman court. St Justin was put under guard, subjected to torture and suffered martyrdom in 165. The relics of St Justin the Philosopher rest in Rome.

The holy martyrs Justin, Chariton, Euelpistus, Hierax, Peonus, Valerian, Justus and the martyr Charito suffered with St Justin the Philosopher in the year 166. They were brought to Rome and thrown into prison. The saints bravely confessed their faith in Christ before the court of the prefect Rusticus. Rusticus asked St Justin, whether he really thought that after undergoing tortures he would go to heaven and receive a reward from God. Saint Justin answered, “Not only do I think this, but I know and am fully assured of it.”

The prefect proposed to all the Christian prisoners that they offer sacrifice to the pagan gods. When they refused he issued a sentence of death, and the saints were beheaded.

 

The Challenge of Change

This weekly bulletin insert complements the curriculum published by the Department of Christian Education of the Orthodox Church in America.

 

 

During the week of May 26 we read the tenth chapter of the Book of Acts, which tells of changes and growth in the early Church.

As people with varied backgrounds joined the Church, those who were already members had to find ways of worshipping in harmony with these newcomers. Sometimes their ideas of what God wanted from them also had to change, as the apostle Peter would learn.

The tenth chapter begins with Peter’s vision of a large sheet being lowered by its four corners from heaven. Animals, some considered unclean in Jewish law, are contained in the sheet: “all kinds of four-footed creatures and reptiles and birds of the air.” A voice telling Peter to “kill and eat” is followed by his protest that he has never eaten anything profane or unclean.

But when the voice tells him that he must not call profane anything that God has made clean, Peter begins to realize that his understanding of God’s will must change. He will soon say, “I truly understand that God shows no partiality.” So he preaches the Gospel to the Gentiles, people who were not raised as he was in the Jewish law.

Then comes another attitude-changing event: the Holy Spirit falls upon those listening to Peter. And “the circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles, for they heard them speaking in tongues and extolling God.” The faithful believers of Jewish background are shown that God’s grace is for others as well as themselves.

It isn’t an easy fact for them to take in. The first verses of the eleventh chapter of Acts describe the reaction of the apostles and believers in Judea, hearing of the Gentiles’ acceptance of God’s word. They criticize Peter: “Why did you go to uncircumcised men and eat with them?”

The Church would face similar challenges many times again. In the third century, for example, the question arose of what to do with those who had “lapsed” during the persecutions in the Roman Empire. How were they to be received back into the Church, if they were received at all? Many Christians at that time had lost eyes, limbs and health because they refused to deny their faith. How would they live in harmony with those who had escaped persecution by recanting? So serious was this question that Church leaders devised three categories of the lapsed: those who had actually sacrificed to the pagan gods, those who had offered incense, and those who had purchased certificates stating that they had complied with the Empire’s demands. The penances were different for each group.

The present world confronts Orthodox Christians with the challenge to love each person while firmly upholding Church teachings that many persons have abandoned. It is no easy task, and the only way to do it is to cling to the assurance, in John 16:33 that Christ gives us: ” Be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world.”

 

 

 

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