On Saturday of the first week of Great Lent, we remember the miracle of St Theodore and the boiled wheat. Fifty years after the death of St Theodore, the emperor Julian the Apostate (361-363), wanting to commit an outrage upon the Christians, commanded the city-commander of Constantinople during the first week of Great Lent to sprinkle all the food provisions in the marketplaces with the blood offered to idols. St. Theodore appeared in a dream to Archbishop Eudoxius, ordering him to inform all the Christians that no one should buy anything at the marketplaces, but rather eat cooked wheat with honey (kolyva). [Read more…]
On Monday, February 19, we begin the holy season of Great Lent. It is a very valuable season of the Church Year and the appointed time for our spiritual renewal. In truth, it is a Gift from God.
Great Lent is an excellent time to put aside all those things that make us displeasing to ourselves, to others and to God. Someone once suggested an item called a spiritual wastebasket.
The wastebasket is a very valuable piece of equipment. A generous use of this item is important for efficiency in an office or a home or wherever needed. Possibly, a wise and generous use of a spiritual wastebasket could also be the secret for spiritual efficiency & blessedness. Many of our lives are encumbered with things that should go into this type of wastebasket. [Read more…]
SUNDAY OF ORTHODOXY
Our Greater Akron Community will gather together on Sunday evening, February 25, 2018, at 5:00 pm, for Vespers of the Sunday of Orthodoxy at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. Our speaker is Father Ian Pac Urar, Rector of Presentation of Our Lord Orthodox Church, Fairlawn, Ohio. A dinner presentation will be given by Dr. Orwa Nasser on Christianity in the Holy Land: Building Churches in Palestine. [Read more…]
It’s almost that time again! This Lent, join the St. Elia Prayer Group as we once again unite to pray the Psalms together throughout the fast, which for Orthodox Christians begins this year on February 19. You do not need to be a member of St. Elia Akron to join. All you need is a Bible and a little bit of time to set aside each day.
The prayer group also offers the opportunity for us to pray for one another, for our parish, and for any special intentions any of us may have. [Read more…]
Forty days after Christ was born, He was presented to God in the Jerusalem Temple according to the Mosaic Law. At this time as well, His mother underwent the ritual purification and offered the sacrifices as prescribed in the Law. The, forty days after Christmas, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Presentation called the MEETING (or Presentation or Reception) of the Lord.
The meeting of Christ by the Elder Simeon and the prophetess Anna (Luke 2:22-36) is the main event of the Feast of Christ’s presentation in the Temple. It was “revealed to Simeon by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ” (Luke 2:26), [Read more…]
Time is running out to order your St. Elia T-shirts and hoodies! If you’d like to place an order, please click here to download the order form and mail it to us or drop it off at church by September 24. Items are expected to arrive in mid-October. Don’t miss out!
Cause for Consignment
It’s spring cleaning time! Clean out your closets and gather your gently used women’s and junior’s clothing and accessories to support St. Elia. We have signed up for the Cause for Consignment program at Best Bib & Tucker consignment shop in Hartville. 50% of the selling price for items consigned will be donated to St. Elia.
Items can be brought to St. Elia or you can contact Kathy Gray who is organizing the program at 330-806-9632. We will continue to collect items throughout the year for consignment (items do not need to be in-season). Read below for further details on the program.
What items are accepted: women’s petite to plus sizes, junior girls, maternity casual, business attire, cruise & formal wear accessories (jewelry, purses, shoes, scarves, etc.)
Items should be: cleaned, pressed and ready to wear current styles brought in on hangers or in a laundry basket, box, or bag- whatever is easiest for you
When to bring items to St. Elia: Anytime! We can store off-season items until the appropriate season.
Any items that are not accepted or do not sell will be donated to local charities.
During Great Lent we are called upon to fast not only for reasons of self-control and prayer, but also for reasons of love: to deny ourselves something that we may share what we have saved with a needy person.
This Lent, our parish family of St. Elia will be collecting items to include in “blessing bags” intended to provide a few necessities or comforts for someone who is homeless or otherwise in need. Look for the bin located near the entrance of church, and drop off your items as you come in each week. The blessing bags will be assembled following Divine Liturgy on Sunday, April 2, so all items must be turned in by then.
The bags will be available for distribution during Holy Week and after. We ask each individual or family to take at least one of the bags to distribute, with one string attached: You must learn the name of the person you give the bag to, so that you (and the Church) can pray for them by name.
Below is a list of ideas of items that may be contributed. Thank you for doing your part to help those in need!
- Gallon sized plastic bags (Ziploc or generic)
- Prepaid phone cards
- Fast food restaurant gift cards
- Pocket Bibles or small prayer books/pamphlets
- Notes of encouragement
- Small water bottles
- Granola or protein bars
- Small packs of nuts, trail mix, crackers or other snacks
- Mints or gum
Toiletries and personal items (travel sized)
- Wet wipes
- Hand sanitizer
- Feminine products
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