Weekly Bulletin: August 12, 2012

weekly bulletin logo for st. elia the prophet orthodox church in akron, ohioSCHEDULE OF DIVINE SERVICES

10th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST – Tone 1 – Afterfeast of the Transfiguration

Saturday, August 11

  • 4 p.m.: Baptism and Chrismation of Mavis Jamila Amponsah Sugden
  • 5 p.m.: Great Vespers and Confessions

Sunday, August 12

  • 9:15 a.m.: Hours, read by Subdeacon Gabriel Bilas
  • 9:30 a.m.: Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
  • Epistle Reader: Subdeacon Gabriel Bilas
  • EPISTLE: 1 Corinthians 4:9-16; GOSPEL: Matthew 17:14-23

THE DORMITION OF OUR MOST-HOLY LADY THEOTOKOS AND EVER-VIRGIN MARY

  • Tuesday, August 14, 6 p.m.: Vesperal Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
  • Blessing of Flowers and Herbs
  • EPISTLE: Philippians 2:5-11; GOSPEL: Luke 10:38-42; 11:27-28

11th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST – Tone 2 – Afterfeast of the Dormition

Saturday, August 18

  • No Vespers scheduled due to Diocesan Conference

Sunday, August 19

  • 9:15 a.m.: Hours, read by Florence Lambo
  • 9:30 a.m.: Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
  • Epistle Reader: Rebecca DiPuccio
  • EPISTLE: 1 Corinthians 9:2-12; GOSPEL: Matthew 18:23-35

THIS WEEK’S FEAST DAYS AND SCRIPTURE READINGS

Monday, August 13

  • Leavetaking of the Transfiguration; St. Tikhon, Wonderworker of Zadonsk
  • Hebrews 7:26-8:2; Matthew 5:14-19
  • Fast Day

Tuesday, August 14

  • Forefeast of the Dormition; Prophet Micah
  • 2 Corinthians 2:14-3:3; Matthew 23:23-28
  • Fast Day

Wednesday, August 15

  • Dormition of Our Most Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary
  • 1 Corinthians 16: 4-12; Matthew 21:28-32
  • Fast Day

Thursday, August 16

  • Afterfeast of the Dormition; Translation of the Image “Not-made-by hands” of our Lord Jesus Christ from Edessa to Constantinople (944 AD)
  • 2 Corinthians 4:1-6; Matthew 24:13-28

Friday, August 17

  • Afterfeast of the Dormition; Martyr Myron
  • 2 Corinthians 4:13-18; Matthew 24:27-33, 42-51
  • Fast Day

Saturday, August 18

  • Afterfeast of the Dormition; Repose of the Venerable John, Abbot of Rila; Martyrs Florus and Laurus of Illyria
  • 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Matthew 19:3-12

BAPTISM AND CHRISMATION

On Saturday, August 11, 2012, at 4 p.m., the Holy Mystery of Baptism and Chrismation was celebrated for Mavis Jamila Amponsah Sugden, daughter of Gregory and Nana Sugden, and sister of Sasha and Daniel Sugden. We welcome Mavis to the Holy Orthodox Church and to our parish family, and may God grant her many years!

PANAKHIDA TODAY

Following the Divine Liturgy today, Sunday, August 12, a Panakhida will be served for the repose of the souls of +Valentina,+Victoria, and +Ann, as requested by Lyudmyla Terekovska and the Sugden Family. Memory Eternal! Vecnaja Pamjat!

ONE YEAR PANAKHIDA

Following the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, August 26, 2012, a Panakhida will be served for the repose of the soul of +Alexandra (Irene) Ickes, as requested by her family. Memory Eternal! Vecnaja Pamjat!

49TH DIOCESAN CONFERENCE

The conference will be held Saturday, August 18, 2012, at St. George Orthodox Cathedral in Rossford (Toledo), Ohio.

FEAST OF THE DORMITION OF THE THEOTOKOS

The Feast of the Dormition, or the death, resurrection and ascension of the Theotokos, the Mother of God and ever-Virgin Mary, is celebrated on August 15 and is preceded by a two-week fast from August 1 through the 14.

This feast is also called the Assumption. While the title Dormition refers to Mary’s death, the term of Assumption refers to her resurrection as she is assumed by God into the Heavenly Kingdom of Christ. The tradition of the Church is that Mary died as all people die, since she bore the same mortal body that every person has who comes into the world. The Orthodox Church teaches, however, that she had no personal sins, but that she needed to be saved by Christ as all human persons are saved from the trial, sufferings and death in this world; and that having truly died she was raised up by her Son as the Mother of Life. She participates in the ETERNAL LIFE OF PARADISE.

Blessing of Flowers

The events that surround the death of the Theotokos are handed down to us from the early church. We are told that when Mary “fell asleep in the Lord,” the Apostles placed her in a tomb. Thomas, not present for the burial, came later and asked to see Mary one last time. When the Apostles arrived at the tomb, they found flowers were present where she laid. As a reminder of this event, flowers are blessed on this day. The blessed flowers are seen now as a sign of God’s Presence in this world.

THANK YOU FROM CHRISTINA

To my Parish Family at St. Elia’s,

Thank you so much for all the prayers, love, and support you have shown me and my family through my journey with cancer. The prayers are working—every day I’m getting better. But once again, thank you for being there for me.

Love, Christina Collins Paluch

REMEMBER THOSE SERVING IN THE ARMED FORCES

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

REMEMBER OUR SICK AND SHUT-INS

  • Mickey Stokich
  • Tom Hagerman
  • Leonora Evancho
  • Pierre Theodore
  • Bessie Alexandrovich
  • Larissa Freude
  • Christina Paluch Collins
  • Anastasia Haymon
  • Joseph Boyle, brother of Kathy Gray

PROSPHORA OFFERING: For today, Michele Lambo

COFFEE HOUR: For today, the Bohush family

COFFEE HOUR HOSTING

To have the coffee hour on Sundays following the Divine Liturgy, volunteers are needed to host this event. Please sign up for your turn.

PARISH MEMBERSHIP

A new membership form has been put into place by the Parish Council. Membership numbers established by completed forms shall be used to establish voting eligibility and meeting quorums that are set by the Parish Bylaws, which were accepted at the annual meeting on January 29, 2012. Please fill out the form on both sides and give it to Fr. Don or a member of the Parish Council.

THE DORMITION FAST

In our Church, it is customary that significant feasts on the Church Calendar are preceded by a period of fasting. There are four such fasts during our liturgical year: the Great Fast before Pascha, the Nativity Fast before the celebration of our Lord’s birth, the Apostles Fast which precedes the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul and the two-week period known as the Dormition Fast, which is observed prior to the commemoration of the Falling Asleep (Dormition) of the Mother of God. While we fully understand the need for a lengthy period of preparation prior to Pascha and the celebration of the Nativity, and while we readily see the connection of prayer and fasting in the lives of the Apostles as they embarked upon their missionary labors, the purpose of the Dormition Fast may be a bit puzzling to us. Perhaps the following “down to earth” analogy may help to put it in the proper context for us.

If our mother was on her deathbed and her end imminent, how would we react? Undoubtedly, our lives would be altered dramatically and normal activities would come to a halt. As we kept vigil over her, we would be spending a good deal of our time in prayer, and we would not be concerned with the pleasures of worldly entertainment. Chances are even our eating habits would be modified or altered as we prepared to bid farewell to the matriarch of our family.

As the Church prepares to “bid farewell” to our Mother – the Blessed Virgin Mary – she calls upon us to show the same reverence and respect to the one who gave birth to God the Word. We are asked to reflect upon the life of the woman who is considered “…more honorable than the Cherubim and beyond compare more glorious than the Seraphim.” As we fast in her honor, may we also strive to live a life in imitation of her.

Beginning on Sunday, September 2, 2012, and continuing through Sunday, May 26, 2013, Divine Liturgy will begin at 10 a.m.

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