St. Innocent Orthodox Church
✙ Founded in 1967 ✙ Moscow Patriarchal Parishes ✙
23300 W. Chicago ✞ Redford, MI 48239 ✞ 313-538-1142 ✞ Fax: 313-538-8126
Church Web Site: www.stinnocentchurch.com ✞ E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Innocent Monastic Community: 9452 Hazelton, Redford, MI 48239 ✞ 313-535-9080
PASTOR: Rt. Rev. Mitered Archpriest ROMAN STAR
NOVEMBER 16, 2014 Dean, Central States Deanery, Patriarchal Parishes
Cell Phone: 313-319-0590
ASSISTANT PRIEST: Rev. DANEIL SHIRAK ✞ 313-295-3073
DEACON: Rev. Dn. Michael Comerford
EPISTLE: Ephesians 2:4-10 (#220) ATTACHED: Sister Ioanna
GOSPEL: St. Luke 10:25-37 (#53) CHOIR DIRECTOR: Elizabeth Star
TONE: 6 READERS: Robert Joseph Latsko
✞ 23rd SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST ✞
✞ 9:15 AM — HOURS & AKATHIST OR CANON; CONFESSIONS ✞
✞ 10AM — DIVINE LITURGY OF ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM ✞
COMMEMORATED TODAY: Holy Apostle and Evangelist Matthew (60 A.D.). St. Fulvianus, Prince of Ethiopia, in Baptism Matthew (1st c.).
FOR THE REPOSE OF: Estelle & Joseph Star; Ellen Starinshak; Anna & John Witkowski; Michael Sr.& Margaret Rusko; Mary, Andrew, Daniel, Michael & Lottie Yakuber; Ross & Margaret Falsetti; Helen, John & Carole Andrayko; Peter & Theresa Harvilla; Marc Dade; Betty Martell; Frances Smoly; Peter Glover; Irene Adams; Ethel Elizabeth & Wayne Joshua deVyver; David Horka; Michael Rusko, Anna Lichagina, Yelena & Zinaïda Korniyevskaya, Joseph Nossal, Michelle Tucker, Edwin Rusko
Michael Yakuber, whose Anniversary of his repose is Tuesday, 18 November
FOR THE HEALTH OF: Archimandrite Roman (Braga) (cancer); Archimandrite Il’ya (Barna); Igumen Seraphim; Archpriest Lawrence Bacik; Archpriest Paul Waters; Priest Daneil, Matushka Debra & Corrina Shirak; Deacon Michael, Deacon Basil Frenchek (cancer); Matushka Mary Ellen & Julius Comerford; Matushka Melanya Sviridov; Matushka Mary Donahue; Reader Robert Latsko, Reader George & Betty Hanoian, Jordan Manier, Rose Nossal, Mary Glover, Nancy Cupp, Deborah Dade, Dean Hough, Vasiliki Stamoulis, Gerald Martell, Jaime Truskowski, Azbehat, Donald Yakuber, Carl deVyver, Jo Anne Nicholas, Joan Rusko, Gregory & Tamiko Star, Daria, Mother Theodora-Ampilochia (cancer); Alice Ladhu (cancer); Helen Hall (cancer)
Fr. Slavcho Panyev (recovering from a stroke), Pastor of St. Clement Ochridsky Church in Dearborn
Protodeacon Daniel Sudol, who celebrates the anniversary of his Ordination Today, Sunday, 16 November
Caecilia Shirak, who celebrates her birthday on Thursday, 20 November
Sarah Shirak, who celebrates her birthday on Saturday, 22 November
❈ MAY GOD GRANT THEM MANY YEARS! ❈
SCHEDULE FOR THE COMING WEEK
Nativity Fast (Abstain from meat, dairy, fish, alcohol)
Wednesday 11/19 7pm AKATHIST, “GLORY TO GOD FOR ALL THINGS”
Thursday 11/20 7pm GREAT VESPERS for the Feast of the ENTRANCE OF THE THEOTOKOS INTO THE TEMPLE
Friday 11/21 9am DIVINE LITURGY for the Feast of the ENTRANCE OF THE THEOTOKOS INTO THE TEMPLE
Saturday 11/22 4pm GREAT VESPERS & CONFESSIONS —
Sunday 11/23 24th Sunday After Pentecost & After-feast of the Entrance into the Temple
9:15am Hours & Akathist & Confessions
10am DIVINE LITURGY, followed by Coffee Hour
❈ CHRIST IS IN OUR MIDST! ❈ HE IS NOW & EVER SHALL BE! ❈
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ENTRANCE OF THE MOTHER OF GOD
INTO THE TEMPLE
By Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh
A Sermon delivered on 7 November, 1972
Feast Day: 21 November
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Since early days the Church has given to the Mother of God titles of holiness greater than those which are given to any saint. She is called the All-Holy, Panagia. We venerate Her as One who is greater and holier than the Cherubim and the Seraphim, greater than the angels of God who, endowed with vision, can see, contemplate and adore, greater than the angels of God who are, as it were, the throne of the Most High. Because the ones as the others see, worship, serve God as their Lord, as their Master, and yet somehow they remain farther from Him than She, who in Her exceeding holiness has become the kin of God, has become the Mother of the Incarnate Word, who is the Bride, the perfect revelation of what the whole creation is called to be and to become.
The Feast of the Presentation of the Mother of God in the Temple quite obviously raises historical problems. We know that in Israel no one was allowed into the Holy of Holies — that the High Priest entered it only once a year after having undergone purification by sacrificial blood. What the feast stands for primarily is described, enlarged on, in a sermon on prayer written in the 19th century by Theophan the Recluse. The Holy of Holies, he says, is the heart of hearts of human worship. It is the place where men in the Old Testament can meet God to the extent to which God can be met. It is the heart of the mystery of Israel. It is also the point which somehow is beyond the point of the sacrificed. The sacrifice opens the door to it. The sacrifice somehow remains this side of it. And to enter into the Holy of Holies means first and foremost to enter into that depth of adoration, into that depth of prayer which makes one present to the living God, which makes one stand face to face with the living God. The presentation of the Mother of God, apart from historical features, is extolled by the Church because it indicates to us where She stands in the whole of Her life, in the Divine Presence in complete surrender, in complete adoration.
Tradition has it that she was brought by Joachim and Anna. On the icons you can see young girls with candles bringing her to the temples. She was handed over to the high priest, who took Her into the place to which he had no access himself. Now I don't think there is any advantage in discussing the possible historicity of an event of that kind. From a purely historical point of view it is unlikely that it could have happened. But what matters is what it stands for, and it stands for a moment when, having reached the maturity of a young child, but the maturity of one who can already worship, serve, lend an ear, be ready to respond and to obey, She chose all that and went into that depth of obedience, of listening, of attention to what was God's will. By what I say I do not mean to say that it did or did not happen. But what matters as far as She is concerned is obviously this aspect of the thing much more than the historicity of the event as described in icons or in folkloric tradition.
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WORD OF A PASTOR III: ON DIVINE REVELATION
By PATRIARCH KIRILL of Moscow and All Russia
4 September 2014
Natural revelation alone is not enough to explain the universe to everyone. It happens that observation of the surrounding world brings people to different and often opposite conclusions. Therefore it was the Lord’s good pleasure to give people other news about Himself: supernatural Revelation.
We continue the serialization in English of an extensive series on the fundamentals of the Orthodox Faith by His Holiness, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.
A famous philosopher came to Abba Anthony the Great, an Egyptian solitary who lived in the fourth century, and asked him: “Abba, how can you live here, in the desert, deprived of the consolation of reading books?” Pointing with his hand at the blue sky, the scorching sun, the mountains, the desert sands, and the sparse vegetation, the solitary replied: “My book, O philosopher, is the nature of created things; and, when I desire to, I can read God’s works therein.”
Our world is a great book of Divine Revelation. Looking at it, all endowed with reason, man’s power of observation and analysis cannot but marvel at the harmony, beauty, reasonableness, and rationality that are present in everything, from molecule to galaxy. The question involuntarily arises: could an irrational, chaotic, and unconscious beginning be the source of this sound and harmonious existence?
People who deny God explain everything as an accident. Matter existed always and everywhere, they claim, and at some point it began to develop in such a way that, as a result, this wonderful world was born.
Why do they think this way? Because, in our wisely-arranged and judicious world, no apparent source of reason is detectable. It would seem that there is a rational world, but no source of rationality. It is natural to assume that this source is outside our world, but then one must invariably recognize the existence of God. Otherwise, one needs to opt out of the search for an intelligent design of life. And then the only reason for the birth of the universe remains in recognizing some kind of random “spontaneous combustion,” some kind of unwitting impetus that initiated things by a random combination of circumstances that, in some inexplicable way, predetermined the fantastically complex process of the perfection of matter from the simple to the complex, from the inanimate to the living, from the irrational to the rational, and from lava to the human brain, conscience, love, and the sense of beauty. Thus, is the beginning of the world reasonable or inadvertent? Was it created, or is it accidental?
The Church teaches us that the universe is a great book of Divine Revelation, that the cosmos is a natural testimony to God Himself. Contemplating this world, we can sense – indirectly but really – the Divine presence therein. On the basis of the rationality of the world it is natural to judge the reasonableness of its Creation; the fact of the existence of life is explained by the fact that God is the Source of Life.
However, looking out at the surrounding world, different people have come to different conclusions. For the great scientist of the twentieth century, Albert Einstein, our world was truly a natural book of Divine Revelation. The great scientist expressed himself in the following words:
“My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.”
Einstein was not a theologian but, in considering the surrounding world, he came to a very important conclusion: knowledge of the physical world reveals the wisdom of the Creator.
But not all men of science are inclined to draw similar conclusions, for among them there are both believers and unbelievers. There was a time when the majority of scientists in our country spoke of themselves as atheists. History has shown that very many of them acted thus because they feared speaking otherwise.
And this is quite understandable. In those days, being a believer meant being a social outcast. Not everyone had the courage to admit that he, a scientist and researcher, was also a believer. But even then there were courageous people. I cannot forget the outstanding scientist and biologist, the academician A. A. Baev, with whom the Lord brought me into contact in 1984. This man told me how he, as a scientist, read the great book of natural Revelation that we call animate nature. For this academician, a believer who suffered a great deal, this world was indeed a living book of God’s Revelation.
However, natural revelation alone is not enough to explain the universe to everyone. It happens that observation of the surrounding world brings people to different and often opposite conclusions. Therefore it was the Lord’s good pleasure to give people other news about Himself: supernatural Revelation.
In the history of humanity, there have always been people who have been capable of hearing the voice of God Himself. These were the prophets. God revealed Himself in communion with them. But He revealed Himself in His fullness in Jesus Christ, born two thousand years ago in the Jewish town of Bethlehem. In Christ the world was given the fullness of Revelation.
The Revelation that God shared about Himself through the prophets, and which He revealed to the world through His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, is called supernatural Revelation. This Revelation has always been preserved in the community of the faithful: during the times of the Old Testament— among the Jewish people; but after the Nativity of the Lord and Savior — in the Christian community. It has been preserved carefully, being handed down from generation to generation. And in order not accidentally to distort the received Revelation through the insufficiency of human memory or subjective interpretation, it was already written down in deepest antiquity. Thus appeared the Sacred books.
The Revelation handed down from generation to generation is called Holy Tradition. And a part of Tradition, written down by the prophets and apostles, are the Holy Scriptures.
Thanks to Divine Revelation, people have received the required knowledge about the supersensible world.
Of course, not everything is said in Revelation. People will learn everything only after they have crossed the border that separates this physical life from the life of the future ages. But Divine Revelation contains within itself everything necessary for building the right relationship between man and God.
When we read Holy Scripture, we have before us not just an historical document or a work of literature. We truly touch the Word of God, which is capable of working on our mind in a special way. Earlier we said that faith begins with reason. Reason, enlightened by Divine Revelation, activates religious feelings that inflame faith, opening up to man the path to real knowledge of God. In this sense, the Word of God indeed enlightens us; for, as John Chrysostom said, “being full of light and exuding light, it enlightens and illuminates the souls of the faithful.”
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CANDLES FOR LAST SUNDAY, 9 NOVEMBER
CHURCH VIGIL LAMPS:
Royal Doors Lamp:In Memory of Husband Joe; Son Kenneth; parents Michael & Margaret Rusko & John & Martha Nossal, by Rose Nossal
Altar Candles: In Memory of Nicholas and Susan Yakuber, by son, Donald Yakuber
Iconostasis Lamps: In Memory of Irene Adams, by daughter, Eileen Adams
Candles on the Solea: In Memory of Pete & Theresa Harvilla, Norman & Monica Holst, & Ricky Ellis, by Jason & Debra Truskowski
Nave Reliquary-Icon Lamps: (1) In Memory of Ross & Margaret Falsetti, by daughters, Margie Martell & Rose Ann Everhardt
Nave Reliquary-Icon Lamps: (2) In Memory of Edwin Rusko, by the Nossal Family
Table of Oblation Lamp: In Memory of parents, Helen & John Andrayko, Sr. & sister, Carole Andrayko, by John Andrayko, Jr.
IN MEMORY OF (MEMORY ETERNAL!):
Joseph & Estelle Star, by son Father Roman and family
Paul & Alexandra Yupco, Basil & Ellen Starinshak, by grandson, Father Roman and family
John & Anna Witkowski, by daughter, Matushka Rose Marie and family
Samuel & Mary Kupec, by granddaughter, Matushka Rose Marie and family
Parents, Helen & John Andrayko and sister, Carole Andrayko, by John Andrayko
My husband, Joe; my sisters, Margaret & Ross Falsetti, Anna & Mike Elaschat, Theresa & Pete Harvilla, Irene, & brothers, Michael, John & Edwin (newly departed) Rusko; niece, Rose Mary Hough; Joe’s brothers, Raymond & Walter Nossal, & sisters, Theresa, Florence & Helen Nossal, by Rose Nossal
Pete & Theresa Harvilla, by Mary Ann Harvilla & Kay Truskowski + + + My husband, Michael Rusko, by Joan RuskoParents, Ethel Elizabeth & Wayne Joshua deVyver; David Horka; Grandmother Marguerite Slicklen (anniv. 11/7); Olive Brower (B-day 11/11); Nina I (anniv. 11/13); Mary Nicholas (anniv. 11/11); Marion P; Mo. Benedicta; Fr. Photius (anniv. 11/1), by Sister Ioanna
Child Lana Wilson, Shirley Troyer, Wendell Philips, by Becky J. & Levi + + + All Family & Friends, by Rose Ann Everhardt
FOR THE HEALTH OF: (MANY YEARS!)
Elizabeth, Lawrence, Caitlin & Zachary, by parents & grandparents, Father Roman & Matushka Rose Marie
Gregory & Tamiko Star, by parents, Father Roman & Matushka Rose Marie
Children & Grandchildren; Monk Fr. Tikhon (Dade); Dean Hough, by Rose Nossal
Father Roman & Matushka & family; Sister Ioanna; John Andrayko; Nancy; Mary G; Jo Anne N; Grandson Joey (in the Navy Reserves) & all people in the Armed Forces; & all the people of St. Innocent Church, by Rose Nossal
My Mom, Jaime Truskowski, by Kay Truskowski + + + Family & Friends, Aunt Rose, by Mary Ann Harvilla & Kay T.
Brother, Greg & Donna, Gregory & Liz & Alex, by Mary Ann Harvilla & Kay Truskowski
Archimandrites Roman, Nafanail & Gregory; Igumen Seraphim; Fr. Roman & Mat. Rose Marie; Fr. Lawrence & fam; Fr. Daneil & fam; Dcn. Michael & fam; Mat. Melanya S; Mat. Mary D; Carl; Fr. Tikhon; Sdn Andrew; Rdr Robert; Robert M; David Samuel & Sky; JoAnne & Nick; Martha; Athanasius; John A; Lena N; Jillian J; Ed & Tiffany; Vasiliki; Rose; Emil & Rozana; Mo.Theodora-Amphilochia; Azbehat, by Sister Ioanna
Thanksgiving for 13th anniversary of being made a monastic, & 11th anniversary of establishment of St. Innocent Monastic Community, by Sister Ioanna
Joan Jurczyszyn, Betty Stelmaszek, Leia & Mike Wilson, Andrea Faust, Liz Tomachewski, by Becky Jurczyszyn & Levi
All family & Friends, by Rose Ann Everhardt + + + All family & Friends, by Margie Martell
PROSFORA FOR TODAY IS OFFERED by: Sister Ioanna
in Memory Eternal of: Parents: Ethel Elizabeth & Wayne Joshua deVyver; Robert David Horka; grandmothers Lillian & Marguerite (anniv. 11/7); Sally & Edward, Frank & Marion deVyver; Olive Brower (B-day, 11/11); Fr. Photius Donahue (anniv. 11/1) Marion P. (anniv. 11/3); Nina I. (anniv. 11/13); Mary Nicholas (anniv. 11/11); all friends & loved ones; and for the Health of: Brother, Carl deVyver; Fr. Roman & Mat. Rose Marie; Jo Anne Nicholas (B-day, 11/25); & all family & friends; and in Thanksgiving for: Anniversary of being made a monastic (11/11/01), Anniversary of the establishment of the St. Innocent of Alaska Monastic Community (11/15/03).
PROSFORA SCHEDULE: 2014 — November: Sr. Ioanna; December: Nicholas Family.
PROSFORA SCHEDULE: 2015: January: John Andrayko & Sister Ioanna; February: Matushka Rose Marie; March: Libby Glover-Booher; April: Deborah Hartz; May: Vasiliki Stamoulis; June: John Andrayko; July: Matushka Rose Marie; August: Sister Ioanna; September: Deborah Hartz; October: John Andrayko; November: Sister Ioanna; December: Nicholas Family. The 2015 Prosfora Schedule is now complete. Thank you to the donors.
Offering the Holy Bread that will become the Sacred Body of Christ and received in Holy Communion is a great honor and privilege, and it is a wonderful way to commemorate one’s living and departed loved ones. It also is a very meaningful way of celebrating special events, such as birthdays & anniversaries, graduations, weddings, births & baptisms. Donations are $25 for a month.
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(1) THE AKATHIST, “GLORY TO GOD FOR ALL THINGS” TO BE SERVED AT MOST OF OUR WEEKLY 7PM WED. SERVICES DURING NOV. & DEC., to offer thanksgiving for all God’s blessings during this Thanksgiving month & preparation for Christ’s Birth.
(2) PLEASE BRING IN CLOTHES FOR THE NEEDY: COATS, HATS, GLOVES, SCARVES, SOCKS, UNDERWEAR
Please bring in things for the winter for the needy: coats, hats, gloves/mittens, scarves, sweaters, boots. Also, RIR has especially requested that we donate socks and underwear for men and women, girls and boys, in all sizes, children and adults. Whatever you donate is brought to the Redford Interfaith Relief (RIR) on Beech Daly, with which Fr. Roman is very involved. RIR helps people right here in our own community.
(3) PLEASE CONTINUE TO GIVE YOUR DONATIONS FOR OUR ON-GOING ANNUAL BLANKET DRIVE
(4) THE NOV–DEC ISSUE OF GOOD WORKS IS NOW AVAILABLE IN PRINTED FORM (at church) AND ON LINE. You can view the latest issue and all previous issues in full color on the COCC website: http://coccdetroit.com/goodworks.html
(5) PHOTO SLIDE-SHOW, PROGRAM BOOKLET & MANY MESSAGES FOR FR. ROMAN’S 30th CELEBRATION AVAILABLE ON OUR CHURCH WEBSITE: http://www.stinnocentchurch.com, under “Fr. Roman’s 30th" tab
(6) DECEMBER CALENDAR OF SERVICES IS AVAILABLE AT: http://www.stinnocentchurch.com/calendar.html
(7) READ THE NUMEROUS ARTICLES AND VIEW THE PHOTOS ON OUR CHURCH WEBSITE, http://www.stinnocentchurch.com
❈ GLORY TO JESUS CHRIST! ❈ GLORY FOREVER! ❈
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SCHEDULE OF UP-COMING SERVICES, FEASTS & EVENTS
◆ Saturday, November 15th, NATIVITY FAST BEGINS (abstain from meat, fish, dairy products (milk & cheese, eggs, etc.)
◆ Sunday, November 16th, After Liturgy, PANIKHIDA FOR MICHELLE TUCKER, offered by Rose Ann & Greg Everhardt
◆ Thursday, November 20th, 7pm, GREAT VESPERS & LITIYA, for the ENTRANCE OF THE THEOTOKOS INTO THE TEMPLE
◆ Friday, November 21st, 9am, DIVINE LITURGY, for the Great Feast, the ENTRANCE OF THE THEOTOKOS INTO THE TEMPLE
7pm, FOCUS Motor City Benefit Dinner & Auction (6:30 Hors d’Oeuvres), $75 donation; St. Mary’s, Livonia
◆ Saturday, Nov. 22nd, 10am, “Why Bad Things Happen to Good People?”, OCW Presentation by Fr. Laurence Lazar, St. Mary’s, Berkley
◆ Wednesday, November 26th, 9am, DIVINE LITURGY FOR PARISH PATRONAL FEASTDAY OF ST. INNOCENT OF IRKUTSK
◆ Wednesday, November 26th, 7pm, COCC-sponsored Moleben for Thanksgiving, at St. George Romanian Cathedral, Southfield
◆ Thursday, November 27th, 10am, DIVINE LITURGY FOR THANKSGIVING DAY
◆ Saturday, November 29th, Annual COCC “St. Nicholas is Santa Claus” event, Live Reindeer, 12– 1; Program, 1–3:30. HTOC, Livonia
◆ Sunday, November 30th, After Liturgy, PANIKHIDA FOR MICHELLE TUCKER, offered by Margie & Gerry Martell
FR. ROMAN’S ADDITIONAL SCHEDULE
Friday, November 14th, 11:00am, Bishop’s Council Meeting, at St. Nicholas Cathedral, NYC, fly early morning & return same evening
Tuesday & Wednesday, November 18th & 19th, Central States Deanery Meeting, at St. Michael’s Church, Redford
Thursday, November 20th, Noon-2:00, Monthly meeting of the Redford Ministerial Alliance, at St. Robert Bellarmine Church, 27101W. Chicago
Saturday & Sunday, November 22nd- 23rd, Nativity of Christ Church, Youngstown, OH; Vespers (Sat.) & Liturgy (Sun.), Dean’s Visitation
Friday & Saturday, November 28th-29th, St. John Chrysostom, Grand Rapids, Vespers & Presentation (Fri.) & Liturgy (Sat.), Dean’s Visitation
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(8) “ST. NICHOLAS IS SANTA CLAUS,” ANNUAL COCC EVENT, SAT. NOV. 29th, AT HTOC, 12–3:30
Mark your calendars and plan to bring the children in your life to this marvelous FREE annual “Teach Our Children” COCC event, at Holy Transfiguration Church, 36075 W. 7 Mile Rd., Livonia, 48152 (bet/Farmington & Newburgh). Live reindeer, 12–1:00: Children can pet the reindeer and there is available a photo-op on a sleigh with a reindeer. The program with St. Nick, refreshments, children’s activities & more is between 1-3:30. The priest who plays St. Nicholas presents an excellent program in which some of the kids participate, that explains how St. Nicholas became transformed into Santa Claus. The priest who does this has decades of experience as St. Nick and Santa, and used to be the Santa for the annual Hudson’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit. So you know that he is really good. The program ends with all children going up to him and sitting on his lap, receiving a little gift, and allowing a photo-op. The color flyer shown here is available in PDF format that can be printed as a full-page flyer at: http://coccdetroit.com/2014coccstnicholasevent.html
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Prince & Bishop of Ethiopia
Feastday: Today, November 16th
St. Fulvianus-Matthew was the pagan Prince of Ethiopia when the Apostle and Gospel-writer St. Matthew came there in the mid-1st century to evangelize the African people. The Prince resisted and had the Apostle killed. But the miracles and visions after his death converted the pagan Prince. He was baptized, and given the name of the Apostle Matthew, following divine instruction. The new Christian Prince Matthew dedicated his life to converting his people to the True Faith. He was ordained priest and then later, Bishop of Ethiopia. The account of his life is included with that of the Apostle St. Matthew (also November 16th).
(Icon, on Narthex wall, at St. Innocent Church, Redford, MI)