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: email@example.com
St. Innocent Monastic Community: 9452 Hazelton, Redford, MI 48239 ✞ 313-535-9080
PASTOR: Rt. Rev. Mitered Archpriest ROMAN STAR
NOVEMBER 23, 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 2:14-22 (#221) ATTACHED: Sister Ioanna
GOSPEL: St. Luke 12:16-21 (#66) CHOIR DIRECTOR: Elizabeth Star
TONE: 7 READERS: Robert Joseph Latsko
✞ 23rd SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST ✞
✞ AFTERFEAST OF THE ENTRY INTO THE TEMPLE ✞
✞ 9:15 AM — HOURS & AKATHIST OR CANON; CONFESSIONS ✞
✞ 10AM — DIVINE LITURGY OF ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM ✞
COMMEMORATED TODAY: Afterfeast of the Entry Into the Temple. Repose of Rt. Blv. Great Prince Alexander Nevsky, in schema Aleksy (1263). St. Metrophán, Bishop of Vorónezh, in schema Makáry (1703). St. Amphilochius, Bishop of Iconium (394). St. Gregory, Bishop of Agrigentum (6th-7th c.).Martyr Sisinius, Bishop of Cyzicus (3rd c.). Martyr Theodore of Antioch (4th 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
Angelina Truskowski, whose Anniversary of her repose is Monday, 24 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
Matushka Debra Shirak, who celebrates her birthday Today, Sunday, 23 November
Jo Anne Nicholas, who celebrates her birthday on Tuesday, 25 November
Brandon Martell, who celebrates his birthday on Friday, 28 November
❈ MAY GOD GRANT THEM MANY YEARS! ❈
SCHEDULE FOR THE COMING WEEK
Nativity Fast (Abstain from meat, dairy, fish, alcohol)
Wednesday 11/26 9am DIVINE LITURGY for ST. INNOCENT, PARISH PATRONAL FEASTDAY
7pm MOLEBEN OF THANKSGIVING, at St. George Romanian Cathedral, Southfield
Thursday 11/27 10am DIVINE LITURGY for THANKSGIVING DAY
Saturday 11/29 4pm GREAT VESPERS & CONFESSIONS
Sunday 11/30 25th Sunday After Pentecost & Feast of St. Andrew, 1st-called of the Apostles
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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ABOUT THANKSGIVING AND GRATITUDE
By Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh
A Sermon delivered on 17 December, 1989
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Ten lepers came to the Lord; ten men who were ritually unclean and therefore, ritually rejected by their community, unable to attend the common worship of the Temple, unable to come near the habitations of men; and unclean also in the eyes of men because their sickness could be transmitted to others: others could become impure, others could be sick unto death.
They came to Christ and stood afar off because they knew that they had no right to come near, to touch Him as had done the woman who had an issue of blood and who had been healed. From afar off they cried for mercy, and the Lord healed them; He sent them to the priests in order to be ritually cleansed. Ten of them went, and nine never came back. One of them, discovering on his way that he was healed, let go of every other concern but his gratitude to Him Who had restored him to wholeness. He came back and thanked the Lord, and the Gospel tells us that this man was a Samaritan, a man who was outside of the Hebrew community, a man who had no rights within the people of Israel, a man who was not only a stranger, but a reject.
Why is it — and Christ Himself asks the question — why is it that nine of them never thought of returning? Because they felt that now that they were clean they were restored to the wholeness of the people of Israel; they needed nothing more, they had everything. The Samaritan knew that he had been cleansed, healed, made whole without having any right to this love of God and this act of Christ.
Isn't it true that gratitude springs up in our hearts more powerfully, more gloriously when what we receive is undeserved, when it is a miracle of divine and human love? When we think that we deserve something and receive it, we receive it as our due; so did the nine Jews. But the Samaritan knew he had no right to the mercy of God, no right to this miracle of healing, and his heart was filled with gratitude.
Does this not apply to us? Indeed, it does! Indeed it does so sadly, because all of us do feel that we have a right: a right to human concern, to human love, a right to everything which the earth and human relationships can give, ultimately, a right for God's care and love for us. And therefore, when we receive a gift we are superficially grateful, we say a perfunctory ‘thank you;’ but it does not transform our relationship, either to God or to those who have been merciful to us. We receive it as our due, and we are grateful to those who were instrumental in conveying to us what ‘naturally’ we had a right to have.
The first Beatitude speaks to us in that respect very clearly: Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of God......Who are the poor in spirit? It is not those who are simply poor; poverty does not call out the great virtues simply by itself; the poor in spirit are those who in their heart and mind, in their whole self, know that they possess nothing which is not a gift, and deserve nothing of what gratuitously is given to us. Let us reflect one moment on this.
We did not come into being of our own volition; God brought us into being, and not by command, by an act of power. He brought us into being by an act of love, He loved us into existence. By doing this, He says to us: I love you! Without you, the world which I have created would be incomplete in my eyes; but also, I have faith in you that you will not betray my trust. I put my hope in all the good there is in you; My love will never falter, My faith and hope in you will remain unshaken — respond to them! The wonder is that however little we believe in God, God believes in us. Is not this a marvel, a wonder? And we exist only because of this faith of God in us, because of this hope and love He has vested in us.
And if we think further we have not only existence — we are alive, alive with the breath of God that makes us akin to Him, capable of knowing Him! And again, He has revealed Himself to us in so many ways, but ultimately in the Incarnation: God Himself has become man for us to see how much we are loved, and how great we are in His eyes, and indeed how great we are potentially in our humanity; we can all become by communion with Christ the sons and daughters of the Living God, partakers of the Divine nature. And to achieve this Christ has given us His life, His teaching, His death, the forgiveness He gave to those who crucified Him: Forgive them, Father, they don't know what they are doing! This applies to us also, all the time, day in, day out, of His Resurrection, and the manifestation of our human glory by His sitting at the right hand of God. Saint John Chrysostom says, ‘If you want to know how great man is, look up to the throne of God — you will see Man enthroned at the right hand of glory!’
Is not that enough for us to be grateful, to be grateful before any other particular gift is bestowed: the love of our closest, and of other people that care, the security of life, food, air, health! But we all take this for granted; we are not poor in spirit — we take it as our due; why should we be grateful that we are given what is our right? Why shouldn't God give us all that is His obligation to give? This is our attitude — we don't formulate it so crudely, but we live by it!
The Samaritan did not; he had no right to share anything that was the right of Israel — and he was given it! And his gratitude was aflame, aglow! Can we not learn something from him? And also, can we not realize how wonderful it would be if out of gratitude we lived in such a way as to give God joy, the joy of knowing that He has not created us in vain, that He does not believe in us in vain, that He has not put His trust in us in vain, that His love has been received, is now incarnate, not only in emotion, but in action! Saint Paul says, It is a greater joy to give than to receive; is that our attitude? If we are truly grateful for the gifts which are ours — how generously, how joyfully we would give to everyone around us in an act of love which would be our sharing in the love of God... And if we realized that all we have, in body, in soul, in circumstances of life, even in the tragedies of life, comes because God has sent us into the world as His messengers to bring divine presence at a cost, if necessary, of our lives — how grateful we would be, and how we would live in order that God should look at us, each of us, and say, Here is a disciple of Mine who has understood, and who lives accordingly!
Let us reflect on this; let us learn to live out of gratitude, out of the joy of being loved, out of our communion with God, but knowing that it is an act of gratuitous generosity, that we have no rights — and yet we possess all things. Saint Paul said that: I have nothing, and I possess all things. Each of us could be such a rich person in our utter poverty, rich with all the love and power and richness of God.
Let us reflect, and let us give God, in an act of gratitude not only spoken, not only dimly felt, but lived in every action of our life: let us give Him joy, and the certainty that He has not created us in vain, not lived and died for us in vain, that we are truly disciples who have understood and who want to live His Gospel. Amen.
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By Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev), 25 August 2014
The following thirty-two part series on prayer was transcribed and translated from television episodes presented on Russian television in the spring of 1999 by Igumen (now Metropolitan) Hilarion (Alfeyev) with the blessing of His Holiness, the late Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia. Source: http://www.pravmir.com/prayer
PART 6 (of 32): ORTHODOX PRAYER BOOKS
One can pray in different ways, in one’s own words for example. Such prayer should constantly accompany one. Morning and evening, day and night, one can turn to God with simple words coming from the depths of one’s heart.
But there are also prayers that were compiled by the saints in antiquity, which need to be read in order to learn how to pray. These prayers are contained in the “Orthodox Prayer Book.” There you will find prayers for the morning and evening, for repentance and thanksgiving, along with various canons, akathists, and much else. When you purchase an “Orthodox Prayer Book,” do not be alarmed that there are so many prayers. You do not have to read all of them.
If the morning prayers are read quickly, this takes about twenty minutes. But if one reads them thoughtfully and carefully, responding in one’s heart to each word, then reading them can take a whole hour. Therefore, if you do not have time, do not try to read all the morning prayers; it is better to read one or two, but in such a way that every word reaches your heart.
Before the section with the “Morning Prayers,” it says: “Having risen from sleep, before any other action, stand reverently, considering thyself to be in the presence of the All-seeing God, and, having made the sign of the Cross, say: ‘In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.’ Then pause a moment, until all thy senses are calmed and thy thoughts forsake all things earthly.” This pause, this “moment of silence,” before beginning to pray is very important. Prayer should grow out of the quietness of our hearts. People who daily “read through” the morning and evening prayers constantly have the temptations of reading the “rule” as quickly as possible in order to get on with the business of the day. Often, with such reading, the most important thing — the content of the prayers — is eluded.
In the Prayer Book there are many petitions addressed to God that are repeated many times. For example, you can come across the recommendation to repeat “Lord, have mercy” twelve or forty times. Some people see this as some kind of formality and read this prayer as quickly as possible. By the way, in Greek “Lord, have mercy” is “Kyrie, eleison.” In Russian there is the verb kurolesit’ [to play tricks], which came from the fact that readers on the choir often quickly or repeatedly read “Kyrie, eleison” – that is, they were not praying, but were playing. Thus, in prayer one does not need to play tricks [kurolesit’]. No matter how many times this prayer is read, it should be spoken with care, reverence, and love, with full delivery.
One does not need to try to read through all the prayers. It is better to dedicate twenty minutes to the single prayer “Our Father,” repeating it several times, pondering every word. It is not easy for someone who is not accustomed to prayer immediately to read through a large number of prayers — and this is not something to which one should aspire. It is important to become imbued with the spirit that is breathed by the prayers of the Church Fathers. This is the main benefit to be derived from the prayers contained in the “Orthodox Prayer Book.”
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CANDLES FOR LAST SUNDAY, 16 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
Thelma Ratcliff, Louis Pitts, T.F. Shelton, Gloria Robinson, Reginald Bell, Lessie Favor, Lois Hamby, by Manier Family
Michelle Tucker & Grandmother, Ilona Shirak (anniv. 11/18), by Fr. Daneil
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
Joan Jurczyszyn, Betty Stelmaszek, Leia & Mike Wilson, Andrea Faust, Liz Tomachewski, by Becky Jurczyszyn & Levi
Health of: Manier family, Samantha Ketelson (Infant w/ hypo-thyroidism); Salvation of: Brittany, Eddie, Breonna, Bronte, Kaitlyn, RJ, Xavier, Storie, Robert, Candice, Kevin, Cynthia, Demarion, Desmond, & Shelton Family, by Manier family
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) CHRISTMAS BOWS: Please participate in our annual fund-raising Christmas Bows project. Write the names of your living & departed loved ones, for whom you wish to pray, on decorated cards which will be hung on our Christmas tree near the altar and iconostasis till Old Calendar Theophany. $5 donation requested for each “Christmas Bow.” Our goal is 100 Bows. Please help us reach that goal. Our Parish Treasurer, Mary Ann Harvilla, will once again be taking care of our Christmas Bows.
(2) 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.
(3) 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.
(4) PLEASE CONTINUE TO GIVE YOUR DONATIONS FOR OUR ON-GOING ANNUAL BLANKET DRIVE
(5) 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
(6) PHOTO SLIDE-SHOW, PROGRAM BOOKLET & MANY MESSAGES FOR FR. ROMAN’S 30th CELEBRATION AVAILABLE ON OUR CHURCH WEBSITE, under “Fr. Roman’s 30th" tab: http://www.stinnocentchurch.com/frromans30th.html
(7) DECEMBER CALENDAR OF SERVICES IS AVAILABLE AT: http://www.stinnocentchurch.com/calendar.html
(8) NEW PHOTO SLIDE SHOW WITH ARTICLE ON OUR WEB-SITE:
We have just posted a news-article with a slide-show of 43 photos about the lovely celebration of Archbishop Nathaniel's 30th Anniversary of his enthronement as the Ruling Hierarch of the Romanian Episcopate of America, on Saturday evening, November 8, 2014. Both Fr. Roman and Fr. Daneil participated with about 25 priests and 5 deacons, in addition to the three bishops. It was a very pleasant celebration. Check out the article and photos on our website at: http://www.stinnocentchurch.com/abpnathaniel_30thanniversary.html
(9) Take some time out and READ THE NUMEROUS ARTICLES AND VIEW THE PHOTOS ON OUR CHURCH WEBSITE, http://www.stinnocentchurch.com . Hold your cursor over the tabs at the top, and you will see the listing of everything under that tab.
(10) REMEMBER THAT ANY PHOTO ON OUR WEBSITE CAN BE ENLARGED IF YOU CLICK ON IT. ALSO, YOU CAN VIEW ALL OF THE PHOTOS SEQUENTIALLY ON ANY PAGE WHEN YOU CLICK ON A PHOTO.
❈ GLORY TO JESUS CHRIST! ❈ GLORY FOREVER! ❈
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SCHEDULE OF UP-COMING SERVICES, FEASTS & EVENTS
◆ November 15th – December 24th, NATIVITY FAST (abstain from meat, fish, dairy products [milk, cheese, eggs], alcohol)
◆ 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
◆ Saturday, December 6th, 10am, DIVINE LITURGY FOR ST. NICHOLAS THE WONDER-WORKER OF MYRA IN LYCIA FEAST
◆ Saturday, December 13th, 10am, DIVINE LITURGY FOR ST. HERMAN OF ALASKA FEAST
◆ Saturday, December 20th, 10am, DIVINE LITURGY FOR ST. JOHN OF KRONSTADT FEAST
◆ Wednesday, December 24th, Christtmas Eve, 6:30pm, VIGIL FOR THE NATIVITY OF CHRIST FEAST
◆ Thursday, December 25th, 10am, DIVINE LITURGY FOR THE NATIVITY OF CHRIST FEAST
◆ Sunday, December 28th, 1pm (after coffee hour), Pot-Luck Dinner Christmas Celebration & Fellowship, at St. Innocent Monastic Community
◆ Wednesday, December 31st, New Year's Eve, 6pm, VESPERAL LITURGY FOR CIRCUMCISION OF CHRIST, ST. BASIL & NEW YEAR’S
FR. ROMAN’S ADDITIONAL SCHEDULE
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
Tuesday, February 17th, Bishop’s Council Meeting, St. Nicholas Church, Bayonne, NJ (fly early morning & return same evening)
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“ST. NICHOLAS IS SANTA CLAUS,” ANNUAL COCC EVENT, NEXT 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), NEXT SATURDAY, 11/29 (the Saturday after Thanksgiving). Live reindeer, 12–1:00: Children can pet the reindeer and there is available a FREE photo-op on a sleigh with a reindeer. BRING YOUR CAMERA for the reindeer and St. Nick. The program with St. Nick, refreshments, children’s activities & more is from 1:00 till about 3:00 or 3:30. (Last year it was packed full, standing-room-only, so get there early.) The priest who plays St. Nicholas presents an excellent program, in which some of the children 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 he 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
BP. JOHN PRESENTED FR. ROMAN WITH A TRAVELING ICON SET AT BISHOP’S COUNCIL MEETING
A week ago, on Friday, November 14th, at the Bishop’s Council meeting in NYC, our new bishop, His Grace Bishop John, presented Fr. Roman with a lovely traveling set of icons (because he is always traveling) as a gift for Fr. Roman’s 30th Anniversary of his Ordination as a Priest. (Photo to right)
This was the first Bishop’s Council meeting with our new bishop and the meeting went well. Fr. Roman said that Bp. John speaks English as well as we do, and commented about how wonderful it was to talk with him in English, without everything having to be translated. Fr. Roman looks forward to working with our new, young bishop. To read about the Bishop’s Council meeting and to see other photos, go to our English Patriarchal Parishes website: http://mospatusa.com/news_141114_1.html
❈ CHRIST IS IN OUR MIDST! ❈ HE IS NOW & EVER SHALL BE! ❈