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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: frroman@firebirdvideos.com
St. Innocent Monastic Community: 9452 Hazelton, Redford, MI 48239  313-535-9080

PASTOR: Rt. Rev. Mitered Archpriest ROMAN STAR
      JANUARY 4, 2015                          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:  2 Timothy 4:5-8 (#298)                                               ATTACHED: Sister Ioanna
GOSPEL:
  St. Mark 1:1–8 (#1)                                      CHOIR DIRECTOR: Elizabeth Star
TONE:       
5                                                                      READERS: Robert Joseph Latsko

George Hanoian

✞ FOREFEAST & SUNDAY BEFORE THE THEOPHANY OF OUR  LORD ✞

✞ 9:15 AM HOURS & AKATHIST OR CANON; CONFESSIONS
✞ 10AM — DIVINE LITURGY OF ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM 

COMMEMORATED  TODAY: Forefeast of the Theophany. Sunday before Theophany. Synaxis of the Seventy Apostles (1st c.). Ven. Theoctistus, Abbot at Cucomo, in Sicily (800). Repose of St. Eustathius I, Archbishop of Serbia (ca. 1285). St. Aquila, Deacon, of the Kiev Caves (Far Caves—14th c.). Martyrs Zosimus the Hermit and Athanasius the Commentarisius, Anchorites, of Cilicia (3rd-4th c.). Ven. Onuphrius of Chilandari (Mt. Athos), Martyr (1818).

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, Todd Smoly (newly departed)
MEMORY ETERNAL!

ALSO FOR:  Betty Martell, whose Anniversary of her repose is Today, Sunday, 4 January
                        Anna Rusko, whose Anniversary of her repose is Wednesday, 7 January
                        Ethel Elizabeth deVyver, whose Anniversary of her repose is Thursday, 8 January, by daughter, Sister Ioanna
                        Michael Kravitz, whose Anniversary of his repose is Friday, 9 January, by nephew Fr. Roman

 

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 (safe travel), 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)

ALSO FOR:    Atzbehet (safe travel back home to  Eretria - Ethiopia), last Monday, 29 December

                          Fr. Tikhon (Marc Dade), who celebrates his birthday on Tuesday, 6 January
                          Brenda Beiring, who celebrates her birthday on Friday, 9 January

 

 MAY GOD GRANT THEM MANY YEARS!

SCHEDULE FOR THE COMING WEEK

Monday, 5 Jan. — strict fast in preparation for the Theophany Feast on Tuesday, 6 Jan.

Monday           1/5       6pm       VIGIL FOR THE GREAT FEAST OF THE THEOPHANY & BLESSING OF WATER
Tuesday          1/6       9am       DIVINE LITURGY FOR THE GREAT FEAST OF THE THEOPHANY & BLESSING OF WATER
Wednesday    1/7       7pm       AKATHIST OR MOLEBEN
Saturday        1/10       4pm      GREAT VESPERS & CONFESSIONS
Sunday           1/11                     Sunday After Theophany
                                 9:15am       Hours & Canon or Akathist; Confessions
                                    10am       DIVINE LITURGY, followed by Coffee Hour

 

❈  CHRIST IS BORN!  ❈ GLORIFY HIM!  ❈

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NEW YEAR
By Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh

A Sermon delivered on 31 December 1981

 

In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Before we pray, I should like to introduce our prayers so that when we pray, we do it more effectively, with one mind and with one heart. Year after year I have spoken of the New Year that was coming, in terms of a plain covered with snow, unspoiled, pure, and called our attention to the fact that we must tread responsibly on this expanse of whiteness still unspoiled, because according to the way in which we tread it, there will be a road cutting through the plain following the will of God, or wandering steps that will only soil the whiteness of the snow. But a thing which we cannot, must not forget this year perhaps more than on many previous occasions, is that, surrounding, covering this whiteness and this unknown as with a dome, there is darkness, a darkness with few or many stars, but a darkness, dense, opaque, dangerous and frightening. We come out of a year when darkness has been perceived by all of us, when violence and cruelty is still rife.
How shall we meet it? It would be naive, and it would be very unchristian, to ask God to shield us against it, to make of the Church a haven of peace while around us there is no peace. There is strife, there is tension, there is discouragement, there are fears, there is violence, there is murder. We cannot ask for peace for ourselves if this peace does not extend beyond the Church, does not come as rays of light to dispel the darkness. One Western spiritual writer has said that the Christian is one to whom God has committed responsibility for all other men, and this responsibility we must be prepared to discharge. In a few moments we will entreat for both the unknown and the darkness, the greatest blessing which is pronounced in our liturgical services, «Blessed is the Kingdom of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost» - blessed is the kingship of God.
These words are spoken rarely: at the beginning of services, at the outset of the Liturgy, as a blessing upon the New Year, and at moments when eternity and time unite, when with the eyes of faith we can see eternity intertwined with time, and conquering. The Christian is one who must be capable of seeing history as God sees it, as a mystery of salvation but also as a tragedy of human falleness and sin. And with regard to both we must take our stand. Christ says in the Gospel, «When you will hear of wars and rumors of wars, be ye not troubled»; lift up your heads. There is no space in the heart and in the life of the Christian for cowardice, faintheartedness and fear, which are all born of selfishness, concern for self, even if it extends to those whom we love. God is the Lord of history, but we must be co-workers with God, and we are sent by Him into this world of His, in order to make the discordant city of men into the harmony which will be called the city of God.
And we must remember the words of the Apostle who says, whoever will wish to work for the Lord will be led into trial, and the words of another Apostle who tells us not to be afraid of trial by fire. In the present world we must be prepared, ready for trials and ready to stand, perhaps with fear in our heart for lack of faith, but unshaken in the service of God and the service of men.
And when we look back at the past year the words of the litany hit us and accuse us. We ask God to forgive us all that we have done or left undone in the past year. We claim to be Orthodox; to be Orthodox does not mean only to confess the Gospel in its integrity and proclaim it in its purity, but it consists, even more than this, in living according to the Gospel. And we know that Christ comes to no compromise with anything but the greatness of man and the message of love and worship. We can indeed repent because who, looking at us, would say as people said about the early Christians, «See how they love one another!» Who would say, looking at us, that we are in possession of an understanding of life, of a love which makes us beyond compare, which causes everyone to wonder where it comes from? Who gave it to them? How can they stand the test of trial? And if we want this year to be worthy of God, of our Christian calling, of the holy name of Orthodoxy, we must singly and as a body become to all, to each person who may need us, a vision of what man can be and what a community of men can be under God.
Let us pray for forgiveness, we who are so far below our calling, let us pray for fortitude, for courage, for determination to discount ourselves, to take up our cross, to follow in the footsteps of Christ whithersoever He will call us.
At the beginning of the war [WWII] King George VI spoke words which we can repeat from year to year. In his message to the Nation he read a quotation: «I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown, and he replied: go out into the darkness and put your hand in the hand of God — that shall be better to you than light and safer than a known way.»
This is what we are called to do, and perhaps we should make today a resolution, determined to be faithful to our calling and begin the New Year with courage. Amen.

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ABOUT HOLY THEOPHANY: THE BAPTISM OF OUR LORD AND GOD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST
which is celebrated Monday evening and Tuesday morning, 5 & 6 January 2015 (new calendar) 

THEOPHANY is one of the most important feasts of the year, which has been celebrated by the Church since the early years of the Church, pre-dating by centuries a separate commemoration of Christ’s Nativity on December 25th. The name of this feast, “Theophany,” means “manifestation (revelation) of God.” The Feast of the Theophany commemorates and makes present the Baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ, at which time the Holy Trinity was manifested to the world—with the Savior in the waters, with the appearance of the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove, and with the voice of the Father being heard. The words of the Troparion hymn are like a verbal icon of the meaning of the feast. “When Thou, O Lord was baptized in the Jordan, the worship of the Trinity was made manifest. For the voice of the Father bore witness to Thee, and called Thee His beloved Son. And the Spirit, in the form of a dove, confirmed the truthfulness of His word. O Christ, our God, who has revealed Thyself, and has enlightened the world, glory to Thee!”
     In the icon of the feast, Christ is shown standing in the Jordan River, with His right hand blessing the waters and the spirits who reside there. St. John the Forerunner has his right hand stretched out, baptizing the Lord. At the top center is a cloud of the Presence of God the Father, with the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove proceeding out of the cloud. Some icons show St. John looking up, signifying that he sees and hears, but in this icon his left hand is held up in a sign of acknowledgment and awe. The three angels on the right have their hands veiled in the presence of the Lord, standing in reverence at this manifestation of the Holy Trinity. The mountains are divided, with God in the middle, reconciling and uniting the fragmented world.
     Theophany was a day when catechumens were baptized, and thus we sing “As many as have been baptized into Christ, have put on Christ. Alleluia!” in place of the “Holy God” in Divine Liturgy.  We  are today  invited to participate in this feast by personally renewing our Baptismal vows and commitment to Christ made in our own Baptism and Chrismation.

BLESSING OF WATER AND OF HOMES

Because Christ blessed the waters of the Jordan River when He was baptized in its waters, we also bless water on this great feast in a lovely service with beautiful and very meaningful prayers. The temple is then blessed using this newly blessed water, and all the people are sprinkled with the holy water. All present drink some of the holy water in a reverent manner, and people fill their water bottles that they have brought. The faithful use this holy water throughout the coming year, drinking it themselves or giving it to their children to drink when sick, before traveling, before major events or decisions, or any other time of special need.  
     Also, the priest goes to the homes of each of his parishioners and blesses their homes in a short service. (This annual Theophany blessing of homes is totally different from the blessing of a new home, and the one does not exclude the other.)  Since all our lives and all that we have and do should be offered to God and blessed, it is very important that Orthodox people have their homes — little churches or temples — blessed each year after Theophany. The faithful eagerly look forward to drinking of the Theophany holy water, to being sprinkled by it, and to having their home (and car) blessed by it, recognizing that they receive a great blessing, when received with faith and reverence.

TROPARION FOR THEOPHANY, Tone 1 (sung during the blessing of homes)
When Thou, O Lord was baptized in the Jordan / The worship of the Trinity was made manifest / For the voice of the Father bore witness to Thee / And called Thee His beloved Son. / And the Spirit, in the form of a dove, / Confirmed the truthfulness of His word. / O Christ, our God, who has revealed Thyself // And have enlightened the world, glory to Thee!

KONTAKION FOR THEOPHANY,  Tone 4
Today You have shown forth to the world, O Lord, / And the light of Your countenance has been marked on us. / Knowing You, we sing Your praises./ You have come and revealed Yourself, // O unapproachable Light.

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOUR HOME IS BLESSED:
1. Have your home as neat & clean as possible.
2. When Father comes to bless your home, have the family gathered together at the dining table, which has been prepared with a nice cloth, on which is placed a small bowl for the holy water, a candle and an icon, and a list of departed family members to be mentioned in the prayers. The TV and stereo should be turned off.
3. One of the adults of the family should carry the candle and lead Father (followed by the singer/reader and family) into or near each of the rooms of the house, which Father will bless by sprinkling holy water, during the singing of the Troparion for Theophany.
4. The brief service concludes at the dining table.

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MONTHLY CALENDAR FOR JANUARY --- click  here for well-formatted, printable January Calendar

ST. INNOCENT ORTHODOX CHURCH
23300 West Chicago Rd., Redford, MI 48239
(rectory) 313-538-1142 / (fax) 313-538-8126

JANUARY 2015
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Dec 28
Sunday after Nativity
9:15 Hours, Akathist & Conf.
10:00 Div. Liturgy & Fellowship
1:00 Christmas Pot-luck Celebr. at Monastic Comm.
Fast free
 
Dec 29
 
 
 
Fast free
Dec 30
 
 
 
Fast free
Dec 31
NEW YEAR'S EVE
 
6:00 Vesperal Liturgy for Circumcision of Christ & New Year's
Fast free
1
Circumcision
of the Lord

& New Year's Day
 
 
Fast free
2
St. Seraphim of Sarov
 
 
Fast free
3
 St. Genevieve of Paris

4:00 Vespers & Confessions
Fast free
4
Sunday Before Theophany
9:15 Hours, Akathist & Conf.
10:00 Div. Liturgy & Fellowship
 
Fast free
5
Eve of Theophany
 
6:00 Vigil for Theophany & Blessing of Water
Strict Fast
6
THEOPHANY OF THE LORD
9:00 Divine Liturgy & Blessing of Water
 
 
7
Synaxis of St. John the Baptist
 
7:00 Moleben or Akathist
Fast: wine & oil
8
 
 
 
 
9
 
 
 
Fast
10
St. Gregory of Nyssa
 

4:00 Vespers & Confessions
 
11
Sunday After Theophany
St. Theodosius the Great
9:15 Hours, Akathist & Conf.
10:00 Div. Liturgy & Fellowship

 
 
12
St. Tatiana
 
 
 
13
 
 
7:00 COCC Meeting, St. George Cathedral, Southfield
 
14
St. Nina of Georgia & Theophany leave-taking
 
7:00 Moleben or Akathist
Fast
15
St. Paul of Thebes
 
 
 
16
 
 
 
Fast
17
St. Anthony the Great
 

4:00 Vespers & Confessions
 
18
32nd Sunday after Pentecost
St. Athanasius the Great
9:15 Hours, Akathist & Conf.
10:00 Div. Liturgy & Fellowship
1:00 Pot-luck & Discussion at Monastic Comm.
 
 
19
St. Macarius & St. Mark of Ephesus
 
 
 
20
St. Euthymius the Great
 
 
 
21
St. Maximus the Confessor
 
7:00 Moleben or Akathist
Fast
22
Apostle St. Timothy
 
 
 
23
 
 
 
Fast
24
St. Xenia of St. Petersburg
10:00 Divine Liturgy for St. Xenia Feast

4:00 Vespers & Confessions
 
25
Zacchaeus Sunday
St. Gregory the Theologian
9:15 Hours, Akathist & Conf.
10:00 Div. Liturgy & Fellowship
 
 
26
 
 
 
 
27
Relics, St. John Chrysostom
 
 
 
28
St. Ephraim the Syrian
 
7:00 Moleben or Akathist
Fast
29
Relics, St. Ignatius of Antioch
 
 
 
30
Three Holy Hierarchs
Orthodox Prison Ministry Seminar
 
Fast: fish, wine, & oil
31
 
 

4:00 Vespers & Confessions
 

Please consult the Sunday bulletin for changes to the monthly calendar.

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CANDLES FOR LAST SUNDAY, 21 DECEMBER

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 LampIn 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 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 Rusko

Parents, Ethel Elizabeth & Wayne Joshua deVyver; David Horka; Olive Brower; Nina I; Marion P; Fr. Photius; Mo. Benedicta, by Sister Ioanna
Thelma Ratcliff, Louis Pitts, T.F. Shelton, Gloria Robinson, Reginald Bell, Lessie Favor, Lois Hamby, by Manier Family

Child Lana Wilson, Lari Korpela, Shirley Troyer, Wendell Philips, by Becky J. & Levi

Ross & Marge Falsetti, by Jerry & Margie Martell

 

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; Jo Anne & Nick; Martha; Athanasius; John A; Lena N; Jillian J; Ed & Tiffany; Vasiliki; Rose; Emil; Mother Theodora-Amphilochia; Azbehat, by Sister Ioanna 

Shirley Peponis,by brother Nick & Jo Anne Nicholas
Health of:
Manier family, Samantha Ketelson (Infant w/ hypo-thyroidism);  Salvation of: Brittany, Eddie, Breonna, Bronte, Kaitlyn, RJ, Xavier, Storey, Robert, Candice, Kevin, Cynthia, Demarion, Desmond, & Shelton Family, by Manier family

Joan Jurczyszyn, Betty Stelmaszek, Leia &  Mike Wilson, Andrea Faust, Liz Tomachewski,by Becky Jurczyszyn & Levi

Shirley Peponis, by brother Nick & Jo Anne Nicholas + + + Dean Hough, by Jerry & Margie Martell
Jay Nossal, by Rose Nossal + + + John Andrayko (May God watch over him), by Rose Nossal

PROSFORA FOR TODAY IS OFFERED by: John Andrayko & Sister Ioanna
in Memory Eternal of:  (a) John Andrayko: Parents: John Andrayko, Sr. (Anniversary of repose, 28 January) & Helen Andrayko; and sister, Carole Andrayko; and all departed family & friends. (b) Sister Ioanna: Parents: Ethel Elizabeth (Anniversary of repose, 8 January) & Wayne Joshua deVyver; Robert David Horka; Nina I.; Marion Pallas; Mother Benedicta; Fr. Photius, & all departed family & friends; and for the Health of:  (a) John Andrayko: John Andrayko; Fr. Roman & Matushka Rose Marie; Rose  Nossal; all St. Innocent Parishioners; all family & friends. (b) Sister Ioanna: brother, Carl; members of the Adult Discussion Group; Rose Nossal; Archimandrite Roman; Fr. Roman & Matushka Rose Marie; all Parishioners; & Thanksgiving for Anniversary of Chrismation on Theophany & for many blessings.             

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.  Thank you to Prosfora donors for 2015.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

(1) THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE WHO DONATED FOR CHRISTMAS BOWS & CHRISTMAS FLOWERS. Donations were received for the 5 beautiful huge poinsettias. About 75 Christmas Bows were donated (25 short of our goal of 100).

(2) PLEASE CONTINUE TO BRING IN YOUR REFUNDABLE BOTTLES & CANS for the St. Innocent Orphanage in Mexico.            

(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. 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) VISIT OUR CHURCH WEBSITE & VIEW THE MANY PHOTOS, ARTICLES, NEWS: http://www.stinnocentchurch.com

❈  CHRIST IS BORN!  ❈ GLORIFY HIM!  ❈

❈  KHRISTOS ROZHDAYETSYA! !  ❈   SLAVITYE EVO!  ❈

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SCHEDULE OF UP-COMING SERVICES, FEASTS & EVENTS

No Fasting from Christmas Day, 12/25 through 1/4; Eve of Theophany, 1/5 — strict fast
Monday, January 5th, 7pm, VIGIL FOR THE GREAT FEAST OF THE THEOPHANY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
Tuesday, January 6th, 9am, DIVINE LITURGY FOR THE GREAT FEAST OF THE THEOPHANY & Great Blessing of Water
Tuesday, January 13th, 7pm, COCC Monthly Meeting, at St. George  Romanian Cathedral, Southfield
Sunday, January 18th, After Coffee Hour (1:00), Monthly Pot-luck Lunch & Discussion, at St. Innocent Monastic Community
Saturday, January 24th, 10am, DIVINE LITURGY FOR THE FEAST OF ST. XENIA OF ST. PETERSBURG

Sunday, January 25th, Zacchaeus Sunday
Sunday, February 1st, Publican & Pharisee Sunday; Triodion Begins (no fasting on Wed. & Fri. this week)
Sunday, February 1st, 6pm, GREAT VESPERS for the GREAT FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION OF CHRIST IN THE TEMPLE
Monday, February 2nd, 9am,  DIVINE LITURGY for the GREAT FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION OF CHRIST IN THE TEMPLE
Sunday, February 8th, Prodigal Son Sunday
Saturday, February 14th, SOUL-SATURDAY MEMORIAL DIVINE LITURGY FOR THE DEPARTED (#1 of 4)
Sunday, February 15th, Last Judgment & Meatfare Sunday (last day to eat meat until Pascha)
Sunday, February 15th, After Coffee Hour (1:00), Monthly Pot-luck Lunch & Discussion, at St. Innocent Monastic Community
Sunday, February 22nd, Cheesefare Sunday (last day to eat eggs and dairy products until Pascha)
Monday, February 23rd, THE GREAT LENTEN FAST BEGINS

 

FR. ROMAN’S ADDITIONAL SCHEDULE

Monday, January 19th, 7 – 9am, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Prayer Breakfast, Redford Ministerial Alliance, St. Robert Bellarmine Church
Friday & Saturday, Jan. 30th & 31st, Special Orthodox Prison Ministry meetings with new OPM Executive Director; at HTOC, Livonia
Tuesday, February 17th, Bishop’s Council Meeting, St. Nicholas Church, Bayonne, NJ (MEETING CANCELLED)
Thursday, February 19th, noon–2:00, Monthly meeting, Redford Ministerial Alliance, at Our Lady of Loretto Church

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LIFE OF ST. SERAPHIM OF SAROV 

(1759 - 1833)    Feast Day: January 2nd

St. Seraphim is one of the most beloved saints in the 20th century, not just in Russia, but throughout the Orthodox world. In a period of spiritual decline and darkness, his was a light that has lit up the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, and continues today in the 21st century, even brighter than ever. Almost an exact contemporary of St. Herman of Alaska, their humble and simple ascetic personalities are quite similar. St. Seraphim is loved for his Paschal joy and love with which he embraced all creatures, greeting people year-round with the exclamation, “Christ is Risen!”; for his humble and patient acceptance of all things at the Lord’s hands, including lengthy illnesses and being beaten almost to death; for his emphasis on the acquisition of the Holy Spirit as the goal of the Christian life, using prayer, almsgiving, fasting and charitable works done for Christ’s sake as a means of achieving that goal; and for his intimacy with the Holy Birthgiver-of-God and her appearing to St. Seraphim in visions, and healing him. Holy Father Seraphim is known for feeding bears and other wild animals when he lived in a cabin in the woods; for the 1,000 days and nights he spent praying on a rock near his forest cabin;  for the experience of the warmth, radiance, peace and joy of the Uncreated Light, which he allowed to envelop his disciple, Motovilov; and for countless miracles.

The future saint, Prochor Moshnin, was born in 1759 in the city of Kursk of a pious merchant family. When he was 10, the Mother of God healed him from a severe illness through her Kursk-Korennaya (Root) Icon.  As a youth, Prochor  spent as much time as possible in church, and used the gift of reading to devour the Bible, the lives of the saints, the writings of the Church Fathers, and liturgical books, which he continued to do for his entire life. His heart’s desire was to dedicate his life to serving God as a monk and thus, at age 19, he obeyed an Elder’s counsel to go to the Sarov Monastery, where he spent the rest of his life.  After 8 years, during which time he nearly died—until he was healed by the Mother of God—he was tonsured a monk, and then a deacon. While serving at the altar, he frequently saw angels, and once, on Holy Thursday, he was transported in ecstasy for several hours by a vison of Christ Himself.  At age 34 Fr. Seraphim was ordained priest, and then his elder entrusted to him the spiritual care of the sisters at the nearby Diveyevo Women’s Monastery, which became “his” Diveyevo.  He then also received permission to live by himself in the forest, praying, reading the Church Fathers, and every week, reading the entire New Testament. At age 45 he was beaten by robbers and left for dead. During his long recovery, the Mother of God again appeared to him with the Apostles Peter and John the Theologian, and said of him: “He is one of ours.” After this he recovered, but was always bent over and walked with a cane. More years of seclusion in the forest and in his monastery passed, and then the Mother of God directed him to receive people who came to him for spiritual comfort and guidance. For 7 years, thousands of pilgrims came seeking assistance from the Elder, as people have continued to do throughout the 20th and 21st  centuries, especially after his glorification in 1903. His wonder-working relics were miraculously discovered and returned to Diveyevo with triumphant joy in July 1991.

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