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2nd Sun after Pentecost , 2008, All Saints of Russia, You are not alone!

Monday, June 30th, 2008

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Hebrews 11:33-12:2 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions. 34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. 35 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: 36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: 37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; 38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. 39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: 40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect. 1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

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All Saints of Russia
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Hebrews 11:33-12:2
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Living in Christ

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

Today I listened to an excellent talk by Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh, whose thoughts in a significant way echo what Father Seraphim said this Sunday, and which also relate directly to the Epistle and Gospel readings that we read today. Righteousness, he explained, does not consist in fulfilling any law – whether of the Old Testament of of the New – but rather of fulfilling our calling to be fully human, to live according that image in which we were created, the image of Christ. The law, the scriptures, the lives of the saints, the prayers of the Church — all of these are signposts or guides, pointing us toward that Image according to which we should be living. To truly live is to live in Christ.

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1st after Pentecost 2008. Sunday of All Saints. The Answer for every question.

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

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Matthew 10:32-33, 37-38; 19:27-30Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. 33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. 37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. 27 Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? 28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. 30 But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.

 


 

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Resist not evil / ?? ????????? ?????

Friday, June 20th, 2008

Saint Theophan the Recluse. Thoughts for every day of the year

Translated from the Russian text below. Corrections are welcome.

(Rom 2:14-29; Mt 5:33-41). “But I say unto you: resist not evil”; rather, offer yourself as a sacrifice to the other people’s willfulness and hatred. Does it seem that it is impossible to live in this manner? Do not be troubled. He Who gave this commandment is also our Provider and Caretaker. When you desire with complete faith and with all of your heart to live in such a manner that you do not “resist evil,” then the Lord will himself arrange your life so that it is not only bearable, but even happy. In fact, it often happens that resistance further irritates one’s opponent, causing him to devise further troubles, while concession disarms and humbles him. Thus it happens that if you merely endure the first onslaughts of evil, people will be pacified and leave you in peace. Resistance and revenge, on the other hand, flare up into hatred that passes from an individual to a family, and then from one generation to another.

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(???. 2, 14-29; ??. 5, 33-41). “? ? ?????? ???: ?? ????????? ?????”; ????? ????? ???? ?? ?????? ?????????? ? ????? ???????. ?? ???? ? ???? ??????? ?? ??????????. ??? ???????? ??? ???, ??? ?? ???? ? ???????????? ? ?????????? ???. ????? ? ?????? ?????, ?? ???? ???? ????????? ??? ????, ???? ?? ??????????? ???????? ???, ?? ??????? ??? ??????? ??? ???? ????? ?????, ?? ?????? ???????, ?? ? ??????????. ? ???? ?? ?? ???? ?????? ???, ??? ??????????? ?????? ?????????? ?????????? ? ????????? ??? ?????????? ????? ????????????, ? ??????? ????????????? ??? ? ???????. ?????? ??????, ??? ???????? ?????? ?????? ??????? ?????, – ???? ???????? ? ??????? ???? ? ?????. ? ??????????? ? ????? ????????? ????? ??????? ?? ?????? ???? ????????? ? ?????, ? ????? ?? ????????? ? ?????????.

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On the Action of the Holy Spirit / ? ???????? ??. ????

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

Saint Theophan the Recluse. Thoughts for every day of the year

Translated from the Russian text below, with some assistance from translate.ru. Corrections are welcome.

(Eph 5:9-19; Mt 18:10-20). Comforting His disciples, the Lord said that it is better for them that he ascend into heaven, since after His ascension He would send in His place another Comforter, the Spirit. The Holy Spirit descended and remains present in the Church, completing the work of Christ in each one of the faithful. Every Christian is a partaker of the Spirit. This is so essential that whoever does not have the Spirit does not belong to Christ. Give yourself a good look – do you have the Spirit of grace? After all, He doesn’t remain in everybody; He can leave. Here are some signs to look for. At first, you will find the spirit of repentance, who teaches the Christian to turn toward God and correct his life. The spirit of repentance, having completed its work, then passes the Christian along to the spirit of holiness and purity, which is in turn replaced by the spirit of adoption. The first stage is marked by a labor-loving zeal, the second by warmth and a heart that is aflame with sweetness, and the third by a spirit of sonship, from which the heart cries out to God, “Abba, Father”! Look and see on which at which of these stages you can be found – and if you aren’t on any of them, take care and begin to work on yourself.

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(??. 5, 9-19; ??. 18, 10-20). ?????? ???????? ?????, ??????? ???????, ??? ??? ??? ?????, ???? ?? ?????? ?? ????, ???, ????????, ?? ?????? ?????? ???? ????????? – ????. ?????? ??? ?????? ? ????????? ? ??????, ???????? ? ?????? ???????? ???????? ???? ????????. ?????? ?????????? – ?????????? ????. ??? ??? ??????????, ??? ??? ???? ?? ?????, ??? ? ?? ???????. ??????????? ?? ?????????? – ???? ?? ? ???? ??? ?????????? ??? ?? ?? ? ???? ????????, ? ?????? ???, ??? ? ???????. ??? ???????: ??????? ??????? ??? ????????. ? ???? ??????????? ????????? ? ???? ? ??????????? ?????; ??? ????????, ???????? ???? ????, ???????? ??????????? ???? ???????? ? ???????, ???????? ???????????, ???????, ??? ?????????????. ????? ??????? – ??????????? ????????; ????? ??????? – ??????? ? ??????? ?????? ???????; ????? ???????? – ??????? ?????????, ?? ???????? ??????? ?? ?????? ?????????? ? ????: “???? ????”! ??????, ?? ??????? ?? ???? ???????? ??????????. ???? ?? ?? ?????, ????? ?????? ? ????????? ? ????.

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?????? ???????? – ????????????? 2008

Monday, June 16th, 2008

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? ???? ???? ??? ??????? ????????? ? ????? ??????????? ???? ? ??? ??????, ??????? ??????? ????????? ? ????. ????? ?? ?? ???? ???? ?????????????? ????????, – ???? ?? ????????????????, ????? ? ????????? ????, ?????? ?????????? ?????? ?????, ????????????? ????, ??????????? ??????? ? ?????, ??? ???? ?????? ??????????? ??????????? ?? ????????? ??????, – ?????? ?? ??? ????? ???????????? ???? ? ????? ??????, ??????? ???? ???????, ???? ????????.

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?? ??????? ?????? ?? ????????? ?????????? ??????? ????? ????? ? “??????? ?????” ? ???????????? ????? ?????? ??????? ? ????? ?????. ????? ??? ???? ???????? ?????? ???????? ? ????????????? ??????? ?? ???????????? ?????????? ??????????. ? ?????? ?????? ??? ?? ?????? ????????????? ?????, ??? ??? ? ??? ???? ????????????? ??????????? ?????????? ????? ???? ??????. ?? ???????? ???????????? ??????? ???????????? ???????? ?? ???? ?????? ???????, ??????? ?????????????? ????????????? ?????????? (??????????) ?????????, ? ??? ????? ???????????? ?????????? ?? ????????-?????????? ?????. ????? ? ??? ????? ?????????? ? ??????????? ????? ??? ????????????, ???? ?????? ??????????? ? ?????? ????????? ??? ????? ????? ? ??????, ? ????? ????? ?????? ?????? ????????????? ???????? ? ???? ? ???????????? ????????? ?? “?????, ??????? ????????, ??????? ? ?????”. (????????? ?? ??????, ??. 4, ???? 35)

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???? 1900 ????, ????? ??????? ???????? ???????????? ?????? ??????????? ??? ?????, ??? ????????? ????? ?????? ???????????? ?????????.

“?? 1000 ??????? ???????????? ?????? ??????? ???????? ?????? ???????? 300 ???????; ????????? ?? ??? ????????? ?? ???????????, ?? ??????, ? ????? 222, ??????? ??????? ????????????? ? ?????????? ?? ???? ????????”.

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(??. 10:28), ??? ?????? ????????? ??????? ? ?????? ?? ????????? ????, ???? ???? ? ??????????? ????????? ? ? ???????? ?? ??????… ????? ????????? ? ???????????? ????????? ?? ???????? ????? ?????? ????????? ???????? ???-??? ?? ???? ????? ??????. ?? ??????? ? 1855 ?. ? 25 ??? ?? ???? ?????? ?????????? ? ??? ?? ??? ????????? ???????? ???????… ???????? ??? ??????? ???????? ?????????, ????? ?????????? ? ??????????, ??????????? ? ??????????; ????? ????????? ???? ?? ? ????? ??????? ?????, ?? ?? ???????? ??????????? ????. ?? ?? ????? ????????? ?????????? ???? ? ????????? ???????????, ??????: “????????????? ? ?????????????????? ??????? ??? ????????? ??????? ???? ??????? ????” ??, ??????????? ????????????? ????????? ? ?????????? ????????, ???????????, ???? ? ????, ??? ? ????????? ?????????? ????? ??? ?? ????? ????????????. ??? ???. ???????? ????. ???????? ??? ??? ?????????? ? ???????? ? ???????? ???? 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(?? ?????????? ????????? 17-?? ????? 5-?? ??????) ??????? ?????? ?????? ???? ??????? ?????????. ?????? ?????????, ????????? ?? ?????????, ????????? ? ???? ?????????? ?????????. ????? ??????????? ???? ? ??????? ??????????????? ?. ?????????, ?? ?? ?? ???? ??. ????, ??? ????????? ??????????????, ?? ???????? ??, ??????, ??? ????????? ????? ????????, ? ?????? ???????? ??. ??? ?? ?? ????????? ??? ? ???? ????? ???????? ?? ????????? ???????. 10-?? ???? ???????, ???? ? ???????, ??????? ? ??????? ???????? ?????? ?. ?????????. ? ??? ????? ??? ???? ??????? ?? ?????????? ????????; ????? ??????? ?? ??? ???????, ? ?. ???????? ? ?????? ??????, ??????????????? ??????? ? ????, ???????? ? ???? ????????. ?. ???????? ????? ?? ????? ????? ?????; ??????? ???????? ??? ?????, ??? ????, ? ?? ???? ??? ????????? ???????. ?????? ???????? ??? ???? ?? ?????, ??? ???? ?????????? ??????. ????? ?. ????????? ???????? ???????? ???? ?. ?????????, ? ? 1903 ?., ????? ? ?????? ??? ?????????? ???????? ? ????? ?????????, ??? ?????? ? ??????? ???????? ???? ? ????? ????????? ??? ???????. ?? ?????, ??? ??? ??????? ?. ????????, ?????? (1920-? ?.?.) ????????? ?????, ? ? ???????? ????????? ???? ??????? ???????? ??? ? ??? ??????????? ???????????. ? ????????? ?. ????????? ???? ???? ??????? ?? ??????? ??, ? ??? ????: ??????? ?????, ?????? ?????? — ?????? ?? ??????????, ? ?????? ????. 10 ???? ??????? ??????? ???????? ?? ???????? ??? ?????? ??????? ?????? ???? ?????, ?? ?? ?????? ????, 11 ????? ?????, ? ?????? ? ???????, ????? 19 ???????… ??????? ???? ????? ????????? ?????? ?? ?????, ??? ?????? “???????????” — ?????????? ??? ?????. ?????, 23 ???, ?????? ? ??????????. 7 ???? ??????? ??????? ??? ????? ????????? ?????? ?? ??????? ????? ????? ????? ???-??-????, ??? ??? ?????? ???????? ????, ??? ?? ??????????. ?????, 19 ???, ??????? ?????, ?? ??? ??? ?? ??????????? ??????? ?????? ? ??? ?. ?????????, ????? ??????? ? ????? ?????? ??????… ??????, ??? ?. ?????????, ?????? ??????? ??????? ?? ????????, ?? ??? ????????: “? ???????? ????? ?????? ????????? ??????????, ????? ? ????”, ? ???????? ?? ?????, ??? ???? ???????. ?????? ?????? ???? ??????? ? ???????, ? ??? ??????????? ??????????, ??????? ?????? ?????????? ? ????? ?????????? ?????????. ????? ???? ????? 8 ???. 10 ???? ???????, ????? ????? ??? ????, ??????? ????????? ??? ????? ? ???????? ?????? ?? ?????; ??? ? ??? ???? ????????. ??????? ????? ??? ????? ??????? ?????? ??? ?? ??????, ? ??? ???????? ??? ? ??????? ?????. ?? ?????? ?????, ?????? ?? ???, ?? ???????, ??? ???????? ?? ?????? ?? ??????. ????????? ?????????? ??? ???… ???? ?????? ? ??????? ????, ?? ??? ?? ?????? ?? ???? ???, ?? ? ????????. ???????? ??? ? ??????? ???, ????? ??? ?? ????????, ???????????????, ??? ??? ?????? ????? ???????? ? ??????????? ??????? ? ??????; ???? ???? ? ?????? ???????, ?? ?? ?? ?????????? ???? ?, ?????? ????? ???? ?????????, ?? ??????????? ?????? ? ???????? ???. ???? ?????? ??????? ? ??? ?????????, ??????: “??? ??????? ???????? ???? ?????????, ??? ?? ???? ??????????? ??????????????”. ?????? ????????? ??? ?? ???? ? ????????, ??? ?????? ??????? ?? ???? ????????????? ???????. ??? ?? ??? ?????, ??? ????? ?? ????????”

Announcements

  • Thank you to the following florists for donations of Rose Petals for Pascha!

  • In Bloom, 1912 E. Hebron Pkwy, Carrollton TX

  • Shaw Florist, 2710 N. Josey Ln, Carrollton TX

  • C’s Florist, 3108 Old Denton Rd., Carrollton TX

  • Congratulations to our parishioners with recent or upcoming name days!

  • Olena Dudar, Elona Hurt, Elena Mishenev, Elena Witte – May 21 / June 4

  • Dmitri (Jeff) Smith – 3rd Sunday after Pentecost

  • Alexandra (Estrella) Smith – July 4 / 18

  • Kyriake Izotova – July 7 / 21

  • Fr. Seraphim asks that everyone would try to read each week’s scripture readings, according to the church calendar. These readings are sent on a weekly email, along with services and fasting rules. They are also available online in various places.

  • One way to support and serve one another is to assist in the preparation of our common meal (Trapeza) after Liturgy. Each team of families prepares the meal one time per month. To join a team, please contact Matushka Marina.

  • Please use our bookstore. We have books, icons, CD’s, Pascha and Nativity cards, souveniers and other items. To make a purchase, please put the following into the donation box, together with the payment: the item name and the dollar ($) amount of the payment. There are pads for your use for this purpose in the bookstore.

  • We also have a library of books and CDs for your use. When you borrow from the library, please write the name of the book or CD on the clipboard, and return the items within four weeks. If you have materials to donate to the library, please speak to Natalia Hawthorne.

  • The sisterhood is always open to new members! To join, please speak to Raisa Dudar.

  • We welcome new choir members! To join, please speak to Genevieve (Jenny) Park.

  • Donations of olive oil are needed.


Regular Service Schedule

Wednesday

6:30 PM

Vespers

Followed by a discussion about the spiritual/dogmatic content of various prayers in the church services.

Thursday

Time Varies

Divine Liturgy

Saturday

4:00 PM

5:00 PM

After Vigil

Confession

Vigil (Vespers, Matins, the First Hour)

Confession

Earlier confessions or confessions on other days by appt.

Sunday

9AM-10AM

9:40 AM

10:00 AM

12 Noon

12:30 PM

Confession (please call before the night before if possible)

Hours

Divine Liturgy

Trapeza (public meal for EVERYONE)

Church School following on most Sundays.


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Monday, June 16th, 2008

Redeeming the Time

St Nicholas Orthodox Church, McKinney, TX

Rector: Priest Seraphim Holland 972-529-2754 cell:972 658-5433 seraphim@orthodox.net

St Nicholas Web Site: http://www.orthodox.net

Redeeming the Time BLOG: http://stnicholasdallas.blogspot.com

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.(Eph. 5:16)

Pentecost 2008

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. . . .Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them . . .this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: . . . This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear. . . . Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. . . . Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2).

A Word from the Rector

Dear brothers and sisters, congratulations and greetings on the radiant feast of Pentecost! As we remember the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Christ’s Apostles, and the beginning of the Church’s activity in the world, we give thanks to God for establishing His Church, whereby we have been taught to know and love Him, and brought into union with Him, unto our sanctification and the inheritance of life eternal!

It behooves us at this time to reflect on our own role in the Church’s mission in the world. Whether by preaching, singing, giving generously financially. cooking, cleaning, or simply showing up and praying, each of us has a role to play in our community that is the Church, the Body of Christ.

Your parish needs your participation and commitment at this critical time more than at any other time in our history. Whether by increasing our financial gifts, helping to find donors, maintaining the land, planting the lavender memorial garden or working on public relations, along with increasing our prayer for one another each of us must contribute to this endeavor.

Through God’s grace, you have purchased a beautiful plot of land near the historic “Chestnut Square” area of downtown McKinney, TX. McKinney is a rapidly expanding community with a significant Slavic population. There is no Orthodox Church in the area, and it is a fantastic place to establish our community. We are the only Russian Church in the entire Dallas area following the traditional Church calendar and holding portions of our services in the Slavonic language. When we have a permanent and beautiful place to worship, our community will grow and become a legacy for your children’s children and be part of ministering the gospel to the “fields that are white for harvest” (John 4:35)

Plans for phase I of our building project are complete, and we are ready to begin construction of a 1700 square foot chapel & parish hall NOW. Phase II will include the building of a 2600 square foot temple on the same property. I plan for this to occur within 10 years.

You are the founders of this temple, are commemorated in every service, and always will be. With this blessing comes a great responsibility. I am asking you to step out in faith, and commit in writing what you are willing to give to on a monthly basis. We need pledges in writing because the bank which is processing our loan has asked for written information about our projected income. They would look most favorably upon us if we presented them with written promises showing a sharp increase in our income.

We need an increase of at least $500 monthly to honor our building commitments. I have pledged to contribute 20% of this total, and give $100.00 above our family’s 10% tithe. I will talk to each of you and present you with a confidential pledge card.

I am asking you to prayerfully consider: Should I do more? Can I do more? As you ponder this, I wish to remind you of something I have been saying for many years, and, if I were to have anything inscibed on my tombstone, this would likely be it, because it sums up most of my pastoral philosophy: “Always do what you can do, so that you will be able in time to do what you cannot”. This principle applies to everything in our life, and our Lord has taught it: “Thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord” (Mat 25:21)

The descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles – mankind draws its first breath of the Spirit of God

by Saint Theophan the Recluse

from http://www.stjohndc.org

The descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles was mankind’s first inspiration of breath from the Spirit of God. Remember Ezekiel’s prophecy about the valley full of human bones (Ezekiel 37:1-14). Remember how, by his word, bone joined to bone, how the bones were then covered with sinews, flesh and skin, but how they as yet had no breath in them. And Ezekiel “prophesied unto the wind.” He prophesied, “and the breath came into them, and they lived” (Ezekiel 37:9-10).

That valley full of bones is fallen mankind, which, estranged from God, did not have life in it. As the prophet said, it did not have breath in it. However, the Lord did not abandon [mankind]. Through a variety of providential actions, He prepared it for life. By the time Our Lord and Savior had appeared, mankind could be described as completely prepared for new life; it resembled a solid body, with bone upon bone, covered with sinew and skin, lacking only breath. The Holy Gospels clearly state that little more was needed, and that the time for it to quicken had arrived. Why was the Holy Spirit yet lacking? Because Jesus had not yet been glorified. But then the Lord was Resurrected and Ascended in glory to Heaven. The Spirit of God descended, and, drawing It in, mankind came alive.

The Apostles, all the Church gathered together in the Upper Room on Mt. Zion, were the lips through which mankind drew its first breath of the Spirit. In ordinary respiration, air is inhaled into the lungs. It passes through a large channel to progressively narrower ones until it has spread throughout. The lungs receive the life-giving air, and the process of respiration, inhaling and exhaling, is the actual means by which its life-giving power is distributed. So it is with the Holy Spirit. Once mankind has inhaled the Spirit of God, it continues to breathe with it.

The Holy Church is the set of lungs where this takes place. The Holy Mysteries of God and other actions of sanctification comprise the channel into the lungs. The rhythmic movement of the chest is the annual rhythm of all of the church’s liturgical actions, e.g. Great Lent and its attendant rites, followed by the celebrations of the Pentecostarion, followed once again by the fast, and then festal days, and so on, just like the rhythmic movement of the chest. The Church of Christ, the Christian faithful – wherever they might be – thus breathe. Because Christianity exists within mankind, all of mankind draws breath from It, but not everyone communes of the quickening action of that Divine Breath. This is because one part of mankind has damaged organs of respiration, while another does not submit itself to the benevolent influence of this respiration.

Full inspiration requires that the pathways in the lungs be neither damaged nor clogged. Likewise, for the Spirit of God to have Its full effect upon man, the organs He Himself had ordered to communicate Himself must be whole. That is to say, all of the Divine Mysteries and liturgical functions, as established by the Holy Apostles under the inspiration of the Spirit of God, must be preserved intact. Where they have been damaged, the breathing of the Spirit of God is incomplete, and, it follows, does not impart Its full effect. …At the same time, let us not exalt ourselves, asserting that we possess the healthy means to breathe with the Spirit of God, true Holy Mysteries and the real structure and organization of the Church. Wherever we do not breathe the Spirit of God, there is no life. The Church breathes with this Spirit, and we must as well. The lips through which the Divine Spirit is received, the heart that opens to receive It, is living faith. Participation in the Mysteries and liturgical actions according to the order of the Holy Church brings one into contact with It. To make It one’s own, one must act upon Its inspiration expressed in the demands of conscience and the Commandments of the Gospel. One who follows that way of life breathes with the Spirit and is enlivened by It. True evidence of spirituality is prayer, that which is justly called the breathing of the Spirit. One who prays well, in a collected manner and fervently, both in church and at home, breathes with the Spirit.

“Preaching the Lamb of God, ye were also slain as lambs…”

On June 11, we celebrate the memory of the New Martyrs of China, slain during the Boxer rebellion. In their honor, we present an excerpt from Stars of the Orient: In Memory of the New Martyrs of China, by Mark Markish (from http://www.orthodox.cn/localchurch/stars/index.html).

The month of June of 1900, when Boxers were soaking Beijing in Christian blood, gave China her first Orthodox martyrs.

“Of the 1,000 flock of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission about 300 have been lost. A few of them renounced the Faith, but most, numbered 222, became holy confessors and martyrs for Christ.”

Archimandrite Innocent, then Chief of the Mission, later Metropolitan, and Archimandrite Abraham, testify of their martyrdom in the following words:

“The day of reckoning for most Orthodox Chinese was June 11, 1900. On the eve of that day leaflets were posted in the streets, calling for the massacre of the Christians and threatening anyone who would dare to shelter them with certain death. In the middle of the night gangs of Boxers with flaming torches spread over Beijing, attacking Christian houses, seizing Christians and forcing them to deny Christ. Some, terrified by torture and death, indeed renounced the Faith in exchange for life and burned incense before idols. Others, undaunted, confessed Christ. Their fate was horrible. They were ripped open, beheaded, burned alive. After that day search for Christians and killings continued: Christian houses were destroyed, people brought out of town to where Boxers’ temples were set up, interrogated and burned at the stake.

“As even the non-Christian bystanders would admit, Orthodox Chinese faced their death with astounding courage. Orthodox catechist Paul Wang died with a prayer on his lips. Ia Wang, a Mission school teacher, suffered martyrdom twice. First time the Boxers slashed her with swords and buried half- dead. An attendant, non-Christian, heard her groaning and carried her to his cabin. There Boxer seized her again, and this time they tortured her to death. In either instance Ia Wang fervently confessed Christ in the face of her tormentors.

“Among those who died for Christ were Albazinians whose ancestors first carried the light of holy Orthodoxy to Beijing in 1685. Their faith has now been crowned with the glory of martyrdom conferred upon their descendants. Albazinians Clement Kui Lin, Matthew Chai Tsuang, his brother Witt, Anna Chui, any many more, fearless of those who kill the body but cannot harm the soul (Matt. 10:28) met agony and death with courage, praying the Savior for their tormentors.

“Of all Chinese Orthodox martyrs, the most famous are priest Mitrophan Tsi-Chung and his family. He was born in 1855, and at the age of 25 was baptized by Bishop [St.] Nicholas of Japan. Mitrophan was a low-profile kind of a man, shy and reticent, peaceful and humble; even in case of a grave insult he would never seek to justify himself. He was unwilling to become a priest, saying: A man of poor talent and little virtue, how dare I accept this great rank? Encouraged by Archimandrite Flavian and the teacher, he finally consented, yet knowing that priesthood will never bring him happiness. He served under Archimandrite Flavian, helping with translation and proofreading of liturgical books [along with the churches, Boxers burned down the print shop and destroyed all plates and types]. For fifteen years he served God tirelessly, suffering much pain and contempt from everyone near and far, and finally was struck with a mental illness. After that he settled outside of the Mission, receiving half of his former salary as a pension. Throughout his life Fr. Mitrophan was always generous, and many took advantage of him.

“On June 1, 1900 (the 17th day of the 5th month, according to the Chinese calendar), in the evening Boxers set the Mission ablaze. A number of Christians, seeking shelter, gathered in the house of Fr. Mitrophan. Among them were those who had done him much harm in the past, but he didn’t mind. Seeing that some were falling in despair, he tried to encourage them, saying that the time of tribulations has come, and it is hard to avoid them. Several times a day he would go out to look at the cinders at the church site. On June 10, at about 10 PM, soldiers and Boxers surrounded his house. There was about 70 people inside; some stronger ones ran away, and those who remained, Fr. Mitrophan and many others, mostly women and children, were all martyred. He was sitting in the front yard; Boxers stabbed his chest like a beehive, and he fell under the date tree.

“Neighbors dragged his body to the site of the Mission’s hospice. Fr. heiromonk Abraham found it later, and in 1903, when the Feast of the New Martyrs was first celebrated, it was placed with other bodies in the church of the Martyrs under the Altar. Today (1920es) there is a Cross standing where he was killed; on the Martyr’s Feast a procession goes there for the memorial service.

“Fr. Mitrophan had a wife Tatiana, born Li, and three sons: Isaiah, the oldest, Serge, who is now an Archpriest, and John. On the 10th of June in the evening Tatiana escaped the Boxers with the help of her son’s bride, but on the next morning she was beheaded among others on the place where now is the hospice for the poor. Isaiah was 23, and he served in the military. He was beheaded on June 7, on the main street near the Ping-tse-Min gates, since it had been known that he was a Christian. His bride Mary, 19, two days before the massacre came to Fr. Mitrophan, willing to die in the house of her bridegroom. Three times tried Isaiah’s brother Serge to convince her to leave and hide, but she refused, saying: I was born near the church of the Mother of God, and I will die right here. When the soldiers and Boxers overtook the place, she found her rest in the horrible death.

“John was 8. On June 10, when his father was killed, Boxers slashed his shoulders and chopped off his nose, ears and toes. Isaiah’s bride helped him escape death by hiding in the outhouse. When people asked him if it hurt, he answered that it does not hurt to suffer for Christ. Children were mocking him… John asked the neighbors to drink, but they didn’t give him and drove him off. Protasios Chang and Irodion Tsui, who had not yet been baptized at that time, testify that they saw John with wounds shoulders and legs: wounds were deeper than an inch, but he didn’t seem to feel pain and, taken again by the Boxers, showed no fear and walked steadily. An old man protested, saying: What is the boy’s fault? Blame the parents for his becoming a devil’s disciple. Others jeered at him, scoffed him, or simply grinned with derision. Thus he was led away, as a lamb to the sacrifice.”

Announcements

  • Thank you to the following florists for donations of Rose Petals for Pascha!

  • In Bloom, 1912 E. Hebron Pkwy, Carrollton TX

  • Shaw Florist, 2710 N. Josey Ln, Carrollton TX

  • C’s Florist, 3108 Old Denton Rd., Carrollton TX

  • Congratulations to our parishioners with recent or upcoming name days!

  • Olena Dudar, Elona Hurt, Elena Mishenev, Elena Witte – May 21 / June 4

  • Dmitri (Jeff) Smith – 3rd Sunday after Pentecost

  • Alexandra (Estrella) Smith – July 4 / 18

  • Kyriake Izotova – July 7 / 21

  • Fr. Seraphim asks that everyone would try to read each week’s scripture readings, according to the church calendar. These readings are sent on a weekly email, along with services and fasting rules. They are also available online in various places.

  • One way to support and serve one another is to assist in the preparation of our common meal (Trapeza) after Liturgy. Each team of families prepares the meal one time per month. To join a team, please contact Matushka Marina.

  • Please use our bookstore. We have books, icons, CD’s, Pascha and Nativity cards, souveniers and other items. To make a purchase, please put the following into the donation box, together with the payment: the item name and the dollar ($) amount of the payment. There are pads for your use for this purpose in the bookstore.

  • We also have a library of books and CDs for your use. When you borrow from the library, please write the name of the book or CD on the clipboard, and return the items within four weeks. If you have materials to donate to the library, please speak to Natalia Hawthorne.

  • The sisterhood is always open to new members! To join, please speak to Raisa Dudar.

  • We welcome new choir members! To join, please speak to Genevieve (Jenny) Park.

  • Donations of olive oil are needed.


Regular Service Schedule

Wednesday

6:30 PM

Vespers

Followed by a discussion about the spiritual/dogmatic content of various prayers in the church services.

Thursday

Time Varies

Divine Liturgy

Saturday

4:00 PM

5:00 PM

After Vigil

Confession

Vigil (Vespers, Matins, the First Hour)

Confession

Earlier confessions or confessions on other days by appt.

Sunday

9AM-10AM

9:40 AM

10:00 AM

12 Noon

12:30 PM

Confession (please call before the night before if possible)

Hours

Divine Liturgy

Trapeza (public meal for EVERYONE)

Church School following on most Sundays.


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Pentecost 2008 – If any man thirst… 3 Important things

Sunday, June 15th, 2008

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John 7:37-52; 8:12
In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. 39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.) 40 Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth this is the Prophet. 41 Others said, This is the Christ. But some said, Shall Christ come out of Galilee? 42 Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was? 43 So there was a division among the people because of him. 44 And some of them would have taken him; but no man laid hands on him. 45 Then came the officers to the chief priests and Pharisees; and they said unto them, Why have ye not brought him? 46 The officers answered, Never man spake like this man. 47 Then answered them the Pharisees, Are ye also deceived? 48 Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on him? 49 But this people who knoweth not the law are cursed. 50 Nicodemus saith unto them, (he that came to Jesus by night, being one of them,) 51 Doth our law judge any man, before it hear him, and know what he doeth? 52 They answered and said unto him, Art thou also of Galilee? Search, and look: for out of Galilee ariseth no prophet. 12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.



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Pentecost – Out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water

Friday, June 13th, 2008

From http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/pentecost-sunday-00_2004.doc

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.

“He that believeth on me, as the Scripture hath said, out of His belly shall flow rivers of living water”. So our Lord said on a feast of Pentecost– before the feast of Pentecost that we celebrate– during His earthly ministry when He promised the Spirit; because the living water is the Spirit. Now what a wonderful image this is: Out of his belly shall flow forth rivers of living water.

Now what is the belly for, what does the belly signify? There’s a place where it says their god is their belly. The belly can be about corruption, selfishness, death, indulgence; the belly is about the earth. The belly commands that we eat every day. Sometimes the belly commands that we eat too much. It makes us tired, unwilling to pray, unwilling to work. The belly is one of the least honored members of the body. Certainly, couldn’t there be a better place for the waters to flow? What about from the head, from the eyes, from the hands? The Lord said from his belly shall flow forth rivers of living water. Why is this? The Lord Jesus Christ came to make it possible for us to be incorrupt. The belly, certainly, is the sign of corruption, the sign of our being rooted to the earth. He can clean up everything.

When he sent His Holy Spirit upon mankind it was so that the things of Christ would be revealed to those who would be willing to listen, and they would become completely alive. Everything would be cleaned; just as water that is rushing, cleans and freshens everything. So that even those parts of us which are dirty, even those parts of us which resist becoming perfected, the Lord will indeed perfect. Water can not be held back when it is in a torrent; everything in its path is pushed out of the way. So it is with the Holy Spirit. But there is a difference: when a flood comes upon us it’s not of our own will that the water comes, and the water destroys things that are precious to us. But the flood of the Holy Spirit comes only if we desire it. If, of our will, we desire to follow the things of God, then indeed the torrent will come. The torrent will flow and never end. Anything that is ungodly that is in our way of the keeping of the commandments will be scoured away, will be pushed away, and the water will flow eternally– out of our belly, out of every part of us.

Now, the Pharisees’ captains– the soldiers who were attending to their dirty work– certainly spoke correctly: never had any man spoken as this man; never has any man done as this man. He lived the life of perfection in the body, and made us capable, and He promised that He would make us capable. And the Holy Spirit enables us to realize the power of the Resurrection, to become eternally fresh and new, to become perfected, even out of our belly.

Now, the Holy Spirit is also fire. Not just water, but also fire; Now these are two things that in Nature do not exist together—one destroys the other. But according to God, these things can coexist. Fire burns away that which is trash, that which is unclean. Fire purifies. Fire softens. Fire warms. And we need the fire of the Holy Spirit to burn away impurity in our soul, and we need the warmth of the Holy Spirit to encourage us. He is called Comforter—He comforts with fire; He comforts by warming our hearts, by giving us that sure and certain hope that indeed we can be changed. And He is water, eternally giving us life, refreshment, invigorating us; a spring that never, ever ends. A drought will never come upon he who has the Spirit; fire and water in the soul of a Christian, each doing their part, each from the same Spirit.

The Holy Spirit abides in a Christian. Until the promise was given, the Holy Spirit did not live in men; all the things that were accomplished were accomplished by the Spirit outside. Even the prophets who spoke by the Spirit: the Spirit did not live in them. He inspired them, and they were still unable to accomplish perfection. But now the Comforter is given to us, and we can become perfected. Anything that’s impure, anything that’s temporal can all be changed– can become perfected, can become clean, can become light, life. Today when we celebrate the fulfillment of the Resurrection in man the Lord has given us everything now we need.

He lived on the earth and showed us the way of life that is perfect; the way of life that leads to eternal life, to true happiness, no other kind of happiness is possible. Only by following the will of God can we truly be happy. He showed us this. He showed us the way to live, of having priorities, to follow the commandments. But showing this would not do us any good, unless He also made us capable of doing what He shows us, because we weren’t capable of following His examples; we’re strangers and aliens as the apostle said, far from God, unable to follow the commandments, not completely, not so that we could have rivers of living water in our belly springing out; not so that we could be completely perfected, have nothing ever that is corruptible in us. So He died, and resurrected Himself so that our bodies can be resurrected, can defeat corruption.

But even this is not enough. How many people live in the Resurrection? We still see sin, suffering, unbelief, sadness in the world. The Resurrection is for all men, but not all men are able to apprehend it, to clasp it to their bosom. We need a Comforter, a Guide, a Helper; that is the Holy Spirit. He is given so that we can live in the Resurrection; so we can apply the lessons the Lord has given us– and continues to give us on a moment by moment basis– of how to live, how to think, how to be, how to feel. All these lessons can be applied because the Comforter tells us in groanings that can not be uttered. Most of what the Holy Spirit does for us we do not see, or feel, or even know, but he does enlighten, and He does change, and He does make alive, Without the Holy Spirit, the Resurrection would only be a painting on the wall inaccessible to us, beautiful to be sure, but not something that belongs to us. The Holy Spirit makes it belong to us, because we can be changed. We don’t have to live with incorruption.

Out of our belly shall flow forth rivers of living water, because our Lord showed us how to live. He made us capable of living, and gave us a Guide to show us, continually, how to live and to strengthen us. May the fire and the water of the Holy Spirit continue to enlighten and help all of us, and make us incorrupt forever. Amen.

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Pentecost. Do you hear the sound?

Friday, June 13th, 2008

From http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/pentecost-sunday-00_2000.html
Other homilies about Pentecost are also at http://www.orthodox.net/sermons

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

I greet you today on the Holy Day of Pentecost. And on this day, we hear, “As many as have been baptized in to Christ have put on Christ. Alleluia.” [1] And we also hear today, “Their sound hath gone forth into all the world.” [2]

What is this sound? The sound is of the rushing wind, the mighty wind. But even in the midst of this sound there are people who are deaf, like the adder that stoppeth up his ears [3], because the Pharisees heard the same sound. The Pharisees saw Christ, saw his miracles, and they didn’t believe. They heard — they heard well — and they did not believe.

Whether or not there are triflers who cannot believe the bare truth, and sing “Alleluia” [4], the sound is throughout all the world, there is no doubt about that. The apostles have spread, and their apostles, and their apostles, and even now to this time, such a lowly one as myself, being of their line — not an apostle, but a priest. And the word is still being spread, and you have the option to listen or not to listen.

The Good News is not only that Christ has made our flesh able to live by His Crucifixion and subsequent Resurrection of His own power, making flesh capable of obtaining God. Not only that news, but the good news today is that the Holy Spirit will help us. He is called the Comforter [5]. The Holy Spirit searches out the things of God, the deep things of God, things that we cannot even utter, things that we cannot even think, but which motivate us and can change us. He searches out those things, and He gives them to us.

He would to give them to everyone, but everyone will not hear. Christ also said in another context, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem … how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!” [6] The Holy Spirit enlightens a man when he wishes to be enlightened. The Holy Spirit fills a man when he empties out of himself that which fills him which is impure and corrupt. But again, I say that the good news is that the Holy Spirit helps us even in emptying ourselves. Without the Holy Spirit, we cannot live. Without the Holy Spirit, we would not be able to actualize the Resurrection in our life ; we would not have the ability.

Jesus spoke of the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit speaks incessantly, eternally of Christ. He reveals to us the things of Christ. [7] He doesn’t speak of Himself; He speaks of Christ. And Christ occasionally, as well as speaking of His Father and of Himself, will tell us, in a dark way, about the Holy Spirit. Because I tell you, the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, which is pivotal in the Christian faith, is a dark thing. It is not something which is talked about in extreme exactitude. The Holy Spirit enlightens a man like the wind blows [8]. We don’t know how the wind blows, we don’t know where it’s going to, we don’t know where it’s coming from. But it brings life to the earth. Somehow, the wind brings water to the earth. We don’t know how. We might know something of the science, but we don’t know exactly how. The same thing is true about the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit blows through the church, and enlightens those who will stop, and stand in the wind, and desire to change.

Christ said, ” He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water..” [9] We should take pause sometimes to meditate on the indescribable beauty of the scriptures. “Out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” What a beautiful image this is — but not just an image, because out of his belly shall flow the grace of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will enliven a man, and just as water flows down the mountain and cannot be stopped, and enriches and enlivens everything, so the Holy Spirit will flow through a man and will never stop, will well up, and up, and never be extinguished, and will enlighten not only this man, but all those who are around him, if he lives in the Spirit.

And what is this, “in the Spirit”? We talk about living in the Spirit; what is this? It is nothing less than hearing the will of God, the word of God, the law of God, and doing it. Being obedient to the teachings of the All-Holy Trinity; living according to who God is. That’s being in the Spirit. And I tell you, if you live in that way, then you will be enlightened by the Spirit, in things great and small. And you will not be doubting, and God will help you in all things.

But there is an effort involved, an effort involved to allow yourself to be filled with the Spirit. We don’t talk today that much about the particulars of the difficulties living the Christian life; that is for other times. Did you notice that in the Acts it just was the event of the apostles speaking in other tongues to everyone that we speak about. We don’t really go into yet how the Spirit enlivens a man, but if you read the book of Acts, you will see. And if you read the Epistles, you will see. And if you read the Gospels, you will see. And if you come to the services and listen to the beauty of our chant, you will see. God will be there. You will feel and know Him. “Out of your belly shall flow rivers of living water.” You won’t be corrupt anymore; you will be alive. The purpose of our life is to know God. Because to know God is to become like Him, because it cannot be otherwise, because he who loves becomes like the one he loves. It always is this way.

Now we have desire. Maybe it’s a small desire, maybe it’s a large desire, maybe, in some cases, it is only a desire to have the desire ! Regardless, if we have some desire somewhere, God will help us to become like Him. The purpose of our life. There’s nothing else that’s important. And today we celebrate that God has given us a great gift, so that we can do these things we desire. The Holy Spirit is that great gift. May we be worthy of such a great gift. Amen.

[1] During the Divine Liturgy, instead of the usual Trisagion Hymn (“Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, Have mercy on us”, we sing “As many have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. Alleluia”

[2] The prokeimenon for Pentecost and the Holy Apostles chanted and sung before the reading of the Epistle.

[3] (Psa 58:3-4) The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies. {4} Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear;

[4] From the Akathist

[5] (John 14:26) But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. (and other places)

[6] (Mat 23:37) O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!

[7] (John 16:13-15) Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come. {14} He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you. {15} All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall show it unto you.

[8] (John 3:8) The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

[9] John 7:38

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Acts 2:1-11 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. {2} And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. {3} And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. {4} And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. {5} And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. {6} Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. {7} And they were all amazed and marveled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? {8} And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? {9} Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, {10} Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, {11} Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.

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