Archive for June, 2011

O heavenly King, The Pentecost troparion, our decorated church, an angelic child and a Pentecost homily – all videos from Pentecost 2011.

Monday, June 13th, 2011

A few things sent by our resident video specialist,. Natalia Hawthorne.

If you are traveling right now, I thought you might want to see how Pentecost went at St. Nicholas in McKinney. :-)


 


Fr. Seraphim's sermon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nq_tnWSG1L

 


 

 

 

 

O Heavenly King (that's Fr. Seraphim banging the door, BTW ;-))  [oops! p.s.]

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9BcKv01t98

 The added benefit of watching this video is seeing how our church was decorated, through the hard work of several, but especially, our resident florist, Deborah.

Also, quite importantly, you get to see (currently) the most beautiful grandchild in the universe.


 

Pentecost Troparion in English and Slavonic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxXTF2lolqc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Ministry of the Holy Spirit. Exegesis of O Heavenly King. Pentecost 2011

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Icon of Pentecost.

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Synopsis: The giving of the Holy Spirit is the last big piece of our salvation. The Lord Jesus Christ became incarnate, taking on and changing our nature, teaching by word and example, and was crucified, buried and rose from the dead, enabling our flesh to defeat death. Then after 40 days He ascended, showing us that our human flesh could be with God in eternity. Then according to the promise, the Holy Spirit was given, without which our salvation would ot be possible. We look at the ministry of the Holy Sprit by explaining "O Heavenly King", and the various names and symbols for the Holy Sprit. The "take home" message is that in order to have the Holy Spirit abide in us, since He is the Spirit of Truth, we must live according to the truth. This entails much more that only not telling a lie!

More homilies on Pentecost are HERE

O Heavenly King, O Comforter, Spirit of Truth, Who art everywhere present and fillest all things, Treasury of good things and Giver of life, come and dwell in us, and cleanse us of all impurity, and save our souls, O Good One.


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When He the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth. Thoughts on Pentecost, Truth, Campus Crusade for Christ, and Monasticism

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

Pentecost Icon, with King Cosmos

On this day of Pentecost, we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit, Who "will guide you into all truth". (John 16:13) The following is a meditation on that bible verse, which is the most important piece of Scripture I have ever read, because it cause me to search for and find the church. I describe the road through "Campus Crusade for Christ", which started me on the trip, and stayed behind while I pursued the whole truth and not a partial truth, and morphs into a discussion of Monasticism and morality. All these things fit together on Pentecost!

Read it here:

What is "all truth" How do we find it? Campus Crusade for Christ.  Dogma is moral. Monasticism.

http://orthodox.net/redeemingthetime/2009/06/02/what-is-all-truth-how-do-we-find-it-campus-crusade-for-christ-dogma-is-moral-monasticism/

Who is "King Cosmos"? He is the person at the bottom of the Icon of Pentecost. Read about him here:

Pentecost Icon Explanation. King Cosmos

http://orthodox.net/redeemingthetime/2009/06/08/pentecost-icon-explanation-king-cosmos-day-of-the-holy-spirit/

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Entreat God to grant you the grace of the Holy Spirit.

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

Tomorrow, we will celebrate the Vespers of Holy Pentecost, with the wonderful "prayers on bended knee". The following excerpt from Reflections of a Humble Heart  (pp. 93-4) is an excellent preparation for this service.

(This small book is worth reading. Get it here.)

"Therefore, on the day of the Feast of Holy Pentecost, when, brother, reverently and on bended knee, you listen to the prayers uttered by the priest speaking for an on behalf of his flock, be sure what it is you are praying for. On this day the Holy Spirit is clearly pleasant in the Church and He hears your prayers! For this reason, brother, concentrate, consider beforehand and reflect on just what it is you are going to ask God. Possibly you have many sorrows and troubles weighing upon your heart, and you want to ask God to resolve these difficulties and to help you. Pray for this. But, what is of infinitely greater importance and priority, you should entreat God to grant you the grace of the Holy Spirit and to fill your soul to overflowing, to exhaustion. In other words, you must ask that He receive you, while still in this life, into the Kingdom of Heaven, that He grant you the pledge and beginning of future, eternal delight. I will even add that this alone should be your entreaty on that day. But the flesh is weak, and according to your weakness ask God, if you wish, concerning your earthly affairs as well. God will hearken to you, as it is written: The Lord will hear thee in the day of affliction (Ps 19:2). But do not forget, on no account must you forget that the most important of your requests must be to receive the grace of the Holy Spirit. Know, brother, that if you receive this gift, you will have no need of anything else, nor will you desire anything more, because the Holy Spirit is a Treasury filled with good things beyond measure."

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Electronic Newsletter May 29 / June 12 Holy Pentecost

Friday, June 10th, 2011

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, McKinney, Texas

Electronic Newsletter

May 29 / June 12

Holy Pentecost

Announcements
Prayer Requests
Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week
Fasting in the Coming week
Links related to the coming week

Blessed art Thou, O Christ our God,

Who hast shown forth the fisherman as supremely wise

by sending down upon them the Holy Spirit,

and through them didst draw the world into Thy net.

O Lover of Mankind, glory to Thee!


Announcements

On Sunday, July 17th, we will be holding a fund-raising event to fund the construction of our covered porch, which we hope will provide a much-needed expansion to our dining space. Igumen Gregory from St. Arsenius Hermitage in Decator will present a talk about "Prayer and its Practice." The talk will take place across the street at the Bingham House. Parishioners are encouraged to attend; tickets may be purchased at www.orthodox.net.

Parishioners are also asked, if possible, to help provide the complementary refreshments during the talk. Emails have been sent out to the St. Julianna Sisterhood list with suggested menu items that need to be provided. If you have any questions, contact Elaine King. .


 

 

This Saturday, June 11th, we have a Church open house in celebration of one year in our new location. This event will begin after the Requiem Liturgy and continue throughout the afternoon. Please try to attend and help greet visitors.

 

 


 

If you can give a few hours of our time to help care for God's house, please contact Matushka Marina, Reader David or Deacon Nicholas and we'll tell you how you can help.

We have a list of things our parish needs. If you or somebody you know wish to supply one of these items, please contact us.
 

 


 

Prayer Requests

For the Health and Salvation.

  • Kateryna (Kayla) Bayda. (employment)
  • Natalia and Nicholas (traveling in Ukraine until mid August)
  • David
  • Elizabeth
  • Priests Jean and Grégoire & all the faithful and suffering of Haiti.
  • The suffering people of East Japan.

For a more complete listing, please see our parish prayer list. Anyone can make requests.
 


 

Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week

Saturday 6/11

  • 8AM Requiem Matins
  • 9:30AM Requiem Diving Liturgy
  • 11:00AM Church Open House (1 year anniversary of occupancy of our new temple)
  • 4PM Confession
  • 5PM Vigil for Pentecost

Sunday 6/12 Pentecost

  • 10AM  Divine Liturgy
  • 12:45PM (after Trapeza) Vespers with the Kneeling Prayers to the Holy Spirit

Monday 6/13

  • 7:30PM Moleben

Wednesday 6/15

  • 7:00PM Vespers

Thursday 6/16

  • 9AM Divine Liturgy

Saturday 6/18

  • 3PM Parish Council Meeting
  • 4PM Confession
  • 5PM Vigil

Sunday 6/12 Sunday of All Saints

  • 10AM  Divine Liturgy
  • 12:45PM Church School

Fasting in the Coming week

  • There is NO FASTING during Pentecost Week

LINKS

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Prayer and Its Practice with Igumen Gregory Zaiens. Fundraising Russian Tea – July 17, 2011, 5-7 pm

Thursday, June 9th, 2011


“Prayer and Its Practice”

July 17, 2011 ~ 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Speaker, Igumen Gregory Zaiens

Presented by: St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, McKinney, TX

St Seraphim and Theotokos Icon.jpg

At the Bingham House, 800 S. Chestnut St., McKinney, TX

 

5:00– 7:00 p.m. Russian Tea

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Igumen Gregory speaks on Prayer and Its Practice

6:30 – 7:00 p.m.  Question and Answer Session

$25 per person, $20 for each additional family member

 

Proceeds to help our Church build a covered deck since our hall is too small.

 

Deadline for tickets: July 2, 2011

 

Here is a rare opportunity to learn first hand about prayer practice in the Orthodox Church from Igumen Gregory Zaiens, Archimandrite of St. Arsenius Hermitage, Decatur, Texas, and published author.

 

Join us at the very lovely Bingham House B&B, directly across from St. Nicholas, in McKinney.  After his talk Igumen Gregory has graciously offered to answer questions from the audience.

 

Complimentary teas, coffees, confections, and other delicacies offered by the ladies of St. Nicholas 

 

Prelude music provided by Gabrielle Bronzich

 

Childcare provided at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, directly across from the Bingham House, by the youth of St. Nicholas and St. Sava – donation appreciated

 

To book your reservations now, go to   http://orthodox.net   and pay directly by Paypal, or send your check, made out to St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, to: 

Dcn. Nicholas Park, Box 37, McKinney, TX 75070

Please include a note w/your name, number attending, and childcare needed

Questions:  Call Elaine King @ 214-556-9486

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Christology and moral teaching in the High Priestly Prayer of Jesus Christ. Sunday of the Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council.

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

Icon of Christ kneeling in prayer in GethsemaneLISTEN NOW

Synopsis: The Christology of the High Priestly Prayer of Jesus Christ (which He made just before His arrest on Holy Thursday) is explained, and then the moral application of this prayer which is as important as the dogma in it is discussed. Our Lord proves that He is equal to the Father, and gives us two instructions on what we must do to be saved. Both instructions are intimately related to His relationship with the Father, and consequently what our relationship should be with God and our neighbor.

More homilies on the Sunday of the Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council are HERE

 

John 17:1-13TEXT 1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: 2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. 3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. 4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. 5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. 6 I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word. 7 Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee. 8 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me. 9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. 10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them. 11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are. 12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. 13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.


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7th Sunday of Pascha – Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council Why do we commemorate the First Ecumenical Council and read the High Priestly Prayer of Jesus between Ascension and Pentecost?

Sunday, June 5th, 2011


John 17:1-13

2010

Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council, with Emperor Constantine<br />
 (Arius, whose heresy was repudiated, is underneath them) http://www.orthodox.net/ikons/first-ecumenical-council.jpg

 

Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council, with Emperor Constantine

(Arius, whose heresy was repudiated, is underneath them)

More homilies on the Sunday of the Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council are HERE

 

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

Brothers and sisters, this is only now a week before Pentecost. We just had the Ascension this week on Thursday, then Pentecost the next weekend and we will have almost completed the Pentecostarion period.
 

This reading is in context with all of the other readings, all of the other Sundays including Pascha and including the Ascension. We should understand why it is where it is during the church year and what it means.
 

At Pascha the Lord trampled down death by death and upon those in the tombs bestowed life. He made our flesh capable of eternal life and conquered death. And then follows the period in between Pascha and Ascension, a time when the Lord is on the earth. And what is He doing with His apostles and disciples? He’s teaching them. He is enlightening them because they didn’t understand everything all at once, and He had to teach them many things, many dogmas, many ways of thinking, to have the right priorities, the way to look at things, interpreting the Scriptures to them. He did this and we have some of His appearances recorded in the Scriptures.

So we have: Thomas, who doubted and then believed and proclaimed the Lord as God and Man when he said, “My Lord and my God”; the Holy Myrrh Bearers; the Samaritan Woman, which is really the dialog with the soul; the Blind Man and the Paralytic. We see how they were enlightened in various ways. It is all about enlightenment during this period of time until Ascension because the Resurrection must be realized inside of us.

The Kingdom of Heaven is within us. The Resurrection as a historical fact has no meaning for us. It must be inculcated in the way we live. If we don’t live the Resurrection, then the Resurrection does not affect us. There are a lot of people that are going down the broad way to hell. The Lord was resurrected for all of them, but many of them will not live. So the Resurrection must be realized in us. That comes from enlightenment.

Now, enlightenment comes from the Lord teaching us and also us being receptive to that teaching and responding to that teaching. So it is God’s grace and our efforts over time which enlightens. And these Gospels and these Sundays preceding the Ascension really are talking about them. That’s the overall theme.

In Pascha, He showed that He conquered death, and in the Ascension he showed that our flesh would be able to rise up and be with Him and be with God the Father because Jesus Christ, as a human being rose up into the Heavens to be at the right hand of God. And so can we rise up into the Heavens to be with Him in the flesh. That’s what the Ascension teaches us.

 

Now we have this in between period, between the Ascension and the bringing of the Holy Spirit. So why this Gospel at this point in time? This Gospel, if you read it carefully, is a dogmatic explication of who Jesus Christ is, that He is fully equal with the Father, that He is begotten, not made, and He is one in essence with the Father. He speaks to the Father as an equal when He speaks to Him as God.

Now, there are other points in the Scripture and even in this prayer of His, the high priestly prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane on Holy Thursday before He entered into His Passion, where He shows His
inferiority to God the Father because as a human being, as a man, He is inferior. The Scripture says He was made a little lower than the angels; He became man. But when He speaks as God, He speaks as an equal. He says that all the things that He has, the Father has, and all the things that God the Father has, He has.

So it is an explication of Jesus Christ being fully God and fully Man. So He has the authority to send the Holy Spirit to us. He has the authority to tell us how to live. He lived the way He told us, so He has the right to tell us to live that way.

 

And also it is basically a recapitulation of how we should live. And the way of life we should have speaks of what salvation is. You know this verse; I’ve told it many times:

“And this is eternal life, that they might know Thee the only true God and Jesus Christ Whom Thou has sent.”

 

This is eternal life, to know God. How do we know Him? Part of this knowledge is a proper dogmatic understanding.

 

In First Ecumenical Council which we are commemorating today, the 318 holy fathers proclaimed the dogma of Who Jesus Christ is, that He was not a creature as the arch-heretic Arius asserted.

 

Arius was a protopresbyter of Alexandria, and he was very erudite, and he got himself a bit of a following, and he said smooth words. The Bible says such words that are smoother than oil and yet they are darts. And the simple people and even simple bishops and simple priests started to believe him that Jesus Christ was created by the Father before time but created so He is a creature. A creature is not equal with God. And yet Jesus Christ spoke to the Father as an equal. He cannot be a creature. And this is important. Many people died over this heresy.

There was a lot of  controversy – if we had been there, we would have wondered what the decision might be. The truth was not entirely clear for a while because Arius was very intelligent, very good as a rhetoritician and so he swayed some people. But especially through the auspices of our very own patron, Saint Nicholas, who slapped Arias because of his heresy – and later on the bishops of that council saw in a dream that Nicholas was with God, because they had deposed Nicholas for slapping Arias — the truth won out because the truth always will win out. But remember, when the truth is winning out, it doesn’t always look all that truthful as it is winning. That’s the way life is. We are ascending to perfection, but we are making a lot of imperfect steps on that ascent.

So we are to be one as Jesus is with His Father, but that process is an arduous one and a difficult one and one with missteps. That’s what happened in the first council; we shouldn’t be afraid of saying it. But the Holy Spirit was with them, and the truth won because God had holy ones in that council, Saint Spiridon also, Saint Nicholas, St Athanasius the Great, and others who spoke for the truth and made it clear that Jesus Christ is only begotten of the Father, begotten, not made, one in essence, by Whom all things were made. And about two thirds of the Creed, of our symbol of faith, was formulated in the Council of Nicaea.

 

What did the fathers stand for? Truth. Jesus Christ is truth. Truth is not a thing. Truth is a person. He is the truth and the life[1]. That’s why it’s important to not let anyone sully His name in any way. Most of the major heresies that the church was assailed with were some kind of attack on Jesus Christ. Arianism was only one of the first. There were many others: Monothelitism, all kinds of ones that are really hard to pronounce if you start saying them fast. But they were all attacks against the person of Jesus Christ, either His divinity or His humanity or some combination of attack between the two.

The Creed formulated, for all time, what was always true and what we always believed and what we will continue to believe. But the Creed was not just a statement of factual information. The Creed is a statement of dogma and morality because Jesus Christ is our example of morality. To believe in Him correctly is to follow Him. So this is what the holy fathers were doing. They were proclaiming the truth about Him with courage.

And since Jesus Christ is pivotal to our faith, we partake of His body and blood in every Divine Liturgy. We must know Him in order to have salvation. He is the only path to the Father. He sends us the Holy Spirit which proceeds from the Father. Everything about our faith is about Jesus Christ. Saint Justin Popovich once said that the answer to every question is Jesus Christ.

So it is very important to have a correct theological understanding of Him. And you can have that correct understanding in words if you say the Creed and even if you believe the Creed as well as you know it. But the only way to really have a correct theological understanding of Jesus Christ is to know Him. Eternal life is the knowledge of God, and the knowledge of God comes from living as Jesus Christ lived so that we experience what He experienced and we become what He is,  holy, humble, compassionate, having unceasing prayer. That’s a commandment. Does it seem impossible to you? It is very possible. It has been attained many times. Unceasing prayer while on the earth, by human beings.

Salvation is the knowledge of God, and it is also to be one with God as Jesus said He was one with His Father, these two things, to know God and to be one with Him. And the council shows us this knowledge of God, proclaiming Him correctly, very carefully, dogmatically.

 

And it also showed how to be one with Him. And as I said, the council wasn’t always one. There was argument, and there was really the appearance that Arius would win the day because he appeared to be smarter than anybody else. He was really just an educated fool, but he appeared to be smarter. So for a time there did not appear to be unity. But where there is the love of God, always unity will win out.
 

And so this is why this reading is between Ascension and Pentecost. Because with the coming of the Holy Spirit now comes enlightenment for every man, the Holy Spirit abiding within us, teaching us the things that cannot be uttered, teaching us the things of Christ, the things of God, how to live, how to think, how to struggle, the Holy Spirit abiding in every man. We must believe in Who God is and not have any false ideas about Him. So the Church guards the dogmatic definitions of God carefully, through, for instance, the symbol of faith and really through all of our services and our way of life. But if you don’t guard this definition of God by living according to it, then all is lost for you because the truth is no good to you unless you live it.

And so here we see an example of the truth being lived: Jesus Christ proclaiming the truth about Who He is, and then we see historically the holy fathers proclaiming who Jesus Christ is, with very exact language. And this exact language can only be understood if we live it. Then you’ll know.

Just as the answer to every question is Jesus Christ, also the answer to every question is become holy. If you do not understand how God can be Trinity, become holy and then you will understand. If you cannot understand how God can become man, become holy and then you will understand. These are things that the impure mind cannot comprehend, the mind that’s full of all kinds of stuff that is not of God, can’t understand the things of God.

And remember, eternal life is to know God. He proclaims it. In my opinion, this is the best definition of eternal life — and there’s probably 200 definitions of eternal life in the Scriptures that all basically say the same thing in different ways. But this one says it very clearly: “This is eternal life, that they may know Thee, the only true God and Jesus Christ Whom Thou hast sent.” So I’ll tell you, it is dogmatic understanding of God and living according to that dogma. And we see that example in the holy fathers of the First Ecumenical Council. So we must live according to that example.

Now we are in this period waiting for Pentecost. Of course we know that the Spirit has come. The Spirit lives in us. Let us listen to the Holy Spirit teaching us how to live. What is important? All that’s important is to know God. There’s nothing else that matters in the entire world. Nothing matters except that you know God intimately, personally.

 

The only way you can do that is to worship Him in spirit and in truth. The “in truth” part is dogmatically understanding Who He is, not proclaiming Him to be something that He isn’t. And “in spirit” is to live according to what He taught you. It’s a difficult thing, but with the Holy Spirit we can.
 

May God help us to always proclaim Who Jesus Christ is, not just when we say the Creed, but by how we live. Amen.

 

Priest Seraphim Holland 2010.    

 

This and other Orthodox materials are available in from:

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, McKinney, Texas

 

·         Mailing Address: Box 37, McKinney, TX 75070

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·         Redeeming the Time Blog: http://www.orthodox.net/redeemingthetime/

 

This homily is at:

http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/pascha-sunday-07_2010-05-16+holy-fathers-of-the-first-ecumenical-council_john17-1-13.html

http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/pascha-sunday-07_2010-05-16+holy-fathers-of-the-first-ecumenical-council_john17-1-13.doc

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[1] “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6 KJV  )

 

 

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7th Sunday of Pascha – Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council – sermons and questions and answers

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Icon of the Fathers of the first Ecumenical council


On the first Sunday after the Ascension of the Lord, the Church prayerfully remembers the god-bearing fathers of the First Ecumenical Council.

We know from Church history that the Emperor Constantine the Great, the Equal-to-the-Apostles, called this council in 325 AD in the city of Nicea because of his care for the Christian faith.

The subject of discussion at this council was the heresy of Arius. This is the false teaching that the Son of God is not of one essence with the Father, that is that He is not one with the Father in His divine nature, but is merely the highest of His creations…. More at Homily from collection “Before the Eyes of God's Truth” by Hieromonk Methodius


When is the Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council celebrated? Speculate why.

What is an ecumenical council? How many have there been? Why in general were they called? How do the Orthodox view the pronouncements of the Ecumenical councils? What was the primary reason for the 1st Ecumenical Council? When and where was it called?

Describe the pernicious heresy combated by the council. Are there any recognizable groups outside the church that still hold to this heresy?

What is the definition of eternal life that Jesus gives in the Gospel for the Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First ecumenical council?

And other questions and answers at

 

Questions and answers for The Sunday of the Fathers of the first Ecumenical Council


Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council
John 17:1-13
2002

Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council
What is Heaven?
John 17:1-13
2008

Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council
The entire content ot the Christian faith is Jesus Christ.
John 17:1-13
2009
Also in Format: mp3

Holy Fathers Of The First Ecumenical Council
Why do we commemorate the First Ecumenical Council & read the High Priestly prayer of Jesus between Ascension & Pentecost?
John 17:1-13
2010

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Electronic Newsletter May 22 / June 5 Sunday of the Holy Fathers

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, McKinney, Texas

Electronic Newsletter

May 22 / June 5

Sunday of the Holy Fathers

Announcements
Prayer Requests
Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week
Fasting in the Coming week
Links related to the coming week

Thou wast born as Thou Thyself didst will; Thou didst appear of Thine own choice; Thou didst suffer in the flesh, O our God. Thou didst arise from the dead, trampling down death; Thou didst ascend in glory, O Thou Who fillest all things, and didst send unto us the Divine Spirit, that we may praise and glorify Thy Divinity.

We celebrate today the memory of the fathers of the council of Nicaea, who came together to defend the Holy Church from the destructive teaching of Arius. Arius taught that Jesus Christ is not the Eternal Son of God, contradicting the words of the Lord himself and undermining our faith.

In doing this, the fathers were obeying the injunction given by the Apostle Paul in this Sunday's Epistle reading: "Take heed therefore to yourselves, and to all the flock over which the Holy Spirit hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departure grievous wolves will enter in among you, not sparing the flock" (Acts 20:28-9).

Arming you with the mighty strength of the Spirit, the Word, Who is counoriginate and of one throne with the Father before the ages, found you to be allies, and gathered you together; Him do ye now ever glorify together with the heavenly hosts, O all-sacred ones.


Announcements

We will be taking up a special collection this Sunday to support Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY, which is faced with some very expensive mandatory repair work on their facilities. Please help!


 

Our new facility brings with it many new maintenance and upkeep tasks. Matushka Marina and Reader David Hawthorne need volunteers to help get all the work done.If you can give a few hours of our time to help care for God's house, please contact Matushka Marina, Reader David or Deacon Nicholas and we'll tell you how you can help.

We have a list of things our parish needs. If you or somebody you know wish to supply one of these items, please contact us.
 


 

Prayer Requests

For the Health and Salvation.

  • Kateryna (Kayla) Bayda. (employment)
  • Natalia and Nicholas (traveling in Ukraine until mid August)
  • David
  • Elizabeth
  • Priests Jean and Grégoire & all the faithful and suffering of Haiti.
  • The suffering people of East Japan.

For a more complete listing, please see our parish prayer list. Anyone can make requests.
 


 

Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week

Saturday 6/4

  • 4PM Confession
  • 5PM  Vigil

Sunday 6/5 Sunday of the Holy Fathers.

  • 10AM  Divine Liturgy (hours at about 9:40)
  • 12:45PM Church School for Children

Monday 6/6

  • 7:30PM Moleben

Wednesday 6/8

  • 7:00PM Vespers

Thursday 6/9

  • 9AM Divine Liturgy

Saturday 6/11

  • 8AM Requiem Matins
  • 9:30AM Requiem Diving Liturgy
  • 4PM Confession
  • 5PM Vigil for Pentecost

Sunday 6/12 Pentecost

  • 10AM  Divine Liturgy
  • 12:45PM (after Trapeza) Vespers with the Kneeling Prayers to the Holy Spirit

Fasting in the Coming week

  • We fast from animal products on Wednesday and Friday, but wine and oil are allowed.

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