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Electronic Newsletter August 8/21 10th Sunday after Pentecost

Friday, August 19th, 2011

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church,

McKinney, Texas

Electronic Newsletter

August 8/21

10th Sunday after Pentecost

Afterfeast of Transfiguration

 

The Transfiguration of the Savior

Thou wast transfigured on the mountain, O Christ our God,

showing to Thy disciples Thy glory as each one could endure.

Shine forth on us, who are sinners all, Thy light ever un-ending,

through the prayers of the Theotokos.

O Light-giver, glory to Thee!

 

Announcements
Prayer Requests
Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week
Fasting in the Coming week

Links related to Transfiguration, Dormition


Announcements

We began our Church School program for 2011-2012 on Sunday, August 14th. We will be running three regular classes this year, in addition to the year-round preschool class during the Sunday homily. All three classes will take place at approximately 12:45 on Sunday afternoons, after we have had some time to get something to eat.

1. The Elementary School class, for children in grades 1-4 or so, will meet on the 1st, 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month. Matushka Marina will teach this class.
2. The Middle School class, for children in grades 5-8 or so, will meet on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month. Dn. Nicholas will teach.
3. The class for adults and teens will meet on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month. It will focus on the fundamentals of the faith — the Creed and the Lord's Prayer — and their meaning for our daily lives as Orthodox Christians. Dn. Nicholas and Fr. Seraphim will teach.

 


We are getting together at 10AM on Saturday to dig holes for tree stakes and clear tree debris. This is a fairly urgent task — we need to save our trees! — and your help is valued.

There are several other tasks that need to be done as well. Let us know if 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.

  • 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.
  • The suffering people of Minot, ND

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



Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week

PLEASE NOTE that we will serve Paraklesis (supplicatary service, moleben) in honor of the Theotokos during all days of the Dormition fast that we do not otherwise have an evening service.

This fast is short (2 weeks) and intense, and is a good time to increase our prayer.

At all services, all parishioners, and also many others who are friends of the parish, etc, will be commemorated by name several times.

We will sing either the small of great supplicatory canon to the Theotokos, in the beautiful Byzantine melody that many of us know.


Saturday 8/20

  • 10AM Landscaping workday – digging tree stakes and clearing debris
  • 3PM Church Council Meeting
  • 4PM Confession
  • 5PM Vigil

Sunday 8/21

  • 10AM  Divine Liturgy
  • 12:45PM Sunday School, Sisterhood Meeting
  • 6PM Paraklesis

Monday 8/22

  • 7:30PM Paraklesis

Wednesday 8/24

  • 7PM Vespers

Thursday 8/25

  • 9AM Liturgy
  • 7PM Paraklesis

Friday 8/26

  • 7PM Paraklesis

Saturday 8/27

  • 4PM Confession
  • 5PM Vigil

Sunday 8/28. Dormition of the Theotokos.

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

Fasting in the Coming weeks

The Dormition fast begins on Sunday 8/14 and continues until Sunday 8/28, the Feast of Dormition. Wine and Oil are allowed on weekends. Fish is allowed on Friday, 8/19, the feast of the Transfiguration. There is no fasting on the feast of Dormition, Sunday 8/28.

 

Links: Transfiguration, Dormition

Transfiguration Human nature in the Midst of the Divine Luke 9:28-36.

We say today, brothers and sisters, that humanity can meet Divinity; Humanity can see Divinity; Humanity can be part of Divinity.

In the Old Testament Moses, saw the back parts of God; he was hidden in the cleft of a rock; he didn’t see that much [1]. But now, face to face, man is with God. Jesus Christ showing He is fully God, shining as the light.

Did you notice something in this historic and prophetic event? Moses and Elias, were conversing with Him, speaking of His decease: That was for the disciples to remember so that they would overwhelmed by the upcoming passion of our Lord….


Questions and answers about the Scripture read on the Transfiguration.

All ten questions are at http://www.orthodox.net/questions/transfiguration-scripture_1.html

This Scripture is very important to understand well.

Here are questions 1-3, all about the important verse: "And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray." (LUKE 9:28)

http://orthodox.net/redeemingthetime/2010/08/05/scripture-read-on-transfiguration-10-questions-1-3/


Questions 4-7 are here:

http://orthodox.net/redeemingthetime/2010/08/05/scripture-read-on-transfiguration-10-questions-4-7/

They cover the verses:

" And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering. " (Luke 9:29)

"And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias: {31} Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem. " (Luke 9:20-31)


Questions 8-10 are here: http://orthodox.net/redeemingthetime/2010/08/06/scripture-read-on-transfiguration-10-questions-8-10/

They discuss:

How did Jesus' Transfiguration prepare the apostles for His subsequent crucifixion?

"But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: " (vs. 32)

"And when the voice was past, Jesus was found alone. And they kept it close, and told no man in those days any of those things which they had seen. " (Luke 9:36)


 

Here are lots more Questions and Answers about the Feast of the Transfiguration.



Here is a short talk about the Dormition of the Theotokos.

  • Dormition means falling asleep
  • The Story.
  • A balanced view.
  • The intercession of the Theotokos.
  • Heresies about the Theotokos:

    • The heresy of the Theotokos as "co-mediatrix"
    • The heresies of The "Immaculate Conception" and "Original Sin" are discussed at length. VERY IMPORTANT!
  • The ever-virginity of the Theotokos explained.

If the "LISTEN NOW" link does not work, copy this URL into your browser: http://www.orthodox.net/catechism/feasts-of-the-theotokos_2010-08-28+dormition+after-liturgy-short-talk.m3u

If this file does not work for you, try the direct link to the actual mp3 file:http://www.orthodox.net/catechism/feasts-of-the-theotokos_2010-08-28+dormition+after-liturgy-short-talk.mp3


 

2009
Also in Format: Word DOC or mp3 You can watch this sermon on the following video platforms: YouTube, Yahoo, MySpace, Metacafe, DailyMotion, Blip.tv and Veoh

SYNOPSIS:We can learn what the church values most about the Theotokos from the Dormition Troparion: In giving birth thou didst preserve thy virginity, / in thy dormition thou didst not forsake the world, O Theotokos. / Thou wast translated unto life, / thou who art the Mother of Life. // And by thine intercessions dost thou redeem our souls from death

Dormition Troparion, Kontakion & Exapostilarion, sung at St Nicholas.

LINK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtFHdVdHotE


Explanation of the Dormition troparion

In giving birth thou didst preserve thy virginity, /
in thy dormition thou didst not forsake the world, O Theotokos. /
Thou wast translated unto life, /
thou who art the Mother of Life. //
And by thine intercessions dost thou redeem our souls from death

 

 

Text Homily.

We can learn almost everything that we need to know from listening and praying in the services.

The Dormition troparion, "In giving birth Thou did preserve Thy virginity," proclaims our belief, that the  Theotokos was a virgin before birth, during birth and after birth. And if you want to have this explained, then you do not understand. It is a mystery that we cannot understand, but the Church has been unanimous about this for well over a millennium, almost two millennia. …

The entire troparion is explained.

Also in audio: LISTEN NOW


 

If the "LISTEN NOW" link does not work, copy this URL into your browser: http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/feasts-of-the-theotokos_2009-08-28+dormition+explanation-of-the-dormition-troparion.m3u

If this file does not work for you, try the direct link to the actual mp3 file:http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/feasts-of-the-theotokos_2009-08-28+dormition+explanation-of-the-dormition-troparion.mp3

 




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Electronic Newsletter August 1/14 9th Sunday after Pentecost

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church,

McKinney, Texas

Electronic Newsletter

August 1/14

9th Sunday after Pentecost

Procession of the Cross / Holy Maccabees

 

The Transfiguration of the Savior

Announcements
Prayer Requests
Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week
Fasting in the Coming week

Links related to Transfiguration, Dormition


Announcements

We will beginning our Church School program for 2011-2012 on Sunday, August 14th. We will be running three regular classes this year, in addition to the year-round preschool class during the Sunday homily. All three classes will take place at approximately 12:45 on Sunday afternoons, after we have had some time to get something to eat.

1. The Elementary School class, for children in grades 1-4 or so, will meet on the 1st, 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month. Matushka Marina will teach this class again.
2. The Middle School class, for children in grades 5-8 or so, will meet on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month. Dn. Nicholas will teach.
3. The class for adults and teens will meet on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month. It will focus on the fundamentals of the faith — the Creed and the Lord's Prayer — and their meaning for our daily lives as Orthodox Christians. Dn. Nicholas and Fr. Seraphim will teach.

 



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.

  • 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.
  • The suffering people of Minot, ND

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



Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week

PLEASE NOTE that we will serve Paraklesis (supplicatary service, moleben) in honor of the Theotokos during all days of the Dormition fast that we do not otherwise have an evening service.

This fast is short (2 weeks) and intense, and is a good time to increase our prayer.

At all services, all parishioners, and also many others who are friends of the parish, etc, will be commemorated by name several times.

We will sing either the small of great supplicatory canon to the Theotokos, in the beautiful Byzantine melody that many of us know.


Saturday 8/13

  • 4PM Confession
  • 5PM Vigil

Sunday 8/14. First day of Dormition Fast. Procession of the Holy Cross.

  • 10AM  Divine Liturgy
  • 12:45PM Sunday School
  • 6PM Paraklesis

Monday 8/15

  • 7:30PM Paraklesis

Wednesday 8/17

  • 7PM Vespers

Thursday 8/18

  • 9AM Liturgy
  • 7PM Vigil

Friday 8/19. Transfiguration of our Lord.

  • 9AM Liturgy
  • 7PM Paraklesis

Saturday 8/20

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

Sunday 8/21

  • 10AM  Divine Liturgy
  • 12:45PM Sunday School, Sisterhood Meeting
  • 6PM Paraklesis

Fasting in the Coming weeks

The Dormition fast begins on Sunday 8/14 and continues until Sunday 8/28, the Feast of Dormition. Wine and Oil are allowed on weekends. Fish is allowed on Friday, 8/19, the feast of the Transfiguration.

 

Links: Transfiguration, Dormition

Transfiguration Human nature in the Midst of the Divine Luke 9:28-36.

We say today, brothers and sisters, that humanity can meet Divinity; Humanity can see Divinity; Humanity can be part of Divinity.

In the Old Testament Moses, saw the back parts of God; he was hidden in the cleft of a rock; he didn’t see that much [1]. But now, face to face, man is with God. Jesus Christ showing He is fully God, shining as the light.

Did you notice something in this historic and prophetic event? Moses and Elias, were conversing with Him, speaking of His decease: That was for the disciples to remember so that they would overwhelmed by the upcoming passion of our Lord….


Questions and answers about the Scripture read on the Transfiguration.

All ten questions are at http://www.orthodox.net/questions/transfiguration-scripture_1.html

This Scripture is very important to understand well.

Here are questions 1-3, all about the important verse: "And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray." (LUKE 9:28)

http://orthodox.net/redeemingthetime/2010/08/05/scripture-read-on-transfiguration-10-questions-1-3/


Questions 4-7 are here:

http://orthodox.net/redeemingthetime/2010/08/05/scripture-read-on-transfiguration-10-questions-4-7/

They cover the verses:

" And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering. " (Luke 9:29)

"And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias: {31} Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem. " (Luke 9:20-31)


Questions 8-10 are here: http://orthodox.net/redeemingthetime/2010/08/06/scripture-read-on-transfiguration-10-questions-8-10/

They discuss:

How did Jesus' Transfiguration prepare the apostles for His subsequent crucifixion?

"But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: " (vs. 32)

"And when the voice was past, Jesus was found alone. And they kept it close, and told no man in those days any of those things which they had seen. " (Luke 9:36)


 

Here are lots more Questions and Answers about the Feast of the Transfiguration.



Here is a short talk about the Dormition of the Theotokos.

  • Dormition means falling asleep
  • The Story.
  • A balanced view.
  • The intercession of the Theotokos.
  • Heresies about the Theotokos:
    • The heresy of the Theotokos as "co-mediatrix"
    • The heresies of The "Immaculate Conception" and "Original Sin" are discussed at length. VERY IMPORTANT!
  • The ever-virginity of the Theotokos explained.

If the "LISTEN NOW" link does not work, copy this URL into your browser: http://www.orthodox.net/catechism/feasts-of-the-theotokos_2010-08-28+dormition+after-liturgy-short-talk.m3u

If this file does not work for you, try the direct link to the actual mp3 file:http://www.orthodox.net/catechism/feasts-of-the-theotokos_2010-08-28+dormition+after-liturgy-short-talk.mp3


 

2009
Also in Format: Word DOC or mp3 You can watch this sermon on the following video platforms: YouTube, Yahoo, MySpace, Metacafe, DailyMotion, Blip.tv and Veoh
SYNOPSIS:We can learn what the church values most about the Theotokos from the Dormition Troparion: In giving birth thou didst preserve thy virginity, / in thy dormition thou didst not forsake the world, O Theotokos. / Thou wast translated unto life, / thou who art the Mother of Life. // And by thine intercessions dost thou redeem our souls from death

Dormition Troparion, Kontakion & Exapostilarion, sung at St Nicholas.

LINK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtFHdVdHotE


Explanation of the Dormition troparion

In giving birth thou didst preserve thy virginity, /
in thy dormition thou didst not forsake the world, O Theotokos. /
Thou wast translated unto life, /
thou who art the Mother of Life. //
And by thine intercessions dost thou redeem our souls from death

 

 

Text Homily.

We can learn almost everything that we need to know from listening and praying in the services.

The Dormition troparion, "In giving birth Thou did preserve Thy virginity," proclaims our belief, that the  Theotokos was a virgin before birth, during birth and after birth. And if you want to have this explained, then you do not understand. It is a mystery that we cannot understand, but the Church has been unanimous about this for well over a millennium, almost two millennia. …

The entire troparion is explained.

Also in audio: LISTEN NOW


 

If the "LISTEN NOW" link does not work, copy this URL into your browser: http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/feasts-of-the-theotokos_2009-08-28+dormition+explanation-of-the-dormition-troparion.m3u

If this file does not work for you, try the direct link to the actual mp3 file:http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/feasts-of-the-theotokos_2009-08-28+dormition+explanation-of-the-dormition-troparion.mp3

 




 

 

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    The feeding of the five thousand. Simple truth and layers of truth: Compassion, Trust, Giving thanks and the Apostolic Church.

    Monday, August 8th, 2011

    Icon of the Feeding of the 5000. LISTEN NOW

    Synopsis: The Feeding of the Five Thousand has many truths that we must learn. Some are apparently obvious, but still we should take note of them, since we do not do them enough: We must cultivate compassion for everyone, give thanks for all things, and trust our Lord Jesus Christ in all things and in all circumstances. The powerful truths of this miracle can be thought of as deeper layers. They are not immediately apparent from a surface interpretation of the text. Let us look especially at these truths as the Lord teaches us about true compassion, and trust in all circumstances. Another layer of truth in this event regarding the ministry of the twelve apostles, and the government of the apostolic church.

    More homilies on the 8th Sunday after Pentecost are HERE

    Matthew 14:14-22 14 And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick. 15 And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals. 16 But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat. 17 And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes. 18 He said, Bring them hither to me. 19 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. 20 And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full. 21 And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children. 22 And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away.


    If the "LISTEN NOW" link does not work, copy this URL into your browser: http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/pentecost-sunday-08_2011-08-07+feeding-of-the-five-thousand+simple-truth-and-layers-of-truth-compassion-trust-giving-thanks-apostolic-church_matthew_14-14-22.m3u

    If this file does not work for you, try the direct link to the actual mp3 file:http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/pentecost-sunday-08_2011-08-07+feeding-of-the-five-thousand+simple-truth-and-layers-of-truth-compassion-trust-giving-thanks-apostolic-church_matthew_14-14-22.mp3


    RSS feed of Sunday and some weekday homiliesRSS feed of Sunday and some weekday homilies:http://feeds.feedburner.com/OrthodoxChristianSermonsOnTheGospelsEpistlesAndOtherTopics

    Archive of Audio and text homilies:http://www.orthodox.net/sermons

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    St. Maximus on Prayer and Free Will

    Saturday, August 6th, 2011

    In the introduction to his explanation of the prayer, "Our Father," St. Maximus the Confessor explains the meaning of prayer in connection with his very profound understanding of the nature of free will and its role in salvation.

    Prayer, according to St. Maximus, consists ideally in petition for that which God desires to give us — or rather, for what He has given us and does give is in Himself through His Incarnation.

    "Prayer is a petition for blessings which come from the Word Incarnate."

    "Prayer is the petition that the one who observes [the commandments] be brought to the enjoyment of what they contain."

    Since He knows us better than we know ourselves, He alone knows what is good for us. And so we learn from Him what we should ask for — i.e. what He in His goodness gives to us — and we increase our desire for it by asking Him for it!

    The prayer, "Our Father," according to St. Maximus, is therefore presented to us as the perfect prayer, since it "makes request for whatever the Word of God himself wrought through the flesh in His self-abasement."

    This is related to the mystery of free will! God created us in His own image, and our will is therefore essentially both free and good. This image was tarnished by our fall, but it is again restored in Christ.

    The ultimate goal of our life lies in becoming like Him, as He created us to be! And this means that our free will, while remaining free, is once again inclined totally — and freely — to what is good. In this way, the many different wills of God and men become once again united in a single purpose, bringing harmony to creation.

    Christ made this possible through His Incarnation, when he

    "kept a free will [His human will] tranquil and undisturbed in the face of nature and did not allow it to become unsettled in its own movement in a way contrary to nature [meaning, desiring what is not perfectly good] even in the face of those who were crucifying him."

    Even more, continues St. Maximus, he "broke down the middle wall of partition" (Eph 2:14) among us and between God and us, by enabling all of our free wills to once again strive in a single direction — that of good.

    But attaining this state takes time, precisely because our will is free. Christ gives us the power to again choose good, but it is still in our power to choose not to. And so it behooves us to humbly submit to God, striving to align our own will with His. We can do this by following St. Maximus' advice (above) with regard to prayer.

    "Thus, by confirming through prayer the grace of what is natural to seek after, he will join the will of the one who supplies the grace the free will of those who request it, by rendering it identical in a union of relation."

    This is not always easy, for "the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force" (Matt 11:12). But in the words of St. Maximus: "the mystery of salvation belongs to those who desire it, not to those who are forced to submit to it."

     

     


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    Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ (and of us). Aug 6/19. Homilies, exegesis, questions and answers

    Saturday, August 6th, 2011

     

    The Transfiguration of the Savior

     

     

     

    An American Orthodox Christian priest and blogger who worships according the the church calendar is faced with a predicament. I tend to write topically, according to the church year. For the fixed feasts, by the time the majority of the Orthodox world arrives at the feast, the majority of English speaking Orthodox are well past it, due to the difference between the (old) church calendar and the civil calendar. The purpose of this blog and website in general is to teach and secondarily cause more people to know about us, and perhaps walk through our door. My nature is talk about something just before it happens, but perhaps I can mend my ways a bit. There is a lot of stuff about the Transfiguration on our site. Here are some links.


    Transfiguration Human nature in the Midst of the Divine Luke 9:28-36.

    We say today, brothers and sisters, that humanity can meet Divinity; Humanity can see Divinity; Humanity can be part of Divinity.

    In the Old Testament Moses, saw the back parts of God; he was hidden in the cleft of a rock; he didn’t see that much [1]. But now, face to face, man is with God. Jesus Christ showing He is fully God, shining as the light.

    Did you notice something in this historic and prophetic event? Moses and Elias, were conversing with Him, speaking of His decease: That was for the disciples to remember so that they would overwhelmed by the upcoming passion of our Lord….


    Questions and answers about the Scripture read on the Transfiguration.

    All ten questions are at http://www.orthodox.net/questions/transfiguration-scripture_1.html

    This Scripture is very important to understand well.

    Here are questions 1-3, all about the important verse: "And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray." (LUKE 9:28)

    http://orthodox.net/redeemingthetime/2010/08/05/scripture-read-on-transfiguration-10-questions-1-3/


    Questions 4-7 are here:

    http://orthodox.net/redeemingthetime/2010/08/05/scripture-read-on-transfiguration-10-questions-4-7/

    They cover the verses:

    " And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering. " (Luke 9:29)

    "And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias: {31} Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem. " (Luke 9:20-31)


    Questions 8-10 are here: http://orthodox.net/redeemingthetime/2010/08/06/scripture-read-on-transfiguration-10-questions-8-10/

    They discuss:

    How did Jesus' Transfiguration prepare the apostles for His subsequent crucifixion?

    "But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: " (vs. 32)

    "And when the voice was past, Jesus was found alone. And they kept it close, and told no man in those days any of those things which they had seen. " (Luke 9:36)


     

     

    Here are lots more Questions and Answers about the Feast of the Transfiguration.

    What is most important about the Transfiguration? This is a very important feast – we must understand it. Perhaps you would like to share your feelings in the comments.

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    Electronic Newsletter July 25 / Aug 7 8th Sunday after Pentecost

    Thursday, August 4th, 2011

    St. Nicholas Orthodox Church,

    McKinney, Texas

    Electronic Newsletter

    July 25 / Aug 7

    8th Sunday after Pentecost

    Dormition of St. Anna

    Announcements
    Prayer Requests
    Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week
    Fasting in the Coming week


    Announcements

    We will beginning our Church School program for 2011-2012 on Sunday, August 14th. We will be running three regular classes this year, in addition to the year-round preschool class during the Sunday homily. All three classes will take place at approximately 12:45 on Sunday afternoons, after we have had some time to get something to eat.

    1. The Elementary School class, for children in grades 1-4 or so, will meet on the 1st, 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month. Matushka Marina will teach this class again.
    2. The Middle School class, for children in grades 5-8 or so, will meet on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month. Dn. Nicholas will teach.
    3. The class for adults and teens will meet on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month. It will focus on the fundamentals of the faith — the Creed and the Lord's Prayer — and their meaning for our daily lives as Orthodox Christians. Dn. Nicholas and Fr. Seraphim will teach.

     



    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.

    • 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.
    • The suffering people of Minot, ND

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



    Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week

    Saturday 8/6

    • 3PM Pannykhida — 75th Anniversary of the Repose of Blessed Metropolitan Anthony (Krapovitsky)
    • 4PM Confession
    • 5PM Vigil

    Sunday 8/7

    • 8AM Baptism
    • 10AM  Divine Liturgy

     

    Monday 8/8

     

    • 7:30PM Molieben

    Wednesday 8/10

    • 7PM Vespers

    Thursday 8/11

    • 9AM Liturgy

    Saturday 8/13

    • 4PM Confession
    • 5PM Vigil

    Sunday 8/14. First day of Dormition Fast. Procession of the Holy Cross.

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

    Fasting in the Coming weeks

    This week we abstain from animal products, wine and oil on Wednesday and Friday. The Dormition fast begins on Sunday 8/14 and continues until Sunday 8/28, the Feast of Dormition.

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