Electronic Newsletter November 21/ December 4 25th Sunday after Pentecost


St. Nicholas Orthodox Church
, McKinney, Texas

Electronic Newsletter

November 21/ December 4  25th Sunday after Pentecost

Entrance into the Temple of the Most Holy Theotokos

Announcements
Special Collection

Scripture Memory

Prayer Requests

Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week
Fasting in the Coming week

Homilies and Spiritual REading


Announcements

Our parish participates in the Haitian Orthodox Family Relief project. We provide $100 a month to support a family of 14 in Haiti. Because some of our donors have moved in the past year, we need your help to provide continued support to this ministry — and maybe to expand it! Please see Fr. Nicholas if you can make a monthly pledge of anywhere from $10 to $100 dollars toward this cause.

Thank you so much to those who have already made donations toward this cause!


The Feast of St. Nicholas, the patron and protector of our parish, falls on Monday, December 19th. We will have a festal Vigil on Sunday evening and a Liturgy with a processional moleben on Monday morning. Please plan to attend if you can!


Congratulations to the newly-illumined Mary, who received the Holy Mysteries of Baptism and Chrismation this morning. May God grant her many years! Please keep her in your prayers.

Special Collection

This week, we collected $45.19 for Fr. Seraphim's prison ministry. Thank you for your generosity.

Next week, we will collect for the Samaritan Inn in McKinney.


Scripture Memory

Our current memory verse is Ephesians 4:1-3 (from this week's reading):

"I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."

Russian text is not working on this blog – for the Russian text, see here: http://days.pravoslavie.ru/bible/z_ef_4_1_3.htm#z

"Yo pues, preso en el Señor, os ruego que andéis como es digno de la vocación con que fuisteis llamados, con toda humildad y mansedumbre, soportándoos con paciencia los unos a los otros en amor, solícitos en guardar la unidad del Espíritu en el vínculo de la paz."


Prayer Requests

For the Health and Salvation.

  • Alexandra (4 y/o girl wih brain cancer)
  • Priests Jean and Grégoire and all the faithful and suffering of Haiti,  and our sponsored household: Catherine and her family.
  • 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

Monday 12/5

  • 7:00PM Moleben

Wednesday 12/7

  • 7:00PM Vespers

Thursday 12/8

  • 9:00AM Liturgy

Saturday 12/10

  • 3:00PM Baptisms
  • 4:00PM Confession
  • 5:00PM  Vigil

Sunday 12/11 

  • 10AM  Divine Liturgy
  • 12:45PM Church School after Trapeza (Elementary and Adult)

Fasting in the Coming week

We are in the Nativity Fast. We fast from all animal products every day. Fish is allowed on weekends and certain saint's days; wine and oil are allowed on Tuesday, Thursday, and certain saints' days.


Homilies and Spiritual Reading


Feasts of the Theotokos (mp3 format)


Entry Of The Theotokos
One of the "Great Forgotten Feasts" because of our pride in this egalitarian age. Let us explore holiness; we are called to it also!
Luke 10:38-42: 11:27-28
2010

Feasts of the Theotokos (HTML format)

Entry Of The Theotokos
By Saint Gregory Palamas
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26th Sunday after Pentecost

26th Sunday after Pentecost (HTML format)

Harvest Of A Rich Man
1997
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26th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)

2003

26th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)

The Parable Of The Rich Man Whose Ground Brought Forth Plentifully
An Urgent Question We Must Answer; What Shall I Do
Ephesians 5:9-19, Luke 12:16-21
2007

26th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)

The Harvest of the Rich Man
Two kinds of men, and redeeming the time.
Ephesians 5:9-19, Luke 12:16-21
2008

26th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)

Parable Of The Harvest Of A Rich Man
It is not about money. The Rich man made two significant mistakes.
Luke 12:16-21, Ephesians 5:9-19,
2009

26th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)

Harvest Of The Rich Man
Luke 12:16-21
2010

26th Sunday after Pentecost (HTML format)

Harvest Of A Rich Man
Plenty Of Time Remembrance Of Death
Luke 12:16-21 26th Sunday After Pentecost Or 9th Sunday Of Luke
2010
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