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The Best Namesday I have ever had.

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

St Seraphim of Sarov

 

Today is the remembrabce of St Seraphim of Sarov, my patron, and more important to me (and I think he would agree), the first “Children’s liturgy” of our parish.

 

We are undergoing many positive changes in our parish life, which should be no less than living the life in Christ. Since I have been close to a full time priest (translation, I have mostly only one pursuit – pastoral work, rather than juggling full time work and full time pastoral work), we have been instituting many changes. The most important change is that we always have a weekday liturgy, during which we pray by name for all the members of the parish. With the onset of these liturgies, things have started happening. These are not the sort of things that would be profiled on the evening news, but they are powerful and important.

 

All that matters is that we live in such a way that we would know God. The only important role of the Christian, the pastor, the pastor, the husband, and the wife in another person’s life is to help, equip, teach and support a person to know God.

 

Our children’s liturgies are par excellence, an example of our parish’s collective effort to train our children (and ourselves). The first one was way above my expectations. Let me describe it to you.

 

When I was finishing Proskomédia, I heard Jenny’s children come in, and they were excited! Anna was whispering conspiratorially to the pothers “wait until he gets out of the altar!” When I left to cense, they all said to me “many years!”, and their smiles cannot be valued with anything on this earth. Even Lulu (1 ½ ) tried to greet me. It sounded to me like the single word: “gear”.

 

The liturgy went great, short and snappy, as I wanted it to keep the natives from being restless.

 

After liturgy, we had breakfast, with tons of food, brought by no less than five families. After the prayer over the food, the children sang “many years” to me. This is the first time I have ever allowed anybody to sing many years to me in my own parish – you have found my weakness!

 

Near the end of the meal, I talked to the children about making the sign of the cross, and what the three fingers together and the two together mean, as well as a “secret” that none of them knew – why the two fingers are placed in the palm (it signifies the incarnation – God came “down” to earth). We all made the sign of the cross and asked them to show me how to do a poklon (bow), which we all did in front of the icon of St Seraphim . I was pleased to see such enthusiasm. I also talked about what we do when we come in church (venerate the main icons). Everything I talked about I demonstrated and involved the children in doing.

 

St Seraphim's BeatitudesAfter the meal, we had a “story time” with a wonderful book about St Seraphim (“St. Seraphim’s Beatitudes“, available from St Innocent Press – BUY IT!) with beautiful extremely kid friendly color drawings and an icon showing his life. We talked about “Misha” the bear and his ecstasy during Holy Thursday liturgy when he was a deacon, and a few other things. The kids were very enthusiastic and attentive.

My fervent desire is to continue these liturgies and expand the participation of the children, and the education we offer them. I am certain that some of them will be able in due time to sing most of the simple responses of the liturgy by themselves. As our group grows in size and ages, we will probably have split groups of kids for education. If God allows, our parish could become an important resource for homeschooling parents, and perhaps Thursday “Children’s liturgies” will morph to include a sort of homecoming cooperative. All things in due time.

 

 

At this time, we are going to have two “Children’s liturgies” a month – on the first and third Thursdays. They are presently scheduled for 9AM. We will have liturgy, a meal, and then some sort of kid friendly teaching. Let’s see where this goes.


Please, if you have any suggestions, experioences, resources. advice – tell us about it! 

 

 

 

 

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Raising the Cross at McKinney – Sunday of the Cross 2008 – PICTURES

Monday, March 31st, 2008

Link: http://picasaweb.google.com/seraphimholland/RaisingTheCrossInMcKinneySundayOfTheCross2008

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Sunday of the Cross EVENT at St Nicholas

Friday, March 28th, 2008

Exalt ye the Lord our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy.
Psalms 99:5

On the Sunday of the Cross, March 30, 2008, at 2:00 PM, the faithful of St Nicholas Orthodox Church are raising a large wooden cross on their land in McKinney.

We are in the midst of finalizing building plans and intend to build a temple beginning in June this year. In the meantime, we intend to use the land regularly for worship; this cross will be the first change we have made to the ground to sanctify it and use it for worship.

After we have raised the cross, we will have a moleben to the cross, during which time we will sing with prostrations “Before Thy Cross, we bow down in worship, O Lord, and Thy holy resurrection we glorify” (and also “Christoo Tvoyemoo”) as loudly as we can, for all the world to hear. We will also serve Sunday vespers.

The erection of the Cross is the beginning of our permanent presence in McKinney. We invite everyone to come to pray and serve with us and share in our joy.

Our land address is 708 S Chestnut St., McKinney, TX 75069. Take Highway 5 to Christian, and turn West. The land will be at the next intersection, on the NW corner of Christian and Chestnut. It is a few blocks South of the Historical Square.

Contact Priest Seraphim Holland for more information.
Phone 972 529-2754. Cell:972 658-5433. Email:
seraphim@orthodox.net
St Nicholas website:
http://www.orthodox.net Almost daily BLOG: http://stnicholasdallas.blogspot.com
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Regular Service Schedule

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

Our regular service schedule is below. I will also post it on the front page of the web page, and have a separate link to the schedule also (http://www.orthodox.net/aboutus/regular-service-schedule.html). PLEASE NOTE: THE SCHEDULE IS MUCH “PRETTIER” AT THIS LINK















Regular
Service Schedule

Tuesday

6:30
PM

Vespers

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

1st
Wed of the month

08:00
AM

Divine
Liturgy
Reader in
charge: Natalia Hawthorne

Most
hymns will be in Church Slavonic.

2nd
Wed

06:00
AM

Divine
Liturgy
Reader in
charge: Reader Nicholas Park

Most
Hymns will be in English.

3rd
Wed

09:00
AM

Divine
Liturgy
Reader in
charge: Jelena Djolovic

Most
Hymns will be in Church Slavonic, with many Serbian melodies!

4th
Wed

09:00
AM

Divine
Liturgy
Reader in
charge: Raissa Dudar

Hymns
will be in English and Slavonic

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

Confession
(please call before the night before if possible)

Hours

Divine
Liturgy

Trapeza
(public meal for EVERYONE)

Church School
following on most Sundays.

For
the exact schedule (including festal and Lenten services):

St
Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church

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16th week after Pentecost

Sunday, September 9th, 2007

Services and Events this week (16th week after Pentecost)

Monday, September 10th:

  •  6:30 pm Vigil for the Beheading of St. John the Baptist
 
Tuesday, September 11th: Beheading of St. John the Baptist
  • This is a fast day, in remembrance of the event described in Matthew 14:1-12, and whose character is depicted beautifully in the kontakion of the feast: "The glorious beheading of the forerunner is a certain divine dispensation, that the coming of the saviour might also be preached to those in hades. Lament, then, Herodias, for thou has demanded a wicked murder; for thou didst love neither the law of God nor eternal life, but one false and fleeting." Thus we see how this world, sunk in evil, treats the righteous, and how God brings forth good even from the evil deeds.
 Saturday, September 15th:
  • 3pm – Church Council Meeting
  • 4pm – Confessions
  • 5pm – Vigil

 Sunday, September 16th:

  • 10am – Liturgy
  • 12pm – Trapeza (Lunch)
  • 12:30 – Church School

Announcements

  • Please continue to pray for Dimitry, Olga and Vladimir Maximov, who will be returning to Dallas this fall for Dima's surgery.
  • Our calendar of services is now available online at the following site: http://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=keeahidiiec6pld7f5ut1jr2r0%40group.calendar.google.com .
  • Beginning soon, we will be discontinuing this weekly newsletter. Instead, we will have a bilingual monthly newsletter that will be distributed both in church and online at the start of each month. We will include a copy of the church calendar, announcements, and readings in both English and Russian. If anybody would like to assist with this project, please let us know.
  • Our sunday school class for older children has resumed after summer break. We are meeting at 12:30 or so each Sunday, after we have had time to get something to eat. This year, we will be using the book The Incarnate God, which uses the cycle of the church's feast days to give a structured presentation of the essentials of our faith. Adults are welcome to participate. There is no homework for the class, but anybody who desires read the book may do so online, or purchase it, by using this link: http://tinyurl.com/2kg8q6.
  • Please remember to support the parish. Financial contributions are very important, as is assitance maintaining the cleaning the church. If you would like to help but aren't sure what to do, just ask!
 Upcoming Feasts
  • The Nativity of the Mother of God is on Friday, September 21st. We will serve Vigil and Liturgy.
  • The Exaltation of the Precious Cross is on Thursday, September 27th. This is a fast day. We will serve Vigil and Liturgy.
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15th Week after Pentecost

Sunday, September 2nd, 2007

Services and Events this week (15th week after Pentecost)

Saturday, September 8th:

  • 4pm – Confessions
  • 5pm – Vigil

Sunday, September 9th:

  • 10am – Liturgy
  • 12pm – Trapeza (Lunch)
  • 12:30 – Church School

Announcements

  • A big thank you to everybody who donate olive oil!
  • On Saturday, we celebrate Sts. Adrian and Natalia. Many years to all those celebrating their name day!
  • Please continue to pray for Dimitry, Olga and Vladimir Maximov, who will be returning to Dallas this fall for Dima's surgery.
  • Our sunday school for younger children continues to meet during the homily every Sunday. Many thanks to Raisa Dudar for organizing the curriculum for this class!
  • Our calendar of services is now available online at the following site: http://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=keeahidiiec6pld7f5ut1jr2r0%40group.calendar.google.com
  • Our sunday school class for older children will resume after summer break this Sunday. We will meet at 12:30 or so each Sunday, after we have had time to get something to eat. This year, we will be using the book The Incarnate God, which uses the cycle of the church's feast days to give a structured presentation of the essentials of our faith. Adults are welcome to participate. There is no homework for the class, but anybody who desires read the book may do so online, or purchase it, by using this link: http://tinyurl.com/2kg8q6.

Upcoming Feasts

  • The beheading of St. John the Baptist is on Tuesday, September 11th. This is a fast day. We will serve Vigil on the 10th.
  • The Nativity of the Mother of God is on Friday, September 21st. We will serve Vigil and Liturgy.
  • The Exaltation of the Precious Cross is on Thursday, September 27th. This is a fast day. We will serve Vigil and Liturgy.

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14th week after Pentecost; Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos

Monday, August 27th, 2007

Services and Events this week (14th week after Pentecost)

Monday, August 27th:

  • 4:30 or so: Vespers for the Dormition of the Theotokos

Tuesday, August 28th:

  • Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos – unfortunately, we cannot hold services; however, we may be able to serve an Akathist to the Theotokos sometime this week – stay tuned…

Saturday, September 1st:

  • 4pm – Confessions
  • 5pm – Vigil

Sunday, September 2nd:

  • 10am – Liturgy


Church Needs

We need olive oil! Dontations in any quantity would be accepted gratefully!

Prayer Requests

Please continue to pray for Dimitry, Olga and Vladimir Maximov, who will be returning to Dallas this fall for Dima's surgery.

"I was sick and you visited me." We have petitions for the sick, for travellers, and in general for those in need during the Liturgy; so, if you or someone you know needs prayer or would like a visit, please let Father Seraphim know.

Help with the Services

Helping with the services is an important ministry to God and to other members of the parish. We can always use help singing in the choir, reading the prayers and psalms, or assisting in the Altar during the Divine Liturgy. If you wish to help in the Altar, please speak to Father Seraphim. If you wish to help sing or read, please speak to Nicholas Park.

Our Sunday School

Raissa Dudar, Matushka Marina and Christina Newell are teaching a class for our youngest children during the sermon each Sunday. Nicholas Park is teaching a class for the older children after Trapeza (when we have sufficient attendance), at roughly 12:30. If you would like to help with the program, please speak to Raissa, Nicholas, or Father Seraphim.

Our Bookstore

Please see and use our bookstore. We are currently having a 60% off sale on all items! We have books, icons, CD's, Pascha and Nativity cards, souveniers and other items. When you buy something, 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. If you wish to help maintain the bookstore, please speak to Nicholas Park.
       
Our Parish Library

Our parish library is an opportunity to pool our resources, given each of us access to spiritually profitable books, CD's and other items that we would not otherwise be able to afford. By borrowing from the library, you can have more resources to help you grow in the love of God, and by donating to the library, you can express your love for others by helping them to do the same. 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, or if you wish to help maintain the collection, please speak to Nicholas Park

St. Juliana Sisterhood

All women are welcome to be members of our Sisterhood. To become one, please contact Raisa Dudar.

Mary needs Martha! – Cleaning the Church

An excellent opportunity open to both men and women to help maintain the beauty, warmth and hospitable atmosphere of our parish is to help clean the church. In addition to participating in our periodic clean-up days, you may also sign-up to help with one of the tasks that must be done on a weekly basis. The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board in the kitchen. You may see Matushka Marina for more information.

Financial Stewardship

All Orthodox Christians should make financial contributions to the parish of which they are a part. Doing so enables the parish to be sustained financially, puts one in the position of being a benefactor to the Church, and is an important way to put Christ first in our lives. Our Lord says, “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Our parish needs a larger monthly income; currently we are just able to meet our expenses, despite having cut these back to the bare minimum. May the Lord help us as we prayerfully consider our pledge to our church. Tithing (giving 10%) from one's income is a good foundation for personal giving with ample precedent in the life of the Church.

Our Building Fund

Every Orthodox community should build a temple to God’s glory. Given the condition of our current facility, it is important for us to move forward with our building plans. To make a contribution to the Building Fund, you can make out a check to St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, and write in the memo line, "Building Fund."

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13th week after Pentecost

Monday, August 20th, 2007

Services and Events this week (13th week after Pentecost)

Saturday, August 25th:

  • 4pm – Confessions
  • 5pm – Vigil

Sunday, August 26th:

  • 10am – Leave-Taking of the Transfiguration; St. Tikhon of Zadonsk (A well-known hierarch of the Russian Church, St. Tikhon is also the author the book "Journey to Heaven," and highly recommended guide to the Christian Life which you can find in our bookstore.)

Prayer Requests

Please continue to pray for Dimitry, Olga and Vladimir Maximov, who will be returning to Dallas this fall for Dima's surgery.

"I was sick and you visited me." We have petitions for the sick, for travellers, and in general for those in need during the Liturgy; so, if you or someone you know needs prayer or would like a visit, please let Father Seraphim know.

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12th week after Pentecost, Feast of Transfiguration

Monday, August 13th, 2007

Services and Events this week (12th week after Pentecost)

Thursday, August 17th:

  • Paraklesis (Molieban to the Theotokos), at 7PM at our land in McKinney.
  • Directions: 75 North to McKinney. Exit on North Highway 5. Turn left on Christian (by the pawn shop). The land is one block later, on the right side.

Saturday, August 18th:

  • 1pm – Church Clean-up day — Please attend; we need all the hands we can get!
  • 3pm – Church Parish Council Meeting
  • 5pm – Vigil for the Transfiguration
  • Confessions will be heard from 1pm onward. Father Seraphim has recommended that everybody make an extra effort to confess and receive Holy Communion on Transfiguration (this Sunday).

Sunday, August 19th:

  • 10am – Divine Liturgy for the Transfiguration of Our Lord


About the Feast of Transfiguration

One of the great feasts of the church year, the Transfiguration of our Lord is considered important enough to take the place of the ordinary Sunday services in honor of the Resurrection. In this way, it is similar to the feast of our Lord's Nativity. On this day, we remember our Lord's Transfiguration on Mount Tabor, when he revealed his Divine Glory to the apostles Peter, James, and John, so that they would not lose heart when they saw Him crucified and buried. This feast all reminds us of the Divine Light that we can enjoy when we draw nearer to God. You may read more at these web sites:


Name Days

Nicholas Park celebrates his name day on the day on Sunday, August 19th.

Prayer Requests

"I was sick and you visited me." We have petitions for the sick, for travellers, and in general for those in need during the Liturgy; so, if you or someone you know needs prayer or would like a visit, please let Father Seraphim know.

Help with the Services

Helping with the services is an important ministry to God and to other members of the parish. We can always use help singing in the choir, reading the prayers and psalms, or assisting in the Altar during the Divine Liturgy. If you wish to help in the Altar, please speak to Father Seraphim. If you wish to help sing or read, please speak to Nicholas Park.

Our Sunday School

Raissa Dudar, Matushka Marina and Christina Newell are teaching a class for our youngest children during the sermon each Sunday. Nicholas Park is teaching a class for the older children after Trapeza (when we have sufficient attendance), at roughly 12:30. If you would like to help with the program, please speak to Raissa, Nicholas, or Father Seraphim.

Our Bookstore

Please see and use our bookstore. We are currently having a 60% off sale on all items! We have books, icons, CD's, Pascha and Nativity cards, souveniers and other items. When you buy something, 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. If you wish to help maintain the bookstore, please speak to Nicholas Park.
       
Our Parish Library

Our parish library is an opportunity to pool our resources, given each of us access to spiritually profitable books, CD's and other items that we would not otherwise be able to afford. By borrowing from the library, you can have more resources to help you grow in the love of God, and by donating to the library, you can express your love for others by helping them to do the same. 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, or if you wish to help maintain the collection, please speak to Nicholas Park

St. Juliana Sisterhood

All women are welcome to be members of our Sisterhood. To become one, please contact Raisa Dudar.

Mary needs Martha! ? Cleaning the Church

An excellent opportunity open to both men and women to help maintain the beauty, warmth and hospitable atmosphere of our parish is to help clean the church. In addition to participating in our periodic clean-up days, you may also sign-up to help with one of the tasks that must be done on a weekly basis. The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board in the kitchen. You may see Matushka Marina for more information.

Financial Stewardship

All Orthodox Christians should make financial contributions to the parish of which they are a part. Doing so enables the parish to be sustained financially, puts one in the position of being a benefactor to the Church, and is an important way to put Christ first in our lives. Our Lord says, “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Our parish needs a larger monthly income; currently we are just able to meet our expenses, despite having cut these back to the bare minimum. May the Lord help us as we prayerfully consider our pledge to our church. Tithing (giving 10%) from one's income is a good foundation for personal giving with ample precedent in the life of the Church.

Our Building Fund

Every Orthodox community should build a temple to God’s glory. Given the condition of our current facility, it is important for us to move forward with our building plans. To make a contribution to the Building Fund, you can make out a check to St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, and write in the memo line, "Building Fund."

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11th week after Pentecost

Sunday, August 5th, 2007

Services this week (11th week after Pentecost)

11th Sunday after Pentecost, Holy Apostles Silas and Silvanus

  • Saturday, August 11: 5:00 PM Vigil
  • Sunday, July 12: 10:00 AM Divine Liturgy

Name Days

Christina Newell's name day is this Monday, August 6th. Many Years!

Prayer Requests

"I was sick and you visited me." We have petitions for the sick, for travellers, and in general for those in need during the Liturgy; so, if you or someone you know needs prayer or would like a visit, please let Father Seraphim know.

Help with the Services

Helping with the services is an important ministry to God and to other members of the parish. We can always use help singing in the choir, reading the prayers and psalms, or assisting in the Altar during the Divine Liturgy. If you wish to help in the Altar, please speak to Father Seraphim. If you wish to help sing or read, please speak to Nicholas Park.

Our Sunday School

Raissa Dudar, Matushka Marina and Christina Newell are teaching a class for our youngest children during the sermon each Sunday. Nicholas Park is teaching a class for the older children after Trapeza (when we have sufficient attendance), at roughly 12:30. If you would like to help with the program, please speak to Raissa, Nicholas, or Father Seraphim.

Our Bookstore

Please see and use our bookstore. We are currently having a 60% off sale on all items! We have books, icons, CD's, Pascha and Nativity cards, souveniers and other items. When you buy something, 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. If you wish to help maintain the bookstore, please speak to Nicholas Park.
       
Our Parish Library

Our parish library is an opportunity to pool our resources, given each of us access to spiritually profitable books, CD's and other items that we would not otherwise be able to afford. By borrowing from the library, you can have more resources to help you grow in the love of God, and by donating to the library, you can express your love for others by helping them to do the same. 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, or if you wish to help maintain the collection, please speak to Nicholas Park

St. Juliana Sisterhood

All women are welcome to be members of our Sisterhood. To become one, please contact Raisa Dudar.

Mary needs Martha! – Cleaning the Church

An excellent opportunity open to both men and women to help maintain the beauty, warmth and hospitable atmosphere of our parish is to help clean the church. In addition to participating in our periodic clean-up days, you may also sign-up to help with one of the tasks that must be done on a weekly basis. The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board in the kitchen. You may see Matushka Marina for more information.

Financial Stewardship

All Orthodox Christians should make financial contributions to the parish of which they are a part. Doing so enables the parish to be sustained financially, puts one in the position of being a benefactor to the Church, and is an important way to put Christ first in our lives. Our Lord says, “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Our parish needs a larger monthly income; currently we are just able to meet our expenses, despite having cut these back to the bare minimum. May the Lord help us as we prayerfully consider our pledge to our church. Tithing (giving 10%) from one's income is a good foundation for personal giving with ample precedent in the life of the Church.

Our Building Fund

Every Orthodox community should build a temple to God’s glory. Given the condition of our current facility, it is important for us to move forward with our building plans. To make a contribution to the Building Fund, you can make out a check to St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, and write in the memo line, "Building Fund."

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