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Sunday of All Saints

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007
"The Sunday of All Saints is celebrated the Sunday after Pentecost. . . . The ministry of the Holy Spirit enlightens mankind, and makes us able to attain the destiny God has predestined us to obtain. The Saints are those who have shown forth the fruits of the Spirit abundantly. Is it not appropriate that we should meditate upon the marvelous gift of the Holy Spirit by meditating upon His wondrous works – the Saints?" ( http://www.orthodox.net/questions/sunday_of_all_saints_1-a.html)
 
Saturday, 6/2: Vigil, 5PM
Sunday, 6/3: Divine Liturgy, 10AM
 
Announcements:
 
Beginning in June, we will attempt to hold regular choir rehearsals, as well as classes for those interested in better understanding the services or helping to read the psalms and canons. This is an excellent opportunity to get involved in one of these important ministries! Speak to Nicholas if you are interested; we welcome readers in both English and Church Slavonic.
 
The Descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles
- mankind draws its first breath of the Spirit of God
(see below for Russian text)

The descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles was mankind’s first inspiration of breath from the Spirit of God. Remember Ezekiel’s prophecy about the valley full of human bones (Ezekiel 37:1-14). Remember how, by his word, bone joined to bone, how the bones were then covered with sinews, flesh and skin, but how they as yet had no breath in them. And Ezekiel “prophesied unto the wind.” He prophesied, “and the breath came into them, and they lived" (Ezekiel 37:9-10). That valley full of bones is fallen mankind, which, estranged from God, did not have life in it. As the prophet said, it did not have breath in it.

However, the Lord did not abandon mankind. Through a variety of providential actions, He prepared it for life. By the time Our Lord and Savior had appeared, mankind could be described as completely prepared for new life; it resembled a solid body, with bone upon bone, covered with sinew and skin, lacking only breath. The Holy Gospels clearly state that little more was needed, and that the time for it to quicken had arrived.

Why was the Holy Spirit yet lacking? Because Jesus had not yet been glorified. But then the Lord was Resurrected and Ascended in glory to Heaven. The Spirit of God descended, and, drawing It in, mankind came alive. The Apostles, all the Church gathered together in the Upper Room on Mt. Zion, were the lips through which mankind drew its first breath of the Spirit.

In ordinary respiration, air is inhaled into the lungs. It passes through a large channel to progressively narrower ones until it has spread throughout. The lungs receive the life-giving air, and the process of respiration, inhaling and exhaling, is the actual means by which its life-giving power is distributed.

So it is with the Holy Spirit. Once mankind has inhaled the Spirit of God, it continues to breathe with it. The Holy Church is the set of lungs where this takes place. The Holy Mysteries of God and other actions of sanctification comprise the channel into the lungs. The rhythmic movement of the chest is the annual rhythm of all of the church’s liturgical actions, e.g. Great Lent and its attendant rites, followed by the celebrations of the Pentecostarion, followed once again by the fast, and then festal days, and so on, just like the rhythmic movement of the chest.

The Church of Christ, the Christian faithful – wherever they might be ?C thus breathe. Because Christianity exists within mankind, all of mankind draws breath from It, but not everyone communes of the quickening action of that Divine Breath. This is because one part of mankind has damaged organs of respiration, while another does not submit itself to the benevolent influence of this respiration.

Full inspiration requires that the pathways in the lungs be neither damaged nor clogged. Likewise, for the Spirit of God to have Its full effect upon man, the organs He Himself had ordered to communicate Himself must be whole. That is to say, all of the Divine Mysteries and liturgical functions, as established by the Holy Apostles under the inspiration of the Spirit of God, must be preserved intact. Where they have been damaged, the breathing of the Spirit of God is incomplete, and, it follows, does not impart Its full effect. …

At the same time, let us not exalt ourselves, asserting that we possess the healthy means to breathe with the Spirit of God, true Holy Mysteries and the real structure and organization of the Church. Wherever we do not breathe the Spirit of God, there is no life. The Church breathes with this Spirit, and we must as well. The lips through which the Divine Spirit is received, the heart that opens to receive It, is living faith.

Participation in the Mysteries and liturgical actions according to the order of the Holy Church brings one into contact with It. To make It one’s own, one must act upon Its inspiration expressed in the demands of conscience and the Commandments of the Gospel. One who follows that way of life breathes with the Spirit and is enlivened by It. True evidence of spirituality is prayer, that which is justly called the breathing of the Spirit. One who prays well, in a collected manner and fervently, both in church and at home, breathes with the Spirit.

Bishop Theophan the Recluse (http://www.stjohndc.org/Fathers/0106d.htm)

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Pannikhida Saturday

Friday, May 25th, 2007

Father Seraphim will serve a general Pannykhida (prayers service for the repose of the souls of those who have departed before us) at approximately 4:30 on Saturday, before the Vigil for Pentecost.

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Services and meetings for May 14th-20th

Monday, May 14th, 2007

On Thursday, we celebrate the Ascension of the Lord, "when, on the fortieth day after His Resurrection, Jesus led His disciples to the Mount of Olives, and after blessing them and asking them to wait for the fulfillment of the promise of the Holy Spirit, He ascended into heaven" (www.goarch.org).

  • Wednesday, 6:00 PM – Molieban for our parish
  • Wednesday, 6:30 PM – Vigil
  • Thursday, 8:00 AM – Liturgy

The Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First ecumenical council is celebrated the Sunday before Pentecost, following Ascension Thursday. When Christ ascended, He reiterated His promise of the Holy Spirit to the apostles. The Holy Spirit guided the church, and this guidance is magnificently made manifest in the ecumenical councils, when dogmas were confirmed and heretics were put to shame. As we await the celebration of the giving of the Holy Spirit, it is appropriate to think of the ways in which He guides the church. Through the Holy Spirit, who guided the Holy Fathers in the councils and confirmed their pronouncements in the mind of the Church, the Orthodox Faith, which is nothing less than the only correct and saving faith in the true God, was preserved
(from Fr. Seraphim's Q&A at http://orthodox.net/questions/first_ecumenical_council_1.html ).

  • Saturday, 3:00 PM – Parish council meeting, with the discussion of our land and building needs – all are encouraged to attend!
  • Saturday, 5:00 PM – Vigil
  • Sunday, 10:00 AM – Liturgy
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Services for the 6th Sunday of Pascha

Wednesday, May 9th, 2007

On the 6th Sunday of Pascha, we remember when our Lord healed the man who was born blind. Information on this feast can be found here:
http://www.oca.org/OCchapter.asp?SID=2&ID=77

We also remember the Holy Apostle James, the son of Zebedee, whose life can be found here:
http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsLife.asp?FSID=101248 .

This is also the last Sunday of Pascha. On Thursday of this week, we will celebrate the Ascension of our Lord into Heaven, and the promise of the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost.

Services this weekend:
Saturday, 5PM: Vigil
Sunday, 10AM: Divine Liturgy

Service for Ascension:
Wednesday, 6:30PM: Vigil
Thursday, TBA: Liturgy

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Molieban for our Parish on Friday

Wednesday, May 9th, 2007

There will be a molieban for our parish on Friday at 6:30, at the church. Please come, and join us in praying for God’s will for our community as we continue to struggle with building maintenance problems and as we explore our options with our new land in McKinney.

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Article on the Sundays of Pascha

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

I just found a short article overviewing the Church’s celebration of the period between Pascha and Pentecost. It can be found here: http://www.orthodoxytoday.org/articles7/BarakosLent.php.

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5th Sunday of Pascha

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

On the 5th Sunday of Pascha, we remember Christ’s conversation with the Samaritan woman by Jacob’s well, in which he promises that “whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:14).

This year, the 5th Sunday of Pascha falls on St. George’s day, so we will also celebrate the memory of the Great Martyr George, whose victorious struggle serves as a wonderful example of this “living water” active in our lives.

As in all recent weeks, we fast on Wednesday and Friday, but may use Wine and Oil in honor of the Resurrection.

Service Schedule:
Saturday, 5/5: Vigil, 5pm
Sunday, 5/6: Liturgy, 10am, followed by trapeza and church school

Mark your calendars! The Ascension of Christ is celebrated on Thursday, May 17th. We will have Vigil on Wednesday evening, and Liturgy (fairly early) on Thursday morning.

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4th Sunday of Pascha

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

On the 4th Sunday of Pascha, while continuing to celebrate the resurrection, we also remember Christ’s healing of the Paralytic by the sheep’s pool, which is recounted in John 5.

Service Schedule

Saturday, 4/28 – Vigil, 5PM
Sunday, 4/29 – Liturgy, Trapeza, and Church School – 10AM

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