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Mine eye is troubled with anger… exegesis from St John Chrysostom

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

Today's reading (5th Saturday of Great Lent, Hebrews 9:24-28) is from Hebrews, and I sometimes read St John Chrysostom's commentaries when they apply to the readings.

As usual, St John applies morality to theology (how can they ever be separated – Oh, I remember – by making up theology, mostly by not understanding the Epistles of St Paul,  because of opposition to immoral Rome, and in so doing, tossing The Epistles of James, Peter and John , and the Holy Fathers and uninterrupted Holy Tradition of the true church), and although he is a "chewy" read, it is always worth the effort.

The Homily that covers the verses in today's reading also goes beyond them a bit, and St John refers parenthetically to the Psalm verse (6:5). Here is is in a little context:

I am wearied with my groaning; I shall wash my bed every night; I shall water my couch with tears.  (7)  Mine eye is troubled because of my wrath; I am worn out because of all my enemies. ( Psa 6:5-6  (not 6:6-7) Brenton Sept)

Here is is in the "Boston Psalter" that we use in church:

"I have toiled in my groaning; every night I will wash my bed, with tears will I water my couch. 6 Through wrath is mine eye become troubled, I have grown old among all mine enemies" ("Boston" Psalter 6:5-6)

Here is St John's commentary (http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/npnf114.v.xxi.html), with a little context:

This eye we have it in our own power to create, and to make it quick sighted and beautiful. For when we direct it, not to the smoke nor to the dust (for such are all human things), but to the delicate breeze, to the light air, to things heavenly and high, and full of much calmness and purity, and of much delight, we shall speedily restore it, and shall invigorate it, as it luxuriates in such contemplation. Hast thou seen covetousness and great wealth? do not thou lift up thine eye thereto. The thing is mire, it is smoke, an evil vapor, darkness, and great distress and suffocating cares. Hast thou seen a man cultivating righteousness, content with his own, and having abundant space for recreation, having anxieties, not fixing his thoughts on things here?

 

Set [thine eye] there, and lift [it] up on high; and thou wilt make it far the most beautiful, and more splendid, feasting it not with the flowers of the earth, but with those of virtue, with temperance, moderation, and all the rest.

 

For nothing so troubles the eye as an evil conscience (“Mine eye,” it is said, “was troubled by reason of anger”— Ps. vi. 6 ); nothing so darkens it. Set it free from this injury, and thou wilt make it vigorous and strong, ever nourished with good hopes

 


 

St  John shows us that the "wrath (also translated anger, grief) in the Psalm is that of the soul being aware of its sins – such awareness in an unrepentant and unrepentant person causes an "evil conscience".

 

The Holy David is in the process of repenting in this Psalm, and this process involves tears, and wrath directed against himself, and toil. 

 

Remember, the Scripture is always about you! How does your repentance stand up to this Scriptural example? I tremble when making the comparison.

 

There are a few commentaries on the Psalms by St John available. He says about verse 5 here:

"Let us, therefore, when we sin, consider if we are worthy of mercy, if we did anything to have mercy shown us, if we repented, if we proved better people, if we turned over a new leaf. In other words, salvation of the penitent is salvation that comes from Divine mercy" (St John Chrysostom, Commentary on the Psalms)

I have found that many who cannot except Orthodoxy because of indoctrination by "Reformed" theology do not understand how to lament over sins, try to do better, and at the same time know that salvation comes solely from the mercy of God, and not because of anything we do (but it will not come if we do not try to "do!"). They mistake our "eye being troubled with anger" with some sort of lack of faith in the mercy of God, and dependence on works.

No! They do not understand the fear of God, and that the man who has been saved has only one greatest grief – that he will do anything to disappoint his savior.

Here is another pearl from St John, that makes it clear that remembrance of sins disturbs the eye of the soul:

"Do you see a contrite spirit? Having mentioned repentance, he refers again to the passions, the tumult of the mind, the fear arising from God's ire. He refers at this point, note, to the eye of the soul, that penetrating and rational vision, which the knowledge of one's sins is in the habit of disturbing." 

And, check this, St John describes the heart of true repentance, misunderstood by many who carry a bible:

"Since you see, he kept his faults before his eyes in every circumstance, he also considered God's ire, living in fear and without grief like the multitude, but in conflict and trembling. Such disturbance is the mother of tranquility, such fear is the basis of contentment. The person so disturbed drives out every temptation; not to have the soul in such a condition means undergoing stormy billows. Just as a ship without ballast is at the mercy of the force of the wild blasts and quickly founders, so too a soul living without grief is subject to countless passions"

Thank God for our services, all throughout the year, but especially during the forty (plus) days, which teach us how to repent!

 


 

When you read St John's commentaries, I recommend the ccel.org website. Get a free account, and when logged in, you can make permanent hi-lights and notes. It can be a little confusing to get around, and a whole lot of the site is not up to Orthodox Christian standards, but it is a great resource.

 

 

Electronic Newsletter February 20 / March 3rd Triumph of Orthodoxy

Monday, March 5th, 2012

 

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church,

McKinney, Texas

Electronic Newsletter

February 20 / March 3rd 

Triumph of Orthodoxy

Announcements

"Mighty Mites" Collection

Prayer Requests

Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week

Fasting in the Coming week


Announcements

Tuesday, 3/6 is our day in the McKinney 40 days for life campaign. Please come and pray with us!

The Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America Youth Committee is hosting a Lenten Retreat on the weekend of the Sunday commemorating St. Mary of Egypt (Friday evening, 3/30 – Sunday, 4/1).  This event is open to all Orthodox Christian youth of college and graduate student age.  See the diocesan website for more information.

The Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America announces open registration for a pilgrimmage this fall to the Holy Land led by Bishop Peter.  The pilgrimage will take place between Sept. 14 and Sept. 28 and will include the feast days of the Nativity of the Theotokos and the Elevation of the Holy and Life-Creating Cross.  For further information, see the diocesan website.

We will be holding a Pysanky class every Saturday from February 11th through March 31st, from 1pm – 4pm. If you are interested in participating, you are encouraged to buy you own Kitski set, which is available for $20 if you order it through Matushka Marina. You will also need to bring your own eggs in a cardboard carton. Contact Matushka Marina for further information.

As you know, our deck has been completed, and is a wonderful addition to our facility. We need to complete the work by cleaning and sealing the deck as soon as possible. Please contact Fr. Seraphim or Dn. Nicholas if you can help with this work.

Our parish has a brotherhood, named in honor of St. John of San Francisco. It's mission is one of both service and fellowship, and one of its roles is to help with tasks that need to be done around our building and grounds. So far our membership is very small, however. If you are interested in joining the brotherhood, please contact Dn. Nicholas. 


"Mighty Mites" Collection

This week we collected $32 to clean, stain and seal our deck and to furnish it with fans for the summer.


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.

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


Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week

Monday 3/5

  • 7PM Great Compline

Wednesday 3/7

  • 7PM Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

Saturday 3/10.

  • 4PM Confession

  • 4:30PM General Pannykhida

  • 5PM Vigil

Sunday 3/11.

  • 10AM  Divine Liturgy

  • 12:45PM Elementary Class.

  • 6:00PM  Pan-Orthodox Vespers at Dormition Church, Colleyville

Fasting in the Coming week

On weekdays of Great Lent, we abstain from meat, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy products as well as olive oil. On weekends, olive oil may be used.

The Hymns of the Sunday of Orthodoxy proclaim the restoration of the ikons and their most important teaching – the Incarnation with all its implications, and the reason why we fast.

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

LISTEN NOW

Synopsis: The hymns for the Sunday of Orthodoxy, which proclaim the restoration of the icons, are a primer in Christology. Their most important teaching is explained, using examples from the services. Also the purpose of fasting, from a matins hymn, is clearly explained, and the importance of the hymnology of the church and how it teaches us true theology is discussed. All the following hymns are mentioned:

Thou who art uncircumscribed, O Master, in Thy divine nature, / wast pleased in the last times to take flesh and be circumscribed; / and in assuming flesh, / Thou hast also taken on Thyself all its distinctive properties. / Therefore we depict the likeness of Thine outward form, / venerating it with an honor that is relative. / So we are exalted to the love of Thee, / and following the holy traditions handed down by the apostles // from Thine icon we receive the grace of healing. (Sunday of Orthodoxy, Vespers, Lord I have cried)

We venerate Thy holy icon, loving Lord, / asking Thee to pardon our transgressions, Christ our God. / For Thou of Thine own will wast pleased in the flesh to ascend upon the Cross, / so to deliver from the bondage of the enemy those whom Thou hast fashioned. / Therefore in thanksgiving we cry aloud to Thee: // Thou hast filled all things with joy, our Savior, when Thou hast come to save the world. (Sunday of Orthodoxy, Troparion, Tone II)

Depicting Thy divine form in ikons, O Christ, we openly proclaim Thy Nativity, Thine ineffable miracles and Thy voluntary Crucifixion. So the devils are driven out in fear and the heretics, their fellow workers, lament in shame and sorrow. (Sunday of Orthodoxy, Matins, Sessional Hymn)

Moses, in the season of abstinence, received the law and proclaimed it to the people. Elijah by fasting closed the heavens; and the three children of Abraham through fasting overcame the lawless tyrant. Count us worthy, O Christ, through fasting to attain the Feast of the Resurrection, as we cry aloud: "Holy God, Holy and Strong, Holy and Immortal, have mercy on us!" (Sunday of Orthodoxy, Matins, Praises)

 

MANY homilies on the Sundays of Great Lent are HERE

Homilies on the First Sunday of Great Lent are HERE


If the "LISTEN NOW" link does not work, copy this URL into your browser: http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/great-lent-sunday-01_2012-03-04+restoration-of-the-icons-and-christology+reason-for-fasting_vespers-matins.m3u

If this file does not work for you, try the direct link to the actual mp3 file:http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/great-lent-sunday-01_2012-03-04+restoration-of-the-icons-and-christology+reason-for-fasting_vespers-matins.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

Electronic Newsletter February 13 / 26 Forgiveness Sunday

Monday, February 27th, 2012

 

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church,

McKinney, Texas

Electronic Newsletter

February 13 / 26  

Forgiveness Sunday

Announcements

"Mighty Mites" Collection

Prayer Requests

Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week

Fasting in the Coming week


Announcements

We are now in the midst of Great Lent. This time of year is specifically set aside for us to intensify our spiritual labors, so that we might come to better know both ourselves and God's mercy and might be prepared to meet the feast of our Lord's Resurrection.

The Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America Youth Committee is hosting a Lenten Retreat on the weekend of the Sunday commemorating St. Mary of Egypt (Friday evening, 3/30 – Sunday, 4/1).  This event is open to all Orthodox Christian youth of college and graduate student age.  See the diocesan website for more information.

The Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America announces open registration for a pilgrimmage this fall to the Holy Land led by Bishop Peter.  The pilgrimage will take place between Sept. 14 and Sept. 28 and will include the feast days of the Nativity of the Theotokos and the Elevation of the Holy and Life-Creating Cross.  For further information, see the diocesan website.

We will be holding a Pysanky class every Saturday from February 11th through March 31st, from 1pm – 4pm. If you are interested in participating, you are encouraged to buy you own Kitski set, which is available for $20 if you order it through Matushka Marina. You will also need to bring your own eggs in a cardboard carton. Contact Matushka Marina for further information.

As you know, our deck has been completed, and is a wonderful addition to our facility. We need to complete the work by cleaning and sealing the deck as soon as possible. Please contact Fr. Seraphim or Dn. Nicholas if you can help with this work.

Our parish has a brotherhood, named in honor of St. John of San Francisco. It's mission is one of both service and fellowship, and one of its roles is to help with tasks that need to be done around our building and grounds. So far our membership is very small, however. If you are interested in joining the brotherhood, please contact Dn. Nicholas. 


"Mighty Mites" Collection

This week we collected $57 for RACS (http://racssf.org/).

Next week we will collect to raise funds to clean, stain and seal our deck and to furnish it with fans for the summer.


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.

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


Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week

Monday 2/27

  • 7PM Great Canon of St. Andrew

Tuesday 2/28

  • 7PM Great Canon of St. Andrew

Wednesday 2/29

  • 7PM Great Canon of St. Andrew

Thursday 3/1

  • 9AM Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

  • 7PM Great Canon of St. Andrew

Saturday 3/3

  • 4PM Confession

  • 5PM Vigil

Sunday 3/4.

  • 10AM  Divine Liturgy

  • 12:45PM Middle and Elementary Classes.

  • 6:00PM  Pan-Orthodox Vespers at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Dallas

Fasting in the Coming week

On weekdays of Great Lent, we abstain from meat, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy products as well as olive oil. On weekends, olive oil may be used.

Forty Days for Life McKinney Texas, Feb 22 – April 1, 7am – 7pm

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

Flier for McKinney “Forty Days for Life” for Orthodox Christians Mar 6, Tue, 7am-7 pm Mar 17, Sat 7am – 3pm

At:

Planned Parenthood 1720 W Eldorado Pky, Ste 106, McKinney, TX 75069

 

A nationwide prayer vigil to end legal abortion and heal all those involved in abortion.

 

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Orthodox Christians will gather to be the only guaranteed prayer support on the following days and times.

 

Mar 6, Tue, 7am-7 pm


Mar 17, Sat 7am – 3pm

 

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HOW TO VOLUNTEER:

 

A Public Calendar has been set up. You may use it to look at staffing for the two “Orthodox days”.

 

1.     Please go: http://tinyurl.com/orthodox40dayscal

2.     You will see a full month calendar displaying. Set the Display to “Week” or “Day” using the link at the top right, and the arrows at the top left to display Mar 6 or Mar 17

3.     You can come at any time, but if you can, please look for blocks where there are less than 2 people signed up. 

4.     Note the times you want to sign up for and send email/call/text Fr Seraphim.  Please include your email, which not be published, but will used to correspond with you and confirm the times you are signed up for.

 

* * * * * * * * * * * *

 

Perhaps you wonder "what in the world will I do there for a whole hour"? It is quite simple to pray the Jesus prayer quietly or silently. The "Akathist for a woman who has had an abortion", and the Supplicatory canon to the Theotokos will be available. The Lenten hours, with a litany for the unborn and those who are wounded by abortion inserted will be prayed at appropriate intervals.

 

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Planned Parenthood is Located in the business strip at the northeast corner of Medical Center Dr. and Eldorado Pkwy.  Please do NOT park or enter the property (business strip) where Planned Parenthood is located. You may park at the Steak and Shake across the street. Stay on the public sidewalk. 

 

http://tinyurl.com/orthodox40dayscal  

http://www.40daysforlife.com/mckinney/

http://www.orthodox.net/journal/2012-02-25-mckinney-forty-days-for-life.pdf

 

Contact:         Priest Seraphim Holland, St Nicholas Orthodox Church, McKinney TX

Fr Seraphim will be onsite all day.

Email: seraphim@orthodox.net

Phone/text: 972-658-5433

Cheesefare Tuesday Feb 8/21 2012 Jude .1-10 Luke 22.39-42, 45-23.1

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Here is an excerpt from the most recent prison ministry letter (http://www.orthodox.net/prison-ministry/prison-ministry-pastoral-letter-2012-02-14+readings-for-cheesefare-and-clean-week.doc which I sent out last week. I try to comment a little bit about the daily scriptures. Please read them. The commentary today is on Jude 1-10 and Luke 22.39-42, 45-23.1.

Jude 1-10

This first thing to notice is how Jude addresses himself. He was the son of Joseph the Betrothed, who, you will remember, was a widower when he was called to be betrothed to the Theotokos and be her protector.  He always referred to himself as “the brother of James”, who was known as the “brother f the Lord”. The story of how he gained this appellation also tells us why Jude, with his great humility, referred to himself as subordinate to his brother.

 

Note that Jude was one of the 12 apostles, but James was not – he was of the Seventy. The Brother of the Lord, however, was also with the Lord during his earthly ministry, and, like James, grew up with him. After the resurrection, he was appointed Bishop of Jerusalem – at a time when Jerusalem was filled with the twelve Apostles! He was well respected and loved, and wrote one of the most important epistles of the NT (and most maligned, because it says in plain “English” that we cannot be saved without works (“faith without works is dead”, and this dogma does not set well with those who are in thrall to the new doctrines promulgated since Luther and the reformers). It was said that his knees looked like those of a camel, because of his many prostrations, and he was a lifelong virgin. He died a martyr, and quite early, being thrown off a building by the (unbelieving) Jews, and having his head crushed by a blow.

 

Here is the story. When Joseph was old, he wished to divide his property to his four sons – Rueben, James and Jude, and also Jesus, whom he counted as a son, although he knew (and his family too) that He was not his natural father. Jude protested, and James offered to give Jesus his portion. For this one act of kindness and love, James is remembered as the “brother of the Lord”, and Jude forever remembering his sin, referred to himself humbly as the “brother of James”.

 

Do not be afraid to let your past sins humble you. If you forget where you came from, you will lose your way. We should not wallow in our sins, and “forgiving ourselves” can be difficult, but we must remember that we have sinned grievously in the past, and this knowledge will help keep us humble. If we gain true humility, we will “forgive ourselves’ too, but we will never forget who we were before.

 

The Apostle Peter also remembered his denial of the Lord, and when he was crucified, considered himself unworthy to be crucified in the same way his Lord was, ands asked to be crucified upside down. The is not doubt that these great apostles, Jude and Peter, repented fully of their sins, but in their humility they remembered them.

 

It is clear that heresies began to assail the church very early, and Jude makes a general reference to them, and in so doing describes the basic content of most heresies: “For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ” (Jude 1:4)

 

There is more here, and in time we can discuss it, but we must move on.

Luke 22:39-42, 45-23:1

Our Lord’s prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane shows His divine and human will. He was not a madman – His human flesh did not want to suffer, but He gave His human will over to the will of God, as an example of what we must do: “Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” (Vs. 42). May god help us to emulate this. It is always best to seek the will of God and do it. Our will, when separated from God, will ALWAYS be wrong.

 

A little historical note. The one who stuck the servant of the high priest was Peter. (Vs. 50) He was identified in St John’s Gospel[1]. When St John’s gospel was written, the need for secrecy (to protect Peter) has ceased.

 

This passage also talks about Peter’s denial of the Lord. He denied him because he was afraid. Fear has overtaken great men before. Remember that Elias, after killing all the prophets of Baal, ran away because he was afraid of Jezebel.  Since Peter has great love for the Lord, and was true to His teaching, he overcame this great sin. This was because of his courage. He went out and wept, but he did not run away and hang himself as Judas did. Like any man, Peter was a mixed up combination of fear and courage, sin and sanctity. We are like him as regards sin and fear, but will we emulate his courage?

 

“70 Then said they all, Art thou then the Son of God? And he said unto them, Ye say that I am.”

 

The Jews considered the lord to have committed blasphemy because He unambiguously called himself God. The words “I am” are the way  God describes himself – He is. He did not begin, He will not end, He is. Jesus assertion concerning himself directly refers to the verse in Exodus that any Jew would know: “And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.(Exodus 3:14 KJV). The pre-incarnate Jesus was the one who spoke to Moses, according to our tradition.



[1] John 18:10 KJV  Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest's servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant's name was Malchus.

 

 

Electronic Newsletter February 6 / 19 Sunday of the Last Judgment

Monday, February 20th, 2012

 



St. Nicholas Orthodox Church
,

McKinney, Texas

Electronic Newsletter

February 6 / 19  

Sunday of the Last Judgment

Announcements

"Mighty Mites" Collection

Prayer Requests

Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week

Fasting in the Coming week


Announcements

Please plan to attend Forgiveness Vespers this coming Sunday evening. This is the first service of Great Lent, and ends with an opportunity to ask forgiveness of one another.

The Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America Youth Committee is hosting a Lenten Retreat on the weekend of the Sunday commemorating St. Mary of Egypt (Friday evening, 3/30 – Sunday, 4/1).  This event is open to all Orthodox Christian youth of college and graduate student age.  See thediocesan website for more information.

The Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America announces open registration for a pilgrimmage this fall to the Holy Land led by Bishop Peter.  The pilgrimmage will take place between Sept. 14 and Sept. 28 and will include the feast days of the Nativity of the Theotokos and the Elevation of the Holy and Life-Creating Cross.  For further information, see the diocesan website.

We will be holding a Pysanky class every Saturday from February 11th through March 31st, from 1pm – 4pm. If you are interested in participating, you are encouraged to buy you own Kitski set, which is available for $20 if you order it through Matushka Marina. You will also need to bring your own eggs in a cardboard carton. Contact Matushka Marina for further information.

As you know, our deck has been completed, and is a wonderful addition to our facility. We need to complete the work by cleaning and sealing the deck as soon as possible. Please contact Fr. Seraphim or Dn. Nicholas if you can help with this work.

Our parish has a brotherhood, named in honor of St. John of San Francisco. It's mission is one of both service and fellowship, and one of its roles is to help with tasks that need to be done around our building and grounds. So far our membership is very small, however. If you are interested in joining the brotherhood, please contact Dn. Nicholas. 


"Mighty Mites" Collection

This week we collected $65 for a gift for our Bishop Peter.

Next week we will collect for RACS (http://racssf.org/)


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.

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


Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week

Monday 2/21

  • 7PM Molieben

Wednesday 2/23

  • 7PM Vespers

Thursday 2/24

  • 9AM Divine Liturgy

Saturday 2/26

  • 4PM Confession
  • 5PM Vigil

Sunday 2/27.

  • 10AM  Divine Liturgy
  • 12:45PM Adult and Elementary Classes.
  • 6:00PM Forgiveness Vespers

Fasting in the Coming week

This is Cheesefare week. Meat is no longer eaten until Pascha. All other foods are allowed every day this week, including dairy products and eggs.

Electronic Newsletter January 30/ February 12 Prodigal Son / Holy Three Hierarchs

Monday, February 13th, 2012

 

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church,

McKinney, Texas

Electronic Newsletter

January 30/ February 12 

Prodigal Son / Holy Three Hierarchs

Announcements

"Mighty Mites" Collection

Prayer Requests

Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week

Fasting in the Coming week


Announcements

The Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America Youth Committee is hosting a Lenten Retreat on the weekend of the Sunday commemorating St. Mary of Egypt (Friday evening, 3/30 – Sunday, 4/1).  This event is open to all Orthodox Christian youth of college and graduate student age.  See the diocesan website for more information.

The Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America announces open registration for a pilgrimmage this fall to the Holy Land led by Bishop Peter.  The pilgrimmage will take place between Sept. 14 and Sept. 28 and will include the feast days of the Nativity of the Theotokos and the Elevation of the Holy and Life-Creating Cross.  For further information, see the diocesan website.

We will be holding a Pysanky class every Saturday from February 11th through March 31st, from 1pm – 4pm. If you are interested in participating, you are encouraged to buy you own Kitski set, which is available for $20 if you order it through Matushka Marina. You will also need to bring your own eggs in a cardboard carton. Contact Matushka Marina for further information.

February 19th will be the first monthly activity sponsored by the Sisterhood. We will have a movie night, with two movies: Ostrov for the adults, and Miracle Maker for the children. The admission cost is $10 per person or $25 per family, which includes refreshments.

As you know, our deck has been completed, and is a wonderful addition to our facility. We need to complete the work by cleaning and sealing the deck as soon as possible. Please contact Fr. Seraphim or Dn. Nicholas if you can help with this work.

Our parish has a brotherhood, named in honor of St. John of San Francisco. It's mission is one of both service and fellowship, and one of its roles is to help with tasks that need to be done around our building and grounds. So far our membership is very small, however. If you are interested in joining the brotherhood, please contact Dn. Nicholas. 


"Mighty Mites" Collection

This week we collected $113 for the Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America's fund for Seminaries and Seminarians.


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.

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


Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week

Monday 2/13

  • 7PM Molieben

Tuesday 2/14

  • 6:30PM Vigil for the Meeting of the Lord

Wednesday 2/15

  • 7PM Vespers

Thursday 2/16

  • 9AM Divine Liturgy

Saturday 2/18. Commemoration of the Departed

  • 8AM Requiem Matins
  • 9:30AM Requiem Liturgy
  • 3PM Parish Council Meeting
  • 4PM Confession
  • 5PM Vigil

Sunday 2/19.

  • 10AM  Divine Liturgy
  • 12:45PM Sisterhood Meeting. Middle School class.

Fasting in the Coming week

This is the last week of "normal" fasting before Cheesefare week.

Electronic Newsletter January 23/ February 5 Publican and Pharisee / New Martyrs of Russia

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

 

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church,

McKinney, Texas

Electronic Newsletter

January 23/ February 5  

Publican and Pharisee / New Martyrs of Russia

The Publican and the Pharisee

Announcements

"Mighty Mites" Collection

Prayer Requests

Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week

Fasting in the Coming week


Announcements

The Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America Youth Committee is hosting a Lenten Retreat on the weekend of the Sunday commemorating St. Mary of Egypt (Friday evening, 3/30 – Sunday, 4/1).  This event is open to all Orthodox Christian youth of college and graduate student age.  See the diocesan website for more information.

The Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America announces open registration for a pilgrimmage this fall to the Holy Land led by Bishop Peter.  The pilgrimmage will take place between Sept. 14 and Sept. 28 and will include the feast days of the Nativity of the Theotokos and the Elevation of the Holy and Life-Creating Cross.  For further information, see the diocesan website.

We will be holding a Pysanky class every Saturday from February 11th through March 31st, from 1pm – 4pm. If you are interested in participating, you are encouraged to buy you own Kitski set, which is available for $20 if you order it through Matushka Marina. You will also need to bring your own eggs in a cardboard carton. Contact Matushka Marina for further information.

February 19th will be the first monthly activity sponsored by the Sisterhood. We will have a movie night, with two movies: Ostrov for the adults, and Miracle Maker for the children. The admission cost is $10 per person or $25 per family, which includes refreshments.

Our Annual Parish Meeting will be held on next Sunday, February 12th. Anybody who considers this parish home and who has attended regularly for some time but has not yet become a member is encouraged to do so before the meeting. Please contact Dn. Nicholas for a membership form.

As you know, our deck has been completed, and is a wonderful addition to our facility. We need to complete the work by cleaning and sealing the deck as soon as possible. Please contact Fr. Seraphim or Dn. Nicholas if you can help with this work.

Our parish has a brotherhood, named in honor of St. John of San Francisco. It's mission is one of both service and fellowship, and one of its roles is to help with tasks that need to be done around our building and grounds. So far our membership is very small, however. If you are interested in joining the brotherhood, please contact Dn. Nicholas. 


"Mighty Mites" Collection

This week, we collected $103 for St. George's Food Pantry.

Next week, we will collect for the Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America's fund for Seminaries and Seminarians. This is our opportunity to support the future clergy of our Church.


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.

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


Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week

Monday 2/6

  • 7PM Molieben

Wednesday 2/8

  • 7PM Vespers

Thursday 2/9

  • 9AM Divine Liturgy

Saturday 2/11.

  • 4PM Confession
  • 5PM Vigil

Sunday 2/12.

  • 10AM  Divine Liturgy
  • 12:30PM Annual Parish Meeting. No Church School.

Fasting in the Coming week

In this week following the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee, there is no fasting. This is a reminder to us that we should not, like the Pharisee, take pride in our fasting. Fasting is merely a (very important) spiritual exercise to help us cultivate a spirit of repentance.

Our choir sings 3 stichera from the Triodion for the Publican and Pharisee

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

LISTEN NOW

Publican and PhariseeSynopsis: Our choir sings the 3 stichera from the Triodion for the Publican & Pharisee (and an infant occasionally provides a little commentary!) The refrains are intoned by an 8 year old child. We do this often, for those children who want to learn to sing. We are learing to use our new Zoom recorder.

More music is HERE



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