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

Saturday, February 25th, 2012


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  Please include your email, which not be published, but will used to correspond with you and confirm the times you are signed up for.

 

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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

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St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, McKinney, Texas Electronic Newsletter February 21 / March 6, 2011 Sunday of the Forgiveness (Cheesefare)

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Brothers and sisters, we are seven weeks away from the Feast of Feasts, Holy Pascha. On that Bright day, we will celebrate our entrance into the joy of our Lord, accorded to us by the abundant grace of our "Good God Who loves mankind" by His Incarnation, Crucifixion, Resurrection and Ascension into Heaven. The reception of this grace lies at the foundation of our spiritual life.

But we cannot receive this grace unless we recognize our need for it, unless we see our infirmity and cry out to the Lord with fasting and tears. And so this time of Lent is given to us so that we might make an extra effort to repent and return to the Lord.

Runners who are trying to build strength practice interval training: slow, moderate runs punctuated by short bursts of maximal effort. Great Lent is, as it were, the interval training of our spiritual life — and the first week is our chance to get a good start.

The Holy Church appoints a special service for every day of this week. The Great Canon of St. Andrew is a beautiful and compunctionate service which uses numerous examples from the Holy Scriptures to help move our souls to repentance. For the sake of your soul, please make an effort to attend.

Also, now would be an excellent time to check our calendar of services for Holy Week and Pascha, and arrange your schedule so that you can attend as many of the Holy Week and Pascha services as possible.


Announcements

Sunday, March 6th is Forgiveness Sunday. After Trapeza on this day we will serve Lenten Vespers with the Rite of Forgiveness. As our Lord himself tells us very clearly, He will not forgive us unless we forgive one another. Please, therefore, mark your calendars now so that you can attend this important service and we can all ask forgiveness of one another for all wherein we may have caused offense.
 


Our new facility brings with it many new maintenance and upkeep tasks. Matushka Marina and Reader David Hawthorne need volunteers to help get all the work done.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 updated our 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.

  • Kateryna (Kayla) Bayda.
  • Alexander (Yuliya Guzman's father)
  • David and Elizabeth Ash.
  • Priests Jean and Grégoire and all the faithful and suffering of Haiti

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


Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week

Saturday, 3/5.

  • Confession, 4pm.
  • Vigil, 5pm.

Sunday, 3/6

  • Divine Liturgy, 10am
  • Forgiveness Vespers, 12:45pm

Monday, 3/7

  • Compline with the Great Canon of St. Andrew, 7:30pm

Tuesday, 3/8

  • Compline with the Great Canon of St. Andrew, 7:30pm

Wednesday, 3/9

  • Compline with the Great Canon of St. Andrew, 7:00pm

Thursday, 3/10

  • Compline with the Great Canon of St. Andrew, 7:00pm

Friday, 3/11

  • Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, 9:00am
  • Small Compline with the Akathist Hymn, 7:00pm

Saturday, 3/12.

  • Confession, 4pm.
  • Vigil, 5pm.

Sunday, 3/13

  • Divine Liturgy, 10am
  • Church School, 12:45pm
  • Pan-Orthodox Vespers, 6:00pm at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church

 

Our ongoing calendar of services is posted here, including entries for the remainder of Great Lent:

Our "Redeeming the Time" blog usually has at least several posts a week – http://www.orthodox.net/redeemingthetime.


Fasting in the Coming week

Throughout Great Lent, we abstain from all animal products, wine and oil on weekdays. Wine and Oil are allowed on weekends. Fish is allowed on Palm Sunday and on the Feast of the Annunciation.


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Newsletter – Jan 31/ Feb 13 2011 – Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, McKinney, Texas
Electronic Newsletter
January 31/ February 13 2011
Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee

 

Who is St. Valentine?. 1

Announcements. 2

Prayer Requests. 2

Commemorations, past week, coming weeks. 2

Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week.. 3

 

Who is St. Valentine?

    The secular commemoration of Valentine's Day originates with the Roman Catholic observance of the memory of St. Valentine, an early Roman martyr. The Orthodox Church also commemorates St. Valentine, but at a different time in the year.

    St. Valentine's life, like that of all the martyrs, exhibits love for God taken to the end, for "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends" (John 15:13). St. Valentine, according to popular accounts of his life, suffered in prison during a time of persecution because of his love for Christ.

    Near the end of the saint's life, the account goes, he cured a young girl of blindness after first restoring her spiritual sight by bringing her to know our Lord Jesus Christ. At the end of his life, he left her a letter exhorting her to hold fast to Christ — a letter signed "from your Valentine."

    The best way to honor St. Valentine's memory is then to follow his example and heed his exhortation to hold fast to Christ. The first and greatest commandment is to love the Lord our God with all of our heart. Let us then, on this day when the world celebrates commercialized romantic love, reaffirm first of all our love for God by honoring Him first.

    Monday evening is the Vigil service for the Feast of the Meeting of our Lord. On this day we celebrate the time when our Lord — as a child 6 weeks old — was brought into the temple and held in the arms of St. Symeon, who proclaimed his ministry as Savior of the world. Let us gather together in the holy temple to sing His praises, at the same time preparing our souls to love Him more deeply and looking ahead to our celebration of His Cross, Resurrection and Ascension in the coming months.

    More on St. Valentine can be found here.


Announcements

Fr. Seraphim will be at the Monastery of the Holy Cross in West Virginia this week, for a much needed retreat. Our usual Wednesday and Thursday services will be canceled.

We will have reader's services for the Great Feast of the Meeting of the Lord on Tuesday:

  • 6:30 Monday: Vigil
  • 9:00 Tuesday: Typica

Our new facility brings with it many new maintenance and upkeep tasks. Matushka Marina and Reader David Hawthorne need volunteers to help get all the work done.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 updated our list of things our parish needs. If you or somebody you know wish to supply one of these items, please contact us.


Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeev), President of the Department for External Affairs of the Moscow Patriarchate, will be in Dallas this weekend for the performance of his composition, the St. Matthew's Passion. The performance will be held at 5:30pm on Sunday at Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas and is free of charge.


Prayer Requests

For the Health and Salvation.

  • Kateryna (Kayla) Bayda.
  • Alexander (Yuliya Guzman's father)
  • David and Elizabeth Ash.
  • Priests Jean and Grégoire and all the faithful and suffering of Haiti

For a more complete listing, please see our parish prayer list (http://docs.google.com/View?id=dzgvjb6_16f2pcdrhn).


Commemorations, past week, coming weeks

  • Saturday, February 12th is the anniversary of the repose of Ruth Ash. Please pray for her repose.

 

If you have corrections or additions, e-mail Deacon Nicholas. We would love to announce your birthdays and anniversaries as well, but our records are very incomplete, so please give us this information.


Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week

Saturday, 2/5.

  • Confession, 4pm.
  • Vigil, 5pm.

Sunday, 2/12

  • Divine Liturgy, 10am
  • Church School, 12:45pm (Elementary and Adult)

Monday, 2/13

  • Vigil, 6:30pm

Tuesday, 2/14.

  • Typika, 9:00AM

Saturday, 2/19.

  • Confession, 4pm.
  • Vigil, 5pm.

Sunday, 2/20

  • Divine Liturgy, 10am
  • Church School, 12:45pm (Elementary and High School)

 

Our ongoing calendar of services is posted here:

Our "Redeeming the Time" blog usually has at least several posts a week – http://www.orthodox.net/redeemingthetime.


NO Fasting in the Coming week

This Sunday we read the Gospel about the Publican and Pharisee. One of the reminders we are given in this reading is that our acts of piety — such as fasting, which is specifically mentioned in the reading — do not save us and should cause us to be lifted up with pride. Rather, we are saved by repentance and by humbly putting all of our hope in God.

Fasting is important for our spiritual life, and therefore forms one of the essential disciplines of Great Lent. However, we must not allow ourselves to think that fasting is a virtue in and of itself or to take pride in our labors.

For this reason, the Church has appointed that the week after the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee be FAST-FREE. Eating freely of all foods during the coming week, let us reflect on the fact that we are saved by God's grace, received with humility and repentance. With the proper attitude, we will then be ready to fast profitably in a few weeks' time.

 

Permanent links to this document:

 

http://www.orthodox.net/newsletter/newsletter-2011-03-13-sunday-of-the-publican-and-pharisee.html

 

http://www.orthodox.net/newsletter/newsletter-2011-03-13-sunday-of-the-publican-and-pharisee.doc

 

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St Seraphim bows to the Kursk Root Icon

Friday, November 5th, 2010

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A note from a parishioner, whose home was visited and blessed with the Holy Kursk Root icon Friday, Oct 29 (ns). Posted with permission, with very slight editing.

… Something curious happened during the icon's visit  to our apartment… I have a photo of St. Seraphim of Sarov on my bookshelf. I've wanted to have it framed properly for a while, but for now it's just a bare photo standing on a shelf.  After the icon's visit to our apartment I noticed that the photograph  of St. Seraphim was  bent over almost in half.

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I even wanted to call  David and say, "Look, St. Seraphim is bowing to the icon!", but then I thought it was kind of silly to make a joke like that and that I had  better take care of that photograph soon… I even tried to straighten it up with my hands, but it wouldn't work – the photo would return to its "bent-over" position.

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 Well, the next day (after the icon had left our parish) I finally settled down  at my desk and my glance went up to the bookshelf… and my mouth fell open -  the photo of St. Seraphim was perfectly straight – he straightened up!

 This time I called David and told him what happened. He didn't seem too much surprised and said, "Well, St. Seraphim was healed by that icon, remember?"

So that's my story of St. Seraphim bowing to the Kursk Root Icon.

You could say that it might have been the weather, the open windows, humidity in the air, or whatever… I don't know. (And we've opened our  windows lots of times before). All I know is that the photo of St. Seraphim (that had been standing up straight on that bookshelf for 7  months since I brought it from Russia) bent itself in half on the day the Icon was here, and straightened back up the next day when the icon was gone.

Nat


Videos:

The Icon at our church:

The Icon at "Nash Dom":

Lots of pictures:


Some interesting links

The Wonderworking Kursk Icon of Our Lady of the Sign, with history, information about the icon, and miracles. (Missionary Leaflet # E 13c)

http://www.kurskroot.com/kursk_root_icon_home.htmlhttp://www.kurskroot.com/kursk_root_icon_home.html

A ton of good things! History, prayers, about St Seraphim, and more. 

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Newsletter, Sep 27, Oct 10, 2010 – Visitor Sunday, Kursk Root Icon, Clergy Travel

Thursday, October 7th, 2010
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church
McKinney, Texas
Newsletter, Sep 27/ Oct 10, 2010
Link: http://docs.google.com/View?id=d926dxr_79gb96t4gh


Having obtained thee as an unassailable rampart and wellspring of miracles, O Most Pure Mother of God, thy servants quell the assaults of enemies. Wherefore, we pray to thee: Grant peace to our land, and to our souls great mercy.

- Troparion to the Theotokos in honor of the Kursk Root Icon

Announcements

This week is visitor's Sunday! Please invite your friends to join us for Liturgy, a meal and a talk by Rdr. David about church architecture.

Father Seraphim and Deacon Nicholas will be at a clergy conference from Wednesday to Friday of this week. Our usual Wednesday and Thursday services will be canceled this week.

As Father Seraphim has announced, the Holy Kursk Root icon of the Theotokos will be visiting our parish on Friday, October 29th. We will serve a Molieben with Akathist, and everybody should plan to attend. This is the same icon (NOT a copy) through which God healed the young St. Seraphim of Sarov when it was brought through the village of Kursk.
 

Our new facility brings with it many new maintenance and upkeep tasks. Matushka Marina and Reader David Hawthorne need volunteers to help get all the work done.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.
 



Commemorations from the past week and the coming weeks:

  • Wednesday, October 6th: Raisa Dudar's name day. Many years!
  • Friday, October 8th: Sergei Burns and Sergei Witte's name days. Many years!
  • Friday, October 15th: Justina Vella and Anna Park's name days. Many years!

 

If you have corrections or additions, e-mail Deacon Nicholas. We would love to announce your birthdays and anniversaries as well, but our records are very incomplete, so please give us this information.



Prayer Requests

For the Health and Salvation.

  • Kateryna (Kayla) Bayda.
  • David and Elizabeth Ash.
  • Priests Jean and Grégoire and all the faithful and suffering of Haiti

For the Repose. Please pray for the repose of the recently departed servants of God, who have reposed within the last forty days:


For a more complete listing, please see our parish prayer list.
 

If you have prayer requests for the ill, for those with special needs or in difficult circumstance or for the departed, please e-mail Priest Seraphim or Deacon Nicholas




Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week

Saturday, 10/9/10.

  • Confessions, 4pm.
  • Vigil, 5pm.

Sunday, 10/10/10. Visitor's Sunday.

  • Divine Liturgy, 10am.
  • Festal meal for visitor's sunday
  • Church School (elementary and adult), 12:45pm
  • Talk on Church Architecture, after the meal

Monday, 10/11/10.

  • Molieben, 7:30pm.
Saturday, 10/16/10.

  • Parish Council Meeting, 3:30pm
  • Confessions, 4pm.
  • Vigil, 5pm.

Sunday, 10/17/10.

  • Divine Liturgy, 10am.
  • Church School (elementary and high school), 12:45pm

Our ongoing calendar of services through is posted here:

Our "Redeeming the Time" blog usually has at least several posts a week – http://www.orthodox.net/redeemingthetime.



Fasting in the Coming week:

Wednesday and Friday of this week are fast days as usual.

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