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Electronic Newsletter May 29 / June 12 Holy Pentecost

Friday, June 10th, 2011

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, McKinney, Texas

Electronic Newsletter

May 29 / June 12

Holy Pentecost

Announcements
Prayer Requests
Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week
Fasting in the Coming week
Links related to the coming week

Blessed art Thou, O Christ our God,

Who hast shown forth the fisherman as supremely wise

by sending down upon them the Holy Spirit,

and through them didst draw the world into Thy net.

O Lover of Mankind, glory to Thee!


Announcements

On Sunday, July 17th, we will be holding a fund-raising event to fund the construction of our covered porch, which we hope will provide a much-needed expansion to our dining space. Igumen Gregory from St. Arsenius Hermitage in Decator will present a talk about "Prayer and its Practice." The talk will take place across the street at the Bingham House. Parishioners are encouraged to attend; tickets may be purchased at www.orthodox.net.

Parishioners are also asked, if possible, to help provide the complementary refreshments during the talk. Emails have been sent out to the St. Julianna Sisterhood list with suggested menu items that need to be provided. If you have any questions, contact Elaine King. .


 

 

This Saturday, June 11th, we have a Church open house in celebration of one year in our new location. This event will begin after the Requiem Liturgy and continue throughout the afternoon. Please try to attend and help greet visitors.

 

 


 

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.
 

 


 

Prayer Requests

For the Health and Salvation.

  • Kateryna (Kayla) Bayda. (employment)
  • Natalia and Nicholas (traveling in Ukraine until mid August)
  • David
  • Elizabeth
  • Priests Jean and Grégoire & all the faithful and suffering of Haiti.
  • 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

Saturday 6/11

  • 8AM Requiem Matins
  • 9:30AM Requiem Diving Liturgy
  • 11:00AM Church Open House (1 year anniversary of occupancy of our new temple)
  • 4PM Confession
  • 5PM Vigil for Pentecost

Sunday 6/12 Pentecost

  • 10AM  Divine Liturgy
  • 12:45PM (after Trapeza) Vespers with the Kneeling Prayers to the Holy Spirit

Monday 6/13

  • 7:30PM Moleben

Wednesday 6/15

  • 7:00PM Vespers

Thursday 6/16

  • 9AM Divine Liturgy

Saturday 6/18

  • 3PM Parish Council Meeting
  • 4PM Confession
  • 5PM Vigil

Sunday 6/12 Sunday of All Saints

  • 10AM  Divine Liturgy
  • 12:45PM Church School

Fasting in the Coming week

  • There is NO FASTING during Pentecost Week

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Electronic Newsletter May 22 / June 5 Sunday of the Holy Fathers

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, McKinney, Texas

Electronic Newsletter

May 22 / June 5

Sunday of the Holy Fathers

Announcements
Prayer Requests
Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week
Fasting in the Coming week
Links related to the coming week

Thou wast born as Thou Thyself didst will; Thou didst appear of Thine own choice; Thou didst suffer in the flesh, O our God. Thou didst arise from the dead, trampling down death; Thou didst ascend in glory, O Thou Who fillest all things, and didst send unto us the Divine Spirit, that we may praise and glorify Thy Divinity.

We celebrate today the memory of the fathers of the council of Nicaea, who came together to defend the Holy Church from the destructive teaching of Arius. Arius taught that Jesus Christ is not the Eternal Son of God, contradicting the words of the Lord himself and undermining our faith.

In doing this, the fathers were obeying the injunction given by the Apostle Paul in this Sunday's Epistle reading: "Take heed therefore to yourselves, and to all the flock over which the Holy Spirit hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departure grievous wolves will enter in among you, not sparing the flock" (Acts 20:28-9).

Arming you with the mighty strength of the Spirit, the Word, Who is counoriginate and of one throne with the Father before the ages, found you to be allies, and gathered you together; Him do ye now ever glorify together with the heavenly hosts, O all-sacred ones.


Announcements

We will be taking up a special collection this Sunday to support Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY, which is faced with some very expensive mandatory repair work on their facilities. Please help!


 

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.
 


 

Prayer Requests

For the Health and Salvation.

  • Kateryna (Kayla) Bayda. (employment)
  • Natalia and Nicholas (traveling in Ukraine until mid August)
  • David
  • Elizabeth
  • Priests Jean and Grégoire & all the faithful and suffering of Haiti.
  • 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

Saturday 6/4

  • 4PM Confession
  • 5PM  Vigil

Sunday 6/5 Sunday of the Holy Fathers.

  • 10AM  Divine Liturgy (hours at about 9:40)
  • 12:45PM Church School for Children

Monday 6/6

  • 7:30PM Moleben

Wednesday 6/8

  • 7:00PM Vespers

Thursday 6/9

  • 9AM Divine Liturgy

Saturday 6/11

  • 8AM Requiem Matins
  • 9:30AM Requiem Diving Liturgy
  • 4PM Confession
  • 5PM Vigil for Pentecost

Sunday 6/12 Pentecost

  • 10AM  Divine Liturgy
  • 12:45PM (after Trapeza) Vespers with the Kneeling Prayers to the Holy Spirit

Fasting in the Coming week

  • We fast from animal products on Wednesday and Friday, but wine and oil are allowed.

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Electronic Newsletter May 15 / May 29 Sunday of the Blind Man

Friday, May 27th, 2011

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, McKinney, Texas

Electronic Newsletter

May 15 / May 29

Sunday of the Blind Man

Announcements
Prayer Requests
Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week
Fasting in the Coming week
Links related to the coming week

"Blinded in the eyes of my soul, I cry out to Thee, O Christ, like the man blind from his birth, and in repentance I cry to Thee: Thou art the exceeding radiant light of those in darkness!"

Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!

And He brings enlightenment and peace to all who desire it — to all who turn away in disgust from the darkness that so often besets us, who flee to Him with tears, who repent of the many poor choices we have made and seek redemption by His grace from the pit we have dug for ourselves!

On this last Sunday of Pascha let us renew our prayer for this enlightenment, knowing that He will not delay to grant us our desire. And so let us meet the holy feast of His Ascension with joy, knowing that He raises us with Himself!

Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee!


Announcements

We will be taking up a special collection this Sunday to support Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY, which is faced with some very expensive mandatory repair work on their facilities. Please help!


 

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.
 

 

 


Prayer Requests

For the Health and Salvation.

  • Kateryna (Kayla) Bayda. (employment)
  • Natalia and Nicholas (traveling in Ukraine until mid August)
  • David
  • Elizabeth
  • Priests Jean and Grégoire & all the faithful and suffering of Haiti.
  • 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

Saturday 5/28

  • 4PM Confession
  • 5PM  Vigil

Sunday 5/29 Sunday of the Blind Man.

  • 8AM Baptism
  • 10AM  Divine Liturgy
  • 12:45PM Church School for Adults and Children

Monday 5/30

  • 7:30PM Moleben

Wednesday 6/1

  • 7:00PM Vigil for Ascension

Thursday 6/2 Ascension of the Lord.

  • 9AM Divine Liturgy

Saturday 6/4

  • 4PM Confession
  • 5PM  Vigil

Sunday 6/5 Sunday of the Holy Fathers.

  • 10AM  Divine Liturgy
  • 12:45PM Church School for Adults and Children

Fasting in the Coming week

  • We fast from animal products on Wednesday and Friday, but wine and oil are allowed.

LINKS

 

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      Commemoration of all benefactors on our summer feast.

      Saturday, May 21st, 2011

      Icon of the translation of the relics of St Nicholas

      Nicholas relics are translated to Bari, Italy

      We have been in our new temple since last June. We could not have built this temple with of the grace of God, and also without the generosity of many benefactors. We came close to being out of money, and a bad example according to the Gospel parable, many times, but always, somehow, funds became available.

      We have made a solemn promise to commemorate our benefactors and their loved ones perpetually in our liturgies and to serve a yearly Moleben and panakhida for them. We have a permanent parish document with all the names, and it is mandated in our parish by-laws that each rector use these dyptichs in the proskimidie of the Divine liturgy.

      We have fixed one or around the day of the "summer feast" of St Nicholas for this. since the commemoration of the translation of his holy relics falls on the 5th Sunday of Pascha, 2011, tomorrow, we will be serving a panakhida for the reposed loved one of our benefactors and also a Moleben for our benefactors and their families on Sunday.

      The Dyptichs document is divided by benefactor families, and has addresses and other information. Below are just the first names only, stripped out of the document, to give you an idea of how many people have helped us, and how many we pray for, generally at least two times a week.

      St Nichoals the Wonderworker, with scenes from his life.

      Orthodox Living: Menas & Mary Paraskevi,Samuel John & Haitho Rdr Daniel Vassiliki & Mark Ioannis & Ioanna, Efthymia Priest Anastasy Nicholas & Monica, Maximus, Elizabeth Rdr Symeon &Marianne ,Patrick,Edward Priest Sergius Mat. Lubov Nectarios Peter Katherine Xsenia Anna Priest George & Mat. Parasceva, Tatianna Celia Nicholas, Helen, Peter, Walter, Paul, James, Gabriela, Helen, Michael, Yvonne, Marie, Adam, Daria ArchPr Paul, Mat Barbara, Martha, Rupert, Hannah, Olivia, Mary, Subdcn Andrey, Susanna, Juliana, Emelia, Andrea, Isaac Thomas Priest Ilya ArchPriest Pimen ArchPriest Sergius Elias, Esther, Matthew, Rebecca, Paul Rdr Nicholas & Genevieve, Anna, Emelia, Sophia, Lucy Subdeacon Peter George & Mary ,Mark, Zacharias ,Non ,Elizabeth  Peter & Helen Protodeacon Gregory & Alexandra Stephen & Helen Juliana Protopresbyter George Priest Vasile & Mirela, Maria, Luca,Matei, Elena, Tatiana Priest Justin & Michelle, Katherine, Thea, Zoe Kristina, Rajko, Angelina, Jelena, Miodrag, Jovan, Natalija, Tijana Michael & Evangelia, Marina, Joanne, Michael, Patricia ArchPriest Martin & Katherine, James Rev. Daniel Marshall & Anya, James, Alexandra, Leo  St. Nicholas Orthodox Church  Archpriest Anthony, Reader Joel, Anna, Elizabeth, Alexander Priest James Juliana, Michael Shawn & Elizabeth  Nicholas & Lydia, Michael Sergey Priest Cassian & Mat Olympia ,Magdelene Kateryna, Arseny, Evangelina, Sergei, Olga John & Elena, ,Artemiy,Michael, Olga, Cecelia, Natalie,Nicholas Nicole Daniel & Liliana, Alyna Joseph & Lauren, Noah, Mary Madeleine, Daniel, Anna Sophia, Eilís, Basil. Randy Elizabeth? Deacon Joseph & Amy, Quincy, Katie, Kimberly,Andrea, Julie, Jeremy, Andrew   Elizabeth & David Archbishop Dmitri Virgina Sveteslav & Irina Archpriest Peter Nicholas & Corina, Alexander David Elaine & Gregory Sergi & Helen, Christine, Lawrence & Larissa, Gabriel, Emelie, Kyra, Elizabeth, Matthew, Krista, Sophia, Tanya, Irene, George, Yaraslav St Vladimir Russian Orthodox Church Stefan & Natalia, Angelina Priest Seraphim & Margaret, Tatiana, Mary Andres Inna Igor John & Molly Mihai Tatiana Archpriest John & Alexandra Christopher & Jeanine   Peter & Melissa, Sergius, Alexis, Vasili, Symeon, Dimitri Therapon & Macrina, Paul, Isabella, Thomas, Mary Katherine (children) Emile, Seile, Therapon, Macrina, Matthew   Deborah, Sergius, James Peter & Ekaterina, Lydia, Ludmilla, Maria, Elisaveta, Ekaterina, Peter Deacon Gregory Eleni, Peter Elizabeth, Vladislav Konstantin & Irina Juliana & Stephanos, Hariton Charles Nikolaj & Frieda Priest Seraphim & Marina, Genevieve, Christina, Timothy, Natalia, Daniel Steven & Diana, Sarah, Joshua Sergei Michael & Olga Vladislav Vladimir Sinisa & Marina  Marko, Danica, Aleksander, Konstandina, Aleksander, Ann, Mihailo, Gavrilo, Marko, Urosh, Mirjana, Aleksander,   Katarina, Ivan, Olga, Alexander, Alexander,Michael,Ivan, Anatoliy Ann Makrina Catherine Dana Berquist Priest John Michael & Jelena, Danilo, Nicola Nektarios & Seraphima, Elizabeth, Ruth Agnes, Irene Viktor, Tatiana, Sophia, Marina Marko & Elissa James & Sylvia, Amelia John & Dominica Katherine, Sarah, Elizabeth,Helena George & Andrea Mary Priest Christopher & Nonna, Christian St Seraphim Orthodox Church Richard Kory Richard Rdr. Innocent Britt Janalyn John Jeff & Gail Alexander, Ludmilla, Adriana, Lia, Lubov, Elizabeth, Constantine, Nina, Bridget, Juliana John & Dominica, Katherine, Sarah, Elizabeth, Helena Lubov, Stephen, Helen, Juliana, Alexander, Natalia, Stephen, Michael, Paul, Michelle, Jefferey, Michael, Maria, Michael, Gloria, John Deacon Damjan, Mat Ljiljana, Ivan, Lidija, Dusan, Marko, Ivana, Dragana, Stanko, Stefan, Otac, Adam, Mat Miilka, Spasoje, Stojka, Perka, Nadezda, Zorka, Radojka, Mira, Nada, Milija

      Not Orthodox:  Luke Christopher Caroline Eric John Walter William & Carolyn Wesley & Catherine, Elijah  George Etta James & Katy Philip, Philip, Jack, Christopher, Charlotte, Andrew  Ralph, John, Robert  Mary, Douglas, Benjamin, Ellen  +Juanita +Myron & Ruth Alexander Jill Park  George ? Jim & Dana, Elijah, Jeremy, Juan Kevin & Kristi. Baby Gieger Celeste, Alicia, Olivia, Orianna Eric, Donna Frieda, Paul, Mona (Catholic) Frank, Devin, Brendan, Shaun Mikhail Carmen, Penn, Bill, Francis Nicholas, Joshua,Zacahrias Jorge Erik Nevaeh, Jennifer, Manmeet, Carol, Patricia, Teri, Valeria, Jean Marie, Pauline, Mary Ann, Thomas, Jason, Allyn, Mary Ann

      Orthodox Reposed: Nina, Evdodokia, Ioann, Simo, Mihailo, Vasiliy, Alexander, Alexander, Michael, Ivan, Anatoliy, Genadi, Efim



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      Electronic Newsletter May 8 / May 22 Sunday of the Samaritan Woman / Translation of the Relics of St. Nicholas

      Friday, May 20th, 2011

      St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, McKinney, Texas

      Electronic Newsletter

      May 8 / May 22

      Sunday of the Samaritan Woman

      Translation of the Relics of St. Nicholas

      Announcements
      Prayer Requests
      Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week
      Fasting in the Coming week
      Links related to the coming week

       

      Assembling, O ye who love the feasts of the Church, / let us hymn the adornment of hierarchs, / the glory of the fathers, / the well-spring of miracles / and great defender of the faithful, saying: / Rejoice, O protector of Myra, / honored primate and steadfast pillar of its Church! / Rejoice, O most radiant beacon, / illumining the ends of the earth with wonders! / Rejoice, divine joy of the sorrowful / and fervent intercessor for the oppressed! / And now, O blessed Nicholas, / cease not to entreat Christ God / in behalf of them that honor thine ever-gladsome and most illustrious memory // with faith and love.

       


      Announcements

      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.
       


      Prayer Requests

      For the Health and Salvation.

      • Kateryna (Kayla) Bayda. (employment)
      • Natalia and Nicholas (traveling in Ukraine until mid August)
      • David
      • Elizabeth
      • Priests Jean and Grégoire & all the faithful and suffering of Haiti.
      • 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

      Saturday 5/21. St. John the Theologian.

      • 2PM Pannykhida for Parish Benefactors
      • 3PM Parish Council Meeting
      • 4PM Confession
      • 5PM Vigil

      Sunday 5/22 Sunday of the Samaritan Woman. Translation of the Relics of St. Nicholas

      • 8AM Baptism
      • 10AM  Divine Liturgy, followed immediately by Blessing of Marriage
      • 1PM Church School for Adults and Children
      • 2PM Molieben for Parish Benefactors

      Monday 5/23

      • 7:30PM Moleben

      Wednesday 5/25

      • 7:00PM Vespers

      Thursday 5/26

      • 9AM Divine Liturgy

      Saturday 5/28

      • 4PM Confession
      • 5PM  Vigil

      Sunday 5/29 Sunday of the Blind Man.

      • 10AM  Divine Liturgy
      • 12:45PM Church School for Adults and Children

      Fasting in the Coming week

      • We fast from animal products on Wednesday and Friday, but wine and oil are allowed.

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      Newsletter – April 18 / May 1 – St. Thomas Sunday

      Saturday, April 30th, 2011

      St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, McKinney, Texas

      Electronic Newsletter

      April 18 / May 1

      St. Thomas Sunday

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       Cactus flower, which appeared during Bright Week.

      Announcements
      Prayer Requests
      Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week
      Fasting in the Coming week
      Links related to the coming week


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      "As the disciples were in doubt, the Saviour came on the eighth day to where they were gathered and granted them peace, and cried to Thomas: Come, O Apostle, and feel the palms in which they fastened the nails. O good unbelief of Thomas, which hath lead the hearts of the faithful to knowledge! Hence, he cried out with fear: O my Lord and my God, glory be to Thee."


      Announcements

      Christ is Risen! Truly, He is Risen!

       


      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.
       


      Prayer Requests

      For the Health and Salvation.

      • Kateryna (Kayla) Bayda. (employment)
      • Natalia and Nicholas (traveling in Ukraine until mid August)
      • David and Elizabeth Ash.
      • Priests Jean and Grégoire and all the faithful and suffering of Haiti.
      • 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

      Saturday 4/30

      • 4PM Confession
      • 5PM  Vigil

      Sunday 5/1 THOMAS SUNDAY

      • 10AM  Divine Liturgy
      • 12:45PM Church School for Adults and Children

      Monday 5/2

      • 7:30PM Pannykhida for Radonitsa

      Wednesday 5/4

      • 7:00PM Vespers

      Thursday 5/5

      • 9AM Divine Liturgy

      Saturday 5/7

      • 4PM Confession
      • 5PM  Vigil

      Sunday 5/8 Sunday of the Myrrh-bearing Women

      • 10AM  Divine Liturgy
      • 12:45PM Church School for Adults and Children

      Fasting in the Coming week

      • We fast from animal products on Wednesday and Friday, but wine and oil are allowed.

      LINKS

      Bright Week


      The Second Sunday of Pascha
      Sunday of St Thomas

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      Electronic Newsletter — PASCHA 2011

      Thursday, April 21st, 2011

      St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, McKinney, Texas

      Electronic Newsletter

      April 12 / 24

      PASCHA

      Announcements
      Prayer Requests
      Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week
      Fasting in the Coming week
      Links related to the coming week


      Christ is Risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and on those in the tombs bestowing life!!!


      Announcements

      Remember that on Pascha, the Divine Liturgy takes place immediately after the Festal Matins service, in the early morning. There will be no service at 10AM on Sunday, April 24th, and our festal trapeza will be after the Vespers service at 3PM.

      During Bright week (the week after Pascha), it is customary to read the Paschal hours instead of normal morning and evening prayers. You can find this very short set of hymns here. (Or in Russian, here.)


      Prayer Requests

      For the Health and Salvation.

      • David and Elizabeth Ash.
      • Priests Jean and Grégoire and all the faithful and suffering of Haiti.
      • The suffering people of East Japan.
      • Metropolitan Hilarion (recent knee surgery)
      • Archbishop Kyrill (on leave of absence because of health problems)

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


      Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week

      Thursday 4/21 Great and Holy Thursday. Wine and Oil allowed

      • 8:20AM Hours
      • 9AM Vesperal Divine Liturgy for the Institution of the Eucharist.
      • 6PM The Service of our Lord's Passion

      Friday 4/22 Great and Holy Friday.

          Those who have the strength should fast from all food until after Vespers on this day.

      • 10AM Royal Hours of the Lord's Passion
      • 3PM Vespers — Taking down of the Lord from the Cross
      • 6PM Matins — Burial Service w/ Lamentations

      Saturday 4/23. Great and Holy Saturday. Wine (no oil) allowed

      • 10:20 Hours
      • 11AM Vesperal Divine Liturgy — First Proclamation of the Resurrection
      • 10PM Reading of the Acts of the Apostles
      • 11:15PM Nocturns

      Sunday 4/24. PASCHA.

      • 12AM  Matins of the Resurrection.
      • ~1:30AM Divine Liturgy
      • ~3AM Blessing and sharing of baskets
      • 3PM Agape Vespers Service
      • 4PM Festal Trapeza (Luncheon)

      Monday 4/25. Bright Monday

      • 9AM Divine Liturgy
      • 7PM Moleben

      Wednesday 4/27. Bright Wednesday

      • 7PM Vespers

      Thursday 4/28. Bright Thursday

      • 9AM Divine Liturgy

      Fasting in the Coming week

      • On Holy Friday, those with the strength fast until after Vespers
      • On Holy Saturday, wine (but not oil) is allowed
      • During the week after Pascha, there is no fasting.

      LINKS

      Pascha

      1997

      Metropolitan Vitaly Encyclical
      1997

      Metropolitan Kyprianos Encyclical
      1999

      Serbian Archdiocese Encyclical
      1999

      2003

      Agape Vespers
      2008

      Let us forgive all things on the resurrection.
      2009

      Pascha. Why do we read from the first chapter of John tonight?
      To experience the resurrection we must know Christ.
      John 1:1-17
      2010
      Also in Format: mp3
      SYNOPSIS:On Pascha, we do not read one of the resurrection accounts in the Gospels, but instead begin with the first words of the Gospel of John. Why is this? There is a very important reason. It has to do with the truly good news of the resurrection and what we must do to hear all of it.

      Agape Vespers
      Paschal Instructions
      2010

      Thomas Sunday

      1998

      1998
      Also in Format: Word DOC

      Two ways to be at peace
      John 20:19-31
      2008

      Two parts to our story.
      John 20:19-31
      2009

      Saint Thomas Sunday
      Realism About The Resurrection
      John 20:19-31
      2010
      SYNOPSIS:Of all the resurrection stories, perhaps the one concerning St Thomas is the one we can most relate to. He is the "common man", who was later able to do uncommon things. We are just like him, so our path of life must also be like his, which is the Christian life in microcosm. He, like us, was a complex indivicdual, believing, then faint of heart, couargeous, then full of fear. The one thing that he did that we must do to be saved is to endure, and "believe in the midst of our unbelief". If we do this, we are not far away from the supernatural exploits of St Thomas, the Apostle.

      Myrhhbearing Women

      Myrrhbearing women
      "Who will roll away the stone?"
      Mark 15:43-47
      1998
      Also in Format: Word DOC

      Myrrhbearing Women
      A question we ask many times each day. It must be with faith.
      Mark 15:43-47
      2000

      Myrhhbearing Women
      Love is more important than knowledge; Love leads to knowledge.
      Mark 15:43-47
      2003

      Myrrhbearing women
      Mark 15:43-47
      2008

      Myrrhbearing Women
      Act on what you know and you will know more, do what you can do, and you will be able to do more.
      Mark 15:43-16:8
      2009

      Myrhhbearing Women
      Mark 15:43-16:8
      2010
      SYNOPSIS:The story of the myrhhbearers is like ours, in microcosm. Life is full of moments when we must "become bold" as Joseph (and the myrhhbearers) did, and do what is right, even if we do not how we can accomplish the task (roll away the stone and deal with the armed guards) or what will come of it. Even when we have accomplished something, or grace visits us, we may not recognize it or understand it, just like the myrrhbearers, who were afraid after hearing the announcement of the resurrection from the angel. The myrhhbearers who us the way – do what is right, or even what we think is right, no matter ho "possible" it seems or how likely that the outcome will be pleasing, and in time, all will be revealed to us. This Gospel continues the theme of how the enlightenment of the resurrection is actualized in us.

       


      From the Fathers


      Questions and Answers


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      Newsletter — April 5 / 17 — Palm Sunday

      Friday, April 15th, 2011

      St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, McKinney, Texas

      Electronic Newsletter

      April 5 / 17

      Palm Sunday

      Announcements
      Prayer Requests
      Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week
      Fasting in the Coming week
      Links related to the coming week


      Today the grace of the Holy Spirit hath gathered us together, and we all take up thy Cross and say: Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord.  Hosanna in the highest.


      Announcements

      After the Divine Liturgy and meal on Saturday (about 11:00), we will be gathering to clean the church in preparation for Pascha. Please join us!

      Passion week is here! We will have services every day from April 15 through April 24, as we accompany our Lord on His march to Calvary and give Him thanks for all that He has done for our salvation. The schedule of services can be found below. For those who cannot attend all of the Holy Week services, priority should be given first to the Vesperal Divine Liturgy on Holy Saturday, then to the Matins service on Holy Friday evening, the Service of the Passion on Holy Thursday evening and the Vesperal Divine Liturgy on Holy Thursday morning.

      Remember that on Pascha, the Divine Liturgy takes place immediately after the Festal Matins service, in the early morning. There will be no service at 10AM on Sunday, April 24th, and our festal trapeza will be after the Vespers service at 3PM, with with lots of good food and no rice and beans in sight!
       


      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.
       


      Prayer Requests

      For the Health and Salvation.

      • Kateryna (Kayla) Bayda. (employment)
      • David and Elizabeth Ash.
      • Priests Jean and Grégoire and all the faithful and suffering of Haiti.
      • The suffering people of East Japan.
      • Metropolitan Hilarion (recent knee surgery)
      • Archbishop Kyrill (on leave of absence because of health problems)

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


      Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week

      Saturday 4/16. Lazarus Saturday Wine, Oil and Caviar allowed  

      • 9AM Divine Liturgy
      • 11AM General Church Clean-up
      • 3:30PM Parish Council Meeting
      • 4PM Confession
      • 5PM  Vigil

      Sunday 4/17 PALM SUNDAY Fish, Wine and Oil allowed

      • 10AM  Divine Liturgy followed by Procession with Palms
      • 12:45PM Church School for Adults and Children
      • 6PM 1st Bridegroom Matins

      Monday 4/18 HOLY MONDAY

      • 7:30PM 2nd Bridegroom Matins

      Tuesday 4/19 HOLY TUESDAY

      • 7:30PM 3rd Bridegroom Matins

      Wednesday 4/20 HOLY WEDNESDAY

      • 8AM Lenten Hours
      • 9AM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts
      • 7:00PM Matins for Holy Thursday

      Thursday 4/22 Great and Holy Thursday. Wine and Oil allowed

      • 8:20AM Hours
      • 9AM Vesperal Divine Liturgy for the Institution of the Eucharist.
      • 7PM The Service of our Lord's Passion

      Friday 4/21 Great and Holy Friday.

          Those who have the strength should fast from all food until after Vespers on this day.

      • 10AM Royal Hours of the Lord's Passion
      • 3PM Vespers — Taking down of the Lord from the Cross
      • 6PM Matins — Burial Service w/ Lamentations

      Saturday 4/22. Great and Holy Saturday. Wine (no oil) allowed

      • 10:20 Hours
      • 11AM Vesperal Divine Liturgy — First Proclamation of the Resurrection
      • 10PM Reading of the Acts of the Apostles
      • 11:15PM Nocturns

      Sunday 4/23. PASCHA.

      • 12AM  Matins of the Resurrection.
      • ~1:30AM Divine Liturgy
      • ~3AM Blessing and sharing of baskets
      • 3PM Agape Vespers Service
      • 4PM Festal Trapeza (Luncheon)

      Fasting in the Coming week

      • Holy Week is a week of Strict Fasting
      • Fish is allowed on Palm Sunday
      • On Holy Friday, those with the strength fast until after Vespers
      • On Holy Saturday, wine (but not oil) is allowed
      • On Pascha, there is no fasting for 50 days.

      LINKS

      LAZARUS SATURDAY

      PALM SUNDAY

       

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      Newsletter, March 28/ April 10, 2011 – 5th Sunday of Great Lent

      Friday, April 8th, 2011

      St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, McKinney, Texas

      Electronic Newsletter

      March 28/ April 10, 2011

      5th Sunday of Great Lent / St. Mary of Egypt

      Announcements
      Prayer Requests
      Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week
      Fasting in the Coming week
      Links related to the coming week

      Brothers and sisters, the Great Fast is drawing to a close. This Sunday the Scripture readings will tell us much about Christ and our relationship with him. We will hear about him tell His disciples, as he travels toward Jerusalem, about his coming Passion, Death and Resurrection. We will hear how two of the disciples seek honor and our Lord responds by teaching them the importance of humility and service, "for even the Son of Man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life as a ransom for many." We will hear about how there is no sin that God cannot or will not forgive, provided we are willing to repent.

      And then, throughout the coming week, the services will speak again and again about how Christ approaches Jerusalem, preparing to raise Lazarus from the tomb – and we must, of course, consider this an image of our own resurrection from sin by His almighty power.
       


      Announcements

      Passion week is approaching! We will have services every day from April 15 through April 24, as we accompany our Lord on His march to Calvary and give Him thanks for all that He has done for our salvation.

      On Lazarus Saturday (April 16), we will have a general parish clean-up after the Divine Liturgy. This is our annual opportunity to get the church and grounds clean for the celebration of the feast of feasts. Many hands make light work, so please plan to join us and help out!

      Remember that on Pascha Sunday, the Divine Liturgy takes place immediately after the Festal Matins service, in the early morning. There will be no service at 10AM on Sunday, April 24th, and our festal trapeza will be after the Vespers service at 3PM, with with lots of good food and no rice and beans in sight!
       


      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.
       


      Prayer Requests

      For the Health and Salvation.

      • Kateryna (Kayla) Bayda. (employment)
      • David and Elizabeth Ash.
      • Priests Jean and Grégoire and all the faithful and suffering of Haiti.
      • The suffering people of East Japan.
      • Metropolitan Hilarion (recent knee surgery)
      • Archbishop Kyrill (on leave of absence because of health problems)

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


      Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week

      Saturday 4/9. 

      • 4PM Confession
      • 5PM  Vigil

      Sunday 4/10

      • 10AM  Divine Liturgy
      • 12:45PM Church School for adults and children
      • 6PM at St. Seraphim's in Dallas. Pan-Orthodox Vespers

      Monday 4/11

      • 7:30PM Great Compline or Moleben

      Wednesday 4/13

      • 6:00PM Lenten Hours
      • 7:00PM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

      Friday 4/15

      • 7PM Vespers and Matins for Lazarus Saturday

      Saturday 4/16. Lazarus Saturday Wine, Oil and Caviar allowed  

      • 9AM Divine Liturgy
      • 11AM General Church Clean-up
      • 3:30PM Parish Council Meeting
      • 4PM Confession
      • 5PM  Vigil

      Sunday 4/17 PALM SUNDAY Fish, Wine and Oil allowed

      • 10AM  Divine Liturgy followed by Procession with Palms
      • 12:45PM Church School for children
      • 6PM 1st Bridegroom Matins

      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.

      LINKS

      LAZARUS SATURDAY

      PALM SUNDAY

       

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        Newsletter. Mar 21/Apr 3 2011. 4th Sunday of Great Lent. St. John of the Ladder?

        Friday, April 1st, 2011

        St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, McKinney, Texas

        Electronic Newsletter

        March 21/ April 3, 2011

        4th Sunday of Great Lent / St. John of the Ladder

        Announcements
        Prayer Requests
        Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week
        Fasting in the Coming week
        Links related to the coming week

        Today is the prelude of God’s goodwill, and the heralding of the salvation of mankind. The Son of God becomes the Virgin’s Son, and Gabriel proclaims the good tidings of grace. To her, then, with a great voice let us cry aloud: Rejoice!, thou fulfillment of the Creator’s dispensation!

        - Troparion for the Annunciation

         

        What a marvelous week this is for those who love the Church, brothers and sisters!

        On Thursday, the Feast of the Annunciation, Gabriel proclaims to us the glad tidings of our salvation in Christ.

        The Ladder of Divine Ascent

        On Sunday, the Church celebrates St. John of the Ladder, revealing to us the sure path of ascent whereby we might claim this salvation as our own.

        St Mary of Egypt with Abba Zosimas - Coptic Icon.

        On Monday night, we sing the Great Canon of St. Andrew, that marvelous aid in bringing our selves to our senses so that we might put aside our own foolish ways and follow this path.

        And on Friday, we hymn the Most Holy Theotokos, and in particular the aid which she constantly gives us by her prayers as we make our way on the path to salvation!

        This is truly a spiritual banquet! Let us feed our souls as much as our circumstances allow.
         


        Announcements

        Please look at our calendar of services for the remainder of Lent, and make your plans now to attend as many services as you can, for the good of your soul. In particular, you should plan if at all possible to attend the services this week (April 4-8) – including the Feast of the Annunciation — and during the week of our Lord's Passion (April 18-24).
         


        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. (employment)
        • David and Elizabeth Ash.
        • Priests Jean and Grégoire and all the faithful and suffering of Haiti.
        • The suffering people of East Japan.
        • Metropolitan Hilarion (recent knee surgery)
        • Archbishop Kyrill (on leave of absence because of health problems)

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


        Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week

        Friday 4/1

        • 7PM Small Compline with the Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos
        • 8PM Pannykhida

        Saturday 4/2. Commemoration of the Departed. Wine and Oil allowed  

        • 4PM Confession
        • 5PM  Vigil

        Sunday 4/3 Wine and Oil allowed

        • 10AM  Divine Liturgy
        • 12:45PM Church School for children
        • 6PM at St. John the Baptist in Euless. Pan-Orthodox Vespers

        Monday 4/4

        • 7:30PM Matins with the Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete

        Wednesday 4/6

        • 7:00PM Vigil for Annunciation

        Thursday 4/7. Feast of the Annunciation Fish, Wine and Oil allowed

        • 9:00AM Vesperal Divine Liturgy
        • 7PM Matins with the complete Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos

        Saturday 4/9.

        • 4PM Confession
        • 5PM  Vigil

        Sunday 4/10

        • 10AM  Divine Liturgy
        • 12:45PM Church School for children and adults
        • 6PM at St. Seraphim's in Dallas. Pan-Orthodox Vespers

        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 (this Thursday). Wine and Oil are also allowed on Tuesday, because of the long church service Monday night.

        LINKS

        Annunciation.

        The Great Canon, St Mary of Egypt

         

         

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