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We are building a deck because our trapeza is too small.

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

deck-design-looking-sw-ground-view

We have a good "problem". We built a small temple with an even smaller hall because that was all we could afford, and started worshipping in it June 2011. We have grown enough to make it impossible to fit everybody in our tiny trapeza (church hall).

We have decided to build a covered deck outside the hall, since adding to the building is way out of our means right now. This will more than double our usable dining space. It is important to have more dining space, since a very important part of our community life is that we always eat a meal (not just donuts and coffee!) together after liturgy.

We plan to add fans, heaters, misters and plastic sheeting, like you see in some restaurants, so we can use the deck year round. 

We have a donation to build the deck, but will need to raise funds for the absolutely necessary roof, tables, etc. The deck will be about 7 or 8 thousand, and a shingled roof will be about 9 thousand (we are exploring a canvas roof to reduce costs). We will also need to get fans, tables, etc.

Would you help us? See our Building Fund page to make a donation online or.

Donate to the Building Fund using PayPal.
You may also send funds to: St Nicholas Orthodox Church
memo "Building Fund"
P.O. Box 37, McKinney TX. 75070

OF COURSE, as before, we will consider all donators to be founding benefactors of our parish. As with all our founding benefactors, we promise to you that we will pray for your loved ones perpetually in the Divine Liturgy. We written into our by-laws that all benefactors should be prayed for in the liturgy by all rectors. and will commemorate their loved ones forever.

Deck design images

Deck design images at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/saint-nicholas/sets/72157626272047483/show/

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Newsletter. Sunday of the Cross

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

 

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, McKinney, Texas

Electronic Newsletter

March 14/27, 2011

3nd Sunday of Great Lent / Veneration of the Cross

Announcements
Prayer Requests
Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week
Fasting in the Coming week

“Come, Adam and Eve, our first father and mother, who fell from the choir on high / through the envy of the murderer of man, when of old with bitter pleasure ye tasted from the tree in Paradise. See, the Tree of the Cross, revered by all, draws near! Run with haste and embrace it joyfully, and cry to it with faith: O precious Cross, thou art our succor; partaking of thy fruit, we have gained incorruption; we are restored once more to Eden, and we have received great mercy.”

- From the service for the Sunday of the Precious Cross


 

Announcements

This coming Sunday, and throughout the coming week, we will venerate the Precious and Life-Giving Cross of our Lord. The Cross will be brought out for veneration at the end of the Vigil service on Saturday night, and many of the hymns and readings this weekend will focus on the meaning of the Cross for us as Christians: both the meaning of Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross and the meaning of the Cross in our own lives as followers of Christ.

It would be good for as many of us as possible to be present at the end of the Vigil service on Saturday, and to prepare to receive Holy Communion on Sunday.
 


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 in the 5th week of Lent (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.
  • Alexander (Yuliya Guzman's father)
  • 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 3/26. Commemoration of the Departed.   

  • 4PM Confession
  • 5PM  Vigil

Sunday 3/27

Monday 3/28

  • 7:30PM Great Compline or Moleben

Wednesday 3/30

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

Friday 4/1

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

Saturday 4/2. Commemoration of the Departed.   

  • 4PM Confession
  • 5PM  Vigil

Sunday 4/3

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

 
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. Themes of 2nd Sunday of Lent, svc schedule, prayer requests, more.

Friday, March 18th, 2011

 

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, McKinney, Texas
Electronic Newsletter
March 7/20, 2011
2nd Sunday of Great Lent / St. Gregory Palamas

 

The services for this 2nd Sunday of Great Lent have two major themes: our Lord's parable of the Prodigal Son and the memory of St. Gregory Palamas.

We heard the parable of the Prodigal Son at the Divine Liturgy 2 weeks before Lent began, and the theme is repeated in the texts of the services throughout the fast, especially during this week. This parable is to a very great degree the theme of Great Lent.

Each one of us is the prodigal son. We have been endowed with the greatest of blessings by God our Creator and given the possibility to grow in love and joy merely by trusting in Him and obeying His commandments. No ability, no strength is needed on our part, merely a willing and obedient heart.

St. Gregory's memory is a testimony to the greatness of the blessings that God has promised us. Not only can we have peace, joy and happiness, but all of this comes — amazing Gift! — through intimate fellowship with God our Creator Himself. We can see Him, we can know Him closely, and empowered by His grace we can become like Him. Our hearts can become pure, loving and joyful, with no darkness at all!

But like the prodigal, we have despised — and continue to despise — this amazing gift and have preferred to take our inheritance — our nature created in God's own Image — and squander it on harmful things. We have taken each of the great gifts he has given us — reason, kingship over creation, and the capacity for love, zeal, and anger among many others — and used each one of them against God, causing evil and hatred to increase on the earth rather than love and joy.

And so, like the prodigal we have found ourselves in a faraway country, cut off from God because of our own choices, forced to feed swine — that is, to continually nurture the passions which stand as a wall between us and happiness. Let us, then, use this holy time of the Fast to come to our senses, return to our Father, and call out to Him, "I have sinned against heaven and before Thee," but have mercy on me, Compassionate Father, and call me back again! And He will.


Announcements

During each of the next few weeks, we will be serving the Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts on Wednesday night. This is an important lenten service which is very spiritually profitable.

Because the Divine Liturgy is a festal service of thanksgiving, it is inappropriate to serve it on weekdays of Great Lent, when the Holy Church directs us to focus entirely on repenting of our sins. But the grace of the Holy Mysteries is a powerful aid in our struggle against our sinful passions, so the Church has appointed this special service so that we might partake of the Holy Mysteries more often. In addition, the service has several beautiful and compunction-ate hymns that inspire in us a spirit of repentance and prayer. Whether or not you are able to prepare to receive the Holy Mysteries, please plan to attend as many of these services as possible.


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 in the 5th week of Lent (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.
  • Alexander (Yuliya Guzman's father)
  • 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 3/19 Commemoration of the Departed.        

  • 2:30PM Parish Council Meeting
  • 4PM Confession
  • 5PM Vigil

Sunday 3/20

  • 10AM  Divine Liturgy
  • 12:45PM Church School
  • 6PM at St. Barbara's in Ft. Worth. – Pan-Orthodox Vespers

Monday 3/21

  • 7:30PM Vespers for the Holy 40 Martrys of Sebaste

Wednesday 3/23

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

Friday 3/25

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

Saturday 3/26. Commemoration of the Departed.   

  • 4PM Confession
  • 5PM  Vigil

Sunday 3/27

 

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.

Archival copy: https://docs.google.com/View?id=d926dxr_110j8mj9sd5&pli=1
 


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Newsletter: Announcements, Gleanings-Almsgiving, Prayer Requests, Commemorations, Schedule, Fasting, Pledge Form 2011

Friday, November 19th, 2010

 

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, McKinney, Texas
Electronic Newsletter, November 8/21, 2010

Synaxis of Holy Archangel Michael and all the Heavenly Hosts

https://docs.google.com/View?id=d926dxr_87c975bxfz

Archangel Michael


Announcements

Father Seraphim and Matushka Marina are traveling to Chicago for the funeral of his mother, Patricia Holland, and willbe back in town Tuesday. Please pray for the repose of her soul (she was Roman Catholic) and for Father Seraphim and Matuskha Marina as they travel.

In Father's absence, we will have reader's services this weekend at 5PM on Saturday and 10AM on Sunday. Church School classes will not be held.

In addition, Sunday evening Vespers, sung by Chantus Maximus, will be held as planned, with Fr. Justin serving. We are the first stop on their "tour" of performances. All donations will go to the St. Maximus Orthodox Church Building Fund.

From Fr Seraphim: In my absence, I am depending on my flock to come to this service and offer hospitality to our guests. some are in the Nativity Fast (we are not, yet), therefore, all food should be fasting (with wine and oil allowed).


We are in the midst of our fall stewardship campaign. Please remember to fill out your pledge form (a copy is included at the end of this newsletter) and return it to Dn. Nicholas or place it in the donation box.

Gleanings from the Fathers – about Almsgiving

"I have need of one hundred grams of bread a day, and God blesses it. He blesses those hundred grams, but not one gram more. So if I take 110 grams, I have stolen 10 grams from the poor." St Cosmas Aitilos, a great martyr and preacher in Asia Minor


"If you change from inhumanity to almsgiving, you have stretched forth the hand that was withered. If you withdraw from theaters and go to church, you have cured the lame foot. If you draw back your eyes from a harlot … you have opened them when they were blind … These are the greatest miracles." St. John Chrysostom


One day, the all-wise (John the Almsgiver, patriarch of Alexandria, 610-619) heard of a generous giver and so he sent for him privately and said jokingly, "How is it that you became so generous? Was it natural to you, or did you put constraint upon yourself?" Some to whom he put this same question stood shamefacedly before him and would not answer, whilst others would tell him their story.

One man whom the Saint questioned answered as follows: "As a fact, master, I neither give anything nor do any good; but the little I do give and do from that which comes to me through Christ and your prayers I came to do in this way.

Formerly I was very hardhearted and unsympathetic and one day I lost money and was reduced to poverty. Then my reason began to say to me: "Truly, if you had been charitable, God would not have forsaken you."

And thereupon I decided to give five coppers [pholleis] a day to the poor. But when I started giving them Satan immediately checked me by saying: "Those coppers would really have been enough to buy a bath-ticket or vegetables for your family." Then I felt at once as if I were taking the money out of my children's mouth and so I gave nothing."

"But I noticed I was being mastered by this vice, so said to my slave: "I want you to steal five coppers daily without my noticing it, and give them in charity." For I am a moneychanger, master."

 

"My slave, worthy fellow, began by stealing ten coppers, and occasionally even a shilling [keratin]. As he noticed that we were being blessed, he began to steal gold crowns, [trimisia] too, and give them away. One day I was expressing my astonishment at God's blessings to us, I said to him: "Those five coppers, boy, have greatly benefited us. So now I want you to give ten." At that the slave said to me with a smile: "Yes, be thankful for my thefts, since but for them we should not even have bread to eat today. However if there can be a just thief, I am he!" And then he told me that he had given shillings and even crowns. So it was through his faith, master, that I grew accustomed to giving with all my heart."

 

The holy Patriarch was much edified by this story and said: "Truly I have read many stories in the lives of the fathers, but I have never heard anything like this !" Leontius, Life of John the Almsgiver, 38


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.

  • Priest Seraphim and Marina Holland (traveling)
  • Kateryna (Kayla) Bayda.
  • Yuliya Guzman
  • 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:

  • Nikolay (Natalia Quillin's Father)
  • Patricia Holland (not Orthodox)

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

Commemorations


Many years today to Michael Daum


Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week

Saturday, 11/20/10.

  • Vigil, 5pm.

Sunday, 11/21/10.

  • Hours and Typica, 10am.
  • Vespers sung by Chantus Maximus Men's Choir, 7pm

Wednesday, 11/24/10

  • Vespers, 7:30pm
Thursday, 11/25/10
  • Divine Liturgy, 9am.
  • Did you know that the Divine Liturgy is preeminently a service of Thanksgiving?
  • "Eucharist" means 'Thanksgiving".
Saturday, 11/27/10.

  • Confessions, 4:30pm.
  • Vigil, 5pm.

Sunday, 11/28/10.

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

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.


Fasting in the Coming week

Wednesday and Friday of this week are fast days as usual. Please note: this is the last week before the beginning of the Nativity Fast!


Pledge Form 2011 

Name: ______________________________________________

 

We would like to pledge the following amount toward St. Nicholas' general operating expenses for 2011:

 

Amount: _____________         weekly         monthly             (circle one)


                                                            fixed          estimate             (circle one)

 

(If monthly) We will usually pay our pledge on or about the ____________ Sunday of each month.

 

Please return this form to the treasurer, Dn. Nicholas, or place in the donation box at church.

 

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Parish Newsletter Nov 1/14 2010. Chantus Maximus, Pledge Drive, My Mother and more.

Friday, November 12th, 2010

 

(Permanent link at: https://docs.google.com/View?id=d926dxr_85g3p7dbc8)

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church
McKinney, Texas
Electronic Newsletter, November 14, 2010 ns


Announcements

On Sunday November 21st, the Chantus Maximus Men's Choir will visit our parish to sing Vespers at 7pm.

Chantus Maximus was formed at St. Maximus the Confessor Orthodox Church in Denton, Texas, in October 2009. The group explores the traditional male choir music of the Russian Church, as well as its Byzantine counterpart. A large of the group's repertoire is made up of Znamenny and Byzantine chant, as well as 4-part choral music. The group has sung for several services at St. Maximus, including services for Holy Week, Pascha, and parts of the Hierarchical Liturgy.

Currently, Chantus Maximus is performing a small tour of the DFW Metroplex during (or near to, for those who follow the traditional calendar, as in our case) the Nativity Fast, in effort to raise money for the St. Maximus Building Fund.

In addition to singing at several church services during this tour, the group will also be presenting concerts of traditional Orthodox hymns for the feast of the Nativity.

We will host"Chantus Maximus" and the faithful with a small meal after Vespers. In deference to the fast which for those who follow the New Calendar has already begun (our fast will not have begun yet), we will serve fasting food (with wine and oil allowed).

We will also have a collection basket for those who wish to contribute to the building Fund of St Maximus. We have been blessed by God to build a new temple, even though we did not have all the funds, and have benefited greatly from alms given in the DFW area from our brothers and sisters. Currently, at least three other churches are either building or planning to build. Our sympathies and prayers are with them. Building a new temple has been the hardest and the most important thing we have accomplished in our short history.


We are in the midst of our fall stewardship campaign. Please remember to fill out your pledge form (a copy is included at the end of this newsletter) and return it to Dn. Nicholas or place it in the donation box.

From Fr Seraphim: I repeat my earnest pastoral desire for my entire flock: that everyone pledges something. I am not concerned about the amount, but I am concerned with the commitment. Listen to the Apostle Paul; he is saying the same thing I am teaching you:

"For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not." (2Corinthians 8:12)


A Note from Fr Seraphim

My mother is sick and may repose soon (before the end of the year). Her name is Patricia.   She is a lifelong Roman Catholic. Marina and I are going to see her for what probably will be the last time in this life over the Thanksgiving Holiday. All the children (my brother and sister) will also be there. Because of my travel schedule, our usual services during the week of Thanksgiving will be compressed into Sunday evening and Monday morning and evening.

This coming week is a normal schedule.

The week after that is Thanksgiving week, and there will be no services (as we usually have) on Wednesday or Thursday (Thanksgiving), but I will be back in time for all weekend services. See the schedule below, or our online calendar.

I would be grateful if you prayed for my mother, Patricia.

Priest Seraphim


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:

  • On Sunday, November 11th, Michael Daum celebrates his name day. 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.

  • Yuliya Guzman
  • Kateryna (Kayla) Bayda.
  • David and Elizabeth Ash.
  • Priests Jean and Grégoire and all the faithful and suffering of Haiti
  • Not Orthodox:Patricia

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, 11/13/10.

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

Sunday, 11/14/10.

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

Monday, 11/15/10.

  • Molieben, 7:00pm.

Wednesday, 11/17/10.

  • Vespers, 7:30pm.
Thursday, 11/18/10
  • Liturgy, 9am.
Saturday, 11/20/10.

  • Pannykhida for Metropolitan Philaret, 4pm
  • Confessions, 4:30pm.
  • Vigil, 5pm.

Sunday, 11/21/10.

  • Divine Liturgy, 10am.
  • Church School (elementary and adult), 12:45pm
  • Vespers (or St Nektarios) sung by Chantus Maximus Men's Choir, 7pm

Monday, 11/22/10.

  • Divine Liturgy, 9am.
  • Moleben (probably the paraklesis to St Nektarios) 7 PM

Tue-Fri

  • No services, because Fr Seraphim will be out of town.
Sat Nov 27

  • All services again as usual.
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.



Fasting in the Coming week:

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


Pledge Form 2011

 

Name: ______________________________________________

 

We would like to pledge the following amount toward St. Nicholas' general operating expenses for 2011:

 

Amount: _____________         weekly         monthly             (circle one)


                                                            fixed          estimate             (circle one)

 

(If monthly) We will usually pay our pledge on or about the ____________ Sunday of each month.

 

Please return this form to the treasurer, Dn. Nicholas,

or place in the donation box at church.

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Kursk Root Icon visit Friday Oct 29 – Story of the Icon

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Kursk Root Icon without cover.

The Holy Kursk Root icon will be in or parish THIS FRIDAY, OCT 29

Schedule:

8AM Divine Liturgy, followed by home visits

7:30 PM, Moleben with akathist, concelebrated by many local clergy. Many will be seeing our new temple for the first time. We will be privileged to offer everyone hospitality in the hall afterwards, and give as many as possible an opportunity to be alone and pray before the icon.


 

Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God, Protectress of the Russian Diaspora


Kursk Root Icon with cover.  

On 8 September, 1295, on the day of the Nativity of the Most-Holy Mother of God, a small force of hunters from Rylsk came to hunt at the Tuskora river, 27 versts from Kursk. One of the hunters, an honorable and pious man, seeking prey in the woods, found a small icon lying face down on the root of a tree. He had barely lifted it to inspect it when the spot upon which the icon lay burst out with a strong spring of pure water.

The icon turned out to be of the type referred to as the "Sign" of the Mother of God. The hunter who found the icon knew that this was no ordinary occurrence. He called his companions and together they built a small wooden chapel, into which they placed this icon. The residents of Rylsk, hearing of the newly-appeared icon of the Mother of God, began to visit it for veneration, and many miracles began to appear from it.


In 1385 the Kursk region was again swept by the Tatars. They tried to burn down the chapel and its Icon, but the wooden structure would not burn. The priest who lived by the chapel, Fr. Bogolep, explained to them that the reason for this miracle was the Icon itself. The incensed Tatars hacked the Icon in half and tossed the pieces in different directions, then burned the chapel.


They took the priest prisoner and was forced to tend to Tatar flocks. Some time later he was ransomed by emissaries of the Muscovite Grand Duke who were on their way to the Golden Horde, and he returned to the place where the chapel had stood. After a long search, while praying and fasting, he found both halves of the holy Icon, placed them side by side, and they grew together seamlessly, exhibiting only something "like dew".


In 1676 the holy Icon traveled to the Don River for blessing the Don Cossack troops. In 1684 Tsars Ivan and Petr Alekseevich sent a copy of this Icon with the order that it accompany Orthodox troops into battle. In 1687 the holy Icon was sent to the "Great Army." In 1689 copies of the holy Icon were given to the armies in the Crimean campaign. In 1812 a copy of the holy Icon was sent to Prince Kutuzov and the battling troops. Before his icon St. Seraphim of Sarov prayed and was healed.


On the night of 7-8 March, 1898, conspirator revolutionaries-atheists tried to blow up the Miracle-working Icon with a hellish bomb, but the Lord Jesus Christ glorified His Most-Pure Mother yet more, for despite the terrifying destruction in the cathedral surrounding the Icon, it remained untouched.


On 12 April 1918, the holy Icon was stolen from the cathedral of the Monastery of the Sign of the Mother of God and stripped of its ornamentation, but on 2 May it was found and returned to its place.


Finally, in 1919, while accompanying Bishop Feofan of Kursk and Oboyan’ and some monks of the Monastery of the Sign, the holy Icon crossed the border to the neighborly Serbia. In 1920 it again, at the behest of General Wrangel, visited Russia at the Crimea and remained there until the final evacuation of the Russian Army in the first days of November, 1920. The holy Icon returned to Serbia, where it remained until 1944, when, together with the Synod of Bishops, it went abroad, to Munich (Bavaria) with Metropolitan Anastassy. In 1951 Metropolitan Anastassy moved from Munich to America. Since 1957 the Icon had resided in the main cathedral dedicated to it in the Synod of Bishops in New York. The holy Icon regularly travels to all the dioceses of the Russian diaspora

http://www.synod.com/english/pages/firsttier/iconsplaces.html


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Newsletter 2010-10-24 – with Kursk Root Icon Visit information.

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

http://docs.google.com/View?id=d926dxr_82q9szvgdp

 

 

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church
McKinney, Texas
Electronic Newsletter, October 24, 2010 ns


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

The Holy Kursk Root icon of the Theotokos will be visiting our parish on this Friday, October 29th.


Our schedule of services at the church on Friday, Oct 29 is as follows:
 

  • 8 AM Divine Liturgy, in the presence of the Kursk Root Icon.
  • Home visits throughout the day
  • 7:30 PM Moleben with akathist, in the presence of the Kursk Root Icon

Our church is in McKinney, TX:  708 S Chestnut, McKinney, TX 75069-6503

Directions:

  • Take US-75 North to McKinney
  • Nearing McKinney, follow signs for TX-5 North
  • After passing El Dorado St., you will soon see a large “Pawn Shop” sign on your left. Keep straight.
  • Just after this sign, turn left at Christian Street.
  • The Church is ahead on your right.


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.

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Commemorations from the past week and the coming weeks:

  • Monday, October 25th: Anniversery of the repose of Reader John Wilder, a founding member of our parish. Memory Eternal!

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.

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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 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


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Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week

Saturday, 10/23/10.

  • Confessions, 4pm.
  • Vigil, 5pm.

Sunday, 10/24/10.

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

Monday, 10/25/10.

  • Molieben, 7:00pm.

Wednesday, 10/27/10.

  • Vespers, 7:30pm.
Friday, 10/29/10
  • Liturgy, 8am, in the presence of the Kursk Root Icon
  • Moleben with Akathist, in the presence of the Kursk Root Icon, 7:30pm
Saturday, 10/30/10.

  • Confessions, 4pm.
  • Vigil, 5pm.

Sunday, 10/31/10.

  • 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.

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Fasting in the Coming week:

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

 

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Parish Newsletter 2010-06-06 2nd Sunday After Pentecost

Friday, June 4th, 2010

At: http://docs.google.com/View?id=d926dxr_26ct6kqwnw

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A worker takes the trouble to get hold of the instruments that he requires. He does so not simply to have them and not use them. Nor is there any profit for him in merely possessing the instruments. What he wants is, with their help, to produce the crafted objective for which these are the efficient means.
 

In the same way, fasting, vigils, scriptural meditation, nakedness and total deprivation do not constitute perfection but are the means to perfection. They are not in themselves the end point of a discipline, but an end is attained to through them. St. John Cassian, Conference One

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Commemorations from the past week and the coming week:

  • Thursday, June 3rd: Jelena Tehlirian, Elena Opancina, Olena Dudar, Elena Witte, Constantine Witte and Helen Parker celebrate their name day. Many years!
  • Sunday, June 13th: Dmitry Smith celebrates his name day. 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.

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Prayer Requests

For the Health and Salvation.

  • Priests Jean and Grégoire and all the faithful and suffering of Haiti
  • Elizabeth Ash

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

  • Bishop Daniel of Erie. Fortieth Day: 6/4 ns.
  • Dr John Johnstone. 6/4 ns."Herr Doctor" was a dear friend of Fr Seraphim and family in St Louis. He was about 90. 

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


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Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week
(Currently, all services will be in Dallas unless otherwise noted):

Saturday, 6/5/10

  • Confessions, 4pm.
  • Vigil, 5pm.

Sunday, 6/6/10. All Saints of Russia.

  • Divine Liturgy, 10am.
Tuesday, 6/8/10

  • NO Vespers. (We will be at the Planning and Zoning Committee Meeting.)

Wednesday, 6/9/10.

  • NO Divine Liturgy
  • Vespers, 7pm in McKinney.

Thursday, 6/10/10.

  • Divine Liturgy, 9am.
  • Molieben, 7pm in McKinney.
Saturday, 6/12/10

  • Confessions, 4pm.
  • Vigil, 5pm.

Sunday, 6/13/10. New Martyrs of the Turkish Yoke.

  • Divine Liturgy, 10am.

Directions to our McKinney location can be found here:

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.

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Fasting in the Coming week:

The apostles' fast continues until the feast of the Apostles Peter and Paul on Monday, July 12th. During this fast, we fast from meat, fish, dairy, eggs, wine and oil, with the following exeptions:

  • Fish, wine and oil are allowed on Saturday and Sunday
  • Wine and oil are allowed on Tuesday and Thursday

There are also particular relaxations in honor of certain saints. This week,

  • Fish is allowed on Monday in honor of St. John the Baptist
 
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Electronic Sunday Bulletin

The electronic bulletin, prepared by Holy Cross Australian Orthodox Mission (NSW), contains readings for Sunday's Liturgy, Saints of the Day for Sunday and the coming week, and other edifying reading for the week.

 Requires Adobe Acrobat reader (which is free to download)
http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html
 

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