St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, McKinney, Texas

St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, McKinney (Dallas area) Texas
708 S Chestnut, McKinney, TX 75069-6503 Phone: 972 658-5433 email:seraphim@orthodox.net

Announcements for the 18th   Sunday after Pentecost, 2021

Oct 11/24 2021 ns, Apostle Philip, of the Seven Deacons

Updated: 11/2/2021 12:30:00 PM

http://www.orthodox.net/txt/front-page-info.doc

Services and events this week – Oct 18-24 2021. 1

A big THANK YOU to our brotherhood. 2

A big THANK YOU to our sisterhood. 3

Fall Festival 3

COVID. 3

Important safety directions after church: 3

Saving Orthodox Piety. 3

Home-School coop! 4

Mitey Mites. 4

COVID. 4

For New or Prospective members. 4

Home-School coop -every Wednesday! 5

Expanded Confession hours on Saturday. 5

Trapeza. 6

Saving Orthodox Piety. 6

Links to get involved. 7

Will you join our ministry?. 7

Mitey Mites. 8

Miscellany. 8

Recent articles. 8

 

Services and events this week – Oct 18-24 2021

***NOTE! Sunday Liturgy is permanently set to an earlier time! ***

Date/Time                  Service

Sun/4pm                     Fall Party at the Hall

Mon/7pm                   Vespers

Mon/7:30pm              Akathist to the Theotokos

Tue/6am                     Divine Liturgy is cancelled

Tue/6pm                     Paraclesis to St Nikiforos

Wed/9am                   Liturgy and home-school coop

Wed/6pm                   Moleben to St. Panteleimon

Wed/7pm                   Vespers

Thu/8:30am                Liturgy

Fri/7pm                       AT ST Nicholas, Vespers, followed by Panikhida, the eve of Demetrios Saturday

Fri/7pm                       IN MARSHALL, TX, Fr Seraphim will serve Compline

Sat/9AM                      AT ST NICHOLAS, Divine Liturgy for the reposed, on Demetrios Saturday

Sat/7am                      IN MARSHALL, TX Fr Seraphim will serve liturgy

Sat/1-5pm                   Confession by sign-up

Sat/5-8pm                   Vigil

Sun/8:30am                Confession by sign-up

Sun/9am                     Hours

Sun/9:20 AM               Liturgy

Sun/12:30pm              Sunday School for ages 6-99

A big THANK YOU to our brotherhood

for the successful conclusion of a long and intense mowing season, and for all of their other hard work! If you would like to join the brotherhood -- for fellowship and service -- please see Rdr. Sergius or one of the priests.

 

The Brotherhood outdid themselves yesterday! They installed a utility shed, mowed and did extensive yardwork, and broke up and disposed of some large concrete pieces that were an eyesore in front of the hall. AXIOS!

 

A big THANK YOU to our sisterhood

for their significant weekly efforts to re-establish our Sunday Trapeza tradition, so that we can all eat together and enjoy fellowship before Sunday School. Every Sunday we have lunch immediately after liturgy and we invite you to come and join us. Everything is free! If you wish to join the sisterhood to help with this or other initiatives, please see Matushka Marina or one of the priests.

Fall Festival

Our parish hosted a Fall Festival, Sunday, October 31st at the parish hall at 4:00 pm.

This is an alternative to the world’s celebrations today, allowing the children to have fun together, dress up and have candy without participating in the questionable elements of the day. Many children total little bit about the lives of their patron or the saint they chose, and there was plenty of candy for everyone, and find time was had by all. Father Seraphim read two books to the children, and loved it. We should definitely read to our children as often as possible.

COVID

The parish has resources for contacting doctors to treat covid, and pharmacies who will provide some important medicines used for covid infections.  Contact Fr Nicholas or Fr Seraphim.

If you need help finding supplements and health recommendations to help prevent COVID or relieve symptoms, please ask.

 

Important safety directions after church:

Parents, please SUPERVISE your children. Accompany them to the hall and to their classes.

At the hall, children should play INSIDE the fences behind the building, not in the front or all over the property.

Saving Orthodox Piety

Please remember that it is not sufficient to just come to Sunday Liturgy! If you wish to find salvation, you must be pursuing a conscious Orthodox Life, centered around prayer and fulfillment of God's commandments. You must be fighting the passions of your soul and body with the aid of frequent confession, and communion as often as your confessor advises.

If you wish to receive communion regularly (you should!), you must confess every 2-3 weeks, fast and pray as recommended by your confessor, attend the evening services before communion, say the appointed preparation prayers and fast from midnight, and be on time for the Liturgy.

 

Home-School coop!  

Every Wednesday, after liturgy. We are starting small, but with God’s help, and the active participation of our parish family, we will expand and eventually have an alternative or public school. Both Fr Seraphim and Fr Nicholas adamantly believe that if it is at all possible, the family should not have their children educated in public school. It is going to take some work to get there!

 

 

Mitey Mites.

Parishioner in need.  

 

Many years! Eternal memory!

 

End of this week's announcements.

COVID

 

The parish has resources for contacting doctors to treat covid, and pharmacies who will provide some important medicines used for covid infections.  Contact Fr Nicholas or Fr Seraphim.  If you need help finding supplements and health recommendations to help prevent COVID or relieve symptoms, please ask.

For New or Prospective members

We have a lot of new members.  Welcome! If any of you would like information on how to get involved in our sisterhood or brotherhood, or any other needs, please see Reader Sergius (or most of the men) or MMarina (or  most of the women).  There are lots of ways to get to know people, and to be involved. If you are on the web, contact father Seraphim (972 658-5433 seraphim@orthodox.net) and he will put you in contact with anybody you need to know

Home-School coop -every Wednesday!  

Every Wednesday, after liturgy (except 10/27 – Fr Seraphim will be out of town) are starting a small, but with God’s help, and the active participation of our parish family, we will expand and eventually have an alternative or public school. Both Fr Seraphim and Fr Nicholas adamantly believe that if it is at all possible, the family should not have their children educated in public school. He is going to take some work to get there!

Expanded Confession hours on Saturday.

(Published 2021-10-20)

Because we need more time for confessions, I am adding an hour to my confession schedule on Saturday. It is in the signup.com link (https://signup.com/go/GmQhOMA). I will start at 1 o’clock now.

 

From now on I will have confession from 1:00 PM till 4:30 PM.  I will make every effort to come at noon, by appointment.

 

Please note that I am present and ready to hear confessions whether or not people come. I spend the time either saying my rule for communion, or saying the Jesus prayer, preparing my sermon, or doing some web work or reading.

 

There is no reason why you couldn’t do something similar. Confession slots are 15 minutes, and not everyone takes 15 minutes, and some people perhaps might take a little bit longer, but there is generally extra time available. It’s not easy to know when, but if you came to church to say your communion rule, pray for others, read the lives of the saints, or do some other reading, or even work on your notepad, you would be there when there is extra space.

 

We need to work together to have everyone confess at least every 2 to 3 weeks. It’s not always possible to have things be convenient. As a priest, I do not try to make things convenient for me. I think everyone should have that attitude. If you’re able to come around 1 o’clock and wait for a spot, then may God bless you. God will reward you for your prayer during that time in your reading and your patience.

 

I am often able to make appointments for confession before 1 o’clock. If you need a little extra time or more privacy, you can always ask me. Many times, I can come earlier. I can also hear confessions, preferably by appointment, before some evening services, such as Wednesday or after evening services.

 

If there are people who would regularly schedule confession on Monday evening, I can plan to come on Mondays when father Nicholas is serving in hear confessions during that time.

 

At this time, unless wild horses start dragging me somewhere, I do not plan to allow, as a rule, confessions during the vigil. Your priests are Christians and also sinners who need to pray just as much as you do. We try to pray during the vigil, and it’s essential for us. Everyone in a parish should want (and help) their priests to be prayerful during the vigil so that they can be prayerful during the Divine liturgy. It is very difficult and sometimes impossible to be prayerful during the vigil if we are constantly being called away to hear confessions. I understand that this is a tradition in some parishes, but it’s a tradition of convenience and certainly not to enhance pridefulness or compunction in anyone!

 

May God bless you and help you in all things. Priest Seraphim

 

Trapeza!

We will eat something together after every Sunday liturgy.

Every Sunday, the sisterhood and/or Brotherhood will provide a full lunch, free to all. Ladies who wish to join the sisterhood, please talk to Matushka Marina (mmarinaholland@yahoo.com)

Any member of the sisterhood may access our sisterhood Monthly Trapeza sign-up, and enter what they are bringing for the monthly meal. (You will need a password to access this page. Please contact Fr Nicholas, or Fr Seraphim (seraphim@orthodox.net) , or any member of the sisterhood for this password):

Sisterhood Signup:

Anyone (1 person only) may SIGN UP to bring snacks for a particular Sunday here.

                https://signup.com/go/GmQhOMA  

We will also have a donation box available at the meal if you wish to donate toward the cost of snacks or supplies.

Saving Orthodox Piety

Please remember that it is not sufficient to just come to Sunday Liturgy! If you wish to find salvation, you must be pursuing a conscious Orthodox Life, centered around prayer and fulfillment of God's commandments. You must be fighting the passions of your soul and body with the aid of frequent confession, and communion as often as your confessor advises.

If you wish to receive communion regularly (you should!), you must confess every 2-3 weeks, fast and pray as recommended by your confessor, attend the evening services before communion, say the appointed preparation prayers and fast from midnight, and be on time for the Liturgy.

 

 

Links to get involved

Will you join our ministry?

We really mean that. It’s not just words. To donate to our building fund, and send us the names of your loved ones in your nuclear family, we will pray for them forever, at every liturgy. If you want we can keep you informed about things happening in our little country church in McKinney Texas. Just let us know your email address and your desire to be kept informed.

You can donate via PayPal, at: Donate to St Nicholas Orthodox Church

 

We are happy to accept checks which are even better because there’s no processing fee taken out. Mail to St Nicholas Orthodox Church, 708 S Chestnut, McKinney, TX 75069

 

Please, with your donation however you make it, send us the names of your nuclear family and who is Orthodox and who is not. Also, send us the names of your loved ones that have reposed. We will pray for them as long as the walls of our church are standing, in perpetuity.

Mitey Mites.

Haiti Mission. Parishioner in great need.  You can donate via PayPal, until next Sunday.

Miscellany

Our Sisterhood helps with many things around the church, from cleaning to our weekly Trapeza. If you would like to join, please speak to Matushka Marina.

Our brotherhood helps with work around the property and meets for fellowship. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Rdr. Sergius Burns.

If you do not receive phone texts regarding updates, please send a text or email to Fr Seraphim or Fr Nicholas, stating your phone number, and we will add you to the distribution list.

 

Recent articles

Parable of the Sower. How to develop "ears to hear."

http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/luke-04_2021+parable-of-the-sower+how-to-develop-ears-to-hear.mp3

 

After giving the parable of the sower, our Lord Jesus Christ exclaims: “he who has ears to hear, let him hear.” How do we develop ears to hear, or to put it the question another way, how do we develop a good heart? The Gospels and one of the epistles read today explain how.  Luke 8:5-15,  Luke 10:16-21,  2 Corinthians 12:53:56 – 450 how do we start to develop “good ground, and “honest and good heart”.

 

4:50 - 6:53 All it takes to make a theif is an opportunity – UNLESS we have an honest and good heart. A Story.

6:53 - 8:21 We cannot live the life we are commanded to live unless we do the easy stuff, and then God will come into our heart.

8:21 - 9:51 What is the *beginning* we must make for God to come into our heart and make it good?

10:35 - 10:54 Why are some losing their faith during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

10:54 - 11:31 Important! Detailed instructions for how to live in the heart!

11:26 - 12:20 What can you do if you are irritable, irascible?

12:06 - 13:02 How much of our salvation depends on God and how much on our effort? An example from raising children.

13:02 - 15:36 “Thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.” What does it mean to be a “babe” regarding evil? And how do we learn to do this?

16:56 – 18:03 “I will not glory, except in mine infirmities.” What does this mean?

  

Very few Spiritually profitable experiences are pristine!

YouTube: https://youtu.be/4VTHWjPr8c8

 

Reflections after going to the beach to pray before first light and sunrise. Sometimes you don’t experience what you expect but you always experience what you need! 2021-10-26

 

Running at the beach and life lessons.

YouTube:https://youtu.be/j_k8rDUDorg  

 

Some reflections after running the beach at North Padre Island. Everything is a metaphor, remember. Running at the beach, in the surf can teach you a lot of things about Christianity if you are willing to listen. Never quit. Do what you can do. Be satisfied with what you but always desire to do more. 2021-10-25

 

Without a hidden life, there is *no* life.

2021-10-29, At  North Padre Island, Texas, at Sunrise.

 

YouTube: https://youtu.be/IY8Jia8I3hs

 Text: http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/misc_2021-10-29+a-hidden-life.doc

 

Some thoughts while watching the sunrise, at North Padre Island beach, and after watching the movie: "A Hidden Life", and chewing on the quote at the end of the movie, which perfectly describes the courageous hidden life of all true Christians and also describes our disordered times of secular fear and compliance with uncanny accuracy. How are we to build this hidden life? If we fail to do so, we are dead, even as we appear outwardly to be alive. 2021-10-29

 

"For the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.” ― George Eliot, Middlemarch "

 

Sunrises and Prison Ministry. N Padre Island, 2021-10-30

Youtube: https://youtu.be/S3HYOqLDZD4  

Text: http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/misc_2021-10-30+sunrises-and-prison-ministry.doc

On my last day, praying before the sunrise again, and thinking about how waiting for the sunrise is a lot like prison ministry. And I describe why I have this idea, and about St Joseph the All-Comely Prison Ministry, which has seen many *slow* sunrises in its time.

Our webpage: https://stjosephtheallcomely.life/

 

The Golden rule and loving without agenda.

http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/pen-sun-17_2021+love-without-agenda+the-golden-rule.mp3

 

Everyone knows about the so-called “Golden rule”, but very few understand what it really means, and why it is a rule. We talk about this, and how the complete fulfillment of the Golden Rule is the greatest miracle that a Christian can ever witness. 2021-10-17

 

0:00 - 2:28 St Paul the Simple

2:28 – 3:20 What the Golden rule IS NOT.

3:20 – 5:12 External vs internal laws, the purpose of our life, and a working definition of salvation

5:12 – 7:13 The Greatest News you will hear today (or any day)

7:13 – 10:21  The *Reason* for the Golden Rule, and love without agenda, and the way to live a victorious life.

10:21 11:47 A Practical Application of the Golden Rule.

11:33 11:47 How do we know we are children of God?

11:33 – 15:46 What does this mean? “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing;” 2 Corinthians 6:17

11:33 15:46 The Goal of the Spiritual life and the Golden Rule

15:54 16:12 What to do (and not do)  Immediately when you wake up in the morning.

16:12 16:38 Why do prostrations. Can I substitute something else if prostrations are hard?

17:02 17:53 How to get rid of all your troubles.

 

Purpose and will and choices and sowing and reaping, fear and anxiety and suffering and weeping.

 

http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/pen-sun-18_2021+purpose-will-choices-sowing-reaping+fear-weeping.mp3

YouTube: https://youtu.be/PicMcpP4eJE

 

He who sows bountifully, reaps bountifully; he who sows sparingly, reaps sparingly. We are to sow a good and honest heart, and God will drive out all our anxiety.

0:37:- 3:12 -   This is the same sermon that I always preach! The only sermon I know.

3:12 –  4:33  and 7:26-7:47 What should we be “sowing”?

4:33 – 7:26 what should we expect to be “reaping”?

7:56  - 11:39  “As every man purposeth in his heart, so let him give…” What DOES THIS MEAN?

11:34 - 20:18 – A new parable for our time, how to obtain salvation during our times of fear and anxiety.

 

Catechism Session: How to become a catechumen, the Moslem God, confession, when a person makes you angry, providence, exegesis of Matthew chapter 4

 

http://www.orthodox.net/catechism/catechism_2021-10-03+becoming-a-catechuman-confession-providence-moslem-god-fasting-matthew-04.mp3  

 

Partial Contents.

0:00-1:01  The most important aspect of Orthodox Doctrine

1:05 The most important Scripture verse in the Bible

4:10 - 8:18 +Matthew, Holiness, the delusional thinking of the West, Why pray for the dead, What happens when we pray for a righteous person who has reposed?

8:22 - 19:41 becoming a catechumen

11:00 (approximately) Problems with the Moslem “God”

19:40 21:17 Should or can we pray for “plenty”?

21:17 32:32 About Confession

27:33 What to do if someone regularly makes you angry, abuses you, yells at you, etc, etc? And about Addiction and prostrations!

32:32 If God has providence over everything than how do we have free-will?

34:27 Adam and Eve, the only human beings who were totally free. And about free-will and two favorite stories that illustrate how free the soul can become in this life.

39:27 - 40:39 The Lives of the Saints (and understanding God’s providence and economy)

40:40 – end Matthew Chapter 4

1:07:30  1:10:40 Why do we just NOT Eat for fasting? Why do we abstain mainly from meat when we fast?

 

+Matthew, Holiness, The delusional thinking of the West, Why pray for the dead, What happens when we pray for a righteous person who has reposed?

http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/misc_2021+matthew-praying-for-the-righteous-western-delusions.mp3

From a Catechism session (http://www.orthodox.net/catechism/catechism_2021-10-03+becoming-a-catechuman-confession-providence-moselm-god-fasting-matthew-04.mp3

) . We talk about the recent repose of Matthew Kaznica, his personal holiness, the delusional thinking of the West, which thinks that a person who acts strangely or is not intelligent in the typical ways is not living a robust spiritual life, why we pray for the dead, and what happens when we pray for a righteous person who has reposed, and why I pray for the servant of God +Matthew. Memory Eternal!

 

What is the *Greatest* achievement of the Martyrs?

http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/pen-thu-16_2021+equal-to-the-apostles-thekla+best-achievement-of-martyrs.mp3

Video: https://youtu.be/niHxwemi5fk

 

This homily is a synthesis of the two Gospel selections we read in liturgy and some experiences of Fr Seraphim, when he venerated Holy Iviron icon of Hawaii which was present the past two days for the feast of our sister parish: “Holy Mother of God Orthodox Church”, in Georgetown Texas.  

We bring together many things including the greatest achievement (miracles) of the Mother of God when people venerate her holy icons, the terrible confusion of our day when people are terrible confused about where and Who Jesus Christ is, when we talk about the incredulity  of the Jewish ruling elite they heard Jesus preach in the synagogue: “And they said, Is not this Joseph's son?” No Christian should ask that question because they should know who Jesus is but we know only if we live according to the Spirit, and not according to secular life.

 This day is also the commemoration of the Holy Equal to the Apostles and Proto-martyr Thekla, and the reading for is a very common reading for women martyrs, about the 10 virgins. Only five achieve the greatest achievement the human being can have in this world, which is also the greatest of the martyrs. We talk about this achievement, how to be sure about how to live our life and not be confused.

In the midst of our discussion, we mention the medical and social confusion of our day regarding sickness, and unfortunately some will focus only on these words, but we cannot understand anything without achieving that which we are called to, and the person who has this great gift is not confused about anything in life.

 

0:00 – 3:43 The Greatest miracle when the Hawaii Iviron Icon of the Theotokos visits. (Also the value of obedience, anytime, any place)

3:43 – 4:54  The Greatest Achievement of the Martyrs

5:06-6:18  The meaning of “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me” (Luke 4:18), and a short exegesis regarding the Human nature of Jesus Christ.

 

The most pressing problem for everyone in the world, and how baptism and the cross solves it

http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/exaltation-02_2021+-cross-baptism+new-creature-seal-pledge-rule.mp3

 

On the Sunday before the Exaltation of the Cross, we read “John 3:16” – “For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life,.”, and explain what  famous verse really means, in the context of the seven newly baptized we received before liturgy today and how baptism in the cross are intimately related, and how becoming a new creature in baptism and acquiring the seal of the Holy Spirit and a mark upon us enables us to walk according to a new rule which is the only way of life.

 

Catechesis Session, 2021-09-20 Prostrations, Heresy, Asceticism, the Filioque, Most Important Duty of a Priest, Matthew chapter 3 exegesis, various questions and answers.

 

http://www.orthodox.net/catechism/catechesis_2021-09-19+filioque-prostrations-matthew-3.mp3

0:00       2:22       12 Prostrations for the world every day. Part 1/4

2:20       4:34       Concerning a recent GOA letter forbidding priests to issue exemption letters for those who object on religious grounds to taking the COVID-19 vaccine.

4:34       7:51       Concerning 2 new petitions required by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in America, and regarding heresy that cannot be defined as any particular thing, but is because of a spirit of secularism, which is the spirit of the anti-Christ.  Part ½

4:37       5:07       Text of the second petition, ordered to be inserted in “The Litany of Peace” of the Divine Liturgy and the other sacred services: “For our brethren, those who lead the fight against the coronavirus, the doctors, the medical workers and the scientists, let us pray to the Lord.”

6:04       07:51     At least learn this from our catechesis sessions!

07:51     8:42       12 Prostrations for the world every day, Part 2/4

08:42     10:43     Regarding the GOA petition at the Litany of Peace, part 2/2

10:43     11:19     12 Prostrations for the world every day, Part 3/4

12:03     14:31     Christianity is ascetical

14:31     14:59     12 Prostrations for the world every day, Part 3/4

14:59     22:36     The Filioque. What is it, and why is it a “big deal”?

22:36     24:05     How important is comprehensive theological knowledge? How to read the scriptures.

24:05     39:09     Matthew 3 Part 1/2

39:09     47:50     Stories about Martyrs

47:57     106:56   Matthew 3 part 2/2

50:04     52:20     Is a donkey clean or unclean? Why did Christ enter Jerusalem on a donkey?

51:16     52:20     OT dietary laws compared with statements about homosexuality.

1:06.56 1:10.15 Clerical “hats”and awards in general.

1:10.15 1:13.18 Meaning of lighting candles in church

1:13.18 1:14.44 Monastic levels.

1:14.44 1:15.09 What relics are in our antimension?

1:15.09 1:16.42 About demons and men before and after the last judgment

1:16.42 1:20.50 The first and primary duty of a priest

1:20.56                               1:21.15 Purpose of the liturgy.

 

Nativity of the Theotokos. Deliverance will always come quickly.

 

http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/theotokos_2021+nativity-of-the-theotokos+deliverance-will-always-come.mp3

YouTube: https://youtu.be/gFwprc9cG4s

The Nativity of the Theotokos is the first feast of the church year, and her Dormition is the last. We reflect on how these “bookends” can point to the beginning and the end of our salvation. The “beginning” of the gospel began with Jesus Christ but Jesus Christ the man began with the Theotokos, and the Theotokos was born in time, an obscure holy girl, and only 15 years later, the Lord Jesus Christ would be born in only a short time after that He would select His disciples, and preach and heal, and die on the cross and resurrect Himself, and ascend to heaven and send the Holy Spirit to us. And we see the end result of all this in the Dormition of the Theotokos when a mere dead human being, is brought to heaven, with a perfected body and soul. We also reflect on how the deliverance of God will not be denied. Everything will happen in the right time, and will not be slow according to God’s plan although sometimes we think deliverance is coming slowly. It is not coming slowly, and it is coming

 

 

What is the fear of God and how do we obtain (and keep) it?

http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/misc_2021+what-is-the-fear-of-god+how-do-we-get-it.mp3

 

At the beginning of one of our catechesis classes (http://www.orthodox.net/catechism/catechism_2021+fear-of-god-purpose-divine-liturgy+matthew1-2.mp3), we answer the question: “What is the fear of God”, and added words about how we can obtain and keep it. The photo is of me with the little Obowski, my grandson, who is no longer as little, and loved more and more every day. I made "axe-man" (another name for him) movies on various theological topics when he was a baby.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/wNI0iuK0zYM

 Audio:http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/misc_2021+what-is-the-fear-of-god+how-do-we-get-it.mp3

 

 

Beheading of the Baptist. A lesson about the way of life and death.

http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/saints-08-29_2021+beheading-of-john-the-baptist+way-of-life-or-of-death.mp3

YouTube: https://youtu.be/ygPVzO6gd1k  

On the day we celebrate the beheading of St. John the Baptist with a mixture of joy and sorrow and all we consider a day that is a day of death and life and way of life that is of life and way of life that is of death. Because of the times we are in when people are calling death life and life death, we make comments about the pandemic and mandates and how we are to live in such times if we want to follow the way of life.

 

Remembering the past, being in the present, pondering the future: The Vespers Ectenia “Let us complete our evening prayer…”

 

YouTube:https://youtu.be/9-nxIuuYP2s

 

http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/misc_2021+ectenia+let-us-complete-our-evening-prayer-to-the-lord.mp3 

 

Exegesis of last Vespers Ectenia which begins: “Let us complete our evening prayer unto the Lord.” These prayers are basically in the past, and the present and in eternity, all at once. The rest of the petitions that we talk about are:

Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and keep us, O God, by Thy grace.

That the whole evening may be perfect, holy, peaceful, and sinless, let us ask of the Lord.

An angel of peace, a faithful guide, a guardian of our souls and bodies, let us ask of the Lord.

Pardon and remission of our sins and offenses, let us ask the Lord.

Things good and profitable for our souls and bodies, and peace for the world, let us ask of the Lord.

That we may complete the remaining time of our life in peace and repentance let us ask of the Lord.  

 Christian ending to our life, painless, blameless, peaceful; and a good defense before the dread Judgment Seat of Christ, let us ask.

  

 

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Welcome to St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, McKinney Texas, 20 miles N of Dallas!

We are diverse community of Orthodox Christians from all parts of the globe. Some of us are emigres from Russia, Ukraine, Greece, Bulgaria and other Orthodox nations, while others are American converts to Orthodoxy. We have all found the "Pearl of great price" in the Holy Catholic and Apostolic Eastern Orthodox Christian Church, and we hope that this web page will give you (in English and some Russian) a taste of our beliefs, dogmas, doctrines and way of life.

The Divine Liturgy and other services are performed 100% in English, with some things added in Church Slavonic. We gladly welcome visitors and inquirers and always have a complimentary meal on Sunday to get acquainted.


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