Archive for October, 2010

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

Thursday, October 7th, 2010
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church
McKinney, Texas
Newsletter, Sep 27/ Oct 10, 2010

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


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

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

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

Our new facility brings with it many new maintenance and upkeep tasks. Matushka Marina and Reader David Hawthorne need volunteers to help get all the work done.If you can give a few hours of our time to help care for God's house, please contact Matushka Marina, Reader David or Deacon Nicholas and we'll tell you how you can help.

We have a list of things our parish needs. If you or somebody you know wish to supply one of these items, please contact us.

Commemorations from the past week and the coming weeks:

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


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

Prayer Requests

For the Health and Salvation.

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

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

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

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

Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week

Saturday, 10/9/10.

  • Confessions, 4pm.
  • Vigil, 5pm.

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

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

Monday, 10/11/10.

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

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

Sunday, 10/17/10.

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

Our ongoing calendar of services through is posted here:

Our "Redeeming the Time" blog usually has at least several posts a week –

Fasting in the Coming week:

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

Visitor’s Sunday this Sunday Oct 10, 2010

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Visitor's Sunday flyer (Oct 10, 2010)


Two Identical Definitions of Christianity. What is the way of the Cross? Important questions we must answer. Audio Homily 2010

Monday, October 4th, 2010


Synopsis: The Epistle and Gospel for the Sunday after the Exaltation of the Cross both contain identical 'definitions' of Christianity. They both involve the cross, which is an instrument of death and of life. All Christians must voluntaily be crucified with Christ, and tak up their cross. This is explained by our Lord's instruction that we must 'lose' our life to save it, and His uestions: For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? We must understand this if we are to truly live the Christian life and know Christ.

More homilies on the Exaltation of the Holy Cross are HERE

Galatians 2:16-20 16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. 17 But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid. 18 For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. 19 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God. 20 I am crucified with Christ: neverthless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Mark 8:34-9:1 34 And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it. 36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? 37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? 38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels. 1 And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power.

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To Pray For Someone More Diligently. Prayer Of St Silouan Of Mount Athos For All People. Audio talk and prayer texts.

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010


This is another in our short after liturgy catechetical talks. We discuss 2 prayers that everyone should have for their personal prayer rule. The prayer of St Silouan is especially important. St Silouan prayed for all the people of the world. This is a sure sign of love. We must cultivate habits that build this kind of love. The audio explains a little about these prayers and quotes them. The word document contains these two prayers. It can be printed and cut into quarters to have 4 sheets with both prayers.

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To pray for someone more diligently


Save, O Lord, and have mercy on Thy servant(s) ________, [bow]


Deliver him (her, them) from every tribulation, wrath and need [bow],


From every sickness of soul and body, [bow]


Forgive him (her, them) every transgression, voluntary and involuntary, [bow]


And do whatever is profitable for our souls. [bow].




Prayer of St Silouan of Mount Athos


I pray Thee, O merciful Lord, for all the peoples of the world, that they may come to know Thee by the Holy Spirit.



1st prayer from the “Old Believer” prayer book. 2nd from Archimandrite Zacharias, “The Enlargement of the Heart”



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