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

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, McKinney, Texas

Electronic Newsletter

May 22 / June 5

Sunday of the Holy Fathers

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.


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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