Three videos from Pentecost. “O Heavenly King” sung in Znamenny chant, the
Pentecost troparion, the homily on Pentecost. You also get to see how our little
church was decorated and the most beautiful grandchild in the universe.
The giving of the Holy Spirit is the last big piece of our salvation. The Lord Jesus Christ became incarnate, taking on and changing our nature, teaching by word and example, and was crucified, buried and rose from the dead, enabling our flesh to defeat death. Then after 40 days He ascended, showing us that our human flesh could be with God in eternity. Then according to the promise, the Holy Spirit was given, without which our salvation would ot be possible. We look at the ministry of the Holy Sprit by explaining “O Heavenly King”, and the various names and symbols for the Holy Sprit. The “take home” message is that in order to have the Holy Spirit abide in us, since He is the Spirit of Truth, we must live according to the truth. This entails much more that only not telling a lie!
On this day of Pentecost, we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit, Who “will guide you into all truth”. (John 16:13) The following is a meditation on that bible verse, which is the most important piece of Scripture I have ever read, because it cause me to search for and find the church. I describe the road through “Campus Crusade for Christ”, which started me on the trip, and stayed behind while I pursued the whole truth and not a partial truth, and morphs into a discussion of Monasticism and morality. All these things fit together on Pentecost!
Also an explanation about “King Cosmos” in the Pentecost icon.
Tomorrow, we will celebrate the Vespers of Holy Pentecost, with the wonderful “prayers on bended knee”. The following excerpt from Reflections of a Humble Heart (pp. 93-4) is an excellent preparation for this service.
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… Continue reading Electronic Newsletter May 29 / June 12 Holy Pentecost
“Prayer and Its Practice” – July 17, 2011
Speaker, Igumen Gregory Zaiens
Presented by: St. Nicholas Orthodox Church of McKinney, TX
At the Bingham House, 800 S. Chestnut, McKinney, TX
5:00– 7:00 p.m. Russian Tea,
5:30 ~ 7:00 p.m. Igumen Gregory speaks on Prayer and Its Practice
$25 per person, $20 for each additional family member. Deadline:July 2, 2011
Join us at the very lovely Bingham House in McKinney to learn firsthand about prayer practice in the Orthodox Church from Igumen Gregory Zaiens, Archimandrite of St. Arsenius Hermitage.
Proceeds to help our Church build a covered deck since our hall is too small.
Childcare provided at our Church, directly across from the Bingham House, by the youth of St. Nicholas & St. Sava – donation appreciated
Book reservations at http://orthodox.net and pay with Paypal, or send your check, made out to St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, to: Dcn. Nicholas Park, Box 37, McKinney, TX 75070
Please include a note w/your name, number attending, and childcare needed
Questions: Call Elaine King @ 214- 556-9486
The Christology of the High Priestly Prayer of Jesus Christ (which He made just before His arrest on Holy Thursday) is explained, and then the moral application of this prayer which is as important as the dogma in it is discussed. Our Lord proves that He is equal to the Father, and gives us two instructions on what we must do to be saved. Both instructions are intimately related to His relationship with the Father, and consequently what our relationship should be with God and our neighbor.
7th Sunday of Pascha – Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council. Why do we commemorate the First Ecumenical Council & read the High Priestly prayer of Jesus between Ascension & Pentecost? John 17:1-13 John 17:1-13 2010 Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council, with Emperor Constantine (Arius, whose heresy was repudiated, is underneath… Continue reading 7th Sunday of Pascha – Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council Why do we commemorate the First Ecumenical Council and read the High Priestly Prayer of Jesus between Ascension and Pentecost?
Icons, Homilies and teaching, in Q&A form about the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council.
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;… Continue reading Electronic Newsletter May 22 / June 5 Sunday of the Holy Fathers