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...is to tend to the flock of our Lord Jesus Christ and to spread the Good News of Christ to those outside the flock. The mission is to be accomplished by:
- Living a full and liturgical and sacramental life
- Proclaiming the Orthodox Christian Faith to all people
- Providing effective charitable and social programs
- Establishing strong spiritual leadership and educational resources
To join the "Bell-ringer Team" please speak to Lisa Tereshko
Glory To Jesus Christ!
Welcome to "Ancient Faith Bible Study", a weekly commentary on the Wednesday Scripture Readings.
This Wedensday's scripture readings, Philippians 1:12-20 and Luke 12:8-12, share the theme of "boldly proclaiming Christ and His gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit while suffering persecution". Let us prayerfully meditate upon these sobering and humbling realities.
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Things coming up soon for which to watch and prepare…
...The Canon of St. Andrew to launch your Lent. (2/23, 24, 26)
...Hearing excerpts from “The Ladder of Divine Ascent” as part of our Wednesday fellowship following Presanctified Liturgy.
...Sunday “traveling” Lenten Vespers throughout the Fast. (Sunday, March 8 Vespers will be at St. George Church, Altoona.)
...Participating in the Monday night “Doctrine” series (begins 3/2).
Begin With the End in Mind
The Paschal Sermon of St. John Chrysostom
is read during Matins of Holy Pascha.
If any man be devout and love God, let him enjoy this fair and radiant triumphal feast. If any man be a wise servant, let him rejoicing enter into the joy of his Lord. If any have labored long in fasting, let him now receive his recompense. If any have wrought from the first hour, let him today receive his just reward. If any have come at the third hour, let him with thankfulness keep the feast. If any have arrived at the sixth hour, let him have no misgivings; because he shall in nowise be deprived thereof. If any have delayed until the ninth hour, let him draw near, fearing nothing. If any have tarried even until the eleventh hour, let him, also, be not alarmed at his tardiness; for the Lord, who is jealous of his honor, will accept the last even as the first; he gives rest unto him who comes at the eleventh hour, even as unto him who has wrought from the first hour.
And he shows mercy upon the last, and cares for the first; and to the one he gives, and upon the other he bestows gifts. And he both accepts the deeds, and welcomes the intention, and honors the acts and praises the offering. Wherefore, enter you all into the joy of your Lord; and receive your reward, both the first, and likewise the second. You rich and poor together, hold high festival. You sober and you heedless, honor the day. Rejoice today, both you who have fasted and you who have disregarded the fast. The table is full-laden; feast ye all sumptuously. The calf is fatted; let no one go hungry away.
Enjoy ye all the feast of faith: Receive ye all the riches of loving-kindness. let no one bewail his poverty, for the universal kingdom has been revealed. Let no one weep for his iniquities, for pardon has shown forth from the grave. Let no one fear death, for the Savior’s death has set us free. He that was held prisoner of it has annihilated it. By descending into Hell, He made Hell captive. He embittered it when it tasted of His flesh. And Isaiah, foretelling this, did cry: Hell, said he, was embittered, when it encountered Thee in the lower regions. It was embittered, for it was abolished. It was embittered, for it was mocked. It was embittered, for it was slain. It was embittered, for it was overthrown. It was embittered, for it was fettered in chains. It took a body, and met God face to face. It took earth, and encountered Heaven. It took that which was seen, and fell upon the unseen.
O Death, where is your sting? O Hell, where is your victory? Christ is risen, and you are overthrown. Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen. Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice. Christ is risen, and life reigns. Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in the grave. For Christ, being risen from the dead, is become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. To Him be glory and dominion unto ages of ages. Amen.”
On Sunday evening, February 22, in the middle of Vespers, we will be enter into the Great Lent. The lights will be dimmed, the table covers and priestly vestments will be changed from gold to purple and “Lord, have mercy,” will be sung in the somber Lenten melody. Then, most unexpectedly, at the very end of Vespers, as we greet each other during the rite of forgiveness, the choir will be heard quietly singing, seemingly in the distance, the Paschal Canon… “It is the day of resurrection…”
How strange it might seem that less than one hour into the Fast we should hear this harbinger of our longing, but there it is… “be illumined, people…”
None of us would begin a journey without knowing our destination. In fact, by definition, to embark on a journey is to begin with a desire to end up in a particular place. And so it is with us Orthodox Christians as we step onto the path of the Fast that will wake us up, open our eyes and fill our ears with the joyous message that our journey leads us into the very Kingdom of God!... “from death unto Life, from earth to heaven, has Christ our God led us…”
For the ascetic six weeks of Lent and in the mystery of Christ’s Passion in Holy Week, we walk a road mapped out by Christ in His Church that has the power to transform us, little by little, year by year, into children of light, even Divine Light.
And in case we have not noticed, we are already on the path. We beheld Zacchaeus climb a tree to stoke the flame of our desire to see Christ. We accepted a lesson of humility from the Publican, that we might acquire some of the same. From the Prodigal, we learned that if we are to return to God’s love we will need to exert ourselves, turn ourselves around and start walking. And today we discover the most sobering aspect of our journey: that well-walked it will lead us to Christ’s Throne and mis-walked it may leave us battered and beaten by a judgment of eternal consequence.
If you have just read St. John’s Paschal Sermon, go back and read it again, perhaps a few times. May the words of the Golden Mouthed fuel your Lenten journey with a Godly vision that will sustain you until your arrival at Christ’s empty tomb!
It is one of life’s challenges to know where we are at any moment in our journey through life. If we have not noticed this reality, then we are probably an example of it. This applies alike to people, relationships, communities, countries, even civilizations. As such, it also applies to our church. If you would like a heads-up on what will be part of our work at St. Michael’s in the coming year, check out the following internet location - http://straphaels2020vision.blogspot.com/2014/12/2020-vision-and-beyond.html
I.nternational O.rthodox C.hristian C.harities
It is unfortunate that IOCC is one among many charitable organizations that are never lacking for work. A glance around our globe supplies us with sufficient evidence of human beings who are suffering horrendously and are in dire need of help and aid in their affliction. IOCC has proven itself to be one of the most effective deliverers of that aid.
One statistical bit of evidence of IOCC’s efficiency is the fact that every $1 that is donated to IOCC in charitable contributions is leveraged and matched by $7 in funding from the governments, philanthropic foundations and other sources that support IOCC. That means your $1 becomes $8. Your $10 become $80. Your $100 become $800.
For information on IOCC and how to become part of the worthwhile work being done, visit www.iocc.org.
International Orthodox Christian Charities (cont'd)
SYRIAN RELIEF DINNER AND PRAYER SERVICE
Sunday, March 29, 2015 (Prayers-4:30 PM; Dinner-5:30 PM)
Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church
123 Gilkeson Road (Mt. Lebanon)
Pittsburgh, PA 15228
On Sunday, February 8, in the Fellowship Hall following Divine Liturgy,
Zelfa Khalil, of St. George Cathedral, Pittsburgh, and IOCC,
will be here to share information about the situation in Syria
and what we can do to help alleviate some of the suffering.
His Eminence the Most Reverend Metropolitan Joseph
Metropolitan Joseph was consecrated to the Holy Episcopacy on June 30, 1991 at the St. Mary Cathedral in Damascus, after many years of serving as a deacon and a priest. His Eminence was born in Damascus, Syria, in 1950. He completed his basic schooling at the St. John of Damascus and al-Alliyeh schools in Damascus and then at Our Lady of Balamand Monastery in Koura, Lebanon. He completed his undergraduate studies at Lebanese University in Beirut and then earned his Master of Theology (M.Th.) with special studies in music and languages from Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from St. Tikhon Seminary in South Canaan, Pennsylvania, in May, 2010.
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You May Find the Text of the Divine Liturgy beginning on the bottom page 91 of the Service Book (gold embossed cross on the reddish brown cover) or in the green-spiral-bound book; sheet music can be found in the 8.5” x 11” large, spiral-bound booklet.
At the Kiss of Peace,our practice is for each of us to greet the person to our right and left with the bowing of our head, hands held in a prayerful clasp or crossed on the chest, while offering each other the Christian greeting, “Christ is in our midst!” and responding, “He is and shall be!”
Please remember that Holy Communion is reserved for those Chrismated Orthodox Christians who have appropriately prepared themselves through prayer, fasting and Confession to receive the Holy Mysteries of the Church. The bread (anti’doron, which means ’in place’ of the gifts) which we share after Communion and at the end of the Liturgy is for all.
Being mindful we are in church, let us always remember to…
...be quiet and attentive.Let us sing, pray, stand., sit, kneel and respond where responses are indicated. Let us not talk, look around, text message, play games, etc. Especially let us work at this in the Communion line and when in line to venerate the Cross and depart. If we cannot hear the post-Communion prayers being chanted during our departure, we are way too noisy.
...refrain from eating, drinking or chewing gum (most obviously and especially if you will be receiving Holy Communion).
...stay put. Except in rare cases, there are few of us who cannot stay in one location for two hours (usually less, for most of us).
Blessing of the Bells
Blessing of the Bells - 10/27/13
Dinner with Bishop Thomas, Father John and Deacon James - 10/25/13
ABOUT BISHOP THOMAS
His Grace, the Right Reverend Thomas (Joseph) is a bishop of the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America, serving in the Diocese of Charleston, Oakland and the Mid-Atlantic. READ MORE
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3 DAY CALENDAR
|Monday, March 2nd|
7:00pm Introduction to Orthodoxy
|Tuesday, March 3rd|
12:00noon Food on the Hill
|Wednesday, March 4th|
5:30pm 9th Hour
6:00pm Presanctified Liturgy
Soup and Bread Fellowship
Meditation on reading from "The Ladders"
Chior rehearsal follows
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On Tuesday, March 3rd, the Men’s Fellowship will prepare a free meal for the benefit of people in our community. There are at least two ways in which you may participate in this charitable activity. The first is to come and help with the planning and execution. The second is to support the event financially. Donation may be given to Dan Davis. CLICK HERE for all of the details!
February's "Food on the Hill" will be on February 3rd!
Anyone who would like to support “Food on the Hill” in whatever capacity you would like should contact Dan Davis (724-237-2064) or Gus Flizanes (724-863-4443).
"Food On The Hill" WEATHER CANCELLATION POLICY - When weather causes Hempfield or Greensburg Salem School District to close for the day; "Food On The Hill" will NOT serve lunch that day! Please refer to TV & Radio Newscasts when in doubt. Thank You!
If you think you’ll needt o“travel East” to seek oneness with the Divine,
you’re probably right.
If you think you’ll need to leave the Jesus Christ of the Bible to do that,
God Is With Us:
An Introduction to the Orthodox Christian Faith
St. Michael's Orthodox Church
1182 Ashland St. (Cedar St. Exit off the Rte.30 By-Pass)
6:30PM - Coffee and Sign-In
7:00PM - Presentation and Q&A
For more information or to let us know you are coming,
contact Archpriest John Nosal,
Pastor at (724) 244-1228; email@example.com
or visit www.stmgbg.org
Red Cross Blood Drive
One volunteer is needed to help with
registration and donor escort.
Many volunteers are needed to save many lives. Sign up today.
(Questions? Or to Volunteer, Contact Connie Capar.)
Outreach, Inreach, Renewal
THE ORTHODOX FAITH by Fr. Thomas Hopko; Volume 1 - Doctrine
Last week’s bulletin informed us that we were about to begin a series of catechetical sessions using as our basic text, The Faith, by Clark Carlton. While this book is “user friendly” and has been well used in the past, it was suggested that it might not be quite as simple as might be most advantageous to the range of people who will be participating and their diversely elementary background regarding the Orthodox Faith. Hence, the alternate choice of Fr. Thomas Hopko’s four book series entitled THE ORTHODOX FAITH was made. For this Spring’s gatherings, the first volume on “doctrine” will be used.
The participants will include a number of people who are part of our community and are not yet Orthodox Christians. We will also be inviting, through a little advertising, those in the general public who may have inquiring minds regarding Orthodox Christianity. We are also inviting YOU… anyone who recognizes that they have not been putting themselves in enough places where they may learn and grow in Christ.
The series will be held on Monday evenings beginning with an Overview and Introduction Session on March 2, which will help determine who wants to come on board for the book sessions. The series, which will include all the material in Volume I, Doctrine, will be completed on May 25, the Monday before the Great Feast of Pentecost.
March 2 — Introduction to the Orthodox Faith
(and this series of gatherings)
March 9 — Chapter I: The Sources of Christian Doctrine
March 16 — (Revelation, Tradition, Bible, Liturgy, Councils,
March 30 — Fathers, Saints, Canons, Church Art)
April 13 — Chapter II: The Symbol of Faith (Nicene Creed, Faith, God,
April 20 — Creation, Angels, Evil Spirits, Man, Sin, Jesus Christ,
April 27 — Son of God, Incarnation, Redemption, Incarnation,
May 4 — Redemption,Resurrection, Ascension, Judgment, Kingdom of God, Holy Spirit, Church, Sacraments, Eternal Life)
May 11 — Chapter III: The Holy Trinity
May 18 —
May 25 — Conclusion and Review
Father John's 25th Anniversary Luncheon - from our You Tube site
Blessing of the Bells from our You Tube site
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