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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
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“When Thou, O Lord, wast baptized in the Jordan, worship of the Trinity wast made manifest; for the voice of the Father bore witness to Thee, calling Thee His beloved Son. And the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the truth of His word. O Christ our God, Who hath appeared and enlightened the world, glory to Thee.” - Apolytikion of the Feast of Theophany of our Lord Jesus Christ
We greet you with love and joy on this holy Feast of the Theophany of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ. The Apolytikion of the feast which is quoted above transmits to us the essence of this feast. Our Lord and God Jesus Christ deigns to be baptized at the hands of John the Baptist, not because he is in need of cleansing of sin, for He is without sin, but so that He might reveal to us His true identity and at the same time, honor and affirm the new life that comes through baptism. In this feast we see the Holy Trinity, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, manifested to us in dramatic fashion. The voice of the Father expresses His pleasure with His Son, and the Holy Spirit descends upon the Son in the form of a dove which is also significant because the dove is a symbol of peace.
Our Lord reveals His true identity to us for the first time as He begins His earthly ministry, and immediately departs for a period of fasting into the wilderness where He utterly defeats the feeble efforts of Satan to tempt Him into sinfulness.
As our Lord Jesus Christ descends into the water, and rises from it, let us also rise up into a new and brilliant life in Jesus Christ.
Wishing you all a most blessed New Year, I remain
Yours in Christ,
+ JOSEPH, Metropolitan Archbishop of Antiochian Archdiocese of North America
Jillian and Anthony Crowe, members of St. Michael's, have been going through very difficult times over the past year. Jillian has had ongoing heart problems and has undergone multiple corrective procedures that have proved ineffective. She now needs to have open heart surgery. She has exhausted all her paid and voluntary leave at her place of employment. Her husband, Anthony, has also recently become unemployed and has been initially ruled ineligible to receive unemployment benefits. This has placed them in a most difficult situation made even more problematic by their household's inclusion of Jill's daughter's family (which includes a grand-baby we have seen regularly in church).
Medications, food, insurance, monthly bills, utilities, house payments and medical bills require payment whether we are sick or well, employed or unemployed. If you are able and willing to lend a helping financial hand to Jill and Anthony as they deal with these matters, please go to https://www.gofundme.com/jngmvt6c to make your contribution. If you prefer you can make your checks payable to "St. Michael's” earmarked "Jillian.".
God Bless you for your caring generosity +.
The Holy Protomartyr and Archdeacon Stephen
The Holy Protomartyr Stephen was a kinsman of the Apostle Paul and one of those Jews who lived in a Hellenic milieu. Stephen was the first of the seven deacons whom the holy apostles ordained for the service of the poor in Jerusalem. This is why he is called the Archdeacon - the first, or chief, of them.
By the power of his faith, Stephen worked many wonders among the people. The wicked Jews disputed with him, but were always confounded by his wisdom and the power of the Spirit who acted through him. Then the shameful Jews, adept at calumny and slander, stirred up the people and leaders against this innocent man. They slandered Stephen, saying that he had blasphemed against God and against Moses, and quickly found false witnesses who supported their assertion.
Then Stephen stood before the people, and all saw his face 'like the face of an angel:' that is, his face was illumined by the light of grace as was the face of Moses when he talked with God. Stephen opened his mouth and spoke of God’s manifold works and marvels, performed in the past for the People of Israel, and of the people’s manifold transgressions and opposition to God. He especially denounced them for the slaying of Christ the Lord, calling them 'betrayers and murderers' (Acts 7:52).
While they ground their teeth, Stephen looked and saw the heavens open and the glory of God, and spoke to the Jews of what he saw: 'Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing on the right hand of God' (7:56). Then the malicious men took him out of the city and stoned him to death.
Among his murderers was his kinsman Saul, later the Apostle Paul. At that time, the most holy Mother of God was standing on a rock at a distance with St. John the Theologian, and witnessed the martyrdom of this first martyr for the truth of her Son and God, and she prayed for Stephen. This happened exactly a year after the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles.
St. Stephen's body was taken secretly and buried by Gamaliel in his own ground. Gamaliel was a Jewish prince and a secret Christian. Thus this first of Christ's martyrs made a glorious end and entered into the Kingdom of Christ our God.
Troparion, Tone 4
Thou art crowned with a royal diadem/ for contests endured in Christ's name, O First and holy Martyr;/ thou didst put to shame thy persecutors/ and see thy Savior at the right hand of the Father./ Ever pray to Him for our souls.
Kontakion, Tone 3
Yesterday the Master came to us in the flesh,/ today His servant departs in the flesh;/ yesterday the King was born in the flesh;/ today His servant is stoned to death for His sake./ Hence the divine and first Martyr Stephen is made perfect.
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If not, there is still (and always) time.
As Church Stewards, we are Care-Takers.
This includes our Financial Support, our Talents and our Time. It is a 52 week task.
This is our tenth year and we can make it memorable.
(Fellowship of Orthodox Christians United for Service)
FOCUS Pittsburgh is collecting clothes (clean and in good condition, please) for the very, very needy people (many homeless) in the Hill District neighborhood of the city. Clothing including coats, jackets, sweaters, trousers, shirts, blouses and other tops, shoes, handbags, gloves, scarves, etc., are all gratefully received and appreciated.
There is a drop-off area at the top of the stairs at the main entrance for those who would contribute. The contact people for this project are Marilyn Elias and Miriam Yazge.
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
Dinner with Bishop Thomas, Father John and Deacon James - 10/25/13
Blessing of the Bells
Blessing of the Bells - 10/27/13
St. Michael's Antiochian Christian Orthodox Church Tour
Please click "View Slideshow" for the tour of the church of pictures from - 05/26/12
3 DAY CALENDAR
|Sunday, February 14th|
10:00 Divine Liturgy
11:20 Church School
|Saturday, February 20th|
6:00 Great Vespers
|Sunday, February 21st|
10:00 Divine Liturgy
11:20 Church School
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St. Michael's Lfe Cycle presented by Father Ken
St. Michael's Church School Graduation 2015
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Blessing of the Bells at St. Michael's
Print and Read February 7th 2016 Weekly Bulletin...CLICK HERE
The next meeting of AMEN will be on Sunday, February 28th, immediately following church in the multi-purpose room. Refreshments will be available.
CLICK HERE to view St. Michael's Magazine. Please enjoy this working version of St. Michael’s sWord eMagazine. It is being produced through St. Michael’s Antiochian Men. Father John is the Chief Editor and Ed Sam is the producer. This magazine is going to present the news of our church. This working version includes much of what is to come. The plan is to publish the eMagazine monthly. Please review and make suggestions for consideration. Your ideas could help make this eMagazine more informative while you help grow St. Michael's.
On Tuesday, March 1st, the Antiochian MEN 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!
Anyone who would like to support “Food on the Hill” in whatever capacity you would like should contact Dan Davis or Gus Flizanes.
"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!
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.
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).
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