Our parish is inviting parishioners, family members, friends and neighbors to our annual Parish Picnic on Sunday, September 17.
The day will begin with the Divine Liturgy at 9:30am, with picnic starting approximately 12:00pm.
Join us and tell your friends, tell your friends!
We also ask you to help us in preparation for the picnic. Any amount of time you are able to contribute will be much appreciated.
Pierogi making: Friday & Saturday, Sept. 8 & 9 AND Wednesday & Thursday, Sept. 13 & 14.
We will be working in two shifts - 8:30am-1:30pm & 4pm-8pm. Everyone is welcome to come to both shifts ;) Refreshments and meal will be provided.
Vegetable preparation: Saturday, Sept. 16 at 8:30am.
We are also accepting donations towards covering the cost of preparing the picnic. You can donate in church or online (click here to see more, in the "Add specific instructions" field, please indicate "PICNIC")
Sunday sermon on the day of All American Saints. Loosely based on the Sunday Gospel reading of Matthew 4:18-23, but mostly on the modern phenomenon of tolerance that is slowly degrading our society.
O my most holy Lady, the Theotokos, you are far more honorable than the angels and archangels, cherubim and seraphim, and far more holy than all the saints, O Virgin Mother of God! Save me, your humble and sinful servant, for you know, most merciful Lady, that, after God, I place all my hope in you, and that I have no other refuge of salvation but you, O good one. You are my strength, O Lady, you are my power, my rejoicing in sorrows, my haven in temptations, my correction in falls, O Mother of my Lord and my Maker! Help me, for I sail upon the depths of this life, terribly beset and endangered by drowning in sin. Grant me a helping hand, O my helper, and deliver me from the mire of the deep, that I not sink down into the abyss of despair: for the storm of sins and passions has risen against me and the waves of transgressions overwhelm me. But, O compassionate Mother, direct and save me, O hope of the hopeless and Intercessor of my salvation. Amen.
From polluted lips accept a prayer, O unblemished and most pure Virgin Theotokos, and despise not my words, O my Joy, but look down on me and have pity, O Mother of my Maker. Do not abandon me during my lifetime, for you know that I place all my hope in you. Therefore, at the time also of my death, stand before me, O my helper, and be not then ashamed of me. For I know, O Virgin, that I am guilty of many sins, and I, the wretched one, tremble, contemplating that hour. But, O my Joy, reveal to me then your presence, work your mercy marvelously upon me, O Intercessor of my salvation. Rescue me from the cruelty of the demons, and from the fearsome and terrible trial of the spirits of the air, and deliver me from their malice, and transform all that grief and sorrow into joy by your enlightenment and grant me to pass unharmed through the principalities and powers of darkness and to attain to the worship at the throne of glory before Christ our God Who sits there with His Father, Who is without beginning, and Most Holy Spirit. Amen.
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
We all enjoy good fellowship with coffee and light snacks after the Liturgy on Sundays. And we always look to improve the fellowship and the meal, but for that our kitchen needs some upgrades.
We would like to ask your help in acquiring a kitchen stove and a dishwasher.
If you would like to donate either a stove or dishwasher, or would like to contribute towards the acquisition, please contact Fr Aleksey at firstname.lastname@example.org or (973) 256-0314.
Lord's blessings to you all.
Dear brother and sisters,
Blessed beginning to the Dormition Fast to you all!
Fasting is not what we talk so much about today, meaning that to fast is to abstain from food and drink. Diet is, of course, only one half of fasting. The other half (and perhaps the most important half) is the rejection of, or to be more correct, liberation from everything that enslaves us. Fasting is the liberation from our passions and temptations.
Fasting does not make us miserable, it makes us free. Not in a political sense of freedom, where we think we are free to do whatever stupidity we desire. A sad example of this kind of "freedom" is what happened in the last two days in Virginia. Proper fasting in a Christian tradition makes us free and independent from all unnecessary earthly pleasures and temptations. Fasting opens us up to truly and completely belong to God, for Him to dwell in us and work through us.
During the Dormition Fast, every other day starting today, we will be posting special prayers to the Theotokos that she would help us, through her prayers before her Son and our Lord, to make this (short) fasting period spiritually and physically beneficial to us.
Please see below for the first prayer.
Source: Ancient Faith Blogs - Fr Lawrence Farley
You did not misread the title of this article. Christianity is not a religion. Why? How? What is it then? Read below to find out.
Source - Fr John Whiteford's blog
The Bible was written by a specific person at a specific time, for a specific purpose, for a specific community. Even though it holds eternal truths, we should always keep this in mind when reading it. Below Fr John Whiteford concludes his discussion of how we should begin to read the Bible.
Sunday sermon on Matthew 14:14-22
It was getting late and the crowd, having spent the whole day listening to Christ’s preaching, was not leaving. The disciples began to worry for the people, the day was long, it was hot, there were women and children, and they did not have anything to eat.
Source - Fr John Whiteford's blog.
Let's continue learning how we can begin reading the Bible, come to understand what it says, and actual enjoy what we read, for the spiritual benefit.
Unless otherwise specified, the articles here are posted by Fr Aleksey, who has no sense of humor and is extremely straight forward.