Weekly, on Tuesdays at 7:30pm, we have Bible Study.
The talks last for roughly one hour. We are studying the New Testament by reading together 1-2 chapters, with reflection and discussion of what was read.
See you all there!
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing! (Rev. 5:12)
The Lamb of God is the ancient name given to Jesus Christ, and recorded in the Scriptures. More than just a title, it has influenced Christian iconography from the first centuries until today. The image of the Lamb of God has also developed throughout the Church’s history.
Original source: The Lamb of God in Orthodoxy. A History in Icons
It is with great sadness we announce that our long-time parishioner, Steven Sardinsky, has fallen asleep today, April 25, 2017, in the morning.
Thursday, April 27 there will be viewing at Gaita Memorial Funeral Home 4pm-8pm. Panikhida will be served at 7:30pm.
Friday, April 28 at 10am Funeral Service will be celebrated at St John's.
May he rest in peace and rise in glory with our Lord Jesus Christ!
Is there anyone who is devout and a lover of God? Come, and receive this bright, this beautiful Feast of feasts!
Is there anyone who is a wise servant? Rejoice, as you enter into the joy of your Lord!
Is there anyone who is weary from fasting? Come, and receive your reward!
Is there anyone who has labored from the first hour? Accept today your fair wages!
Is there anyone who came after the third hour? Be glad, as you celebrate the Feast!
Is there anyone who came after the sixth hour? Have no doubts, for nothing is being held back!
Is there anyone who delayed until the ninth hour? Come forward, without any hesitation!
Is there anyone who came up only at the eleventh hour? Do not be afraid because of your lateness – for the honor and generosity of the Lord is unsurpassed.
He accepts the last as well as the first. He gives rest to those who arrive at the eleventh hour, as well as to those who labored from the first.
He is as merciful to the former as He is gracious to the latter. He shows His generosity to the one, and His kindness to the other. He accepts the deed and welcomes the intention.
Therefore, enter all of you into the joy of your Lord! Both first and last – receive the reward; rich and poor – dance and sing together; sober and heedless – honor this day; those who have fasted and those who have not – enjoy the Feast today.
The table is filled, and everyone share in the splendor. The calf is fatted, and no one must go away hungry. Come, one and all, and receive the feast of faith! Come, one and all, and receive the riches of loving-kindness!
No one lament his poverty, for the universal kingdom has been revealed. No one despair over his failings, for forgiveness has sprung up from the grave. No one fear death, for the death of the Savior has set us all free.
By being held in its power He extinguished it, and by descending into Hell, He made Hell captive. He embittered Hell when it tasted His flesh. And in anticipation of this, the prophet Isaiah exclaimed: “Hell was in an uproar, when it encountered You below.”
Hell was in an uproar, for it was wiped out. Hell was in an uproar, for it was mocked. Hell was in an uproar, for it was vanquished. Hell was in an uproar, for it was bound in chains.
Hell took a body, and met God face to face. Hell took earth, and came face to face with Heaven. Hell took what it saw, and was struck down by what it did not see.
O Death, where is your sting? O Hell, where is your victory? Christ is risen! and Hell is overthrown. Christ is risen! and the demons are struck down. Christ is risen! and the angels rejoice. Christ is risen! and life is abundant and free. Christ is risen! and there are no dead left in the tombs!
For Christ, when He was raised from the dead, became the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. To Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Despite all the joyous celebrations and festivities, Palm Sunday is not a joyful day. Yes, Christ entered Jerusalem as King, with people ecstatically crying out, "Hosanna! Praise the Lord!" but He was recognized as true King, as Messiah and Conqueror of death only after going through beatings, scourging and crucifixion. The same people who cried "Hosanna!" in five days would scream in madness "Crucify!"
Below is the sermon delivered on this Feast day.
By Elissa Bjeletich, Raising Saints
Within a week of the day my son died, my priest’s next door neighbor, an old Baptist preacher, also died. His widow was a good Texas Baptist lady, and she was never seen without her makeup and her hair perfectly in place — she was always pulled together. Father would see her in the yard and ask her how she was, and she would insist that she was fine. After all, she would confidently declare, her husband was in a better place; the Bible calls us to rejoice at a death and to cry at a birth. Her stoicism drove my priest crazy. He knew she was suffering, but she would never admit it.
Here is a link to a resource page of sorts, that contains different sermons, on the Feast of Annunciation.
The feast of the Annunciation is one of the twelve great feasts of the Church. It commemorates and celebrates the event described in the Gospel according to St. Luke (1:26-38).
Unless otherwise specified, the articles here are posted by Fr Aleksey, who has no sense of humor and is extremely straight forward.