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Bless My Enemies

St. Nikolai Velimirovich: Bless My Enemies O Lord Enemies have driven me into your embrace more than friends have. Friends have bound me to earth, enemies have loosed me from earth and have demolished all my aspirations in the world. Enemies have made me a stranger in worldly realms and an extraneous inhabitant of the world. Just as a hunted animal finds safer shelter than an unhunted animal does, so have I, persecuted by enemies, found the safest sanctuary, having ensconced myself beneath your tabernacle, where neither friends nor enemies can slay my soul. Bless my enemies, O Lord. Even I bless them and do not curse them. They, rather than I, have confessed my sins before the world. They have punished me, whenever I have hesitated to punish myself. They have tormented me, whenever I have tried to flee torments. They have scolded me, whenever I have flattered myself. They have spat upon me, whenever I have filled myself with arrogance. Bless my enemies, O Lord, Even I bless them and do not curse them. Whenever I have made myself wise, they have called me foolish. Whenever I have made myself mighty, they have mocked me as though I were a dwarf. Whenever I have wanted to lead people, they have shoved me into the background. Whenever I have rushed to enrich myself, they have prevented me with an iron hand. Whenever I thought that I would sleep peacefully, they have wakened me from sleep. Whenever I have tried to build a home for a long and tranquil life, they have demolished it and driven me out. Truly, enemies have cut me loose from the world and have stretched out my hands to the hem of your garment. Bless my enemies, O Lord. Even I bless them and do not curse them. Bless them and multiply them; multiply them and make them even more bitterly against me: so that my fleeing to You may have no return; so that all hope in men may be scattered like cobwebs; so that absolute serenity may begin to reign in my soul; so that my heart may become the grave of my two evil twins, arrogance and anger; so that I might amass all my treasure in heaven; ah, so that I may for once be freed from self-deception, which has entangled me in the dreadful web of illusory life. Enemies have taught me to know what hardly anyone knows, that a person has no enemies in the world except himself. One hates his enemies only when he fails to realize that they are not enemies, but cruel friends. It is truly difficult for me to say who has done me more good and who has done me more evil in the world: friends or enemies. Therefore bless, O Lord, both my friends and enemies. A slave curses enemies, for he does not understand. But a son blesses them, for he understands. For a son knows that his enemies cannot touch his life. Therefore he freely steps among them and prays to God for them. + St. Nikolai Velimirovich, Prayers By the Lake (A Treasury of Serbian Orthodox Spirituality, Volume 5)  

Schedule of Services and Events for the week October 18 – October 25, 2015

Monday, October 19 6 PM – Prayer Group 7 PM - Spirituality Class Tuesday, October 20 8:30 AM – Akathist 9 AM –Perogie Session Wednesday, October 21 9:30 AM – New Milford High School visit 7 PM – Adult Catechism Class  Thursday, October 22 10 AM – Liturgy imo for Nancy Franco Friday, October 23 9:30 AM – Old Testament Class Saturday, October 24 5 PM – Vespers Sunday, October 25 9 AM – Church School – Middle and High School 10 AM – Divine Liturgy blessing of Chandelier 11:30 AM – Church School – Elementary 12 noon – Brunch in honor and memory of Max Rosenfield. Blessing and dedication of the new Chandelier

Readers Schedule 10/18 – Susan Paltauf 10/25 – Paul Toaso 11/1 – Harry Fong 11/8 – Susan Paltauf


Coffee Hour 10/18 – Gross 10/25 – Kerpchar 11/1 – Budyonny 11/8 – Lenox Retreat
Upcoming Events Parish Council Meeting – Sunday, October 18 Deanery Corn Maze Family Outing – Sunday, October 18 Sunday, October 25, - Chandelier Blessing Saturday, October 31 – Roll Baking Day Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen – Friday, November 6 Lenox St. Nectarios Retreat – Friday, November 6 through Sunday, November 8 Music on the Mount Saturday, November 28 St. Nicholas Day Brunch – Sunday, December 6

Schedule of Services and Events for the Week of October 5 – October 11, 2015

Monday, October 5 6 PM – Prayer Group 7 PMSpirituality Class

Tuesday, October 6 9 AM– Perogie making session

Sunday, October 11 9 AM – Church School – Middle and High School 10 AM – Divine Liturgy – served by Fr. Sergei Bouteneff 11:30 AM – Church School – Elementary

Thursday, October 15 7 PM – St. Nectarios Service

Friday, October 16 9:30 AM – Old Testament Class 6 PM – Weeping Icon from Taylor Pennsylvania at St. John’s Church 384 Mill Hill Avenue, Bridgeport, CT

Saturday, October 17 5 PM – Vespers

Sunday, October 18 9 AM – Chrismation of Roz Mihaylo 9 AM - Church School 10 AM – Liturgy 11:30 AM – Church School 12:30 PM – Parish Council

Fr. Luke and Pani along with several others are away in South Dakota from October 6 thru October 14.

For emergencies please contact the rectory so Fr. Luke can be reached


Readers Schedule 10/11 – Paul Sulich 10/18 – Susan Paltauf
Coffee Hour 10/11 – Radcliff 10/18 – Gross 10/25 – Kerpchar 11/1 - Budyonny

Upcoming Events

Lakota Nation Adult Mission Trip October 11 thru October 14

Weeping Icon to visit Bridgeport’s St. John’s Church Friday, October 16, 6 PM

Deanery Corn Maze Family Outing Sunday, October 18

Chandelier Blessing Sunday, October 25

Roll Baking Day Saturday, October 31

Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen Friday, November 6

Lenox St. Nectarios Retreat Friday, November 6 through Sunday, November 8

Bake Sale November 21-22

Music on the Mount Saturday, November 28

St. Nicholas Day Brunch Sunday, December 6

Bake Sale December 13