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Schedule of services and events for June 12 – June 19

Monday, June 13 6 PM – Prayer Group 7 pm- Spirituality Class Tuesday, June 14 8:30 AM – Hours Wednesday, June 15 7 PM – Catechism Class Thursday, June 16 8:30 AM –Akathist 7 PM – St. Nectarios Service Saturday, June 18 2 PM – Thompson-Mihaly wedding Sunday, June 19 10 AM – Divine Liturgy – Feast of Pentecost Readers Schedule 6/12 – Paul Toaso 6/19- Susan Paltauf 6/26 – Susan Sulich Coffee Hour 6/12 – Faubel 6/19 – Father’s Day 6/26 - OPEN

Holy Ascension

Ascension174[1] The Lord Jesus passed forty days on earth after His Resurrection from the dead, appearing continually in various places to His disciples, with whom He also spoke, ate, and drank, thereby further demonstrating His Resurrection. On this Thursday, the fortieth day after Pascha, He appeared again in Jerusalem. After He had first spoken to the disciples about many things, He gave them His last commandment, that is, that they go forth and proclaim His Name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. But He also commanded them that for the present, they were not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait there together until they receive power from on high, when the Holy Spirit would come upon them. Saying these things, He led them to the Mount of Olives, and raising His hands, He blessed them; and saying again the words of the Father's blessing, He was parted from them and taken up. Immediately a cloud of light, a proof of His majesty, received Him. Sitting thereon as though on a royal chariot, He was taken up into Heaven, and after a short time was concealed from the sight of the disciples, who remained where they were with their eyes fixed on Him. At this point, two Angels in the form of men in white raiment appeared to them and said, "Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into Heaven? This same Jesus, Who is taken up from you into Heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into Heaven" (Acts 1:11). These words, in a complete and concise manner, declare what is taught in the Symbol of Faith concerning the Son and Word of God. Therefore, having so fulfilled all His dispensation for us, our Lord Jesus Christ ascended in glory into Heaven, and sat at the right hand of God the Father. As for His sacred disciples, they returned from the Mount of Olives to Jerusalem, rejoicing because Christ had promised to send them the Holy Spirit. It should be noted that the Mount of Olives is a Sabbath's day journey from Jerusalem, that is , the distance a Jew was permitted to walk on the day of the Sabbath. Ecumenius writes, "A Sabbath day's journey is one mile in length, as Clement says in his fifth Stromatis; it is two thousand cubits, as the Interpretation of the Acts states." They draw this conclusion from the fact that, while they were in the wilderness, the Israelites of old kept within this distance from the Holy Tabernacle, whither they walked on the Sabbath day to worship God.

Schedule of events and services for the week of June 5 to June 12

Monday, June 6 6 PM – Prayer Group 7 PM - Spirituality Class Tuesday, June 7 8:30 AM – Hours Wednesday, June 8 4 PM – Vespers for Ascension Thursday, June 9 9 AM –Liturgy for Ascension Friday, June 10 9:30 AM – Old Testament Class Saturday, June 11 9 AM – Cemetery clean-up day 5 PM – Vespers Sunday, June 12 9:30 AM – Chrismation of Eric Evans 10 AM – Divine Liturgy 12 noon – Parish Council meeting Readers Schedule 6/5 – Bob Faubel 6/12 – Paul Toaso 6/19 - Susan Paltauf 6/26 – Susan Sulich Coffee Hour 6/5 – Parish Picnic 6/12 – OPEN 6/19 – Father’s Day 6/26 - OPEN

Schedule of Events and Services for May 29 – June 5

Tuesday, May 31 8:30 AM - Hours Wednesday, June 1 7 PM – Catechism Class Thursday, June 2 8:30 AM –Akathist Service Friday, June 3 9:30 AM – Old Testament Class Saturday, June 4 3 PM – Vespers Sunday, June 5 10 AM – Divine Liturgy 11:30 AM – Graduate Sunday 12 noon – Parish Picnic Readers Schedule  6/5 – Bob Faubel 6/12 – Paul Toaso 6/19 - Susan Paltauf 6/26 – Susan Sulich Coffee Hour 6/5 – Parish Picnic 6/12 – OPEN 6/19 – Father’s Day 6/26 - OPEN

Sunday of the Samaritan Woman

Samaritan.Woman.PhotineOne of the most ancient cities of the Promised Land was Shechem, also called Sikima, located at the foot of Mount Gerazim. There the Israelites had heard the blessings in the days of Moses and Jesus of Navi. Near to this town, Jacob, who had come from Mesopotamia in the nineteenth century before Christ, bought a piece of land where there was a well. This well, preserved even until the time of Christ, was known as Jacob's Well. Later, before he died in Egypt, he left that piece of land as a special inheritance to his son Joseph (Gen. 49:22). This town, before it was taken into possession by Samaria, was also the leading city of the kingdom of the ten tribes. In the time of the Romans it was called Neapolis, and at present Nablus. It was the first city in Canaan visited by the Patriarch Abraham. Here also, Jesus of Navi (Joshua) addressed the tribes of Israel for the last time. Almost three hundred years later, all Israel assembled there to make Roboam (Rehoboam) king. When our Lord Jesus Christ, then, came at midday to this city, which is also called Sychar (John 4:5), He was wearied from the journey and the heat. He sat down at this well. After a little while the Samaritan woman mentioned in today's Gospel passage came to draw water. As she conversed at some length with the Lord and heard from Him secret things concerning herself, she believed in Him; through her many other Samaritans also believed. Concerning the Samaritans we know the following: In the year 721 before Christ, Salmanasar (Shalmaneser), King of the Assyrians, took the ten tribes of the kingdom of Israel into captivity, and relocated all these people to Babylon and the land of the Medes. From there he gathered various nations and sent them to Samaria. These nations had been idolaters from before. Although they were later instructed in the Jewish faith and believed in the one God, they worshipped the idols also. Furthermore, they accepted only the Pentateuch of Moses, and rejected the other books of Holy Scripture. Nonetheless, they thought themselves to be descendants of Abraham and Jacob. Therefore, the pious Jews named these Judaizing and idolatrous peoples Samaritans, since they lived in Samaria, the former leading city of the Israelites, as well as in the other towns thereabout. The Jews rejected them as heathen and foreigners, and had no communion with them at all, as the Samaritan woman observed, "the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans" (John 4:9). Therefore, the name Samaritan is used derisively many times in the Gospel narrations. After the Ascension of the Lord, and the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the woman of Samaria was baptized by the holy Apostles and became a great preacher and Martyr of Christ; she was called Photine, and her feast is kept on February 26. - See more at:

Schedule of Events and Services for the week of May 22 – May 29

Monday, May 23 6 PM - Prayer Group 7 PM – OCMC presentation by Kenny Kidde, Development Director Tuesday, May 24 8:30 AM - Hours Wednesday, May 25 7 PM – Catechism Class Thursday, May 26 8:30 AM –Akathist Service Friday, May 27 9:30 AM – Old Testament Class Saturday, May 28 4 PM – Wedding of Nicholas Fong and Jenny Bostic Sunday, May 29 10 AM – Divine Liturgy Readers Schedule 5/22 – Harry Fong 5/29 – Paul Sulich Coffee Hour 5/29 – Chow Family 6/5 – Parish Picnic 6/12 – OPEN 6/19 – Father’s Day 6/26 - OPEN

Schedule of Services and Events for the Week of May 15 – May 22

Monday, May 16 7 PM – Spirituality Class Wednesday, May 18 7 PM – Catechism Class Thursday, May 19 7 PM – Monthly St. Nectarios Service Friday, May 20 9:30 AM – Old Testament Class 7 PM to 10 PM – Teen SOYO dance at St. George’s for ages 13-18 Saturday, May 21 8 AM – ASP Work Day in Danbury 5 PM – Vespers Sunday, May 22 9 AM – Church school 10 AM – Divine Liturgy Monday, May 23 7 PM – OCMC presentation by Kenny Kidde, Development Director Readers Schedule 5/22 – Harry Fong 5/29 – Paul Sulich Coffee Hour 5/22 – Chow Family 5/29 – OPEN 6/5 – Parish Picnic 6/12 – OPEN 6/19 – Father’s Day 6/26 - OPEN

Schedule of Services and Events for the week of May 8 – May 15

Saturday, May 14 5 PM – Vespers Sunday, May 15 10 AM - Divine Liturgy 12:30 PM - Rectory/office committee Meeting 2 PM – Parish Council Meeting Fr. Luke will be out of town this week for an OCMC Board meeting and a Diocesan Clergy Convocation. Please call the rectory if there are any emergencies. Readers Schedule 5/8 – Suzanne Molineaux 5/15 – Susan Paltauf 5/22 – Harry Fong 5/29 – Paul Sulich Coffee Hour 5/8 – Mother’s Day - see Harry Fong and Paul Sulich 5/15 – Young 5/22 – Chow Family 5/29 – OPEN 6/5 – Parish Picnic 6/12 – OPEN 6/19 – Father’s Day/Bishop Gregory’s Visit 6/26 - OPEN

Antipascha: St Thomas Sunday

thomassunday[1]Some icons depicting this event are inscribed “The Doubting Thomas.” This is incorrect. In Greek, the inscription reads, “The Touching of Thomas.” The Slavonic inscription is, “The Belief of Thomas.” When St Thomas touched the Life-giving side of the Lord, he no longer had any doubts. This day is also known as “Antipascha.” This does not mean “opposed to Pascha,” but “in place of Pascha.” Beginning with this first Sunday after Pascha, the Church dedicates every Sunday of the year to the Lord’s Resurrection. Sunday is called “Resurrection” in Russian, and “the Lord’s Day” in Greek.  

Bishop Gregory’s Paschal Letter

Protocol 14/2016 To the Very Reverend Protopresbyters, Very Reverend and Reverend Fathers, and the Faithful of our God-Protected Diocese:  CHRIST IS RISEN!    INDEED, HE IS RISEN! On this great and glorious Feast of Pascha – the Resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, our hearts are filled with tremendous joy, our souls are transformed and we bask in the Light of the Truth.  This year I want to share with you some Paschal thoughts from St. Gregory the Theologian. THE PASCHAL HOMILY OF ST. GREGORY THE THEOLOGIAN It is the Day of the Resurrection! Let us then keep the Festival with splendor, and let us embrace one another.  Let us say Brethen, even to those who hate us, Let us forgive all offenses for the Resurrection’s sake; let us give one another pardon.  Yesterday, I was crucified with Him; today I am glorified with Him.  Yesterday, I died with Him; today I am made alive in Him.  Yesterday, I was buried with Him, today I am raised with Him. Let us offer ourselves to Him who suffered and rose again for us. Let us become divine for His sake, since for us He became human. He assumed the worst that He might give us the better. He became poor that by His poverty we might become rich.  He accepted the form of a servant that we might win back our freedom. He came down that we might be lifted up.  He was tempted that through Him we might conquer.  He was dishonored that He might glorify us.  He died that He might save us.  He ascended that He might draw to Himself us, who were thrown down through the fall of sin. Let us give all, offer all, to Him who gave Himself as a ransom and reconciliation for us.  We needed an incarnate God, a God put to death, that we might live.  We were put to death together with Him that we might be cleansed. We rose again with Him because we were put to death with Him.  We were glorified with Him because we rose  again with Him. May we all be one in Christ Jesus our Lord, to Whom be the glory and the might forever and ever. Amen. Personal Greetings: May all the Priests and Panis, Deacons, Parishioners, Friends and Supporters of our American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese experience the joy, excitement and wonder of the early followers of Christ when they first saw Him following His Resurrection. Christ is Risen! Working in the Risen Lord’s Vineyard with much love, +His Grace Bishop Gregory of Nyssa To be read as the sermon in all churches of the Diocese at the Paschal Divine Liturgy on the Feast of the Resurrection of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ Protocol N.14-2016 -Paschal Archpastoral Letter