Sunday after the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Read: Galatians 2:16-20; Mark 8:34-9:1

The first sticheron of the Feast of the Holy Cross tells us, “By this Cross …. In his mercy (Christ) clothed us with beauty and made us worthy of heaven.” This is confirmed in the Hymn of Light from Matins: “The Cross is the beauty of the Church.” How can this be? For the Cross is ugly torture, and the Prophet Isaiah foretells of the Messiah:

“See, my servant shall prosper, he shall be raised high and greatly exalted. Even as many were amazed at him— so marred were his features, beyond that of mortals his appearance, beyond that of human beings. He had no majestic bearing to catch our eye, no beauty to draw us to him. He was spurned and avoided by men, a man of suffering, knowing pain, like one from whom you turn your face, spurned, and we held him in no esteem” (Isaiah 52:13-14; 53:2-3).

One is reminded of St. Paul, “For you know the gracious act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that for your sake he became poor although he was rich, so that by his poverty you might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9). We might re-phrase: “In his ugliness, we have all been made beautiful.”

Where is the beauty of the Cross? It is in the holiness of Jesus, who died that the Kingdom of God – life, love, mercy, wisdom – might be established in the world. We are called to “take up the cross,” which means uniting ourselves with Christ in love that the truth and wisdom and the glory of God might shine forth. Today, therefore, St. Paul writes, “I have been crucified with Christ; yet I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me; insofar as I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who has loved me and given himself up for me” (Galatians 2:19-20).

Meditation by Archpriest David Petras

Divine Liturgy this week

Glory to Jesus Christ!

Sunday, 9/16,17th Sunday after Pentecost —Post-feast of the Exaltation; The Holy, Great Woman-Martyr Euphemia the All-Praised
9:00 a.m. +Michael Waselik (33rd Anniv.) requested by the Family
10:30 a.m. For the people of the parish

Epistle: Galatians 2:16-20
Gospel: Mark 8:34-9:1, Tone 8

Monday, 9/17, Post-feast of the Exaltation; The Holy Martyr Sophia, and Her Three Daughters Faith, Hope and Love

Tuesday, 9/18, Post-feast of the Exaltation; Our Venerable Father Eumenes, Bishop of Gortyna, Wonderworker

Wednesday, 9/19, Post-feast of the Exaltation; The Holy Martyrs Trophimus, Sabbatius, and Dorymedontus

Thursday, 9/20, Post-feast of the Exaltation; The Holy Great-Martyr Eustathius and Those with Him

Friday, 9/21, The Leave-taking of the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross; the Holy Apostle Condratus of Magnesia

Saturday, 9/22, The Holy Priest-Martyr Phocas, Bishop of Sinope; the Holy Prophet Jonah

Sunday, 9/23, 18th Sunday after Pentecost —The Conception of the Honorable and Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John
9:00 a.m. Special Intention
10:30 a.m. For the people of the parish

Epistle: 2 Corinthians 9:6-11
Gospel: Luke 5:1-11, Tone 1

Parish announcements for the coming week

Christ is in our midst!

WELCOME NEW PARISHIONERS! New parishioners are always welcomed in our parish. If someone wants to register with our parish please contact Father Iura Godenciuc at (203) 865-0388 or our financial secretary Natalia Chermak.

PARISH COFFEE HOUR: Dear parishioners and guests, after each Divine Liturgy, coffee and hard rolls are available in the church hall.

We have frozen Pyrohy for sale while supplies last. More information can be read here:

PASTOR’S ABSENCE: During my vacation, if you need a priest you may call:  Fr. Stepan Yanovsky (203) 468-0367, or Fr. Ivan Mazuryk (203) 367-5054.  From September 8, Fr. Volodymyr Piso can be reached at (315) 488-4358, (in Syracuse NY).  Blessings, Fr. Iura.

VIGIL LIGHT: this week the Vigil Light is offered by our parish in memory of all the victims of the September 11, 2001 terror attack on our country.  May their souls rest in peace. May their memory be eternal!

ASLEEP IN THE LORD:  John Chalupa fell asleep in the Lord on September 4, with his loving family by his side. Please pray for the repose of his soul. May his memory be eternal.

SESTRECHI: The regular monthly meeting will be held on TODAY, after the 9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy. The meeting will be held today in the church hall classroom.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS: The Blessed Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Ukrainian Council will hold its next regular meeting on Monday October 1, at 7:00 p.m. in the church hall. All men of the parish are invited to attend.

St. Michael’s Day will be celebrated on November 11. On this day we will have only one (1) Divine Liturgy at 10:30 a.m. After the Divine Liturgy, we will have dinner and a short program. All parishioners are cordially invited to this celebration. Tickets are available through Miss Luba Dubno and are $25.00 for adults, $10.00 for youth between 14 – 18, free for Ridna Shkola students, altar boys  and children under 12. We will be running a raffle. If you would like to donate any items to be raffled, please bring them to our church hall on Sundays before our Feast Day. Also we ask for donations for dessert.

FILM SCREENING: On Sunday, September 23 at 1:00 p.m., the Ukrainian American Veterans will be showing the documentary film “Recovery Room” in our church hall. The film tells the story of the  impact of the current war in Ukraine and the response by Ukrainians around the world. Fliers with more information are located in the vestibule of our Church. Please take one and reserve the date for viewing this award winning film. Thank you.

The Life-Giving Cross

“… let us venerate the wood of Your cross, O friend of men, because on it You have been nailed, Life of all. You opened heaven, O Savior, to the thief who had faith in You; he was worthy of bliss because he confessed to You: remember me, Lord… we have all sinned, for Your love compassion do not despise us.”

Today we sing, We bow to your Cross, O Lord, and we glorify your holy resurrection!!!

Image: Crucifixion scene from the post Byzantine era of the mid-15th century, at the church museum of Rossáno, Calabria.

St. John Chrysostom fell asleep in the Lord

Today, the Church remembers that on September 14, 407, St. John Chrysostom fell asleep in the Lord.

We pray his Divine Liturgy for much of the liturgical year and read his sermons.

The image is of St. John Chrysostom from Haghia Sophia in Constantinople, a mosaic from the 11th century.

Sloatsburg sisters to sell property

The religious congregation of Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate are looking to sell their 40 acre property was announced. (click on the highlighted words for the article.)

The Sisters are looking for $22 million for the estate to help them ease into the future with no financial worries and to underwrite their senior living ministry. With no vocations there is no need to have retain the estate.

A sad turn of events: the property would be ideal for a monastery of men to pray and work for all the Byzantine Churches in the North America.


John Chalupa’s funeral liturgy set

John Chalupa’s funeral Liturgy will be Thursday, September 13 at 10:00 a.m. A viewing will begin at 9:30 a.m. in Church. Burial to follow in All Saints Cemetery, North Haven.

A Mercy Meal will follow John’s burial back at the church hall.

The 40-day Liturgy will be served on October 14th, at 9:00 a.m. (confirmation pending).

Remembering 9/11 Before the Lord of Life

O Lord, God-Hero, Father forever, Prince of peace, in many times and places you have shown us that the true way to Life and the glory of your presence is through mercy, compassion, love and peace. Yet, in these days our human society is marked by injustice and prejudice, by brutal and subtle oppression and inequalities, by fiery hatred and unspeakable acts of terror.

Grant repose, O Lord, to those whose lives have been ended tragically and quickly by inhuman violence and indiscriminate attacks. Comfort those injured in any way, either physically or spiritually, by these infamous assaults done to strike terror into our hearts.

Grant us and the nations of the world repentance for the injustices that have been perpetrated through human greed and ambition, and give us the wisdom and the strength to work for the fullness of your kingdom of righteousness and holiness.

Grant that all peoples may at least find that your way of peace, humility and love for each other is the only true path to a reasonable society established on respect for one another, justice for all and the infinite value of every human life, for you are the Creator and Lover of all.

Therefore, we beg of you this day as we remember the terror of September 11, that all wars and acts of violence be brought to an end and that all peoples begin to work together for a peaceful and just world. Give us the gift of your Spirit to accomplish this.

For you are the God of peace and mercy and compassion, and we give glory to you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever.

(thanks to Archpriest David Petras)

Divine Liturgy for the week

Glory to Jesus Christ!

Sunday, 9/09, 16th Sunday after Pentecost—Sunday before the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
9:00 a.m. For the people of the parish
10:30 a.m. +Myroslaw Trojan (10th Anniv.) requested by Nadia Trojan and Family 

Epistle: Galatians 6: 6-18
Gospel: John 3: 13-17, Tone 7

Monday, 9/10, Post-feast of the Nativity of the Mother of God; the Holy Martyr Menodora, Metrodora and Nymphodora

Tuesday, 9/11, Post-feast of the Nativity of the Mother of God; Our Venerable Mother Theodora of Alexandria

Wednesday, 9/12, Leave-taking of the Feast of the Nativity of the Most Holy Mother of God; the Holy Priest-Martyr Autonomus

Thursday, 9/13, Fore-feast of the Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross; the Holy Priest-Martyr Cornelius the Centurion

Friday, 9/14, The Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross
Note: Day of abstinence
9:00 a.m. +Petro and Maria Makarenko, Clementyna & Stepan Lobay (Pan.) requested by Maria Lobay

Saturday, 9/15, Post-feast of the Exaltation of the Cross; the Holy Great-Martyr Nicetas

Sunday, 9/16, 17th Sunday after Pentecost —Post-feast of the Exaltation; The Holy, Great Woman-Martyr Euphemia the All-Praised
9:00 a.m. +Michael Waselik (33rd Anniv.) requested by the Family
10:30 a.m. For the people of the parish

Epistle: Galatians 2: 16-20
Gospel: Mark 8: 34-9:1, Tone 8