The Birth of the Holy Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist John

This feast is the story of the fidelity of God, and of his servants. The first reading at Vespers compares the story of Elizabeth and Zechariah to Abraham and Sarah. Abraham and Sarah were barren until their old age and had lost hope of being able to pass on life to a new generation. But beyond the bounds of all hope, God told Abraham that he and Sarah would have a child, and, indeed, not just any child but the founder of Israel, of the people of God, and of all who believe in his name. Elizabeth and Zechariah also had lost all hope of new life, and for them it was a shame before the people.

Yet the angel of the Lord appeared to Zechariah in the holy place and told him that Elizabeth would give birth to a son, and again, not just any son, but the forerunner of the Messiah, who would give life to all by his resurrection. We see the fidelity of God – he will bless us with life, he loves us beyond all limits, beyond our despair, beyond all hopes.

Divine Liturgy for the coming week

Glory to Jesus Christ!

Sunday, 6/19, 2nd Sunday after Pentecost
10:00 a.m. Moleben to Jesus Christ
10:30 a.m. For the people of the parish

Epistle: Romans 2:10-16
Gospel: Matthew4:18-23, Tone 1

Monday, 6/20, Holy Priest Martyr Methodius
9:00 a.m. No intention for the Divine Liturgy

Tuesday, 6/21, Holy Martyr Julian
9:00 a.m. No intention for the Divine Liturgy

Wednesday, 6/22, Holy Priest Martyr Eusebius
9:00 a.m. No intention for the Divine Liturgy

Thursday, 6/23, Holy Martyr Agripina
9:00 a.m. No intention for the Divine Liturgy

Friday, 6/24, Nativity of the St John the Baptist
9:00 a.m. Special Intention

Parish announcements

Christ is in our midst!

This week vigil light is offered by Vasyl Ivantsiv in memory of Vasyl. Memory eternal.

From July 3 until September 11 we will celebrate only one (1) Divine Liturgy at 10:00 a.m. in both the Ukrainian and English languages.

Today, June 19th, there will be one (1) bi-lingual Divine Liturgy served at 10:30 a.m. At 10:00 a.m., we will pray the Moleben to Jesus Christ (a June devotional prayer of petition to Our Lord).

The Ladies of our Parish will host a Father’s Day Celebration tomorrow, Sunday, June 19. The luncheon will take place immediately after the Liturgy. ALL ARE INVITED. The plan calls for a barbeque picnic in the backyard. In case of rain it will be held in the church hall.

Father’s Day at the Parish

Tomorrow, June 19th, there will be one (1) bi-lingual Divine Liturgy served at 10:30 a.m. At 10:00 a.m., we will pray the Moleben to Jesus Christ (a June devotional prayer of petition to Our Lord).

The Ladies of our Parish will host a Father’s Day Celebration tomorrow, Sunday, June 19. The luncheon will take place immediately after the Liturgy. ALL ARE INVITED. The plan calls for a barbeque picnic in the backyard. In case of rain it will be held in the church hall.

Holy Prophet Amos

The Holy Prophet Amos is known as the prophet of doom, the third of the Twelve Minor Prophets who lived during the eighth century before Jesus Christ. Amos accurately foretold the destruction of the northern kingdom of Israel due to the unfaithfulness of the Israelites. That is, the tribes of Israel were governed by an idol-worshipper and the people joined in that worship of a golden calf (a false god) instead of the One, Living God. Thus, they rejected the God of Israel.

Biographically, little is known about his life and what we known comes from his book in the Bible, the first to be named after a Hebrew prophet.

Divine Liturgy for the coming week

Glory to Jesus Christ!

Sunday, 6/05, Pentecost Sunday —Moleben to Jesus Christ

9:00 a.m. +Irene Pospolita requested by Luba Dubno
10:30 a.m. For the people of the parish

Epistle: Acts 2:1-11
Gospel: John 7:37-52 and 8:12, Tone 7

Monday, 6/06, Pentecost Monday
9:00 a.m. +Marguerite Komondy (5th Anniv.) requested by Chris Komondy

Tuesday, 6/07, Holy Bishop Martyr Theodotus
9:00 a.m. No scheduled intention for the Divine Liturgy

Wednesday, 6/08, Trans. of relics of Theodore the Great
9:00 a.m. No scheduled intention for the Divine Liturgy

Thursday, 6/09, Holy Archbishop Cyril
9:00 a.m. No scheduled intention for the Divine Liturgy

Parish announcements

Christ is risen!

From July 3 until September 11 we will celebrate only one (1) Divine Liturgy at 10:00 a.m. in the Ukrainian and English languages.

The Panakhyda Service at the grave sites will take place on Sunday, June 5, at 1:00 p.m. at St. Lawrence Cemetery. Please call the rectory office for appointment.

The Ladies of our Parish will host a Fathers Day Celebration on Sunday, June 19. There will be only one (1) Divine Liturgy on this day at 10:30 a.m. The luncheon will take place immediately afterwards. ALL ARE INVITED. The plan calls for a barbeque picnic in the back yard. In case of rain it will be held in the church hall.

Final All Souls Saturday (SOROKOUSTY)

The final All Souls Saturday –Sorokousty– will be on June 4, at 9:00 a.m. The Divine Liturgy with the prayers for the dead will be prayed.

There are 5 All Soul’s Saturdays. 2, 3, and 4 were on Saturdays during the Great Fast on days that had no other commemoration (e.g., the Miracle of Theodore and Akathistos). This is due to the liturgical law that fasting periods are more conservative and retain ancient customs. Saturday, the day our Lord was in the tomb was a day for remembering the departed, and that has persisted until the present in Lent.

The All Souls’ Saturday before Meatfare Sunday was due to the Church Year. Meatfare Sunday was the Gospel of the Last Judgment and, in a way, concluded the regular cycle of Gospel beginning with Pascha and lasting until the next Great Fast (beginning with Cheesefare Sunday). It was natural, therefore, to remember the departed as we pray for all before the final and last judgment.

Green for Pentecost

Reminder – Pentecost is this Sunday (new calendar): Byzantines, remember to wear the green. The tradition of wearing green on Pentecost is mostly a Slavic tradition, but it is one that we all can embrace because of green being a symbol of new life in the Holy Trinity.

Our celebration of Pentecost –the coming of the Holy Spirit promised by Jesus before He ascended to the Father– is a constant reminder of our own ” baptism by the Holy Spirit” (Acts 1 :5)

St. John Chrysostom (d . 407) admonished the faithful of his time not to celebrate the feast superficially, only adorning their homes with garlands (flowers), but rather spiritually adorning their souls with virtues in order to be more able to receive abundant fruits of the Holy Spirit (II Homily on Pentecost).