Note that Fr. Paul will be away Sunday, July 13. Our readers will read Matins and the Typika Service. There will be a preacher of some reputation: St. John Chrysostom.
In the Acts of the Apostles we read an amusing incident. When St. Paul was at Ephesus, certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth… And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded (Acts 19:13-16).
These “name droppers” were impostors, since they knew neither Paul nor Jesus. But they were right to identify the Lord as “Jesus whom Paul preacheth.” The Jesus we believe in is the one whom Paul, and Peter, and Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, and all the apostles and the saints proclaim.
Many people today want Jesus without Paul, that is, without a relationship to the apostles and the Church. It fits our spirit of independence – I don’t need the saints, nor a bishop, a church, or a liturgy – just the Bible, which I can interpret for myself. (It means whatever I want it to mean.) Or some drop the Bible, too, thinking to find the “real Jesus” in some speculation from archaeology or some obscure ancient writings.
Photos by Ashley Prewitt
On Sunday, June 22, Father Paul will begin series of classes for adults and older youth, seekers or members. These will begin after Coffee Hour (about 12:15 p.m.) in our new meeting room in the Archbishop Dmitri Parish Hall. Each class will last no more than a half hour, then those who wish may stay for questions.
The first series will be on the main Sunday service, the Divine Liturgy, not a line-by-line commentary but an exploration of some of the major themes or aspects of the Liturgy, such as Gathering, Proclamation, Intercession, Offering, Remembrance, Sacrifice, Transformation, and Communion.
All are invited to attend these.
More pictures will be posted as we receive them.
IVAN MAHECHA was awarded the Chi Rho badge for Orthodox Cub Scouts on April 27. He has worked on this for some time, by learning lessons, serving in the altar, polishing brass, and other projects. Congratulations, Ivan!
Come receive the light from the Light that never sets, and glorify Christ who is risen from the dead
April 12- 20, 2014
The Orthodox Holy Week and Pascha services set before us a rich feast of Christian experience that no seeker of God should miss. The four Gospels devote more space to the week before our Lord’s death than all the rest of His life and teaching. Beginning with the Raising of Lazarus, the Orthodox services give us each day scriptures, hymns, and liturgical actions that enable us experience these saving events as realities in our time. Make plans to join us for these.
Orthodox Christians celebrate the first Sunday of Great Lent as the Sunday of Orthodoxy, remembering the restoration of the Holy Icons to the Churches on this Sunday in A.D. 843, after they were suppressed about 90 years by heretical Byzantine emperors.
In America it has become customary for all Orthodox Churches in a city or area to hold a service together in witness to our unity in the Faith. Holy Resurrection will host this year’s service. Father John Henderson, pastor of St. Peter Orthodox Church in Madison, will preach.
Other Churches participating include Holy Trinity and St. John Greek Orthodox Church in Jackson and St. George’s Church in Vicksburg.
The service will begin at 6 p.m. Sunday evening, March 9. The public is invited to this service and fellowship afterwards.
Let us fast with a fast pleasing to the Lord. This is the true fast: the casting off of evil, the bridling of the tongue, the cutting off of anger, the cessation of lusts, evil talking, lies and cursing. The stopping of these is the fast true and acceptable.
–Monday Vespers of the First Week
The Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem the Syrian
O Lord and Master of my life
Take from me the spirit of sloth, despair, lust of power and idle talk.
But grant rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience and love to Thy servant.
Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own transgressions and not to judge my brother,
For blessed art Thou unto ages of ages. Amen.
- Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 : Saving Salvation
- Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 : Walking Through Heaven’s Door
- Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 : Thinking About Hell