Announcements for November 16, 2017

November 26, 2017

25th Sunday after Pentecost – Tone 8

Nativity Fast Period

Venerable Alypius the Stylite (7th c.)

Matins Gospel #3: St. Mark 16: 9-20

Divine Liturgy:  Ephesians 4: 1-6; St. Luke 13: 10-17

 

TODAY:

  • Church School for children right after Liturgy

 

WEDNESDAY –  6 p.m. – Advent Paraklesis  7 p.m. Class on Orthodoxy

 

SATURDAY, November 18

  • Vespers – 5:30 p.m.
  • After Vespers – Meal and talk by Sister Marina and Sister Anastasia of St. Elisabeth’s Convent, Minsk, Belarus (see below)

 

VISITORS FROM BELARUS – On Saturday, December 2, after Vespers, we will have a meal and hear Sister Marina and Sister Maria of St. Elizabeth’s Convent, Minsk, Belarus, give a presentation on the history and service of their community. They help children without parental support, the patients of the psychiatric hospital, and the sufferers from alcohol and drug dependence. They will have icons and other religious items for sale, just in time for Christmas gifts. We will collect an offering for them. This is a worthy and interesting cause; let us turn out to hear them.  See Pictures.

 

FATHER TEODOR BITA, former pastor of Holy Trinity and St. John Greek Orthodox Church in Jackson, fell asleep Friday, November 24, in Texas and will be buried Thursday in Pflugerville, TX. Obituary.  May his memory be eternal.

 

OUR ANNUAL PARISH MEETING for nomination of Parish Council members and approval of a budget will be held Sunday, January 14, after Coffee Hour.

 

CONFESSION – It is appropriate for everyone to make a Confession during this fast – please don’t wait ‘till Christmas eve! — Fr. Paul

 

OUR ANNUAL ST. NICHOLAS PARTY will be Sunday, December 10, after Liturgy. Speak to Susan Ainsworth to help with it.

 

LOOKING AHEAD:

December 10 – St. Nicholas Celebration

December 17 – Kim Hancock will be Chrismated

January 7 – Outdoor Blessing of Water

January 14 – Annual Parish Meeting

February 12-16, 2018 – We host DOS Pastoral Conference

 

Thank you, O Lord!

Last Sermon of Fr. Alexander Schmemann, Thanksgiving, 1983

Thank you, O Lord!

Everyone capable of thanksgiving is capable of salvation and eternal joy.

Thank You, O Lord, for having accepted this Eucharist, which we offered to the Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and which filled our hearts with the joy, peace and righteousness of the Holy Spirit.

Thank You, O Lord, for having revealed Yourself unto us and given us the foretaste of Your Kingdom.

Thank You, O Lord, for having united us to one another in serving You and Your Holy Church.

Thank You, O Lord, for having helped us to overcome all difficulties, tensions, passions, temptations and restored peace, mutual love and joy in sharing the communion of the Holy Spirit.

Thank You, O Lord, for the sufferings You bestowed upon us, for they are purifying us from selfishness and reminding us of the “one thing needed;” Your eternal Kingdom.

Thank You, O Lord, for having given us this country where we are free to worship You.

Thank You, O Lord, for this school, where the name of God is proclaimed.

Thank You, O Lord, for our families: husbands, wives and, especially, children who teach us how to celebrate Your holy Name in joy, movement and holy noise.

Thank You, O Lord, for everyone and everything.

Great are You, O Lord, and marvelous are Your deeds, and no word is sufficient to celebrate Your miracles.

Lord, it is good to be here! Amen.

 

Regular Services

Saturday 5:30 p.m. Vespers

Sunday 8:30 a.m. Matins (Orthros), 9:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Wednesday 6:00 p.m. Vespers; feast days see www.holyres.net

Confessions Saturday after Vespers and other times by appointment

Phone 601 924-2441 – email office@holyres.net – Bookstore open after Liturgy

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