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Weekly Newsletter | September 19 – 25

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“The saints seek for themselves this sign of complete likeness to God: to be perfect in the love of their neighbor. It is said that St. Anthony never resolved within himself to do anything that would benefit himself more than his neighbors, because he possessed the hope that his neighbor’s profit would be to him his own most excellent work.” – St. Isaac the Syrian 

“Mercy is a twofold virtue. On the one hand, it means giving shelter, protection, food, and necessary aid to those in want. One the other hand, it is patience, forgiveness of wrongs, and compassion towards those who offend. Thus, if we are unable to give to poor, the Lord has allowed us to obtain the same virtue through other means.” –  St. Gregory of Palamas 

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Church Announcements

  • All-Saints Day!
    • October 31st from 5pm to 9pm
    • Trunk or Treat, Bounce House, Rock Climbing Wall, Zip Lining, Animal Kingdom Obstace Course, Face Painting, Carl’s Jr. Truck, and more. See Flyer
    • Lots of Candy and Chocolate donatations needed. See Suzan Armanious 

Featured Saint of the Week: St. Matruna 

St. Matruna was a maid-servant to a Jewish lady. She was of Christian parents, and her mistress used to entice her to adopt the Hebrew religion, but she refused. Therefore her mistress used to humiliate her, ill treat her, and over-burden her with servitude.

One day she accompanied her mistress to the Jewish temple, then she went to the Christians church. And when her mistress asked her where she had been and why she did not enter their assembly, the Saint replied, “God had departed far from the synagogue that is yours, how shall I enter it? Whereas the place that should be entered is the church which the Lord Christ has bought with His blood.” Her mistress became angry at this and beat her harshly, then imprisoned her in a dark place where she spent four days without food or drink. She then took her out and beat her painfully, then she returned her to her imprisonment where she died.

After her death, her mistress, because she feared that the authorities would hold her accountable for her blood, took St. Matruna to the top of her house and threw her down so that it would be said that she had fallen by accident. She was accursed by God, her feet slipped and she fell down, and died. As for the Saint, she went to the eternal bliss.

Saints of the Week:

  • St. Matruna – Monday, Sept. 20
  • St. Basilides  – Tuesday, Sept. 21
  • Assemble of the Third Ecumenical Council – Wednesday, Sept. 22
  • Commemoration of the Miracle by St. Basil  – Thursday, Sept. 23
  • St. Agathon– Friday, Sept. 24
  • Translocation of Stephen the Archdeacon  – Saturday, Sept. 25

This Week’s Schedule:

  • Monday:
    • Midnight Praises: 7:30-9:00pm
  • Tuesday:
    • Bible Pleasure at 7:00pm
  • Wednesday:
    • Liturgy: 8:00-10:30am
  • Thursday:
    • Liturgy: 7:30-10:00am
  • Friday:
    • Liturgy: 8:00-10:30am
  • Saturday:
    • Hymns Class: 5:00-6:00pm
    • Sunday School: 6:00-7:00pm
    • Vespers: 7:00-7:30pm.
    • Midnight Praises: 7:30-9:30pm
  • Sunday:
    • Liturgy: 7:30-11:00am
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