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Weekly Newsletter | September 16 – October 2

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A Blessed Feast of the Cross 

“To take up one’s cross means to accept and bear unmurmuring everything unpleasant, painful, sad, difficult and oppressive that may happen to us in our life. And therefore, whether anyone offends you, or laughs at you, or causes you weariness, sorrow or annoyance; or you have done good to someone and instead of thanking you, he rises up against you and even make trouble; or some misfortune has happened, but you bear all this wihtout malice, without murmuring, without criticism, without complaint, but bear it all with love, with joy, and firmness…this is to take up one’s cross… To take up one’s cross means not only to bear crosses laid on us by others or sent by Providence, but to take and carry one’s own crosses, and even to lay crosses upon oneself and bear them. This means that a Christian can and should make and keep various vows and promises that are troublesome and burdensome for our heart… Thus, for example, one can and should make and keep vows useful to our neighbors, as: to tend the sick; to help those in need of help; to seek out cases and to work for the salvation and welfare of others, either by action or by word, or by advice, or by prayer.”  – St. Innocent

“We ought to know that it is not enough for us that we have received the name of Christians. If we continually cross ourselves with the cross of Christ but do not give alms accordingly, our title of Christian does not profit us. The sign of Christ and His cross are a great thing…but what is the good of putting the sign of Christ on our forehead and lips, when within we hide sins and offense in our soul…In order that with God’s help we may be able to [bear His name], be at peace with everyone and recall to harmony those who are at variance. Avoid falsehood, perjury, and do not bear false witness or commit theft. Above all, give alms to the poor according to your means.” – St. John Chrysostom

Sermons

Church Announcements

  • Feast of Cross
    • Liturgies will be Monday-Wednesday. See schedule below 
  • 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. 
    • Lots of Candy and Chocolate donatations needed. See Suzan Armanious 
    • Sign ups for Trunk-or-Treat needed! Please see flyer and scan QR to sign up!
    • TRUNK OR TREAT FLYER

Featured Saint of the Week: St. Gregory the Armenian 

St. Gregory became a martyr without bloodshed. He made himself a slave in the country of Armenia in the days of King Tiridates around 270 A.D. This king was not Christian. When he came into the temple to offer up incense to the idols, he summoned the saint to offer up incense with him, but the saint refused. The king inflicted upon him severe tortures and finally cast him in an empty pit. The Saint lived there for 15 years. Near the pit lived an old widow, and she saw in a vision someone telling her, “Make bread and cast it into this pit,” and she continued to do this for 15 years. It happened that the king ordered the killing of the virgins Arbsima and Agatha, and their friends. After the killing he became exceedingly sad, because he wanted to marry St. Arbsima. He suffered a serious illness from which he did not recover until his sister saw in a dream someone telling her, “Unless you bring up Gregory out of the pit, your brother will not be cured.” They brought the saint out of the pit, and he prayed over the king, and he was cured from his sickness.

Saints of the Week:

  • St. Theognosta – Monday, Sept. 27
  • St. Prophorios  – Tuesday, Sept. 28
  • St. Gregory the Armenian – Wednesday, Sept. 29
  • St. Melitina and St. Theopista – Thursday, Sept. 30
  • St. Cyprian and St. Justina– Friday, Oct. 1
  • St. Cotylas and St. Julius  – Saturday, Oct. 2

This Week’s Schedule:

  • Monday:
    • Feast of Cross Liturgy: 8:00-11:00am 
    • Midnight Praises: 7:30-9:00pm
  • Tuesday:
    • Feast of Cross Liturgy: 5:30-8:00am
    • Bible Pleasure at 7:00pm
  • Wednesday:
    • Feast of Cross Liturgy: 8:00-10:30am
  • Thursday:
    • Liturgy: 7:30-10:00am
  • Friday:
    • Liturgy: 8:00-10:30am
  • Saturday:
    • Liturgy: 8:00-10:30am
    • 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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