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Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church

44 Benzinger St, Buffalo, NY 14206
(716) 893 0044 -office (716) 220 8724 - Fr. Vlad’s cell

Fr. Volodymyr Zablotskyy, Acting Rector Martin Napierski – Council President Linda Mucyn - Choir Director

DECEMBER 30, 2012

30th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Tone 5. Afterfeast of the Nativity of Christ. Sunday after Nativity. Holy Righteous Ones: Joseph the Betrothed, David the King, and James the Brother of the Lord. Virgin Martyr Anysia at Thessalonica (285-305). Martyr Zoticus, Keeper of Orphans (4th c.). Apostle of the Seventy, Timon the Deacon (1st c.). Martyr Philoterus of Nicomedia (311). Ven. Theodora of Cæsarea in Cappadocia (8th c.). Ven. Theodora of Constantinople (10th c.). Monk Martyr Gideon of Karakallou (Mt. Athos—1818). St. Makáry, Metropolitan of Moscow and All Russia (1563).

Galatians 1:11-19 (Epistle)
11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ. For you have heard of my former conduct in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it. And I advanced in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries in my own nation, being more exceedingly zealous for the traditions of my fathers. But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went to Arabia, and returned again to Damascus. Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and remained with him fifteen days. But I saw none of the other apostles except James, the Lord’s brother.

Matthew 2:13-23 (Gospel)
13 14 15 Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.” When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt, and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, “Out of Egypt I called My Son.”

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Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying: A voice was heard in Ramah, Lamentation, weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, Refusing to be comforted, Because they are no more.” Now when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the young Child’s life are dead.” Then he arose, took the young Child and His mother, and came into the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea instead of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And being warned by God in a dream, he turned aside into the region of Galilee. And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, “He shall be called a Nazarene.”

Prayers for sick, home bund and those who requested to pray for them: Ann, Teresa, Marianne, Martin, Andrea, Andrew, Baby Jonas

A Father’s Blessing by Fr Vlad (but not really) While reading a few things on the internet the other day I came across this beautiful prayer. In fact, it is a long blessing. I was very moved just reading it, and I am certain you will be also. My child, I love you! You are special. You are a gift from God. I thank God for allowing me to be a father to you. I bless you with the healing of all wounds of rejection, neglect and abuse that you have suffered. I bless you with overflowing peace, the peace that only the Prince of Peace can give, a peace beyond comprehension. I bless your life with fruitfulness—good fruit, much fruit and fruit that remains. I bless you with success. You are the head and not the tail; you are above and not beneath. I bless you with health and strength of body, soul and spirit. I bless you with overflowing prosperity, enabling you to be a blessing to others. I bless you with spiritual influence, for you are the light of the world and the salt of the earth. You are like a tree planted by rivers of water. You will prosper in all your ways. I bless you with a depth of spiritual understanding and a close walk with your Lord. You will not stumble or falter, for the Word of God will be a lamp to your feet and a light to your path. I bless you with pure and edifying relationships in life. You have favor with God and man. I bless you with abounding love. You will minister God’s comforting grace to others. You are blessed, my child! You are blessed with all spiritual blessings in Christ Jesus!

Donation Envelopes The parish donation envelopes should be ready for pickup after Liturgy this week. Be sure to pick up your envelopes. And remember, payment by check (if you have a checking account) makes the work of our Treasurer Linda easier to account. However, donations in any form are gratefully appreciated. Also, the 2013 calendars are in the lobby of the church. Please take a calendar

Join the Choir! The anticipated January concert –sadly- has been postponed. Those who remember the concert last year will recall its awesome beauty. Choir practice will resume after the new year, so check again for notices in January. Anyone interested in joining the choir still is encouraged to contact Linda. Our beautiful choir provides an important contribution to the Liturgy. Thanks to each of them for their dedication and service. THE SAINTS PETER & PAUL ORTHODOX CHURCH PARISH RECIPE & COOKBOOK THANK YOU! For those who have submitted recipes for THE SAINTS PETER & PAUL ORTHODOX CHURCH PARISH RECIPE & COOKBOOK. The recipes are starting to come in and we are assembling them into categories. We really could use your recipes for the “Russian” section of the cookbook. Won’t you share them with us?  Be sure to pick up a Recipe Form from the table in the lobby of the church, fill in the details of your favorite recipe and then bring it back next week. Contact Janet or Mary for more information. Or go to the website!

Church Wish List Winter finally came to Buffalo! Please remember the Church during your post-holiday shopping or as you are cleaning out your attic: small things we could use for day to day activities (large 20” frying pan, large serving platters, laser printer cartridges, a roll of stamps, office supplies, paper towels and paper products, etc.) and bigger things (a show blower!). Someday we need to tackle the capital improvements – the really, really big things (new windows in the Hall, a van/school bus to transport our parishioners to Divine Liturgy, plumbing repairs to the Hall. In the meantime, if you would like to make a donation to the Church to support any of these needs, please call the Church Office (716) 893.0044. We would be grateful for your support.

PARISH MINISTRIES Saturday Soup Kitchen The Parish continues to provide a hot lunch on Saturday mornings. Please consider volunteering on Friday evenings to prepare the meal or on Saturdays to serve the meal. Also: Please consider buying a loaf or two of Fr. Vlad’s Sourdough Bread (available after Liturgy on a “first come first serve” basis) Proceeds from the Sale are used to support the Saturday Soup Kitchen. Clothing and Linens Drive The Church is collecting blankets, sheets and towels for families in need. Also, children’s clothing – especially little girls – for winter coats, warm clothing, mittens, boots, etc. Please contact the Church Office or bring the items to the Church.

WEEKLY CALENDAR:               Saturday, Dec 29 4pm: Church: Vespers Sunday, Dec 30 10am Church: Divine Liturgy Sunday, Dec 30 Noon: Hall, Sourdough Bread Sale Monday, Dec 31 4pm: Church: Vespers Tuesday, Jan 1 10am Church: Divine Liturgy Feast of Circumcision of Our Lord Tuesday, Jan 1 6pm – No Tango this week Thursday, Jan 3 5:30p: Hall: NO ZUMBA this week –returns 1/ 10 Thursday, Jan 3 6:30pm: Hall: Adult Enrichment Returns Friday, Jan 4 6-9pm: Hall: Soup Kitchen Preparation Saturday, Jan 5 9am-1pm: Hall: Soup Kitchen Saturday, Jan 5 4pm: Church: Vespers Sunday, Jan 6 9:30am: Church: General Confession Sunday, Jan 6 10am: Church: Divine Liturgy-HOLY THEOPHANY Sunday, Jan 6 noon: Hall: Council Meeting

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! COMING EVENTS:  Sunday, May 5 10am: Church: Divine Liturgy-GREAT PASCHA

Thursday Zumba - 5:30PM (Parish Hall) Make your New Year’s Resolution - come to Zumba on Thursdays. Classes begin again on January 10. PARISH HALL The Parish Hall is available for rent. Contact the Office for more information NOTICES If you have a notice or event to be printed in the weekly bulletin, please send the information to by noon on Thursday.

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