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Saint Joseph Melkite Greek Catholic Church

130 North Saint Francis Cabrini Avenue Scranton, PA 18504


Rev. Protodeacon Michael Jolly
Administrator pro tempore
570-213-9344

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November 20, 2011 Tone 6 and Orthros Gospel 1 Liturgy Schedule: Saturday Vespers 4pm Compline Weds 8:30PM

9th Sunday After The Holy Cross Sunday Orthros 8:55 am Sunday Divine Liturgy 10:00 am

Liturgy Intentions:
November 20, 2011 Emma Betress by Saint Joseph Ladies Society November 27, 2011

Parish Notes:

Welcome back Father John Wysochansky who serves liturgy today . Divine Liturgy on Monday at 7PM for the Feast of the Presentation in the Temple of the Theotokos. This is a mandatory feast for Melkite Catholics. The Qurban used in todays liturgy was baked by Mary Clark Join us today after Divine Liturgy for a buffet luncheon to celebrate Deacon Michaels 25 anniversary of ordination to the diaconate. Baptism of Gabriel Joseph Fitzpatrick and Divine Liturgy next Saturday served by Father Christopher at 11am

Angela Scavo By her daughter, Boots Zaydon

Todays Icon: The Feast of the Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple has only one day of prefeast. The hymns for today praise St Anna for bringing her daughter, the living temple of God, to the Temple in Jerusalem.

THE BISHOPS APPEAL: At this time of year when we offer thanksgiving for all
Gods blessings, Our Lord speaks to us in the Gospel about storing up treasure in Heaven and about being rich in the things of God. Let us give back to the Lord in return for all the blessings he has bestowed upon us. Let us give thanks to God for the precious gift of our Melkite Church and offer a tribute of thanksgiving in honor of the labor and sacrifice of our forebears in the faith who have gone before us. Offer thanks to God by giving a generous gift to the Bishops Appeal. Extra Appeal envelopes are available in the narthex. Thank you for your generosity.

The Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom


Antiphons:
First Antiphon Through the prayers of the Mother of God Second Antiphon O Son of God, Who are risen from the dead Hymn of incarnation Third Antiphon Tone 2 Tone 2 Tone 4 Tone 6 Tone 6 Tone 4

Hymns:
Resurrectional Troparion Troparion of the Fathers
O God of our Fathers who always deal with us according to Your compassion, do not remove from us Your mercy from us, but through their intercession, direct our lives in peace,

Troparion of the Forefeast


Ann is now preparing a great joy for us all, for she has given birth to the only evervirginal one, who is a joy that dispels all sadness. Today, Ann fulfills her vow with gladness, presenting to the Temple of the Lord the one who is the true Temple of Gods Word and His pure Mother.

Tone 4

Troparion of St. Joseph Kontakion for the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin

Tone 2 Tone 4 Pg 120

Prokiemenon

(Tone 6) Ps.27: 9, 1 O Lord, save Your people and bless Your inheritance! Stichon: To You, O Lord, I have called: O my Rock, be not deaf to me!
BRETHREN, God, Who is rich in mercy, by reason of His very great love with which He has loved us even when we were dead by reason of our sins, brought us to life together with Christ, and you have been saved by grace. [God] raised us up together, and enthroned us together in heaven in Christ Jesus, so that He might show in future ages the overflowing riches of His grace, through His kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith: and that, not on your own, for it is Gods gift, and not the result of work which might have been a pretext for anyone to boast. For we are His workmanship, we who were created in Christ Jesus through good works which God has pre-planned so that we could walk in them.

Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Ephesians 2:4-10

Alleluia (Tone 2) Prv. 10:31; Ps. 36:31


He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High abides in the shadow of the God of heaven. Stichon: He will say to the Lord, My wall, my refuge, my God in Whom I will trust!

The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke

8: 41-56

The Lord told this parable: The land of a certain rich man brought forth abundant crops. And he began to consider, saying, What shall I do, for I have no room to store my crops? And he said, I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store up all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have many good things laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, be merry. But God said to him, You fool, this very night, you must give up your life; and the things you have provided, whose will they be? So is the man who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich as regards God. After He had said this, He cried out, He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

Our True Riches


What does it mean to be rich toward God (Lk 12:21)? Many of us may remember the concept of spiritual bouquets promoted by many Roman Catholic religious orders in schools and churches, particularly before Vatican II. A person accomplished so many Masses, so many Communions, so many rosaries, etc. which were then offered for another person or a special intention. This practice, which urged many people to more frequent devotional practices than they would have observed otherwise, was a kind of piety of numbers: the more you do, the better.

As St. Paul says here, this knowledge is not an end in itself but enables us to be filled with Gods fullness. Once our hearts are opened by a realization of how God loves us, they can experience Gods saving presence. This presence transforms us deifies us making us sharers of His divine nature, which the Greek Fathers call theosis.

Some people have achieved this knowledge past understanding through the direct intervention of God. God makes Himself known unexpectedly to people and energizes their lives dramatically. St Gregory of Nyssa, for example, testifies that One night there appeared to Basil an outpouring of light, and, by means of divine power, the entire dwelling was illuminated by an immaterial light, having no Is this what the Lord Jesus meant by being rich source in anything material (Funeral Oration for towards God? Instead of amassing earthly His Brother, Basil the Great). treasures are we intended to accumulate spiritual points which we can bring with us when we stand Most of us, however, have not had such an before the Judge? Such an approach can bring us experience. How do we begin to arrive at this close to the Pharisee in Christs parable who lists knowledge? Our attentiveness to prayer, the his spiritual accomplishments in contrast to the sacraments and the Scriptures are certainly signs repentant Publican. At best it reveals our faith as that we look to know God. Still, our contact with immature, incapable of digesting spiritual meat (see the Bible and the Churchs liturgy is intermittent. 1 Cor 3:2). Even if we pray every day, these acts of openness to God are intermittent. Can ordinary people be in Our True Wealth Is God more constant communion with God than that? The actual treasure which is ours as the adopted children of God is nothing less than to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge that you may be filled with all the fullness of God (Eph 3:19). We are, as St. Paul insists, a temple in which God dwells both individually and as Church. Our ability to know God begins with His indwelling presence within us. We certainly know that God loves us in Christ, and may believe that He dwells in us but it often seems to be an abstraction: something we know is true but doesnt touch us in any significant way. God loves us Michelangelo gave us great art Bell gave us the telephone we may know all these things in the same way. But to know Gods love in a way that passes knowledge is to do so in a manner that goes beyond intellectual knowledge to a knowledge of the heart. Sitting in the Presence of God St. Isaac the Syrian insists that we can and must commune with God continually to be on regular speaking terms with Him, as it were. Sit in the presence of the Lord every moment of your life, as you think of Him and recollect Him in your heart. Otherwise, when you only see Him after a period of time, you will lack the freedom to converse with Him, out of shame; for great freedom of conversation is born out of constant association with Him. What St Isaac calls sitting in the presence of God others in both East and West have described as developing an awareness of the presence of God. We regularly pray that God is everywhere present and filling all things (O heavenly King) but are more frequently unaware of Gods presence as we

go about our daily tasks. As the Divine Liturgy expresses it, Christ is in our midst He is and ever shall be. Even more compelling is the realization that the Spirit of God is not only with us but also within us through baptism, that we are members of the Body of Christ. If God dwells within us, then everything we do is in the presence of God although we regularly forget it. Developing an awareness of the presence of God, then, simply means keeping the memory of God in our thoughts, and living like we really mean it. Many people have learned to use an everyday event to trigger their awareness that God is present now. It may be an icon at ones desk or kitchen counter, the ringing of a telephone or the sight of a child. Whenever they encounter their trigger they say a brief prayer. Learning to Focus on Gods Presence Setting aside time for silent reflection helps us refocus our attention on the presence of God in our midst. Spiritual writers of all ages recommend that we go apart to our rooms, the outdoors, a church where we can be undisturbed. There we can disengage from the activities of the day, close our eyes and begin to focus on the unceasing presence of God in which we stand. A time of silence may be enhanced by a simple breathing exercise to help us concentrate on the fact that we are in the holy presence of God. St John Climacus, the 7th century abbot of Mount Sinai and author of The Ladder, suggests the next step. Become aware of God, in whose presence you are while you pray, he writes. Then take a formula of prayer and recite it with perfect attention both to the words you are saying and to the Person to whom you are saying them. In time the Jesus Prayer Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner became the standard prayer in the Byzantine Churches for resting in the presence of God. Sit quietly and repeat the prayer without hurrying for whatever length of time you have set apart for sitting

in Gods presence. It is good to have a regular period of time for this activity e.g. 15 minutes, for a start which may be adjusted as circumstances dictate. Counseling 17th century nuns, the Bishop of Geneva, St Francis de Sales, suggests a different kind of adjustment than we would normally consider. Half an hours meditation is essential except when you are very busy, he teaches. Then a full hour is needed. The more harried we are by stress at home or work, the more we need to focus on the presence of God to bring us peace. As Brother Lawrence, the 17th century Carmelite monk, whose teachings are recorded in the book The Practice of the Presence of God, adds another dimension to our consideration of our true wealth as Christians. We are fulfilling our eternal calling as people devoted to the worship of God I am doing now what I will do for all eternity, he exclaimed. I am blessing God, praising Him, adoring Him, and loving Him with all my heart.

He urged President Assad to launch dialogue with the opposition to effect an orderly transition. If Bashar has the interest of his country, he would step down, but he would also create an ability to reach out and start a new phase of Syrian political life, he said. Thats the only way I would see it work and I dont think people are asking that question. Criticism and protest Jordan, which borders Syria, has been increasingly critical of the crackdown on anti-government protesters. Arab leaders have increasingly criticised the crackdown in Syria after months of violence. The head of the Arab League, Nabil al-Arabi, said last weekend the organisation was studying mechanisms it could implement to protect civilians in Syria.

Patriarch offers his prayers for Syria

He spoke after the league voted to freeze Syrias membership, a move that sparked pro-government riots in Syria. France has joined the condemnation of President Bashar al-Assads government. It summoned the Syrian Most senior cleric in Syria hopes that the country ambassador to Paris on Sunday to demand an explanation will soon pass through its big ordeal for attacks by Assad loyalists on diplomatic missions in Patriarch of Antioch, Gregory Laham, the spiritual leader Syria, including its own, following Saturdays suspension. of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, and most senior Catholic cleric in Syria, has said Syria is passing through Turkey, which has begun withdrawing non-essential a big ordeal. but it will overcome the crisis under the diplomatic personnel and families of diplomatic staff, leadership of President Bashar al-Assad, and called on all called on the international community to respond with a citizens to pray for its stability. united voice to the serious developments in Syria. A statement by the Patriarchates Council criticised the The Saudi and Qatari embassies were stormed during Arab Leagues recent resolutions on Syria, which Saturdays pro-Assad protests, and new mass rallies by condemned the violence used by President Assads loyalists were held on Sunday. Government in dealing with the eight-month long uprising. With Syrias suspension not due to take effect until Wednesday, Damascus has called for an urgent Arab Patriarch Laham (right)said that the Arab League is separating, not uniting, and it will not taste victory, but summit and invited Arab League officials to visit. failure, adding Syria, Lebanon and Palestine are the measure of security, stability, coexistence and democracy. King of Jordans comments However on Monday Jordans king became the first Arab leader to openly say Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should stand down. King Abdullah said that if he were in Mr Assads position, he would make sure whoever comes behind me has the ability to change the status quo. Opposition sources said the repression of dissent continued on Sunday, with nine people reportedly killed by security forces. According to a report, which could not be verified independently, security forces shot and bludgeoned to death a schoolboy, 14, in the town of Dir Az-Zour after he refused to join a pro-government march. The UN says more than 3,500 people have died since the start of the protests in March while the Syrian authorities blame the violence on terrorists.

The icon of the feast tells the story of Mary's entry into the Temple. The High Priest, Zacharias (1), is in his priestly robes standing on the step of the Temple. His arms are outstretched, ready to greet and receive the Virgin. Mary is shown as a small child, standing before Zacharias with her arms reaching up to him (2).

Icon of the Feast

In some icons the young maidens (3) who served as her escort are depicted standing behind her. Also, we see her parents, Joachim and Anna (4), offering their child to God and His divine service.

1. The High Priest, Zacharias receives the Theotokos at the steps of the Temple

2. The Theotokos as a small child being received by the High Priest, Zacharias

3. Young maidens gathered by Joachim to form an escort for the Theotokos

4. Joachim and Anna, parents of the Theotokos

Among Todays Saints


Saint Gregory the Decapolite was born in the Isaurian city of Decapolis (ten cities) in the eighth century. From his childhood he loved the temple of God and church services. He read the Holy Scripture constantly and with reverence. In order to avoid the marriage which his parents had intended for him, he secretly left home. He spent all his life wandering: he was in Constantinople, Rome, Corinth, and he lived as an ascetic on Olympus for a while. St Gregory preached the Word of God everywhere, denouncing the Iconoclast heresy, strengthening the faith and fortitude of the Orthodox, whom the heretics in those times oppressed, tortured and imprisoned. Through his ascetic effort and prayer, St Gregory attained the gifts of prophecy and wonderworking. After overcoming the passions and reaching the height of virtue, he was permitted to hear angelic singing in praise of the Holy Trinity. St Gregory left the monastery of St Menas near Thessalonica, where he had labored for a long time, and he went again to Constantinople in order to combat the Iconoclast heresy. At the capital, a grievous illness undermined his strength, and he departed to the Lord in the year 816. St Gregory was buried at a monastery in Constantinople, and many miracles took place at his tomb. As a result, the monks removed the holy relics of St Gregory and enshrined them in the church where people could venerate them. When Constantinople fell to the Turks in 1453, the relics of St Gregory were carried to the region of the Danube by a Turkish official. In 1498 Barbu Craiovescu, the Ban of the Romanian Land (Wallachia) heard of the miracles performed by the holy relics and bought them for a considerable sum of money. Barbu Craiovescu placed the relics in the main church of Bistritsa Monastery which he founded in Rimnicu Vilcea, where they remain to the present day.

Please join us for a luncheon to celebrate Deacon Michaels 25th anniversary of ordination as a deacon
Today Following Divine Liturgy
To honor this event and to extend appreciation to the Deacon for all his service to St. Joseph Church for over 10 years and to the entire Melkite Eparchy, the parish family is hosting a buffet luncheon after the 10am Divine Liturgy on Sunday, November 20, around 11:45am. We will be serving kibbee, grape leaves, rice, green beans, salad & dessert. Pizza will be available for the kids. We are not selling tickets, but we are asking for a free-will donation at the door to defray the cost of the food. Charlie & Joanna Simon will be our chefs.

Walk-ins welcome. We are sure Deacon Michael will be so pleased to have you join him at Liturgy and Lunch.

The Spirit of Thankfulness


It is natural for us to ask help from God in times of trouble or sorrow. It is also natural to plead on behalf of our loved ones. These two forms of prayer - petition and intercession - are vital. But the prayer of thanksgiving, mentioned so often in Scripture and made so eloquently in many Psalms, must also be an essential part of our lives as Christians. Are we truly thankful to God for His innumerable blessings and mercies toward us? Do we really feel we even have anything to be thankful for? Perhaps, amid our daily duties and struggles, an occasion for gratitude seems hard to find. We may have pressing financial needs, urgent family problems, deep personal sorrows or concerns. We may be only too well aware of the evils of our time, or the sins of our heart. We may simply feel empty, weary, isolated. The evening news, or the events in our neighborhood, may make us feel that talk of thanking God is at best simple-minded and at worst hypocritical. In reality, the practice of prayerful thanksgiving is essential to acquiring inner peace. Far from being simpleminded, it requires - and develops - a living faith and humility in the soul. One of the reasons God often seems far from us is simply because we do not - even will not - see Him where He is, in the daily circumstances of life He sends us. Giving thanks to God for everything in our "ordinary" lives can help us to see at last that nothing in our lives is really ordinary. Life is never "ordinary". It is rather a passage from time into eternity. The circumstances that rise before us, the problems we encounter, the relationships we form, the choices we make, all ultimately concern our eternal union with or separation from God. If we as Christians truly believe that our lives are lived under the sign of the Cross and in the light of eternity, then we must believe that God is with us in all the changing fortunes of

our days. And we must also believe that despite natural disasters and human ills, evil is not finally triumphant and death is not victorious. In our lives there are no chance events, no irrational twists of empty fate, but rather the ever-present workings of a provident God, Who uses all means to lead us into the harbor of Christ. When we begin to feel, however faintly, the truth of this, we shall find much to be grateful for. The spirit of thankfulness is a necessary part of the spiritual discipline of living in the present moment - with God - and not in the past or the future. We cannot know what will happen tomorrow, or even tonight; we cannot change what is already past. But we can be grateful today for the blessings of today - the blessing of life itself, the blessing of communion with God through prayer and the Holy Eucharist, the blessing of repentance, the healing of forgiveness. Even the small, seemingly trivial, moments in our day - the sight of a bird in the sky, the greening of a tree, the laugh of a child, the voice of a friend speak to us of God if only we wish to hear, for everything of beauty, of light, of love, comes to us from Him. In such small moments, as much as in the dramatic crises of our lives, the headlong rush of time opens upon eternity. If we learn to live quietly, attentively, faithfully, in the "now" which alone truly exists for us, we shall be prepared by degrees for the "everlasting now" which awaits us after death. If we do not find and follow Christ in the present moment, we shall not recognize Him at the end of time. Let us ask of God a grateful heart, and let us resolve to give thanks each day for the day itself and the presence of Christ in it, sustaining our life by His hand and giving courage to our struggles, zeal to our repentance, contrition to our prayer, and stability to our labors. If only we will make an effort, we will find that giving thanks to God - even in adversity - opens our hearts to see blessings we had not thought to find.

Devotions and Readings for this week


Mon 11/21 Tues 11/22 Weds 11/23 Thurs 11/24 Fri 11/25 Sat 11/26 Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple Apostle Philemon and his companions Gregory of Agrigentium and Amphilochios of Iconium Hieromartyrs Clement and Peter Thanksgiving Day Great Martyr Catherine Alypios the Stylite Heb 9:1-7 1 Thess 3:8-13 1 Thess 4:1-12 1 Thess 4:18, 5:1-10 1 Thess 5:9-13, 24-28 2 Cor 11:1-6 Lk 10:38-42 11:27-28 Lk 17:26-37 Lk 18:15-17 26-30 Lk 18:31-34 Lk 19:12-28 Lk 10:19-21

US Melkite bishop urges study of ordaining married men as priests


WASHINGTON (CNS) -- To address a shortage of priests in his nationwide eparchy, the Melkite Catholic bishop of Newton, Mass., is exploring the possibility of ordaining married men as priests. Bishop Nicholas J. Samra of Newton notes that of the 40 parishes in his diocese, eight have no resident priest. And, while the answer is more priests, the question is how to get them.

the Latin-rite bishops of the United States, ruled that married priests could not serve the Eastern-rite churches in the United States. The ban was applied to Canada in the 1930s and to Australia in 1949. But by the early 2000s, the Vatican had stopped suspending married men ordained to the priesthood for service in the Eastern Catholic churches of North America and Australia. Archbishop Cyril Vasil, secretary of the Congregation for Eastern Churches, told CNS in Rome that the Vatican reconfirmed the general ban in 2008, "but in individual cases, in consultation with the national bishops' conference, a dispensation can be given" allowing the ordination.

The strategy Bishop Samra prefers is to develop priests from within the diocese rather than ask Melkite Catholic bishops from the Middle East, where the rite has its roots, Eastern Catholic bishops say the Second Vatican to supply priests. Council's call to respect the traditions and disciplines of Bishop Samra made his views clear during an address he the Eastern churches, and the 1990 Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches affirmation of that call, in effect gave Aug. 23, the date of his installation as bishop. nullifies the ban, or at the very least makes the ban a "God calls men and women to religious vocations. And I "disputed question" and therefore not binding. believe he also calls married men to the priesthood," he But practical questions abound for the Melkites. "The said in his remarks. "We need to study this situation in Melkite Church never had a married clergy (tradition) in our country and develop the proper formation for men the USA," Bishop Samra told CNS. who are truly deemed worthy of this call." He added, " The (diocesan) deacon formation program is a good program; however, (it) is not the back door to the priesthood. Married men who are called to priesthood need the same formation as those celibates who are called. I have already discussed this issue with those involved in priestly formation and hopefully soon we can see the growth of properly formed married clergy. Of course there are also major financial issues to be looked at and we will embark on this also." In a Nov. 9 telephone interview with Catholic News Service, Bishop Samra said his comments should not provoke any surprise at the Vatican. "We have a bunch of people who want to be ordained, yeah, but we need to have men who have the credentials," he said, adding there are priests in the diocese who have complained, "If I had to go through all that training to get it (ordination), why shouldn't they?" To that end, Bishop Samra said he planned on meeting with representatives of the Byzantine Catholic seminary where Melkite seminarians are educated to work out those issues.

There are some married priests serving the diocese; four are assigned to small parishes that struggle to pay the expenses incurred by the priests' families. To address that, Bishop Samra said he would like to reinstate a dormant philanthropic arm of the diocese, and apply 30-40 percent "This is not new that I said this. I've said it before. They of the funds raised as an escrow account to have the must have known this when they named me (bishop)," he dioceses pay the costs of a priest's family, leaving the said, adding he has even published his views in a book. "I individual parish to pay the same costs whether the priest know a copy went to Rome and I'm sure they saw that. is celibate or married. "I haven't hidden the fact that it's a necessity for our church," he said, noting that any such initiative would need to be "properly managed, and not just ordaining somebody who thinks they have a vocation." The Vatican began placing limits on the ordination and assignment of Eastern Catholic married priests in the West in the 1880s. In 1929, the Vatican, at the request of One solution Bishop Samra said he would no longer pursue is bringing in Melkite priests from the Middle East. "Everyone we brought over we had problems with, and they're all gone," he said, noting they did not adapt to U.S. culture. He added that he has told his brother Melkite bishops, "I'm a little afraid now of requesting priests from the

Middle East. I'm just afraid you're going to send us people who have problems and those problems are going to be multiplied." Bishop Samra is the Melkite Catholic diocese's first U.S.born bishop. He said other approaches include having "working priests" who make a salary outside the diocese staff parishes during the weekend, and "asking a couple of our birituals to help out a little more." Biritual priests have permission to celebrate Mass in two rites, often the Latin rite and an Eastern rite. Melkite parishes have been closed, not for a lack of priests but for a lack of parishioners, according to Bishop Samra. He said Melkite Catholics without a priest will typically worship at a Latin-rite church, but that the longer they attach themselves to a Latin-rite parish, the harder it is to bring them back to the Melkites once a priest becomes available. "I haven't had people calling me up complaining they have no priest. They just don't understand modern-day assignment procedures," Bishop Samra said. "I'm a bishop, but that doesn't mean I can be a dictator. ... Although they sing 'despota' in the liturgy, I can't be a despot." He added, "God provides, and that's my faith. We're working on it."

Melkite Question Box


Q. What is faith? A. Faith is, according to St. Paul, "the substance of things to be hoped for, the evidence of things that appear not. For this the ancients obtained a testimony." Or, as follows: the apostolic orthodoxcatholic (faith) is to believe in one's heart and confess by one's mouth one God in the Holy Trinity, according to the teaching of the same St. Paul: "for with the heart we believe unto justice; but with the mouth confession is made unto salvation;" and then also, Faith is to hold intact all the articles of the orthodox- catholic faith, handed down by Christ the Lord through the Apostles and pronounced and approved in the Ecumenical Councils and to believe them without doubt as taught therein, just as the Apostle designates: "Brothers, stand fast and hold the traditions which you have learned, whether by word or by our epistle." And in another place: "I praise (you, brothers), that you are mindful of me in all things; and keep my ordinances as I delivered them to you." From these words it is clear that the articles of faith receive their commendation and authority partly from Sacred Scripture and partly from church tradition and the teaching of the Councils and the Holy Fathers. By way of explanation in this matter, St. Dionysius says: "For the substance of our hierarchy is the divinely given oracles; most truly we declare these oracles to be venerated, which were given to us by our holy founders, inspired by the Holy Spirit, in Sacred Scripture and theological books, as also that which comes from these same holy men in a more subtle way, not completely treated from on high, but by the penetration of one mind unto another, indeed by way of the corporeal word, but nevertheless at the same time immaterial, by which our holy founders were taught without writing in this certain sacred tradition." I speak, he says, of certain dogmas given through the Scripture and contained in the theological books (that is, of St. Basil); Truly these are dogmas which were orally given by the Apostles and the Holy Fathers. And on these two things the faith is based, not only to remain in the recesses of the heart, with all doubt and fear really removed, but to be proclaimed and professed orally, even as the Psalmist says: "I have believed, therefore have I spoken." "We also believe, wherefore we also speak."

Prayer Requests

Parish Calendar
Rev. Father Philip Azoon Rev. Deacon John Karam Rev. Seraphim Michalenko Rev. Basil Samra Rev. Peter Boutros Rev. Deacon Bryan McNiel Rev. Deacon Irenaeus Dionne

November 20 Parish celebration in honor of Deacon Michaels 25th Anniversary of Ordination following Divine Liturgy 21 Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Presentation in the Temple 7PM December 4 Childrens Saint Barabar/Nicholas Celebration after Divine Liturgy
Sacrificial Giving 11/06/2011 Candles Weekly Holyday Monthly $ 3.00 $ 1,330.00 $ 40.00 $ 10.00

Marie Abda Marie Abda Marie Barron Joseph Barron Mary Sue Betress Chris Carey Nikki Boudreaux Dr. Frances Colie John Colie Ann Coury

Margaret Dillenburg Mark Dillman Karen Kane Niko Mayashairo Mary McNeilly Marie Patchoski Joanna Simon William Simon Dr. Thomas Zaydon

All those Serving in our Armed Forces The Christian Community in the Middle East

The Weekly Quiz


Last Weeks Answer Q. For which city did Abraham intercede with God to try to avoid it's destruction? A. Sodom