THE HOLY TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST SATURDAY, AUGUST 6, 2011 EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST SUNDAY, AUGUST 7, 2011

4 08 2011

Saturday, Aug.6 TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD
4:00 PM Peter Bosack – Clara Patrylak
Anointing of Holy Oil – Myrovania after the Blessing of Fruit

Sunday, Aug 7 EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Saturday, Aug. 13
4:00 PM Mary Bilak – John & Patricia Bonsavage

Sunday, Aug. 14 NINTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

BLESSING OF FRUIT: On the feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord this Saturday, Father Michael will have the blessing of fruit and followed by Anointing of Holy Oil – Myrovania.

TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD

The feast of the Transfiguration is one of the twelve principal feasts of our Church, having a one-day pre-feast and a seven-day post-feast. This feast falls during that time when the fruits of the earth reach maturity. From the earliest times in the Eastern Church, on this day fruit is blessed in thanksgiving to God for the first0fruits of the earth. This custom was adopted by the Christian Church from the Old Testament which prescribed that fruit be brought to the Temple of the Lord. In the Book of Exodus we read: “You shall carry the first-fruits of the corn of your ground to the house of the Lord your God.”
The custom of blessing the first fruits in church was prescribed in the Canons of the Holy Apostles at the end of the third century. The Apostolic Constitutions of the fourth century have a prayer for the blessing of first fruits. The local Synod of Carthage in the forth sixth rule gave prescriptions concerning the first fruits that are brought to church. The Sixth Ecumenical Council spoke of the blessing of the firs fruits of grapes and wheat. In the Typicons century and in the Typicon of Evergetes Monastery of the tenth century no mention was made of the blessing of the vine, that is, grapes.
In Greece, in the month of August grapes and wheat, which are the more important fruits, reach their maturity, for this reason, the custom of blessing the grapes and ears of wheat in church on the feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord prevailed there. In Rus-Ukraine, grapes of the vine were replaced by apples and other fruits.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn this week August 6-13 by Jule Wido in memory of her son Frank T. Wido.

ALTAR CANDLES: The Altar candles that will burn for all services for the month of August, is requested by Thomas Sawka in memory of all deceased members of the Sawka Family.

BOOK SALE: St. John Byzantine Catholic Church, Wilkes-Barre, Twp., PA. will conduct a Collectible Book Sale at the Parish Hall 756 E. Northampton St. on Friday, Aug. 12/5-9 PM, Saturday, Aug. 13/8AM-3PM and Sunday, Aug. 14/10AM-3PM. Sunday will be half price day.

CENTENNIAL LOTTERY TICKETS; Transfiguration of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church in Nanticoke is slated to celebrate its 100 Year Anniversary in 2012. We will be hosting monthly activities and events during the Centennial year. We are having a special lottery which will have a winner for 52 weeks. Match the evening daily number and win $100. The lottery will run from the Centennial kick-off date which is Sunday, September 4, 2011 and continue each and every Sunday until August 26, 2012. This lottery is different from other lotteries in 3 ways: the prize will be $100, the payout day is Sunday only, and the cost is $10 per ticket.
If you would like to purchase tickets, please contact Mike and Jill Gagliardi at 842-4603 or e mail jillygags@aol.com

SAINT MARY’S, McADOO invites you to their 4th annual Homecoming Picnic, 210 W. Blaine St., McAdoo, PA – Friday, Aug. 19th – 6 – 10 PM, Saturday, Aug. 20th – 12 noon – 10 PM and Sunday, Aug. 21st 11 -7 PM.


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