1 11 2016

Saturday, August 13
4:00 PM ✞Paul Kachinko – Brazich Family

8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for Ronald Kachinko – by Rev. V. Popyk
9:00 AM Thanksgiving Divine Liturgy by Rev. V. Popyk BLESSING OF FLOWERS – Anointing of Holy Oil – Myrovania

This will be the final Divine Liturgy Father Popyk will celebrate in our parish. May God go with him and keep him in His care. Blessings Father in your new Parish.
Saturday, August 20
4:00 PM Intention for all Living and deceased members of
SS Peter and Paul Women Society

8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

We have the custom of blessing flowers on the feast of the Dormition. The Typicon of Father I. Dolnytskyj says: “Wherever the custom prevails of blessing flowers, let it be done after the Prayer behind the Ambo or after the Dismissal Prayer of the Divine Liturgy.

The Feast of the Dormition of the
Most Holy Mother Of God
August 15th

The day of the death of the Most Holy Mother of God is called the Dormition (or falling asleep) in our Church, for her body did not know corruption after death, but together with her soul was taken up into heaven, hence, another name for the feast is “the Assumption”. We have historical data to indicate how long the Mother of God remained on earth after the ascension of Christ into heaven, nor when, where, or how she died, for the Gospels say nothing of this.
Three days before the death of Mary, the Archangel Gabriel appeared and announced to her from her Son, Jesus Christ, the time of her departure into eternity. On the day of her death, in a miraculous manner the Apostles gathered in Jerusalem although they had been scattered in various countries of the then known world. St. Thomas was the only Apostle absent. The Mother of God expressed her wish to be buried in Gethsemane near her parents and her spouse, Joseph. Christ, in person, came accompanied by Angels and Saints to escort His Most Holy Mother to heaven. The Apostles, while singing holy hymns, carried the body of Mary to the grave where they remained keeping vigil for three days. On the third day, St. Thomas came from afar and desired very much to view for the last time the Most Pure Mother of God. When the grave was opened, her body was not there, only the funeral clothes in which the body had been wrapped. The Apostles then realized that Mary had been taken up body and soul into heaven.
Some ancient Trpicons prescribe the blessing of fruit of the vine (grapes), not on the feast of the Transfiguration, but on the feast of the Dormition. In the Greek Nicolo-Casulan Typicon of the twelfth-thirteenth century, we read: “Let it be known that, on the feast of the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God, the 15th of August, grapes are blessed and eaten in church after the Divine Liturgy according to an ancient tradition.” The Typicon of Sinai of the year 1214 contains the same prescription. Similarly, the Typicons of the Lavra of St. Athanasius on Athos prescribes the blessing of grapes on the 15th of August.

NEW ALTAR CLOTHES: A set of new Altar Cloths have been purchased. Father Popyk was kind enough to purchase them for us in Ukraine and bring them back. Thanks to the Estate donation of Elaine Makowski the cloths were purchased for $800 in memory of Elaine. The blessing of these items will take place at a future date.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary light is requested to burn this week August 13-20 by Albert Ferkel in memory of his parents Albert & Cahterine Ferkel.

BIRTHDAY GREETINGS; We extent our Birthday Greetings to Mary Oshirak who will celebrate her Birthday on Monday, August 15. ~ MNOHYA I BLAHAYA LITA!

HOLY DAY: Please note the Dormition of the Mother of God is celebrated on this coming Monday, August 15th. Divine Liturgy will be 9:00 AM. This is a Holy Day of Obligation. Bring your flowers to be blessed. Please try to attend to worship and offers prayers to the Mother of God.

Moleben and LUC Event: SS. Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church, 706 North Warren Street, Berwick extends a warm invitation to a beautiful Prayer Service – Moleben to the Mother of God – on Sunday, August 21, 2016 at 3:00pm to be followed by a church sponsored meeting and annual picnic of our North Anthracite Council of the League of Ukrainian Catholics (LUC).  This is a public event of SS. Cyril and Methodius Parish to which all parishioners and friends are welcome.

Just a reminder: RUMMAGE SALE: The Rummage sale will be held in October. If you wish to contribute any items such as household, dishes, pots, pans, linens, bedding, blankets and many more articles useful to be sold and in good condition for the Rummage Sale, please bring to the church or contact one of the members of the Women’s Society.



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