TWELFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST THE HOLY TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST AUGUST 6/7, 2016

1 11 2016

Aug. 6 TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD
4:00 PM ✞Paul Kachinko – Marie Lindsey & Family
Blessing of Fruit Anointing of Holy Oil – Myravania

Sunday, Aug 7 TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD
4:30 AM ✞Rev. Joseph Szupa – Archeparchy of Philadelphia
Blessing of Fruit Anointing of Holy Oil – Myravania

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

Sunday, Aug. 14 THIRTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for Ronald Kachinko – Rev. V. PopykSaturday

Monday, Aug. 15 DORMITION OF THE THEOTOKOS
9:00 AM Blessing of Flowers – Myrovania
Thanksgiving Divine Liturgy by Rev. V. Popyk
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 first fruits 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 first 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.

NEW PRIEST ASSIGNMENT: Father Popyk will be our administrator until August 16th. He will is assigned to a Parish in Toms River, NJ. Our parish is assigned Father Walter Pasicznyk. The change was made by the Archbishop Metropolitan Stefan Soroka. Father Petro who was originally assigned to our parish is moved to Frackville, PA. Father Pasiccznyk will arrive from the Chancery in Philadelphia, PA August 16th to serve in both Transfiguration Of Our Lord and SS Peter & Paul.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn this week August 6 – 13 by Anna Magill in memory of Donald Magill.

ALTAR CANDLES: The Altar Candles will burn during all services in the month of August for God’s blessing and Good Health for Sallie Halloway Blout requested by the Halloway Family.
The months of September and October are still available for the monthly candles.

BLESSING OF FRUIT: The blessing of fruit will be conducted after the 4:00 PM Divine Liturgy today and the 8:30 AM Divine Liturgy on Sunday.

PRAYERS: Please remember in your prayers our parishioners in Nursing facilities, home bound and those who are in treatments. God bless and care for all those in need.

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.

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