29 08 2017

Saturday, Aug. 5
4:00 PM ✞Paul Suscavage – Stan & Phyllis Mickish
Anointing withHoly Oil – Myrovania after the Blessing of Fruit

Sunday, Aug 6
4:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
Anointing with Holy Oil – Myrovania after the Blessing of Fruit

Thursday, Aug. 10 No Liturgy

Saturday, Aug. 12
4:00 PM ✞Anna Bosack – Carol & Bernie Kosek

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


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 grapesand 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 5 – 12 by Charles Drazba in memory of The Carpa Family.

ALTAR CANDLES: The Altar Candles will burn for all services in the month of August in honor of Helene Sirak 89th Birthday requested by her daughter Michaelene Ostrum & Family.

MANY OPENINGS: There are many dates opened for the Sanctuary Light requests. The donation for the candle to burn one week is $15. Your intentions can be in honor of someone, in memory of a loved one or any special occasion. Fill in the list in the vestibule for your intentions.

TREE rEMOVAL: We wish to thank and appreciation the $25 from an anonymous donator for the help in the price of the tree removal.

Moleben and League of Ukrainian Catholics Meeting SS. Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church, 706 North Warren Street, Berwick, PA extends a warm invitation to a beautiful Prayer Service – Moleben to Our Blessed Mother – on Sunday, August 20, 2017 at 3:00pm to be followed by a church sponsored meeting and indoor 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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