ELEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST THE HOLY TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST AUGUST 5, 2018

18 09 2018

Saturday, August 3 Transfiguration of Our Lord
Blessing of Fruit – Myrovania – Blessing with Holy Oil
4:00 PM Joseph Romashko -Tom & Barbara Romashko

Sunday, August 4 ELEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
Transfiguration of Our Lord
Blessing of Fruit – Myrovania – Blessing with Holy Oil
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Saturday, August 11
4:00 PM ✞Joseph Martinez – Judy & Pat Murray

Sunday, August 12 TWELFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
of the gospel of Christ.

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 forth century have a prayer for the blessing of first fruits. The local Synod of Carthage in the forth century 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 early century Typicons 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.

SANCTUARYLIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn this week August 4 – 11 by the Halloway Family in memory of their brother Nicholas Halloway.

ALTAR CANDLES: The Altar Candles are requested to burn for the month of August by John & Claudia Bosack in honor of Bernie & Carol Kosek, Wedding Anniversary.

BIRTHDAY GREETING: Birthday Greetings to Helene Sirak, celebrating her 90th birthday on August 11, 2018 and to Paul Hoover who celebrated his birthday on August 3, 2018. Mnohya Lita!

DOMES: Donations are greatly appreciated for the help with the payments of the painting of our Church Domes The cost of this project was $11,185.00 – the donations received to date amounted to $6,100.00, leaving a balance of $5,085. Any help with this expense is sincerely accepted.

CHURCH PROPERTY CLEANUP: We wish to thank to Father Walter and Dave Youells for all the cleanup of weeds, etc. on our Church grounds. This requires a lot of time and energy for a good result. May God bless them for their volunteer services. If anyone is able and can lend a helping hand it would be greatly appreciated.

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