TWENTY NINTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST THE CONCEPTION BY ST. ANNE DECEMBER 9, 2018

24 12 2018

Saturday, Dec. 8 CONCEPTION BY ST. ANNE
Anointing with Holy Oil – Myrovania
4:00 PM ✞Steve Kowalick – Michael Kowalick

Sunday, Dec. 9 CONCEPTION BY ST. ANNE
Anointing with Holy Oil – Myrovania
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

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Tuesday, Dec. 11
9:00 AM ✞John Phillips – son Peter Philips

Friday, Dec. 14
9:00 AM ✞Ronald Kachinko from The Parish
Saturday, Dec.15
4:00 PM ✞Ronald Kachinko from James & Darlene Swaboski

Sunday, Dec. 16 SUNDAY OF THE FOREFATHERS
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

THE FEAST OF THE CONCEPTION OF ST. ANNE
December 9
The feast of the Conception of St. Anne in ancient times was known by several different names. One of the oldest is “The Annunciation of the Conception of the Holy Mother of God”. In the constitution of feasts, Emperor Manuel Comnen calls this feast the “Conception of our Most Holy Mother of God.” The Slavonic Typicons generally refer to it as the “Conception of Blessed Ann” or “The Conception of Holy Ann, when she conceived the Most Holy Mother of God.”
In our Ukrainian Catholic Church the Synod of Lviv gave this feast the official title “The Immaculate Conception of the Most Pure Virgin Mary”. However, the Roman revision of our liturgical books restored the pristine title of the feast – “The Conception of Holy Anna, when she conceived the Most Holy Mother of God.”
Her parents rejoice over the wonderful conception of the Most Holy Mother of God; the prophets rejoice; heaven and earth rejoice. The Church calls upon the Old and New Testaments to join in the rejoicing: “Come, people of all classes and ages, let us celebrate with the Angels the all-glorious conception of the Mother of God; patriarchs sing praises to the Mother of the King of all; you, prophets, praise her whom you preached; you, forefathers, praise your descendant – the Mother of God; you aged, praise the ancestor of God; you, faithful, praise the root of your faith; you, priests, praise the all-holy temple of God; you, choirs of saints, praise the cause of your assembly; you, armies of angels, praise the Mother of the Lord of all creation, and Savior of our souls.
Today we celebrate her immaculate conception whereas nine months later on the 8th of September she appears among us in her glorious Nativity.

PRAYER TO ST. ANNE
O Glorious Saint Ann, filled with compassion for those who invoke you and with love for those who suffer, heavily laden with the weight of my troubles, I cast myself at your feet and humbly beg of you to take the present affair which I recommend to you under your special protection [here mention silently your intentions] Please recommend it to your daughter the Blessed Virgin Mary and lay it before the Throne of Jesus so that He may bring it to a happy issue.
Please continue to intercede for me until my request is granted. Above all, obtain for me the grace of one day beholding my God face to face and with you and Mary and all the Saints praising and blessing Him for all eternity. Amen.
Three Times
Good Saint Ann, Mother of Her who is our life, our sweetness and our hope, pray to Her for us and obtain our requests.
One Hail Mary
Good Saint Ann * Pray for us

What is Prayer?

Prayer is doxology, praise, thanksgiving, confession, supplication and intercession to God. “When I prayed I was new,” wrote a great theologian of Christian antiquity, “but when I stopped praying I became old.” Prayer is the way to renewal and spiritual life. Prayer is aliveness to God. Prayer is strength, refreshment, and joy. Through the grace of God and our disciplined efforts prayer lifts us up from our isolation to a conscious, loving communion with God in which everything is experienced in a new light. Prayer becomes a personal dialogue with God, a spiritual breathing of the soul, a foretaste of the bliss of God’s kingdom.

How is one to pray? Only the Holy Spirit can guide us to pray as we should. Just as a child learns to walk by walking, one can best learn to pray by praying, trusting in the help of God. Put your whole soul into your prayer. Think about the meaning of every word you pray. Make it your own personal prayer. Be persistent in prayer. Do not yield to carelessness or neglect. Strengthen your prayer through a lively faith in the Lord, a spirit of forgiveness toward others, and genuine Christian living.

As we pray deeply within our hearts we grow in prayer. By the grace of God we suddenly catch a glimpse of the miracle of the presence of the Holy Spirit working within us. At first it is only a spark but later it becomes a flame freeing and energizing our whole being, provided we do nothing to grieve the Holy Spirit; and if we do sin we repent of our sin immediately and ask for God’s forgiveness. To experience the fire of God’s holy love, to give it space within us to do its cleansing and healing work as a breath of the Holy Spirit, and to use it as light and power for daily living — such are the goals as well as the fruits of true prayer.

People need people and friends need friends
And we all need love, for a full life depends not
on vast riches or great acclaim, not on success
or on worldly fame,
but just in knowing that someone cares and holds us
close in their thoughts and prayers

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn the week of Dec. 8 – 15 by Mike & Dolores Sinko in memory of Mary Sinko.

We wish to thank all who participated in purchasing and selling of the lottery tickets. A special thanks to Mike & Dolores Sinko for handling this project.

SING ALONG: You are invited to join SS Peter & Paul Ukrainian Greek Catholic Parish for their 25th Annual Christmas Carol Sing Along in the church on North River Street in Wilkes-Barre,  Sunday, December 9th, 2018 starting at 2 p.m.  Join in the singing of some very sacred, joyful and inspiring Christmas Carols.  Afterwards, please join us in the lower church hall for a Christmas Fellowship Social.  Please bring a friend or family member, and share the joy of Christmas with them, as we all prepare to welcome the Newborn Son of God into our hearts and homes.

SYMPATHY: Bishop Andriy sadly informs you that Father Edward N. Levandusky, 79, a retired priest of our archeparchy, fell asleep in the Lord on Saturday, December 1, 2018. Father Levandusky was ordained on April 10, 1965 and served the faithful until his retirement in 2010.
Father Levandusky served in our parish many years ago. Vichnaya Pamyat.

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