NINTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST AUGUST 11, 2019

19 08 2019

Saturday, August 10
4:00 PM ✞ Pavlo & Francis Kuczeriawie

Sunday, August 11 NINTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Thursday, August 15 THE DORMITION OF THE MOTHER OF GOD
9:00 AM ANOINTING OF HOLY OIL – MYROVANIA
HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION
BLESSING OF FLOWERS –
✞Mary Ambrose – Al Michalak

Saturday, August 17 TENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
4:00 PM ✞Leonard Karabon – M/M Donald Winsock

Sunday, August 18 TENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

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 Tipicons 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.
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 Divine Liturgy and You: Deepening our Understanding of Community and the Individual in Prayer” will be the topic of the afternoon presentation by Father Morozowich on Sunday, September 22, 2019 beginning at 3:00pm at Scranton’s St. Vladimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, 430 North Seventh Avenue. Cosponsored by the nine Ukrainian Catholic parishes of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Anthracite Deanery and the North Anthracite Council of the League of Ukrainian Catholics, the event is of special interest to the faithful of both the Catholic and Orthodox traditions. The educational event is open to the general public – everyone is welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served following the presentation.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary light is requested to burn this week August 10 – 17 by Michelene Ostrum in honor of her mother Helene Sirak 91st Birthday.

BIRTHDAY GREETINGS~ We extent our Birthday Greetings to Helen Sirak celebrating he 91st Birthday and Mary Oshirak who will celebrate her Birthday on Thursday, August 15. ~ MNOHYA I BLAHAYA LITA!

SYMPATHY: We extend our sympathy to Claire Karabon and family on the passing of her husband Leonard Karabon to his eternal rest. May his memory be eternal. .

Moleben and LUC Meeting – Father Roman Petryshak, pastor of Berwick’s SS. Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, extends a warm invitation to a beautiful Prayer Service – Moleben to the Mother of God – on Sunday, August 18, 2019 at 3:00pm to be followed by a church sponsored meeting of our North Anthracite Council of the League of Ukrainian Catholics (LUC).  Primary agenda items include plans for commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the passing of Venerable Metropolitan Andrij Sheptytsky; participation in the upcoming presentation on the Divine Liturgy by Very Rev. Dr. Mark Morozowich, Dean of The Catholic University’s School of Theology and Religious Studies; future trips to Ukrainian religious and cultural events including the May 2020 St. George Ukrainian Street Festival in New York City; and, providing help to the orphan children in Ukraine. This is a public event of SS. Cyril and Methodius parish to which all parishioners and friends are welcome. 

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