ELEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST AUGUST 25, 2019

26 08 2019

Saturday, August 24
4:00 PM God’s Blessings and good health for John Dubik

Sunday, August 25 ELEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Thursday, August 29 BEHEADING OF JOHN THE BAPTIST
9:00 AM Luiz and Sandra Fragelli – Fr. Walter

Saturday, August 31
4:00 PM ✞ Richard Ritts – Lisa Placek

Sunday, September 1 TWELFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM

BEAHEADING OF JOHN THE BAPTIST: Following the Baptism of the Lord, Saint John the Baptist was locked up in prison by Herod Antipas, the Tetrarch (ruler of one fourth of the Holy Land) and governor of Galilee. (After the death of king Herod the Great, the Romans divided the territory of Palestine into four parts, and put a governor in charge of each part. Herod Antipas received Galilee from the emperor Augustus).
The prophet of God John openly denounced Herod for having left his lawful wife, the daughter of the Arabian king Aretas, and then instead cohabiting with Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip On his birthday, Herod made a feast for dignitaries, the elders and a thousand chief citizens. Salome, the daughter of Herod, danced before the guests and charmed Herod. In gratitude to the girl, he swore to give her whatever she would ask, up to half his kingdom.
The vile girl on the advice of her wicked mother Herodias asked that she be given the head of John the Baptist on a platter. Herod became apprehensive, for he feared the wrath of God for the murder of a prophet, whom earlier he had heeded. He also feared the people, who loved the holy Forerunner. But because of the guests and his careless oath, he gave orders to cut off the head of Saint John and to give it to Salome.
According to Tradition, the mouth of the dead preacher of repentance once more opened and proclaimed: “Herod, you should not have the wife of your brother Philip.” Salome took the platter with the head of Saint John and gave it to her mother. The frenzied Herodias repeatedly stabbed the tongue of the prophet with a needle and buried his holy head in a unclean place. But the pious Joanna, wife of Herod’s steward Chuza, buried the head of John the Baptist in an earthen vessel on the Mount of Olives, where Herod had a parcel of land. (The Uncovering of the Venerable Head is celebrated (February 24). The holy body of John the Baptist was taken that night by his disciples and buried at Sebastia, there where the wicked deed had been done.
After the murder of Saint John the Baptist, Herod continued to govern for a certain time. Pontius Pilate, governor of Judea, later sent Jesus Christ to him, Whom he mocked
The judgment of God came upon Herod, Herodias and Salome, even during their earthly life. Salome, crossing the River Sikoris in winter, fell through the ice. The ice gave way in such a way that her body was in the water, but her head was trapped above the ice. It was similar to how she once had danced with her feet upon the ground, but now she flailed helplessly in the icy water. Thus she was trapped until that time when the sharp ice cut through her neck.
Her corpse was not found, but they brought the head to Herod and Herodias, as once they had brought them the head of Saint John the Baptist. The Arab king Aretas, in revenge for the disrespect shown his daughter, made war against Herod. The defeated Herod suffered the wrath of the Roman emperor Caius Caligua (37-41) and was exiled with Herodias first to Gaul, and then to Spain.

SANCTUARYLIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn this week August 24 – 31 by Michael Kane in memory of Mary Kulyn.

FOOD FESTIVAL:  Transfiguration of Our Lord Church, 240 Center Street Nanticoke will hold a Food Festival, Flea Market and Bake Sale on Saturday, August 31 from 11am-4pm.  We will feature home-made pyrohy, potato pancakes, piggies, clam chowder, haluski, borsch, wimpies, hotdogs, kielbosi and beverages.  There also will be a Furniture Flea Market and Bake Sale.  Come out and enjoy the Labor Day Weekend with Us!

BIRTHDAY GREETINGS: Our best wishes to Dolores Sinko who will celebrate her birthday on August 29th. May God grant you many more happy, healthy years.

ST, NICHOLAS CHURCH: St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church is celebrating its 125th. A Hierarchical Divine Liturgy will be celebrated on Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 1:30 PM at St. Nicholas Church. A banquet will follow at 4:00 pm at Transfiguration of Our Lord Church Hall. The cost per adult is $45.00. Children ages 7-15 is $15.00 and under 7 are free. Beer, wine, & soda are included. No tickets will be available at the door & there are no refunds. Please make your check out to “St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church” along with number of tickets you are requesting and the names of the people attending to St. Nicholas Church, 153 East Main Street, Glen Lyon,PA 18617 by September 1, 2

RUMMAGE SALE: Items are being collected for the annual Rummage Sale sponsored by SS Peter & Paul Women’s Society in October. If you have any household item to be donated please call one of the members of the Society or bring them to the church on weekends or the Hall on certain day.


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