SUNDAY BEFORE THE THEOPHANY JANUARY 5, 2020

6 01 2020

Saturday, Jan. 4
4:00 PM ✞Rosemary Piston – Mary Shumbris
Anointing with Holy Oil – Myrovania

Sunday, Jan.5 SUNDAY BEFORE THE THEOPHANY
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Mondday, Jan. 6 THE HOLY THEOPHANY – BLESSING OF WATER
9:00 AM Anointing with Holy Oil and Myrovania
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Saturday, Jan. 11
4:00 PM ✞Nellie Wdowiak – Robert Redinski & Family

Sunday, Jan. 12 SUNDAY AFTER THE THEOPHANY
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Glass of Milk

     One day, a poor boy who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way through school, found he had only one thin dime left, and he was hungry.
     He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door.
     Instead of a meal he asked for a drink of water! She thought he looked hungry so brought him a large glass of milk. He drank it so slowly, and then asked, How much do I owe you?’
     You don’t owe me anything,’ she replied. ‘Mother has taught us never to accept pay for a kindness.’
     He said … ‘Then I thank you from my heart.’
     As Howard Kelly left that house, he not only felt stronger physically, but his faith in God and man was strong also. He had been ready to give up and quit.
     Many years’ later that same young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to the big city, where they called in specialists to study her rare disease.
Dr. Howard Kelly was called in for the consultation. When he heard the name of the town she came from, a strange light filled his eyes.
  Immediately he rose and went down the hall of the hospital to her room.
  Dressed in his doctor’s gown he went in to see her. He recognized her at once.
He went back to the consultation room determined to do his best to save her life. From that day he gave special attention to her case.
After a long struggle, the battle was won.  Dr. Kelly requested the business office to pass the final bill to him for approval. He looked at it, then wrote something on the edge and the bill was sent to her room. She feared to open it, for she was sure it would
take the rest of her life to pay for it all. Finally she looked, and something caught her attention on the side of the bill.
She read these words … ‘Paid in full with one glass of milk’ (Signed) Dr. Howard Kelly.
Tears of joy flooded her eyes as her happy heart prayed: ‘Thank You, God,
that Your love has spread broad through human hearts and hands.’
    
There’s a saying which goes something like this: Bread cast on the waters comes back to you. The good deed you do today may benefit you or someone you love at the least expected time.  If you never see the deed again at least you will have made the world a better place – And, after all, isn’t that what life is all about?

WATER BLESSING
Closely connected with the feast of the Theophany is the Great Water-Blessing of Jordan Water. This sacred tradition of the Eastern Church can be traced back to the first centuries of Christianity. In the course of time, different rites developed for the Great Water-Blessing on the feast of the Theophanies. From earliest times our people have greatly cherished the custom of the Great Water-Blessing (Blessing of Jordan Water). The people attached great significance of the Blessed Jordan Water which they kept in their homes as something possessing great sanctifying powers.
From very ancient times the Eastern Church has regarded the sanctified Jordan water as a great sacramental, possessing miraculous powers for healing both soul and body. In a sermon on the feast of Theophany St. John Chrysostom says: “This is the day on which Christ was baptized and blessed the substance of water. For this reason, at midnight of this feast, the faithful take water home and keep it throughout the year. It is interesting to note that this blessed water is not spoiled for a long time; it remains fresh even for two or three years, and after such a long period its quality does not differ from the water recently brought from the well.” The Greek Church calls the Jordan water “mega hagisma” which signifies “something very sacred.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn this week January 4 – 11 by Dolores & Mike Sinko in memory of mother Helen Kurkoski

HOLY BLESSING OF WATER: The blessing of Holy water will be held on the Theophany, Monday, January 6th at 9:00 AM. Please remember to bring your containers for the Holy Water to take home.

NOVEMBER LOTTERY: Mike Sinko reported the profit. Profit for this project was used for the new pavements of the parking lot.


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