8 08 2020

Saturday, August 8 – 4:00 PM ✞Jason Yankosky – Rita Kurtz

Sunday, August 9 – 8:30 AM       TENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

                  God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Thursday, August 13 – 9:00 AM   Lubomyr Szumskyj

Saturday, August 15 – 8:30  AM     HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION 

                                                    Dormition of the Mother of God

                                                         Anointing of Holy Oil – Myrovania

                                                          BLESSING OF FLOWERS    

God’s Blessing and Good Health for all parishioners.

Saturday, August 15 – 4:00 PM 

Mary Kulyn – Mike Kane

Sunday, August 16 –  8:30AM        ELEVENTH SUNDAY AFTERPENTECOST

The Feast of the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother Of God

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 Trpicons 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. 

SANCTUARY LIGHT:  The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn this week August 8 – 15 by Michaelene Ostrum in honor of her mother’s 92nd Birthday. 

BIRTHDAY: We extend our greetings to Helene Sirak who will celebrate her 92nd  Birthday on Tuesday, Aug. 11th. Also Mary Oshirak celebrating her day on Aug. 15th      and a belated greeting to Paul Hoover who celebrated his day on Aug. 3rd. Mnohaya Lita! HAPPY BIRTHDAY 

FLOOD IN UKRAINE: Our thanks to the very generous donation made for the Flood in Ukraine given by anonymous parishioners. The donations received will be sent to the Archeparchy in Philadelphia and will be forwarded to the Ukraine. Donations are being accepted.



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