FOURTEENTH  SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

6 09 2020

SEPTEMBER 6, 2020

Saturday, September 5 – 4:00 PM

       Merle & Theresa Ashton – Peggy James

Sunday, September 6 – 8:30 AM

FOURTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

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Tuesday, September 8 – 8:30 AM – Solemn Feast Day

Birth of the Theotokos – Anointing with Holy Oil – Myrovania

✞Mildred Kane – Michael Kane

Saturday, September 12 – 4:00 PM

✞Eugene Slabinski – The Slabinski Family

Sunday, September 13 –  8:30AM

SUNDAY BEFORE THE EXALTATION OF THE CROSS

God’s Blessing and Good Health for all parishioners.

Prayer is a great source of joy and the best protection from depression. When we talk, Lord, You help me see a better day.

THE NATIVITY OF THE MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS (Birthgiver)

 One of the feast days we celebrate 

at the beginning of the Liturgical Year is the feast of the Nativity of the most Holy Theotokos (Birthgiver). This Feast is a joyful because it is the in-breaking of salvation in the birthday of the Birthgiver of God, the Queen of Heaven and earth. It is significant because it places before our eyes the great truth of humility in our holy faith concerning the Most Pure Virgin Mary, from whom “shone forth the Sun of Justice, Christ our God.” 

The Gospel records very few incidents in the life of the most Pure Virgin Mary. It says nothing about her nativity, her parentage, her childhood or youth, or her holy assumption into heaven.  Most of what we have is from Church Tradition, the same source as that for the Gospels.

The chief records on the life of the most Holy Mother of God is found in the Apocryphal book written around the year 170-180 called Proto-evangelium of James. This book records the information of such feasts as the Conception of St. Anna, the Nativity of the most Holy Mother of God, the Presentation in the Temple, and the feasts honoring Joachim and Anna, the parents of Mary. 

In the Proto-evangelium of James we read that the most Pure Virgin Mary was descended on her father’s side from the royal house of David, and on her mother’s side from the priestly line of Aaron. Her parents lived in Nazareth and were fairly well off. They were also distinguished for the great holiness of their lives and their great love of God and neighbor. Joachim was accustomed to dividing the fruits of his labor into three parts; one part he gave to God as sacrifice, the second part he distributed among the poor, and the third part he kept for himself. Their one great sorrow was that they had no children. Among the Jews, childlessness was looked upon not only as an absence of God’s blessing, but as a punishment from God. Joachim and Anna suffered much. Therefore, it is not surprising that they should unceasingly implore God for a child. This was the main purpose of all their prayers, fasting, and alms. Finally, the Lord God blessed them in their old age with a child who was destined to become the Birthgiver of God. 

The birth of Mary was a singular source of joy for her parents – Joachim and Anna, for heaven, for earth, and for all creations. Various Fathers of the Church have stressed the spiritual joy occasioned by this feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos.

September: With this month the new ecclesiastical year begins in the Eastern Church.

Patron Saint of September: St. Andrew the Apostle. St. Andrew was the first Apostle to be called by Christ. He left everything in order to follow in His footsteps. An ancient story says that he is also the first apostle of Ukraine because he reached the hills of Kiev blessed them and foretold that a great city would be built upon them. 

SANCTUARY LIGHT:  The Sanctuary Light has no request this week. 

ALTAR CANDLES: The Altar candles will burn during all services during the month of September requested by Geri Kolotelo in memory of Louis Kolotelo


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