SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH

August News from St. John's..........

Jul 22, 2018
August News from St. John's..........

The month of August hosts many special Holy Days: The Transfiguration on August 6; Venerable Herman of Alaska, Wonderworker of all America on August 9; St. Tikhon Wonderworker of Zadonsk on August 13; and the Beheading of St. John the Baptist on August 29 which is a strict fast day. Another very special Holy Day in August is the Dormition of the Most-Holy Theotokos on August 15.

 

In the Enlightener for June 2018, Fr. Igor gives us an essay by St. John of Kronstadt which explains the reason why the Holy Church solemnly glorifies the honorable Dormition of the Mother of God. The following is an excerpt: “Today the Holy Church solemnly glorifies the honorable Dormition or translation of the Mother of God from earth to heaven. A wonderful translation – she died without serious illness, peacefully. Her soul is taken up in the divine hands of Her Son and carried up into the heavenly abode, accompanied by the sweet singing of angels. And then, her most pure body is transferred by the apostles to Gethsemane where it is honorably buried, and on the third day, it is resurrected and taken up to heaven. You see this on the icon of the Dormition of the Theotokos. On it is represented the life-bearing body of the Theotokos laying on a bier, surrounded by the apostles and hierarchs, and in the center of the icon the Lord holding in His hands the most pure soul of the Theotokos.

 

The translation of the Mother of God is a paradigm of the translation in general of the souls of Christians to the other world. We say that our dead have “fallen asleep” or “passed away.” What does this mean? This means that for the true Christian there is no death. Death was conquered by Christ on the cross. But there is a translation, i.e., a rearrangement of his condition, i.e. his soul is in another place, in another age, in another world beyond the grave, eternal, without end, that is what is meant by “falling asleep.” ……Let your death also be unashamed and peaceful, serving as the pledge of a good answer at the dread judgment seat of Christ. Amen.” - St. John of Kronstadt.    Please read the entire essay on the June, 2018 issue of the Enlightener.

 

Reminder: Please bring fruit to be blessed on the Feast of the Transfiguration on August 6 following Divine Liturgy and bring flowers to be blessed after Divine Liturgy on August 15 on the feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God.

 

Our heartfelt wishes to the newlyweds Daria Kibitelsky and John Zawisa, who united their lives in the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony on Saturday, July 21. May God bless both of you with abundant health, peace and prosperity for Many Years to come! Mnohaya Lita!

 

Hierarchs, clergy and faithful from across the US, Canada and Mexico began arriving in Saint Louis over the weekend of July 21-22, 2018 for the 19th All-American Council [AAC] of the Orthodox Church in America. They joined hundreds of participants in the Fellowship of Orthodox Christians of America’s 92nd annual National Convention, which opened July 20. The AAC theme is "For the Life of the World," inspired by the classic work of the same name by the late Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann. May God bless all those attending and participating in this significant and important gathering.

 

General Confession will be held following Vespers on Saturday, July 28. The Virgin’s Fast begins August 1 and continues until the feast day of the Dormition of the Mother of God on August 15. General Confession and Parish Confessions for the Virgin’s Fast will be heard August 11 following Vespers.

 

Please remember our Food Pantry and our neighbors who have need of the help; and have a safe and happy Vacation, but remember to attend church where you are!

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