SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH

February at St. John's.......

Jan 27, 2022
February at St. John's.......

February 2 ends the Christmas Season as Mary brings Jesus to the temple. Saint Simeon receives the divine Child in his arms, and giving thanks to God, he speaks the words repeated by the Church each evening at Vespers: “Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace, according to Thy word, for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation, which Thou hast prepared before the face of all people, a light to enlighten the Gentiles, and the glory of Thy people Israel” (Luke 2:29-32).

 

As one blessed season ends, another begins on Sunday February 6, the Sunday of Zacchaeus. This delightful story which is remembered the Sunday before the series of pre-Lenten Sundays is a reminder of how we should approach the Lenten period before The Resurrection of our Lord and Savior.  Zacchaeus was a little man, a tax collector, who wanted desperately to see Jesus.  One day Jesus came to his town and in eager anticipation, Zacchaeus climbed a tree in order to see Him because Jesus always had a crowd around Him.  Jesus looked up and, seeing Zacchaeus in the tree, said He wished to have dinner with him. Zacchaeus was overcome with happiness and promised to repay all those he may have not dealt fairly with in the past.   Exactly what happened in the house of Zacchaeus is unknown but the joy rings out in Christ’s parting words which are: "Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham.  For the Son of man came to seek and to save the lost." (Luke 19:9-10)  

 

With the upcoming season of prayer, fasting and reconciliation with God, thoughts should be focused on our children and how they will approach the coming Lenten Season. The average child spends many hours of each day distracted by the tv, cell phone, ipad and computer videos and entertainment that many times contradicts parental values.  Most of the rioters in the cities last summer were young people. Perhaps the attendance in church decreased because a lot of anti-church, anti-religion was exposed to them and to the whole world by all the devices so readily available to all. Where is the moral standard set, and by whom?  Matthew tells us: “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” (Matthew 6:24)   Who will your children serve, and even more frightening, who will you serve?  


 

Happy Birthday to all those celebrating their birthday in February. Stacey Baron Anderson on February 2; Jeffrey Rahnefeld on February 8; Christopher Kary, February 10; Alissa Pecoraro Paduani, February 11, Chris Finno on February 14, and Evgenia Kozienko Jimenez on February 26. We wish all of you a very Happy Birthday and may God grant you all Many Years!

 

Helen Baron would like to thank everyone who helped with the supplies for Christmas. The need is urgent throughout the year and especially at this time when many families have lost jobs and income, food supplies will be sorely needed. Please help with groceries or financially, and let’s fill the basket in the vestibule. Thank you! And thank you Helen for your efforts in this matter.

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Now is a great time to reflect. Lent is meant to be a time of repentance. Columbus “Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace, according to Thy word, for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation, which Thou hast prepared before the face of all people, a light to enlighten the Gentiles, and the glory of Thy people Israel” (Luke 2:29-32).
 
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I come to Thee, O Christ, blind from birth in my spiritual eyes, and I call to Thee in repentance.  Thou art the most radiant Light of those in darkness!  (Kontakion)