News From St. John's........

Oct 7, 2018
News From St. John's........

The following is from Father Igor’s message in the October Enlightener: The first Sunday in October is dedicated to recognizing Orthodox Church musicians throughout our Diocese. It is the Diocesan Church Musician Appreciation Day. The patron saint of Church musicians is Saint Romanos the Melodist. “Sweet-Singer”, who is commemorated on October 1, he wrote over one thousand hymns used in Church today for the various feasts.


On behalf of all of us, I would like to thank our Choir Director Maryann Stagen, Matushka Anna, and all choir members, current and former, for offering their talents during the liturgical services of the Church. Their contributions enhance our worship and ensure that the glorious treasures of our hymnography continue to edify us and future generations.


….Sacred music is uplifting, and there is a decided transforming power in it. ….Music, by its very nature has power to uplift and transform the human heart. It is most natural to employ song when one desires to refresh and “recreate” the soul. This recreation occurs most certainly and most deeply when one’s sole aim in singing is to glorify God.


…I hope and I pray that the hymns sung by our choir inspire all of us to be not just spectators, but participants in the worship service and for the Glory of Our Lord. As you hear and sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, you are singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts (Ephesians 5:19). Yours in Christ. Fr. Igor


On Sunday, October 7, we honored our choir directors and singers with special prayers added during the Augmented Litany and with our special thanks to them. The following Sunday they will all be invited to a special luncheon in their honor. “Let all the earth worship You and sing to You; let them sing to Your name.” (Psalm 65: 4) Pictures are in the Photo Gallery.


It is with happy anticipation we are awaiting a visit from His Eminence, Archbishop Michael to our parish on November 3 and 4. Please be sure to attend the beautiful services and greet His Eminence with good will and love.


Memory Eternal to our long time parishioner Mary Hadginske who fell asleep in the Lord on September 25. She served as a trustee and held office on the board. She was a member of the Mother’s Club and a founding member of the Passaic “O” Club. She was an active worker and participant in various events held at St. John’s throughout the years. Mary was 97 years old. Her passion and love of St. John’s was evident in her constant presence at services held at the church. May her soul dwell with the blessed.


Please be aware that Thanksgiving and Christmas is just around the corner. Keep in mind those of our neighbors who are in need. Our Pantry Coordinator, Helen Baron, is asking for your help with food or funds to donate to those who need assistance especially at this holiday season.

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October 2019

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