SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH

News from St. John's......Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

Jan 1, 2018
News from St. John's......Christ is Born!   Glorify Him!

Father’s message for January 2018 included the following: “When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well please.” (Matthew 3:16-17)

 

Think for a moment about the reason you were baptized. For many of us who were baptized at a young age, the reason is simple: our parents made the decision for us. However, one of the most significant theological truths in our Orthodox faith is the doctrine of free will. God, out of His love for us, has given us the ability to choose. Although we did not choose baptism as a child, as an adult, we do have a choice to follow Christ and His teachings. We have a choice to attend Church regularly, not at all, or attend a different Church all together. It is an expression of our free will.

 

…..Many of us may not have actively chosen baptism, but we do however have the opportunity to actively confirm the decision of our baptism by accepting Christ in our lives and actively participating in a relationship with God. I pray that January of 2018 is not just the beginning of another month or year, but it is the beginning of a newly strengthened faith. May we all reflect on our baptism, our faith, and our involvement in the life of the Church, so that we might reveal within ourselves the immeasurable blessings that God continues to bestow upon us all.

 

May it be a happy and healthy 2018 New Year to you and all your families! With love in the New-Born Christ, Fr. Igor.

 

St John’s News: Congratulations to Father on the anniversary of his ordination into the Holy Priesthood (January 7) May God grant you Many Years!

 

Memory Eternal to the Servant of God: Rose Marie Chabay who fell asleep in the Lord on December 20.

 

Memorial Saturdays this year are: February 10, March 3, 10, 17, May 26, and October 20. Please give Father a list of the names of your departed loved ones to be remembered at these services by Sunday, February 4.

 

Some Useful Tips for House Blessing: When a home is blessed, the priest brings everything needed for the blessing: Holy water, a “kropilo” (brush for the holy water), bowl for the water. the candle and a Theophany icon. Many homes supply a bowl, candles and the family Theophany icon The family should provide the priest with a list of all family members, living and deceased, so their names can be commemorated during the service. Place the bowl and icon and lit candle on a table. All radios and televisions should be off and pets should not be in the room during the service. The priest will bless all rooms of the house except the bathrooms. It is good for children to carry a candle or bowl with the Holy Water and “lead” the priest throughout the house. An elder member of the house may also do this.

 

For scheduling an appointment for your house blessing, please call Father Igor at the rectory.

 

Thank you to all those who participated in our Christmas Gift program for the seminarian family from St. Tikhon’s Seminary. Thank you also to all those who gave to our food pantry for Christmas and to those who continue to remember our less fortunate neighbors throughout the year. Many thanks to Helen Baron whose efforts on both of these projects are deeply appreciated. We are truly blessed here at St. John’s for all those who consistently support our food pantry and other worthy efforts and to Helen for all her work on behalf of these projects. 

 

Printable calendar for January can be downloaded here

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