SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH

News From St. John's for September.....

Aug 28, 2019
News From St. John's for September.....

We were pleased and honored to welcome Fr. Maryan Chaykivsky, Matushka Lana and their daughter, Irina and son Michael to our parish with a luncheon and cake following Sunday Divine Liturgy. Transitions can be difficult however, but here at St. John’s, this changeover was very amicable and very harmonious and quickly done. Fr. Maryan and his family are very responsive and extremely friendly. We are looking forward to a warm and amiable relationship with Fr. Maryan and his wonderful family. Some pictures are in the Photo Gallery.

 

On Sunday, September 1, following Divine Liturgy, Fr. Maryan will bless all the children from our parish and pray for them that God will grant them all a safe, pleasant, and intellectually stimulating experience for the coming school year. It may be true that God isn’t featured in public schools but His blessings and love are ever present in the lives of children who attend them.


 

The Church New Year is on September 1. We are accustomed to think of January 1st as the beginning of the year. But the tradition of computing the start of a new year with autumn was common to the lands of the Bible and to all the lands around the Mediterranean. The summer harvest was at an end, the crops were stored, and people prepared for a new agricultural cycle. It was an appropriate time to begin a new year.

 

Many of the hymns for the first day of the Church year state that the coming year is God's to give and God's to bless -- A YEAR OF THE LORD! These hymns take their theme from Psalm 65 (64 in the Greek Septuagint), a psalm of praise to the Creator Who is awesome as the Holy Lord but who richly sustains the earth with His abundant goodness. "Bless, O Lord, the crown (that is, the beginning) of the year with Your goodness!" The goodness of the Lord is His love, mercy and grace. Prayer for the Church New Year: ““We give thanks to Thee in all circumstances and for all things. Grant that this liturgical year be for all of us a year of grace. Make us worthy with purity of heart always to praise Thee. Lord, glory to Thee! "

 

Important to remember the two major Holy Days in September: Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos on Sunday, September 8. Without a doubt your birthday is important to you. Come to church on September 8 and pray to the Holy Mary, Mother of God, and show her that her birthday is important too. The second major Holy Day is Saturday, September 14: Exaltation of the Precious Cross. This is a strict fast day. Remember: “For the word of the Cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (1 Cor 1:18-19) Do not be one of those “who are perishing,” join us at Divine Liturgy.


 

Happy Birthday to all those celebrating their birthday in September: Betty Czech, September 1; Jennifer Bzik, September 28; and Janice Pecoraro and Joanne Bzik, both on September 30. May God grant each of them a Happy Birthday and Many Years!

 

On behalf of St. John’s, Helen Baron, our Food Pantry Coordinator, would like to thank you all for your contributions throughout the summer. God grant you all Many Years! Thanksgiving is just around the corner! Many stores have special fall sales that are worth looking into for non-perishable foods (canned or packaged) to help fill our baskets for our less fortunate neighbors.

 

Our neighbor parish, the Assumption of the Holy Virgin Orthodox Church in Clifton will host an Octoberfest on October 5, 2019. Event will include entertainment, Dennis Polisky & Maeatro’s Men Polka Band. Ethnic Polish and German food will be served buffet style. Contact Barbara at 973-304-5514 for information and tickets.  Reserve your seating - They have assigned seating for this event and will do their  best to accommodate that larger parties sit together. Mail checks to: Assumption of The Holy Virgin Orthodox Church attention OktoberFest Event, 35 Orange Avenue Clifton, NJ 07013. Ticket price is $50.00 per person. Advanced ticket purchase only, no tickets will be sold at the door.

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