SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH

News from St. Johns for December.......

Nov 29, 2019
News from St. Johns for December.......

We are now in the Nativity Fast (St. Philips Fast) which started on November 15, 40 days before the Birth of Christ. Although born of the Father and having His origin in Him, the only-begotten Son always existed, or rather more accurately always “exists” as uncreated, eternal and divine. The expression from the creed “of one essence” means that what God the Father is, so also is the Son of God. The divine act of creation and every action toward the world in revelation, salvation, and glorification, is willed by the Father and accomplished by the Son in one identical divine action.

 

 

The feast of Christmas is formally entitled the Nativity in the Flesh of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ. At Christmas we celebrate the birth as a man of the Son of God, the one who together with the Father and the Holy Spirit is truly God from all eternity. Do not be misled by false teaching that deviates from this fact!

 

 

St. John of Damascus tells us: “The Holy Virgin did not give birth to a mere man but to true God, and not to God simply, but to God made flesh.” God did not bring His body down from heaven, but assumed it from the Holy Virgin and united Himself with this body undividedly. In the womb of the Virgin a perfect unity between divinity and humanity was accomplished. The Virgin did not give birth to a man who was later adopted by God as His Son. He who was born was truly God and truly man. This is the meaning of Theotokos. (Dr. Vaselin Kesich)

 

 

Join us for our many services all listed in the calendar and prepare for the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. On that very special day, sing with us: “Today the Virgin gives birth to the Transcendent One, and the earth offers a cave to the Unapproachable One! Angels, with shepherds, glorify Him! The wise men journey with the star! Since for our sake the eternal God was born as a little child!” God came because He loves you, now you have to come to show you care and give thanks. Also, join us for our Akathist/Healing service!

 

 

Akathist Healing Service to the Mother of God:

An archangel came down from heaven and said to the Queen of All: Rejoice! And beholding Thee, O Lord, taking bodily form, with a God-heralding voice, he cried out to her such things as these: Rejoice, Beginning of our salvation. Rejoice, Fulfillment of the Creator’s dispensation. Rejoice, for through Thee God took flesh.

 

 

On Saturday, December 14 at 1:00 p.m. an Akathist/Healing service will be held to the Mother of God in front of her Icon “Queen of All.” Parish Confessions will be heard following the service. Take this opportunity to rejuvenate your spiritual life as we prepare to celebrate the Nativity of Our Lord.

 

 

The New Jersey District FROC will have their annual St. Andrew/St. Nicholas Vesper Service here at St. John’s on Sunday, December 8 at 4:30 p.m. A Trustees’ meeting will be held at 3:00 p.m. before the Vesper Service and a light dinner following the service for those who attend.

 

 

Happy Birthday to all those celebrating their birthday in December: Greg Cahayla on December 6, Effie Stankovci, and Georgiana Stankiewicz, both on December 7, and Elizabeth Hook on December 27. A very happy birthday to everyone celebrating their birthday in December and May God grant you all Many Years!

 

 

The response to our appeal for gifts for the seminarian family we are sponsoring this year for Christmas has been very inspirational. Father, the Passaic “O” Club, and the trustees of St. John’s are all grateful for the loving response, and thank everyone for their participation. We wish you a blessed Christmas season and may the light of Christ’s Holy Nativity guide you throughout the coming year!

 

 

A lovely poem written by talented Matuska Svetlana Chaykivska states: “May all diseases depart from everyone……The angels who protect us………..From the demons that will divide our hearts…… May our friendship be like a mountain……that will be established for a long time.” Read the entire poem in Reading Issues.

 

 

Helen Baron, our coordinator for the food pantry, wants to thank everyone for their generous support in supplying food and money throughout the Thanksgiving season. Many grateful families and individuals, who otherwise would have had an empty table, sat down to a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner due to the help provided by those who care. Please continue your support and help re-stock the empty shelves especially now that we are approaching Christmas. Thank you.

 

 

Our deepest sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Agnes Zizack, age 93, who fell asleep in the Lord on November 20, 2019 in Lakewood, New Jersey. As a long-time parishioner, Agnes was a Sunday School teacher, a trustee, Ladies’ Auxiliary Secretary, President of the Senior “O” Club, and later Vice President and Advisor to the Junior “O” Club for many years. “Do Thou O Lord, give rest to the soul of Thy departed servant, Agnes, in a place of brightness, a place of refreshment, a place of repose, where all sickness, sorrow, and signing have fled away.” May the Memory of Agnes be Eternal! Vichnaya Pamyat!

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Akathist Healing Service followed by Parish Confessions 1:00 p.m......

Kontakion 3  -  "With power from on high, do Thou strengthen me, who am afflicted in body and soul, O good Lady, and vouchsafe me Thy visitation and provident care, dispelling the gloom of despondency and sorrow which enfold me, that saved by Thee I may unceasingly cry out ...