News from St. Johns for November........

Oct 28, 2019
News from St. Johns for November........

Forty days before Christmas, the Church begins to prepare for the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord. This time of preparation is called “Advent,” meaning the coming or arrival of someone or something. During this time we should try to improve our way of living, and we should be sure to allow more time for prayer and preparation for the coming feast.


We start our journey to the feast with St. Matthew the Evangelist, who wrote a Gospel on the life of Jesus. He is remembered on Nov. 16. Our journey next takes us to the feast day of The Prophet Obadiah, who rebuked God’s unfaithful people for their pride and wicked deeds, saying that on the Lord’s Day, the Day of Judgment, they will be rewarded according to their deeds. His day is on Nov. 19. Feast of the Presentation of the Theotokos in the temple comes on November 21.


Mary was the daughter of Joachim and Anna. Mary’s parents had been childless for many years. They had always been faithful to God and trusted in Him. When they were already very old, God promised them a child. They were so grateful to God that they promised to dedicate their child to Him. So, when Mary was only three years old, they brought her to the Temple. There she was cared for by the women of the Temple and spent her young life learning about God, praying and serving in the Temple. She had found favor with God and later would become the Mother of our Lord.


For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. His name will be called the Angel of Great Counsel, for I shall bring peace upon the rulers, peace and health by Him. Great shall be His government, and of His peace there is no end.” (Isaiah 9:5-6) rsv


Prepare yourself before the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ on December 25. The first activity that should be squeezed into your busy schedule is attendance of church services and a confession with our priest followed by communion the following Divine Liturgy. Be aware that the beginning of Advent starts on Friday, November 15. Your shopping, cleaning, and baking will all fit in.


Activities at St. John’s for the month of November will include: Vespers each Saturday at 5:00 pm and Divine Liturgy and Coffee Hour each Sunday at 9:30 am.; Choir Appreciation Day and Dinner at Seville Restaurant in Passaic following Divine Liturgy on November 3;   Great Vespers for the Synaxis Archangel Michael and the Other Bodiless Powers on November 7 at 5:00 pm followed by Divine Liturgy on November 8 at 9:30 am;   A Thanksgiving Party hosted by Father Maryan and Mat. Lana and the parishioners following Divine Liturgy on Sunday, November 10;   Great Vespers with Litya on November 20 at 5:00 pm for the Feast of the Entrance of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple and Divine Liturgy on November 21 at 9:30 am.


Happy Birthday to all those celebrating their birthday in November. Among those are Matthew Kary on November 14, Jonas James Czech on November 16; Florence Junda, November 18; Juliana Kary, November 19; and Dan Beckmann on November 30.  May God grant you all Many Years!


The Spirit of Orthodoxy Choir and Boston Byzantine Choir will perform a concert on Sunday, October 27 at 4:00 pm at St. Anthony Orthodox Church 385 Ivy Lane, Bergenfield, NJ.  Our own choir member, Daniel Kary is member of the Spirit of Orthodoxy Choir.


Many thanks to all those who reliably donate to our food pantry. Helen Baron, our Food Pantry Coordinator would like to remind everyone that Thanksgiving and Christmas donations are now being collected to fill our baskets for our less fortunate neighbors. Your help is greatly appreciated.


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