"And we went into the Greek lands, and we were led into a place where they serve their God,
and we did not know where we were, in Heaven or on Earth"
Divine Liturgy Schedule
4:00 PM Anticipated Sunday Obligation with Vespers
8:30 AM Slavonic / English mix
11:00 AM English
Weekdays and Holy Days please consult the bulletin
Between Liturgies or by appointment
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The Sunday celebration of the Lord's Day and his Eucharist is at the heart of the Church's life. "Sunday is the day on which the paschal mystery is celebrated in light of the apostolic tradition and is to be observed as the foremost holy day of obligation in the universal Church."
GLORY BE TO JESUS CHRIST! GLORY FOREVER!
SLAVA ISUSU CHRISTU!
SLAVA NA VIKI!
Please continue to pray for the sick and shut-in of our parish: Anna Uhrin,
Cindy Dinsmore, Lillian Stefano, Kitty Marchione, Gary Spisak and Doris Crawley
and continue to give support and prayers for the future ordination of
Subdeacon Phil Dinsmore.
TENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
PROCESSION OF THE CROSS
Epistle: 1 Corinthians 4: 9-16
(and for the Cross, 1 Corinthians 1: 18-24)
Gospel:St. Matthew 17: 14-23
(and for the Cross, St. John 19)
The famous story of the Old Testament involving a small, shepherd boy by the name of David and a towering giant by the name of Goliath is well-known. The Israelites were fighting a losing battle against their enemies, the Philistines. The Jews were overwhelmed by the size of this towering enemy warrior. When they saw him, they reacted by noticing only how big he was. But David saw how much smaller he was than God. In today’s gospel (Matt. 17:14-23) Jesus helps us put into perspective the giants that intimidate and try to control our lives. He tells His disciples and us, "If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’, and it will move, and nothing will be impossible to you." The gospel is telling us that there is no difficulty bigger than God. He is bigger than any temptation, any sin, any failure, any problem. When we place our lives in His hands, through a personal act of faith, He gives us the power to become bigger than we ever dreamed we could be – bigger than an illness, bigger than our weaknesses, bigger than our hatred, bigger than our prejudices, bigger than our defeats. With Christ we can have a giant within us.
St. Joseph of Arimathea, July 31st
According to John 19: 38, upon hearing of Jesus’ death, this secret disciple of Jesus “asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave him permission.” Joseph immediately purchased a linen shroud (Mark 15: 46) and proceeded to Golgatha to take the body of Jesus down from the cross. There, according to John 19: 39, Joseph and Nicodemus took the body and bound it in linen cloths with the spices that Nicodemus had bought. The disciples then conveyed the prepared body to a cave hewn out of rock in a garden of his house nearby. The Gospel of Matthew alone suggests that this was Joseph’s own tomb (Matthew 27: 60). The burial was undertaken quickly because of the Sabbath.
Procession of the Wood of the Cross
In the Greek Horologion of 1897, the derivation of the Feast is explained: “Because of the illnesses that occur in August, it was customary, in former times, to carry the Venerable Wood of the Cross through the streets and squares of Constantinople for the sanctification of the city, and for relief from sickness. On the Eve, July 31st, it was taken out of the imperial treasury, and laid upon the altar of the Great Church of Hagia Sophia (the Wisdom of God). From this Feast until Dormition, they carried the Cross throughout the city in procession, offering it to the people to venerate. This is the Procession of the Venerable Cross.” Throughout the period of the Dormition Fast beginning on August 1st though the 14th we simultaneously celebrate the Feast of the Procession of the Wood of the Cross. Unlike the September 14th observance, this commemoration is considered to be a minor feast in comparison and significance, but it does have the bringing out of the Cross and veneration by the faithful like the September feast. It is the first of three “Feasts of the Lord” in the month of August.
Year of St. Joseph
Saint Joseph, Guardian of the pure in heart. Gentle, Saint Joseph, God is captivated by the quality of your heart. Your entire being is focused on doing His will. With Mary and Jesus, you answer the Holy Spirit’s call to build a better world. With one heart, we join you in saying: Here we are, Lord, Your will be done! Your kingdom come nearer to us! Keep the hope of a new world alive in our hearts. Inspire us to speak words of tenderness to awaken the love of hearts. May we draw the energy for our actions from the source of all Love so our faces may shine with the freedom of the children of God. Amen.
The traditional rule for the Dormition Fast is a strict abstinence from August 1 to 14 (The Dormition or “Falling Asleep” of the Mother of God is on August 15), with the usual mitigations (wine and oil) for Saturday and Sunday and the Feast of the Transfiguration (August 6). It is, therefore, observed as the Great Fast. The Ruthenian Metropolia has identified this period as a penitential season (Canon 880, #2). The observance of this fast is voluntary.
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St Nicholas Church 100th Anniversary Celebration
August 21-22, 2021
Shrine of Our Lady of Mariapoch
August 14 - 15
The Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Parma
presented by its Title Sponsor GCU
Monday, August 23, 2021
Medina Country Club, Medina, OH
86th Annual Pilgrimage (Otpust)
to the Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help
September 5-6, 2021
To benefit the Eparchy of Parma
Saturday, October 23, 2021
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Parking Lot Repaving
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Our parish’s 100th Anniversary celebration will be held the weekend of August 21-22, 2021, with the main Divine Liturgy and formal banquet scheduled for the Sunday afternoon and evening, August 22nd.
Forgot to RSVP for our 100th Anniversary? We have a limited time where we can still add you to our Sunday banquet guest list, so if you have not yet submitted your response form, please fill one out and submit it to Fr. Joe as soon as possible. If you will be mailing the form, we ask that you also please call Fr. Joe or send us an email at email@example.com and let us know that your form is on its way, and how many tickets we should set aside for you.
Additional time for Anniversary Book Messages/Ads: If you were still thinking about contributing a special message, memorial, or advertisement in our commemorative Anniversary book, it’s not too late-- we can still accept your submissions for a limited time longer! Simply fill out the special response form and turn it in as soon as you can.
For any specific questions, please contact George Nagrant or Fr. Joe.
Upcoming Events @St. Nick's
Friday, August 6
Sunday, August 8
10:30 am Akathist Hymn to the Mother of God —
for our parish and eparchy
Tuesday, August 10
100th Anniversary Planning Meeting
7 -9 pm
Sunday, August 15
Tuesday, August 17
Final 100th Anniversary Planning Meeting
7 -9 pm
St Nicholas Church 100th Anniversary Celebration
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In the beginning
God created heaven and earth.
Now the earth was a formless void, there was darkness over the deep, with a divine wind sweeping over the waters.
God said, 'Let there be light,'
and there was light.
God saw that light was good, and God divided light from darkness.
God called light 'day',
and darkness he called 'night'.
Evening came and
morning came: the first day.
Genesis 1: 1 - 5