4:00 PM Anticipated Sunday Obligation with Vespers
8:30 AM Slavonic / English mix
11:00 AM English
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Glory to Jesus Christ!
Glory to Him Forever!
Slava Isusu Christu!
Slava Na Viki!
Please continue to pray for the sick and shut-in of our parish:
Lillian Stefano, Kitty Marchione, and Doris Crawley
and continue to give support and prayers for the future ordination of
Subdeacon Phil Dinsmore.
TWENTY FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
Epistle: 2 Thessalonians 2: 1-12
Gospel: St. Luke 20: 1-8
Today’s Gospel tells of an incident that happened one Sabbath Day when Jesus went to worship in the synagogue. Among the people listening to Christ as He taught was a sick woman. For eighteen years she had been ill. She couldn’t straighten her back and she was so doubled up for all those years. The Lord saw her pitiful figure in the crowd and called her to come forward and then said to her: "Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity." Jesus laid his hands upon her and immediately she straightened up and looked into His face. But as the woman rejoiced, there was another who was angered. This was the ruler of the synagogue who didn’t like the idea of Jesus helping people on the Sabbath Day. Jesus was quick to answer: "You hypocrite…!" There are a number of important points to keep in mind about the sanctification of the Lord’s Day. God’s commandment prescribes the sanctification of the whole day. We need to keep this in mind in our times when so many people feel that all we have to do is go to church for one house on Sunday and rest of the day belongs to us. WRONG! … The whole day is the Lord’s Day. It belongs to Him! How do we keep it holy? It is a day of rest when people should put away their tools of labor. But it doesn’t mean that people should be lazy or slothful because that too is a sin. Besides going to church, t can be a time for visiting or going to see the sick. It should be a day for doing good. "Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath Day." There are many things involved in this commandment. But there is a starting place, and the woman of the Gospel lesson today provides it. She was ill, she was crippled, but she was worshipping in church on the Lord’s day. We, too, can make such a start each Sunday in keeping the Lord’s Day holy. Jesus said, "Wherever two or three are gathered in My Name, there am I amongst them." His special presence and power is felt when His family meets together that they might with one heart and one tongue raise a common plea to Him. When many voices sing: "Lord, have mercy," a situation is created which opens the gates of grace to flow.
Entrance into the Temple of the Theotokos
The origin of the feast is found in an account in the apocryphal Protoevangelium of Saint James. According to this document, after Saint Ann's miraculous birth-giving, the Most Holy Virgin having completed her second year, Joachim said to his wife: "Let us lead her to the Lord's Temple, as we promised Him." Ann said: "Let us yet wait until her third year, so that the child will not clamor for her father or mother, thus she will not walk straight before the Lord." When the child was three years old, Joachim said: "Let us call from among the daughters of the Hebrews those who are undefiled, and let them each take a lamp and let these lamps be lit, that the child not turn to look backward and her heart be not held captive outside the Lord's Temple." They did thus. Zachary the priest received her and said to her: "May the Lord crown your name with glory!", and he set her down on the altar step. There, Mary was nourished by an angel until she was twelve years old. When the time came for her to marry, Joseph received her from the priests' hands, and took her from the Lord's Temple.
More than three hundred years ago, a small number of grateful pilgrims gathered in prayerful tribute to God for an abundant first harvest. This launched a meaningful custom, which is one of our most cherished holidays, Thanksgiving Day. Thursday, we celebrate Thanksgiving. It is an appropriate time for us to reflect on our blessings. It is a day to express our gratitude to Almighty God for His abundant gifts. He is the source of all blessings. There is no true prayer without thanksgiving. God expects gratitude. Thanksgiving forces us to take stock of our situation. The blessing we are able to count forces us to conclude we are much better off than we thought we were. A Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Thank you to those who helped make the ECF Bake Sale a SUCCESS!
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2019 - 2020 Eparchy of Parma Stewardship Appeal
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The Gift of God, by Fr. David Anderson
Preparing for the Feast of the Nativity
January 8, 15 & 22
Baptized into Christ, by Father Sebastian Carnazzo, PhD.
The Mystery of Initiation and Identity of the People of God
Coming in August 2021!
St. Nicholas Parish will be celebrating our 100th Anniversary!
Spread the word!
We are already preparing by requesting current and past parishioners and friends of the parish to send in photos and memorabilia.
Upcoming Events @St. Nick's
November 15 - December 24
Sunday, November 24
Adult Ed Class 10:00-10:30 am in the church
ECF Class / Thanksgiving Service @10:30
GCU Lodge 860 Annual Meeting
Tuesday, November 26
100th Anniversary Planning Meeting
Thursday, November 28
Sunday, December 1
No ECF Class
Adult Ed Class 10:00-10:30 am in the church
Akathist Hymn to the Mother of God
for the future of our parish 10:30 am
Thursday, December 5
7 - 9pm
Friday, December 6
Sunday, December 8
11 am (no 8:30 Liturgy)
Luncheon to follow the Liturgy
Thursday, December 12
7 - 9pm
Sunday, December 15
Thursday, December 19
7 - 9pm
Sunday, December 22
ECF Class / Christmas Play
Tuesday, December 24
Day of Strict Fast
Wednesday, December 25
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.