31st SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
Tone 6. Apostle Timothy of the Seventy (96). Monk Martyr Anastasius the Persian (628). Monk Martyr Anastásii, Deacon, of the Kyiv Caves (Near Caves—12th c.). Ven. Makáry of Zhabynsk, Wonderworker (1623). Martyrs Manuel, George, Peter, Leontius—Bishops; Sionius, Gabriel, John, Leontius, Parodus—Presbyters; and 377 companions in Bulgaria (ca. 817).
1 Timothy 1:15 – 17 Luke 18:35 – 43
Please direct all inquiries to the church office.
*In an emergency contact Fr. Vincent at (780) 288-5347
is available Sunday morning at the Continental Inn parking lot – 166 St. and 100 Ave. If you expect to park there regularly remember to place a parking permit card on your dash. Parking permits are available on the candle desk in the narthex.
PARISH TITHING AND GIVING
(General budget income; does not include designated funds)
Amount received on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017: $2,532.04
Weekly Goal: $4,250
Total received for January, 2017: $9,838.04
Budget goal for each month: $17,000.00
Fire Doors in the Fellowship Hall
For the last two weeks a fire door has been left open after everyone has left the basement on Sunday. Each fire door is labelled as such. If a fire door is left open and a fire breaks out in the church our insurance will not cover the damage.
Cloak Room in the Narthex
A reminder: Please do not leave valuables unattended in the cloak room or in your coats and jackets. This is not a secure area therefore we cannot be responsible for the loss or theft of any item.
Many thanks to all of you who supported the clothing drive for the Christian Care Centre. You were indeed very generous, and your contributions will be put to good use. The "change for change" jar that was on the coffee table throughout Advent raised over $200.00 for this program and will help them to purchase coffee and snacks for the drop-in centre. Volunteers from our community serve at this facility every Thursday morning. If you are interested in helping out with this ministry, please speak to Lil Trefan or Matushka Carol.
Ukrainian Orphanages Summer Clothing Collection
We will be collecting children's summer clothing for the Ukraine orphanages Jan. 22 and 29 only. This shipment will be prepared Feb.2 and sent to the orphanages in time for Pascha. Parents, if you could look through your children's summer clothing and donate any items no longer needed by you that are still in good shape, it would help greatly. Here is what they are looking for: children's summer clothing and footwear for ages 6-13, children's socks and underwear (not white, please and the boys prefer boxers), Pascha treats (candy), hair ornaments for girls. A box is placed in the narthex to collect the clothing, Pascha treats, etc.
It is traditional in the Orthodox Church for the priest to visit parishioner's homes during the time between the Feast of Theophany (Jan. 6) and the beginning of Great Lent (Feb. 27 this year), in order to bless their homes with Holy Water. If you would like to schedule a time for Fr. Vincent to visit your home, please sign your name to the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board. Fr. Vincent will contact you to arrange a date and time. Please see the bulletin insert to help you prepare for this House Blessing.
2017 Parish Directories
The 2017 Parish Directories are available and are located on the display cabinet in the narthex.
Apostle Timothy of the Seventy
The Holy Apostle Timothy was from the Lycaonian city of Lystra in Asia Minor. Saint Timothy was converted to Christ in the year 52 by the holy Apostle Paul (June 29). When the Apostles Paul and Barnabas first visited the cities of Lycaonia, Saint Paul healed one crippled from birth. Many of the inhabitants of Lystra then believed in Christ, and among them was the future Saint Timothy, his mother Eunice and grandmother Loida (Lois) (Acts 14:6-12; 2 Tim. 1:5).
The seed of faith, planted in Saint Timothy’s soul by the Apostle Paul, brought forth abundant fruit. He became Saint Paul’s disciple, and later his constant companion and co-worker in the preaching of the Gospel. The Apostle Paul loved Saint Timothy and in his Epistles called him his beloved son, remembering his devotion and fidelity with gratitude.
He wrote to Timothy: “You have followed my teaching, way of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, and patience” (2 Tim. 3:10-11). The Apostle Paul appointed Saint Timothy as Bishop of Ephesus, where the saint remained for fifteen years. Finally, when Saint Paul was in prison and awaiting martyrdom, he summoned his faithful friend, Saint Timothy, for a last farewell (2 Tim. 4:9).
Saint Timothy ended his life as a martyr. The pagans of Ephesus celebrated a festival in honor of their idols, and used to carry them through the city, accompanied by impious ceremonies and songs. Saint Timothy, zealous for the glory of God, attempted to halt the procession and reason with the spiritually blind idol-worshipping people, by preaching the true faith in Christ.
The pagans angrily fell upon the holy apostle, they beat him, dragged him along the ground, and finally, they stoned him. Saint Timothy’s martyrdom occurred in the year 93.
In the fourth century the holy relics of Saint Timothy were transferred to Constantinople and placed in the church of the Holy Apostles near the tombs of Saint Andrew (November 30) and Saint Luke (October 18). The Church honors Saint Timothy as one of the Apostles of the Seventy.
In Russian practice, the back of a priest’s cross is often inscribed with Saint Paul’s words to Saint Timothy: “Be an example to the believers in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity” (1 Tim. 4:12).
- Feasts & Saints, OCA website
THE FEAST OF THEOPHANY - 9 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
1. The Feast of Theophany is one of the oldest Orthodox celebrations, and originally included Christ’s nativity, the adoration of the magi, and all of our Lord’s childhood events (circumcision, presentation in the temple, etc.).
2. The Feast of Theophany (or Epiphany) commemorates the Baptism of our Lord in the Jordan River by John the Baptist. As Christ is baptized, the Gospel tells us that the Holy Spirit descends upon Him in the form of a dove, and the voice of the Father is heard saying “This is my beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased.” It was at this time, as the Troparion reminds us, that “the Trinity was made manifest” to us. Thus, we know God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, One God in three Persons.
3. Christ, by entering the waters of the Jordan River, sanctified those waters. Since Jesus had no sin, but was God incarnate, His baptism had the effect not of washing away His sins, but of blessing the water, making it holy—and with it all of creation, so that it may be used fully for its original created purpose to be an instrument of life.
4. Water is blessed using the “Great Blessing of the Water” service two distinct times during Theophany: after Vespers on the Eve of Theophany and after the Divine Liturgy on Theophany. The blessings are identical, and the water is identical.
5. Each January, the homes of Orthodox Christians are blessed with “Theophany Water”, the newly blessed water from the Theophany services of January 5th and 6th. While a house can be blessed at any time, it usually occurs following the “Great Blessing or Water” at the Feast of Theophany. By sanctifying our homes (and even our vehicles, businesses, etc.), we invite Christ to be a part of every area of our lives.
6. Although Orthodox Christians don’t normally bless themselves with Holy Water upon entering a church like Catholics do, a quantity of Holy Water is usually kept in a container placed in the church, where it is available for anyone who would like to take some of it home with them. It is traditional to keep a quantity of it at home, and many Orthodox Christians will drink a small amount daily with their morning prayers. It may also be used for informal blessings when no clergy are present. For example, parents might bless their children with Holy Water before they leave the house for school or play. It is not unusual for pious Orthodox Christians to put a little Holy Water in their food as they cook their meals. It is also often taken with prayer in times of distress or temptation.
7. If the Priest comes to bless the home when the children are present, they have the opportunity to see their parish Priest in a different and personal situation. If the Priest permits, they can lead the way through the house, or hold a candle or an icon. They can show him their rooms or pets or favorite toys. They receive a blessing with water. For children, the house blessing shows the connection of the Church to the home.
8. Here is a great summary from the Antiochian Bishop BASIL (Diocese of the Midwest): “So when the Priest comes to your house to bless it, he sprinkles the blessed water on the walls in order that the dwelling may be restored to its correct purpose…It is a sanctified dwelling as long as we use our free-will to want it to be sanctified. We should continually offer our house back to God so that He can transform it into a means of communion with God. Father Alexander Elchaninov wrote: ‘The consecration of houses, objects, and so forth, is not magic, for Orthodoxy is a religion of complete freedom, and in such cases God’s grace, descending on a house, awaits a movement of our heart going out to meet it.’ It is for this reason that all members of a household should pray along with the Priest. We should pray that God will fill us and our house with His presence.”
9. How to prepare for your house blessing:
* If possible every member of the family should gather for the Priest’s visit.
* The short service will take place in front of your icon corner (if it is in a public place such as your front room). Otherwise, on a table place a clean cloth, a lit candle and an upright Theophany icon or icon of Christ. You may also have incense prepared and ready if you like.
* Be sure to have a list of the members of your family (Orthodox and non-Orthodox alike) ready for the Priest.
* Secure any pets that might jump up on the Priest or get underfoot as you move from room to room (however don’t forget pets may be blessed too!)
* Turn off all TVs, radios, computers, cell phones, etc.
* The head of the house, or perhaps one of the children, carries the candle, leading the Priest and the family around the home while the Priest blesses all of the rooms.
* At the end of the service, each member of the family comes forward to kiss the Cross while the Priest blesses them with the holy water
* It is a pious custom among some to give the Priest a small donation at this time, but this should never be thought of as a requirement. God’s blessings are freely given to us. The Priest comes to the home because he wants God's blessing to be upon it, and to know those in his flock better and to be available to them.