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“The present life is a wrestling school, a gymnasium, a battle, a smelting furnace, and a dyer’s house of virtue” – St John Chrysostom

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

St. Xenophon

Dear Ones
The blessings of the Lord be upon you all.
On Frequent Confession
During every fasting period, be sure to confess your sins thoroughly. During Great Lent, confess twice, once at the beginning of the fast, and again at the end of it; the same with the Nativity Fast. St. John Chrysostom says, “if possible, O Christian, you should confess every hour.” We sin against God every minute, every second of our lives.
Elder Cleopa of Sihastria
This last weekend a busload of St. Andrew young people (and some oldies too :) traveled to San Francisco for the 11th annual West Coast Walk for Life – to join 50,000 people in praying and walking for an end to legalized abortion.
WFL 2016
Our itinerary was terrific. We were hosted most graciously by Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in SF, had two liturgies Sat and Sun morning- one at Holy Trinity and one at Holy Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Cathedral- the Shrine of St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco, and we were all able to confess. We participated in the Walk, were fed by the good people of Holy Trinity, played basketball and volleyball until we couldn’t any more, and attended the annual Students for Life Pro-Life Conference at the Catholic Cathedral on Sunday.
Priests at WFL 2016
One of the joys of the weekend (there were MANY!) was my personal meeting with Roman Catholic Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, one of the country’s strongest opponents of abortion and same-sex marriage…
Archbishop Cordileone and Myself at Walk For Life
and meeting Mr. David Daleiden, the man who spearheaded the Planned Parenthood expose videos that have revealed the dark underbelly of Planned Parenthood’s illicit trade in aborted baby parts. He is only 27, was the featured speaker at both the DC and SF Walks for Life this last week, and is an incredible young person. I was able to spend some time with him on Sunday.
Father Josiah and David Daleiden 1-24-16
Much to my horror – yesterday, less than a day after being with David, the Grand Jury of Houston- which was convened to investigate the illegal activities of Planned Parenthood, cleared Planned Parenthood and issued an indictment AGAINST DAVID HIMSELF!
It is hard to believe that such a travesty of justice could take place-  but then again if we won’t stop killing a million unborn children a year what won’t we do?:- but remember that Houston is the home of Lesbian Mayor Parker who subpoenaed the emails, texts and sermons of 5 pastors last year for opposing her transgender bathroom policy. Poor Houston! How pathetic.
Please click on this link and sign in the petition asking for justice for David Daleiden.
If you haven’t heard the interview David did with Ancient Faith Radion go here:
Forgive me.
Fr Josiah

 

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“The present life is a wrestling school, a gymnasium, a battle, a smelting furnace, and a dyer’s house of virtue” – St John Chrysostom

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

St. Euthymios the Great

Dear Ones

Blessings of the Lord!

The Necessity of Trials for Salvation

“All these trials are to your advantage. Do away with temptation and no one will be saved.” – St. Antony the Great

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New Class in the St. John Chrysostom Catechetical School Begins Tonight

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6pm Paraklesis, 7pm Lecture #1 “Living for God in Exile-Daniel as  Model Believer”  in the Series “Taming Lions: The Life and Prophecy of the Righteous Daniel”

CATHOLIC AND ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS AFFIRM SANCTITY OF LIFE,
INVITE PEOPLE INTO THE EMBRACE OF CHRIST

NEW YORK— On the occasion of the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Orthodox and Catholic Christians will join in prayer and public gathering to express their long-standing belief that all life is sacred.

An official delegation of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States will participate in choir in the Opening Mass of the National Prayer Vigil for Life at the Roman Catholic Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 21. The following day, January 22, Catholic and Orthodox bishops will jointly offer prayer to begin the March for Life at 12 noon on the National Mall.

As he reflected upon the importance of this year’s sanctity of life events, His Eminence Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York and chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), said: “While we lament the tragedy of abortion in our land, our Lord continues to show us how good can come from evil. Our collaborative and prayerful efforts with our Orthodox brothers and sisters have certainly been a sign of hope in our combined efforts to build a culture of life.”

Highlighting the importance of prayer when addressing the issue of abortion, His Eminence Metropolitan Savas of Pittsburgh, chairman of the Committee for Church and Society of the Assembly of Orthodox Bishops in the U.S., stressed the need to “pray not only for those who are currently considering an abortion, but also those who have already undergone the procedure and may despair of God’s love and mercy.”

The faithful and all people of good will are invited to attend both the Prayer Vigil and the March for Life Rally. For more information, please visit: www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/resources/index.cfm and http://marchforlife.org/mfl-2016/

The following statement was signed by Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the USCCB; His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, chairman of the Assembly of Orthodox Bishops; Cardinal Dolan; and Metropolitan Savas:

Seeking Life, Mercy, and Healing
A Common Statement by Orthodox and Catholic Bishops
on the 43rd Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

On January 22, Catholic and Orthodox Christians will once again stand in solidarity on the occasion of the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade. As our communities firmly believe in the sanctity of life, the faithful—along with many people of other traditions and good will—lament the legal circumstances that facilitate abortion and the cultural phenomena that present abortion as the only choice for expectant mothers experiencing difficult conditions.

We recognize that the choice to abort an unborn child ultimately reflects the broken condition of humanity.

We remind the world of our common teaching that life begins at the earliest moments of conception and that life, at all stages of its development, is sacred. We denounce the termination of a life as a response to unwanted pregnancies or as a method of overcoming social and economic challenges. We embrace the mothers and the couples who, in spite of difficulties, choose to bring their pregnancy to term. At the same time, however, we invite those who may have undergone or facilitated an abortion to turn to Christ with contrite hearts, seeking to overcome their grief through His forgiveness, mercy and healing.

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, Chairman, Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA

Metropolitan Savas of Pittsburgh, Chairman, Committee for Church and Society, Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA

Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, Archbishop of Louisville, President, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, Chairman, Committee on Pro-Life Activities, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Have You Ever Watched an ISIS Recruitment Video Made in English to Lure Americans? 

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2015/12/islamic-state-recruitment-video-features-bill-clinton-and-barack-obama-not-donald-trump

Why Are So Few Syrian Christian Refugees Being Allowed into the USA? Why is our Government Favoring Muslim Refugees?

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2016/01/19/heres-how-many-christian-syrian-refugees-the-united-states-has-admitted/

New Orthodox Christian Website Dedicated to the Pro-Life Movement 

http://www.OrthodoxProLife.com

Forgive me.

Father Josiah

 

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“The present life is a wrestling school, a gymnasium, a battle, a smelting furnace, and a dyer’s house of virtue” – St John Chrysostom

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

Holy Martyr Anastasia

Dear Ones

Blessings and best wishes for a sublime celebration of our Savior’s Nativity!

A Nativity Poem from C. S. Lewis

Among the oxen (like an ox I’m slow)
I see a glory in the stable grow
Which, with the ox’s dullness might at length
Give me an ox’s strength.

Among the asses (stubborn I as they)
I see my Savior where I looked for hay;
So may my beast like folly learn at least
The patience of a beast.

Among the sheep (I like a sheep have strayed)
I watch the manger where my Lord is laid;
Oh that my baaing nature would win thence
Some woolly innocence!

Nativity of Christ

 

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News from the World Congress of Families – December 18, 2015

 Both Houses of Congress Vote to De-fund Planned Parenthood

In response to the scandal over Planned Parenthood abortion clinics selling the body parts of unborn children they had harvested, for the first time, both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate have voted to de-fund the abortion conglomerate.

Under the guise of helping pregnant women, the Planned Parenthood Federation currently receives $528 million annually from U.S. taxpayers – funding which could be given to thousands of community health centers. The appropriations Planned Parenthood receives go almost exclusively to abortions, which it performs at the rate of 320,000 annually.

The outcry over the sale of fetal tissue led to the historic vote. While the legislation isn’t veto-proofs, and President Obama promised a veto, according to Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser, “Tonight’s vote is a landmark victory for all who prioritize comprehensive women’s health over abortion industry profits.”

Dannenfelser said the Congressional action and the reconciliation process will keep the issue alive into 2016. “If Americans elect a pro-life president next year, and safeguard our pro-life majorities in Congress, this bill – and many others – could be law by 2017.”

For more news on the Congressional move to de-fund Planned Parenthood http://www.lifenews.com/2015/12/01/senate-votes-this-week-on-de-funding-planned-parenthood-democrats-exploiting-shooting-to-kill-bill/

For the Susan B. Anthony List https://www.sba-list.org/

European Commission Says Marriage Initiative Is Compatible With EU Rights Charter

The European Commission has certified the European Citizens Initiative “Mum, Dads & Kids” as compatible with EU law, including the EU Fundamental Rights Charter. Supporters now have six months to collect 500,000 signatures on the petition. If they succeed,  the Commission will be required to send the initiative to the EU Parliament for a vote.

The Commission stated that the initiative “does not manifestly fall outside the framework of the Commission’s powers to submit a proposal for a legal action, that it is not manifestly abusive, frivolous, or vexatious and that it is not manifestly contrary to the values of the Union.”

A recent move to force same-sex marriage on all EU member states (by requiring that marriages contracted in one to be recognized by all) was blocked by Poland and Hungary. There are currently, initiative campaigns in a number of member states, including Romania, Slovenia and Switzerland, which would define marriage as the union of one man and one woman, like the Mum, Dads & Kids Initiative.

The fertility rate in the European Union as a whole is only 1.5 (with 2.1 needed just to replace current population), due in part to the failure to form families.

https://c-fam.org/turtle_bay/european-doma-compatible-eu-fundamental-values-commission-says/

For more information on the initiative   https://mumdadkids.wordpress.com/our-initiative/

European Parliament Condemns All Forms of Surrogacy

As reported at Turtle Bay and Beyond, Resolution 114 of the European Parliament reads in part that the EU: “Condemns the practice of surrogacy, which undermines the human dignity of the woman since her body and its reproductive functions are used as a commodity; considers that the practice of gestational surrogacy which involves reproductive exploitation and use of the human body for financial or other gain, in particular in the case of vulnerable women in developing countries, shall be prohibited and treated as a matter of urgency in human rights instruments…”

For more information https://c-fam.org/turtle_bay/eu-parliament-condemns-forms-surrogacy/

Why the High US Divorce Rate Despite Record Numbers of Marriage Counselors?

In his book “The Search for Domestic Bliss: Marriage and Family Counseling in 20th Century America,” author Ian Dowbiggin argues that marriage counselors are often part of the problem. Dowbiggin told Mercatornet.com that rather than trying to save marriages, these counselors too often prioritize the happiness of individuals over other considerations — called the “consumer” model of marriage.

In his resaerch, Dowbiggin discovered that Emily Mudd, founder of the Marriage Family Counseling Movement (MFC) was also an advocate for legalized abortion, population control and eugenics — much like Planned Parenthood icon Margaret Sanger.  Dowbiggin told Mercatornet: “Mudd’s career in MFC indicates that she was driven by an ideological faith  that individuals could be liberated by re-defining and re-organizing social institutions like marriage along the lines of self-fulfillment and self-esteem. In other words, marriage itself would be a vehicle of major reform.”

For the Dowbiggin interview, go to http://www.mercatornet.com/articles/view/desperately-seeking-domestic-bliss/17350

Divine Services

Tuesday 5pm Vespers and Little Compline with Forefeast Canon

Wednesday 6pm Vespers and Little Compline with Forefeast Canon

Thursday 9am Royals Hours, Typika, and Vesperal Liturgy fo St. Basil for Christmas Eve

Thursday 1030pm Nativity Orthros, 1130pm Nativity Liturgy

Saturday 8am Orthros, 9am Liturgy for the Synaxis of the Theotokos, 530pm Great Vespers

Forgive me.

Fr Josiah


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“The present life is a wrestling school, a gymnasium, a battle, a smelting furnace, and a dyer’s house of virtue” – St John Chrysostom

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

Holy Prophet Haggai

Dear Ones,

Blessings!

A Miracle from the Life of St. Spyridon

One night robbers borke into his sheepfold intending to make off with the ewes, but they were rooted to the spot by an invisible force. When Spyridon found them early next morning, they shamefacedly confessed their misdeed. Moved by compassion, he freed them from their invisible bonds and admonished them to live honestly from then on; but before letting them go he gave them two sheep- by way of compensation, he said with a smile, for their pains in keeping a night-long vigil.

Life of St. Spyridon, December 12th.

Annual West Coast Walk for Life in San Francisco 

Time to sign up!

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Australian Catholic Bishops Sued for Christian Teaching on Marriage 

State demands that Catholic Schools teach pro-LGBT material

http://www.massresistance.org/docs/gen2/15d/Australia-bishop-letter/index.html

Irish Move Shows Bait-And-Switch on Gay Marriage

from Don Feder and the World Congress on Families

Typical of the bait-and-switch tactics used to promote gay “marriage,” the Irish Parliament has just stripped away religious exemptions contained in an amendment passed by referendum in May. The referendum (which passed by a vote of 62% to 38%) included exemptions for religious institutions, among them Catholic schools and hospitals. Proponents promised that the conscience rights of those who object on religious grounds would be protected. It took less than six months for that pledge to be broken. Attempts to redefine marriage are based on coercion. No dissent will be allowed.

http://www.breitbart.com/london/2015/12/04/ireland-overturns-protections-religious-freedom-wake-gay-marriage-vote/

The Muslim Immigrant Invasion according to Serge Trifkovic 

Foolish Europe!

http://www.aoiusa.org/trifkovic-immigrant-invasion-der-untergang-des-abendlandes/

New Bible Apps for Orthodox Christians

https://www.greekorthodox.bible/

California Statistics

Crime is up in 1st half of 2015 – 20% increase in violent crims and 11% increase in property crime. Car accidents, especially hit and runs (another example of how financially costly sin is!), are up – 13% in 3 years- due to neglected roads and more. We are also entering the 5th year of our terrible draught, but our legislators are too busy to build reservoirs because getting transgendered bathrooms, ending all insurance plans that don’t cover abortion as basic care, requiring Pregnancy Counseling Centers to post referrals to abortion mills on the wall of their centers, legalizing assisted suicide, removing conscience protections from vaccinations, etc. We have fewer middle class and more billionaires than ever, and 1/3 of the entire country’s welfare recipients. We are one of the youngest states in the USA, with a median age of 35, and have more illegal immigrants than any state. California is 43rd in the nation in % of voter turnout- i.e. we want the most money from the government but want to be involved least.

Services
Wednesday 6pm Vespers for the Holy Prophet Daniel, 7pm Reflections on the Terrorist Attack in San Bernardino
Thursday 5pm Advent Paraklesis
Friday 11am 6th Hour
Saturday 730am Orthros, 8am Liturgy for St. Boniface, 530pm Great Vespers
Forgive me.
Father Josiah

Charismatic Humility

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“The present life is a wrestling school, a gymnasium, a battle, a smelting furnace, and a dyer’s house of virtue” – St John Chrysostom

Wednesday November 4th, 2015

Holy Hieromartyr Nicander

Dear Ones,

Blessings!

Charismatic Humility

“The state of pure prayer bestows upon man an indescribable humility because he has known the Lord face to Face. Elder Sophrony refers to this charismatic humility as the third characteristic of personhood. After seeing the Lord face to Face man no longer compares himself with mortals around him but with his prototype Christ, and he cries out for shame that he is not equal to the true humanity he sees in Christ, the perfect man whom God desired before the ages to create on earth.”

Father Zacharias (Zacharou), MAN, THE TARGET OF GOD 

New Pew Research Poll about Belief in God in America
This Pew Research data shows that of all Christian traditions in America the Orthodox Christians are least likely to believe in God’s existence with certainty.
What a horrible statistic.
Pew Research Showing Odox Least Likely to Believe in God with Certainty
Voters in Houston voted to repeal the so-called “Houston Equal Rights Ordinance” that the city’s lesbian mayor strongly supported.  
 
This is a significant victory against Mayor Parker who attempted to subpoena the personal emails, text messages, etc. of five notable pastors in Houston. She seriously violated religious freedoms, and now she has heard from her constitutency in a very clear way. Thank God.
  
Unfortunately, President Obama and the US Dept of Justice is Behind this Transgender Bathroom Insanity
The U.S. Department of Education concluded that transgender students have a right to full access to the bathroom and locker room of their gender-preference, and anything short of that (e.g., prohibiting the transgender student from showering or changing in front of others) is discriminatory. The suburban Chicago high school district at the center of this determination allowed transgender students to use the locker room of their gender-preference, but only if they showered and changed privately; that was determined by public education’s federal handlers as discriminatory because it subjected the students to stigma and different treatment. If the school district doesn’t change its policy on the matter, they’ll lose their federal funding. 
A Very Nice Profile Piece on our Parishioner, Miss Emily Wilkinson, West Coast Director, Students for Life
Services
Wednesday 6pm Paraklesis, 7pm Dinner and Open All-Parish Fire on Father
Saturday 530pm Great Vespers
Forgive me.
Father Josiah

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“The present life is a wrestling school, a gymnasium, a battle, a smelting furnace, and a dyer’s house of virtue” – St John Chrysostom

Friday, September 11th, 2015

St. Elias the Cave-Dweller

Dear Ones,

Blessings!

How to Imitate Both Mary and Martha 

“He who works with his hands and prays in his heart becomes doubly rich because he serves Jesus present in the person of the poor like Martha and he attends to the sayings of the Word of God with his intellect, like Mary.”

St. Eilas the Cave-Dweller commemorated on September 11th

Today is the 14th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on our nation in NYC, DC and Shanksville, PA.

At 11am this morning we will pray an Akathist to the Mother of God “Softener of Evil Hearts” together with the Trisagion for the Departed and the Prayer Below.

I send it for those of you who would like to pray this prayer at home or the office today.

9-11 Skyline Memorialthe 9-11 Cross
9-11 Cross Memorial

GOD REST THE SOULS OF THOSE WHO WERE KILLED ON 9/11.  MEMORY ETERNAL!

9-11 Two Towers in Lights Memorial

A Prayer for September 11th

O Lord our God, Who art Thyself, the Hope of the hopeless, the Help of the helpless, the Savior of the storm-tossed, the Haven of the voyager, the Physician of the sick; be all things to our land which fourteen years ago on this date was devastated by the cowardly and hateful acts of false martyrs; who imitated wicked Herod in his slaughter of the 14,000 innocents. To those who lost loved ones, grant the comfort thou didst impart to Mary and Martha before Thou didst raise their brother Lazarus from the dead, and care for them as Thou didst care for Thy Mother from the Cross, putting her in the care of the Apostle John. To the survivors, grant healing in every sense, as thou didst strengthen and heal the confessors. To those related to and aiding the survivors and the families of the fallen, grant the strength and compassion Thou didst instill in Thine adopted father Joseph, who was Thy guardian in Thine earthly youth. To those who died, grant remission of their every sin in Thy great compassion; both to those who like the wise servant and the wise virgins, constantly prepared themselves to enter the heavenly banquet at any hour; as well as those who emulated the Rich Fool, preferring to enjoy earthly pursuits and ignore heavenly ones. To us, grant the knowledge that while the devil still manipulates our Divinely-given free will to his own ends in this world, his power is fleeting and ultimately void, as Thou hast already crushed his dominion. And as for those who hate us, speak to their hearts as St. Procla sought to speak to her husband Pontius Pilate concerning Thee, and as Thou didst speak to Pharoah concerning the Hebrews, and so soften the hearts of those who seek our destruction. Spare, O Lord, those who protect us, the law enforcement agents and the first responders, from despondency, disillusionment, and all things which would undermine their righteous calling to protect us in the manner of our Guardian Angels, and care for us in the manner of the Good Samaritan. All this we ask of Thee our All-powerful and All-loving Savior, giving glory to Thee together with Thine unorginate Father and Thine all-holy and good and life-giving and Comforting Spirit; now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen

US Senator Mike Lee Makes the Most Articulate Summary of the Planned Parenthod Expose Videos

https://youtu.be/PKbr1e7zEFE

If you are interested in an educated summary of the significance of these Expose videos and what they mean and should mean for our nation please watch this 10 minute video.

Special Prayer Request 

Last night in Paraklesis we prayed for Mother Markella and the Sisters of the Holy Monastery of the Theotokos because a very large fire is threatening the entire area. Please read this update below and pray

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FIRE THREATENS MONASTERY AND SAINT NICHOLAS RANCH IN DUNLAP, CA

The Rough Fire located in central California has consumed over 103,000 acres. Residents in many communities along its path have been evacuated, included staff at Saint Nicholas Ranch and Retreat Center and the adjacent Monastery of the Theotokos the Life Giving Spring. The fire is approximately four miles away from the Ranch and Monastery facilities, located in Dunlap, California, and the air quality is extremely poor and is a health hazard for residents.

Abbess Markella and 18 sisters from the Monastery are graciously being provided with accommodations from the Sisters of Nazareth from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno, and Monastery Chaplain Rev. Father John Angelis is staying in the home of parishioners from Saint George in Fresno. Three sisters remain at the Monastery, and Saint Nicholas Ranch Director Michael Pappas is also still on the Ranch property. At the present time, the evacuation is strongly advised but not required. Should a mandatory evacuation be issued, they will immediately leave and seek safety in Fresno. In the attached picture you can see the large cloud of smoke in the sky approaching the historic barn at Saint Nicholas Ranch, which gives a clearer indication of the proximity of this fire. “We pray for the safekeeping of our beloved Monastery and Saint Nicholas Ranch, and for all those in the area. We will remain vigilant in our supplications to the Lord that the fires may be contained and not cause any further destruction,” stated His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco. “We are also grateful for the valiant efforts of the firefighters and pray for their strength to endure this battle, so they may return to their homes and loved ones unharmed.” Saint Nicholas Ranch is presently providing housing for 22 firefighters from Cal Fire who are in need of accommodations during their rest periods from active fire duty. The Rough Fire was started by a lightning strike in July 2015 and has been growing in intensity. The extreme heat and drought in California have exacerbated conditions, making this fire hard to control. The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco will provide further updates as additional information becomes available.

THE ASSEMBLY OF  ORTHODOX BISHOPS IN THE UNITED STATES MEETING NEXT WEEK

The Assembly will hold its sixth annual meeting next week September 15th-17th, 2015 at the Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport Hotel.   This year’s meeting will include two sessions devoted to canonical regional planning. In the first of these sessions, the Assembly’s 12 jurisdictional first hierarchs will have an opportunity to offer their comments on a proposal that has been prepared by the Committee for Canonical Regional Planning for submission to the Great and Holy Council in 2016. In the second session, the Assembly’s hierarchs will engage in a facilitated discussion about the proposal. This year’s meeting also includes a working session on pastoral practices of marriage and divorce. On Tuesday evening, September 15, the Assembly will sponsor a pan-Orthodox youth gathering for high school and college students in the Chicago area. The event will provide an opportunity for dialogue between the youth and a panel of hierarchs. The agenda for Assembly VI can be found at http://assemblyofbishops.org/assets/files/docs/Assembly%20VI%20Agenda%20Final.pdf, and a flyer for the youth gathering can be found at http://assemblyofbishops.org/assets/files/docs/YouthFlyer2015.pdf. The hierarchs of the Assembly request the prayers of all clergy, monastics, and laity for a spiritually fruitful meeting.

The Assembly’s director of research, Alexei Krindatch, just issued a new survey of Orthodox giving in America which can be found at

http://assemblyofbishops.org/assets/files/docs/research/HighlightFindingsStudyOnGiving.pdf

New Course in the St. John Chrysostom Catechetical School Began Wednesday and continues on Wednesday Evenings at 7pm 

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Next Lecture – 9/23 Lecture #2 The Lament of Job

Services 

Friday 11am Memorial for 9/11 Victims

Saturday 530pm Great Vespers

Forgive me.

Father Josiah

The Light of the East

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Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Holy Martyrs Menodora, Nymphodora, and Metrodora

Dear Ones,

Blessings!

The Light of the East

Readily do we acknowledge, and sometimes too hastily adopt, the results of the great achievements of the Western mind and spirit in the affairs of this world; but in matters of faith the Eastern is, as it has ever been, the source and cradle of everything that is purest, highest, and heavenly. Humiliating though it might appear to the haughty spirit of the West, it will at last, and of necessity, turn its eyes towards the East and realize the saying, Ex Oriente lux!

Newly-Glorified St. Sebastian of San Francisco

Special Prayer Request 

Last night in Paraklesis we prayed for Mother Markella and the Sisters of the Holy Monastery of the Theotokos because a very large fire is threatening the entire area. Please read this update below and pray

Monastery

FIRE THREATENS MONASTERY AND SAINT NICHOLAS RANCH IN DUNLAP, CA

The Rough Fire located in central California has consumed over 103,000 acres. Residents in many communities along its path have been evacuated, included staff at Saint Nicholas Ranch and Retreat Center and the adjacent Monastery of the Theotokos the Life Giving Spring. The fire is approximately four miles away from the Ranch and Monastery facilities, located in Dunlap, California, and the air quality is extremely poor and is a health hazard for residents.

Abbess Markella and 18 sisters from the Monastery are graciously being provided with accommodations from the Sisters of Nazareth from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno, and Monastery Chaplain Rev. Father John Angelis is staying in the home of parishioners from Saint George in Fresno. Three sisters remain at the Monastery, and Saint Nicholas Ranch Director Michael Pappas is also still on the Ranch property. At the present time, the evacuation is strongly advised but not required. Should a mandatory evacuation be issued, they will immediately leave and seek safety in Fresno. In the attached picture you can see the large cloud of smoke in the sky approaching the historic barn at Saint Nicholas Ranch, which gives a clearer indication of the proximity of this fire. “We pray for the safekeeping of our beloved Monastery and Saint Nicholas Ranch, and for all those in the area. We will remain vigilant in our supplications to the Lord that the fires may be contained and not cause any further destruction,” stated His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco. “We are also grateful for the valiant efforts of the firefighters and pray for their strength to endure this battle, so they may return to their homes and loved ones unharmed.” Saint Nicholas Ranch is presently providing housing for 22 firefighters from Cal Fire who are in need of accommodations during their rest periods from active fire duty. The Rough Fire was started by a lightning strike in July 2015 and has been growing in intensity. The extreme heat and drought in California have exacerbated conditions, making this fire hard to control. The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco will provide further updates as additional information becomes available.

THE ASSEMBLY OF  ORTHODOX BISHOPS IN THE UNITED STATES MEETING NEXT WEEK

The Assembly will hold its sixth annual meeting next week September 15th-17th, 2015 at the Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport Hotel.   This year’s meeting will include two sessions devoted to canonical regional planning. In the first of these sessions, the Assembly’s 12 jurisdictional first hierarchs will have an opportunity to offer their comments on a proposal that has been prepared by the Committee for Canonical Regional Planning for submission to the Great and Holy Council in 2016. In the second session, the Assembly’s hierarchs will engage in a facilitated discussion about the proposal. This year’s meeting also includes a working session on pastoral practices of marriage and divorce. On Tuesday evening, September 15, the Assembly will sponsor a pan-Orthodox youth gathering for high school and college students in the Chicago area. The event will provide an opportunity for dialogue between the youth and a panel of hierarchs. The agenda for Assembly VI can be found at http://assemblyofbishops.org/assets/files/docs/Assembly%20VI%20Agenda%20Final.pdf, and a flyer for the youth gathering can be found at http://assemblyofbishops.org/assets/files/docs/YouthFlyer2015.pdf. The hierarchs of the Assembly request the prayers of all clergy, monastics, and laity for a spiritually fruitful meeting.

The Assembly’s director of research, Alexei Krindatch, just issued a new survey of Orthodox giving in America which can be found at

http://assemblyofbishops.org/assets/files/docs/research/HighlightFindingsStudyOnGiving.pdf

Heading into the Assembly of Bishops Meetings We May Need Some Humor – Try This!

Dad Joke Survivors!

https://www.facebook.com/NickelodeonAustralia/videos/909821012426653/

New Course in the St. John Chrysostom Catechetical School Began Yesterday and continues on Wednesday Evenings at 7pm 

JobLessonsonGriefandSuffering

Services 

Friday 11am Memorial for 9/11 Victims

Saturday 530pm Great Vespers

Forgive me.

Father Josiah

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