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WEEKLY DIOCESAN BULLETIN

SUNDAY, AUGUST 20, 2017

ELEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST: AFTERFEAST OF THE TRANSFIGURATION; HOLY MONK-MARTYR DOMETIUS; VENERABLE FATHER OR

RESURRECTIONAL TROPARION - TONE TWO:
When Thou didst descend to death, O Life Immortal, Thou didst slay hell with the splendor of Thy Godhead! And when from the depths Thou didst raise the dead, all the powers of heaven cried out: O Giver of Life! Christ our God! Glory to Thee!

THE TRANSFIGURATION TROPARION - TONE SEVEN:
Thou wast transfigured on the mountain, O Christ God, revealing Thy glory to Thy disciples as far as they could bear it. Let Thy everlasting light shine upon us sinners, through the prayers of the Theotokos. O Giver of Light, glory to Thee!

TROPARION TO SAINT DOMETIUS – TONE FOUR:
Preparing yourself through prayer and fasting on the mountain, you destroyed the hosts of spiritual enemies with the weapon of the Cross. And then courageously preparing yourself for martyrdom, you were crowned by God for both your life and death, O ever-memorable venerable martyr Dometius.

RESURRECTIONAL KONTAKION - TONE TWO:
Hell became afraid, O Almighty Savior, seeing the miracle of Thy Resurrection from the tomb! The dead arose! Creation, with Adam, beheld this and rejoiced with Thee! And the world, O my Savior, praises Thee forever.

KONTAKION TO SAINT DOMETIUS – TONE SIX:
Despising corruption and degrading philosophies, O venerable martyr Dometius, you became a great guide of monks. You did not fear the wrath of the king, who did not wish to honor Christ the true God. Therefore in death you did raise the hymn: God is with me, and no one will be against me.

THE TRANSFIGURATION KONTAKION - TONE SEVEN:
On the mountain Thou wast transfigured, O Christ God, and Thy disciples beheld Thy glory as far as they could see it; so that when they would behold Thee crucified, they would understand that Thy suffering wast voluntary, and would proclaim to the world that Thou art truly the Radiance of the Father!

INSTEAD OF "IT IS TRULY MEET...":
Magnify, O my soul, the Lord who was transfigured on Mount Tabor! Your birthgiving was incorruptible! God came from your body and appeared on earth in flesh, dwelling among men. Therefore, we magnify you, O Theotokos!

EPISTLE READING

PROKEIMENON IN TONE TWO:
The Lord is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation.

ELEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST: 1 CORINTHIANS 9: 2-12  Brethren, if I am not an apostle to others yet doubtless I am to you. For you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord. My defense to those who examine me is this: Do we have no right to eat and drink? Do we have no right to take along a believing wife, as do also the other apostles, the brothers of the Lord and Cephas? Or is it only Barnabas and I who have no right to refrain from working? Who ever goes to war at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat of its fruit? Or who tends a flock and does not drink of the milk of the flock? Do I say these things as a mere man? Or does not the law say the same also? For it is written in the law of Moses, “You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain.” Is it oxen God is concerned about? Or does He say it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written that he who plows should plow in hope, and he who threshes in hope should be partaker of his hope. If we have sown spiritual things for you, is it a great thing if we reap your material things? If others are partakers of this right over you, are we not even more? Nevertheless we have not used this right, but endure all things lest we hinder the gospel of Christ.

THE ALLELUIA VERSES:
The Lord answer you in the day of trouble! The name of the God of Jacob protect you! Save the king, O Lord, and hear us on the day we call!

GOSPEL READING

ELEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST: MATTHEW 18:23-35  At that time Jesus said, “Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. But as he was not able to pay, his master commanded that he be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and that payment be made. The servant therefore fell down before him, saying, ‘Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’ Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt. But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, ‘Pay me what you owe!’ So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’ And he would not, but went and threw him into prison till he should pay the debt. So when his fellow servants saw what had been done, they were very grieved, and came and told their master all that had been done. Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?’ And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him. So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.”

FROM THE PROLOGUE:


AUGUST 7/20, BY SAINT NIKOLAI VELIMIROVIC:
The Venerable Martyr Dometius
Dometius was born a pagan in Persia during the reign of Emperor Constantine. He became acquainted with the Christian Faith as a young man, abandoned paganism, and was baptized. So much did Dometius love the true Faith that he left every worldly thing and was tonsured a monk in a monastery near the town of Nisibis. He lived for some time among the brethren, and then withdrew to a life of silence with the elder, Archmandrite Urbel (who is said to have eaten only uncooked food for sixty years). Elder Urbel made Dometius a deacon, and when he wanted to compel him to receive the rank of a priest, Dometius withdrew to an isolated mountain and settled in a cave. He attained such a high degree of perfection through fasting, prayer, all-night vigils and godly thoughts that he miraculously cured the sick. When Julian the Apostate came to those regions, he heard of Dometius and sent men to seal him up alive in a cave, with two of his disciples. Thus, this saint of God reposed and took up his abode in the Kingdom of God in the year 363.

The Venerable Or, Hermit of the Thebaid
Or attained great perfection through the greatest asceticism. When he firmly established himself and attained holiness in solitude, he gradually established several monasteries, and was a superb spiritual leader and teacher of many monks. Rufinus, who visited him, describes Or in the following way: “In appearance, he resembled an angel of God—a ninety-year old elder with a long beard, as white as snow. His outward aspect was wonderful. His gaze shone with superhuman radiance.” Often he saw the angels of God. He especially endeavored never to speak an untruth. He had great temptations from the demons, but overpowered them all, soberly and courageously. He received Holy Communion daily. On one occasion, one of his disciples reminded him that the Feast of the Resurrection had come, and that it should be celebrated. Hearing this, Or came out, raised his hands to heaven and spent three days in prayer without rest. He explained to his disciple: “For the monk, this is the celebration of the Resurrection of Christ: to elevate his mind and to unite it with God.” He reposed in deep old age in about the year 390.

The Holy Martyrs Marinus and Asterius
Marinus was a soldier and Asterius was a Roman senator. At the time of Emperor Gallienus, St. Marinus served as a soldier in Caesarea in Palestine. Marinus was beheaded for the sake of the Christian Faith. Asterius, the senator, also a Christian, was present at his martyrdom. He removed his toga and wrapped the body of the martyr in it. He then carried the body on his shoulders and honorably buried it. Seeing this, the pagans beheaded him also. They both died honorably for Christ in about 260.

The Venerable Poemen, the Much-ailing
Since his youth, Poemen was both sickly and desirous of the monastic life. Brought to the Lavra of the Kiev Caves for healing, he remained there until his death. Poemen prayed to God more for sickness than for health. At night, angels appeared to him and tonsured him a monk. They also informed him that he would be ill until his death and that just before his death he would become healthy. And so it was. Poemen was bedridden for twenty years. He worked miracles during his lifetime, and possessed a rare gift of clairvoyance. Just prior to his death, he rose from the bed completely whole, and immediately prepared a grave for himself. He reposed in the Lord in the year 1110.

The Hieromartyr Narcissus, Patriarch of Jerusalem
Narcissus was beheaded at the time of Antoninus, in the year 213, being 116 years of age.

HYMN OF PRAISE: Saint Or, Hermit of the Thebaid
To the honor and glory of monks,
Or, the all-wise Abba, chief among monks,
With great labor and many sighs
Reached the perfection of a true monk.
Give us a word, they once begged him!
“Speak the truth, never tell a lie.
I know a man who never swore,
Never lied, never wished evil to another.”
Having replied, the elder was silent.
Then holy Sisoes asked Or:
“Give me, Father, some instruction.”
“Live,” Or said to him, “as you see me live!”
“Tell me more clearly, how should I see you?
Does every man hide a secret in himself?”
Or spoke again: “Behold, I speak to you:
Of all God’s creations, I consider myself the worst.”
Or taught his disciple, Paul, in this way:
“From every sin you will easily flee,
If only you will flee from evil conversation,
For every other sin sprouts from this evil.
Evil conversation is death to the soul of man;
It smothers every good seed in the heart.
I will say one more thing, and let it be enough:
Repel all vain thoughts; repel iniquitous desires;
Distance yourself from material cares,
And you will attain the immaterial, my son.”

REFLECTION
Neither concern yourself about the righteous nor envy the sinner. Always remember that the Lord Jesus Christ, by His Resurrection, triumphed over a shameful death—and that Herod, Judas, Nero, Julian the Apostate, Valerian, Leo the Armenian, and other opponents of Christ destroyed their own successes and victories forever, by their shameful deaths. Envious ones slandered St. Narcissus the patriarch, spreading rumors that he had lost his chastity. The innocent Narcissus withdrew into the wilderness. He spent many years in silence and patiently waited for God to do His will. Three patriarchs succeeded him before witnesses came forward to clearly prove his innocence. Then everyone forced him to return from the wilderness to the patriarchal throne. Thus, God justifies the righteous. The bloody Emperor Valerian, with satanic passion, murdered Christians throughout the entire civilized world. How did he end his days? He was defeated in battle and enslaved by the Persian king, Sapor. Sapor did not desire to kill him immediately, but used him as a mounting block whenever he mounted a horse. Every day, King Sapor’s servants brought Valerian along with the horses, and Sapor enjoyed placing his foot on the neck of the Roman emperor in order to make it easier for him to mount the horse. He who sows evil seed reaps an evil harvest.

CONTEMPLATION
Contemplate the mercy of God toward the barren Hannah, the mother of Samuel (I Samuel 1):
1. How Hannah was barren, and in her sorrow implored God that she be enabled to bear a son, promising to dedicate him to God;
2. How God heard the prayers of Hannah, and she bore a son, and named him Samuel (bidden of God);
3. How Hannah brought Samuel to the Temple and dedicated him to God.

HOMILY
on the new Law from Zion
For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem (Isaiah 2:3).
The prophet speaks of a new Law and of a new Word. The old Law was given on Sinai; the new Law would come from Zion. The old Law was given through Moses; the new Law would be brought by the Lord Christ Himself. The former was intended in the beginning only for the Jews, and the latter would be for all people—all of mankind. Even though these words of the prophet are clear to us, the Jews could not understand them; nor do they understand them today. The meaning of these words is closed to them because of their stony hearts. To whom do they apply these words? To no one. How do they interpret these words? They do not. They pass by these words as a blind man passes by an open door. If they were able to comprehend these words, would they have acted in the manner they did with the prophet and the prophesied One? Would they have sawn Isaiah asunder, and crucified Christ on the Cross?
The Jews considered the Law of Moses to be the one, final Law of God. That is why they were unable to comprehend the prophecy of the new Law from Zion, from the House of David, for David glorified Zion. But if the Jews did not know that the new Law would be revealed through the old Law, we Christians know that we comprehend the old Law through the new. The Jews had a tree without fruit, but we have the tree and the fruit. They had an image without reality, but we have both image and reality. They adhered only to promises (and those they understood incorrectly), but we have the promises and their fulfillment.
O most wealthy Lord, Who has enriched us with Thy spiritual Law and Thy life-giving Word, Thee only do we worship, and to Thee only do we pray. Grant us wisdom and power to live according to Thy Law and to uphold Thy holy Word, so that we may not become poor before Thee, Who hast made us rich!
To Thee be glory and praiseforever. Amen.


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WEEKLY DIOCESAN BULLETIN

SUNDAY, AUGUST 13, 2017 

TENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST: HOLY AND RIGHTEOUS EUDOCIMUS; HOLY MARTYR JULITTA 

RESURRECTIONAL TROPARION - TONE ONE: When the stone had been sealed by the Jews; while the soldiers were guarding Thy most pure Body; Thou didst arise on the third day, O Savior, granting life to the world. The powers of heaven therefore cried to Thee, O Giver of Life: Glory to Thy Resurrection, O Christ! Glory to Thy Kingdom! Glory to Thy dispensation, O Thou who loves mankind. 

TROPARION TO SAINT EUDOCIMUS – TONE FOUR: He who called you from earth to heaven, keeps your body unharmed after death, holy Eudocimus; for you lived a sober and holy life and did not defile your flesh; so with boldness intercede with Christ that we may be saved. 

RESURRECTIONAL KONTAKION - TONE ONE: As God, Thou didst arise from the tomb in glory, raising the world with Thyself. Human nature praises Thee as God, for death has vanished.  Adam exults, O Master!  Eve rejoices, for she is freed from bondage, and cries to Thee: Thou art the giver of resurrection to all, O Christ! 

KONTAKION TO SAINT EUDOCIMUS – TONE THREE: Today your honored memory has assembled us at the holy shrine of your sacred relics; all then who approach and venerate them are rescued from the evil malice of demons and are swiftly delivered from various diseases, blessed Eudocimus.

HYMN TO THE MOTHER OF GOD - TONE SIX: Steadfast Protectress of Christians and constant advocate before the Creator, do not despise the cry of us sinners; but in your goodness come speedily to help us who call on you in faith.  Hasten to hear our petition and to intercede for us, O Theotokos, for you always protect those who honor you! 

EPISTLE READINGS

PROKEIMENON IN TONE ONE: Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us as we have set our hope on You! 

TENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST: 1 CORINTHIANS 4: 9-16  Brethren, I think that God has displayed us, the apostles, last, as men condemned to death; for we have been made a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men.  We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ.  We are weak, but you are strong.  You are distinguished, but we are dishonored!  To the present hour we hunger and thirst, we are poorly clothed, beaten, homeless; and we labor, working with our own hands.  When reviled we bless, when persecuted we endure, when slandered we try to conciliate.  We have been made as the filth of the world, the off-scouring of all things until now.  I do not write these things to shame you, but to warn you as my beloved children.  For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the Gospel.  Therefore I urge you, imitate me. 

FOR SAINT EUDOCIMUS: GALATIANS 5: 22 – 6: 2
Brethren, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.  Against such there is no law.  And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.  Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.  Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.  Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

THE ALLELUIA VERSES: God gives vengeance to me and subdues people under me; He magnifies the salvation of the king, and deals mercifully with His Christ, with David and his seed forever.  

GOSPEL READINGS 

TENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST: MATTHEW 17: 14-23
At that time, a man came to Jesus, kneeling down to Him and saying, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water.  So I brought him to Your disciples, but they could not cure him.”  Then Jesus answered and said, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you?  How long shall I bear with you?  Bring him here to Me.”  And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour.  Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?”  So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.  However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”  Now while they were staying in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill Him, and the third day He will be raised up.”  And they were exceedingly sorrowful. 

FOR SAINT EUDOCIMUS: MATTHEW 11: 27-30
Jesus said, “All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father.  Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.  Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

FROM THE PROLOGUE

JULY 31/AUGUST 13, BY SAINT NIKOLAI VELIMIROVIC:

Saint Eudocimus
Eudocimus was born in Cappadocia of devout parents, Basil and Eudocia. At the time of the Emperor Theophilus (829–842), Eudocimus was a young officer in the army. Even as an officer, he exerted all his effort to live according to the commandments of the Gospel. Preserving his purity undefiled, he avoided conversing with any woman except his mother. He was merciful toward the unfortunate and needy, conscientious in reading holy books, and even more conscientious in his prayers to God. He avoided vain amusements and idle talk. “Amid the throngs and worldly vanity, he was a lily among thorns, and as gold in the fire.” Because of his extraordinary virtues the emperor appointed him governor of Cappadocia. In this high position, Eudocimus strove to be righteous before God and men. By God’s providence he died at an early age, in his thirty-third year. His relics were found to possess healing properties. An insane man touched his tomb, and was immediately healed; likewise a paralytic child stood up and was made whole. After eighteen months, his mother opened his coffin and found his body to be as though it were still alive, without any signs of decay or corruption. A wonderful fragrance arose from it. His relics were later translated to Constantinople and buried in a new church dedicated to the Holy Theotokos, built by the parents of this righteous Eudocimus. 

The Holy Martyr Julitta
Julitta was from Caesarea, in Cappadocia. When she had a dispute with her neighbor over some property, the neighbor went to the judge and denounced Julitta as a Christian, which at the time placed her outside of the protection of the law. St. Julitta gladly denied her property rather than her Faith. However, even after this the evil pagans did not leave her in peace, but tortured her, and finally burned her to death in the year 303. Thus, this follower of Christ sacrificed her estate and her body for the sake of the eternal salvation of her soul. 

Saint Joseph of Arimathea
The noble Joseph, a wealthy man and member of the Jewish Sanhedrin, was secretly a follower of Christ (Matthew 27:57, John 19:38). Joseph and Nicodemus removed the body of Christ from the Cross, and placed it in Joseph’s sepulcher. As a result of this he was bound by the Jews and thrown into prison. There the resurrected Lord appeared to him and convinced him of His Resurrection. The Jews later released Joseph from prison and banished him from his fatherland. He traveled throughout the world preaching the Gospel of Christ, and brought the good tidings even to England, where he reposed in the Lord. 

Saint John the Exarch
John was a distinguished Bulgarian priest and theologian during the time of Tsar Simeon (892–896). He translated the Hexaemeron of St. Basil and the Exact Exposition of the Orthodox Faith of St. John Damascene into Slavonic. He reposed peacefully in the Lord. 

HYMN OF PRAISE: Saint Joseph of Arimathea

Joseph, a wealthy and noble man,
Was not tempted concerning Christ the Crucified,
But when the sun darkened and the earth shook,
He went to Pilate and brought him news
That the Lord had died, the Giver of life;
And so the secret disciple became public.

And when the Revealed One was concealed, the concealed one came out into the open;
Thus the wise Joseph became famous in a day.

With Nicodemus, he took Christ’s body,
And laid it in his garden, in a new tomb.

The Jewish spies heard and reported it,
And they put the righteous Joseph in chains.

In the dark prison, Joseph languished
While his Lord shone forth in hades.

Joseph pondered his memories of Christ,
Recalling His wondrous works,
And His many miracles, sayings and prophesies.

While near Him, he had stood in God’s presence:
But now all was dark, without and within.

Dark days, nights, evenings and mornings,
After the brilliant radiance of the shining sun!

Oh, desperate darkness, darker than hades!

But lo, suddenly it is dawn in the dungeon
The Risen One appears to the fettered servant.

O Joseph, brave and noble,
Neither were you tempted concerning the Risen One.

You informed Pilate of the death of Christ,
And recognized and glorified the Risen One.

Let the land of Britain honorably glorify you,
For you sowed her first seed of salvation.

REFLECTION
Ascetics in the wilderness labor to cut off their own will and live according to the will of God. Some erroneously think that the hermit lives completely in isolation. No hermit thinks this. He lives in the company of God, His angels and the saints. Wherever a man’s mind is, there also is his life. The mind of the hermit dwells among the greatest, most pure and most numerous company in which a man can possibly dwell. Abba Mark once reproached St. Arsenius the hermit: “For what reason do you flee from our company and from converse with us?” Arsenius replied: “God knows that I love you all, but I cannot be with both God and man. In heaven thousands, and thousands of thousands, have but one will; but with men there are many and various wills. That is why I cannot leave God, and be with men.” 

CONTEMPLATION

Contemplate the punishment from God that befell Abimelech and the Shechemites (Judges 9):

1. How Abimelech, with the help of the men of Shechem, slew seventy of his brethren;

2. How Abimelech then slew the Shechemites, plowed their city under and sowed it with salt;

3. How, after many victories, Abimelech was killed by a woman who hurled a piece of millstone onto his head from a tower;

4. How the curse of Jotham, the son of Gideon, came upon the Shechemites and Abimelech. 

HOMILY on the last awaiting

Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of Him in peace, without spot and blameless (II Peter 3:14).

Brethren, what is our last awaiting? In the night, we await the day, and in the day, we await the night; and again the day, and again the night. But this awaiting is not our last awaiting. Brethren, what is our last awaiting? In times of joy we tremble, waiting for sorrow; and in sorrow, we wait with hope for joy; and again sorrow, and again joy. But not even these awaitings are our last awaiting. Brethren, our last awaiting is the awaiting of the judgment of God. When the judgment of God comes—the Dreadful Day which burns like a furnace (Malachi 4:1)—then we receive all that we deserve: for some it will be day that changes not into night, while for others it will be night that changes not into day; joy for some, without change into sorrow, and sorrow for others, without change into joy. Brethren, that is the last awaiting of the human race—whether we know it or not; whether we think about it or not.

Yet, you faithful should know this, and should think about it. Let this knowledge be the zenith of all your knowledge, and let this thought direct all your other thoughts. To the knowledge and contemplation of all this, add that which is most important: your diligence, that ye may be found of Him in peace without spot and blameless . Be diligent to be pure in mind and in heart, blameless in your conscience and at peace with God. Only then will the last awaiting not terrify you with its unexpectedness, nor will it hurl you into the night without day, or the sorrow without joy. As everything else in the life of the Lord Jesus was unexpected by man, so also His Second Coming will be unexpected—in power and glory. Unexpected was His birth of the All-holy Virgin; unexpected was His poverty; unexpected was His miracle-working, His every word, His humiliation and voluntary death, His Resurrection, His Ascension, His Church and the spreading of His Faith. His Second Coming too will be unexpected—a shock more fearful than all others.

O Lord, O righteous Judge, how shall we meet Thee, who are not clad in purity, in blamelessness or in peace? Help us! Help us—that we may prepare, as much as possible, for the dreadful encounter with Thee.

To Thee be glory and praise forever. Amen.

 


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THE FAMILY AS CHURCH


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“You are no longer strangers and aliens, but the members of the household of God”
(Eph. 2:19)

With
Fr. Timothy Pavlatos

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+++ DIOCESAN NEWS +++
Bishop Maxim Ordains Reader Nektari Rodrequez to the Deaconate
30 July 2017
Camp Saint Sava 2017 in Jackson
21 July 2017
Our Holy Hierarch, Father Mardarije, pray unto God for us!
16 July 2017
PATRIARCH IRINEJ VISITS SAINT SAVA CATHEDRAL SITE IN NEW YORK
15 July 2017
PATRIARCH IRINEJ ARRIVES IN UNITED STATES
13 July 2017
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09 July 2017
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02 July 2017
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25 June 2017


UPCOMING EVENTS

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The Prologue of Ohrid
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Life According
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Biography of Bishop Mardarije
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Alyina Vorobeyeva's
Confession

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Saint Luke of Crimea
and Albert Schweitzer

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Welcoming the Christ Child: Family Readings for the Nativity Lent by Elissa Bjeletich. Journey through the Old Testament with 40 wonderfully illustrated Bible readings, one for each
day of the Nativity lent.

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Synodality - A Forgotten and Misapprehended Vision
Reflections from the
Holy and Great Council of 2016

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No Faith is More Beautiful than the Christian Faith

The Art of Seeing

The Thunderbolt
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The Presence of Transcendence: Essays
on Facing the Other through Holiness, History, and Text

Man and the God-Man

The Meaning of Reality

The One and the Many

The Prologue of Ohrid

Treasures New and Old

History, Truth, Holiness 

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