Bulletin 38 - August 5/August 18, 2002
October 20, 2002 / November 2, 2002
St. Atremius the Great Martyr
Seven people attended the Ninth Hour and Vespers on October 22.
Thank you to Sharren Paroda for taking responsibility for making prosphora for the Divine Liturgy and arranging for refreshments following Vespers and coordinating the preparation of meals after the Divine Liturgy.
Tom Hunter attended the Vesper Service on October 22 and subsequently prepared a web site for the Mission which will give it visibility throughout the world via the internet. Please tell your family and friends how to access the site.
It is important that each person associated with the Mission live a serious Orthodox Christian life each day. We will grow in Christ only if we live a life in Christ.
We pray for Ann Yaremchuh's family as they grieve the death of beloved brother Paul.
We are mindful of the approaching anniversaries of area mine disasters and pray for the men and women working in the mines each day and for the families of those who have departed this life through mining accidents.
Abba Tithoes used to say: "Pilgramage means that a man should control his own tongue."
Today is the Saturday before St. Demetrius, a day set aside by the Holy Orthodox Church for remembering those who have departed this life. At the time of Holy Baptism, the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed is recited. The Creed states: "I look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come."
At each Vespers, Matins and Divine Liturgy service, prayers are offered for Orthodox Christians departed this life. In The Akathist for the Departed prayers are offered for every person departing this life from the beginning of the world.
Serious Orthodox Christians are mindful of the people who have departed this life. In Serbia and Greece cemetaries are well cared for. Churches and monasteries have interred in or near them the bodies saints and those who have lived their lives for the Church.
We know that our Lord Jesus Christ took on human form. He was arrested, placed on trial, was crucified and buried. We know He rose from the dead bringing hope to all.
St. Paul's Epistle to the Thessalonians states: "For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air."
In Thessalonica is a very large Serbian cemetary from World War I. Eight thousand are buried there. It is a beautiful and well-kept cemetary to which people come regularly to pray in the St. George Chapel.
Holy Bishop NIKOLAI (Velimirovic) wrote about the power of the graves of just men. The prayer is recorded in the book Prayers By The Lake.
Let us always be mindful that the Lord Jesus Christ took on human flesh, suffered and was buried and rose again for our salvation. Let us always be mindful of the saints and martyrs who gave their lives in witness for the faith. Let us always be mindful of the faihful through the centuries to the present who have departed this life having left for us the fruits of their efforts in God's Holy Church.
Today is a day to remember all who have departed this life. In the Holy Orthodox Church, each Saturday is a day to remember the departed. May we be attentive to our own souls this day, carefully examining the state of our own sinfullness, repenting and seeking God's mercy.
The gate to the heavenly kingdom is narrow (Mt. 7:13). Today is a time to recommit ourselves to the Lord Jesus Christ as we did at Holy Baptism. May God have mercy on our souls and on the souls of our loved ones departed this life.