Bulletin 39 - November 24/December 7, 2002
November 24/December 7, 2002
Thirteen people came for the Divine Liturgy on November 2.
Ten people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers on November 13.
Today let us prayerfully remember the miners who lost their lives in Monongah on December 6, 1907 and at the Robena Disaster on December 6, 1962. Let us pray for the safety of present day miners.
Remember the suffering Serbian Orthodox faithful in Kosovo who continue to suffer for the Holy Orthodox Faith on a daily basis.
Remember the students at St.Sava School of Theology in Libertyville.
Remember Monstery Marcha.
Thank God for the opportunity to have this Holy Divine Liturgy today.
Thank God for the Holy Trinity Mission Chapel we have to hold services in.
Thank God for the faithful coming to the Divine Liturgy today.
Thank God for the prayers for this Mission.
Thank God for the martyrs and saints and faithful through the centuries who witnessed to the Holy Orthodox Faith and from we have benefited and continue to benefit.
Abba Alonius said, 'If a man does not say in his heart, in the world there is only myself and God, he will not gain peace.'
The Holy Orthodox Church is presently celebrating the Entry of the Mother of God into the Temple. The festal Divine Liturgy was held on November 21/December 4 and the celebration continues liturgically until November 25/December 8.
The Mother of God was selected by God from all the women of all the centuries to be the Birthgiver of God. The Mother of God is the personification of purity in the Holy Orthodox Church. The Mother of God is the personification of obedience in the Orthodox Church.
The Holy Orthodox Church is currently in the Nativity Fast, a time of prayerful preparation for the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Through Jesus Christ we find peace in the world. Through Jesus Christ we find completeness in our lives. Through Jesus Christ we find the purpose of our lives, the meaning of our existence.
The Gospel for today describes the power Jesus Christ gave to His twelve disciples to have authority over demons and to cure diseases. Jesus sent the disciples forth to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. (Lk. 9:1-2).
We are beneficiaries of the work of the early disciples. We are the beneficiaries of the work of the martyrs, the saints, and the faithful through the centuries. We are connected with and pray for these predecessors in the Faith, these who gave formation and foundation to the Church of Christ we experience today.
Though we are in the present, we learn from the faithful who have gone before, the priests, the bishops, the deacons, the witnesses who invested their lives and their love in God's Holy Church.
We are beneficiaries of the Holy Scriptures preserved and proclaimed by God's Holy Church through the centuries. We are beneficiaries of the liturgical texts preserved and used in God's Holy Church through the centuries. We are beneficiaries of the holy icons and frescoes present in God's Holy Church through the centuries.
We have a responsibility to be faithful to the Holy Orthodox Church through the centuries. We have a responsibility to conform our lives to the way of Jesus Christ, to His teachings in the Holy Gospel.
In God we find the direction we are to take. In God we find the peace we need. In God we find the hope essential at all times. May we remembers those who have come before us in the Faith and may we be true to Jesus Christ as we go forth in our lives.