Bulletin 42 - January 5/January 18, 2003
January 5/January 18, 2003
Feast of Holy Cross
Five people attended the Divine Liturgy on January 4, 2003.
We are now in a new year at the Mission, quickly approaching the completion of three years since His Grace Bishop MITROPHAN blessed the Mission as an integral part of the Eastern American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church.
Thank God parishioners continue to come to Divine services on a regular basis at the Mission.
Thank God for the wonderful facilities available for the Mission.
Thank God for the time together in prayer and worship of God.
Thank God for the blessings to the Mission through the past three years,
Thank God for the interest and support given to the Mission.
Thank God for the opportunity to have the Blessing of the Water for the first time at the Mission.
As he was dying, Abba Benjamin said to his sons, 'If you observe the following, you can be saved, "Be joyful at all times, pray without ceasing and give thanks for all things."
-Jesus Christ, the Son of God, deigning to be baptized by John.
-The Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Jesus.
-The voice from heaven saying: "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."
-Blessed Theophylact : Jesus is pure, yet He is baptized in order to wash us, and to show us that if we intend to be baptized we must first be cleansed.
-Blessed Theophylact: John did not dare to say, "Art Thou baptized by me?" but "Comest Thou to me?" such reverence did he have for the Lord.
-Blessed Theophylact: "Righteousness" means the law. Human nature was accursed, Jesus says, because it was not able to fulfill the law. Therefore I have fulfilled all other requirements of the law. One thing remains for Me to do, that I be baptized. When I have fulfilled this, I shall have delivered human nature from the curse. And this is befitting for Me to do.
-Blessed Theophylact: He was baptized at the age of thirty; for by this age one has experienced all the sins. In the first ten years, there is great foolishness; in the second, during adolescence, the great flame of desire and anger; and in the years of adulthood, great avarice. Jesus waited for this age, therefore, so that He could fulfill the law in all the ages of man, and sanctify us.
-Blessed Theophylact: Adam had closed the heavens, but through Christ they are opened, so that you may learn, O reader, that when you are baptized, you, too, open the heavens.
-Blessed Theophylact: The Spirit came down to bear witness that He Who is baptized is greater than he who baptizes.
-Blessed Theophylact: It was like a dove because of the dove's innocence and meekness, and because the dove is very clean, not remaining in any place where there is a foul odor. So it is with the Holy Spirit. But also, as in the time of Noah a dove announced the deliverance from the flood, by bearing an olive twig, so too, here, the Holy Spirit reveals the deliverance from sins.
Fr. Rodney Torbic