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Weekly Bulletin – August 1, 2010

July 31, 2010

Weekly schedule

Sunday,      August 1, 2010 10th Sunday After Pentecost *

Voluntary Dormition Fast starts

10:00 AM Divine Liturgy              for parish
following liturgy Fellowship in St. Mary’s Hall
Monday,      August 2, 2010
7:00 AM Office of the 1st Hour
6:00 PM Paraklis
Tuesday,     August 3, 2010
7:00 AM Office of the 1st Hour
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy         +Mary Kisyla
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
7:00 AM Office of the 1st Hour
6:00 PM Divine Liturgy          +John Linke
Thursday,    August 5, 2010
7:00 AM Office of the 1st Hour
8:20 AM – 5:40 PM Baking in St. Mary’s Hall
6:00 PM Vigil Divine Liturgy
Friday,         August 6, 2010 Transfiguration of Our Lord
7:00 AM Office of the 1st Hour
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy
6:00 PM Paraklis
Saturday,    August 7, 2010
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM Evangelize at Binford & Carmel Farmers Markets
4:00 PM Vigil Divine Liturgy
Sunday,      August 8, 2010 11th Sunday After Pentecost *
10:00 AM Divine Liturgy              for parish
following liturgy Fellowship in St. Mary’s Hall

* denotes obligation to attend liturgy that day

Announcements

August Feast Days

The Transfiguration of Our Lord is commemorated on August 6th (Friday of this week). This is a solemn holy day and we will have a vigil Divine Liturgy on Thursday too. The Feast of the Holy Transfiguration is linked to the harvest of the first-fruits of the season. It is customary to bring grapes and other soft-fruits to church to have them blessed to express gratitude to God for all things. (You can bring garden vegetables too.) Why grapes? Grapes represent 1) transformation, 2) new life and 3) Holy Gifts:

  1. Grapes transform from buds to flowers into fruit, fruit into juice, and juice into wine. In the Divine Liturgy wine transforms mystically into the Blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
  2. Grapes represent new life on old vines.
  3. Grapes also symbolize a good harvest as a gift from God. St. John Chrysostom wrote, “The farmer receives fruit from the earth not so much because of his labor and diligence, but because of goodness of God, Who grows this fruit, because neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase (1 Cor. 3:7).”

The Dormition of the Theotokos is celebrated on August 15th. The traditional rule for the Dormition Fast is a strict abstinence from August 1 thru August 14, with the usual mitigation (wine & oil) for Saturdays and Sundays and the Feast of the Transfiguration. The Ruthenian Metropolia has identified this period as a penitential season. The observance of this fast is voluntary. On the Dormition feast day we bless flowers (because flowers were discovered in her tomb after her body was taken into heaven), herbs (used for medicinal purposes in the summer heat which was conducive to many infectious diseases), and plants.

The annual eparchial pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Mariapoch in Burton, Ohio starts with opening liturgy on Saturday, August 14 at noon. It concludes with a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy on Sunday, August 15 at 3:30 p.m. For more details see http://www.mariapoch.org/pilgrimage2 or ask at the rectory.

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