32nd Sunday After Pentecost

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Service Schedule

REGULAR HOURS

Saturday, 16Jan

Vespers at 600PM

Live Streamed as well

Sunday, 17Jan

Divine Liturgy at 1000AM

Sunday After Theophany

Live Streamed as well

Adult Study

Wednesday, 20Jan

 at 700PM

Click "Adult Study" Link below to enter on Wed eve.

 

Join us for services in person at:

5107 Darrow Road, Hudson, OH 44236

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https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfAOK1CLMmH_-FlDe8SoWOw

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Parish Update

14Dec20

 

To all:

Glory to Jesus Christ!

We're nearly at that time when we can greet one another with the Festal greeting - but not quite yet!

On our calendar you'll note that we have scheduled services this year as we have in the past for the Feast of our Lord's Nativity.  Specifically, this means we will celebrate the "All Night Vigil" for the Feast starting at 11PM on the Eve of Nativity, Thursday, 24December.

Some have expressed concern in that this will promote our 'violating' the public order for curfew at 10PM.  Fear not.  We've checked with the police department of Hudson, who assure us that the curfew is not applicable to religious activities.  Ergo, for those who WISH to participate with us in celebrating our Lord's Nativity according to our established tradition, we'll continue to do so again this year!  For those who choose to remain at home, we certainly understand, and our prayers will be for and with you as if you were in the building with us!  The love of Christ knows no bounds.

With respect to the pandemic, we continue to follow guidelines issued by the State of Ohio and local authorities related to the pandemic.  This includes asking all to wear a mask, to use provided antibacterials to wash hands before entering the church, and to observe what we've come to term as "family distancing" while in the church.

Being in the Advent Fast, most of our faithful would be coming to confession in this season.  We encourage our faithful to continue this pious practice, even through the constraints placed on us by the pnademic.  We've established procedures to hear confessions in the church which assure distancing as best we can.  Having come for the sacrament of repentance, we further encourage our faithful to recognize that there is no reason to fear coming to the chalice.  The following is taken from a web page from the Orthodox Church in America (you can read the whole article here - https://www.oca.org/reflections/fr.-john-breck/disease-and-holy-communion).  The article goes back in time to the same arguments that were raging in the era of H1N1 (Swine Flu).

Orthodox life and faith are essentially “Eucharistic,” and we commune in the very Body and Blood of the glorified Son of God, the true Physician of our souls and bodies. Metropolitan Nikolaos stressed the point that today’s society is militantly anti-Christian and, throughout Europe and in the United States, is using the H1N1 scare to further undermine the faith and traditional liturgical practices of the Church. Do not let 2000 years of experience, he urged, be put into question by “the rationalism and superficiality” of the present times. For there is no evidence at all that illness has ever been transmitted through Eucharistic communion. (Were that the case, we might add, there would have been throughout history a much higher death-rate among clergy, who consume the chalice after all the people have had communion, than there has been among the general populace or among Christian faithful. Empirically, this is simply not the case.)

The Metropolitan concluded with a pertinent observation: the real problem is not the virus H1N1, nor is it world-wide panic; it is rather “the virus of impiety and a lack of faith,” for which the best remedy is precisely frequent communion.

In short, COME TO THE CHALICE WITHOUT FEAR.  Conversely, if you lack the faith to believe that the Eucharist will not transmit illness to a communicant, then STAY AWAY.  A lack of faith in the power of the Eucharist is a danger more insidious than the disease being feared.

 

In this Advent Season, we're publishing daily messages related to the coming of our Lord in the Flesh.  To date, they've been taken from the work, "On the Incarnation" by St. Athanasius.  You can visit our blog via the link on this page.  The same material has been published on our Facebook page, which you can find embedded into this page - near the bottom.  

Services being conducted in the church on the published schedule are being livestreamed to YouTube at the following address:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfAOK1CLMmH_-FlDe8SoWOw

You can find the most recent service livestream upload in the video link you'll find below.

We hope you will join us within the walls of the church.  If you are in a high risk group (by virtue of age or other health related conditions), we pray that you will be edified by our on-line offerings, and that you'll be with us in prayer virtually.

Glory forever!

All love in Christ,
Fr. Basil

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This Week's Liturgy's Readings

Epistle - 32nd Sunday After Pentecost

[Col 1:12-18] Give thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.  He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.  He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.  For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.  And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.  And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.

 

Epistle - Feast of St. Anthony the Great

[Heb 13:17-21] Obey your leaders and submit to them; for they are keeping watch over your souls, as men who will have to give account.  Let them do this joyfully, and not sadly, for that would be of no advantage to you.  Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things.  I urge you the more earnestly to do this in order that I may be restored to you the sooner.  Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the Great Shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do His will, working in you that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever.  Amen.

Gospel- 32nd Sunday After Pentecost

[Luke 18:18-27] Now a certain ruler asked Him, saying, "Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" So Jesus said to him, "Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God.  You know the commandments: 'Do not commit adultery,' 'Do not murder,' 'Do not steal,' 'Do not bear false witness,' 'Honor your father and your mother.' "  And he said, "All these things I have kept from my youth."  So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, "You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me."  But when he heard this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich.  And when Jesus saw that he became very sorrowful, He said, "How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!  For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."  And those who heard it said, "Who then can be saved?"  But He said, "The things which are impossible with men are possible with God." 

Gospel- Feast of St. Anthony the Great

[Luke 6:17-23]  And He came down with them and stood on a level place with a crowd of His disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem, and from the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear Him and be healed of their diseases, as well as those who were tormented with unclean spirits. And they were healed. And the whole multitude sought to touch Him, for power went out from Him and healed them all.  Then He lifted up His eyes toward His disciples, and said: "Blessed are you poor, For yours is the kingdom of God.  Blessed are you who hunger now, For you shall be filled. Blessed are you who weep now, For you shall laugh.  Blessed are you when men hate you, And when they exclude you, And revile you, and cast out your name as evil, For the Son of Man's sake.  Rejoice in that day and leap for joy! For indeed your reward is great in heaven, For in like manner their fathers did to the prophets. 

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We are an Orthodox Christian Church located in Hudson, OH. We are continuing the mission of the Orthodox Church which was established in 1794 by our patron Saint Herman.



We would love for you to join us and discover the ancient faith that is relevent to all of us today.

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