St. Innocent Orthodox Church
✙ Founded in 1967 ✙ Moscow Patriarchal Parishes ✙
23300 W. Chicago ✞ Redford, MI 48239 ✞ 313-538-1142 ✞ Fax: 313-538-8126
Church Web Site: www.stinnocentchurch.org ✞ E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Innocent Religious Community: 9452 Hazelton, Redford, MI 48239 ✞ 313-535-9080
PASTOR: Rt. Rev. Mitered Archpriest ROMAN STAR
AUGUST 17, 2014 Dean, Central States Deanery, Patriarchal Parishes
Cell Phone: 313-319-0590
ASSISTANT PRIEST: Rev. DANEIL SHIRAK ✞ 313-295-3073
DEACON: Rev. Dn. Michael Comerford
EPISTLE: 1st Corinthians 4:9 – 16 (#131) ATTACHED: Sister Ioanna
GOSPEL: St. Matthew 17:14 – 23 (#72) CHOIR DIRECTOR: Elizabeth Star
TONE: 1 READERS: Robert Joseph Latsko
✞ 10th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST ✞
✞ Afterfeast of the Dormition of the Theotokos ✞
✞ 9:15 AM — HOURS & AKATHIST; CONFESSIONS ✞
✞ 10AM — DIVINE LITURGY OF ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM ✞
COMMEMORATED TODAY: Afterfeast of the Dormition. Martyr Myron, Presbyter, of Cyzicus (254). Ven. Alypius the Iconographer, of the Kiev Caves (Near Caves—1114). Martyrs Paul, his sister Juliana, and the rest, of Syria (ca. 273). Martyrs Thyrsus, Leucius, and Coronatus, with others, at Cæsarea in Bithynia (3rd c.). Martyr Patroclus of Troyes (3rd c.). Martyrs Straton, Philip, Eutychian and Cyprian, of Nicomedia (ca. 303). Bl. Theodoretus, Enlightener of the Lapps (Solovétsky Monastery—1571).
FOR THE REPOSE OF: Estelle & Joseph Star; Ellen Starinshak; Anna & John Witkowski; Michael Sr.& Margaret Rusko; Mary, Andrew, Daniel, Michael & Lottie Yakuber; Ross & Margaret Falsetti; Helen, John & Carole Andrayko; Peter & Theresa Harvilla; Marc Dade; Betty Martell; Frances Smoly; Peter Glover; Irene Adams; Ethel Elizabeth & Wayne Joshua deVyver; David Horka; Michael Rusko, Anna Lichagina, Yelena & Zinaïda Korniyevskaya, Joseph Nossal
MEMORY Anna Starinshak, whose Anniversary of her repose is Tuesday, 19 August, by nephew, Fr. Roman & Mat.
ETERNAL Rose Marie
FOR THE HEALTH OF: Archimandrite Il’ya (Barna); Igumen Seraphim; Archpriest Lawrence Bacik; Archpriest Paul Waters; Archpriest Serge Lukianov; Priest Daneil, Matushka Debra & Corrina Shirak; Deacon Michael, Matushka Mary Ellen & Julius Comerford; Matushka Melania Sviridov; Matushka Mary Donahue; Reader Robert Latsko, Reader George & Betty Hanoian, Jordan Manier, Rose Nossal, Mary Glover, Nancy Cupp, Deborah Dade, Dean Hough, Vasiliki Stamoulis, Gerald Martell, Jaime Truskowski, Azbehat, Donald Yakuber, Carl deVyver, Jo Anne Nicholas, Joan Rusko, Gregory & Tamiko Star, Daria, Mother Theodora-Ampilochia (brain cancer); Alice Ladhu (cancer)
ALSO FOR: Archimandrite Roman (Braga),(terminal cancer; Spiritual Father of Dormition Monastery,Rives Junction)
Michelle Shirak Tucker (in critical condition in hospice home care)
MAY GOD GRANT THEM MANY YEARS!
SCHEDULE FOR THE COMING WEEK
Wednesday 8/20 7pm MOLEBEN OR AKATHIST
Saturday 8/23 11am Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, Elizabeth Star & Larry Hatfield
4pm GREAT VESPERS & CONFESSIONS
Sunday 8/24 11th Sunday After Pentecost
9:15am Hours & Akathist & Confessions
10am DIVINE LITURGY, followed by Coffee Hour
❈ CHRIST IS IN OUR MIDST! ❈ HE IS NOW & EVER SHALL BE! ❈
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SCHEDULE OF UP-COMING SERVICES, FEASTS & EVENTS
(In addition to regular weekly: 7pm Wednesday Service; 4pm Saturday Great Vespers; 10am Sunday Liturgy)
◆ Saturday, August 23rd, 11am, WEDDING, Elizabeth Star & Larry Hatfield
◆ Wednesday, August 27th, 7pm, AKATHIST TO ST. MOSES THE BLACK (for his Feastday, August 28th)
◆ Friday, August 29th, 9am, DIVINE LITURGY, BEHEADING OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIZER/FORERUNNER (& Panikhida)
◆ Sunday, September 7th, 6pm, GREAT VESPERS FOR THE GREAT FEAST OF THE NATIVITY OF THE THEOTOKOS
◆ Monday, September 8th, 9am, DIVINE LITURGY FOR THE GREAT FEAST OF THE NATIVITY OF THE THEOTOKOS
◆ Tuesday, September 9th, 7pm, Monthly COCC meeting, at St. Michael’s Church, W. Chicago, Redford
◆ Saturday, September 13th, 4pm, GREAT VESPERS & LITIYA FOR THE GREAT FEAST OF THE ELEVATION OF THE CROSS
◆ Sunday, September 14th, GREAT FEAST OF THE ELEVATION/EXALTATION OF T HE HOLY CROSS (Liturgy as usual)
◆ Sunday, September 21st, After Coffee-Hour (1:00), Monthly Pot-Luck, Fellowship & Discussion #4, at St. Innocent ReligiousCommunity
◆ Wednesday, October 1st, 9am, DIVINE LITURGY FOR THE FEAST OF THE PROTECTION (POKROV) OF THE THEOTOKOS
◆ Sunday, October 19th, After Coffee-Hour (1:00), Monthly Pot-Luck, Fellowship & Discussion #5, at St. Innocent Religious Community
FR. ROMAN’S ADDITIONAL SCHEDULE
Sunday, August 17th, Dean’s Visitation, St. Elias Church, Battle Creek, MI
Thursday, August 28th, Hierarchal Divine Liturgy, Dormition Cathedral, Ferndale, Parish Patronal Feastday (O.S.)
Thursday–Saturday, October 2nd–4th, 21st Annual Ancient Christianity Conference (National Brotherhood of St. Moses the Black), Lima, OH
Saturday–Sunday, October 4th–5th, Annual Patronal Feastday Pilgrimage (O.S.), Holy Cross Monastery, Wayne, WV
Wednesday, October 8th, Hierarchal Divine Liturgy, Patronal Feastday (O.S.), St. Sergius Cathedral, Parma, OH
Thursday, October 9th, Divine Liturgy, Patronal Feastday (O.S.), St. John the Theologian Monastery, Hiram, OH
Tuesday, October 14th, Hierarchal Divine Liturgy, Patronal Feastday (O.S.), Pokrov/Protection Cathedral, Des Plaines (Chicago), IL
Monday, October 20th, 10:30am, Give OCW presentation, St. Maria of Paris, the “Rebel Nun,” at St. Thomas Albanian Church, Farm. Hills
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CANDLES FOR LAST SUNDAY, 10 AUGUST
CHURCH VIGIL LAMPS:
Royal Doors Lamp:In Memory of Husband Joe; Son Kenneth; parents Michael & Margaret Rusko & John & Martha Nossal, by Rose Nossal
Altar Candles: In Memory of Nicholas and Susan Yakuber, by son, Donald Yakuber
Iconostasis Lamps: In Memory of Irene Adams, by daughter, Eileen Adams
Candles on the Solea: In Memory of Pete & Theresa Harvilla, Norman & Monica Holst, & Ricky Ellis, by Jason & Debra Truskowski
Nave Reliquary-Icon Lamps: (1) In Memory of Ross & Margaret Falsetti, by daughters, Margie Martell & Rose Ann Everhardt
Nave Reliquary-Icon Lamps: (2) Anonymous
Table of Oblation Lamp: In Memory of parents, Helen & John Andrayko, Sr. & sister, Carole Andrayko, by John Andrayko, Jr.
IN MEMORY OF (MEMORY ETERNAL!):
Joseph & Estelle Star, by son Father Roman and family
Paul & Alexandra Yupco, Basil & Ellen Starinshak, by grandson, Father Roman and family
John & Anna Witkowski, by daughter, Matushka Rose Marie and family
Samuel & Mary Kupec, by granddaughter, Matushka Rose Marie and family
Parents, Helen & John Andrayko and sister, Carole Andrayko, by John Andrayko
My husband, Joe; my sisters, Margaret & Ross Falsetti, Anna & Mike Elaschat, Theresa & Pete Harvilla, Irene, & brothers, Michael & John Rusko; niece, Rose Mary Hough; Joe’s brothers, Raymond & Walter Nossal, & sisters, Theresa, Florence & Helen Nossal, by Rose Nossal
Pete & Theresa Harvilla, by Mary Ann Harvilla & Kay Truskowski + + + My husband, Michael Rusko, by Joan Rusko
Parents, Ethel Elizabeth & Wayne Joshua deVyver; David Horka; Marion P; Nina I; Fr. Photius; Mother Benedicta (8/7); John Stoiko (2nd-Anniv.), by Sister Ioanna+ + + Nicholas Yakuber (Memory Eternal), by son, Donald Yakuber
Susan Yakuber, (Memory Eternal), by son, Donald Yakuber
FOR THE HEALTH OF (MANY YEARS!):
Elizabeth, Caitlin & Zachary, by parents & grandparents, Father Roman & Matushka Rose Marie
Gregory & Tamiko Star, by parents, Father Roman & Matushka Rose Marie
Children & Grandchildren; Monk Fr. Tikhon (Dade); Dean Hough, by Rose Nossal
Father Roman & Matushka & family; Sister Ioanna; John Andrayko; Nancy; Mary G; Jo Anne N; Grandson Joey (in the Navy Reserves) & all people in the Armed Forces; & all the people of St. Innocent Church, by Rose Nossal + + + My Mom, Jaime Truskowski, by Kay Truskowski + + + Family & Friends, Aunt Rose, by Mary Ann Harvilla & Kay T. + + + Brother, Greg & Donna, Gregory & Liz & Alex, by Mary Ann Harvilla & Kay Truskowski + + + Archimandrites Roman, Nafanail & Gregory; Igumen Seraphim; Fr. Roman & Mat. Rose Marie; Fr. Lawrence & fam; Fr. Daneil & fam; Dcn. Michael & fam; Mat. Melania S; Mat. Mary D; Carl; Fr. Tikhon; Sdn Andrew (safe travel home from AK); Rdr Robert; Robert M; David Samuel & Sky; JoAnne & Nick; Martha; Athanasius; John A; Michelle T; Lena N; Jillian J; Ed & Tiffany; Vasiliki; Rose; Emil; Mo.Theodora-Amphilochia, by Sr. Ioanna + + + Deano Peponis, by Uncle Nick & JoAnne + + + June Rock (God Bless), by cousin, Donald Yakuber
Nancy Cupp (God Bless), by cousin, Donald Yakuber
PROSFORA FOR TODAY IS OFFERED by: Sister Ioanna
in Memory Eternal of: Parents: Wayne Joshua (anniv. 8/29) & Ethel Elizabeth (B-day, 9/2); David Horka (anniv. 9/27); Alex Ruggieri (anniv. 7/21); Mother Benedicta (anniv. 8/7); Popadia Vera Nicoloff (anniv. 8/24); John Stoiko (2nd anniv. 8/10); & all other departed family & friends; and
for the Health of: Brother, Carl; Archimandrite Roman; Michelle Tucker; Mother Theodora-Amphilochia; Reader Robert; Subdeacon Andrew; Rose Nossal; Jo Anne Nicholas; Fr. Roman, Matushka Rose Marie & all parishioners.
PROSFORA SCHEDULE: 2014 — August: Sister Ioanna; September: Deborah Hartz; October: John Andrayko: November: Sister Ioanna; December: Nicholas Family. PLEASE START SIGNING UP FOR 2015 NOW.
NOT IN THE PRINTED BULLETIN:
PROSFORA: Offering the Holy Bread that will become the Sacred Body of Christ and received in Holy Communion is a great honor and privilege, and it is a wonderful way to commemorate one’s living and departed loved ones. It also is a very meaningful way of celebrating special events, such as birthdays & anniversaries, graduations, weddings, births & baptisms. Donations are $25 for a month. PLEASE SIGN UP FOR 2015 NOW.
2015: January, John Andrayko & Sister Ioanna
February, Matushka Rose Marie
May: Vasiliki Stamoulis
June: John Andrayko
July: Matushka Rose Marie
August: Sister Ioanna
October: John Andrayko
November: Sister Ioanna
December: Nicholas Family
ANNOUNCEMENTS — IN PRINTED BULLETIN
(1) OUR WEEKLY BULLETIN IS NOW AVAILABLE ON-LINE & WILL NO LONGER BE MAILED TO EVERYONE
Please go to our church website, http://www.stinnocentchurch.com , and the “Weekly Bulletin” tab, where you will find not only what is in each week’s 4-page printed bulletin, but also what does not fit in the 4 pages. There will be a separate sub-page for each week’s bulletin under the “Weekly Bulletins” tab. So add our church website to your “favorites” list and visit it every week. Furthermore, since the bulletin is now available on-line, in order to reduce both our printing and postage costs for mailing bulletins every week, from now on, we will NOT be mailing the bulletin to those not in church, but we will e-mail the website link for each week’s on-line bulletin to all our parishioners and friends of the parish, while those who are at church can also get their printed bulletin in person. Anyone without a computer and e-mail, naturally, will continue to receive the printed bulletin by postal mail when they are not in church to get it in person. VERY IMPORTANT— RSVP: We still need some e-mail addresses: J & S Nossal, Glover, Harbut, G&M, C, & B Martell. If you wish to continue receiving a printed copy, kindly inform us of your wishes. Please communicate this information to Sister Ioanna ASAP, preferably by e-mail: email@example.com. If you do not have working e-mail and internet, please call: 313-535-9080, or speak with her in person.
(2) OUR ANNUAL BLANKET DRIVE CONTINUES. PLEASE GIVE YOUR DONATIONS NOW
Our annual Fall Blanket Drive continues. Our goal is 100 blankets for the poor and homeless, to be distributed primarily through RIR. So far we have donations for 45 blankets— only 55 more blankets are needed. This year you don’t even have to go the store and buy blankets. Anna Margaret Costa will place an order at the Walmart with which she deals, where the manager is very sympathetic to our blankets-for-the-poor drive, and who made a big blanket donation last year. He asked Anna Margaret to let him know in August how many blankets to order, so he can make sure he gets in enough blankets. Please give your donation NOW for this order. Blankets are $5. Thank you for your generosity.
(3) UP-DATE ON THE HEALTH OF MICHELLE (SHIRAK) TUCKER
Michelle Tucker, Fr. Daneil’s sister, is in critical and rapidly deteriorating condition at her daughter’s home in Pinckney, under hospice care. She is not expected to last another week. Please keep her and her family in your prayers.
(4) THE DRAWING FOR THE TIGERS’ GAME RAFFLE WAS LAST TUESDAY, 8/12: THE WINNER IS.....
The drawing for the $4,000 prize of 20 Tigers game seats in a deluxe private suite and buffet was held last Tuesday, August 12th. The chances of winning was 1 in 74. The winner was Allen Runkis of Fr. John Fenton’s Holy Incarnation Church. Many thanks for all who bought a ticket or part of a ticket— your donation helps the COCC continue its Inter-Orthodox witness and charitable and educational work.
ANNOUNCEMENTS — NOT IN PRINTED BULLETIN
(5) THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO HAVE MOWED OUR CHURCH YARD & WORKED BEAUTIFYING OUR GARDENS.
We continue to thank for their on-going sacrificial labors in taking care of and beautifying our church property: John Andrayko & Fr. Roman who mowed, edged, and cleaned-up the lawn; and Matushka Rose Marie & Fr. Roman for their work in weeding, and general maintenance of the flower gardens. We always still desperately need some more volunteers to help maintain our beautiful church’s property. Please offer to come for a few hours and help. Thank you very much!
(6) NEXT MEETING OF OUR MONTHLY POT-LUCK AND DISCUSSION GROUP WILL BE ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21st, AFTER COFFEE HOUR
A new monthly pot-luck lunch and discussion group that has been formed, has met so far on June 22nd, July 13th and August 10th. It will continue to meet for a lively, thought-provoking discussion following a casual pot-luck lunch, on one Sunday (2nd or 3rd) a month after coffee hour, at the St. Innocent Religious Community. The fellowship, discussion and food are all most enjoyable and pleasant. The next gatherings will be on September 21st, October 19th, and November 9th. All are welcome.
(7) SUPPORT THE ODO (ORTHODOX DETROIT OUTREACH)
If you would like to do more in a hands-on way to help the poor, needy, hungry and homeless in our community, and put your faith into action, consider volunteering to help the ODO (ORTHODOX DETROIT OUTREACH). They especially need volunteers on Sundays from 1 to 3:00 to serve meals to the needy at Ss. Peter & Paul Church, Gilbert Street, near Livernois & Michigan, in Detroit. To learn more, visit their website (www.orthodoxdetroitoutreach.org) and/or contact Janet Damian (firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 313-706-0666).
(8) ON-GOING CHARITABLE WORKS AT ST. INNOCENT
(1) Please continue to help the needy in our community by bringing in food, clothing, toiletries, household items, children’s toys, school supplies, etc., most of which is delivered to the REDFORD INTERFAITH RELIEF (RIR), a local organization run by Redford churches, of which St. Innocent is a very active member. They also welcome household, family & children’s items. (2) Also we continue, as always, to collect donations for the OCMC (Orthodox Christian Missions Center) CANISTER PROGRAM (to support mission priests). (The OCMC canister is by the candle stand.) (3) Please also continue to bring in your empty, clean pop cans and bottles, the refund from which we send to the ST. INNOCENT BOYS’ ORPHANAGE IN TIJUANA, MEXICO, as we have been doing for about 8-9 years. (4) And your USED EYE GLASSES are given to the Lions Club’s Eyes for the Needy program, and volunteers fix them up and distribute eyeglasses to the needy in 3rd- world countries.
(9) LATEST ISSUE OF THE COCC’S “GOOD WORKS” IS AVAILABLE
The latest issue (July–August) of “Good Works” — the highly successful newsletter of the Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metro-Detroit (COCC) — is now available. Look for it on the right end of the front pew, behind the current week’s Sunday bulletins. (If you would like a printed B&W copy mailed to you, please notify Sister Ioanna at sisterioanna@firebirdvideos.) The 16-page, 8½ x 11 publication has now changed from being published quarterly, to bi-monthly. Thus it will be published 6 times a year instead of 4 times. In a few weeks the September-October issue will be out. Make a point of getting your copy of eaach new issue each time it comes out, and enjoy reading the very diverse articles, news and announcements about the Orthodox community in southeast Michigan. You can also read all the issues in color on the COCC’s website: http://www.coccdetroit.com.
IN THIS WEEK'S PRINTED BULLETIN
(1) This week's SERMON:
THE DORMITION (FALLING-ASLEEP) OF THE THEOTOKOS
By Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh
2 Sermons delivered on 28 August 1986 & 2 September 1990
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
The Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God [celebrated this past Friday]— which combines two events: Her death and Her resurrection in the body on the third day — has been for centuries, indeed, from the very beginning of the existence of the Russian Orthodox Church its Feast, its joy, its glory.
The Mother of God has not been a passive instrument of the Incarnation; without Her 'Amen' the Incarnation would have been as impossible as without the will of God. She is the response of the whole creation to God's love and to God's gift of self not only to mankind but to the whole Cosmos He has created. And in that we rejoice, because Her word is our word. Her word was perfect, as Her trust was, Her faith was, Her gift of self was. Ours is imperfect, and yet our voices resound within Hers, weakly, hesitantly at times, but with faith and also with love.
She is the glory of all Creation; the Mother of God: one might have expected that death could not touch Her; but if death and a death so cruel could touch Her Divine Son, the Son of God and the Son of Mary, the Son of God and the Son of man — of course She had to pay the tribute of all the earth to the sin of man and also die. But according to Orthodox Tradition, death could not keep Her prisoner. She had given Herself unreservedly and perfectly to God, and it was to God, no longer to the earth that She belonged. And on the third day, when the Apostles came and reopened Her grave for one of them to be able to venerate Her, who had not been present at Her burial, it was found empty: She had risen because the bonds of death could not hold Her, and corruption could not touch a body which had been the body of the Incarnation. What a wonderful joy to think that now, side by side with the risen and ascended Christ, one of us, of mankind, a woman of flesh and blood is enthroned and in Her we can see the glory which will, we believe, be ours if we are faithful to God as She was.
So, let us rejoice, and not only here... but with the whole Russian Church, and with all those who belong to it and are scattered over the face of the world, one with the Mother Church, one with the Mother of God, worshiping the Lord with all there is in us and seeing in Her the image of the whole Creation in adoration before the Living God. Amen.
THE LEAVE-TAKING OF THE DORMITION: (9/2/90)
We are still in the light of the Feast of the Falling asleep of the Mother of God. On [Saturday] we are keeping the last day of this Feast which in the calendar is called the ‘Take-leaving’ and which, if we translate the words properly from the Slavonic mean the ‘Handing-over’.
This feast, the event occurred on earth. The Mother of God died, She fell asleep. In the Old Testament, the death of the person was something frightening because all mankind that had been separated from God through the sin of man, in death found itself also in a certain separation from God. It was not the glorious union for which we long, it was a time when the righteous enjoyed peace, rest, and the evil were separated from God, but there was no union between man and God. It is only the death of Christ upon the Gross, in an act of perfect Divine love, but also in an act of human acceptance of the Divine Will, readiness, and indeed actual fulfilling of our salvation in the tragedy of His bodily human death and His soul's descent into hell and finally His resurrection that broke this tragic separation.
Now, after His Resurrection, those who die, by the power of His resurrection, in the glory of His love could enter into that communion with God which will be fulfilled at the end of times, as expressed by Saint Peter, as our partakers of the very Divine nature. And the death, the falling asleep of the Mother of God, and also, as we believe according to Orthodox Tradition, Her bodily resurrection, show us that all things are truly fulfilled by Christ — truly: She fell asleep, the sleep of all those who live on earth and come to a time when they can no longer reach out into eternity without breaking the bonds of the earth. But She, Who in Her purity, Her faith, Her total gift of self to God have made the Incarnation possible, could not be held, even bodily in the bonds of death; She rose again by the power of the Only Begotten Son Whom She had made the Son of Man. So it is not only that we are promised eternal life in the resurrection; it is not only that we see it enacted in Christ, - we might say: yes, what is true for Christ, can it be true for us? — but we see it happening in one of us, in the Holiest of us perhaps, certainly — but in one of us, The Mother of God fell asleep — and rose again.
And this ‘handing-over' of the event to God is, as it were, a promise to us. It happened on earth, it was with us all the time; but we cannot yet live in a full communion with this wonderful event of eternal life breaking the fetters of our human, earthly existence. It is handed over to God as a promise: what happened to Her, we can look at it with the certainty that it is also our destiny in the future. And so, we are not simply ‘taking leave’ of a wonderful event: it is put into the eternity of God for us to meet in it’s own time. Amen.
OTHER SPIRITUALLY EDIFYING MATERIALS NOT IN THIS WEEK'S PRINTED BULLETIN
(2) For the 6th prayer in our series of 9 Prayers for the Journey Along THE WAY, Prayer #6, "Trust", go to the page on our website, http://www.stinnocentchurch.com/prayer_trust.html
(3) To read a sermon on the Dormition feast (this past Friday) by St. John of Kronstadt, click here: http://oca.org/fs/sermons/sermon-on-the-dormition-of-the-most-holy-theotokos
(4) To read the Life of the Martyr St. Myron, whose Feastday is today, August 17th, go to: http://oca.org/saints/lives/2014/08/17/102309-martyr-myron-the-presbyter-of-cyzicus
(5) To read the Life of St. Tikhon of Zadonsk, whose Feastday day was this past Wednesday, August 13th, go to: http://oca.org/saints/lives/2014/08/13/102287-st-tikhon-the-bishop-of-voronezh-and-wonderworker-of-zadonsk-and
(6) To read the Life of St. Irenaeus of Lyons, whose Feastday is this coming Saturday, August 23rd, go to: http://oca.org/saints/lives/2014/08/23/102379-hieromartyr-irenaeus-the-bishop-of-lyons
(7) In light of the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony scheduled for this coming Saturday, August 23rd, you might like to read the chapter on Marriage in Fr. Thomas Hopko's 4-volume introductory series about the Orthodox Church, that can be read on line at: http://oca.org/orthodoxy/the-orthodox-faith/worship/the-sacraments/marriage
(8) You might also like to read our St. Innocent Church's pamphlet about the meaning of the different parts of the Marriage Service . Read it here on our own website at: sacramentofholymatrimony.html
IN THE PRINTED BULLETIN:
ORTHODOX NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
(1) RUSSIAN CHURCH DEMANDS IMMUNITY FOR HOLY PLACES IN UKRAINE
Moscow, August 8, Interfax — The Moscow Patriarchate is concerned by the damage and suffering caused to churches and priests as a result of hostilities in Ukraine.
"The Church is renewing its call for the immunity of holy places and the clergy not to be sacrificed to hatred. The sacral space of churches and monasteries must be protected from any encroachment. In this difficult civil standoff, this becomes particularly important because it gives people hope for peace," the head of the Synodal Information Department Vladimir Legoyda said on Friday, according to his press office. Churches in southeast Ukraine "continue to be subjected to indiscriminate fire," he said.
Both in ancient times, and during the Middle Ages, and in contemporary history, churches, monasteries, poorhouses and hospices, other holy structures and places were legally regarded as safe havens and could provide protection to anyone who has requested it in the house of God, Legoyda recalled.
"Unfortunately, in this fratricidal standoff in Ukraine, neither the church's walls, nor sacerdotal authority provide protection from violence," he added. Source: http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=11441
(2) EVACUATION OF REFUGEES ORGANIZED AT DONETSK GORLOVKA CATHEDRAL
Donetsk, August 12, Interfax — With the blessing of Archbishop Mitrophan of Gorlovka and Slavyansk, the Social Department of the Gorlovka Diocese has organized evacuation of refuges departing from the Theophany Cathedral of Gorlovka, the local diocese official told Interfax-Religion. Residents of Gorlovka are evacuated free of charge with the help of volunteers and donators. The buses start when the group is formed and go to the railway station of Kharkov or Dniepropetrovsk. There are also buses going to the Svyatogorsk Lavra for mothers with babies and old people. Earlier, there was a shelter organized at the church; it is still open all day round. Source: http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=11446
(3) METROPOLITAN ONUFRY ELECTED NEW PRIMATE OF UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH
Kiev, August 13, Interfax — The Council of Bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) has elected Metropolitan Onufry of Chernovtsy and Bukovina the new primate. The enthronement of the new head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is expected on August 17. The previous head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Metropolitan Vladimir died on July 5, having being the primate of the Church since 1992. Metropolitan Onufry (Berezovsky) was elected Locum Tenens of the Metropolitan See of Kiev on February 24, 2014.
For complete news about Metropolitan Onufry’s election and its ramifications, plus other news about Russia and Ukraine, go to http://www.interfax-religion.com/
(4) IOCC SEEKS DONATIONS TO HELP IN THE CRISIS IN THE GAZA STRIP
IOCC, 8/12/14— The needs of the people of the Gaza Strip are staggering! IOCC (International Orthodox Christian Charities) staff is on the ground inside te Gaza Strip to provide relief to people who have been displaced by the conflict. We are working to assist more than 40,000 people seeking refuge from the violence. With your financial support, IOCC can continue to provide:
✦ Critical food and other essentials to people who have fled their homes and lost everything – and those unable to access these supplies
✦ Infant care supplies and personal hygiene articles
✦ Household necessities including bedding and blankets.Donations are critical to provide ongoing emergency relief. You.... have an opportunity to help IOCC reach those in need. Please join us in praying for peace in the Gaza Strip and make a donation today. Visit the IOCC website for more info: http://iocc.org. For on-line donations, go to: https://9586.thankyou4caring.org/pages/gaza-relief-fund
(5) ASSEMBLY OF BISHOPS TO CONVENE ANNUAL MEETING IN SEPTEMBER
The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America will hold its fifth annual meeting September 16-18, 2014 at the Grand Hyatt Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. This year’s agenda includes a session on evangelism and outreach with presentations by the Assembly’s Agencies. Canonical regional planning and a national youth rally are other key topics of discussion. The full agenda can be found here on the Assembly’s website. The hierarchs of the Assembly request the prayers of all clergy, monastics, and laity for a spiritually fruitful meeting.
The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America is a body of all active, canonical Orthodox bishops in the USA. There are currently 52 bishops in the Assembly, representing the following archdioceses and dioceses in the US: Albanian, American Carpatho-Russian, Antiochian, Bulgarian, Georgian, Greek, Orthodox Church in America, Romanian, Russian, Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, Serbian, and Ukrainian12 Archdioceses and Dioceses in the US. The Assembly was established to address the pastoral needs of Orthodox faithful, present a common and unified witness of the Orthodox Faith, and manifest the unity of Orthodoxy. For more info, go to: http://assemblyofbishops.org/about
ADDITIONAL ORTHODOX NEWS NOT IN THE PRINTED BULLETIN:
(6) Russian Church urges Ukrainian authorities to stop persecutions against Orthodox Christians
Moscow, August 5, Interfax — The Moscow Patriarchate has urged the Ukrainian authorities to prevent an inter-faith standoff in Ukraine.
"We are calling on the Ukrainian state authorities to put a barrier in the way of those who would want the civil conflict to escalate into an inter-faith standoff as such a scenario would largely postpone the long-awaited peace on Ukrainian land," the Synodal Information Department said in a statement obtained by Interfax-Religion on Tuesday.
To read the complete article, click here.
(7) Moscow Patriarchate calls for cessation of genocide of Christians in Iraq
Moscow, August 14, Interfax — The Russian Orthodox Church has called on the world community to defend Iraq's Christians.
"The Moscow Patriarchate calls upon all the political forces concerned and all the people of good will to exert every effort to defend the religious minorities in Iraq," the Communication Service of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations said in a statement released in Moscow on Thursday.
"The disappearance of the oldest Christian presence will have far reaching, catastrophic consequences for the entire region. We express solidarity with our suffering brothers and sisters in Christ and hope that the international community will take all the necessary measures to save the Christian community in Iraq," the statement says.
To read the complete article, click here.
(8) Metropolitan Onufry elected primate of Ukrainian Orthodox Church (complete news article)
Kiev, August 13, Interfax — The Council of Bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) has elected Metropolitan Onufry of Chernovtsy and Bukovina the new primate, spokesperson for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Zhanna Shevchenko told journalists.
The enthronement of the new head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is expected on August 17.
The previous head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Metropolitan Vladimir died on July 5, having being the primate of the Сhurch since 1992.
Metropolitan Onufry (Berezovsky) was elected Locum Tenens of the Metropolitan See of Kiev on February 24, 2014.
Metropolitan Onufry was born on November 5, 1944 in Chernovtsy Region in the family of a clergyman. He took monastic vows in 1971 and in 1988 graduated from the Moscow Theological Academy with a degree in theology.
In 1988 he was appointed Father-Superior of the Dormition Pochayev Laura where he served until November 1990. On December 9, 1990, he was consecrated Bishop of Chernovtsy and Bukovina. In 1994 he was raised to rank of archbishop and in 2000 - to the rank of metropolitan.
The Russian Orthodox Church has welcomed the election of Metropolitan Onufry and is expecting him to perform his peacekeeping mission successfully.
"We welcome the election of the new leader of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church," Archpriest Igor Yakimchuk, the secretary for the inter-Orthodox relations at the Synodal Department for External Church Relations, told Interfax-Religion.
"The Bishops Council has demonstrated unity, which is particularly important amidst what is happening in Ukraine," said Father Igor.
He also stressed that Metropolitan Onufry "is well known for his spiritual qualities: he is a man of fervent prayer and a true monk."
"We hope that under his leadership, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church will successfully perform its peacekeeping mission aimed at resolving the situation in the country," the priest said.
(9) Election of Metropolitan Onufry strengthens hopes for peace in Ukraine - Moscow Patriarchate
Moscow, August 14, Interfax — Head of the Synodal Information Department of the Russian Orthodox Church Vladimir Legoyda has described the election of Metropolitan Onufry the primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) an example of Church unity and expressed hope that the new primate would lead the Ukrainian Church along the road of peace.
"We believe that the election of Metropolitan Onufry serves to restore long-awaited civic peace in Ukraine and will have a healing influence on Ukrainian society. Firstly, because we are speaking not of mechanical voting but the expression of the Holy Spirit, secondly, because the choice was made absolutely freely, without any pressure whatsoever," the Church representative said, as quoted by the website of the Synodal Department.
Legoyda noted that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is the biggest Christian Church in the territory of Ukraine, uniting millions of believers in both the east and west of the country.
"The Ukrainian Orthodox Church, together with the Ukrainian people, has gone through all the trials of the past moths calling everyone to peace and harmony, admonishing those who find it possible to take up arms against their brethren," Legoyda said.
He said that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church has remained the only force that has not taken either side in the civil confrontation in Ukraine.
"I think Metropolitan Onufry will continue the wise policy of his predecessor, the late Metropolitan Vladimir, because only in this way it is possible to unite the Ukrainian people and move from confrontation to peace," Legoyda said.
Source: http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=11458 [complete news article]
(10) Hundreds of refugees from south-east Ukraine sheltered in monasteries, crisis centers, parishioners' and priests' houses
Moscow, August 13, Interfax — Hundreds of refugees have been sheltered in church institutions all over Russia: Ukrainian citizens are housed in children rehabilitation centers, monasteries, crisis centers, flats and houses of parishioners and priests, the Moscow Patriarchate reports at its website.
The Church provides refugees with food, clothes and other humanitarian help, if needed, tickets are bought to Ukrainian citizens so that they could travel to other Russian regions, where relatives or friends are waiting for them.
With Patriarch Kirill's blessing, the Church pays attention to most vulnerable groups of citizens: families with many children, disabled people, sick and old people.
Priests regularly visit points of temporary housing near Ukrainian borders, talk to refugees, support them spiritually and psychologically, and organize free time for their children.
(11) In Smolensk, will begin work shop for packaging free lunch for refugees, organized by the Orthodox care service "Mercy"
14 August, 2014 — On August 16th, Orthdox volunteers in the city of Smolensk, Russia, will start work on packaging up thousands of large bags of basic food supplies (pasta, onions, carrots and soy-meat) — that they are calling "free lunches," to distribute to the tens of thousands of refugees who are fleeing from the violence and destruction of the civil war in eastern Ukraine. For the full article, click here. (Note, the auto-translation is not the greatest, but one can still figure out what is being said.)
(12) To read about the work that the IOCC is doing in Gaza, distributing aid to the thousands of displaced families, go to: http://www.iocc.org/news/8-7-14gaza-iocc-delivers-relief.aspx