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.com ✞ E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Innocent Monastic Community: 9452 Hazelton, Redford, MI 48239 ✞ 313-535-9080
PASTOR: Rt. Rev. Mitered Archpriest ROMAN STAR
NOVEMBER 9, 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: Galatians 6:11-18 (#215) ATTACHED: Sister Ioanna
GOSPEL: St. Luke 8:41-56 (#39) CHOIR DIRECTOR: Elizabeth Star
TONE: 5 READERS: Robert Joseph Latsko
✞ 22nd SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST ✞
✞ 9:15 AM — HOURS & AKATHIST TO ST. JOHN; CONFESSIONS ✞
COMMEMORATED TODAY: Martyrs Onesiphorus and Porphyrius of Ephesus (3rd-4th c.). Ven. Matrona, Abbess, of Constantinople (ca. 492). St. Nectarios Kephalas, Metropolitan of Pentapolis (1920). Ven. Theoctiste of the Isle of Lesbos (881). Ven. Onísifor (Onesiphorus) the Confessor, of the Kiev Caves (Near Caves—1148). Martyr Alexander of Thessalonica (4th c.). Martyr Anthony of Apamea (5th c.).
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, Michelle Tucker, Edwin Rusko
Mary Nicholas, whose Anniversary of her repose is Tuesday, 11 November
Nina Isagholian, whose Anniversary of her repose is Thursday, 13 November
FOR THE HEALTH OF: Archimandrite Roman (Braga) (cancer); Archimandrite Il’ya (Barna); Igumen Seraphim; Archpriest Lawrence Bacik; Archpriest Paul Waters; Priest Daneil, Matushka Debra & Corrina Shirak; Deacon Michael, Deacon Basil Frenchek (cancer); Matushka Mary Ellen & Julius Comerford; Matushka Melanya 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 (cancer); Alice Ladhu (cancer); Helen Hall (cancer)
Sister Ioanna, who celebrates the anniversary of her being made a monastic on Tuesday, 11 November
St. Innocent of Alaska Monastic Community, that celebrates the anniversary of its founding on Saturday, 15 November
Protodeacon Daniel Sudol, who celebrates the anniversary of his Ordination on Sunday, 16 November
❈ MAY GOD GRANT THEM MANY YEARS! ❈
SCHEDULE FOR THE COMING WEEK
Wednesday 11/12 7pm AKATHIST, “GLORY TO GOD FOR ALL THINGS”
Saturday 11/15 4pm GREAT VESPERS & CONFESSIONS — NATIVITY FAST BEGINS (Abstain from meat, fish, dairy)
Sunday 11/16 23rd Sunday After Pentecost
9:15am Hours & Akathist & Confessions
10am DIVINE LITURGY & Panikhida for Michelle T., followed by Coffee Hour
Feast Days This Week: Thursday, 11/13 – St. John Chrysostom
❈ CHRIST IS IN OUR MIDST! ❈ HE IS NOW & EVER SHALL BE! ❈
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By Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev), 25 August 2014
The following thirty-two part series on prayer was transcribed and translated from television episodes presented on Russian television in the spring of 1999 by Igumen (now Metropolitan) Hilarion (Alfeyev) with the blessing of His Holiness, the late Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia. Source: http://www.pravmir.com/prayer
PART 5 (of 32): PRAYER AND LIFE
Prayer involves not only joy and attainments, which take place because of it, but also painstaking daily labor. Sometimes prayer brings enormous joy, refreshing man and giving him new strength and opportunities. But it very often happens that one is not disposed towards prayer, that one does not want to pray. Thus, prayer should not depend upon our mood. Prayer is labor. St. Silouan the Athonite said: “To pray is to shed blood.” As in every labor, this requires great effort, sometimes enormous effort, in order to force oneself to pray even when one does not want to. And such an effort [podvig] will be repaid one hundredfold.
But why do we sometimes not want to pray? I think that the main reason here consists of the fact that our life does not correspond to prayer, is not configured for it. In childhood, when I was in music school, I had an excellent violin teacher: his lessons were very interesting, but sometimes very difficult — but it depended not on his mood, but rather on how well or poorly I had prepared for the lesson. If I had practiced a great deal, learned a given piece and come to class fully prepared, then the lesson went by at one go, and both the teacher and I were pleased. But if I put it off all week and came unprepared, then the teacher would get upset and it was sickening to me that the lesson did not go as I had hoped.
It is exactly the same with prayer. If our life is not a preparation for prayer, then it can be very difficult for us to pray. Prayer is the gauge of our spiritual life, a kind of litmus test. We need to construct our life in such a way that it conforms to prayer. When reciting the prayer “Our Father,” we say: “Lord, Thy will be done,” which means that we should always be ready to fulfill God’s will, even if this will contradicts our human will. When we say to God: “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors,” we thereby commit ourselves to pardoning people and forgiving their debts, because if we do not forgive our debtors then, by the logic of this prayer, God will not forgive us our debts.
Thus, the one must correspond to the other: life to prayer, and prayer to life. Without this correspondence we will not succeed either in life or in prayer.
Let us not hesitate if we find it difficult to pray. This means that God is presenting us with new challenges, which we should resolve both in prayer and in life. If we learn to live in accordance with the Gospel, then we will learn to pray in accordance with the Gospel. Then our life will become complete, spiritual, and truly Christian.
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THANKSGIVING: THE POLITICALLY INCORRECT HOLIDAY
The mention of God is stripped from our schools; the President of the United States tells the world “we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation;” and yet, we will stop this month to celebrate the national holiday of Thanksgiving.
As anyone who has studied history knows, Thanksgiving is an explicitly Christian celebration in which we set aside time to give thanks to the Lord Almighty for another year of blessings.
Of course, in our politically correct world, many have attempted to loosen Thanksgiving from its Christian moorings—but the facts are still the facts. The holiday hearkens back to the Pilgrims’ celebration in 1621 after their first, difficult year in the New World. Much of our Thanksgiving iconography still points to these settlers as the originators of the holiday (though some children in today’s public schools are more likely to infer from their education that the Pilgrims were giving thanks to the Native Americans than to God).
As America was becoming a new nation, the Second Continental Congress, which just the year before had declared independence from England, issued a Thanksgiving proclamation on November 1, 1777. In it, author Samuel Adams called for a day of “solemn thanksgiving and praise.” He further called for national confession of sins, “that it may please God through the merits of Jesus Christ, mercifully to forgive and blot them out of remembrance.”
On October 3, 1789, President George Washington issued a Thanksgiving Proclamation—a tradition made into an annual holiday since the days of Lincoln. In that proclamation he wrote:
Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor … I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection.
Washington added that Americans should pray that day to “the great Lord and Ruler of Nations,” that He would “promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue.”
How far we have fallen.
Just a few years ago, a professor at an Arizona community college was suspended for sending out a Thanksgiving e-mail that directed readers to George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation, which the school system declared “hostile.”
Indeed, Thanksgiving is becoming an anomaly in our secular society—a distinctly religious celebration, which is still observed by federal and state governments, as well as most businesses. In the current climate, however, one wonders how long that might last. Perhaps this Thanksgiving, as we are giving thanks, we should thank God that the holiday even still exists. If the secularists—and their many friends on the courts and in our government—have their way, it may not exist much longer.
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CANDLES FOR LAST SUNDAY, 2 NOVEMBER
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) In Memory of Edwin Rusko, by the Nossal Family
Table of Oblation Lamp: In Memory of parents, Helen & John Andrayko, Sr. & sister, Carole Andrayko, by John Andrayko, Jr.
N 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 & Edwin (newly departed) 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 Pallas; Nina Isagholian; Fr. Photius Donahue (Aniv. 11/1), by Sister Ioanna
Thelma Ratcliff, Louis Pitts, T.F. Shelton, Gloria Robinson, Reginald Bell, Lessie Favor, Lois Hamby, by Manier Family
Child Lana Wilson, Shirley Troyer, Wendell Philips, by Becky J. & Levi + + + Grandparents Harvilla & Holst; brother, Ricky Ellis, by Debra Truskowski
FOR THE HEALTH OF: (MANY YEARS!)
Elizabeth, Lawrence, 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. Melanya S; Mat. Mary D; Carl; Fr. Tikhon; Sdn Andrew; Rdr Robert; Robert M; David Samuel & Sky; JoAnne & Nick; Martha; Athanasius; John A; Lena N; Jillian J; Ed & Tiffany; Vasiliki; Rose; Emil & Rozana; Mo.Theodora-Amphilochia; Azbehat, by Sister Ioanna
Health of: Manier family, Samantha Ketelson (Infant w/ hypo-thyroidism) + + + Salvation of: Brittany, Eddie, Breonna, Bronte, Kaitlyn, RJ, Xavier, Storie, Robert, Candice, Kevin, Cynthia, Demarion, Desmond, & Shelton Family, by Manier family + + + Special Prayers for: Brittany Truitt (strength & wisdom for managing personal issues & family restoration), by Manier family
Joan Jurczyszyn, Betty Stelmaszek, Leia & Mike Wilson, Andrea Faust, Liz Tomachewski, Richard Bussen, by Becky Jurczyszyn & Levi
Jim Bur, by friends Nick & Jo Anne Nicholas + + + My husband & children, by Debra Truskowski + + + All family & loved ones, by Debra Truskowski
PROSFORA FOR TODAY IS OFFERED by: Sister Ioanna
in Memory Eternal of: Parents: Ethel Elizabeth & Wayne Joshua deVyver; grandmothers Lillian & Marguerite; Robert David Horka; Sally & Edward, Frank & Marion deVyver; Olive Brower (B-day, 11/11); Fr. Photius Donahue (anniv. 11/1); Marion P. (anniv. 11/3); Nina I. (anniv. 11/13); Mary Nicholas (anniv. 11/11; all friends & loved ones; and for the Health of: Brother, Carl deVyver; Fr. Roman & Mat. Rose Marie; Jo Anne Nicholas (B-day, 11/25); Julia Korniyevskaya (B-day, 10/21); Tatiana Kornievskaya (B-day, 10/24); & all family & friends; and in Thanksgiving for: Anniversary of being made a monastic (11/11/01), Anniversary of the establishment of the St. Innocent of Alaska Monastic Community (11/15/03).
PROSFORA SCHEDULE: 2014 — November: Sr. Ioanna; December: Nicholas Family.
PROSFORA SCHEDULE: 2015: January: John Andrayko & Sister Ioanna; February: Matushka Rose Marie; March: Libby Glover-Booher; April: Deborah Hartz; May: Vasiliki Stamoulis; June: John Andrayko; July: Matushka Rose Marie; August: Sister Ioanna; September: Deborah Hartz; October: John Andrayko; November: Sister Ioanna; December: Nicholas Family. The 2015 Prosfora Schedule is now complete. Thank you to the donors.
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.
(1) OUR NOVEMBER MONTHLY POT-LUCK & DISCUSSION GROUP MEETS TODAY, SUNDAY, NOV. 9th.
(2) “ST. NICHOLAS IS SANTA CLAUS,” ANNUAL COCC EVENT, SAT. NOV. 29th, AT HTOC, 12–3:30
Mark your calendars and plan to bring the children in your life to this marvelous FREE annual “Teach Our Children” COCC event. At Holy Transfiguration Church, 36075 W. 7 Mile Rd., Livonia, 48152. Live reindeer, 12–1:00; Program with St. Nick, refreshments & more, 1-3:30. Printable color flyer at: http://coccdetroit.com/2014coccstnicholasevent.html
(3) PLEASE BRING IN CLOTHES FOR THE NEEDY: COATS, HATS, GLOVES, SCARVES, SOCKS, UNDERWEAR
Please bring in things for the winter for the needy: coats, hats, gloves/mittens, scarves, sweaters, boots. Also, RIR has especially requested that we donate socks and underwear for men and women, girls and boys, in all sizes, children and adults. Whatever you donate is brought to the Redford Interfaith Relief (RIR) on Beech Daly, with which Fr. Roman is very involved. RIR helps people right here in our own community.
(4) PLEASE CONTINUE TO GIVE YOUR DONATIONS FOR OUR ON-GOING ANNUAL BLANKET DRIVE
(5) THE NOV–DEC ISSUE OF GOOD WORKS IS NOW AVAILABLE IN PRINTED FORM (at church) AND ON LINE. You can view the latest issue and all previous issues in full color on the COCC website: http://coccdetroit.com/goodworks.html
(6) THE AKATHIST, “GLORY TO GOD FOR ALL THINGS” TO BE SERVED AT OUR WEEKLY 7PM WED. SERVICE DURING NOV. & DEC., to offer thanksgiving for all God’s blessings during this Thanksgiving month & preparation for Christ’s Birth.
(7) PHOTO SLIDE-SHOW, PROGRAM BOOKLET & MANY MESSAGES FOR FR. ROMAN’S 30th CELEBRATION AVAILABLE ON OUR CHURCH WEBSITE: http://www.stinnocentchurch.com, under “Fr. Roman’s 30th” tab
Photos & Article: http://www.stinnocentchurch.com/photoslideshow.html
Commemorative Program: http://www.stinnocentchurch.com/commemorativeprogram.html
(8) DECEMBER PARISH CALENDAR IS AVAILABLE AT: http://www.stinnocentchurch.com/calendar.html
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SCHEDULE OF UP-COMING SERVICES, FEASTS & EVENTS
◆ Saturday, November 8th, 6pm, 30th Anniversary Celebration of the Enthronement of Abp. Nathaniel, St. George Rom. Cath., Southfield (NO VESPERS AT ST. INNOCENT)
◆ Sunday, November 9th, After Coffee-Hour (1:00), Monthly Pot-Luck, Fellowship & Discussion #6, at St. Innocent Monastic Community
◆ Tuesday, November 11th, 7pm, Monthly COCC meeting, at St. Mary’s Protection Ukrainian Church, Evergreen, bet. 8 & 9 Mile, Southfield
◆ Saturday, November 15th, NATIVITY FAST BEGINS (abstain from meat, fish, dairy products (milk & cheese, eggs, etc.)
◆ Sunday, November 16th, After Liturgy, PANIKHIDA FOR MICHELLE TUCKER, offered by Rose Ann & Greg Everhardt
◆ Thursday, November 20th, 7pm, GREAT VESPERS & LITIYA, for the ENTRANCE OF THE THEOTOKOS INTO THE TEMPLE
◆ Friday, November 21st, 9am, DIVINE LITURGY, for the Great Feast, the ENTRANCE OF THE THEOTOKOS INTO THE TEMPLE
7pm, FOCUS Motor City Benefit Dinner & Auction (6:30 Hors d’Oeuvres), $75 donation; St. Mary’s, Livonia
◆ Saturday, Nov. 22nd, 10am, “Why Bad Things Happen to Good People?”, OCW Presentation by Fr. Laurence Lazar, St. Mary’s, Berkley
◆ Wednesday, November 26th, 9am, DIVINE LITURGY FOR PARISH PATRONAL FEASTDAY OF ST. INNOCENT OF IRKUTSK
◆ Wednesday, November 26th, 7pm, COCC-sponsored Moleben for Thanksgiving, at St. George Romanian Cathedral, Southfield
◆ Thursday, November 27th, 10am, DIVINE LITURGY FOR THANKSGIVING DAY
◆ Saturday, November 29th, Annual COCC “St. Nicholas is Santa Claus” event, Live Reindeer, 12– 1; Program, 1–3:30. HTOC, Livonia
◆ Sunday, November 30th, After Liturgy, PANIKHIDA FOR MICHELLE TUCKER, offered by Margie & Gerry Martell
FR. ROMAN’S ADDITIONAL SCHEDULE
Saturday, November 8th, 6pm, 30th Anniversary Celebration of the Enthronement of Abp. Nathaniel, St. George Rom. Cath., Southfield (NO VESPERS AT ST. INNOCENT)
Thursday, November 13th, 10am, Divine Liturgy & lunch, Clergy Brotherhood Patronal Feast celebration, St. Mark’s, Rochester Hills
Friday, November 14th, 11:00am, Bishop’s Council Meeting, at St. Nicholas Cathedral, NYC, fly early morning & return same evening
Tuesday & Wednesday, November 18th & 19th, Central States Deanery Meeting, at St. Michael’s Church, Redford
Thursday, November 20th, Noon-2:00, Monthly meeting of the Redford Ministerial Alliance, at St. Robert Bellarmine Church, 27101W. Chicago
Saturday & Sunday, November 22nd- 23rd, Nativity of Christ Church, Youngstown, OH; Vespers (Sat.) & Liturgy (Sun.), Dean’s Visitation
Friday & Saturday, November 28th-29th, St. John Chrysostom, Grand Rapids, Vespers & Presentation (Fri.) & Liturgy (Sat.), Dean’s Visitation
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HOUSTON, WE HAVE LIFTOFF!
Last week, we [Monomachos] reported on the egregious directive by Mayor Annise Parker of Houston, in which subpoenas would be issued for the sermons and “other communications” of five specific pastors in that city. Their ostensible crime (for want of a better word) was their exhortation against the new municipal policy regarding so-called transgendered people and the city’s accommodation of their bathroom proclivities (again, for want of a better word).
The reaction to this original, idiotic ruling was swift. However that was not our immediate concern. More troubling was the threat of subpoenas to the pastors and the near-eradication of their First Amendment rights. Mayor Parker was rightly taken to task for this by this blog and others.
I am happy to report that Her Honor has seen the light. Last week, she met with a delegation of seven pastors of various denominations. Orthodox Christianity was boldly represented in this delegation by Fr Alexander F C Webster, whom you all may know from his illustrious writings and frequent contributions to this blog. Mayor Parker graciously received these pastors and gave thoughtful consideration to their concerns. As you can see from the report below, she also appeared with this delegation for a news conference. Long story short: she rescinded the threat of subpoenas and (if I am not mistaken) agreed to revisit the original ruling.
It’s not often that a public official acknowledges in such public fashion an error. For this she is to be commended. Fr Webster as well deserves a hearty pat on the back for spearheading this effort. Mention must also go to the hierarchy of ROCOR (Webster’s jurisdiction) which chose to fight this moral battle. A hearty AXIOS! all around.
P.S. This was not an unalloyed victory however given that none of the other Orthodox jurisdictions saw fit to join the battle. Would it have not been a greater witness for Orthodoxy had the other jurisdictions (or better yet, the Episcopal Assembly) chosen to come to the aid of their Christian brothers in Houston? Where specifically was the EA committee which is supposed to deal with culture and social issues? (Source: http://www.monomakhos.com/houston-we-have-liftoff)