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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: frroman@firebirdvideos.com
St. Innocent Monastic Community: 9452 Hazelton, Redford, MI 48239  313-535-9080

PASTOR: Rt. Rev. Mitered Archpriest ROMAN STAR
      JANUARY 11, 2015                        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:  Ephesians 4:7-13 (#224-ctr)                                      ATTACHED: Sister Ioanna
GOSPEL:
  St. Matthew 4:12–17 (#8)                            CHOIR DIRECTOR: Elizabeth Star
TONE:       
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George Hanoian

✞ AFTERFEAST & SUNDAY AFTER THE THEOPHANY OF OUR  LORD ✞

✞ 9:15 AM HOURS & AKATHIST OR CANON; CONFESSIONS
✞ 10AM — DIVINE LITURGY OF ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM 

COMMEMORATED  TODAY: Afterfeast of the Theophany. Sunday after Theophany. Ven. Theodosius the Great, the Cenobiarch (529). Ven. Michael of Klops Monastery, Fool-for-Christ (Novgorod—ca. 1453-56). St. Theodosius of Antioch (ca. 412). Ven. Theodosius, Metropolitan of Trebizond (1392). The “YELETSKAIA” Icon of the Most-holy Theotokos (1060).

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 & Todd 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
ALSO FOR:             Dean Hough (newly departed, 1/2?)

  MAY GOD GRANT THEM MEMORY ETERNAL!

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 (safe travel), 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)

ALSO FOR:             Julia Korniyevskaya & her unborn-child

  MAY GOD GRANT THEM MANY YEARS!

SCHEDULE FOR THE COMING WEEK

Wednesday     1/14      7pm       AKATHIST OR MOLEBEN
Saturday          1/17       4pm      GREAT VESPERS & CONFESSIONS
Sunday             1/18                    32nd Sunday After Pentecost & St. Athanasius the Great of Alexandria
                                    9:15am      Hours & Canon or Akathist; Confessions
                                       10am      DIVINE LITURGY, followed by Coffee Hour
                                         1pm       Monthly Lunch & Discussion, (after coffee-hour), at St. Innocent Monastic Community
Feast Days This Week:  Mon. 1/12 – St. Tatiana; Wed. 1/14– St. Nina of Georgia; Sat. 1/17– St. Anthony the Great

❈  CHRIST IS BAPTIZED IN THE JORDAN! ❈ GLORIFY HIM!  ❈

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CHRISTMAS MESSAGE
of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia

Nativity Epistle of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Rus Kirill to the Archpastors, Pastors, Monastics and All the Faithful Children of the Russian Orthodox Church

 Your Graces the Archpastors, Venerable Fathers, all-Honorable monks and nuns, dear brothers and sisters!

On this holy night I address all of you living in different countries, cities and villages, yet making up the One Russian Orthodox Church, and from the bottom of my heart I congratulate you on the world-saving feast of the Nativity of Christ. I send you my heartfelt greetings, my dear ones, and prayerfully wish that we all be filled with spiritual joy in participating in this great festivity and enjoy the banquet of faith as sons and daughters of God and friends of Christ (Jn 15:15).

Today, as we contemplate the mystery of the incarnation of God, we strive to understand what the meaning of this event is that happened two thousand years ago in Bethlehem and what relationship it has to us and our contemporaries.

St. Paul writes: ‘ But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons’ (Gal 4:4-5). But what preceded this fullness of time? The entire history of the human race before the Nativity of Christ in essence is the history of the search for God when the best minds tried to understand who is the source of the supernatural power which affects every human person in one way or another in life.

On their path for searching for God, people, in endeavoring to find the truth, have stumbled into all sorts of errors. Yet, neither man’s primitive fear before terrifying natural phenomena, nor the deification of the natural elements, idols and at times himself, nor even those rare insights which illumined the pagan philosophers, have brought people to God. And when ‘the world by wisdom knew not God’ (1 Cor 1:21), he deigned to come down to people. With our spiritual eyes we contemplate the ‘great mystery of godliness': the Creator is likened to creation, he assumes human nature, endures humiliation, dies on the cross and rises again. All of this transcends human understanding and is a miracle which reveals the fullness of the Revelation of God of himself to people.

Christ is born and the world has found hope, Christ is born and love reigns forever, Christ is born and the heavens have bowed down to the earth, Christ is born and the star of Bethlehem shows the true way to God, Christ is born and let no one believe in the triumph of evil, for we are ‘saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God’ (Eph 2:8).

The prophet Isaiah awaited and foresaw the coming of the Messiah, and exclaimed: ‘God is with us’ (Is 8:10). His divinely inspired words are even today a source of ineffable joy for millions of Christians. Once born in Bethlehem, the Lord is born in our hearts and abides with us if we remain faithful to him and the Church that he has founded. He is with us when we accomplish good deeds. He is with us when we help our neighbors. He is with us when we are compassionate and sympathetic. He is with us when we reconcile enemies. He is with us when we forgive and remember not evil. He is with us when we pray and participate in the Church’s sacraments, more so in the sacrament of Thanksgiving, the Eucharist.

The feast of the Nativity of Christ speaks to us of that which is most important; we are called to learn how to love God and serve him, our Saviour, the one who has granted this salvation to all nations and for all times, who extends his embrace to each one of us. In acquiring the skill of worshipping God and reverentially standing in his presence, we at the same time learn how to serve our neighbor as well by manifesting ‘faith which worketh by love’ (Gal 5:6).

We have only to add a little – to respond to the action of the saving grace of God through our obedience, through our trust in the words of the Lord, through our desire to fulfill his commandments. If we master this great truth, then much will be transformed not only within ourselves but around us. We will be able to set priorities on our values; we can peacefully, calmly and assuredly go along the path of life mapped out for us, rendering praise and thanksgiving to God.

In order to attain this spiritual state, we must be Orthodox people not only by opinion polls but according to our deepest convictions and way of life, as our pious ancestors were ardent believers and people who loved God. Among these a special place is occupied by the baptizer of Rus’, the Holy and Equal-to-the-Apostles Grand Prince Vladimir, the thousandth anniversary of whose demise we shall commemorate this year. It is thanks to him that we are the bearers of the lofty estate of Christian and in total comprise the single family of Orthodox brotherly peoples of historical Rus. Thus it was, is and shall be. And no temporary troubles and trials, no external forces can tear asunder these centuries-old spiritual and cultural ties of the inheritors of the baptismal font of Kiev.

In these holy days of the Nativity the prayers of the fullness of the Church and my own fervent prayer are for peace in the country of Ukraine. Irrespective of where her children live and of their political views and preferences, the Russian Orthodox Church fulfills her responsible mission which was placed upon her by Christ (Mt 5:9). She has done and continues to do all that is possible to reconcile people and help them overcome the consequences of enmity.

At the bottom of all conflict, hatred and division is sin. According to St. Justin Popović, sin ‘exploits all its power to accomplish one thing: to render the human person godless and inhuman’ (St. Justin Popović, Philosophical Abysses). And we see in what infernal state the human person at times abides when he has lost the dignity granted to him by the Creator.

Yet the Church in the name of God, tirelessly proclaiming to people the ‘great joy’ (Lk 2:10) of the birth of the Saviour, calls upon each dweller on earth to believe and transform himself for the better. She offers to us the way of ascent: from seeking out God to the knowledge of God, from the knowledge of God to communion with God, and from communion with God to becoming like God. St. Athanasius the Great, who lived in Alexandria in the fourth century, expressed the purpose of the coming into the world of the Saviour in these amazing words: ‘God became man so that man may become god,’ yet not according to his nature but according to divine grace. The centuries-old experience of the Church testifies that genuine transfiguration, theosis, is accomplished through the action of grace by means of the voluntary co-operation between God and the human person. And it is attained through labor, in obedience to the Creator, and not through accepting the diabolic temptation of the serpent who intimated to our ancestors that they should taste of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and immediately become ‘as gods’ (Gen. 3:5). Every person who lives according to faith knows that it is fidelity to God that deters him from evil deeds and thoughts, that it is faith which inspires him to spiritual feats and labors to the glory of God and for the good of our neighbors.

In congratulating you all on the great feast of the Nativity of Christ and the New Year I would like to wish you from the bottom of my heart good health, peace, prosperity and abundant succor from on high in following our Lord and Saviour without stumbling.

‘But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, establish, strengthen, settle you. To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.’ (1 Pet 5:10-11)

+ KIRILL

PATRIARCH OF MOSCOW AND ALL RUSSIA

Moscow

The Nativity of Christ

2014/2015

 

 

FOR THE CHRISTMAS MESSAGE BY BISHOP JOHN, ADMINISTRATOR OF THE MOSCOW PATRIARCHAL PARISHES IN THE USA, CLICK HERE.

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 CANDLES FOR LAST SUNDAY, 4 JANUARY

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 LampIn 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 & Edwin Rusko; niece, Rose Mary & Dean Hough (newly departed); Joe’s brothers, Raymond & Walter Nossal, & sisters, Theresa, Florence & Helen Nossal, by Rose Nossal
Pete & Theresa Harvilla, by Mary Ann Harvilla & Kay Truskowski  + + +  Dean Hough (newly departed), by Mary Ann & Kay
Parents, Ethel Elizabeth (anniv. 1/8) & Wayne Joshua deVyver; David Horka; Olive Brower; Nina I; Marion P; Fr. Photius; Mo. Benedicta, by Sr. Ioanna
Thelma Ratcliff, Louis Pitts, T.F. Shelton, Gloria Robinson, Reginald Bell, Lessie Favor, Lois Hamby, by Manier Family
Child Lana Wilson, Lari Korpela, Shirley Troyer, Wendell Philips, by Becky J. & Levi + + + My husband, Michael Rusko, by Joan Rusko
Nicholas & Susan Yakuber (Memory Eternal), by son,  Donald Yakuber
John Joe Rock (Memory Eternal), by Donald Yakuber

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);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; Jo Anne & Nick; Martha; Athanasius; John A; Lena N; Jillian J; Ed & Tiffany; Vasiliki; Rose; Emil; Mother 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, Story, Robert, Candice, Kevin, Cynthia, Demarion, Desmond, & Shelton Family, by Manier family

Jay Nossal, by Rose Nossal + + + John Andrayko (May God watch over him), by Rose Nossal + + + Rose Nossal, by John Andrayko
Joan Jurczyszyn, Betty Stelmaszek, Leia &  Mike Wilson, Andrea Faust, Liz Tomachewski, by Becky Jurczyszyn & Levi
June Rock (God Bless), by Donald Yakuber + + + Nancy Cupp (God Bless), by Donald Yakuber

PROSFORA FOR TODAY IS OFFERED by: John Andrayko & Sister Ioanna
in Memory Eternal of:  (a) John Andrayko: Parents: John Andrayko, Sr. (Anniversary of repose, 28 January) & Helen Andrayko; and sister, Carole Andrayko; and all departed family & friends. (b) Sister Ioanna: Parents: Ethel Elizabeth (Anniversary of repose, 8 January) & Wayne Joshua deVyver; Robert David Horka; Nina I.; Marion Pallas; Mother Benedicta; Fr. Photius, & all departed family & friends; and for the Health of:  (a) John Andrayko: John Andrayko; Fr. Roman & Matushka Rose Marie; Rose  Nossal; all St. Innocent Parishioners; all family & friends. (b) Sister Ioanna: brother, Carl; members of the Adult Discussion Group; Rose Nossal; Archimandrite Roman; Fr. Roman & Matushka Rose Marie; all Parishioners; & Thanksgiving for Anniversary of Chrismation on Theophany & for many blessings.             

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.  Thank you to Prosfora donors for 2015.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

(1) PLEASE CONTINUE TO BRING IN YOUR REFUNDABLE BOTTLES & CANS for the St. Innocent Orphanage in Mexico.            
(2) 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. 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.    
(3) PLEASE CONTINUE TO GIVE YOUR DONATIONS FOR OUR ON-GOING ANNUAL BLANKET DRIVE
(4) VISIT OUR CHURCH WEBSITE & VIEW THE MANY PHOTOS, ARTICLES, NEWS: http://www.stinnocentchurch.com

❈  CHRIST IS BORN!  ❈ GLORIFY HIM!  ❈

❈  KHRISTOS ROZHDAYETSYA! !  ❈   SLAVITYE EVO!  ❈

(For our Julian Calendar friends)

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SCHEDULE OF UP-COMING SERVICES, FEASTS & EVENTS

Tuesday, January 13th, 7pm, COCC Monthly Meeting, at St. George  Romanian Cathedral, Southfield
Sunday, January 18th, After Coffee Hour (1:00), Monthly Pot-luck Lunch & Discussion, at St. Innocent Monastic Community
Saturday, January 24th, 10am, DIVINE LITURGY FOR THE FEAST OF ST. XENIA OF ST. PETERSBURG

Sunday, January 25th, Zacchaeus Sunday
Sunday, February 1st, Publican & Pharisee Sunday; Triodion Begins (no fasting on Wed. & Fri. this week)
Sunday, February 1st, 6pm, GREAT VESPERS for the GREAT FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION OF CHRIST IN THE TEMPLE
Monday, February 2nd, 9am,  DIVINE LITURGY for the GREAT FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION OF CHRIST IN THE TEMPLE
Sunday, February 8th, Prodigal Son Sunday
Saturday, February 14th, SOUL-SATURDAY MEMORIAL DIVINE LITURGY FOR THE DEPARTED (#1 of 4)
Sunday, February 15th, Last Judgment & Meatfare Sunday (last day to eat meat until Pascha)
Sunday, February 15th, After Coffee Hour (1:00), Monthly Pot-luck Lunch & Discussion, at St. Innocent Monastic Community
Sunday, February 22nd, Cheesefare Sunday (last day to eat eggs and dairy products until Pascha)
Monday, February 23rd, THE GREAT LENTEN FAST BEGINS

 

FR. ROMAN’S ADDITIONAL SCHEDULE

 Monday, January 19th, 7 – 9am, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Prayer Breakfast, Redford Ministerial Alliance, St. Robert Bellarmine Church
Friday & Saturday, Jan. 30th & 31st, Special Orthodox Prison Ministry meetings with new OPM Executive Director; at HTOC, Livonia
[Tuesday, February 17th, Bishop’s Council Meeting, St. Nicholas Church, Bayonne, NJ (MEETING CANCELLED)]
Thursday, February 19th, noon–2:00, Monthly meeting, Redford Ministerial Alliance, at Our Lady of Loretto Church

 

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EXCERPT FROM 1999 NATIVITY MESSAGE OF SERBIAN PATRIARCH PAVLE

So what is to be done now, in the new century and new millennium? We pose this question to ourselves. We pose this question to our brothers throughout the world who care about us. The future is hidden and unknown. There are many roads before us, but they are not all the right roads. Some of them lead to destruction. But the future which lies before us is not simply something we must await, but it is a road we, first of all, must construct. We are responsible for our future no less than for our past. It is revealed to us as a possibility which we must responsibly and consciously create. And overshadowing the future is the same question we have already asked — For or against Christ? If the Lord has not revealed the near future to us, leaving it up to us to create it, He has revealed to us the final and ultimate truth: that no matter what, He will triumph. He revealed that good is far stronger than evil, and that every triumph of evil is temporary and illusory. The weeds and the wheat grow together, but only until the harvest. For or against Christ — this is the question that will determine both our future and the future of all nations. As we gather here today around the Divine Infant Christ celebrating His birth, we hope and we pray to Him that He will be reborn in our hearts, in our neighbors, in our people and our country, and in the hearts of all people and nations.

PEACE FROM GOD — CHRIST IS BORN!
Given at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade at Christmas, 1999
Your intercessor before the cradle of the Divine Infant: Archbishop of Pec, Metropolitan of Belgrade-Karlovci and Serbian Patriarch PAVLE (+11/15/2009)          

[Courtesy of the e-mail Christmas greetings from Holy Cross Monastery, Wayne, WV]

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❈  CHRIST IS BORN! — GLORIFY HIM!  ❈
❈ CHRIST COMES FROM HEAVEN—REJOICE! CHRIST IS ON EARTH—BE EXALTED! ❈

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