The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
The Nativity of the Theotokos
September 21st, 2014
Today’s commemoration recounts the wondrous story of the seven “sleepers”. During a persecution under the emperor Decius, seven young Christian soldiers were entombed alive in a cave for their refusal to worship idols. God caused a marvelous sleep to come on them so that they did not die of suffocation. So they stayed, until centuries later, during the reign of the emperor Theodosius the younger, there was a dispute over the validity of the Resurrection. The emperor besought God to provide some revelation, demonstrating this central truth of our Faith. Shepherds working in the land containing the cave were removing stones from its entrance to build sheep pens. By this means the cave was opened and the young men emerged in perfect health, waking from their long sleep, testifying by this act and by word the truth of the Resurrection. Shortly, all heard about this miracle and the Emperor came and talked with them. They remained thus for one week, after which they returned into the cave, resumed their sleep and then reposed in the Lord. Please do some homework to find out more about t his wonderful tradition.
The Transfiguration of our Lord is celebrated this week with the evening vigil at 6:30 tomorrow evening, Monday 8/18, and followed the next day, Tuesday morning, 8/19, at 8:40 AM by the Divine Liturgy. The display of the Lord’s true glorified nature to the human eyes of Apostles Peter, James, and John was for them and for us a sign that God was present in the person of Christ and that he was at work for our salvation in His crucifixion, death and resurrection. The presence of Moses and Elijah, representing the Law and the Prophets, further showed that Christ the Lord fulfills both by His incarnation. To this day, Mount Tabor is covered on the feast day with a cloud like the one hat appeared with the original vision.
A long tradition is to bring fruits to be blessed at the end of Divine Liturgy, for which the Church provides a prayer. Some grapes will be provided, and please add your own fruits. Because the fruit is blessed, it is not proper to discard inedible remains in the trash; such should be distributed in a garden or among the trees. Also on the Feast day, fish may be eaten to lighten the fast.
The Dormition Fast is upon us as we await the celebration of the Falling Asleep of the Mother of God, during which we are again graced with these special coffee offerings from our resident roasting firm, Kalvesmaki & Son:
Holy Apostles Home-Roasted Coffee for Dormition Fast 2014
Three new coffees, and two weeks for buying--August 17 and 24 only!
Sumatra Toba Batak Peaberry
This coffee is bodied, and carries a nice thick sweetness of brown rice syrup, dried tropical fruits, and dark berries. It is herbaceous with notes of horehound and a bit of fresh mint. Flavors shift toward rindy citrus and black tea in the finish.
Ethiopia Sidama Dereje Station
This coffee has complex fruit notes that vacillate between citrus and tropical. Fruited notes come alive - papaya, passionfruit, orange and even a bit of tart kiwi come out. The finish has pulpy citrus with a black tea-like mouthfeel in the long aftertaste. Exciting brewed coffee, and great espresso.
Mexico fair-trade organic Chiapas Grapos Cooperative
When brewed, this coffee has a dark sugar and butter sweetness, very caramel-like, along with flavors of roasted nut. It’s a bodied cup, and one that holds up at the darker roast levels. Clean profile with flavors of praline nut and cocoa powder in the finish.
Sleepy Peter decaffeinated blend
This decaffeinated coffee is a blend of high-quality, hand-picked beans from small plantations around the world that grow high quality crops that are too small to be industrialized.
Chapel News – Bob’s Beltway Electric has dug the trench, laid the pipe, laid down the gravel and is in process of pouring the concrete to complete the trenching activities. Everything to do with the discoveries of previous water and sewer hookups and how they can be developed and reused by us is in progress. As with anything involving multiple municipal bureaucracies, this process is neither easy nor simple. Please pray for all concerned that God’s will be done.
We resumed our workdays yesterday and John reports that our required in-kind contribution is 50% complete. There is therefore still plenty of time and good weather for you to become involved, especially if you have yet to become involved. No particular skill is required; just a willingness to pitch in. Besides helping the parish, it is fun to be there. Please talk to John Hume.
Please keep all these efforts and people in your prayers.
Remember to pray for our travelers Elena and Daniel Swensen, visiting Elena’s family. God willing, they will return this month, just before Dormition. Let us pray for their safe return. And we give thanks for the return of Kyrill Shillen from visiting his family and for the return of Fr. Christopher, Dorothy and Daniel from their outing in the Pennsylvania mountains with the Dillon family.
Resurfacing of our parking lot will be done on Friday the 29th and stripes painted on Saturday, the 30th. For those two days, we are invited to park at Wendy’s or at the office park across Rhode Island. Avenue.
Vigils are Vital – Central to our Russian tradition is the Vigil service the evening before every celebration of the Divine Liturgy. The Vigil Service is a primary source of our Faith and Tradition, regularly offered. It is, after the Divine Liturgy, then most important time for assembling for corporate prayer. The Vigil is also the standard time for confession in preparation for Holy Communion. It is the prayerful analogy to the “pillar of fire” to guide us through the night of this life. While attendance requires planning and may entail inconvenience, it will do you and all of us good.
Our Riderwood people – In the Arbor Ridge nursing-rehabilitation facility are Don and Betty Chisholm. Arbor Ridge is just inside the Riderwood entrance by Calverton Shopping Center. As shut-ins, they would appreciate us seeing them. Please take the opportunity, and you might also run into their very nice family.
Through the devoted offices of Father Deacon John and Joannikia Dean, her daughter, Dorothy Dague remains in her apartment and is regularly with us.
Meal Signups – Join those who offer a meal in the upcoming weeks. The list is by the refrigerator.
Nick’s Place – Non-perishable goods go to this halfway house for young men recovering from substance abuse. See Monica Pelt or Thomas Hurlock.
Holy Apostles Chariots is our “ride-to-church” service. See Reader Kyrill Shillen
The Choir– Rehearsals are from 7 to 9 PM on Thursdays. New members are always welcome. See Nicholas Baumann.
The St. Juliana of Lazarevo Sisterhood sees to various needs of the parish. See Olga Postnikova.
Items for Purchase to Support Holy Apostles
A Commemorative Tile fashioned by our warden, John Hume of Sligo Creek Tile, contains our name, the verse, “I was glad when they said unto me: Let us go into the house of the Lord,” and a lovely view of the chapel. These are for sale for $45. It can remind us to pray for each other and help us tell our story.
2014 Wall Calendars are available for a donation of $7.00 per calendar. This will help keep up with the feasts and fasts, and daily Scripture readings.
Other Ways to Support the Parish – We accept credit cards! We have a card reader that works with smart phones, so, get together with the treasurer or the designee, to make donations and purchases.
We have an on-line mall service from the eScrip program. The Building Fund page of our web site has a link and instructions for use. For a purchase made through eScrip, the merchant donates a small referral bonus to our building fund. Please use this method for your on-line shopping. Please see our treasurer, Mariya Petrenko for more information.
Visitors and Guests please sign the guest book near the church-shaped donation box, including contact information such as address, telephone and email.