The 6th Sunday of Pascha
The Healing of the Blind Man
May 17, 2015
Our Lord, God, Savior and Creator healed the poor blind beggar, not by restoring sight to a defective mechanism, but by creating the means of sight from scratch. We are to take from today that He who rose from the dead is the same Divine Person who was instrumental in the creation of everything, including our most important sense of sight. We can and should, nay must, continue to call on Him to clear our blindness. All with any experience know that, even as Christians and professed followers of the Risen Lord, we can find ourselves unable to see what is clearly before us; we can misunderstand; we can be misunderstood; we can stray from the path He has set for us. We open to Him to enlighten us and say with the healed blind man, “Blinded in the eyes of my soul, I draw near to Thee, O Christ, and in repentance I cry to Thee: Thou art the Exceeding radiant Light of those in darkness.”
A Church Picnic and a Sunday School Easter Egg Hunt is happening today at the chapel property two miles north of here. We will go straight there after venerating the Cross, the communion prayers, and, for your convenience here if desired, a cup of coffee. All are invited. God bless all those who worked yesterday to prepare the chapel and spruce up the grounds. The picnic there will be our agape meal and the Easter egg hunt will be our Sunday School activity. Please take note: In using U.S. Route 1 to get there, you must go past the eventual entrance to the property to the stop light at Ritz Way, following the Ammendale Road detour signs. Left at Ritz Way and left again on Ammendale Road will get you there.
The Ascension of our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ, into Heaven is celebrated this week with the Evening Vigil at 6:30 PM on Wednesday evening and Hours & Divine Liturgy Thursday morning at 8:40 AM. Let us gather to pray and celebrate the taking of our nature, perfected by Christ, to the side of the Father forever.
Our Hot Water Heater required to be replaced this week. The unlooked for cost: $1,180.00. Please, if anyone can help to defray this expense, please let our Treasurer Mariya know.
Loaves and Fishes is the name of our ever-ongoing fundraising effort. Fundraising is an essential part of our budget as well as a good way to acquaint people with our ongoing life. Please give our Treasurer and keeper of the list, Mariya Petrenko, names and addresses of those you know that would appreciate knowing about us and who might contribute to the loaves and fishes. We are getting ready for a mailing soon, so please help with this.
Chapel News – Work under this year’s $45,000 Historical Commission grant will start in the early summer. Please be ready to step in and help in support of this, including your prayers that our task planning matches our grant.
Orthodox Christians! – Make a Financial Pledge and Become a Member of Holy Apostles Orthodox Church – Please take a membership form from the tract rack in the back and make a pledge of financial support. The tithe, or 10% of income, is the Biblical foundation of giving and is recommended. This benefits both the parish and the giver. Benefactors are prayed for at every service. The experience of those who give to the church shows that God indeed loves a cheerful giver, even in material ways. The leap of Faith must be made.
Timeliness, the Key to the Treasure House – While the kingdom of God that we all seek is timeless, outside of time, we nonetheless live and worship in time. We thus worship at certain times. Our services are packed with spiritual riches. Therefore, to get all that God has for us in them, we should be at them, on time. Things can unavoidably impede, but among those things should not be our lack of attention to time. God bless us with everything that is here for us and for us with each other, at the times set for us. “Behold, now is the accepted time.”
Vigils are Vital – Central to our Russian tradition is the Vigil service the evening before Divine Liturgy. Vigils are a primary source of our Faith and Tradition. After the Divine Liturgy, the Vigil is the important time for corporate prayer. Vigil is also a standard time for the mystery of repentance and confession. The vigil is analogous to the “pillar of fire” to guide us through the night of this life.
Father Moses Berry long-time friend and pastor of the parish dedicated to the Mother of God, Joy of All who Sorrow in Ashgrove, Missouri, needs a kidney transplant. Please keep him, Matushka Magdalena and family in your prayers.
Service and Support Opportunities:
Sign up to make a meal for all after Divine Liturgy.
Nick’s Place – Non-perishable goods go to this halfway house for young men recovering from substance abuse. The orange bin is by the closet.
Holy Apostles Chariots is our “ride-to-church” service. See Reader Kyrill Shillen if you want to help.
The Choir – Rehearsals are from 7 to 9 PM on Thursdays. See Nicholas Baumann.
The St. Juliana of Lazarevo Sisterhoodsees to various needs of the parish. See Elena Solodkova (Sherry).
A Commemorative Tile made by John Hume is a likeness of our chapel with our name and the verse, “I was glad when they said unto me: Let us go into the house of the Lord.” This perpetual reminder of mutual prayer can be had for $45.
2015 calendars are available for a donation of $7.00. Keep up with the feasts, fasts, and daily Scripture readings.
We accept credit cards! We have a card reader that works with smart phones, so, get with the treasurer (or 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 things bought through eScrip, merchants donate small referral bonuses to our building fund. Please use this method for your on-line shopping. 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.