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The Myrrh Bearers are our example of service.  Would that we all could see to our work with the same humility and diligence shown by Sts. Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus and the holy women.  They had all loved, lived with and heard the Lord, but the work they did was the reverent and dutiful following of custom.  They saw to His taking down and provision for His burial.  They did not anticipate the Resurrection.

The women showed the least fear and hesitancy in their attendance to these duties.  They did not know what the soldiers and guards would do, neither did they know how they were going to open the tomb.  The women were rewarded for their diligence by being the first to know of the Resurrection and being the first to encounter the risen Lord.  We do not know what exactly will be the result of our own humility and diligence.  But unlike those myrrh bearers, we know of the Resurrection in advance.  We do know that we strive for salvation and we need that striving and the greater knowledge of the goal into every department of life.  God give us the ability to clear our eyes to see the goal and press toward it, no matter the obstacles.


The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council

October 26th, 2014


The Seventh Council of the year 787 established once and for all that the veneration of icons is a part of our Christian life and witness.  Its witness is obvious to anyone looking at the walls of an Orthodox Church.  The veneration of icons is part of the Church’s firm affirmation that God has come in the physical person of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Because He appeared, he may be depicted, as well as may all who have taken up His yoke and achieved sanctity.  The achievement of sanctity is every Christian’s goal.  To encourage us in this Divine pursuit, God shows His wonderworking power through the Holy Icons.  We were visited Friday evening by just such a one: the Myrrh-Streaming Iveron Icon of the Mother of God from Hawaii.  To be with the Icon and its steward, Reader Nectary, for any amount of time, is to find oneself in the world of miracles.  They appear like flowers in spring.  People who said they were unable to come found the way cleared to be here with her.  People beset with afflictions received relief and perhaps even healing.  All hearts were uplifted.  One is all of a sudden walking on air.  Prayer together in such a presence is like being lifted up by a wave of the sea, with all of the exhilaration, but without the fear.  Dear brothers and sisters, the Mother of God carries us and covers us.  The heavens opened for us.  Thanks be to God.


Our Thanksgiving Prayerthat we hold today was at first ordered in celebration of Olga Postnikova getting her green card at last.  We add to that our thanks for the coming of the icon, for our progress with the chapel, and for any other thing it becomes us to be thankful for.


Sunday School happens directly after our agape meal.  The front table and the choir area will be devoted to this purpose.  Please speak to Paraskeve Kalvesmaki if you would like to help with Sunday School in any way.  Fr. George will be conducting catechesis for adults new to the Faith during this same Sunday School time.


Chapel News The weather continues to bless us for working at and visiting our beautiful chapel.  Yesterday, a crew of the Faithful assembled to dig a fire pit for burning of holy refuse.  Young Daniel Swensen tested and demonstrated its depth.  Another sweep of the chapel was done to remove the dust made in discarding the wainscoting.  Brother Joseph of the Christian Brothers retirement community told us that Pepco is turning off their electricity for a couple of hours this coming Thursday to enable the hookup to our property.  At long last!  John Hume says that we need another cleanup day just to be able to turn on a vacuum cleaner for the first time.


Our pursuit of an interior design solution must now go forward; please pray for this, and also for the furtherance of the progress of the water hookup.


St. John of Kronstadt will be commemorated this coming Friday evening at 6:30 with an Evening Vigil and this coming Saturday morning at 8:40 AM with a Divine Liturgy.  Please join together to remember this great Saint of recent times and an example of all that a priest should be.


The Change to Standard Time is scheduled for next Sunday, November 2nd at 2 AM.  Don’t neglect this detail of life.


Constantine Zalalas will give An Inspirational Talk on November 16th after Divine Liturgy.  The topic is “Christian Perfection.”  Here is the outline:

What is Christian Perfection?

  • Deceptive Pitfalls and their Avoidance.

The Necessary Warfare towards Perfection

  • Avoiding Self-Reliance
  • Having our Confidence in God
  • Strive Without Ceasing
  • Constant Prayer


A Memorial Service, a Pannikhida for the 1st anniversary of the repose of Nun Taisia on Sunday, November 23rd at 7 PM.  Olga Prisekin lived out her last years among us here as an mother-aunt-grandmother figure, both learning through becoming conversant with English services, and teaching by her witness and example.  May her memory be eternal!


Continue to pray for our parishioner, Genevieve Waters.  She will need continuous help and will welcome contacts.  Please speak with Matushka Deborah about this.

Contact Information:

Genevieve Waters

10-court, unit B, Plateau Place

Greenbelt, Maryland 20770

Please continue to keep her in your prayers.


The Orthodox Christian Fellowship, College Park chapter meets Tuesdayat 5:30 PM, in the West Garden Chapel at the University of Maryland for Vespers and Bible study.  Father Cosmas Karellas and Father Christopher lead these efforts.  Keep the clergy and students in your prayers.


A Bible Study happens Wednesday evenings at 7, led by Father Christopher. The study is now in 1st Corinthians.  Please come, especially those new to the Faith.


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 the standard time to confess in preparation for Holy Communion.  It is an 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.  They appreciate visitors.


Thanks to Father Deacon John and Joannikia Dean, her daughter, Dorothy Dague remains in her apartment and is regularly with us.


Service Opportunities

Meal Signups – 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.

The Choir– Rehearsals are from 7 to 9 PM on Thursdays.  See Nicholas Baumann.

The St. Juliana of Lazarevo Sisterhood sees to various needs of the parish.  See Olga Postnikova.


Items for Purchase and Other Ways to Support Holy Apostles

A Commemorative Tile made by John Hume, has our name, the verse, “I was glad when they said unto me: Let us go into the house of the Lord,” and a front view of the chapel.  One can be had for $45.  Use it as a reminder for mutual prayer.

A 2014 Wall Calendar is 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. 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.

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