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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 Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
The Venerable Kyriakos, Anchorite of Palestine
October 12th, 2014

The Feast of the Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos is celebrated this week with an evening vigil tomorrow, Monday, at 6:30 PM and Hours and Divine Liturgy Tuesday morning at 8:40 AM. In the late Byzantine period of the Roman Empire, in the Church of Blachernae in Constantinople, the fool-for-Christ Andrew had a vision of the Mother of God in tearful, fervent prayer at the end of which she spread her protecting veil over the church and the city. This vision was seen when the city was under siege by the then-pagan northerners, the proto-Russians. After the prayers of the Theotokos, the siege was repulsed. Although this is, in a sense, a local commemoration, the prayer and protection of the Mother of God are the universal experience of the Church, and so it is right that a time be set aside for our focus on them.

In that same church, but centuries earlier, St. Romanos the Melodist received the gift of musical and poetic utterance on the feast of the Nativity, and before the emperor and court improvised the Kontakion of that feast: “Today the Virgin.” Both these commemorations enrich the icon of the day.

Also today, St. John Kukuzelis is commemorated. He was a renowned Slavic Byzantine musician, remembered for his devotion as well as his gifts. Because of him and St. Romanos, this is also a day of celebration for Orthodox musicians.

Please, as you are able, join with us for the feast. There will be a festival meal following the Liturgy. Please respond to Olga’s message and contribute to this feast.

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.

The Parish Council meets this Tuesday evening at 7 PM.

Chapel News Yesterday, John Hume got to supervise and applaud a large deputation of the College Park Orthodox Christian Fellowship for our workday. Rain it did, but nothing daunted, the crew ripped out the old, ugly and disintegrating paneling to reveal the innermost course of lovely red brick, just like the outside. They also did another periodic cleaning, as much as is possible. God be praised for their youthful energy and devotion. They themselves were impressed enough to want to come again for another workday.

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. We were able to arrange transportation for her, and she is with us today. God bless those who donated to defray the cost. She will need continuous help. 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, meet 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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