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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 Thirty-Second Sunday after Pentecost

Theophany Eve – Hieromartyr Theopemptus & Martyr Theonas

January 18th, 2015


The Great Feast of the Baptism of our Lord, the Theophany is celebrated tomorrow. We have just celebrated the eve. Tonight we serve the vigil at 6:30 PM, and celebrate the Divine Liturgy of St. Basil and the Great Blessing of the Water. Tomorrow is the national holiday in honor of Martin Luther King, so everyone should be able to come!   The hours start at 8:40 AM.


The reason we bless the water is because in this feast, God sanctified the waters with His own Incarnate Person. The Feast celebrates an appearance of God wherein the Holy Trinity is made manifest, as says the Troparion for the Feast.


There will be a potluck meal after the Liturgy and Blessing. Please contribute (fast free) if you can and bring your dish.


Theophany House Blessings is the customary way in which all of us Orthodox Christians celebrate this feast. For those new to this practice, the priest brings the new-made Holy Water to your home and compasses your dwelling, sprinkling all the surfaces in his path while he and you sing the Troparion for the Feast. Here is the text:


When Thou wast baptized in the Jordan, O Lord, the worship of the Trinity was made manifest. For the voice of the Father bear witness unto Thee, calling Thee His beloved Son. And the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the certainty of the word. O Christ our God who hast appeared and enlightened the world, Glory be to Thee.


The St. Juliana Sisterhood will meet next Sunday, the 25th, after church.


The Annual Meeting of the Parish is scheduled for 1 PM, Sunday, February 1st. That’s two weeks from today. Those who may attend must have been members of the parish for at least 6 months, that is, since August 1st, 2014. A member of the parish, for purposes of the meeting, is an Orthodox Christian at least 21 years old, who has completed a membership form, made a financial pledge and has paid it up, and is a regular participant in the mysteries of Repentance, Confession and Holy Communion. Come to Father George, Father Christopher or other members of the parish council with questions.


Orthodox Christians! – Make a Financial Pledge to Renew your Membership or Become a Member of Holy Apostles Orthodox Church for 2015Please take a membership form from the tract rack in the back and make a pledge of financial support for this year. The tithe, or 10% of income, is the Biblical foundation of giving and is recommended, not only for the benefit of the parish, but also for the spiritual benefit of the giver. Please consult a pamphlet on this subject, also available in the back. It is time now to take care of this task. The parish council has made the prospective budget for the year, and several of us have not renewed, nor have some yet made a pledge. God will bless you for your gift. Experience of regular and generous givers has shown that God does not leave bereft those devoted to Him, not even materially. But we have to make the leap of Faith.


Please help with your parish’s accounting! – When making the budget, we cannot tell what to include for certain items because people do not note them on the information sheet behind the candle stand. PLEASE, when you buy candles or prosphora or anything else, write down what it is, how many you get, and how much you’re paying in the designated columns.


Father Moses Berry – Matushka Magdalena, one of our oldest friends, has informed us that her husband Father Moses is now in line for a kidney transplant. Please speak to Matushka Deborah about this and add Father to your prayer lists.


Chapel News This week, our plumbing contractor and a civil engineer found the current water connection nearest the church. Keep your prayers pointed at the successful completion of the related water utility work in time to allow the 2015 grant to go through. In other words, there is progress, but it’s something of a cliffhanger.


The Orthodox Christian Fellowship, College Park chapter, is on Christmas vacation and will resume later this month. Pray for the students and supporting clergy.


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. While attendance requires planning and may entail inconvenience, it will do you and all of us good.


Our Shut-Ins – In the Arbor Ridge nursing-rehabilitation facility at Riderwood are Don and Betty Chisholm. Arbor Ridge is just inside the Riderwood entrance by Calverton Shopping Center. They appreciate visitors. Remember in prayer also Genevieve Waters who lives in Greenbelt.


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.

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. 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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