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Parable of the Sower

Parable of the Sower

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This Sunday in the ecclesiastical gospel lectionary of the Church we commemorate the affirmation of icon Veneration at the Seventh Ecumenical Council 787 AD and the Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council. The gospel assigned for this Sunday relates to the Holy Fathers working in the field of the Lord.  This is the Parable of the Sower, Luke 8:4-15, where the Sowers seed fell into four distinct types of ground. The Church Fathers, “by giving their time to doing good deeds” and “providing for real needs”, were not only receptive to God’s Word but were also Sowers of the Word for others.

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Jesus Raises the Widows Son

Jesus Raises the Widow’s Son

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Today we hear the Gospel for the 3rd Sunday of Luke which is entitled, “Jesus Raises the Widow’s Son”. This lesson teaches us that the Resurrection power of Jesus was already at work in His earthly ministry. Actually, this is an account of Jesus’s first resurrection miracle.

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The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

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This Sunday, the first Sunday of September 2021, speaks to us about the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant, which illustrates the importance of forgiving others.  This parable provides an interesting contrast between the teachings of the Old and New Testament concerning forgiveness.

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Orthodox Prayers During Hurricane Season

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Father John has posted these prayers for our faithful who may have been impacted by the remnants of Hurricane Ida which has wrecked havoc within our communities. Please pray for all those who have been affected, praying that Almighty God will watch over each and everyone in their time of need. Holy Father Herman of Alaska Pray Unto God for Us!

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Mary S. Kessler

Mary S. Kessler

By Memory Eternal

Mary (Smaletz) Kessler, 91 a longtime resident of Drexel Hill passed away on August 28, 2021. Mary was born in Mount Carmel, PA. to the late Anastazy and Mary (Betley) Smaletz. She was a longtime member of St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church. Mary worked as a Seamstress until her retirement.

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Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist John

The Feast of the Beheading of St. John the Baptist

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Today we celebrate the last Feastday of the Orthodox Liturgical Year.  The Feast of the Beheading of the Holy Forerunner and Baptist John. This is one of the feasts of the Church which is recorded in the Gospel of the Evangelist Mark chapter 6:14-30, which tells of Herod the King and Herodias, the wife of his brother Phillip and their daughter Salome.

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