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The Faith of the Centurion

The Faith of the Centurion

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On this Sunday we read the Gospel from St. Matthew 8:5-13 concerning Jesus’s encounter with the centurion as he entered Capernaum.  Jesus Christ, was not only the bearer and messenger of God’s mighty Word, but the very Word of God incarnate, having the power to command the waves, cast out demons, raise the dead and heal the sick.

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Synaxis of the Saints of Pennsylvania

The Sunday of All Saints of Pennsylvania

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When Our Lord began His ministry He proclaimed, “The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand, repent and believe in the Gospel” (Mark 1:15). In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said to all, “Seek first God’s Kingdom and His righteousness” (Matt. 6:33)   God’s Kingdom, my dear brothers and sisters, is an eternal fact, there is no doubt about that, for He is the creator and sustainer of all things, the King of Creation, ruling over all things.

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Icon of the Synaxis of the Saints of North America

The Sunday of All Saints of North America

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We have already celebrated the Descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles and are now in the Afterglow of this great Feast of Pentecost. In today’s Gospel we hear the call of Jesus to those who would follow Him, fisherman, at first instructing them to take up their nets and follow Him, becoming fishers of men. You see Jesus needed helpers and went out to find them. He chose ordinary people like us to respond with their whole hearts, making them extraordinary by His grace, in order to accomplish His purposes.

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All Saints

The Sunday of All Saints

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The Sunday following the Great Feast of Pentecost is dedicated to All Saints. This Sunday usually coincides with the beginning of the summer when people are beginning to allow for some relaxation and personal time whether with family on vacations or just enjoying a slower pace in their lives. This season with its regular responsibilities affords the faithful to enhance their spiritual lives with increased reading, prayer and contemplation.

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Holy Pentecost

The Feast of Holy Pentecost

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Greetings on the glorious Feast of Pentecost, one of the major Feast days of our Holy Orthodox Church. On this day we celebrate the day when the Glorified Christ poured out the Holy Spirit upon His followers. We remember when John the Baptist prophesied, “I baptize you with water, but someone is coming who is so much greater than I am… He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire” (Luke 3:16).

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Sunday Of The Fathers Of The First Ecumenical Council

Sunday of the Fathers of The First Ecumenical Council

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Greetings in the afterglow of the Glorious Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord. In the ecclesiastical cycle of the Church, this Sunday, the 7th Sunday after Pascha, we celebrate the Feast of the Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council in Nicea (325 AD). It is through the Fathers of this Council, that God has given us the Creed of our Faith, the Nicene Creed which we proclaim at each and every liturgy.

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Jesus Heals Bartimaeus

Sunday of the Blind Man

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Christ is Risen! Today is the last Sunday before the Feast of the Ascension, ten days before the Feast of Pentecost. Throughout the Paschal season the Priest holds the lighted three Branch Candlestick symbolic of the light of the Resurrection. We know from attending services during this period that the liturgical texts and hymns resound with the words of light, glory, brightness, radiance, and splendor. The paschal theme of light is the focal point for this Sunday of the Blind Man.

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Sunday of the Samaritan Women

Sunday of the Samaritan Women

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This year May 30, 2021 is the Sunday of the Samaritan Women which is taken from the Gospel of St. John chapter 4 verses 5-42 where Jesus tired from his journey from Judea to Galilee sat down by a well in the district of Samaria.

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Sunday of the Paralytic

Sunday of the Paralytic

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The Sunday following the Sunday of the Myrrhbearing Women is called the Sunday of the Paralytic.  The reading for this Sunday is from the Gospel of John 5:1-15 concerning the paralyzed man who was unable to reach the pool near the Sheep Gate when the waters were stirred.

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Sunday Of The Myrrhbearers

Sunday Of The Myrrhbearers

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On this the third Sunday after Pascha, we celebrate several people who were connected to the final events in Jesus’ life and were important witnesses to His death and glorious Resurrection from the dead.

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