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Afterfeast of the Dormition of the Mother of God
Afterfeast of the Dormition of the Mother of God

On the third day of the Afterfeast of the Dormition, the hymns at Vespers call upon us to “sing the praises of the pure and most holy Virgin.” She did not ascend to heaven in a chariot of fire, as did the Prophet Elias, but “He Who is truly the Sun of Righteousness” received…

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Martyrs Florus and Laurus of Illyria
Martyrs Florus and Laurus of Illyria

The Martyrs Florus and Laurus were brothers by birth not only in flesh but in spirit. They lived in the second century at Byzantium, and afterwards they settled in Illyria [now Yugoslavia]. By occupation they were stone-masons (their teachers in this craft were the Christians Proclus and Maximus,…

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Martyrs Hermes, Serapion, and Polyaenus of Rome

The martyrs Hermes, Serapion, and Polyaenus were Romans who suffered for Christ in the second century. They were thrown into prison, and under interrogation they firmly confessed their faith in Christ and refused to offer sacrifice to idols. The martyrs were dragged through crowds and impassable…

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Hieromartyr Emilian and with him Martyrs Hilarion, Dionysius, and Hermippus

Saints Emilian the Bishop, and with him Hilarion, Dionysius, and Hermippus were born and lived in Armenia. After the death of their parents, the hieromartyrs Emilian, Dionysius, and Hermippus (they were brothers), and their teacher Hilarion left their native land and arrived in Italy, in the city…

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Saint John, Patriarch of Constantinople

Saint John V was Patriarch of Constantinople from 669-674. He lived during the reign of the emperor Constantine Pogonatos (668-685).

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Saint George, Patriarch of Constantinople

Saint George I was Patriarch of Constantinople from 678-683. He lived during the reign of the emperor Constantine Pogonatos (668-685).

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Venerable Macarius the Monk of Pelekete

Saint Macarius, Igumen of the Pelekete Monastery, was born at Constantinople in 785. While still a child, he lost his parents. The saint fervently read the Scriptures and came to realize that earthly things are temporary and perishable, and that heavenly things are permanent and imperishable.…

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Repose of Venerable John, Abbot of Rila
Repose of Venerable John, Abbot of Rila

Saint John of Rila, the great spiritual ascetic of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church and Heavenly Protector of the Bulgarian nation, was born in the year 876 in the village of Skrino in the Sredets district [now Sofia]. After he had been orphaned, the boy became a cowherd in order to avoid people.…

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Venerable Sophronius of Saint Anne Skete, Mount Athos

Saint Sophronius lived in the eighteenth century. He left home on his wedding night and became a monk on Mount Athos. After living there for fifty years, he died in peace.

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Venerable Arsenius of Paros

Today the Church commemorates the uncovering of the relics of Saint Arsenius of Paros (1800-1877), who was glorified by the Patriarchate of Constantinople in 1967. The main Feast of Saint Arsenius, “the glory of Epirus and the boast of Paros,” is on January 31. Saint Arsenius and his…

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Saints Barnabas and Sophronius of Asia Minor

Saints Barnabas and his nephew Sophronius were Athenians who lived on Mount Mela near Trebizond in Asia Minor. They died in the year 412.

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Saint Christopher of Gazara

Saint Christopher was born in Gazara, near Trebizond. He was the head of a monastery on Mount Mela in the second half of the seventh century (641-668).

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“Directress” Icon of the Mother of God

The Hodēgḗtria (or “Directress”) Icon of the Mother of God. According to Tradition, this icon in the Mela monastery near Trebizond was painted by the Evangelist Luke.

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4 Ascetics

Today we celebrate the memory of Four Ascetics in the desert whose names are unknown. Also 300 Saints who were burned in a fire for smashing idols.

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Venerable Christodoulos the Philosopher
Venerable Christodoulos the Philosopher

The great Church figure and philosopher Saint Christodoulos was from the village of Sakara in the Imereti region. He possessed an exceptional knowledge of the Holy Scriptures and spoke several languages fluently. To support his prodigious understanding of the Christian Faith, Christodoulos became…

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Confession schedule can be found in the bulletin OR by clicking here: Monthly Calendar For those who are hesitant to worship in person, Fr. David is available to meet with you, either at home or in church, to participate in the Sacraments of Holy Confession and Communion. Please email or call Fr. David to set up an appointment. 
 
Church Family Night that was to be held on Seven Acres on Fri., Aug. 19, from 6 - 10PM has been POSTPONED, and will be rescheduled for the early fall.
 
Church Block Party will take place on the lawn next to the hall (inside the hall if it rains) this Sunday, August 21st, from 6- 8PM.  There will be music, food and games. Admission is FREE. Contact Deb Silowka (609-918-0249) if you'd like to lend a hand. It is our hope that this event will be a truly positive and powerful way to bring the community together, as it breaks down barriers and gives the opportunity of fellowship with our neighbors.
 
Archbishop Michael will be making an Archpastoral Visit on Sun., September 4th. We will be greeting His Emminence at 9 am, with a Heirarchical Divine Liturgy to follow. Afterwards, a luncheon, hosted by the Parish Council, will be held in the hall, during which everyone will have the opportunity to meet and greet Vladika.
 
Parish Picnic, hosted by the Men's Club, is set for Saturday, Sept. 17, on Seven Acres, from noon - 5:00PM. Traditional picnic fare will be served; there will also be lots of fun things to do for both children and adults or you can choose to simply kick back and relax. A wonderful afternoon is planned. 
 
Join the Altar Society on Tues., September 20th  on its Atlantic City Bus Trip to the Resorts Hotel and CasinoDetails to follow
FOOD CARD PROGRAM : Food cards are available for various supermarket chains after Divine Liturgy, and do not cost any more than the face value of the card. The church receives a percentage as a free fundraiser! See Judy Znaiden in church or at jznaiden@optonline.net.
 
MEETING DATES: 

Parish Council: Mon. Aug. 15th @7:30PM (Hall)

Choir Rehearsal: Tues, Aug. 3rd @7:00PM (Church)

Men's Club: Thurs, Aug 18th@7:00PM(Hall)

Altar Society: Mon, TBD @6:30 (Hall)


Saturday, August 20th
6:00 Confessions
7:00 Vespers followed by General Confession
Sunday, August 21st
Afterfeast of the Dormition
9:00 Divine Liturgy
6-8PM - BLOCK PARTY
Saturday, August 27th
6:00 Confessions
7:00 Vespers
Sunday, August 28th
9:00 Divine Liturgy
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