The Entrance of the Theotokos + November 21

On November 21st in the Holy Orthodox Church celebrates the feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple. Leading the procession into the Temple were virgins with lighted tapers in their hands, then the three-year-old Most-holy Virgin, led by her father and mother. The virgin was clad in vesture of royal magnificence and adornments as was befitting the “King’s daughter, the Bride of God” (Psalm 44:13-15).

Come and Celebrate with us!

    • Great Feast for the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple
    • Vesperal (Evening) Divine Liturgy
    • Tuesday, November 20th
    • 6:00 – 7:30pm
    • Event details here…

Entrance of the Theotokos Into the TempleFollowing them were many kinsmen and friends, all with lighted tapers. Fifteen steps led up to the Temple. Joachim and Anna lifted the Virgin onto the first step, then she ran quickly to the top herself, where she was met by the High Priest Zachariah, who was to be the father of St. John the Forerunner. Taking her by the hand, he led her not only into the Temple, but into the “Holy of Holies,” the holiest of holy places, into which no one but the high priest ever entered, and only once each year, at that. Zachariah “was outside himself and possessed by God” when he led the Virgin into the holiest place in the Temple, beyond the second curtain—otherwise, his action could not be explained.

The Most-holy Virgin remained in the Temple and dwelt there for nine full years. While her parents were alive, they visited her often. When God called her parents from this world, the Most-holy Virgin was left an orphan and did not wish to leave the Temple until death or to enter into marriage. The Most-holy Virgin Mary was the first of such life-vowed virgins, of the thousands and thousands of virgin men and women who would follow her in the Church of Christ.

Through her intercessions, O Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy upon us, and save us. Amen.

+Synaxarion of the Feast

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Troparion, Tone 4

Today is the prelude of the good will of God, of the preaching of the salvation of mankind. The Virgin appears in the temple of God, in anticipation proclaiming Christ to all. Let us rejoice and sing to her: Rejoice, O Divine Fulfillment of the Creator’s dispensation!

Kontakion, Tone 4

The most pure Temple of the Savior, the precious Chamber and Virgin, the sacred Treasure of the glory of God, is presented today to the House of the Lord. She brings with her the grace of the Spirit, which the angels of God do praise. Truly this woman is the abode of Heaven!

Nativity Fast Begins on November 15

The Nativity SeasonNovember 15 is the beginning of the Nativity Fast, one of the four Canonical Fasting Seasons in the Church year. Many Orthodox Christian families will begin this journey to the Feast of the Nativity which is celebrated as ‘Christmas’ in the US and Canada, on December 25. This is a joyous Fast in anticipation of the Nativity of Christ. While not as strict as Lent, it is observed as a kind of winter lenten season in preparation for the coming of Christ at His birth.

In the weeks between now and December 25, Orthodox Christians prepare themselves to celebrate the birth in the flesh of our Lord Jesus Christ. As we begin the fast, we encourage both believing Orthodox and inquirers to review the reflections and resources in this special Nativity section.

Nativity Resources for Orthodox Christian Families
These resources are intended to help families enter into the Orthodox spirit of fasting and preparation for the joyful Feast of the Nativity on December 25. Christ is born!

Nativity Icon

Make a 40-Day Orthodox Advent Calendar

Christians who grew up celebrating Nativity (Christmas) in a western Christian tradition observed four Sundays of Advent, a period of preparation for the celebration on December 25, but Orthodox Christians commemorate the six Sundays of the Nativity Fast (Advent) which fall in the forty days of preparation.

The Orthodox Nativity calendar is a helpful teaching tool; homemade calendars or ones ordered online can aid parents as they assist their children in preparing for the Feast of the Nativity. Doors opening each day highlight art, saints or scriptures that tell the story of the season, and kids often look forward to seeing what is behind the next door as the countdown to Christmas continues.

Creative parents can make their own calendars by following these instructions: Making a Family Orthodox Advent Calendar or for younger children, The Orthodox Advent Calendar.

For additional general resources on the Orthodox Christian tradition of feasting and fasting, visit the Feasts and Fasts section of Discover Orthodox Christianity.

23rd Sunday after Pentecost & 5th Sunday of Luke

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Tone 6 / Eothinon 1;

Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost & Fifth Sunday of Luke

Venerable Ioanikios the Great of Mount Olympus

Today we Commemorate: Hieromartyrs Nicander the bishop of Myra and Hermias the priest; Sylvia, mother of Gregory the Dialogist; Mercurius the Faster of the Kiev Caves; Nicander of Novgorod; Paul, Met. of Tobolsk; Martyr Porphyrios the Mime of Ephesus; Simon of Yurievets; Emperor John III Doukas Vataxis the Merciful; George Karslides of Drama; Ioane, Stephen, and Isaiah the Georgians; Clether of Cornwall, son of St Brychan

Today’s Hymns and Readings:

Ordinary Entrance Hymn
Come, let us worship, and fall down before Christ. Save us, O Son of God, Who art risen from the dead; who sing to Thee. Alleluia.

Resurrectional Apolytikion, Tone 6
When Mary stood at Thy grave, looking for Thy sacred body, angelic powers shone above Thy revered tomb; and the soldiers who were to keep guard became as dead men. Thou led Hades captive and wast not tempted thereby. Thou didst meet the Virgin and didst give life to the world, O Thou, Who art risen from the dead, O Lord, glory to Thee.

Apolytikion of St. Ioanikios the Great, Tone 8
The barren wilderness thou didst make fertile with the streams of thy tears; and by thy deep sighing thou hast given fruit through thy struggles a hundred-fold. Accordingly, thou hast become a star for the universe, sparkling with miracles. Therefore, O righteous Father Ioanikios, intercede with Christ God to save our souls.

Apolytikion of our Patron St Nicholas, Tone 3
In truth you were revealed to your flock as a rule of faith, a model of meekness, and a teacher of self-control. Therefore you have won the heights by humility, riches by poverty, Holy Father, Bishop Nicholas, intercede with Christ our God that our souls may be saved.

Ordinary Kontakion, Tone 2
O protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, mediation unto the Creator most constant, O despise not the suppliant voices of those who have sinned; but be thou quick, O good one, to come unto our aid, who in faith cry unto thee: Hasten to intercession, and speed thou to make supplication, thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, them that honor thee.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us. (3x)
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
both now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.
Holy Immortal, have mercy on us
Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, Have mercy on us.

The Epistle

(For the Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost)

O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance.
To Thee, O Lord, have I cried, O my God.

The Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Ephesians. (2:4-10)

Brethren, God, Who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and made us sit with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the coming ages He might show the immeasurable riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God—not because of works, lest any man should boast. For, we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

The Gospel

(For the Fifth Sunday of Luke)

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (16:19-31)

The Lord said, “There was a rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, full of sores, who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table; moreover, the dogs came and licked his sores. The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried; and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes, and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus in his bosom. And he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy upon me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in anguish in this flame.’ But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.’ And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers, so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’ But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.’”


St John (Kochurov) of Chicago October 31

A flame with love for God, you gave your life as a martyr for Christ and neighbor, for this you received a crown of righteousness from Him. Hieromartyr John, entreat the most Merciful God to preserve the Holy Holy Church in peace and to save our souls.

Troparion — Tone 1

You were revealed to all as a true shepherd O Hieromartyr John of Chicago, for you nurtured your people in the Orthodox Faith, guiding them by word and deed on the path of salvation, and defended the Faith even unto the shedding of your blood. Therefore, we, your spiritual children, cry out in thanksgiving: Glory to Him who gave you strength! Glory to Him who granted you the Martyr’s crown! Glory to Him who through you grants mercy to all! Troparion — Tone 1

As you zealously fulfilled your pastoral service, you brought your soul to God as a well-pleasing sacrifice, O Father John. Entreat Christ God to grant peace to the world and great mercy to our souls. Kontakion — Tone 8

Now the holy Hieromartyr is glorified, for he took up his cross and followed Christ. In so doing, he gave us a model of true discipleship. Therefore, let us cry aloud to him: Rejoice, O Father John, the glory of priests! Kontakion — Tone 3

Thoughts for the Day

Rain cannot fall without a cloud, and we cannot please God without a good conscience. — St Mark The Ascetic

Let the fire of your prayer, ascending upwards as you meditate on the oracles of the Spirit, burn always on the altar of your soul. — St John of Karpathos

Gold-plated 7-Branched Candelabrum

St Nicholas parish has received a new 7-branched candelabrum as a donation from a parishioner. Father John lead the blessing prayers on Sunday, October 28. This candle stand replaces an old brass stand that was a hand-me-down from another church and in poor repair. We were thankful for the old candelabrum and are similarly thankful for the shiny new one. Many thanks to the patron for their generosity to the parish.

We currently have glass votive lamps in blue, green, and the red pictured. We are working to locate suitable lamps in each of the Seasonal Liturgical Colours used for vestments, furniture coverings, and lamps. These include Gold, Blue, Purple, Red, Green, and White. Our Antiochian Archdiocese provides a color guide for clergy for the entire Liturgical Year.

If you are interested in learning more about the this and other liturgical items or their history please contact Father John.

Beauty will save the world.

We need Beauty because it leads us to wonder. We need wonder because it leads to praise. Praise leads to gratitude. Gratitude leads to joy. And joy is a characteristic of a childlike soul, which is the key to getting to heaven (Matt 18:3).

Beauty, then, is the doorway to the gospel. And if the gospel is what saves us, then Dostoyevsky was 100% right when he said, “Beauty will save the world.”

From by Therese Aaker posted March 9, 2016

Ordered from Eastern Orthodox Supply Company

Gold-plated seven-branched candelabrum

Height: 26½” (67.3 cm)
Width: 24″ (61 cm)
This gold-plated brass candelabrum has a tetrapod base, seven cups, and comes with seven red votive glasses, which hold candles or oil.

Emergency Appeal

†St Nicholas Church, 🏡⚡ Emergency Appeal 🏡⚡

Lightning Strike Kills Blue-House
Dead Kitchen Appliances Appeal: Blue-House Lightning Strike Repairs

Dear to Christ,

As you may be aware, St Nicholas Church owns the blue house adjacent to the church building. We have been renting it out as an income source to help offset expenses.

It appears that on or about October 1st the buried electric service line to the house was overloaded by a lightning event. The strike and subsequent damage to the electrical system of the house caused voltage spikes and fluctuations that seriously damaged most of the major and minor appliances in the house as well as many of the tenant’s personal electronics.

In our role as landlord, we have a responsibility to make appropriate repairs in a timely manner. To that end, we have already begun repairing and replacing damaged and condemned appliances. This is a large and unexpected expense that is well outside of the ability of our usual monthly giving or savings to cover. Our insurance policy is expected to cover most costs after our $4,000 deductible. Over the next few weeks we need to collect this in addition to our usual monthly stewardship offerings.

Already done are the yard electrical line, upstairs and downstairs air conditioner / furnace, electrical outlets, several lighting fixtures, and microwave. The refrigerator will be replaced this week. At this time, we believe that we are not responsible for the personal electronics of the tenant.

Most of the trades professionals who have invoiced the repairs will be expecting payment by the end of the month. Kinty Jones Heating Cooling is willing to work out a payment arrangement. The total is looking to be around $18,000. We are hopeful that the insurance will send a check to us for most of this before the invoices come due.

We are asking for your help to raise the funds necessary to pay the deductible and any repairs that the insurance does not cover. Thank you for your monthly stewardship and your consideration of this emergency appeal.

†St Nicholas Parish Council

How to Give

Fried Air Conditioners
AC Compressor Pad New Electric Yard Line
New AC Upstairs New AC Downstairs

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