Weekly Update and Bulletin From Fr. Robert Miclean – September 30 2012

“Love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return.”  Thus, Christ teaches us today in the Gospel.  It’s relatively easy for us to love those who do us good, but what about those who cause us harm or who persecute fellow believers?  The world tells us to take revenge on them, to do them harm back, but loving our enemies?  This is what sets us apart as Christians.  Christ’s words on the cross epitomize our Christian response to those who would do us harm, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”  In practice, this can be a great challenge.  The love of the truth that Christ is, loving as He loves, is ultimately the only thing that has the power to change people’s hearts and minds.  Only if we are willing to learn to love people as God loves, leaving vengeance to Him, do we break the cycle of violence in our world and in our relationships.  If we defend the innocents, we do so in love, not in vengeance.  If we speak the truth to those ignorant of the truth, we do so in love, not in hate, self-righteousness, or pride.  On our own, this kind of love is impossible; with God, this kind of agape love is not only possible; it’s the inevitable fruit of our ever-closer relationship and communion with God the Holy Trinity, who is Himself, as the three-in-one, a relationship of love.  We can pray to love like this so that others around us will desire to know its Source.  Christ God promises us that in doing so, “our reward will be great,” and we will be “sons of the Highest.”  Glory to Jesus Christ!

In Christ’s love,            Fr. Robert+

This week at Holy Archangels:

Wednesday, Oct. 3,  6:30 p.m., Daily Vespers, Confession offered; 7:30 p.m., Continuing Bible Study on the Gospel of St. John, Location: St. John’s Boathouse.

Saturday, Oct. 5-6, St. Vladimir’s Ed Day, Fr. Robert will be taking students from the three OCF chapters on a retreat for Ed Day in New York. No vespers.

Special help needed to set-up Saturday evening, Oct. 5.  Please contact Fr. Robert if you can help.

Sunday, Oct. 7,  9:30 Hours and Divine Liturgy followed by Trapeza.

Looking Ahead: Save the Dates!

Oct. 17-20, Fr. Robert and family are moving to Annapolis. Help is needed!  Please contact Fr. Robert by phone or email if you can volunteer one or more of these dates.

Nov. 7-8, Holy Archangels Patronal Feast celebrations. Wed., Nov. 7, 6:30 p.m., Great Vespers with Litya followed by dinner ($25 donation requested per person, children under 12 free).  Fr. John Parker speaks during dinner.  Thurs., Nov. 8, Divine Liturgy  of the Feast with baptism of James (Iacob) Robert Miclean; festive trapeza follows.

 

Prayer Requests:

  • Please pray for Azariah (Brian) as he looks for a teaching position.
  • Please pray for our Mission that we may find a full-time Choir Director.
  • Please pray for Psa. Krissy during her 40 days of healing.
  • Please pray for healing for Fr. George Johnson
  • Please pray for Fr. Robert and family during their move

Troparion              (Resurrection) Tone 8           
You descended from on high, O Merciful One!
You accepted the three day burial to free us from our sufferings!//
O Lord, our Life and Resurrection, glory to You!
Troparion              (Hieromartyr Gregory) Tone 4           
By sharing in the ways of the Apostles,
you became a successor to their throne.
Through the practice of virtue, you found the way to divine
contemplation, O inspired one of God;
by teaching the word of truth without error, you defended the Faith,
even to the shedding of your blood.//
Hieromartyr Gregory, entreat Christ God to save our souls.
Troparion            (Holy Archangels)  Tone, 4
Commanders of the heavenly hosts
we who are unworthy beseech you,
by your prayers encompass us beneath the wings of your immaterial glory,
and faithfully preserve us who fall down and cry to you:
“Deliver us from all harm, for you are the commanders of the powers on high!”
Kontakion            (Resurrection) Tone 8            
By rising from the tomb, You raised the dead and resurrected Adam.
Eve exults in Your Resurrection,
and the world celebrates Your rising from the dead, O greatly Merciful One!
Kontakion              (Hieromartyr Gregory) Tone 2           
Today, let us, the faithful, praise with songs and hymns
the admirable hierarch Gregory as an initiate in the sacred mysteries.
He was a contender for the truth, a vigilant pastor and teacher,
a light for the whole world,//
interceding with Christ that our souls may be saved.
Kontakion            (Holy Archangels) Tone 2
Commanders of God’s armies and ministers of the divine glory,
princes of the bodiless angels and guides of mankind,
ask for what is good for us, and for great mercy,
supreme commanders of the Bodiless Hosts.