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Sunday, June 9, 2024

Sunday of the Blind Man

Today’s Readings:

Epistle: Acts 16:16-34

Gospel: John 9:1-38

 

Schedule of Services: 

Thursday, June 13th, Divine Liturgy for the Ascension of our Lord at 10am.

Saturday, June 15th, Great Vespers at 4pm.

Sunday, June 16th, Divine Liturgy at 10am.  Hours begin at 9:40am.

 

Announcements:

-On our website we will be adding a link for Frequently Asked Questions.  It would be helpful for parishioners to submit questions to Fr. Tristan in regards to what you may think the general public may inquire regarding Orthodoxy these days.  Please either submit a question on paper to Fr. Tristan or send an email to him. 

-It would be appreciated if you can loan large coolers to keep the pierogi chilled as they will be sold by the sisterhood at a town-wide garage sale. Please let Nellie know if you can provide a large cooler.

-The Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord is on Thursday this week.  Divine Liturgy will be at 10am.

-Again, Fr. George Hasenecz is receiving therapy at Merry Heart Senior Care Services.  If you would like to visit him, he is in Room 213.  The address is 200 State Route 10 West, Succasunns, New Jersey 07876.

-And again, the Sisterhood of St. Sophia will be holding a pierogi sale in June.  They will be selling handmade, frozen pierogi during the Glen Gardner Town-wide Garage sale on June 22nd. They will be offering potato and cheddar cheese or sauerkraut pierogi. The pierogi are sold in a frozen package of twelve. Either variety costs $8.50 a dozen. Please see Nellie’s email to pre-order.  Pick-up will be between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 22. or after Liturgy of June 23rd.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.  Thank you, Nellie, for your commitment!

 

Prayers for: 

Living: Alexei, Archpriest George, Forrest, Robert, Marie, Fernando, Michael, Bernard, Mark, Gerald, David, Robert, Steven, Stephen, Michele; Metropolitan Onuphry and the faithful of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church; the suffering people and innocent victims of the Ukrainian/Russian war and those being persecuted; and the suffering victims of the war in Israel and Palestine.

 

Words for the Day:

If you are remembering evil against someone, then pray for him; and as you remove through prayer the pain of the remembrance of the evil he has done, you will stop the advance of the passion. And when you have attained brotherly love and love for mankind, you will completely cast this passion out of your soul. Then when someone else does evil to you, be affectionate and humble toward him, and treat him kindly, and you will deliver him from this passion.
(St. Maximus the Confessor, Chapters on Love, 3.90)

 

A soul that is nurtured by hatred toward man can not be at peace with God, Who has said: If you forgive not men their sins, neither shall your Father forgive your sins (Matt. 6:15). If a man does not want to be reconciled, you must at least guard yourself from hating, praying with a pure heart for him, and speaking no evil of him.
(St. Maximus the Confessor, Chapters on Love, 4.35)

 

Next Week’s Readings:

Epistle: Acts 20:16-18, 28-36. Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus, so that he might not have to spend time in Asia, for he was hastening to be at Jerusalem, if possible, on the day of Pentecost.17 Now from Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called the elders of the church to come to him. 18 And when they came to him, he said to them: “You yourselves know how I lived among you the whole time from the first day that I set foot in Asia, 28 Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God,[a] which he obtained with his own blood. 29 I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; 30 and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them. 31 Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years. I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears. 32 And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. 33 I coveted no one's silver or gold or apparel. 34 You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities and to those who were with me. 35 In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” 36 And when he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all.

 

Gospel: John 17:1-13.  When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, 2 since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. 4 I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. 5 And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed. 6 “I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7 Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you. 8 For I have given them the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. 9 I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them. 11 And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. 13 But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves.

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