Epistle: Acts 2:1-11
Gospel: John 5:37-52, 8:12
Schedule of Services:
-Saturday, June 26th: Great Vespers at 5pm.
-Sunday, June 27th, Pentecost: Divine Liturgy at 10am. The Hours will begin at 9:40am.
-Tuesday, June 29th, the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul: Divine Liturgy at 10am.
-Happy Father’s Day!
-Trisagion prayers for Jim Heitz who reposed 7 years ago on the 21st.
-We will continue collecting food for the Open Cupboard Food pantry.
-Our Liturgy start time will remain at 10am for both Sunday and weekday Divine Liturgies.
-If you are baking for the June 26th pierogi luncheon, please bring baked goods on Sat. at 9 a.m.
-In addition to buying non-perishable food to help those who are in need, gift cards from local supermarkets are also welcome. Place gift cards in container on the horizontal freezer.
-On July 4, we will be resuming coffee hour! We will have a Keurig available to make coffee of your choice. It will be a very basic breaking of the fast, but will enable us to enjoy the fellowship we so sorely have missed. The Council members have volunteered to host the coffee hours during July and August.
-Fr. Tristan will not be available July 12-17, for his Onsite Intensive at St. Vladimir’s Seminary. Great Vespers will still be served on Saturday, July 17th.
Please pray for:
Living: Stella Departed: John, Arthur, Damian, Walter, Joseph
Words for the Day:
If at some time you show mercy to someone, mercy will be shown to you.
If you show compassion to one who is suffering (and of course, this is not a great deed) you will be numbered among the martyrs.
If you forgive one who has insulted you, then not only will all your sins be forgiven, but you will be a child of the Heavenly Father.
If you pray from all your heart for salvation - even a little - you will be saved.
If you rebuke yourself, accuse yourself, and judge yourself before God for your sins, with a sensitive conscience, even for this you will be justified.
If you are sorrowful for your sins, or you weep, or sigh, your sigh will not be hidden from Him and, as St. John Chrysostom says, "If you only lament for your sins, then He will receive this for your salvation."
(St. Moses of Optina)
Many think that the saints are far from us. But they are far from those who distance themselves from them, and very close to those keep the commandments of Christ and have the grace of the Holy Spirit. In the heavens, all things are moved by the Holy Spirit. But the Holy Spirit is on earth too. He lives in our Church. He lives in the Mysteries. He is in the Holy Scriptures. He is in the souls of the faithful. The Holy Spirit unites all things, and therefore the saints are close to us. And when we pray to them, then the Holy Spirit hears our prayers, and our souls feel that they are praying for us.
(St. Silouan the Athonite, Writings, XII.3)
Next Week’s Readings:
Epistle: Hebrews 11:33-12:2: Who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were
stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated—of whom the world was not worthy—wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. And all these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect. Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
Gospel: Matthew 10:32-33, 37-38, 19:27-30: So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven. Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Then Peter said in reply, “See, we have left everything and followed you. What then will we have?” Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, in the new world, when the Son of Man will sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name's sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.