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The Messenger   ~  November 2017
“Do not fear the words of a sinner, for his splendor will turn to dung and worms. Today he will be exalted, but tomorrow he will not be found, because he has returned to dust, and his plans will perish. My children, be courageous and grow strong in the law, for by it you will gain honor.”
1 Maccabees 2:62-64

New Humanity

by Hieromartyr Hilarion (Troitsky)

“By taking flesh and becoming man, the Son of God, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, made men partakers of the Divine nature. Assuming human nature in the unity of His Hypostasis, the Son of God by taking flesh became the New Adam, the Progenitor of the new humanity. “Beholding him that was in God’s image and likeness fallen through the transgression, Jesus bowed the heavens and came down, and without changing He took up His dwelling in a Virgin womb: that thereby He might fashion corrupt Adam anew.” St. Irenaeus says that the Son of the Most High became the Son of man in order to make man a son of God. 

In the new humanity, built upon the foundation of the Incarnation of the Son of God, the unity of our human nature, broken by sin, is restored. Christ Himself named this new humanity the Church. In Chapter 16 of the Gospel of St. Matthew, we read how the Apostle Peter on behalf of all the Apostles confessed the truth of the Incarnation of the Only-begotten Son of God. And Christ responded to him: Upon this rock (obviously meaning, upon the Incarnation, upon the fact that He is the Son of the Living God) I will build My Church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it (Matt. 16:16–18). 

When Christ parted with and said farewell to His disciples, He promised to send them another Comforter, the Holy Spirit, Who would instruct them, would guide (ὁδηγήσει) them into all truth, and Who would abide with them forever (cf. John 14:16–17; 15:26; 16:13). This Holy Spirit is continually spoken about in Holy Scripture: that He gives life to the Church, which is the Body of Christ. The Spirit of God lives in the members of the Church (cf. Rom. 8:9, 11, 23, 26; II Tim. 1:14; I Pet. 4:14) and guides them (cf. Rom. 8:14). The Holy Spirit is the single source of all the spiritual gifts which are bestowed upon the members of the Church (cf. I Cor. 12:4–11). The Church as a whole, as well as in her individual members, lives, thinks and progresses unto perfection through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is solely through each man’s bond with the Church that he receives all the means necessary for his moral regeneration.

Both Holy Scripture and the mind of the Church compel us to conceive of the meaning and essence of the work of Christ in this way: it is the creating of the Church, the new humanity. Understood in this way, the work of Christ is truly unique; it towers infinitely above every human achievement. Often today parallels to the teaching of Christ are found in pagan literature, in Buddhism, in the Talmud, in Babylon, and in Egypt. However, for those who see Christ as the incarnate Son of God, any kind of talk about historical “influences” on Christianity is devoid of any meaning. 

The essence of the work of Christ is not in His teaching; thus it is obvious nonsense and even blasphemy to place Christ in the category of teachers and wise men along with the Buddha, Confucius, Socrates, and others. Christ brought about man’s participation in the Divine nature; He infused into human nature new powers of grace; He established the Church; He sent down the Holy Spirit. None of this could have been done by any wise man, no matter how lofty the truths he preached, no matter how intelligent and great the books he wrote ... It is not enough to show man the meaning of life. He must be given strength for life. Man himself must be re-created. Mankind is saved only through the Incarnation of the Son of God and through His creation—the Church.”

Set Service Schedule: 
- Every Saturday, Great Vespers 5:30 pm.
- Every Sunday, Hours at 9:10 am & Divine Liturgy at 9:30 am.
+ An Akathist is served every Tuesday at 6:30 am.
+ Matins is served at 6 am, every Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday.
+ Vespers is served at 5:30 pm every Wednesday.

Coffee fellowship: Thursday, November the 2nd at 8 am. 
Bible Study / Orthodox Education: Wednesdays at 6:30 pm. No study on the 8th; 22nd; possibly the 29th (TBA)
Upcoming Major & Great Feasts114th Parish Feast-Day, Synaxis of the Archangel Michael and all the Heavenly Hosts: Wednesday the 8th. Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple: Tuesday the 21st. 
Women's group: Saturday the 16th at 9:30 am.

“He who abandons himself into the hands of God, without any plan of his own, will pass into God's plan”  

St. Paisios the New of Mt. Athos

Parish notes

Fr. Zechariah has a new blog: inklesspen.blog

Keep in mind: if you consider St. Michael's your church family; if you value deeply the testimony of ancient Christianity, Orthodoxy, to the greater Pueblo community; if you are committed to the continued well-being of Christ's holy Church in our community, then please remember to make a tithe/pledge commitment for the upcoming year of 2018. This will help us as we begin to formulate our 2018 budget.

We are drawing closer to our 114th Parish Feast Day! Wednesday, November 8th. Archbishop Benjamin will be with us. Make plans now to be there! There will be a festive potluck following the Div. Liturgy, please look for a sign up sheet soon in the fellowship hall. Our Feast Day falls on a Wednesday, thus fasting rules apply, but it is a “fish, wine, & oil” day. 

Bible Study: every Wednesday at 6:30 pm. Topic – Acquiring the Mind of Christ, Contemporary Issues and Orthodoxy.” Make sure to double check with the calendar, there will be a few Wednesdays when Bible Study is not held.

Sunday November 12th from 5-7(ish) pm: Fall potluck and game night! Bring food and a game to share!

Sunday December 10th, Annual St. Nicholas Party. ​

PARENTS: Please monitor your younger kids as they go through the food line at fellowship hour. Some kids take a lot of food and then throw a bulk of it away, besides being wasteful, it also leaves those at the end of the line, at times, with very little food to choose from. Thank you!

This year we will be participating in a local toy drive for impoverished children at Christmas time. More information forthcoming.

Please note: a close circuit video camera system now monitors the church grounds.  

New Policy for Church Grounds: effective immediately, the Church Calendar regulations regarding work on Holy Days will be observed on the Church grounds. No work, other than what is clearly necessary for Feast Day preparations, will or should be done on the Church grounds. This includes all 12 Great Feasts and Holy Week together with Pascha. Thank you!

Confession is an integral part of true Christian living. An Orthodox Christian who is regularly partaking of Holy Communion needs, for the health of their soul, to be partaking of Holy Confession at least on a monthly basis. This practice of true Christian living should be respected and practiced by all responsible members of the Church who are approaching the Chalice frequently. 

Library note: if you have had a library book for awhile please remember to return it. Remember the library is a honor system.

A note on Prosphora bread: Prosphora is blessed bread partaken of after Holy Communion and at the conclusion of the Div. Liturgy. Please be mindful of crumbs, it is important to instruct children to eat it with reverence. If you share with a member of the congregation who has not partaken of Holy Communion, please only give one or two pieces. If you notice a number of crumbs on the floor please pick them up and deposit them outside. Prosphora should never be thrown in the trash.

Parents: please make sure that your children do not go to the restroom unattended. This is for the greater safety of our community and children.

Another reminder: Generally speaking there should be no unnecessary moving about during the Div. Liturgy; specifically during the reading of the Gospel, the Anaphora, and the Our Father all moving about should cease, unless it is an emergency. Parents are encouraged to help their children focus during these times.

Diapers and wipes: we are partnering with a Caring Pregnancy Center through supplying diapers and wipes. Please bring donations to the church. This is an ongoing ministry. A Caring Pregnancy Center helps woman make an informed choice for life. Protecting life at every stage is the job of every Christian.

Coffee Hour: Please be mindful which group you belong to and please be diligent in bringing food. This is in fact a ministry. It is the listed group's responsibility to make sure the coffee is made, please communicate with your group members as to who will do this. Thank you for all your hard work!


Archangel Michael Orthodox Church Newsletter and Calendar
Set Weekend Service Schedule: 
Every Sat/ Great Vespers 5:30pm 
Sun/ Hours 9:10 & Divine Liturgy 9:30am
For other service times please see the calendar

See the calendar below to view our monthly calendar; it includes weekday services, Bible studies, fellowships and more!