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The Messenger   ~   May 2017
Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!
“Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, 'Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.' Now this He said about the Spirit, whom those who believe in Him were to receive.”
John 7:38-39

Essentials of the Spiritual Life

Elder Hilarion of Sarov and Valaam +1841

    “The chief and beginning of all virtues is prayer, of which the Apostle has said: 'Pray without ceasing.' That is, always call upon the name of god, whether when conversing, when sitting down, when walking, when working, when eating, or whenever doing anything else. At all times and in every place it is fitting to call on the name of god; for thus the temptation of the enemy is destroyed, writes Chrysostom. 'Beat the enemies,' says St. John of the Ladder, 'with the name of Jesus,' and a stronger weapon you will not find wither in heaven or on earth.
    Prayer is the banishing of sorrow and depression, the blossoming of meekness and angerlessness, the manifestation of joy and thanksgiving, and the obtaining and multiplying of countless good things. 
    I hope that you will prosper in virtues, and this will be the case above all if you live in heedfulness and not neglect the prayer of Jesus. For it is the chief and beginning of all virtues. There is nothing that so much guards against the entry of the evil demon than praer (mental prayer of Jesus) and fervent entreaty.
    Light in a house if from a burning candle, but the light in the mind is prayer. Every temptation and disturbance of the enemy are consumed by prayer. From prayer is born the fear of God, and it, according to Scripture, is the beginning of wisdom (Prov. 9:10). having this fear, the prophet cried out: I beheld the Lord ever before me (with the eyes of my ind), for He is at my right hand, that I might not be shaken (Ps. 15:8). Then declaring the benefit from it, he says in praise: blessed is the man that feareth the Lord; in His commandments shall he greatly delight (Ps. 111:1); surely nigh unto them that fear Him is His salvation (Ps. 84:9). The fear of the Lord is the father of heedfulness (to the mental prayer of the heart), and heedfulness is the mother of inward response. Those who pay heed to their salvation (doers of mental prayer) do not pay heed to the shortcomings of their neighbors. It is such a one who prospers.
    Concerning silence it is said: 'O silence, chariot that leads to heaven!' The beginning of the cleansing of the soul is silence in the Lord (exercise in the mental prayer of Jesus) … The ears of one who is silent (who prays with the mind) hears wondrous things.

    When you, being human, sin in any way, repent of it before God and if you be reproached by anyone, then without excuse, quickly, with a prostration, ask for forgiveness, saying: I ask for forgiveness, I sinned, I am at fault.
    It is good, teaches Abba Dorotheus, to reply to any accusation: Forgive me.
    If anyone reproaches, grieves of offends you in any way, do not become angry against that brother; but going away, pray to God for him in this way: 'O Lord, forgive him': and ascribe this insult to the demon, for it is the demon who teaches us to offend one another.
    Never lie to anyone in any way, and do not hold any kind of evil in your heart; for he who hates those who grieve him hates meekness, and he who flees from those who grieve him fless from repose which is in Christ. He who rejects chastisement hates himself; while he who accepts accusation loves his own – the words of Sirach. 

    Meekness of soul according to the inward man is: the restraint of anger, the taming of wrath, and when one is grieved by another, he does not take revenge even when he could, and accepts offenses without offending in return.
    An upright soul, says St. John of the Ladder, is a co-dweller with humility, while an evil soul is a slave to malice. The souls of the meek are full of knowledge, but the understanding of an angry soul is covered by the darkness of ignorance.

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 the 27th (at Gypsy Java)
Bible Study: on a break
Upcoming Major & Great Feasts: Holy Ascension, Thursday the 25th; Pentecost, Sunday June 4th. See calendar for service times.
Women's groups: Saturday May 13th at 9:30 am. 

“Faith is not an idea about God, as is too often believed in the West. Rather, faith is a spiritual state that engages all of our being in a concrete and living way.” Elder Sergei of Vanves

Parish notes

Church Grounds clean up: Saturday, May 6th starting at 9:30 am. Lunch provided. Please come and help tend the Church grounds that the Lord has entrusted to you.

Picnic and Great Vespers in the Mountains! Saturday May 20th. Where: San Isabel State Park (there is a small entrance fee of around $6 per a vehicle). Time: 1 pm (Father will arrive and secure a spot shortly before 1, drive until you see him and his family). Bring a main dish for your family and a side dish to share with others (we will check on fire bans when the day draws closer, this will decide if BBQ is possible).

Kid's Day Camp, Saturday June 3rd from 10 am – 1 pm, lunch provided. Theme: Go Into All the World and Preach the Gospel! Bounce house, crafts, talks, and more! Sign up forthcoming.

Father will be gone on a mandatory Diocesan retreat during the first week of May. 

We will be updating the Parish Directory, please look for the “draft” copy in the fellowship hall and make any relevant updates. 

Please sign up to help clean our church temple for one month in 2017-18, sign up sheet is in the narthex.

If you hear of local events or activities in which our Church could be involved for evangelistic purposes, please let Father or a Council member know.

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!