“Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is their destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven ... "
Times of Persecution
Met. Onuphry of All Ukraine
“A time of calm in the Church is, if you will, the worst possible time for it … In times of persecution the Church is cleansed of everything fake. And that is very good.
Christ clearly outlined the paradigm of the relationship between the world and the Church: If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you (Jn. 15:20); Whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service (Jn. 16:2). As soon as the world begins to love us, we cease to be servants of Christ and become slaves of the world; and this is the most terrible falsification there can be in life.
Looking at my home iconostasis (icon corner), I don't see a single person who lived a stagnate pious life and yet entered the world of Light. Looking at me from every icon is either martyr's blood, or bloodless martyrdom. The algorithm of the devil's 'work' with the Church is something we well know …
True Christians have lived, live and will live only by Christ and the Gospels. Of course, you can slander them, kill them, and put them in prision, as has happened many times in history, but they will continue to love God, the Church, and their Motherland. This is because we have only one God. The time of persecution is the best time for the Church. In such times we only have to do one thing to be saved – to be faithful to God and our Mother Church …
The Savior gave us the commandment of love. Everything that bears in itself love, light, goodness, mercy, and compassion one way or another has its source in God. This is because He is Good. Everything that bears hatred, destruction, war, calls for murder, and the thirst for murder has its source in hell, regardless of what clothing of motivation or intentions Satan dresses his evils in.
Out true citizenship is in the Kingdom of God, and we have to exert much effort in order to receive our eternal registration there. What we are living through now is, in fact, a process of growth and maturity. A comfort zone never gives dynamic growth. This applies to any system, no matter what kind. Growth is only possible in labor and difficult circumstances, in the most adverse conditions. Then our inner reserves come to the fore, and we gain experience: 'Add to your … patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity … but he that lacks these things is blind, and cannot see afar off … Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall (2 Peter 1:5-10).
Set Service Schedule:
- Every Saturday, Great Vespers 5:30 pm.
- Every Sunday, Hours at 9:10 am & Divine Liturgy at 9:30 am.
Weekday schedule during Great Lent (excluding First and Holy Week)
+ A Moleben to the Theotokos is served at 6:30 am every Tuesday.
+ Wednesday: Matins is served at 6 am; Presanctified at 5:30 pm
+ Friday: The Akathist Hymn, 6 pm
Bible Study / Orthodox Education: Not meeting in Great Lent, come to services!
Upcoming Major & Great Feasts: Great Lent Begins the first week of March. Holy Annunciation, Wed. the 25th.
Women's group: Saturday the 28th, 10 am.
“Our chief task in this evil time of lying shamelessness is to remain totally faithful and devoted to the genuine truth of the Gospel and to the author of our salvation, Christ, the Giver of life.”
Archbp. Averky of blessed memory
Mission Vespers will be served ever Sunday evening throughout Great Lent at 6 pm. As is the custom, we travel to various parishes in S. Colorado. Please see the calendar for details. We will host Mission Vespers on the 15th. The hosting parish provides a lenten meal afterwards, please look for a sign-up sheet in the fellowship hall and bring a dish to share!
We will have a lenten potluck following the Presanctifieds on Wednesday evenings starting on the 11th. Bring a lenten dish to share!
To provide our community with an opportunity to join alms-giving to fasting, we will be collecting a special offering during the Sundays of Great Lent. The diocese usually asks the parishes to help support a certain charity (yet to be named) which we will do, the other part of the collection will go to our persecuted brothers and sisters in Syria.
Holy Week is April the 12th – 18th. Make plans now to attend these most spiritually rich services. Holy Pascha is Sunday April the 19th.
A church cleaning list is now in the Narthex, please consider signing up to clean the Church nave for a month.
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!