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November 21, 10AM: Divine Liturgy of the Entrance of the Theotokos 10AM
Every Sunday the children and their helpers will prepare for a Christmas program to be presented to the parish the week before Christmas (actual date still to be determined). In the course of preparing for the play, the children will learn the story of the birth of Jesus from an Orthodox Christian perspective and what it means for us all. Thy will also learn different parts of the Nativity icon and their meaning. During the Sundays before Christmas they will participate in decorating parts of a large icon that will be assembled as part of the play. Please help us by making sure all children are present for the Sundays leading up to Christmas.
O Holy Apostle PHILIP, intercede with the merciful God that He grant unto our souls forgiveness of offenses.
Apostle Philip was a native of Bethsaida, the same city that Apostles Andrew and Peter came from. Philip was one of the first Apostles chosen by our Lord. On the way from Judea to Galilee, Jesus found Philip and called to him, "Follow Me." He answered at once, and in his love for the Lord sought out Nathaniel, saying to him: "We have found Him of who, Moses and the Prophets did write, Jesus of Nazareth." When Nathaniel expressed surprise, and asked if any good can come from Nazareth, Philip answered: "Come and see."
The Gospel of St. John mentions an incident at the Mystical Supper concerning Philip. Jesus spoke at some length about the Father, and Philip said to Christ: "Lord, show us the Father and we shall be satisfied." It was then that the Lord answered him and gave this revealing truth: "Have I been with you so long, and yet you do not know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father..."
In iconography, Philip is often portrayed as young and beardless. He was one of the married Apostles and his family assisted in many of the missionary activities he conducted in Asia Minor. His zeal for the Gospel took him to Hierapolis, Phrygia, a prosperous city but one infected with idolatry. Of the many false gods treasured by the populace, one was a huge serpent. Through diligent prayer, he is said to have brought death to the serpent, but the city's magistrates put him into prison and subjected him to torture.
Philip was martyred around the year 86 under Emperor Domitian. After he had surrendered his soul into God's hands, Philip's sister, St. Marianne buried his body.
Early Christians, who openly declared their faith, faced a host of hazards. Such heroism helped earn them the title "Saint". They were men and women of every age and culture who, though different in many respects had one thing in common: their faith in Jesus Christ and their dedication to Him.
Our bulletin bears an icon of ST. NEKTARIOS, an ascetic of Aegina, bishop of the Church, who lived in recent times. Born in 1846 in what is now Turkey, he went to Constantinople as a young man and there distinguished himself in theological studies. Then he joined a monastic community on the island of Chios. He also studied in Athens and after a career as a bishop under the Patriarchate of Alexandria, he returned to Greece and headed a theological institution there.
He is noted for establishing a convent for nuns on the island of Aegina. It was there that he retired after a lifetime dedicated service to the Lord. People from near and far sought him out, seeking his spiritual guidance and blessing. When he died in 1920, e was laid to rest in a chapel of the convent. The place has become a center for pilgrimage and prayer, especially since the proclamation of sainthood in 1961. The veneration of St. Nektarios has spread throughout the Christian world, and it is not unusual to find his icon in American churches.
One of the most amazing stories that have come to us from the voluminous accounts of the lives of the Saints is that of "The Seven Sleepers of Ephesus." The ancient city of Ephesus was the capital of the Roman province in Asia Minor, a vital trading link, and the site of a pagan temple to the goddess Diana, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. The old ruins now lie buried, and much archaeological excavating remains to be done in the site in Southern Turkey. St. Paul preached there, and one of his Epistles is addressed to the Ephesians.
The time of our story is in the middle of the third century. Persecution of Christians was still rampant in the empire. The cruel Emperor Decius decreed death to all who would not submit to the worship of the pagan gods. It was then that seven young Christians sought out a cave for safety from the cruel soldiers. But the hiding place was found and the entrance was sealed, thus cutting off any hope for survival.
The seven young men apparently fell asleep in the cave, and some 180 years had passed. Christians found the cave, unearthed the entrance, and the seven sleepers emerged, thinking they had simply slept through one night! The sleepers were amazed to learn what had happened, as, indeed, were the Christians of Ephesus. The fame of the seven spread far and wide, throughout the Christian world. Some saw in the event a confirmation of our Church belief in the bodily resurrection of the faithful following death in Christ the Lord.
The Orthodox Weekly Bulletin - Cliffwood, NJ