Tuesday, February 21, 2017
We are now at the threshold of the Great and Holy Fast in preparation for the Feast of Feasts, The Resurrection of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ.
During the first week of the Fast, although fasting from food, extraneous conversation, and sinful activity, we feast on the rich spiritual food offered to us in the daily services of the Lenten Hours, Compline and the Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete, the Presanctified Liturgy and the Service of Supplication (Paraklis) to the Most-Holy Mother of God. These services with their penitential and somber character, often served in a candlelit Church, are a source of consolation and assistance to us as we labor to repent – to change our mind and our hearts, so that we can foster a deeper relationship with our Lord.
Wednesday, February 01, 2017
What an incredible few weeks it has been since the Great Feast of Theophany! I have very much enjoyed travelling to nearly every home in the parish. The custom of blessing homes is a very beautiful opportunity for me to extend the blessing of the Jordan River to your home, and spend some quality time in fellowship with you. During our visits we have shared our hopes and dreams for a happy, holy and blessed New Year and have prayed that God grant us many more years together, serving God as he gives us the ability and strength.
Thursday, December 29, 2016
I great you with much joy as we enter into the final days of preparation before the Great Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ.
During the time of Advent we began a beautiful adult education class on a new book on the Orthodox Faith, Welcome To the Orthodox Church – An Introduction to Eastern Orthodoxy. Written by a convert to the faith, it discusses in great detail the Orthodox Christian theological understanding of Salvation, as opposed to that espoused by other Christian Confessions. This book very beautifully describes the coming into the world of our Savior as a rescue operation. He came to redeem, or rather, rescue us from the darkness of sin, which tarnished the image of God within us as a result of the sin of Adam and Eve.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
The month of December is upon us and we are in the beautiful and holy season of the Nativity Fast in preparation for the birth in the flesh of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
It is indeed a busy and hectic time of year, as there is much to do to prepare for our Christmas celebration with our family and friends.
With this in mind, knowing that we need to find a calm in the midst of a storm, Bishop Gregory in his Encyclical for the Nativity Fast has asked us to become more spiritually active, by increasing our efforts in church attendance, in prayer, in fasting, in scriptural reading, in almsgiving, in repentance and confession, and in receiving the Holy Eucharist. In addition, as he did last year, Bishop Gregory is again asking all the faithful of the Diocese and especially our youth to offer a special prayer for peace each night of the forty day fast during evening prayers.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Dear Parishioners & Friends Christ Is In Our Midst! He Is And Ever Shall Be! It is hard to believe that Autumn is here in its full glory and later this month, we will be gathering together with our families to celebrate Thanksgiving Day. In this month's edition of The Prophet I have chosen to highlight the venerable, saintly brothers in the flesh, Saints Cosmas and Damian of Asia Minor
Monday, September 12, 2016
Our dear parishioner and sister in Christ, Marion T. Fallon peacefully fell asleep in the Lord on Saturday September 10, 2016.
She was born on June 13, 1948 to the late Very Reverend Joseph Mihaly and Pani Gizella Mihaly and lived in Trumbull for her entire life. She was a Trumbull High Graduate, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Upsala College and a Master’s Degree from Fairfield University. Throughout her career she taught at; St. Josephs in Brookfield, St Jude’s in Monroe, and was a substitute and summer school teacher for the Trumbull Public School system, and for the last fourteen years she taught at WestHill High School in Stamford.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Dear Parishioners and Friends, Glory To Jesus Christ! Glory Forever! It is hard to believe that the Summer is nearly complete and our youth and young adults have returned to school for another academic year. I am looking forward to a return to a more active parish life as we begin the new Church Year. As we begin the 2016-2017 Church School Program later this month, I ask all parents to do everything in their power to make the religious education of their children a priority. Regular attendance at Church School and Divine Liturgy and frequent participation in the Holy Mysteries of Confession and Communion is essential in the spiritual formation of serious, active Orthodox Christians, who will be equipped to carry their crosses in this spiritually difficult generation.
Thursday, June 30, 2016
It was such a joy to celebrate the Feast of Pentecost with all of you! The services were spiritually uplifting and the Church, thanks to Karen Ivers and her sister Debbie, was beautifully decorated with greenery. It was a particular joy for me, that this year, for the first time ever, to co-celebrate Liturgy with my dear friend and Seminary roommate, Fr. Andrew Anderson of Montreal, Quebec. It was a special treat for me to visit with him and his beautiful family on this Great Feast.
Sunday, April 24, 2016
Brothers and Sisters, Isn’t it interesting that the Church uses the adjective “Great” when it refers to the fasting season in preparation for the Feast of the Resurrection of our Lord? As we know this season is referred to as either Great Lent or the Great Fast. From a human standpoint, we might legitimately ask what is so great about Lent? After all it is a time of deprivation and negative. What is so great about giving up some of the things we love so much: meat, dairy, sweets, and other pleasures and entertainments? What is so great about having to fit our busy weekday schedules attendance at the Wednesday and Friday Presanctified Liturgy and Paraklis Services?
Monday, February 29, 2016
Join us every Wednesday Evening at 6:30 pm beginning March 16 for the Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts followed by a lenten meal and discussion on our parish lenten reading book A Beginners Guide to Prayer By Fr. Michael Keiser. All parishioners are encouraged to read this excellent book during Lent even if they are unable to attend the weekly book study.
Sunday, February 28, 2016
By the Grace of God the beautiful and holy season of Great Lent will soon be upon us! It will give us the opportunity to examine our lives and honestly reflect on where we are in our relationship with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. We will have the opportunity to recalibrate our lives and get back on track spiritually, so that, once again, we are journeying in the direction of the Heavenly Kingdom.
Friday, January 29, 2016
What a great time I had taking once, again, the more than five hundred mile journey around the parish blessing homes! I am so grateful that each year you willingly welcome me to your homes so that I could bestow the blessing of the Church upon your homes with the newly sanctified Jordan (Holy Water). This feast day is high on my list of favorite celebrations. It gives me an opportunity to offer back to you the many blessings that I receive from you throughout the entire year. You are my spiritual family, and like my own family in the flesh, you do so much to support my ministry.
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
I great you with much joy as we begin our celebration of the Great Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ! During the time of the Nativity Fast, we labored to prepare ourselves for this beautiful and holy feast, through increased prayer, fasting and the performance of acts of kindness and generosity. This year, as an additional spiritual discipline, we were encouraged by Bishop Gregory to add a special intention to our prayers – world peace. Through His Grace’s Nativity Fast Prayer Challenge, we were united with our fellow parishioners, the members of our Diocesan Family and hundreds of other Orthodox Christians and friends in praying, each day for peace – for the world, and our own families.
Thursday, November 26, 2015
The month of December is upon us. The Church at this time of year invites us to take a spiritual journey with the Most-Holy Mother of God and the Righteous Joseph to the cave in Bethlehem where our Savior is to be born. This year, during the Nativity Fast, we have been challenged by our Father in Christ, Bishop Gregory, to be spiritually active Orthodox Christians.
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ! Christ is in our Midst! During the month of November we honor the memory of one of the most beloved saints of the twentieth century, St. Nectarios of Aegina. We have had a devotion in this parish and the Diocese to St. Nectarios for nearly a quarter of a century. Since assuming the pastorate at St. John’s in 1994, I have celebrated the Moleben to St. Nectarios on a monthly basis which has been a blessing for our parish. Throughout the Diocese, many miraculous healings have been attributed to St. Nectarios, especially those suffering from cancer. St. Nectarios stands as a beacon of light, manifesting the power of love and holiness.
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