Thank you to all guests, supporters, benefactors, contributors, volunteers from out of town, friends and neighbors, parishioners, Dr. Mark Hatala, choir, dancers and their teachers, all who contributed the raffle baskets or helped us in any way during our Ukrainian Days Festival! Thank you for your dedication, hard work and support! God bless you all!
July 17 – 4th Sunday after Pentecost. Tone 3
St. Andrew, archbishop of Crete (712-726). Ven. Martha, mother of St. Symeon Stylites the Younger (551). Martyrs Theodotus and Theodota (108). Hieromartyr Theodore, bishop of Cyrene (310).
Tuesday, 12 July 2016 02:51 | Written by Fr. Ivan | | |
SAINT SAMPSON, THE HOSPITABLE ONE WHO RECEIVED STRANGERS
Sampson was born of wealthy and eminent parents in old Rome where he studied all the secular sciences of that time and dedicated himself particularly to the science of medicine. Sampson was compassionate and an unmercenary and administered cures to the sick, both body and soul, counseling everyone to fulfill the requirements of the Christian Faith. Afterward he moved to Constantinople where he lived in a small house from which he dispensed alms, comfort, counsel, hope and medicine to all just as the sun disperses its rays of light and, in general, gave help to the helpless, both spiritually and physically. The patriarch heard of the great virtues of this man and ordained him a priest. At that time, Emperor Justinian the Great became ill and his illness, according to the conviction of all physicians, was incurable. The emperor prayed to God with great fervency and God revealed in a dream to him that Sampson would heal him. And indeed, when the emperor learned of Sampson, he invited him to his court and just as the elder placed his hand on the ailing place, the emperor recovered. When the emperor offered him enormous wealth for this, Sampson thanked him and did not want to accept anything saying to him: "O Emperor, even I had gold and silver and other goods, but I left all for the sake of Christ in order to gain eternal heavenly goods." But when the emperor insisted on doing something for him, holy Sampson implored the emperor to build him a home [hospice] for the poor. In this home Sampson served the poor as a parent serves his children. Mercy toward the poor and the helpless was natural to him. Finally, this saintly man, completely filled with heavenly power and goodness, reposed peacefully on June 27, 530 A.D. and was interred in the church of his relative, the holy martyr Mocius. After his death, Sampson appeared many times to those who called upon him for assistance.
Sunday, 03 July 2016 18:34 | Written by Fr. Ivan | | |
Prayer for the United States of America
We pray for our God-loving and God-protected country the United States of America, for the government and armed forces and for all the people, that our Lord may aid and subdue under its feet every enemy and adversary. Deliver us from wrath, famine, pestilence, earthquake, flood, fire, armaments, foreign invasion, civil war and from sudden death. May our Merciful God Who loves mankind be gracious, favorable, conciliatory and turn away and dispel all wrath stirred up against us and all sickness and may He deliver us from His righteous punishment of us and have mercy on us.
O Lord, bless the United States of America, that we may all continue to praise and glorify You and give thanks to You, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.
Monday, 27 June 2016 02:54 | Written by Fr. Ivan | | |
We don’t have saints in my church. We focus only on Jesus and the Bible… We don’t have saints in my church. We can pray directly to Jesus, we don’t have to go through a “middle man”.
It is not uncommon as we rub shoulders at work and school with people of different faiths that we are challenged to explain what we believe and why we believe it. I once worked with a nurse who was very proud that her Church was “just Christian without any of those ‘add ons’. One of the “ad ons” that she was referring to and a part of our Faith that is often challenged is our devotion and veneration of the Saints. Some Christians, such as my nurse-friend have the uninformed notion that such devotion crept into the Church at some late century, say the Middle Ages, and that pure, apostolic Christianity had no such practice as the honoring of Saints.
Thursday, 17 March 2016 06:48 | Written by Administrator | | |
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Welcome to Saint John “The Baptist” Ukrainian Orthodox Church
Wednesday, 20 August 2008 05:11 | Written by Administrator | | |
Our Parish is a member of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the U.S.A. Our Church is a part of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople with His All-Holiness, Patriarch Bartholomew being the 270th Successor to the Apostle Andrew.
Our Parish is part of the Eastern Eparchy (Diocese). Our ruling Bishop is His Eminence, Metropolitan Antony of New York and Washington, D.C. .
Our Church doors are always open to anyone who hears the voice of Christ calling them to “Come and See.” Although we are extremely proud of our Ukrainian heritage, most of the Divine Services are celebrated in English and are sung according to our traditional melodies. It is the purpose of our Parish Family to bring the Gospel message of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to as many people who hear the call of Christ and are searching for a Church that follows the Apostolic tradition that was given to the first Apostles by Christ, Himself. Our Church is a Church that was born on Pentecost Sunday and has traveled the road of 2000 years steeped in Apostolic tradition and Apostolic succession in its lineage of Bishops.
In the future, this part of the Web Page will contain Parish News—explanations of our Services, a more in depth look at events happening in our Parish as well as in the Orthodox world. If you are interested in learning more about our Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the U.S.A., then return to our home page and click on the section for our Diocese.
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