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"Blessing Of The Prayer Shrine"
On the Sunday after the feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos our prayer shrine was blessed. This is a place where people can come during the week and light a candle. We will also light a candle for you. -firstname.lastname@example.org
This following prayer was read for the blessing: O Lord Almighty, God of our Fathers, glorified and worshiped in the Holy Trinity, Whom neither mind is able to comprehend nor word able to express, Whom no one among men has ever seen, as we have learned from the Holy Scriptures, thus we believe and thus we confess You, God the Father without beginning, and Your Son, one in essence, co-enthroned with Your Spirit. In the Old Law You revealed Yourself to Your Patriarch Abraham in the image of the three Angels, and in the latter days after the Incarnation of the Only-begotten Son of God, our Lord Jesus Christ, from the Ever-virgin Mary, in the Baptism by John in the Jordan, in the truly-bright Transfiguration on Tabor, in the most-glorious Ascension on Olivet, You showed us the image of the Most-holy Trinity; You instructed us also to honor the wonderworking Image Not-Made-By-Hands of our Lord Jesus Christ depicted on the towel and sent to Abgar, the Prince of Edessa, which healed him and many others sick with the wounds of sickness; You did not reject, but accepted also the images and likeness of Your holy Saints. Look down now, also, on this Icon which Your servants have fashioned in honor and glory of Your most-pure and truly-blessed Mother, our Sovereign Lady, the Most-holy Theotokos and Ever-virgin Mary, and bless it and sanctify it and grant it healing power, that it may drive away every snare of the devil, that it may cause the prayers of all diligently praying before it to be heard, that they may draw down Your mercy and love for mankind, and that they may receive Grace. For You are our sanctification, and to You we send up glory, to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.
After reading the prayer, Fr. Andrew blessed the Icon and structure using a sprig of lavender which has been blessed for the Dormition Feastday.
O eternal, invisible and incomprehensible Lord, Who in ancient times, in the Old Law, commanded that in the Tent of the Testimony and Temple of Solomon there be made likenesses of the cherubim of wood, gold and embroidery, and Who now accepts images not only in remembrance of Your saving benefactions and divine manifestations to the Human race, made in honor and glory of Your most-holy Name, but also do not reject those fashioned in remembrance of and in imitation of Your holy Saints, attend to our humble prayer: Bless this Icon and sanctify it, and grant it grace and power to drive out demons and to heal all infirmities, For You are He that blesses and sanctifies all things, O Christ our God, and to You we send up glory, together with Your Father Who is without beginning, and Your Most-holy, Good and Life-creating Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.
Eugenia felt blessed herself because it was her sprig of the lavender that was used for the blessing.
The prayer shrine was dedicated to the memory of Subdeacon John. Karen, holding her grandchild, and Allison were present for the blessing.
"As Many As Have Been Baptized Into Christ"
Fr. Andrew baptizes his third grand child, Sarah while Emily and Kyra join in the celebration.
Sarah's Mother Jenny is baptized by Fr. Howard. Her patron saint is Mary Cleophas.
Family photo of Sarah, Jenny, with the God parents: George, Caye, and Pat.
Annual Blood Drive
22 pints of blood were donated. Sharon Mochal will be turning this ministry over to Sue and the Venturing Crew. The Venturing Crew is division of the Boy Scouts.
A Nurse taking a blood sample and interviewing Mike before receiving his blood donation.
Three parishioners giving blood at the same time with a nurse attending.
George after donating his blood. He looks peaceful knowing that he may save a persons life.
Blessing Of Fruit On The Transfiguration
Fr. Andrew blesses fruit for the feast of the Transfiguration of Christ. This is an annual custom in the Orthodox Church.
Fresh grapes are also distributed to those attending the Liturgy.
Children's Sermon On The Transfiguration
The Children's sermon was about the Transfiguration of Christ. Father is holding a picture of the sun explaining to the children how Christ shown brighter that the sun when he was transfigured.