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"As Many As Have Been Baptized Into Christ!"
Today Sofia and Oliva were baptized with Fr. Andrew and Fr. Howard both as celebrants. Congratulations to them and their parents and "God Grant Them Many Years!"
"Dormition Of The Theotokos"
On the feast of the falling Asleep of the Theotokos (Dormtion) it is traditional to bless flowers, herbs, spices, medicinal natural remedy's and incense.
PRAYER AT THE SANCTIFICATION OF ANY FRAGRANT HERBAGE
Let us pray to the Lord. Lord have mercy.
O Lord God Almighty, Who fill all things according to Your word, and Who commanded the earth to bring forth every fruit in its season and to give it to mankind for gladness and for life: O All-good Master, bless and sanctify by Your Holy Spirit, this seed and various herbage brought into this holy temple; and cleanse from every defilement these, Your servants taking this herbage and seed, and fill their homes with every good fragrance, that these may become, for all that preserve them with faith, and cense with it, preservation and deliverance from every increase of enemies, and for the banishment of every illusion which comes from the action of the devil, whether by day or by night, as well as for the blessing of souls and bodies for Your faithful people, and for the blessing of their work, houses and other places. For all that take this herbage, let them receive for themselves protection of souls and bodies, and may the healing mystery of Your Grace be for our salvation. And in whatever place it may be put, or wherever it may be used, let it be received for a blessing; and may Your right hand shelter it, driving away every adverse power from here, to the glory of Your most-holy, majestic and worshiped Name: to Whom is due all glory, honor and worship, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.
"Garden Center Visit For August"
Fr. Andrew began our visit with a story about St. Herman of Alaska who was a Russian Orthodox monk and missionary to Alaska.
Residents enjoying the story about St. Herman when he placed an icon of the Mother of God on the seashore, telling the natives that an impending tidal wave would not pass beyond the place where the icon stood. Through his prayers, it was so.
Brendon adding to the service by helping Fr. Andrew.
Visit ended with cheese cracker and juice or iced coffee.
As is the ancient custom, grapes, and first fruits are blessed to commemorate Christ's transfiguration.
PRAYER AT THE PARTAKING OF GRAPES
This prayer is said over grapes which are brought into the Temple to be blessed on the Feast of the Transfiguration at places where there are vineyards. But in some countries, where there are no vineyards, apples are brought into the temple on that day, and the prayer for those who offer first fruits is said. Each fruit is brought in its season to the Temple for a blessing.
Let us pray to the Lord.
Lord have mercy.
Bless, O Lord, this new fruit of the vine, which, through the wholesomeness of the air, and through showers of rain and temperate weather, You are well-pleased should attain to ripeness at this time. May our partaking of this birth of the vine be for gladness, and for the offering of a gift to You for the cleansing of sins, through the sacred and holy Body of Your Christ, with Whom You are blessed, together with Your most holy, good, and life-creating Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.
PRAYER FOR THOSE WHO OFFER FIRST-FRUITS
Let us pray to the Lord.
Lord have mercy.
O Master, Lord our God, Who command everyone to bring as an offering Your own of Your own, and grant to them in return Your eternal good things; Who favorably accepted the offering of the widow which was according to her ability: Now also accept the things offered by Your servant(s) [NAME], and count them worthy to lay up the same in Your eternal treasury. Grant to him, (her, them) an abundant harvest of Your worldly good things, together with all things that are profitable to him (her, them). For blessed is Your Name, and glorified is Your Kingdom: of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.
"Children's Sermon For August"
The children's sermon this month was about the seven sleepers of Ephesis that are being remembered this day. Father told the story how they were awakened after sleeping in a cave for 300 years.This legend was told to teach about the resurrection of the body after death.
He demonstrated the story by putting seven small figures into an imaginary cave and described how the Prefect of the city opened the cave and found them alive. There names were Maximilian, Iamblichus, Martinian, John, Dionysius, Exacustodianus (Constantine) and Antoninus.
To read the story of these saints - click here
"Dormition Fast Begins!"
We began the Dormition Fast with the Akathist to our Lady of Sitka. This is a special service written for the Alaskan Cathedral in Sitka for the wonderworking Icon. We give thanks for the safe return of our 7 missionaries who went to Ouzinkie, Alaska. Mission to Alaska 2013 - View Slideshow of Father Andrew's Mission to Alaska 2013.
After the Akathist, the Lesser Blessing of Water was celebrated. This service commemorates the wood of the cross. Our new Altar server, Roman retrieved the cross along with Emily, Fr. Andrew's grand daughter and Gabriella
Roman gave the water an additional blessing. He is holding a cross that was used in the blessing of water in the Jordan river.