SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH

January 2021......Happy New Year.......

Jan 1, 2021
January 2021......Happy New Year.......

A new year begins and we are faced with many unknowns. How tremendously comforting it is to believe that the Lord who is our Shepherd is guiding us. Father Anthony M. Coniaris told the story of a person who was bragging about how well he was able to handle worry. Pressed to share his secret, he said, “Every morning I spend fifteen minutes filling my mind with God, for how can worry ever exist in the same place with God.”

 

Do not think that this world is ruled by chance. God is the ruler, the Pantocrator and is still in control! He is able to bring good out of the bad events in our lives if we love Him and cooperate with Him. Fill your mind with God and “He will hear you, and deliver you from all your fears (Ps.34:4).

 

Let us pray Psalm 23 to help restore our faith and help us to face each day with God’s love and care. “The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want; He maketh me to lie down in green pastures. He leadeth me beside the still waters; He restoreth my soul. He leadeth me in the path of righteousness for His name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies; Thou anointest my head with oil, my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever. (Ps 23:1-24:1) A Psalm of David.

 

The blessing of our homes during the season of Theophany is a long-standing tradition of our Holy Orthodox Church, carrying with it beautiful and meaningful significance. It is customary for the parish priest to visit the homes of his faithful, bringing with him the “blessings of the Jordan.” Through the priest’s solemn prayers, we rededicate our homes to their original purpose: to be a place where a family is guided along the path of righteousness by Jesus Christ. Orthodox Christians must remember that all things must be done for the glory of the Lord. This is why our homes, where we spend much of our time, must be blessed and sanctified on a regular basis, enabling us to fight off Satan’s temptations. A table is set with a clean, white cloth near the icon corner. On it should be a bowl containing some holy water and a lit candle. Prepare a list bearing the names of living and departed family members you wish to have commemorated. Please turn off the radio or television; all family members who are at home should participate. One person should be designated to carry the candle and lead the priest through the house as it is being blessed.

 

Happy Birthday to all those celebrating their birthday in January. Among those are: Stephen Fabian, January 3; Joyce Cifaldi, January 6; Bob Czech, January 8; Helen Rahnefeld and Ken Baron, both on January 11; Joseph Pecoraro, January 13; Eva Stashitsky and Barbara Kary, both on January 18; Nicholas Alexander Silvestre, January 22 and Chris Baron, January 23. Happy Birthday to all and may God grant them all Many Years!

 

Helen Baron, our coordinator for the food pantry, wants to thank everyone for their generous support in supplying food and money throughout the Holiday season. Many grateful families and individuals, who otherwise would have had an empty table, sat down to a wonderful dinner due to the help provided by those who care. However, the need is persistent so please continue your support and help re-stock the now empty shelves. Thank you for your help.

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April 17 Tomorrow is dedicated to St. Mary of Egypt.....

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