SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH

News from St. Johns.......

Jun 8, 2018
News from St. Johns.......

June is a busy month. In addition to weddings, anniversaries, and graduations, we celebrate our fathers. This year on Sunday, June 17, we will honor our fathers by praying for them and showing our love and respect. Raising children is an enormous responsibility and it is important for youngsters to understand that the rules and regulations set down by their father are for their well-being. The older we get, the wiser our fathers become! If the Lord has taken your father’s soul to His eternal care, say a prayer that He will be merciful to him. Those who are still blessed with having their father with them should vow to present them with the gifts of respect, understanding and love every day, not just on Father’s Day. This is the basis of the 5th Commandment: Honor your Father and Mother. May God bless all fathers with good health, joy, peace for Many Years! Let us also pray for our departed fathers who have entered Eternal Life. May their Memory be Eternal! 

 

 

On June 24th, St. John the Baptist, the Forerunner of Christ, is remembered on the feast day of his nativity. The Church observes his birth as a feast day, an honor only shared by the Holy Virgin Mary whose birth is celebrated on September 8. And we here at St. John the Baptist R.O. Church, will celebrate its name day. Christ Himself said that St. John is greatest “among those that are born of women…” He prepared the way for the coming of the Lord and, at the Jordan River, Baptized Christ. He is also a Martyr and Prophet, telling us all, “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” In his icon, he is portrayed with the wings of an Angel, not only because he was the unique messenger of God preparing the way for Christ, but also because of the sanctity of his life.

 

 

We are now in the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul Lenten period. It started on June 4th and will continue until June 29 on the feast day of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul. Peter and Paul were the great missionary pillars of the Early Church. St. Peter, who stood in fear at the crucifixion of Jesus, fearlessly proclaimed the Gospel throughout the people of Israel. Once a persecutor of Christians, St. Paul converted and he and his helpers organized Christian communities all over Asia Minor and beyond. Sts. Peter and Paul were both touched by the Lord and became changed men. They became totally committed to their divine commission. Nothing short of martyrdom was able to prevent them from carrying the message of the Savior that they loved to all parts of the known world.

 

 

We are challenged to learn about our faith and to love Christ. It is incumbent that you join us for the holy days listed above. Remember, God’s love and blessings do not stop during the summer months so remember to go to church wherever you are vacationing. Jesus tells us Himself that: “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them." (Matt 18:20)

 

 

Congratulations to Daniel Kary and Maxim Kseniuk on their graduating from the 8th grade. Best wishes for success in high school!

 

 

Remember our needy neighbors. The Food Pantry is always in need of food items. Please keep those less fortunate in mind and help us to feed those in need. A basket is in the vestibule of the church for your convenience. May God less you abundantly for your generosity.

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