Dear Parishioners & Friends:
Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory to Him Forever!
Sunday Divine Liturgy: As usual, the Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 9 a.m. at La Casa, Christ the King Retreat Center, 6520 Van Maren Lane, Citrus Heights, CA, during the month of November. Thank you Fr. Vasyl for serving our community.
Philippian Fast : If you wish to prepare for Christmas by keeping the St. Philip’s Fast, the dates of the fast are November 15 through December 24. So, what should we leave behind during fasting? Our Bishops tell us that “Traditionally, the Church calls us to refrain temporarily from festive celebrations and some foods, but even more importantly - to abandon pride, laziness and all that alienates us from God, from all that is superfluous in our lives and interferes with the joy of celebrating the incarnation of Christ.” This year, as suggested in the New Star, our eparchial newspaper, consider offering your fasting for peace and the ending of the war in Ukraine.
God With Us Online: Many on-line classes and much information is being offered by God Is With Us, a service provided by the eastern catholic eparchies in the United States. The tropars and kondaks of the week are offered for your listening and practicing pleasure in the Byzantine, Melkite and Ukrainian traditions. To learn about our eastern heritage and faith, do take a look at their website and register for their inspiring classes offered in Zoom. We are really fortunate to have this website and its offerings.
Please continue to pray for Ukraine!
Blessings to All! Thanks for your continued support of our mission!
The Holy Shroud (Plashchanytsya) we have was given to us by Holy Resurrection Monastery, formerly of Newberry Springs California, and its Ihumen (Head), Father Nicholas Zacharaidis, via Holy Theophany Monastery in Olympia Washington. The Shroud was originally given to the monks by the Sisters of Saint Basil the Great in Uniontown Pennsylvania.
When Holy Resurrection received the Shroud it was already old and was probably one of the first Shrouds to be made that uses the English language for the inscription of the Troparion of the Noble Joseph. The Shroud appears to have been made by the Sisters in Uniontown, then sent to a parish and then again found its way back to Uniontown. When the Holy Resurrection Monastery was founded a number of years ago, the monks needed a Plashchanytsya and the Uniontown Sisters gave them the shroud.
A few years ago, the monks acquired a new shroud. When the Sisters at Holy Theophany Monastery needed a Shroud, Father Nicholas loaned them the Shroud given to them by the Sisters in Uniontown. The sisters in Olympia acquired a new Plashchanytsya, and Father Abbot asked them to send the one he had loaned them to Holy Wisdom.
Thus the Shroud that we used this Holy Week is a “hand-me-down” and it is a holy “hand-me-down” that shows its age, which also shows us the many blessings that have poured out from it. One quickly sees that it is worn and tattered in places. But, it has been venerated in a good number of churches by many people, and, although it is worn, it still is worthy of veneration. We are very fortunate to have been given this blessed article Please pray for all of the benefactors over the years who cherished OUR shroud and saw fit to give it to us for our services on Good and Great Friday. And that is the rest of the Story!
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