Monday, 27 August 2012
A small group of the usual suspects meets on a Thursday morning at the Church of the Resurrection in Dresden for cleaning duties and a bit of socialising.
If anyone can offer an hour or two of their time to help out with sweeping, polishing and vacuuming, their presence would be hugely appreciated.I’m sure times other than Thursday mornings would be acceptable too if it fits in better with your busy lifestyles.
Speak to Irene or Kim if you can help!
There is always going to be something you can help with. Clive for example strolls through the churchyard at Dresden a couple of times a week and takes the opportunity to pick up litter. This might sound like a small job but you should see the state of the place when he has a day off! If you have some free time and would like to contribute to the church in some way, please make it known.
Posted by St Michael's Orthodox Church Newsletter at 15:37
Now that I am working up north in Oldham – and suffering from occasional backache into the bargain – I am finding it quite difficult to keep up with the mowing of the grass at our burial ground in Sandon.
Would someone please offer to take this responsibility off my hands?
The petrol lawnmower lives with the person doing the mowing and so a carbin which it can be transported is a minimum requirement. If the grass is maintained regularly, it takes about an hour to complete the job but it is a beautiful place to work. I am more than happy to come along to start with to show someone the ropes. Of course if you want to use the mower between times for your own lawn, then this is perfectly fine.
Speak to Reader Martin if you can help!
Posted by St Michael's Orthodox Church Newsletter at 15:31
The study group has in past months met at the home of Hugh and Imogen but for a trial period is going to meet each Thursday evening (8pm) at Saint Michael’s Church in Audley.
It is open to all and is proving to be very valuable to those attending in learning about the Orthodox Church’s teaching on various matters. In recent times we have looked at the subject of Prayer and Saint Paul’s Letter to the Romans – under the expert guidance of Father Samuel and eminent commentators on the subjects. We shall be completing the topic of Prayer on September 20th. Do come along.
Posted by St Michael's Orthodox Church Newsletter at 15:20
And in Proverbs 9:1-11, Mary is also identified with the "house" which the Divine
Wisdom has built for herself.
Sometimes Matins is served on the morning of the
feast. The Gospel reading is from Luke 1:39-49, 56. It is
read on all feasts of the Theotokos and includes
the Theotokos' saying: "My soul magnifies the Lord and
my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, for he has
regarded the low estate of his handmaiden, for behold,
henceforth all generations will call me blessed."
Divine Liturgy is served on the day on the feast.
The epistle reading is from Philippians 2:5-11, and speaks of "Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men."
The gospel reading is taken from Luke 10:38-42 and 11:27-28 together; this reading is also always read on all feasts of the Theotokos. In it, the Lord says, "blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!"
Above is shown the mosaic icon of the Theotokos on the church of the Nativity of the Theotokos in Walsall and it is in Walsall, in celebration of their Patronal Festival, that these services will be held this year – see the service list for details.
Troparion of the Feast
Thy nativity, O Virgin,
has proclaimed joy to the whole universe!
The Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God,
has shone on thee, O Theotokos!
By annulling the curse,
He bestowed a blessing.
By destroying death,
He has granted us Eternal Life.
Posted by St Michael's Orthodox Church Newsletter at 14:59