You who are in the world, dear friend, must guard yourself even more than those who are in the desert. St. Basil wrote to someone living in the world the following advice: “Do not relax your efforts because you are in the world. In fact you are in need of greater efforts and more vigilance to achieve salvation. After all you have chosen to live in the midst of all the pitfalls and in the very stronghold of the sinful powers. You have before you constantly the instigations of sins and day and night all of your senses are being attacked by their evil desires.”
…The attacks are coming from all directions. And the causes of sin are all around you. While they stand afar off from the precipice, you are at its very edge. That great luminary of spiritual discretion, St. Poimen, once said: “Those who live far away from the world are like those who are far from a precipice and, whenever they are misled by the devil, before they reach the edge, they call upon God who comes to save them. Those who live in the world, however, are like those who are near the precipice and when the devil draws them toward it, they have no time to call upon God and be saved but fall directly into the abyss.”
…This is the reason why you want to use all your energy to protect your senses from coming into contact with sin. As it is impossible for a house not to be darkened by smoke entering from the outside, it is similarly impossible for a man not to be harmed when he is not careful to guard his senses, but rather opens them without restraint, allowing all manner of passionate images to enter the soul. The wise St. Syngletike said, “Even when we do not want it, the thieves will enter through the senses. For how is it possible for a house not be darkened by the smoke entering from outside through the doors and windows that have been left opened?”
†St. Nicodemos of the Holy Mountain
Excerpts from: A Handbook of Spiritual Counsel, p.138
The parking lot will be closed until Friday this week for resealing and striping. If access to the Church is needed, please contact Father to make arrangements.
The October calendar is now available. Take note of the change-up in “Tuesday” Vespers services. Two liturgies have been added for October. There are two significant saints celebrated, so the "Tuesday" Vespers has been moved to match with the eve of those days.
Archbishop MARK has sent us a thank you letter for the donations we have made to the diocese. The letter will be available in the Narthex.
|Date||3rd Hour||6th Hour||Epistle|
|Date||Coffee Hour||Service Duty||Church Cleaners|
|Sep 25||Najemy / Bisrat||Bunitsky / Morjana||Hines|
|Oct 2||Diehl / Kendall||Riley / Riley||D. Peck / O. Long|
|Oct 9||Baldychev / Elena / Minnich||Hojnicki / Najemy||Clause / Whalen|
|Oct 16||Long / Pacienza||Telep / Baldychev||Skomorucha / Ashton / Wojciechowski|
|Oct 2||Jones / Ricks|
|Oct 9||Burns / Sullivan|
|Oct 16||Crozier / Jones|
|Oct 23||Ricks / Sullivan|
|Oct 30||Burns / Jones|
|Nov 6||Crozier / Ricks|
|Nov 13||Jones / Sullivan|
|Nov 20||Burns / Ricks|
|Nov 27||Crozier / Sullivan|
28 Sep 2022 at 1:04pm
27 Sep 2022 at 10:42am
26 Sep 2022 at 1:56pm
22 Sep 2022 at 2:19pm
20 Sep 2022 at 7:32am
19 Sep 2022 at 8:22pm
14 Sep 2022 at 2:39pm
12 Sep 2022 at 2:00pm
11 Sep 2022 at 8:53pm
9 Sep 2022 at 7:48am
This Week's Schedule
Monday, September 26th
through Friday, September 30th
Sealing and Restriping of the Parking Lot
No parking available at the church building
No Tuesday Vespers or Church Open time this week.
Saturday, October 1st
Wedding of Enoch and Lily
at 11:00 a.m.
† Reception now in
the Fellowship Hall †
at 6:00 p.m.
† New Time †
Sunday, October 2nd
at 8:40 a.m.
at 9:00 a.m.
by His Eminence, Archbishop MARK
Saturday, October 22nd
and Sunday, October 23rd
Holy Archangel Michael
Tuesday, November 8th