Wisdom of the Holy Fathers
"One can possess wealth and still be poor in spirit. Such a one uses his wealth for the common good: "He who holds possessions, and gold, and silver, and houses, as the gifts of God; and ministers from them to the God who gives them for the salvation of men; and knows that he possesses them more for the sake of the brethren than his own; and is superior to the possession of them, not the slave of the things he possesses; and does not carry them about in his soul, nor bind and circumscribe his life within them, but is ever labouring at some good and divine work, even should he be necessarily some time or other deprived of them, is able with cheerful mind to bear their removal equally with their abundance. This is he who is blessed by the Lord, and called poor in spirit, a meet heir of the kingdom of heaven."
†St. Clement of Alexandria, (ca, 150-215)
"The man who renounces the world from fear is like burning incense, that begins with fragrance but ends in smoke. He who leaves the world through hope of reward is like a millstone, that always moves in the same way (That is, revolves round itself, is self-centred.) But he who withdraws from the world out of love for God has obtained fire at the very outset; and, like fire set to fuel, it soon kindles a larger fire."
†St. John Climacus
The Ladder of Divine Ascent
Step 1: On the Renunciation of the World
Why we prostrate:
"It provides an image of man's fall into sin and expresses the confession of our sinfulness. Getting up, on the other hand, signifies repentance and the promise to lead a life of virtue. Let each prostration be accompanied by a noetic invocation of Christ, so that by falling before the Lord in soul and body you may gain the grace of the God of souls and bodies."
†St. Theoleptos of Philadelphia (ca. 1250-1322)
Byzantine monk, Metropolitan of Philadelphia (1283/4–1322) and Eastern Orthodox theologian
Our Women’s Book Study will continue on Tuesday evenings for the next five weeks. We will continue reading Touch and the Healing of the World, by Daniel B. Hinshaw. We hope you can join us Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.
St. Michaels will be hosting a Lenten Mission Service (Orthodoxy Sunday) on Sunday, March 17th at 4:00 p.m. We are asking for volunteers to help organize and put the meal together. We will need everyone’s help as we will be hosting The Philadelphia Clergy Brotherhood as well as the faithful from our surrounding area. Please email Alice Morjana at email@example.com or see Alice to let her know you can help.
St. Michaels will be hosting a Lenten retreat with guest speaker and author Dr. Philip Mamalakis. We would like to invite the surrounding churches to share in this retreat. Therefore we need volunteers to help organize this two-day event for Friday evening and Saturday March 22nd & 23rd . There will be more details to follow on Dr Mamalakis’ agenda. Please see Jeff Kendall or Alice Morjana to volunteer.
Our dome renovation project got underway this past week. Lindsay Construction removed the old siding and began to put up the new, along with the replacement of both windows on the north side of the church. We look forward to their continued work. Please be patient with us during the construction.
We continue to progress to the diocesan proportional giving of 10% of our operating budget to the National and Diocesan Church. The yearly National and Diocesan Assessments are determined based on the parish approved budgets. As a result of the approved 2019 parish budget for St. Michael’s and moving to a level 4 Tithing, the annual assessment for each adult over 18 will be $189 per year. This can be paid at one time or easier quarterly payments of $47.25. Envelopes are available in the Narthex if you wish to use them as a reminder. Thank you for your continued support.
|Date||3rd Hour||6th Hour||Epistle|
|Date||Coffee Hour||Service Duty||Church Cleaner||Library|
Pacienza / George / Grishin
|Sulpizi / Finck||Sulpizi||Skomorucha|
J. Peck / Weins
|Hojnicki / Souder||Riley||Maloney|
Hojnicki / Flynn / Roberts
|Telep / Baldychev||Bunitsky / Finck||Gundersen|
Gerassimakis / Bunitsky
|Bunitsky / Morjana||Farrell||Farrell|
15 Feb 2019 at 6:41am
14 Feb 2019 at 7:17am
13 Feb 2019 at 7:31am
10 Feb 2019 at 3:53pm
8 Feb 2019 at 11:18am
6 Feb 2019 at 3:39pm
5 Feb 2019 at 7:53pm
4 Feb 2019 at 4:19pm
1 Feb 2019 at 7:21am