Wisdom from the Holy Fathers
“Behold! What mind will fathom, or what tongue will express, or what master scribe’s hand will write the countless multitude of graces and compassions of the Holy and Ever-virgin Theotokos, which she manifests – from day to day – among the human race?
She is the fervent intercessor with her Son, Christ God, for all those who entreat her.
She is the calm harbor of all those battered by waves, who rescues them from spiritual and fleshly waves.
She is the guide on the way of life, for all who have gone astray.
She is the one who seeks – and converts – those who are lost.
She is the help and support of those who are afflicted.
She is the intercessor and mediator of those who are repenting.
She is the resurrection of the fallen Adam.
She is the destruction of Eve’s tears.
She is the comforter of those who mourn.
She is the throne of the King [and] she bears the One Who bears all…
She is the ladder that reaches to Heaven, by which God descended to earth.
She is the bridge that leads from earth to Paradise.
She is the wonder of angels, and she is the wound of the demons and their destruction…
She is the tree of immortal fruit…
She sprouted forth the Planter of life…
She is the table bearing the eternal Delight.
She is the incense offered to God, for intercession on our behalf…
She is the cause of boldness before God for all mankind.
She is the Mother of the Good Shepherd…
She is the chasing away of invisible enemies.
She is the opening of the gates of Paradise.
She is unsilenced mouth of the Apostles,… the invincible courage of the martyrs,… the power and the strength of Christians,… the dawn of the never-setting Day [and] … the bearer of the Sun of Truth.”
+ St. Maximus the Confessor, 590-662 AD
Choir rehearsals for Christmas and Epiphany will be held on the following dates:
- Saturday, November 17th
- Saturday, December 1st
- Saturday, December 15th
All rehearsals will begin at 3:30 p.m.
It is that time of the year where we look to put our stewardship into action. We have been blessed with many gifts and talents at St. Michael’s, it is now your turn to offer your talents in Coffee Hour, Cleaning, Service Duty, Parish Council, etc. Please consider the offering of self as part of your regular stewardship. Sign up sheets will be posted in the coming weeks. If you have any questions, please see Father Deacon James Carpenter or Jeff Kendall for more details. Guidelines for Coffee Hour are available in the back of the church.
Thanks to all who helped and donated winter coats for our winter coat collection. We collected 42 coats for donation to the Sunday Breakfast Mission. Thank you to Ellen Gundersen for leading us in this ministry.
At this time of year, as Nativity approaches, we begin buying gifts for our friends and family. This is just a reminder that if you purchase items from Amazon.com, St. Michael’s could benefit from your purchases. Amazon Smile will give St. Michael’s a small rebate for every purchase you make if you use the web address below. This address is specific to St. Michael’s, so it is easy to use. We have already been receiving benefits from this program. Just type the address into your web browser. http://smile.amazon.com/ch/05-0545881
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