12 January 2020 – Sunday after Theophany

WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Sunday, January 12 - Sunday before Theophany

9:30 AM         Parishioners of St. Mary’s
Saturday, January 18

8:30 AM        +John Bosak by the Macala Family

Sunday, January 19 - 32nd Sunday after Pentecost

9:30 AM        Coffee Social: Fletes Family

PRAYER REQUESTS

Please remember the following people in your prayers: Estella Biedenbender, Ken Bosak, Julie Carlin, Fletes Family: Alicia, Frankie, Layla, Lupita & Veronica, Victoria Flores, Larry Goodwin, Holly Garlow, Michelle Grana, Virginia Harrington, Jeanne Hart, Michael Hefferon, Rob Hooper, Chris Johnson, Ken Kokason, Patricia Kurczak, Irene Lehman, Elizabeth & John Mallas, Dylan Mancia, Toni Martin, Marg Mauro, Juan Gabriel Martinez, Pedro Medina, Mina family: Mila, Diana, Rev. John & Mike, Shannon O’Neill, Tanya Petach, Casandra Porch, Diane Romano, Paul Saucedo, Kathleen Savko, Robert Stamer, Leanne Steuer, Mary Washko, Dina & Matthew Wiggins, Karole Woods, Carmen Zambrano, Lana Zimmerman, Patrick Zimmerman, Fr. Chris Zugger and all those who serve in the Armed Forces.

WEEKLY DEPOSIT- Jan. 05

Tithe: $1635.50; Holy Days: $500.00; Improvements: $340.00; Candles: $44.00;
Coffee Social: $20.00; Initial Offering: $20.00; Misc.: $31.43

TOTAL: $2,767.93 / ATTENDANCE – 50

 

UPCOMING

  • Feast of the Three Holy Hierarches: Divine Liturgy 01/29 7:30pm

 

Jesus Prayer – Prayer of the Heart

The Jesus Prayer is very simple:
“Lord Jesus Christ Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner”

Jesus Christ – the Power In the Name

The Jesus Prayer’s power comes from the use of our Lord’s Name, Jesus Christ, Son of God. It is a confession of our faith.

Jesus Prayer requires Humility

The Jesus Prayer in its practice assumes you are a regular participant in the worship services of the Church, in her Sacraments and aware of your sinfulness. Be sure to consult with and follow the advice of your spiritual Father. Humility is a prerequisite for all prayer, especially the Jesus Prayer.

Jesus Prayer Has Two Functions

The Jesus Prayer has two important purposes. The first is worship as with all prayer. The second is a discipline to help our soul gain control our overactive brains, create stillness so the Holy Spirit can work through us, and help us live the virtues in union with God.

Jesus Prayer Has Three Stages in Practice

The Jesus Prayer involves three stages of progress in its practice. You begin praying the Jesus Prayer by repeating the words of the prayer out loud or at least moving the lips. This is called verbal prayer. After some time saying of the Jesus Prayer becomes silent or mental and is repeated only in the mind. This is mental prayer. Finally, the Jesus Prayer becomes a continuous prayer in the heart, the inner core of our being. We begin with vocal prayer and do not force the move to mental prayer. This will happen naturally when you are ready.

Jesus Prayer in Practice

It is best to add the Jesus Prayer to your morning prayers as this is when the mind is the quietest. Begin by saying the Jesus Prayer verbally focusing on each word. Repeat the Jesus Prayer continually for 15 minutes at first and then expand to 30 minutes. You will experience the challenge of dealing with your thoughts, the tendency for you mind to wander. Attention when praying the Jesus Prayer is important. Be sincere in your prayer and repeat it with contrition. Praying the Jesus Prayer is that simple!

Jesus Prayer is A Long and Difficult Path

Do not be fooled by its simplicity. The Jesus Prayer practice is a difficult task and, like all ascetic practices, it requires commitment of time, patience, and perseverance. Remember the Jesus Prayer’s aim is not to obtain a calmness or any kind of spiritual experience, but to become in communion with God and participate in His grace.

(Read this entire article at http://www.orthodoxprayer.org/Jesus%20Prayer.html and don’t hesitate to talk to Father Michael if you have any questions.)

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