2 August 2020 – Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

WEEKLY LITURGICAL SCHEDULE

Sunday, August 2 - 9th Sunday after Pentecost

8:30 AM          Matins

9:30 AM          Divine Liturgy

 

Wednesday, August 5 – Vigil of the Transfiguration of Our Lord

6:30 PM          Vespers

7:30 PM          Divine Liturgy

 

Thursday, August 6 – Transfiguration of Our Lord

8:30 AM          Matins

 

Saturday, August 8

7:30 PM          Vespers

 

Sunday, August 9 - 10th Sunday after Pentecost

8:30 AM          Matins

9:30 AM          Divine Liturgy

 

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, 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,  Carmen Zambrano, Lana Zimmerman, Patrick Zimmerman, Fr. Chris Zugger and all those who serve in the Armed Forces

 

WEEKLY DEPOSIT

Collection: $2,178.00; Candles: $23.00; Online: $305.00; Church Improvements: $50.00

Total: $2,562.00 / Attendance 48

 

Eparchial Appeal 2020

St. Mary’s has donated $20,567.00 of our $16,388.20 goal from 26 families. Our goal is to have 100% participation! It’s not too late to donate! Please donate any amount that you can. Donate online: http://ephx.org/giving  Thank you all the families who have contributed so far!

Upcoming Feast- Transfiguration of Our Lord

On the sixth of August we celebrate the solemn feast of the Holy Transfiguration in commemoration of the glorious change in appearance of our Lord Jesus Christ on a “high mountain” (Mt. 17:1), which, since the fourth century, Christian tradition identifies with Mt. Tabor.

The importance of the feast of the Holy Transfiguration is indicated by its high rank in the Byzantine liturgical calendar. The feast belongs among the twelve Major Feasts and, usually, is represented by one of the festive icons of the iconostasis.

The feast of the Holy Transfiguration is celebrated late in summer, at the time of the first fruits, which remind us of God’s great goodness and His infinite bounty. To express our recognition and gratitude to God for His generosity we bring some of these first fruits to the church for blessing. The sixth Ecumenical Council, celebrated in Constantinople (680-681), prescribed that the new “wheat and grapes” were to be blessed in church on the feast of the Holy Transfiguration (canon 28). For this reason, some older books of blessings, called Euchalogia, forbid the faithful to eat new fruits of the season before they have been blessed in church.

In the land of our ancestors, in Subcarpathia, the fruits of the season were apples, plums, and pears. These usually were brought to the church and blessed. In the United States grapes are also added.

Dormition Fast/Feast

We are in the midst of the Dormition Fast, a penitential period that prepares the faithful to celebrate the feast of the Dormition (Assumption) of the Theotokos on Aug. 15.  See the weekly email for more information and resources for celebrating this feast in the home.

New Parish Website and Emails

Our old parish website has become obsolete and we have been unable to update it in the way that contemporary parish life demands.

So…our new website is www.ByzantineLA.com!  Check it out!  Parts are still under construction, but it is up and running.  Give us any feedback you may have so that we can make sure it is relevant to our lives and faith.  Thank you to Steve Scott for all of his work in setting it up, and to Anne Seabright for helping to maintain it!  Father Michael will keep his personal email address, but please update the following parish email addresses:

Administration (Currently Anne Seabright):  admin@byzantinela.com

Pastor (Currently Father Michael):  pastor@byzantinela.com

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