Wisdom from the Holy Fathers
"We may find the same teaching in the Old Testament as well. As though in complete agreement with the Gospels, it says: 'Do not hate your brother in your heart' (Lev. 19:17); and: "The way of the rancorous leads to death' (Prov. 12: 28. LXX). These passages, then, not only forbid anger in what we do but also angry thought. If therefore we are to follow the divine laws, we must struggle with all our strength against the demon of anger and against the sickness which lies hidden within us. When we are angry with others we should not seek solitude on the grounds that there, at least, no one will provoke us to anger, and that in solitude the virtue of long-suffering can easily be acquired. Our desire to leave our brethren is because of our pride, and because we do not wish to blame ourselves and ascribe to our own laxity the cause of our unruliness. So long as we assign the causes for our weaknesses to others, we cannot attain perfection in longsuffering.
Self-reform and peace are not achieved through the patience which others show us, but through our own longsuffering towards our neighbor. "
†St John Cassian
On the Eight Vices: On Anger,
Philokalia, Vol. 1, 85
(c. 360 - c. 435 AD), a Christian monk and theologian celebrated in both the Western and Eastern Churches for his mystical writings. Cassian is noted for his role in bringing the ideas and practices of Christian monasticism to the early medieval West)
On Saturday, December 15th starting at 9:00 a.m. we will have a general church cleaning in preparation for the feast of Nativity. All help is welcome!
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.
Holy Supper on Nativity eve is a pious tradition from the Christian faithful of various Eastern European regions. The supper is observed on the eves of our Lord’s Nativity in the flesh and His baptism by Saint John in the Jordan River. The meal is a fasting meal with 12 courses representing Christ’s twelve apostles. We will once again have a Parish Holy Supper on the Eve of Nativity. We will begin at 5:00 p.m. followed by Nativity Vigil at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome to join us. Please see the sign up in the Narthex.
This is just a reminder that the Nativity fast continues until December 25th. The celebration of the feast of the Nativity of Christ in the Orthodox Church is patterned after the celebration of the feast of the Lord’s Resurrection. A fast of forty days precedes the feast, with special preparatory days announcing the approaching birth of the Savior. Thus, on Saint Andrew’s Day (November 30) and Saint Nicholas Day (December 6) songs are sung to announce the coming birthday of the Lord: ‘Adorn yourself, O Cavern. Make ready, O Manger. O Shepherds and wisemen, bring your gifts and bear witness. For the Virgin is coming bearing Christ in her womb’ (Vesperal Hymn of Saint Nicholas Day).
It’s time to order Poinsettias to beautify the church for our Lord's Nativity! Order forms are available in the narthex
We are currently updating the church directory in preparation for 2019. We are asking parishioners to review the 2018 directory in the Vestibule and to make any necessary changes. For new members, or members not currently listed and would like to be included, please add your information--name(s), address, telephone number(s), email address and also birth date(s) for the Birthday List.
Our Parish Bookstore has a wide selection of gifts for this Nativity season. Stop by and pick something up today!
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
|Date||3rd Hour||6th Hour||Epistle|
|Date||Coffee Hour||Service Duty||Church Cleaner||Library|
|Dec 09||Bacuta / Fravel||Hojnicki / Souder||General Cleaning||Farrell|
|Dec 16||Najemy / Kendall||Baldytchev||Sulpizi||Skomorucha|
|Dec 23||Hojnicki / Flynn / Roberts||Bunitsky/Lewis||Riley||Maloney|
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