On Sunday, October 27th, please join us for a lecture: The Abbot, the Prince & The Horde: The Rise of Holy Russia, about the Battle of Kulikovo Field (1380).
On October 27th, at coffee hour after Divine Liturgy, Subdeacon Gregory Levitsky will deliver a lecture on the Battle of Kulikovo Field (1380) between the forces of the Princedom of Muscovy and the Golden Horde. Divine Liturgy begins at 10:00 AM; coffee hour at 12:00 PM.
Въ воскресенье, 27 октября, приглашаем васъ на бесѣду подъ названіемъ: Игуменъ, князь и Орда: Подъемъ Святой Руси, посвященную исторіи Куликовской битвы.
27 октября, за трапезой послѣ Божественной литургіи ѵподіаконъ Григорій Левитскій выступитъ съ бесѣдой о битвѣ на Куликовомъ полѣ, между войсками Московскаго княжества и Золотой Орды. Божественная литургія начинается въ 10:00 ч.; трапеза въ 12:00 ч.
On Sunday, September 22nd, please join us for our “Orthodoxy Alive” Presentation Series at St. Elizabeth the New-Martyr Church
On Sunday, September 22nd, at coffee hour after Divine Liturgy, the “Orthodoxy Alive” Presentation Series will continue with a lecture entitled, “An Ode to Ezekiel Bulver: C.S. Lewis as our ally in the Culture War.” Archpriest Mark Mancuso will offer an introduction into the works of the 20th century Christian apologist C.S. Lewis and how his writings can be an aid to Orthodox Christians living in the modern world.
Divine Liturgy begins at 10:00 AM; coffee hour at 12:00 PM.
Въ воскресенье, 22 сентября, приглашаемъ васъ на Серію бесѣдъ „Живое Православіе“ въ Свято-Елисаветинскомъ храмѣ.
On Sunday, August 25th, please join us for our “Orthodoxy Alive” Presentation Series at St. Elizabeth the New-Martyr Church – Coffee Hour Storytime: The Life of St Peter of Krutitsy
On Sunday, August 25th, at coffee hour after Divine Liturgy, the “Orthodoxy Alive” Presentation Series will cover the life of the Holy Hieromartyr Peter, Metropolitan of Krutitsy. Archpriest Mark Mancuso will give an overview and historical context of St. Peter’s life, while Matushka Anne Mancuso will present her forthcoming children’s book – on St. Innocent Press – The Sleepy Bear & The Golden Whispers – about St. Peter’s interactions with a friendly bear in the Siberian forest.
Divine Liturgy begins at 10:00 AM; coffee hour at 12:00 PM.
O Holy Hieromartyr Peter, pray unto God for us!
Въ воскресенье, 25 августа, приглашаемъ васъ на Серію бесѣдъ „Живое Православе“ въ Свято-Елисаветинскомъ храмѣ. – Бесѣда за трапезой: Житіе священномуч. Петра Крутицкаго
Въ воскресенье, 25 августа, за трапезой послѣ Божественной литургіи, въ рамкахъ Серіи бесѣдъ „Живое Православіе“ состоится лекція о житіи священномученика Петра, митрополита Крутицкаго. Протоіерей Маркъ Манкюсо приведетъ общій обзоръ и историческій контекстъ жизни святого, а матушка Анна Манкюсо представитъ свою новую книгу „Сонный медвѣдь и золоты шепоты“ (издательство St. Innocent Press), про встрѣчу св. Петра съ дружелюбнымъ медвѣдемъ въ лѣсу.
Божественная литургія начинается въ 10:00 ч.; трапеза въ 12:00 ч.
Sunday, June 23: Presentation: “The Life of Hieromartyr St Joachim of Lower Novgorod”
On Sunday, June 23rd at 1:00pm in the parish hall, our parishioner Subdeacon Gregory Levitsky will deliver a lecture (with photographs) on the life of his great-great grandfather, the Holy Hieromartyr Joachim (Levitsky), Archbishop of Lower of Novgorod who was martyred by the Bolsheviks after the Russian Revolution. Question & Answer session to follow.
Sunday, June 23rd – Sunday of ALL SAINTS
9:40am: Hours & Liturgy
12:00pm: Coffee Hour Meal
O Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia, pray unto God for us!
At the bottom of this post are some of the stichera (verses) from the services of Matins and Vespers for the week of the Blind Man and the Ascension. They are taken from the Pentecostarion, which is the special liturgical book used during these season of the year – Pascha through the Sunday of All Saints – for our worship and edification. The verses chosen focus on the glorious resurrection of Our Lord and how His resurrection changers our humanity and the very fabric of Creation.
With much love in Christ,
Monday of the Blind Man:
“With his whole soul and mind and his tongue, the man who in times not long past had been blind confessed the One Who had fashioned eyes for him out of spittle and clay and enabled him to see as all men do. He preached that He is the Lord and Creator of all that is, Who through compassion for the creature which He had made became mortal man, though He is God omnipotent, Since they could not endure to hear his words and to see his zeal, the wretched scribes in their malice had him expelled from the synagogue, for the fearful blindness which possessed their souls surpassed that which once possessed his eyes.”
“O Christ God, Thou spiritual Sun of Righteousness, Who by Thine own immaculate touch didst bestow a twofold enlightenment upon him that from his mother’s womb was deprived of sight, illumine Thou the eyes of our souls also, and prove us to be sons of the day, that we may cry to Thee with faith: Great and ineffable is Thy compassion toward us, O Friend of man; glory to Thee.”
Tuesday of the Blind Man:
“O Christ God, Who by Thy bowels of mercy was incarnate, with Thy fingers which fashioned all things Thou didst touch clay to the eyes of him who from the womb was bereft of sight and didst thereby deem him worthy of divine brilliance by Thine ineffable bowels of compassions. And now do Thou Thyself, O Bestower of light, illumine also the senses of our souls, since Thou alone art the bountiful Bestower of gifts.”
“Who can tell of Thy mighty acts, O Christ, or who can number the multitudes of Thy wonders? For even as Thou, in Thy goodness, didst appear on earth twofold of nature, so didst Thou grant twofold healings to the sick: for Thou didst open not only the bodily eyes of the man who was blind from the womb, but those of his soul also. Wherefore, he confessed Thee, the hidden God, Who grantest great mercy unto all.”
Friday of Ascension:
“Today the hosts on high, beholding our nature in the Heavens, marvel at the strange manner of its ascent, and, being perplexed, they said to another: Who is this that cometh? And when they saw it was their own Master, they were commanded to lift up the heavenly gates. With them we ceaselessly praise Thee, Who again shalt come from thence in the flesh, since Thou art the Judge of all and Almighty God.”
“O new and wondrous deed! Lo, mortal human nature ascendeth to the Heavens; for it is now made one with the Word, Who is Almighty God.”
At the bottom of this post are some of the stichera (verses) from the services of Matins and Vespers for the week of the Samaritan Woman. They are taken from The Pentecostarion, which is the special liturgical book used during this season of the year – Pascha through All Saints – for our worship and edification. The verses chosen focus on the glorious resurrection of Our Lord and how His resurrection changes our humanity and the very fabric of Creation.
With much love in Christ,
Monday of the Samaritan Woman:
“Christ, the Bestower of wisdom, the Giver of good things, Who poureth forth divine streams from a spring that doth not cease, crieth out: Come unto Me, all ye that thirst; draw the water of Life, and drink. And thus shall rivers of graces and godly gifts issue freely from within yourselves.”
Tuesday of the Samaritan Woman:
“Thou, O Savior, dost pour out for all the world living waters of wisdom and endless life, inviting all to partake and to drink of these saving streams; for the man who receiveth
and keepeth Thy holy law thereby quencheth the coals of dark error and fallacy. Wherefore, he shall not thirst to the ages, O Master, nor fail to be filled with Thee, King of Heaven, Thou sovereign Lord. For this cause do we glorify Thy power and Thy might, O Christ God, asking that forgiveness of our many sins be granted in all abundance unto us.”
Wednesday of the Samaritan Woman:
“At the well, Christ met the woman of Samaria. He asked her for water the He might partake thereof. He thirsted for her amendment and for her salvation, which was fulfilled and made known in very deed. To this end He drew unto Himself this woman who drew up water that He might drink. And thus He filled with the draught of life her that told those in the town; Lo, the One spoken in Moses’ Law, the Messiah and Christ, hath appeared as man, and hath made known the secrets of my hidden and unspoken thoughts.”
Thursday of the Samaritan Woman:
“By Jacob’s Well, Jesus found the Samaritan woman. He that covers the earth with clouds asked water of her, O wonder! He that rideth on the Cheribum speaketh with a harlot woman. He asked for water, Who suspended the earth upon the waters. He seeketh water, Who causeth springs and pools of waters to flow forth, for He wished to draw to Himself her that was truly ensnared by the contending enemy, and to impart the water of life unto her that was sorely inflamed with unseemly deeds, for He alone is compassionate and the Friend of man.”
Friday of the Samaritan Woman:
“At the sixth hour the Well-spring of miracles came to the well to capture the fruit of Eve, for Eve at this same hour departed from Paradise through the deceit of the serpent. The Samaritan woman, therefore, drew nigh to draw water, and the Savior, upon seeing her, said to her: Give Me water to drink, and I shall fill thee with living water. And running to the city, that prudent woman at once announces to the multitudes: Come, behold Christ The Lord, the Savior of our souls.”
Saturday of the Samaritan Woman:
“The Well-spring of the principle of life, Jesus the Savior, came to the well of the Patriarch Jacob, and sought water from a Samaritan woman that He might drink. And when she addressed Him and said that the Jews had no dealings with the Samaritans, the wise Creator diverted her by the sweetness of His words rather to seek of Him the everlasting water, which, when she received it, she proclaimed to all, saying: Come and see the Knower of the things hidden, God Who is come in the fresh to save man.”
At the bottom of this post are some of the stichera (verses) from the services of Matins and Vespers for the week of the Paralytic. They are taken from The Pentecostarion, which is the special liturgical book used during this season of the year – Pascha through All Saints – for our worship and edification. The verses chosen focus on the glorious resurrection of Our Lord and how His resurrection changes our humanity and the very fabric of Creation.
With much love in Christ,
Monday of the Paralytic:
“Those bound fast by the strength of envy’s wickedness and its paralysis grew faint with jealousy as on the Sabbath they saw Jesus strengthen the paralytic. And they said, Thou dost transgress by effecting these cures on this day. Thou dost break the Sabbath rest which our fathers have handed down. They knew not that Thou art the Law’s Master, the Healer of both souls and bodies.”
Tuesday of the Paralytic:
“At the Sheep’s Pool a man lay in illness; and on seeing Thee, O Lord, he cried: I have no man, that, when the water is troubled, he might put me therein. But when I go another precedes me and receiveth the healing, and I lie in illness. And straightway, taking compassion on him, the Savior saith unto him: For thee I became man, for thee I am clothed in the flesh, and sayest thou: I have no man? Take up thy bed and walk. All things are possible to Thee, all things are obedient to Thee, all things are subject to Thee. Remember us all and have mercy on us, O Holy One, since Thou art the Friend of man.”
Wednesday of the Paralytic (Mid-Pentecost):
“There is come now the middle of those days which commence with Christ God’s saving Rising and which are sealed by Pentecost, that divine day. Illumined by both the feasts and joining both, it is radiant and also is now rendered majestic, manifesting and showing the presence of the great glory of the Ascension of our Master, Christ.”
“The mid-point of the days of Pentecost is come. Herein Christ disclosed his diving might in part, in that He strengthened the paralytic and by a word raised him up from his bed. In a God-befitting manner He wrought miracles in a body of clay, and hath granted unto men everlasting life and great mercy.”
Thursday of the Paralytic / Mid-Pentecost:
“Though He is the uncircumscribed God, and though He is by nature God and the Lord of all, for our sake He as a mortal was circumscribed in the flesh. And thus, while He stood within the temple’s court, He poured forth for all mankind divine sayings which course with life as He addressed all: Be ye purified in your souls; quench the burning heat of the passions’ consuming fire. Let no one be deprived of this draught, for on him that doth drink do I bestow the divine grace of an immortal and better life. And he shall share with Me, the Creator, in the Kingdom, and thus be glorified.”
Friday of the Paralytic / Mid-Pentecost:
“At the Mid-feast of Pascha Thou didst go up into the sacred temple, O our Savior. And standing in the midst of the crowd, Thou didst teach them with boldness and say: I am the Light of the world; he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have immortal life.”
“As the Law’s Master Thou went into the temple’s court. There Thou didst teach as Mid-feast, as is written, O Christ God; speaking with authority, Thou didst rebuke and didst censure the senseless scribes. All were amazed by the wisdom found in Thy words and by all the marvels wrought by Thee.”
“When Thou at the Judiac Mid-feast, O Christ, camest unto the temple to teach the crowds, rebuking the mindlessness of the Jews who did not believe, as true God didst didst Thou speak to them, saying, O Friend of man: He that suffereth thirst, let him come unto Me and drink. Wherefore, Thou didst promise to bestow on the faithful the waters of wisdom, which issue from Thine untainted spring. For this cause, we cry unto Thee: O Christ our God, send down unto us Thine All-holy Spirit, yea, the Comforter. And since Thou art rich in mercy, save our souls, O holy Lord.”
Saturday of the Paralytic / Mid-Pentecost:
“O Lord, at Mid-feast before Thine immaculate Cross, Thou wentest up into the temple, boldly teaching the Jews concerning the things that were set down by Thee in the books of Moses and in the Law. And being astonished at the ineffable mystery of Thy wisdom, with malice they meditated within themselves their plot against Thee: How knoweth this man letters having never learned? For they were ignorant that Thou art the Savior of our souls.”
“Having been enlightened by the Resurrection of Christ the Savior, O ye brethren, and having reached he midst of the feast of the Master, let us truly keep the commandments of God, that we may be counted worthy to celebrate the Ascension and be vouchsafed the coming of the Holy Spirit.”
At the bottom of this post are some of the stichera (verses) from the services of Matins and Vespers for Bright Week. They are taken from The Pentecostarion, which is the special liturgical book used during this season of the year – Pascha through All Saints – for our worship and edification. The verses chosen focus on the glorious resurrection of Our Lord and how His resurrection changes our humanity and the very fabric of Creation.
With much love in Christ, Fr Mark
Monday of the Myrrh-bearers:
Magdalene and the other Mary came to the tomb, seeking The Lord. And they
beheld an Angel as though he were lightening, sitting upon the stone, and
saying unto them: why do ye seek the Living among the dead? He is risen as He
said; ye shall find Him in Galilee. And let us cry out to Him: O Thou Who didst
arise from the dead, Lord, glory to Thee.”
Joseph, we know thee to be a cherubic chariot, since thou didst bear Christ the
King in thine arms when thou didst remove Him from the hallowed tree of the
Cross. For this cause we do bless thy hands; thine eyes do we honor; thy
worshipful palms do we now venerate with awe. For thou wast deemed worthy to
carry to His tomb the Word, even Christ God. Therefore, we acclaim thy godly
myrrh-bearers, having risen early and beheld the sepulcher empty, said unto the
Apostles: The Mighty One hath put down corruption, and he hath carried off them
that were held bound in Hades; proclaim ye with boldness that Christ the Lord
is risen, granting the world great mercy.”
doth shine upon the world today the threefold Resplendence which taketh away
the the passions’ dark gloom. Christ’s arising shineth, guarding all them that
believe. The Apostles’ ranks dance for joy, and Joseph exulteth, for the
myrrh-bearers’ radiant memory doth crown those who faithfully hymn them and who
render glory and praise to the divine arising of the Word of God.”
of the Myrrh-bearers:
“Grieving, the myrrh-bearing women
who followed Christ cried out: Is the Savior still to be found with the dead?
Is the great noetic Sun beneath the earth till now? Hath He risen as he
foretold? But while they were weeping, from the tomb an Angel spake to them of
godly joy, saying: Christ the Lord hath arisen; hasten now, proclaim unto all
men His divine arising from the sepulcher.”
most blessed Joseph, dost now bear on thy shoulders as on a chariot God the
Word, even Christ, Who doth rest upon the shoulders of the Cherubim. He that
formerly took on flesh accepteth to die now, even He that giveth life to us who
once were dead. Therefore, with the honored myrrh-bearers, thou rejoicest at
His arising, though not long past thou with them didst mourn His death.”
of the Myrrh-bearers:
Thy conception, O Lord, an Angel brought the greeting, Rejoice, to her that is
full of grace; and, at Thy Resurrection, an Angel rolled away the stone of Thy
glorious tomb. The one, instead of sorrow, announced the tokens of gladness.
The other, instead of death, proclaimed the life-giving Master unto us.
Wherefore, we cry unto Thee: O Benefactor of all, Lord, glory to Thee.”
ye mingle tears with the myrrh-oils, O ye women disciples? The stone hath been
rolled away , the sepulcher is empty. Behold corruption trodden under by Life,
the seals bearing clear witness, the guards of the disobedient fast asleep.
Mortal nature is saved by the flesh of God, Hades is lamenting. Hasten ye with
joy, and say unit the Apostles: Christ, the First-born from the dead, Who
caused death to die, goeth before you into Galilee.”
fulfillment of that clear command spoken by the most godly Angel, the women
bearing myrrh-oils told the sacred and divine disciples of Christ our God that
the King Who had died for us had utterly vanquished, through His Resurrection,
darkest Hades and His realm. Thus they who had formerly marveled at the Angel’s
brilliant, white raiment granted the Apostles endless joy divine.”
of the Myrrh-bearers:
took Thee dead from off of the Tree, the Arimethaean prepared Thee with the
finest linen and myrrh that might give burial to Thee, the Life of all. Then,
compelled by his fervent love, he longed to embrace Thee and press Thy spotless
Body to his heart and lips. But his fear and reverence restrained him, whilst
with joy he cried to Thee: Glory to Thy condescension, O Thou Friend of
having hindered the stone of the tomb from bearing sealed, Thou, on Thine
arising, hast granted the rock of faith unto all. O Lord, glory to Thee.”
At the bottom of this post are some of the stichera (verses) from the services of Matins and Vespers for Thomas Week. They are taken from The Pentecostarion, which is the special liturgical book used during this season of the year – Pascha through All Saints – for our worship and edification. The verses chosen focus on the glorious resurrection of Our Lord and how His resurrection changes our humanity and the very fabric of Creation.
With much love in Christ, Fr Mark
beholding Thee, Thomas was struck with awe and astonishment; and, on
recognizing Thee, O Almighty One, he cried: My God and my Lord art Thou. O
Friend of man, I believe that Thou art He Who endured that dread Passion and
Who doth heal our impassioned souls. Thus, I worship Thy power and proclaim
unto Thy Resurrection, Thine awesome Rising, omnipotent.”
disciples were in doubt, the Savior came on the eight day to where they were
gathered and granted them peace, and cried unto Thomas: Come, O Apostle, and
feel the palms in which they fastened the nails. O good unbelief of Thomas,
which hath lead the hearts of the faithful to knowledge! Hence he cried out
with fear: O my Lord and my God, glory to Thee.”
women rose up early and came to the Lord’s tomb, and when they beheld there the
Angel, they trembled in amazement. The tomb became radiant with life; the
marvel filled the women with great awe. Thus they went to the disciples and
they declared the rising of the Mighty One: Christ alone despoiled Hades with
his strength; all those in corruption hath he raised, freeing them from fear of
blame and reproach through the Cross’ might.”
harmonious praises let us acclaim in song on this, his holy memorial, the
Apostle of Christ. In a God-befitting manner he confirmed our minds and the
true Faith throughout the world when he handled the nail wounds, for he sought
to have a sure faith. And he beseecheth the Savior the He have mercy on our
of Thomas Week:
not the Father’s bosom, Thou didst appear on earth bearing flesh in Thy great
compassion, O Christ. And freely accepting both to suffer and to die, on the
third day Thou didst arise. And then Thou didst enter while the doors were
shut, since Thou art God omnipotent. Wherefore, when he touched Thy divine
side, Thomas stood rejoicing in wonder, glorifying Thee as Lord and
is this present holy Feast; mystic and divine, sacred Pascha: the saving Pascha
of God; Pascha which conveyeth us unto immortal life. Lo, this Pascha doth take
away all sadness and sorrow. Pascha, which doth grant to the disciples joyous
grace! Wherefore, Thomas cried with rejoicing: Thou art my God and Lord, O
Savior, Who hast carried off the spoils from Hades’ realms.”
of Thomas Week:
with his probing right hand Thomas felt the Word’s wounded limbs, his unbelief
established the world-saving Arising for the world’s assurance; for the
God-man, in His great love for all mankind, arose from Hades’ abysses and thus
destroyed all its strength as the Almighty One.”
came unto the disciples while the doors were shut, and granted them peace and
fearlessness. Then He saith unto Thomas: Why believest thou not that I have
arisen from the dead? Bring hither thy hand and place it in My side, and see;
because thou hast disbelieved, all have learned of My Passion and Resurrection,
and they shall all cry out with thee: O my Lord and my God, glory to
illustrious festive day is the day which The Lord hath made; let us all be glad
and rejoice herein with joy. For lo, the Giver of Life is risen; Hades hath
been despoiled. And the apostolic choir hear the tidings of joy today, while
the doubting one, even Thomas, hath touched the Master’s side and by this
touching hath proclaimed Christ to be of two natures, God and man.”
they has come together, assembling upon Sion, the disciples hid themselves,
fearing the malice of the Hebrews. And though the doors had been fastened shut,
O Good One, Thou didst enter bringing joy. Thou didst show to them the wounds in
Thy most pure side and in Thy most holy hands. Thou didst say unto Thomas in
doubt: Stretch thy hand forth and examine Me. See thou that I Myself am He that
suffered on thine account.”
soldiers standing guard at Thy tomb, O my Savior, became as dead when they saw
the lightening-like Angel who preached to the women of Thine arising, O holy
Lord. Thee we glorify, Who hast abolished corruption; Thee do we adore, Who
from the grave hast arisen, and Who alone art our God.”