Message from Fr. Paul

By , 25 September, 2019, No Comment

reetings in the precious Name of our Lord and God and Savior, Jesus Christ!

I’m looking forward to worshiping with on Sundays.   The Divine Liturgy will begin at approximately 10 AM and is preceded by Matins at 9 AM.   The Mystery of Repentance (confession) will normally be available from 8:30 AM to 8:55 AM or by appointment.

We’re excited to be offering Sunday School for our children beginning this Sunday.  Mary Ellen Van Marter will be our Sunday School Coordinator.  She and the children will be the 1st to receive the Holy Eucharist each Sunday and then proceed across the street to Sunday School (approx. 30 min.)  Their topic will be the Precious and Life-giving Cross.

We in turn will continue the Divine Liturgy with the homily being given after the dismissal.  Announcements and refreshments will follow as usual.  The children will be returning soon thereafter during our fellowship time.  Please encourage family and friends to join us regularly as we endeavor to worship Him in spirit and in truth.

September 15 is the Sunday after the Feast of the Elevation of the Cross.  Normally the Feast of the Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross is celebrated each year on September 14.   The Feast commemorates the finding of the True Cross of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ by Saint Helen, the mother of the Emperor Constantine.   Hopefully, we’ll be celebrating this great feast together next year.

 From www.goarch.org we read that:   In the 20th year of his reign (326), the Emperor Constantine sent his mother St. Helen to Jerusalem to venerate the holy places and to find the site of the Holy Sepulchre and of the Cross.   Relying upon the oral tradition of the faithful, St. Helen found the precious Cross together with the crosses of the 2 thieves crucified with our Lord.   However, Helen had no way of determining which was the Cross of Christ.

With the healing of a dying woman who touched one of the crosses, Patriarch Macarius of Jerusalem identified the True Cross of Christ.   St. Helen and her court venerated the Precious and Life-Giving Cross along with many others who came to see this great instrument of Redemption.

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The Patriarch mounted the ambo (pulpit) and lifted the Cross with both hands so that all of the people gathered could see it.  The crowd responded with “Lord have mercy”.

This became the occasion of the institution in all of the Churches of the Exaltation of the Precious Cross, not only in memory of the event of the finding of the Cross, but also to celebrate how an instrument of shame was used to overcome death and bring salvation and eternal life.

The Feast is an opportunity outside of the observances of Holy Week to celebrate the full significance of the victory of the Cross over the powers of the world, and the triumph of the wisdom of God through the Cross over the wisdom of this world.   This Feast also gives the Church an opportunity to relish the full glory of the Cross as a source of light, hope and victory for Christ’s people.   It is also a time to celebrate the universality of the work of redemption accomplished through the Cross:  the entire universe is seen through the light of the Cross, the new Tree of Life which provides nourishment for those who have been redeemed in Christ.

 On the day of the Feast at the conclusion of the Matins or of the Divine Liturgy, a special service is held.   The Cross is placed on a tray surrounded by branches of basil and is taken in solemn procession through the church to the chanting of the Hymn of the Feast.   The tray is placed on a table, and the priest takes the Cross and offers petitions from each side of the table, the 4 directions of the compass.   This represents the universal nature of the offering of Christ upon the Cross.   As the people respond by chanting “Lord have mercy”, the priest raises and lowers the cross, a commemoration of its finding and exaltation.   At the conclusion of the service, the people come and venerate the cross and receive the basil from the priest.   The basil is used and offered, as it was the fragrant flower growing where the Cross was found.

I’m looking forward to serving you in the future.   Please feel free to contact me via telephone, text, or email.

Your Servant in the Lord,

Father Paul

The V. Rev’d. Fr. Paul R. Solberg

email:  frsolberg@yahoo.com

(716) 983-1145

 

Message From Manny Zervos

By , 5 June, 2019, No Comment

Dear Parishioners,

One of the indicators of the health of any parish is the number of sacraments performed in that parish each year – Baptism,  Chrismation, The Eucharist, Orders,  Confession, Anointing of the sick and marriage.

Here are some nice links describing our sacraments:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/subdivisions/easternorthodox_1.shtml

and

https://www.goarch.org/-/the-sacraments

 

On June 9th our parish will come together and celebrate two of these sacraments – the Eucharist and Baptism.

 

Petronela Agache will be baptizing her new baby girl Olivia on June 9th, 2019 in Winterville – Fr. Paul Solberg will be the celebrant and Petro’s sister will be the Godmother.  We will have the divine liturgy at 10 AM (orthros at 9 am) and the baptism to immediately follow.

Petro has graciously invited our entire church family and, as a family, our church will host a small lunch following the baptism.  Holy Apostles will provide drinks and the main dish. And, similar to Easter, please bring a dish to pass. We anticipate 20-25 people.

 

Here is a link to the Matins (Orthros) for that Sunday for those that wish to come early at 9 am and help Fr. Paul chant.

https://www.agesinitiatives.com/dcs/public/dcs/p/s/2019/06/09/ma/en/se.m06.d09.ma.pdf

 

For the first time in our history, Holy Apostles is ADDING a summer service, another indicator of the growing vitality of our parish.

Remember that Old St. Paul’s is closed for renovations for the summer so services in June include:

Please make every effort to attend these sacraments and celebrate the newest member of the Holy Apostles parish!

On behalf of the parish council – we look forward to seeing you and celebrating in the month of June!

Sincerely,

 

Emmanuel Zervos

Parish Council President

 

Prayer Lists

By , 26 September, 2012, No Comment

Fr. Paul would like to have a prayer list from each family so that your loved ones can be commemorated during every celebration of the Divine Liturgy. Please mail it to the church or fill out a sheet kept in our church. Be sure to list the names of your loved one in two separate columns for both the living and the departed.

Thank you.