Bulletin for 30 Jan 2022 – Feast of the Three Holy Hierarchs, & Zacheus Sunday

Feast of the Three Holy Hierarchs, & Zacheus Sunday.

One of the things that I find charming in the Greek Church is that we sometimes celebrate two feasts or themes at the same time. We have this especially in the Great Fast; for example alongside the Sunday Gospel we celebrate the Sunday of St John Climacus, or Saint Mary of Egypt. This reminds me of a chapter in the Benedictine Rule that says that the guests should be served two plates, so that if the first plate is not palatable they may eat the second. Let us then draw from the two themes put before us.


With that in mind, Zacheus Sunday reminds us of the indwelling of Christ among us. He comes and makes his home within us. We can see that Christ reaches out to sinners as well. We should think of the joy that this brought to Zacheus and his real conversion after he met Christ. This presence of Christ reminds us that when he comes and makes his abode we are living Temples. As temples we are to be spaces where the profane is left out and where Christ is praised and glorified.

The Sunday of the Hierarchs has its origin in a dispute as to who was the greatest among the most famous of the Greek Fathers. The dispute, resulted in ill feeling and endless arguing. The question would be answered when St John Mauropus spoke of the dream he had had in which the three great Doctors appeared and settled the question saying that they were all in heaven and that there was no dispute among them.

     “As you see, the three of us are with God and no discord or rivalry divides us. Each of us, according to the circumstances and according to the inspiration that he received from the Holy Spirit, wrote and taught what befits the salvation of mankind. There is not among us a first, a second or a third, and if you invoke one of us the other two are immediately present with him. Therefore, tell those who are quarrelling not to create divisions in the Church because of us, for when we were on earth we spared no effort to re-establish unity and concord in the world. You can conjoin our three commemorations in one feast and compose a service for it, inserting the hymns dedicated to each of us according to the skill and knowledge that God has given you. Then transmit it to the Christians with the command to celebrate it each year. If they honor us thus as being with and in God, we give them our word that we will intercede for their salvation in our common prayer.”

At these words, the Saints were taken up into heaven in a boundless light while conversing with one another by name.

News of the parish:

Given then the situation of things, I was not able to bless many houses during this past week. This is still a priority and will continue. Perhaps as a consolation I can say that I have blessed the homes furthest away to the north. I hope on Monday to make it as far as Modesto, Ceres and Tracey! So please reach out. Even if you are not physically at Church, I can be reached by calling my cell phone number on the mast head above. As always it seems that those the closest are the last ones done!

I am glad to see that families are returning, so I can only assume that the Omicron variant is behind us

Looking ahead: All Souls’ Saturdays: Following the Byzantine Catholic tradition, five Saturdays are set aside for the remembrance of the departed members of our families and of our friends. This year, the first All Souls Saturday is February 19th. Using the envelope provided in your packet or on a sheet of paper, please submit the names of those you wish to have remembered at the Divine Liturgy / Panachida on these five Saturdays. Only write the first names of the individuals to be commemorated; if the list of names is the same as last year, simply write “same as last year,” or write “add the following names to my list.”

  • Prayer requests. Please pray for peace in the world. Many Ukrainian friends have reached out and asked for prayers as many loved ones are caught up in what could soon become an international conflict. In addition please pray for the following Fr. Michael, Fr. Marcus, Fr. Chris, Fr. Randall, Fr. Michal, Fr. Patrik, Sr. Patricia, Margaret, Gary and Ingrid, Margaret, Slawomir and Oceana, Darlene, Becky, Alexis, Marion, Curtis, Ronald, Jeannine, Taylor, Lorrie, Frances, Alex, Leroy, Michael, Thomas, Carol, Michael, Jennifer, John, Elizabeth, Judy, Ruth, Dimitri, Christie, Viktoria, Emily, Margaret, Patricia. Nadezda, Dan, Doug.
  • Tithes and Donations. Last Sunday, we received in tithes $, donations $, gift shop $, hospitality $, candles $. Thank you for your generosity, may God bless you always. The collection amounted to $.
  • Sunday Hospitality: please sign up and cover hospitality. Understandably things took a dive over the last few weeks with the heavily depleted attendance due to sickness and the virus doing its rounds.
  • Safe Environment: I thank those who have complied with renewed training so as to continue to work as volunteers in the parish.
  • Calendars: Liturgical Calendars are available after Divine Liturgy & upon request.

Liturgical Schedule

Sunday, Jan 30- Sunday of Zacchaeus & Feast of the Three Holy Hierarchs:  8:30 confessions, 9:30 Divine Liturgy Cantor: Amy, Reader: Richard

Tues, Feb 1 – Vesperal Divine Liturgy 5:30 pm Feast of the Meeting of our Lord in the Temple with Simeon and Anna

Thurs, Feb 3 – 6:30 am Divine Liturgy – Synaxis of Simeon and Anna

Friday, Feb 4- 6:30 pm Divine Liturgy

Sunday, Feb 6 – Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee. Tone 4:  8:30 confessions, 9:30 Divine Liturgy Cantor: Tim, Reader: Victor

For Confession, please call Fr. Christopher for an appointment, or come 30 minutes before or after scheduled services. If you desire Spiritual Direction then please see Fr Andrews for an appointment during the week so as to allow everyone an opportunity on Sundays for Confessions. Please consider those traveling from long distances.

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