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Saint Mary’s Revival Schedule 2016

SPSA St. Mary's Revival Schedule 2016

 SAINT MARY SPIRITUAL FELLOWSHIP NIGHT

VESPER, GLORIFICATION AND SERMON (7PM-9PM)

DATE DAY SPEAKER TOPIC
8/15 M Fr. Isaac Salib

St. Mary & Archangel Michael

“Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you” (Jeremiah 1:8)

 

8/16 Tu. Fr. Armia Toufiles

St. George

“Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.” (Psalm 27:14)

 

8/17 W Fr. Tadros Bishara

St Mary and St Demiana

 

“Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged” (1 Chronicles 28:20)
8/18 Th. Fr. Gregory Saroufeem

St. Mary & St. Mark

 

“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law” (Joshua 1:7)
8/19 F Fr. Gregory Varghese

St. Gregorios

 

 

“.. encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone.” (1 Thessalonians 5:14)
8/20 Sat. Spiritual Day & Mahragan El Kraza Awards

9:00 – 11:30am             Liturgy (Explaining the Divine Liturgy)

11:30 – 12:30pm             Lunch

12:30 –  2:00 pm             Becoming a Selfless Spouse (Fr. Mark Cherubim)

2:00 –  2:30 pm             Coffee Break

2:30 –  3:30 pm             Rules and Rebellion (Fr. Mark Cherubim)

3:30 –  4:00 pm             Mahragan El Kraza Awards

4:00 –  6:00 pm             Vespers & Glorifications

 

 

 

 

MONDAY 8/22 SAINT MARY’S FEAST LITURGY FROM 6AM TO 7:30AM

Holy Week Schedule 2015

Holy Week Schedule

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Sunday, April 5th

7:30AM Entry of our Lord into Jerusalem Divine Liturgy + General Funeral After

7:30am-8:30am | The Morning Raising of Incense & the Procession

8:30am-11:30am | The Divine Liturgy

11:30am-12:30pm | Public Funeral Prayer

12:30pm Agapy

2:30PM Evening Paschal Prayers

Monday, April 6th

5:30pm- 8:00pm Evening Paschal Prayers

@The_Cross – The Cross & Forgiveness (Colossians 1:19-1:23)

Rev. Fr. Kapriel Mouradjian | Armenian Church of Holy Resurrection

Tuesday, April 7th

5:30pm- 8:00pm Evening Paschal Prayers

@The_Cross – The Cross & Fruitfulness (John 12:23-12:24, John 12:12-12:16)

Rev. Fr. Untzag Nalbandian | Armenian Church of the Holy Ascension

Wednesday, April 8th

5:30pm- 8:00pm Evening Paschal Prayers

@The_Cross – The Cross & Our Flesh (Galatians 2:20)

Rev. Fr. Gregory Varghese | St. Gregorios Malankara Syrian Orthodox Church

Thursday, April 9th

9:00am-2:00pm Covenant Thursday (Liturgy of the blessing water & The Divine Liturgy)

5:30pm-8:30pm Evening Paschal Prayers

@The_Cross

H.G. Bishop David | Bishop of New York & New England

Friday, April 10th

9:00am-5:30pm Good Friday

@The_Cross | Fr. Andrew Awad

Saturday, April 11th

12:00am-5:00am Apocalypse Night & Divine Liturgy of Bright Saturday

Eve of Easter Sunday Liturgy

7:00pm–8:00pm Morning raising of incense

8:00pm–9:00pm Offering of the Lamb

9:00pm–10:00pm Act of Resurrection and the Procession

10:00pm–10:30pm Gospel & Sermon

10:30pm–12:00am Divine Liturgy (Fasting for the Holy Eucharist start 3:00 PM)

Sunday, April 12th

Christ is Risen :: Truly He is Risen

SPSA Christmas Tree Cutting

christmas treeOn Saturday 12/13/2014 SPSA church will have a Liturgy from 9am to 11am (Saint Andrew’s Feast) followed by breakfast. Then we will drive to Maple Row Farm in Easton to pickup the Christmas Tree. We will be back at church to decorate the tree and do Kiahk Praises

Maple Row Farm
229 Stepney Rd, Easton, Connecticut
(203) 261-9577
http://www.mrfarm.com/

Saint Andrew’s Feast

saint_andrewSaint Andrew’s vespers will be on Friday 12/12/2014 at 6:30pm. HG Bishop David will bless us during vespers and will do the veneration for Saint Andrew’s relic.

Also the church has blessed surprise for everyone. Please come and take its blessing.

Saturday we will have liturgy from 9am to 11am

Hope to see you all there.

 

Why Do We Venerate the Relics of the Saints?

The veneration of the relics of the martyrs and saints originates from Divine Revelation through the Holy Scriptures. In the Old Testament, for example, God made the holy relics of the righteous work miracles such as the relics of Elisha which resurrected a man from the dead. From that time, the tomb and bones of the Prophet Elisha were venerated throughout Judea.

In the New Testament, the human body was elevated to sublime and divine heights through the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ. As we address Christ in the Liturgy of St. Gregory, “You blessed my nature in Yourself.” Together with the soul, the body is raised up at the Last Day and receives eternal life. This was made possible only through our Lord’s Resurrection, by which He conquered death and its power over us, and His Ascension, by which He raised the human body to the holy of holies. Thus, through His Lifegiving work, our Lord Jesus Christ truly elevated the nature of the human body. For this reason, we struggle in this world to have communion with Him so that our bodies may be temples of the Holy Spirit, the Living God, worthy of the eternal habitations.

In light of this, we venerate the bodies of the saints which served as temples of the Holy Spirit full of grace. It is not uncommon to see the fruits of a saint’s righteousness in the state of their bodies after their departure from this vale of tears. For example, the body of Abba Pishoy which came in contact with our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, lies incorrupt in his church in Wadi El Natrun. For many days, the body of the saintly patriarch, Abba Kyrillos VI, emitted a sweet and fragrant odor after his departure.

Moreover, God willed that, in many cases, not only does a saint’s body manifest Divine Grace, but also his clothing and personal articles. Thus, the handkerchiefs of St. Paul the Apostle cast out demons whereas the shadow of St. Peter healed the sick. In the Old Testament, it was the mantle of Elijah that struck and separated the waters of the Jordan River. Even after Elijah’s miraculous ascent into the heavens, his disciple, Elisha, struck the river with the very same mantle to divide the waters again.

From these examples, it is clear that our veneration of the relics of the saints is not the result of a morbid fascination with bodies and bones, but rather, an acknowledgement that these saints lived righteous lives and that God, in His ineffable love, allowed their relics to manifest the Divine Grace they struggled for in their lives.

Thus, when we venerate the relics of the saints, we worship God and contemplate the righteous example of these saints in our struggle to imitate them.

Glory to You, O Lord, now and forever, Amen.

By Fr. 

“And when it comes, it finds the house swept and put in order.” (Luke 11:25)

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St. Peter & St. Andrew Coptic orthodox church

(@ ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH)

132 Glenbrook Rd., Stamford CT 06905

October 18, 2014

Saturday 9am – 4pm

Rain Day: October 25, 2014

It is almost time for SPSA 2nd annual Tag Sale. I’d encourage you to participate and help during this event. Also, I would appreciate additional prayer for this event and for the church services.

For more information and to participate you can contact:

Simon Cattan: scattan@optonline.net

Hala Courgu: hscourgi@gmail.com

Sandra Basta: szakibasta@gmail.com

May God Bless all your services.

SPSA Church Third Annual Fundraiser Dinner Banquet

“He who has a generous eye will be blessed, For he gives of his bread to the poor.” (Proverbs 22:9)

Thank you so much for your past generous support of St. Peter & St. Andrew Coptic Orthodox Church in Stamford, CT. We hope you, your family, friends and relatives will be able to attend and to support our ministry this year also as we look forward to seeing you all there.

The Church Third Annual Fundraiser Dinner Banquet to be held in the Sheraton Hotel Stamford Ballroom on November 2nd, 2014.

Click Here to Get Tickets

Banquet Information:

Location: Sheraton Hotel – Ballroom (Street Level) • 700 East Main Street • Stamford, CT
06901 • Phone: (203) 358-8400 • Inside Garage Parking: Free

Date: Sunday, November 2, 2014 Time: 3:00PM to 7:00PM

Ticket Prices (Sold At Cost): Adult: $50.00 Child 5 and older: $50.00
Children under 5 are free!

Meals: Rolls; Pasta (Penne Ala Vodka); Salad; Main Dish: Chicken or Steak with Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Asparagus, or Tilapia with Rice and Asparagus; Desert
Child (under 5) Meals: Rolls; Pasta; Salad; Main Dish: Chicken Fingers with French Fries

Beverages include iced tea, lemonade, water, soda, coffee, and tea.

May God Bless you,

Fr. Yacob Ghaly

yacoubghalyFather Yacob Ghaly will be celebrating the liturgy on Friday March 28th. The Liturgy will be from 5pm-7pm followed by Aghapy.

Holy Week & Easter Schedule 2014

Friday, April 11 (CHURCH)

5:00pm-8:00pm Last Friday of the Great Lent (The Sacrament of the anointment of the sick & the Divine Liturgy) Bishop David will be blessing us

Saturday, April 12 (CHURCH & GYM)

8:00am-10:00am Lazarus Saturday Liturgy (CHURCH)

2:00pm Gathering to distribute the Palms and Decorate the church (GYM)

6:00pm-8:pm Entry of our Lord into Jerusalem (Vespers) (Service will be in the Gym)

Sunday, April 13

7:30am Entry of our Lord into Jerusalem Divine Liturgy + General Funeral After (Service will be in the Gym)

  • 7:30am-8:30am The Morning Raising of Incense & the Procession
  • 8:30am-11:30am The Divine Liturgy
  • 11:30am-12:30pm Public Funeral Prayer

12:30pm Aghapy

2:30pm Evening Paschal Prayers (in the Church)

Monday, April 14 (CHURCH)

5:30pm- 8:00pm Evening Paschal Prayers

Tuesday, April 15 (CHURCH)

5:30pm- 8:00pm Evening Paschal Prayers

Wednesday, April 16 (CHURCH)

5:30pm- 8:00pm Evening Paschal Prayers

Thursday, April 17 (GYM)

9:00am-2:00pm Covenant Thursday (Liturgy of the blessing water & The Divine Liturgy)

5:30pm-8:30pm Evening Paschal Prayers

Friday, April 18 (GYM)

9:00am-5:30 Good Friday

Saturday, April 19 (CHURCH)

12:00am-5:00am Apocalypse Night & Divine Liturgy of Bright Saturday

7:00pm-12:00am Eve of Easter Sunday Liturgy

  • 7:00pm–8:00pm Morning raising of incense
  • 8:00pm–9:00pm Offering of the Lamb
  • 9:00pm–10:00pm Act of Resurrection and the Procession
  • 10:00pm–10:30pm Gospel & Sermon
  • 10:30pm–12:00am Divine Liturgy (Fasting for the Holy Eucharist start 3:00 PM)

Sunday, April 20

Christos Anesti, Alithos Anest

SPSA Live TV

His Grace Bishop David’s visits to SPSA Church will be broadcasted live on www.youtube.com/spsachurch

God’s ultimate sacrifice

The-Ultimate-SacrificeAs you know, Lent is here. During this holy time of contemplating God’s ultimate sacrifice, we see that the season is specifically geared toward sacrifice. It is within Christ’s sacrifice that our sacrifices are made complete and meaningful.

The Church, through its wisdom, has determined to sacrifice collectively and communally through a universal fast. Fasting is not only comprehensive, it is also collective–when we fast during the period of Lent, we do it together, as a Church, and we fast for the whole world who God loves and for whom He “gave His only begotten Son,” (John 3:16), for whose resurrection we are preparing during this very period.

It is important for us to make sacrifices in order to bring our bodies into subjection (1 Corinthians 9:27) and prepare ourselves for the feast of the Resurrection. Because of this intention, we may focus entirely on our fasting from certain foods and attend only and specifically to what goes into our mouths and stomachs. This sort of fast, where each person only focuses on his or her mind, body and soul, is an incomplete fast. And since we are fasting together as a Church, we should fast the way that God and His Church intend.
We read about true fasting in Isaiah: “Is this not the fast that I have chosen… Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; When you see the naked, that you cover him… If you extend your soul to the hungry And satisfy the afflicted soul… The Lord will guide you continually…” (Isaiah 58:6-11). It is clear that during this time, as we abstain from certain foods and focus on the strengthening of our souls, it is of the utmost importance that we attend to the the most needy amongst us: the hungry, the lonely, the sick.
In abstaining, when we would usually indulge, we should instead give to the poor. Abstaining is not only based on sacrifice, but the importance of fasting is seen most vividly in the transforming of that sacrifice for the greater good: “Be generous with these brothers and sisters, victims of misfortune. Give to the hungry from what you deprive your own stomach” (Gregory of Nyssa).

With this in mind, we cannot truthfully say we are fasting if the Lord’s brethren do not have a place in our hearts, prayers, and also our almsgiving. We must remember the question that St. James has put forth to all of us: “If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and filled,’ without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?” (James 2:16).
So what good is our fasting, if it only disciplines our bodies without effectuating real lasting change in our world–even if that world means taking the time we would have spent at the movies and spent it visiting an elderly person in a nursing home or taking the money we would have spent on lunch and giving it to someone more needy than us? God wants, and the world needs, us to fast the way the Lord has chosen. May the Lord of this Blessed season conform in us a fast that is both acceptable to Him and effective to His world.

By: Ann Marie Toss

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