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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)

TAG SALE

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.

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