Monthly Meditation – November 2011

Prior to his death on December 13, 1983, Father Alexander Schmemann celebrated his last Divine Liturgy on Nov. 24, Thanksgiving Day, at St. Vladimir’s Seminary. At the end of the Liturgy he called upon all of us to give thanks to God. It has been a few years since I last presented Fr. Alexander’s words to this congregation. Here, once again, are these most precious words from one of contemporary Orthodoxy’s most precious treasures:

     “Everyone capable of thanksgiving is capable of salvation and eternal joy. Thank you, O Lord, for having accepted this Eucharist, which is offered to the Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and which filled our hearts with “the joy, peace, and righteousness in the Holy Spirit.” Thank you, O Lord, for having revealed Yourself unto us and for giving us the foretaste of Your Kingdom. Thank you, O Lord, for having united us to one another, in serving You and Your Holy Church. Thank you, O Lord, for having helped us to overcome all difficulties, tensions, passions, and temptations and for having restored peace, mutual love and joy in sharing the communion of the Holy Spirit.
      Thank you, O Lord, for the sufferings you bestowed upon us, for they are purifying us from selfishness and remind us of the “one thing needed: your eternal Kingdom.” Thank you, O Lord, for having given us this country where we are free to worship You. Thank you, O Lord, for this school, where the name of God is proclaimed. Thank you, O Lord, for our families: husbands, wives and, especially, children, who teach us how to celebrate Your holy Name in joy, movement and holy noise. Thank you, O Lord, for everyone and everything. Great are you, O Lord, and marvelous are Your deeds, and no word is sufficient to celebrate your miracles. Lord, it is good to be here! Amen.”

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Fall Festival – As Always… A Joy!

The special “Fall Festival” Coffee Hour was celebrated this Sunday, October 23rd.

Favorite fall foods were offered and shared – chili, cornbread, and many dishes and desserts made with squash, pumpkin, apples, etc!  YUM! 

There was bobbing for apples, a fall art project, pumpkin pie play-dough and pumpkin carving for the children.

 

 

Our fellowship on this day was a harvest of joy and thanksgiving as we glorify God for all things.

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Lenten cookbook now available

The St. Ignatius Lenten cookbook that was created several years ago by our women’s fellowship is now available as a PDF download. Click here to view the cookbook and/or download it to your computer. Feel free to share it with anyone you think may be interested in it. You may also find the cookbook under the About section of the menu.

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Monthly Meditation – October 2011

“Our thoughts create either harmony or disharmony in the world.”

Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica

There can never be enough said to reprove the belief that whatever a man does behind closed doors, “as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone else,” is his own business. This erroneous way of thinking comes from the church of rugged individualism. It cannot be emphasized enough what a flat out lie this belief is, a masked entitlement that has become an embedded deception at the very foundation of what “enlightened” men call personal freedom.

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St. Ignatius to host Konevets Quartet concert, Tuesday, October 18, 2011, 7pm

By popular demand, the famed KONEVETS QUARTET, from the Konevets Monastery near St. Petersburg, Russia, is returning to the U.S. for a Fall concert tour.

The KONEVETS QUARTET was founded by graduates of the St. Petersburg Music Conservatoire in 1992. Their repertoire includes Russian sacred music, ancient chants, folk songs and imperial regimental songs & marches.  They have toured extensively throughout Europe and N. America, including the US where they have performed with baritone soloist Dmitri Hvorostovsky and basso profundo, Vladimir Miller.

Here are some samples of their music:

 

 

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