There has been something weighing on my heart lately:
During Divine Liturgy, I noticed that there is still talking going on in the Foyer of the Church and even sometimes within the Sanctuary. This has never been permissible. Ushers, I need your help in this matter. If anyone is talking, especially during the Gospel, Sermon, or Communion preparation and/or distribution, please remind them that there is no talking during these times.
¨ Standing Silently is the ONLY proper posture...
During the reading of the Gospel and consecration of the Holy Communion, there ought to be no movement and no noise. Please remain where you are. STANDING, bowing our heads and praying is the appropriate posture as we are participating in the most holy moment in the Divine Liturgy where the priest invokes the Holy Spirit to sanctify the offerings and change them to the very Body and Blood of Lord and savior Jesus Christ.
Communion: the Most Holy Time!
Once again, Silence and Stillness is REQUIRED. No walking or talking is allowed from the Conclusion of the Creed (when the priest says, “Let us stand aright; let us stand with fear; let us attend…” etc.) through the conclusion of the consecration (when the priest says, “Especially our all-holy, immaculate most blessed glorious Lady Theotokos…”)
Remember to keep standing! Unless you have a serious medical condition which prevents you from standing, there should be NO sitting or even kneeling during these times.
Following the teachings of the Church:
It is important to abide by teachings of the Church to improve our ways of worshipping God and to actively participate in the Liturgy which contributes to our spiritual growth.
I pray this information would be of a benefit to all of you.
Daily Lives , Miracles and Wisdom of the Saints
Holy, Glorious Prophet Elijah Commemorated on July 20.
The glorious Prophet Elijah (Hebrew:אליהו), l) so Elias (NT Greek Hλίας), is a prophet of the Hebrew Bible or Old Testament. His name has been variously translated as "whose God is the Lord," "God the Lord," "the strong Lord," "God the Lord," "my God is the Lord," "the Lord is my God," and "my God is Jehovah."
Elijah was one of the important Biblical prophets, who lived in the 9thC BC during the times of King Ahab and his wicked queen Jezebel. Elijah is regarded
by all faiths (Jews, Christians, Muslims and Druze) as a healer, a miracle maker, and a great hero who stood against the might of Kings and false prophets. He is incorporated in many of the religious accounts (such as the transfiguration of Jesus) and traditions. Feast day is celebrated on July 20th.
5th Sunday after Pentecost
Tone 4 Eoth 5
Gospel: Matthew 8:28-9:1
كنيسةُ القِدِّيسِ جَاورجِيُوسَ الَأنطَاكِيَّة للرُّومِ الأُرْثُوذُكسِ في جَاكسِنْفل فلُوريدا
1. In loving memory of Musa Yacoub Hanania (1 year Obs.), offered by Hind Hanania and her children. May his memory be eternal.
2. For the health and spiritual welfare of Elias Daoud, offered by Gail Daoud and her daughters.
3. For the health and spiritual welfare of Elias Baghdan, offered by George and Rasha Baghdan and family.
4. For the health and spiritual welfare of Dr. Ramsey B. and Sally Salem, their children, and their families offered by Dr. Ramsey B. and Sally Salem.
5. For the health and spiritual welfare of Nabila Salem, her children and their families, offered by Nabila Salem .
6. For the health and spiritual welfare of Anne Salem and family, offered by Anne Salem.
English: Chris Farha
Arabic: George Baghdan