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									       St. Mary Magdalene Orthodox Church
                                Monthly Bulletin
   Volume 7, Number                                                               2, February 2008
 Rector: V. Rev. Fr. Paul Jannakos    Phone: (810) 845-9015       Email –
 Associate Priest: Fr. Robert Royer   Phone: (810) 869-2951     Email –
 Fr. Deacon John Manutes              Phone: (810) 694-1489     Email –

                                 Prayer: The Test of Everything

         In the Orthodox Church we are taught that the quality of our faith is vitally linked to the
practice of prayer. Simply put, our relationship with the Holy Trinity is dependent upon the
authenticity of prayer. This is the basis of the maxim that says, “the theologian is the one who prays
and the one who prays is the theologian.”
         Accordingly, those who grow in faith do so because their prayer is genuine, while those who
lose their souls do so only because they fail to give themselves over to a life of prayer. St.
Theophan the Recluse says, “Prayer is thus the test of everything, the source of everything and the
director of everything; for if our prayer is right, then everything else will be right also.”
         So what must we do in order to recover the kind of prayer that makes “every thing right” in
our daily lives?
         1) First, we must make time for prayer on a regular, daily basis - in the morning and evening.
The saints call this the “Rule of Prayer.” No one makes progress in the spiritual life without being
obedient to this simple rule. Why is this important? Because prayer needs its own time so that we
can focus the body, mind and soul wholly on God. This is what Christ means in the gospels when
He says, "But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father Who is
in secret.” (Mat. 6.6)
         2) Second, we must seek God continually by praying to Him without ceasing. This is the
teaching of the scriptures in that we must be mindful of God in everything we do. "I will bless the
Lord at all times, His praise shall always be in my heart." (Ps. 34:1) "Seek God and your soul shall
live." (Ps 69:1) "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be
filled." (Mat. 5:6). Whether we are at work, or at home with the children, or driving in the car, we
pray by being mindful of the Lord continually.
         3) Third, we must commit ourselves to the Liturgical and Sacramental life of the Church. The
testimony of Orthodoxy is that our personal prayer will never be true unless we gather together as
the Body of Christ. Our corporate prayer, the prayer of Christ’s Body, and our personal prayer, go
hand in hand. These two types of prayers are truly symbiotic in that they cannot live - one without
the other.
         4) Fourth, we must cleanse our hearts of ill will towards others. We must remove from our
souls the presence of any malice towards our brother or sister. For as we pray in the prayer of St.
Ephrem the Great, “O Lord, grant me to see my own sins and not to judge my brother..." Here we
learn that God accepts our prayer only as long as we forgive others the wrongs they have
committed against us.
         5) Fifth, we must be faithful to the fast days and the fasting seasons of the Church. Why is
this so important? Because the Church knows that as human beings we are psychosomatic
creatures; how we treat our bodies has a great effect upon the life of the soul. The deep meaning of
the fast is simply to teach us about the necessity of moderation: we eat in order to live and not the
other way around. Conversely, those people who have become slaves of their stomach and who
“string together breakfast with dinner,” (eat all day long) as St. John Chrysostom says, will never be
capable of prayer. Carnality and contemplation are diametrically opposed.
       6) Lastly, we must surrender our lives in humble obedience to a spiritual father. For we will
never progress in prayer without having somebody to help us along the way. In America today it is a
sad fact that most Christians are really "lone-ranger" Christians. They think they can in the do it on
their own. "Me and Jesus, that's all that I will ever need." But this is a dangerous assumption. The
Holy Fathers love to say that the person who has chosen himself as his own spiritual guide has
chosen a fool. \
       Let us never forget this one thing: that the greatest treasure of our Christian Orthodoxy is its
teaching on prayer. May God help us to see how valuable this treasure truly is! More importantly,
may God help us to pray sincerely, faithfully, and unceasingly.
       Archpriest Paul Jannakos

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                                                                              St. Mary Magdalene
                                                                               Orthodox Church
 Special Thanks to everyone at St .
                                                                          St. Mary Magdalene Orthodox
 Mary Magdalene Church for their                                          Church meets at St. John’s
                                                                          Knights of Columbus Hall. It is
 prayers, candles and Get Well Wishes!                                    located Jefferson St. (just East
 Kostas Papathanasiou                                                     of St. John’s Catholic School) in
                                                                          Fenton, MI. We have Great
                                                                          Vespers on Saturday evenings
Acolyte/Altar Server Class                                                at 5:00 p.m. and Divine Liturgy
February 23, 2008                                                         at 10:00 a.m. on Sundays.
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm                                                         Directions from the North
                                                                          South on I-75
The class will be held before Great Vespers. Any boys 7 and               South on M-23 and East on
older interested in serving in the Altar should attend.                   Silver Lake Rd.
Instruction, information and practice time will be given.                 North (Left) on Adelaide, then,
                                                                          East (right) on Jefferson.
                                                                          The Church (KC Hall) will be on
Communion Assistants Class                                                your left (just past the School).
February 23, 2008
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm                                                         Directions from the South
                                                                          North on M-23
The class will be held before Great Vespers. Any girls 7 and              East on Silver Lake Rd.
older interested in assisting in serving Communion should                 North (Left) on Adelaide, then,
                                                                          East (right) on Jefferson.
attend. Instruction, information and practice time will be                The Church (KC Hall) will be on
given.                                                                    your left (just past the School).

                                                                          North on I-75
 VG’s Community Points                                                    Take exit 101 West (Grange Hall
 Keep up the good work. We have earned $422.82 from the points            Rd.) through Holly and Fenton.
 saved that will go into the general fund. Don’t forget to turn in your
After jogging south in Fenton turn North onto Adelaide, then, East (right)
on Jefferson.
The Church (KC Hall) will be on your left (just past the School).

     Remember in your prayers all the families and
friends of St. Mary Magdalene parishioners, especially:
Archpriest Boris
Leon Lysaght
Pam Caszatt
Anne Smith
Josephine Baker                                                              FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS
Marcella Moorman                                                             Paul Breck        01
Mike Centala (Terri Oginsky’s husband)                                       Nicholas Hinshaw  02
Margaret Steep (Terri Oginsky’s mother)                                      Nicholas Livezey  04
Anna Branoff                                                                 Niki Naum         02
Deborah Cikalo                                                               Jeffrey Schlueter 06
Jean Fifield                                                                 Doug Livezey      09
Elaine Gejoff                                                                Rebecca Lazar     11
Ronald Gregory                                                               Marcella Moorman  11
Kosta Pathanasiou
                                                                             Emmanuel Watson 14
Rhonda (Oginsky) Anselmo (Joanne Oginsky-Lyon’s niece)
Helen Soroka (Maria Sak’s mother)                                            Eleftheria Rissin 15
Rick Dolato (friend of Mike Schlaack’s)                                      Michael Martin    16
Mary Salim (friend of Ann Schutt)                                            Andrew Auxier     19
George Manutes (Dn. John’s father)                                           Elias Chiatalas   21
Sonia Mobillio (Andrea’s mother)                                             Kathleen Laituri  21
Helen Kirwin (friend of Frieda Owens),                                       Phillip Moorman   23
Steven (brother of Kurt & Ann Shutt’s Aunt)                                  Bruce Watson      23
Charles Frick (Janet Frick’s husband)                                        Galina Britton    26
Patti Trujillo (friend of Mary Beth Chumney [Fr. Paul’s sister])             Anna Lesho        28
Judi Wehrli (friend of Jeanette Hildreth)
                                                                             Marianne Livezey  28
Anton Petrenko (son of Larissa Lesho)
John Halvorson (nephew of Elaine Gejoff)

     For those in the Armed Forces:
In this time of unrest and turmoil, let us pray for Peace and give Special
Prayers and Candles to all those in the military and armed forces around
the world, especially our St. Mary Magdalene family and friends:             FEBRUARY
Matthew Beck - First Lieutenant - US Air Force                               ANNIVERSARIES
Taylor E. Blohm – Staff Sargent – US Air National Guard
Stephanie Bishop – US Navy                                                   Phillip & Marcella Moorman 11
Robert Faulkner – Private First Class – US Marines
                                                                             Paul & Galina Britton      14
Gabrielle Most – US Army
Michael Oginsky – Captain – US Marines
                                                                             Dr. Vladimir & Zina Pyatenko28
Jason Wilburn – Corporal – Army Rangers
                                                                                Announcements for the
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                                                                              to Pat Smith by the 15th of
     Mothers with child:                                                       the month. Phone: 810-
Abby Forwerck                                                                     635-3073 or e-mail
You-Kyoung Coote                                                    

 Please submit prayer list to Father Paul at 810-695-5175 or                   Greeter Schedule
 Rotating schedule of Sunday Greeters. Please arrive at least 15
 minutes before Divine Liturgy starts. If you have any questions     Coffee Hour Hosts
 or are unable to fulfill this stewardship, please contact
                                                                     and Hostesses!
 Margaret Shipley at 810-736-5370.
                                                                     February   3 – Kyra Tyler
   February   3 –Susan Schlaack and Pat Smith                        February   10 – The Holmes
   February   10 – Margaret Shipley and Rachael Hildreth             February   18 – The Fosters
   February   18 – Vladimir Pyatenko and Dennis Perez                February   24 – Youth Group
   February   24 – Phil and Marcella Moorman
                                                                       St. Mary Magdalene
                     Altar Servers Schedule                          Church Council Members
                                                                         Rector (Ex-officio)
Sub-Deacon – Paul Hildreth
Logan Shephard                                                        V. Rev. Fr. Paul Jannakos
                                                                        Deacon (Ex-officio)
Team A                       Team B                                   Fr. Deacon John Manutes
Andrew Auxier         Greg Jannakos
Nick Livezey          Joseph Yonan                                    President – Dr. Daniel Sak
Emmanuel Watson              Jacob Yonan                             Vice President - Phil Moorman
Seraphim Watson              Gregory Auxier                            Treasurer - Brian Arnes
John Auxier                  Nathan Auxier                              Recording Secretary -
Nicholas Zayan
                                                                          Cynthia Chiatalas
                                                                         Members at Large –
February   3 – Team B                                                      Rebecca Lazar
February   10 – Team A                                                     Freida Owens
February   18 – Team B                                                     Susan Schlaack
February   24 – Team A                                                      Patricia Smith

           Communion Servers
        Rotating Schedule of Communion Servers. These young church
                                                                       St. Mary Magdalene
        members will be assisting Father Paul with the Communion
                                                                         Church Council
        Cloth. If you have any questions or are unable to fulfill
   this important stewardship, please contact Margaret Shipley at
   810-736-5370.                                                     This month’s Council
   February 3 – Natalia Sak and Rachael Hildreth                     Meetings will be held on
   February 10 – Rebecka Tyler and Gabrielle Royer                   Saturday, February 2, at
                                                                     3:45 pm. The location for
   February 18 – Christine Auxier and Eleni Chiatalas                the meeting will be at the
   February 24 – Stephanie Onderchanin and Julia Zayan               KC Hall before Great
                      North End Soup Kitchen                         Vespers. Please call Fr.
    Help give service to others in need by helping at the North      Paul if you have any
    End Soup Kitchen. All interested person’s willing to help on     questions.
    Tuesday, February 26 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, contact
    Elaine Gejoff at 810-630-1252.
                                             ST. MARY MAGDALENE ORTHODOX CHURCH – FEBRUARY 2008

      SUNDAY                   MONDAY             TUESDAY                 WEDNESDAY                THURSDAY               FRIDAY                  SATURDAY
                                                                                                                         1 FAST DAY               2 Meeting of Christ
                                                                                                                         Martyr Tryphon           in the Temple
                                                                                                                                                  Heb. 7:7-17
                                                                                                                         James 2:1-13             Luke 2:22-40
                                                                                                                         Mark 10:23-32            Council Meeting,
                                                                                                                                                  3:45 pm. KC Hall
                                                                                                                         Evening Divine           Great Vespers, 5 pm,
                                                                                                                         Liturgy, 6:30 pm,        followed by
                                                                                                                         St. John’s Chapel        Confessions
3    36th Sunday after    4                      5                        6     FAST DAY           7                     8     FAST DAY           9
     Pentecost            Venerable Isidore,     Martyr Agatha            St. Bucolus, Bishop of   St. Parthenius        Greatmartyr Theodore     Martyr Nicephorus
                          Pelusium                                        Smmyrnia                                                                1 Thess. 5:14-23
Church Sch. 9:05 am                                                                                                                               Luke 17:3-10
Divine Liturgy, 10 am                                                                                                    1 Peter 1:1-2,10-12;     Great Vespers, 5 pm,
Coffee Hr., 11:30 am      James 2:14-20          James 3:1-10             James 3:11-4:6                                 2:6-10                   followed by
Youth Gr.:@ Royer’s       Mark 10:46-52          Mark 11:11-23            Mark 11:22-26            James 4:7-5:9         Mark 12:1-12             Confessions
after Church.                                                                                      Mark 11:27-33
10    37th Sunday         11                     12                       13    FAST DAY           14                    15     FAST DAY          16
      after Pentecost     Hieromartyr Blaise     St. Meletius,            Venerable Martinian      Vemerable Auxentius   Apostle Onesimus of      Martyr Pamphylius
                                                 Archbishop of Antioch                                                   the 70                   and his Companions
                                                                                                                                                  2 Tim. 2:11-19
Church Sch. 9:05 am                                                                                                                               Luke 18:2-8
Divine Liturgy, 10 am     1 Peter 2:21-3:9       1 Peter 3:10-22          1 Peter 4:1-11           1 Peter 4:12-5:5      2 Peter 1:1-10           Great Vespers, 5 pm,
Coffee Hr., 11:30 am      Mark 12:13-17          Mark 12:18-27            Mark 12:28-37            Mark 12:38-44         Mark 13:1-8              followed by
17    38th Sunday after   18                     19                       20      NO FAST          21                    22      NO FAST          23
      Pentecost           St. Leo the Great,     Apostles of the 70 –     St. Leo, Bishop of       Venerable Timothy     Relics of Holy Martyrs   Hieromartyr Polycarp,
Publican and Pharisee     Pope of Rome           Archippus & Philemon     Catania                                        at Gate of Eugenius at   Bishop of Smyrna
                                                 2 Peter 2:9-22                                                          Constantimople           2 Tim. 3:1-9
                                                 Mark 13:14-23                                                                                    Luke 20:46-21:4
Church Sch. 9:05 am                              Kallistos Ware                                                                                   Acolyte class, 2-5pm
Divine Liturgy, 10 am     2 Peter 1:20-2:9       speaks @ St. George      2 Peter 3:1-8            1 John 1:8-2:6        1 John 2:7-17            Communion Servers
Coffee Hr., 11:30 am      Mark 13:9-13           in Troy, 7:00pm: “The    Mark 13:24-31            Mark 13:31-14:2       Mark 14:3-9              class, 4-5 pm
                                                 Future of Orthodoxy                                                                              Great Vespers, 5 pm,
                                                 in North America.”                                                                               followed by
24 39th Sunday            25                     26                       27 FAST DAY              28                    29 FAST DAY
     after Pentecost      St. Tarasius,          St. Porphyrius, Bishop   St. Raphael, Bishop of   Venerable Basil the   Venerable John
Prodigal Son              Archbishop of          of Gaza                  Brooklyn                 Confessor             Cassian

Church Sch. 9:05 am                              1 John 3:11-20           1 John 3:21-4:6          1 John 4:20-5:21      2 John 1:1-13
Divine Liturgy, 10 am     1 John 2:18-3:10       Mark 14:10-42            Mark 14:43-15:1          Mark 15:1-15          Mark 15:22-25,33-41
Coffee Hr., 11:30 am      Mark 11:1-11

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