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Cathedral Of St. John The Bishop’s Newsletter Volume 1, Issue 6 January-March 2010 Bishop Michael A. Papierski MAPapierski@aacou.org Message from the Bishop Special points of in- My brothers and sisters, I would like to concentrate on terest: May the grace of our Lord some of the aspects that I found • Message from the Bishop Jesus Christ and the love of where God has touched my life God and the fellowship of and some of the thanks I give • Presentation of the Lord the Holy Spirit be with you him on a regular basis. • Fr. Glen’s sermon on the all. As we transition Land of Plenty through ordinary time into Every day, I get up and go off the season of lent we are to work. The trip is uneventful, • St. Patrick except for some of the drivers reminded of the many Bishop Michael Papierski addressing things that God has done out here. I will either take my the congregation at the Consecration of a car or my motorcycle depend- new Bishop in San Jose, CA for us in our lives. We have many feast days in this ing on the weather. Then return home, have some dinner per- my friends & co workers. I time. One of the most im- haps go out again, then retire can thank him for safe travel portant ones being the Pres- for the evening. On some to and from my destination. entation of our Lord. I will weekends I get together with I can thank him for the sun- go into some detail on this a some of my friends and we go shine, or even the rain, that bit later in this newsletter. for a nice bike ride somewhere nurtures all of the beauty How often in our work or here in the desert, have dinner around us and gives us water family life do we say or and then go back to our homes. that we all need to survive. hear “No one appreciates These are just a few, not all what I do, all I hear is the Just in one day, I can thank God of the things that I thank him negative and never anything for the fact that he has given me for on a regular basis. positive”? Well not to pro- another day , the beautiful sites So, as we go about our daily fess that I know how God that I see on my way to work or lives, let’s take in all of the feels, because I sure don’t, on one of our many rides. I can blessings that we have & let us contemplate that thank him for the people around thank God for them each & Icon of The presentation thought and reflect upon it. me, that bring joy to my life, every day. We welcome your input If there is anything you would like to see in this newsletter, Presentation of the Lord 02 Feb 2010 feel free to let me know. Email The presentation of the Lord, they brought Jesus into the killing thousands and the em- me at MAPapierski@aacou.org. also known as Candlemas, temple the Holy Family they peror in consultation with the marks the completion of the encountered Simeon the Right- Patriarch of Constantinople My goal is for this to be infor- 40 days since the birth of our eous, who uttered what is now ordered a period of fasting & mative and to include that Lord. When Mary & Joseph called the Nunc dimittis or the prayer through the empire. which you want to see. took him into the temple in song of Simeon. Originally, Jerusalem, to complete the feast was a minor celebra- Then on the Feast of the Mary’s purification after tion until 542 when it was es- Meeting of the Lord, great childbirth in accordance with tablished through the Eastern processions were arranged the law of Moses, which can Empire. In 541, a plague in the towns and villages be found in Leviticus. When broke out in Constantinople, (Cont’d on Pg 2) V OLUME 1 , ISSUE 6 T HE B I S H OP’ S NE WS LE TTER PAGE 2 Fr. Glen’s sermon “Land of Plenty” Fr. Glen was kind enough to send me one them in his teaching, and then he contin- of his many sermons that I feel is worthy ues to teach them rather than meeting How sad it is when we as wayward chil- of print in this news letter. As many of their perceived need for food. dren put other “needs” ahead of this need you are aware, Fr. Glen has done a great for the bread of life made known in the deal around the church and community. When the masses demanded food, he person of Jesus Christ! Jesus Christ is the referred them to the fact that he was only real need that we have to live a life As we are now out of the Christmas sea- pointing them to Spiritual food by his of eternal blessing, and yet, we pursue son & entering the season of lent, I felt teaching about the things of heaven. cars and homes and trophy spouses and this would be a perfect time to share this When these Jewish listeners were trying all the manner of possessions and in the with you. to grasp what he was teaching them, he process neglect the importance of return- made a historical connection for them ing thanks to the giver of all good gifts referring back to the manna from heaven for the only thing that really matters for LAND OF PLENTY that god provided for the Israelites when eternity. Friends, we have been blessed they were wandering in the wilderness for by God in ways too many to number, and 5000 people with a few loves, and fish, 40 years. Again demonstrating that god yet we feel just like the 5000 for today, they had a need for food and Jesus saw, met their needs when they needed it. we too want Jesus to give us one more and meet that need. They’d followed Again, Jesus turns his discussion to thing …to give us one more demonstra- Jesus all the way around lake, and rather things of a spiritual nature and they asked tion. than recognizing the fact that they were him to provide “this food” for them. being offered the solution to a real need, Jesus then told them that he is the bread Fr. Glenford C. Andrus they were they asking yet again to have a of life. With a belief in Jesus they would perceived need met. Jesus reminded them never be hungry, at least not in things of of the importance of what he was offering eternal significance. Presentation of the Lord Cont’d as well as a solemn prayer service to Mother of God & Beeswax candle. among the most ancient feast of the ask for deliverance from all evils. Christian Church. Several sermons The plague then ceased and in In the Byzantine tradition, The were written about it in as early as thanksgiving, the feast was elevated meeting of the Lord, as it is known, 312 by Methodius of Patara and as to a more Solomon celebration. is unique in that it combines ele- late as 407 by John Chrysostom. ments of both Traditionally, the western term Can- The great feast dlemas (or Candle Mass) was in ref- of the Lord and In Poland the feast is erence to a practice whereby the a Great Feast of priest would bless beeswax candles the Theotokos. called Matka Boske on Feb 02 with an aspergillum for use It has a forefeast Gromniczna or Mother of throughout the year. Some were dis- of one day and tributed to the faithful for use in an after fast of 7 God & Beeswax candle. their home. In Poland the feast is days. called Matka Boske Gromniczna or The Feast of the Presentation is St. Patrick approximately 387-461 St. Patrick was born in prayed many times each day. As his rid of the serpent. The Shamrock that Britain around 387 to fear increased so did his faith. He es- you see in celebrations today was used wealthy parents caped the captivity & found some sail- by St. Patrick to describe the trinity to Calpurnius and ors to take him back to Britain. Many the new converts. Conchessa. legends have been associated with St. Patrick, one of which being that he rid St. Patrick was ordained a Priest by When he was about 16, Ireland of the snakes. As it turns out St. Germanu, the Bishop of Auxerre he was taken into cap- St. Patrick there were never any snakes in post and was later Consecrated a Bishop tivity & sold as a slave by Irish ma- glacial Ireland, and that the Druids at himself and sent back to Britain rauders. He relates in his writings the time used the serpent as a symbol. whereby he arrived there in 433. St. of the “Confessio” that while in cap- St. Patrick had converted all of Ire- Patrick died on 17 March 461 which is tivity & tending of the flocks he land to Christianity thereby getting when we celebrate his feast.
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