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					S t M a r y ’s A s s um pt i o n A l b a ni a n O rt hod o x C h u rc h




                    T h e C h ur c h Ti d i n gs
               N ov em b e r— D ec em b e r 2 0 0 6
                      La j m e n ga Ki s ha
                  N ent or — Dhj et o r 2 0 0 6
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                     SAINT MARYS ALBANIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH
                                  535 Salisbury Street
                            Worcester, Massachusetts 01609
                             Church phone: 508 756-1690
                             Father Dennis L. Nagi, Ph.D.
                                 Home: 508 755-0955

                                   EDITORIAL STAFF
                                  Father Dennis Nagi
                                     Ligoraq Progri
                               Prifteresha Candice Nagi
                                      Lillian Joseph
                                    Dorothy Lambert


               KRYEPESHKOPATES ORTHODOKSE SHQIPETARE TE AMERIKES

                           Sunday Matins ... 9:OOA.M.
                          Sunday Divine Liturgy ... 10:OOA.M.

                          CHURCH PARISH COUNCIL FOR 2006

                             PAUL PROKO ... Chairperson
                          MICHAEL VASEL ... Vice-Chairperson
                             STEVEN JOSEPH ... Treasurer
                              PATTI MORRIS ... Secretary
                                   MARY KODRA
                                   VIOLET LASKA
                                  ELENI MILLONA
                                  DIANA PROGRI
                                   TOMI STEFANI

                              CHURCH ORGANIZATIONS

                                Daughters of St. Mary's
                                  Sons of St. Mary's
                                   Women's Guild
                                    Youth Group
                                    Altar Servers
                                   Sunday School
                                        Choir
                                   Senior Citizens


    ****ALL ENTRIES FOR POSSIBLE INCLUSION IN “CHURCH TIDINGS” MUST FIRST BE ****
      ****APPROVED BY FATHER DENNIS AND MUST BE SUBMITTED 3 WEEKS PRIOR ****
                                ****TO PUBLICATION****
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     PASTOR’S MESSAGE
                     “The two 'dena ri' coin s rep -       the Gospel, I urge you, then, be imitators of
                     rese nt the two command s of          me" (lCor 4: 16, 17).
                     Jesus to love God and
                     neighbor”                             Looking beyond our own needs, embracing
                                                           everyone, and welcoming everyone to the
                           The Good Samaritan              House of God are a big part of our mission
                                                           as Christians. The lesson of the Good Sa-
                   As Christians, we are all aware         maritan, Luke 10: 25-37, is one of the best
                   of our Lord's telling of the            messages demonstrating the need of all of
     Good Samaritan. It is one of my favorite pas-         us to share our church and our faith with
     sages in the New Testament. There is much to          others. In actuality, Jesus Christ is the Good
     be gained from reflecting on this parable.            Samaritan Himself. We have the image of
                                                           three sacraments offered to us by Jesus in
     I remember one of my professors telling the           this gospel lesson. The man who was beaten
     class "The Mission of the Church is the continued     and left half dead, represents the new life
     mission of Christ.” The Orthodox Church teaches       granted to all of us during the Sacrament of
     that our spiritual life should be a reflection of     Baptism. The oil of the Good Samaritan,
     the Church building. Think of the natural light       applied to heal the man, represents the
     which fills the church, especially in the morning     Sacrament of Holy Unction. When we re-
     during the Matins Service. The natural light re-      ceive the Sacrament of Holy Unction, the
     minds us of the light of Christ. We were fortu-       service prays for our healing, restoring, and
     nate to be able to have our Church face the           protection by God. The Good Samaritan
     traditional east. Early in the morning, the Holy      used both oil and wine for the purpose of
     Altar is filled with natural light representing the   healing and restoring the wounded man.
     Resurrection of Jesus Christ. It has become one       The church teaches us th at here we have
     of my favorite places to pray as another busy         the message of the meanin g of Holy
     day begins. Have you ever noticed that there          Communion. The man was healed and re-
     are no mirrors in the church, but only windows?       sto red. Holy Communion is the spiritual
     The windows of the church have a great deal           food one must h ave in order to survive.
     to teach us about our mission as Christians.          The Good Sam aritan o ffe red two den ari
     When we look through a window we can see              in the form of a payment. This is signifi-
     everything on the other side. When we look in         cant because it relate s to how Christ died
     a mirror, we see only ourselves, how we look.         for us. Jesu s paid ou r de bt. This is the
     Would a window or mirror describe what kind           meaning of 'Remission of Sins.' St.
     of person we are or are becoming? Do we look          Ambro se wrote, "this is the image of the
     only at ourselves, caring only for ourselves? Is it   eternal Kin g, at the price of whose
     possible for us to be like a window, looking be-      wounds we are healed. We are re-
     yond ourselves and at other people and asking         deemed by the precious blood, that we
     how we can help and serve them? Our Lord              may avoid the sore s of fin al de ath." The
     and Savior, Jesus Christ was definitely a win-        man who was beaten, ro bbe d, an d left to
     dow person and asks us to be the same.                die represen ts fallen humankind. Without
                                                           Christ, we are half-dead an d will
     "I became your Father in Christ Jesus through         eventually die without Him. Ch rist came to
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heal our wounds. The church teaches us that we repre sent the man and the inn that Christ
brough t the m an to represen ts the rest and strength we gain from Ch rist throu gh our church. A ll
the faith ful are called to be inn-kee pers. Christ built the Church, His inn, and h as aske d us to
sustain it by keeping its doors open to all. The two 'den ari' coins re presen t the two comman ds
of Jesus to love God an d neighbor. Jesu s in one of his other lessons tells a young lawyer, "go
and do likewise." The message is clear. We are to pu t down our mirrors and look out the win-
dows. We are all called to reach out to those we know and do not know.

I sincerely hope and pray that we will all allow the light of Christ to fill our Church as well as
our hearts and minds. In doing so, we will be actively involved in bringing othe rs to be fed by
the 'Goo d Samaritan ' Jesus Ch rist Him self.




Church Dome
                                             Pew Order Form

Yes, I/we will donate a pew(s) to help St. Mary's pay down its loan for repair of the dome.

___ Number of pews x $1000

$ __ Total donation

Checks are payable to St. Mary's Church:

Name: _______________________________________________________________________________

Address: _____________________________________________________________________________

Phone: _______________________________________________________________________________

Name on plaque to read as follows:
                            (Example: In Memory of Mr. & Mrs. John Smith)

A Parish of the Albani an Orthodox Archdiocese i n America. Orthodox Church in America
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Church Dome Continued

 Saint Mar y's Assum ption Alba nia n Or thodo x Church

 535 Salisbury Street • Worcester, MA • 01609

                                 Fr. Dennis Nagi -- Parish Priest (508) 756-1690


 October, 2006

 Dear Members and Friends of St. Mary's:

 As you know, the original dome of our church was in need of significant repair. It was determined that a replace-
 ment was necessary, and as a result, a beautiful new copper dome was installed. This allowed us to proceed in af-
 fixing the holy and inspiring iconography to the interior of the dome in time for Easter, 2005.

 The total cost to replace the dome was $123,000, which we needed to borrow through a variable interest loan with
 a local bank. While we have reduced the loan balance to just under $100,000, interest rates are rising, and it is
 imperative that we pay down the loan for this unexpected expense as quickly as possible. This is where we need
 your help and financial support:

 Back when our new church building was opened almost 25 years ago, there were discussions to ask the members
 and friends of St. Mary's to donate the pews, as is the custom in many of our Archdiocesan churches, and is a prac-
 tice in many other churches, Orthodox and non-Orthodox. We are now ready to proceed with this fundraising pro-
 ject.

 We have 36 pews in our church, and 7 pews in our soon to be opened chapel. Our goal is to have each of these 43
 pews donated at $1,000 each, which will reduce our current loan balance for the new dome by almost half. Donors
 will be acknowledged by placing their name on a plaque to be hung in either the Narthex, or in the hall between
 the church and the church office.

 If you and/or your family can find it in your heart to donate to this important fundraiser, we would ask that you
 kindly complete the enclosed form and mail it to St. Mary's with your check. Thank you.

 Yours in Christ.



 Rev. Dennis Nagi                                                          Paul T. Proko
 Parish Priest                                                             Parish Council President
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Women’s Guild
                                           SAINT MARY’S WOMEN GUILD


 Thanks to Lynn Gonzales, President of the Women’s Guild for providing the following information.

 History of the Women’s Guild:


 In 1955, the Sunday School Mothers Club was established. Their goal was to support the Sunday School
 program by holding fund raisers.


  In 1971, the Sunday School Mother’s Club saw the need to have our membership consist of all women in-
 terested in supporting this organization and its purpose. With this in mind the name was changed to the
 Women’s Guild of Saint Mary’s. The focus became not only to support the Sund ay School but to also sup-
 port and contribute to all of the needs of St. Mary’s. Because of the energy and dedication of all of our
 volunteers, we continue to have successful fundraisers such as penny sales, cookbook sales, fashion shows,
 bazzars, and valentine luncheons. We look forward to making new friends and working together in excit-
 ing new ventures as we continue to support the future needs of our church community.


 Women’s Guild Upcoming Events:


  On Thursday, November 9 at 6:30 pm, the Women’s Guild will hold its annual fun filled penny sale.
 There is something for everyone, from children to adults. You will be surprised by all of the wonderful
 items that will be available. We are currently seeking donations for children, Christmas items, country
 kitchen items and items for the “This and That” tables. This year we have gift certificates from TiNovo,
 Struck Café, and Indian Meadows which we plan to raffle off.


  Please drop off your donations on Wednesd ay, November 8 between the hours of 6:00 and 7:30 pm.
 This event will be held in our Church Hall. If you cannot make it Wednesday night, you may contact Lynn
 Gonzales to make other arrangements.


 Sunday, November 19, 2006


  Join us for an evening filled with fun, raffles, and discounts to your favorite mall stores. This is a one time
 event. Area malls will be closed for this event to make shopping easy for those who attend. Tickets are
 $10.00 which entitles you to entry and special discounts. Please help support us in this special fundraiser
 and at the same time save money on your holiday shopping. For tickets c all Diane Steffon or Lynn Gonza-
 les.
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Dear Dhorke
 Dhorke received the following letter from Duan:

 Dear Dhorke:
     My burre the “tiger” quit smoking edhe is making mua jete miserable. Everytime une
 light up a duan, he coughs edhe coughs, grunts and theret. He even has trained qenin to
 make faces, bark and even leave the hode.
    Lately une spend shume deal of time ne bathroom, outside, or prane the exhaust fan –
 smoking of course. My problem eshta kjo, winter po coming edhe the kids use the bath-
 room me shume, the windows to te bullen, edhe exhaust fanat to te be put in storage.
 “Tiger” has threatened to dis-own mua if une don’t stop. What shall une do? Une get-
 ting nervous already before the deadline.


         Enjoy Duan.


 Dear Smoker:

    Une cannot sympathize with tune. Smoking eshte shendet hazard.
 Your “Tiger” loves tune edhe wants to keep tune around a long kohe.
 That’s why he eshte on your kuriz.

    Beju thankful per small things and think of the bad gjera smoking
 does, edhe the gains tine get nga stopping. Save the para tine spend on
 duan per dite in a separate bange and at anniversary hore take familen
 jashte for a mire time. If tine think smoking eshte enjoyable write to the
 Cancer Society per their remarks.

                       Dhorke




 If you are seeking advice from “Dear Dhorke” please write down your concern and hand it in at the
 Church office.
                                                                                       PAGE 8




COMMUNITY NEWS
Baptisms
Vasilika Agolli…August 27, 2006…God Grant Her Many Years!
Theodora Manxhari…August 27, 2006…God Grant Her Many Years!
George Kovi…August 27, 2006…God Grant Him Many Years!
Jessica Pano…September 10, 2006…God Grant Her Many Years!
Joanna Pano…September 10, 2006…God Grant Her Many Years!
Ana Gjino…September 10, 2006…God Grant Her Many Years!
Sofilia Danga…October 1, 2006…God Grant Her Many Years!
Jony Haxhi…October 28, 2006…God Grant Her Many Years!
Redi (Gregory) Luarasi...October 29, 2006…God Grant Her Many Years!


Marriages

Brendon O’Neill to Deborah Petrides…August 20, 2006…God Grant Them Many Years!
Erjon Qirko to Oljeta Bida…August 26, 2006…God Grant Them Many Years!
George Kovi to Oli Miholli…October 1, 2006…God Grant Them Many Years!
Matthew Blankenship to Alexandra Summers…October 14, 2006…God Grant Them Many Years!



Deaths

Louis Ontso…August 28, 2006…May His Memory Be Eternal
Nora Kiritsy…September 17, 2006…May Her Memory Be Eternal!
Georgiana Nickolas…September 19, 2006…May Her Memory Be Eternal!
Victoria Tanacea...October 10, 2006… May Her Memory Be Eternal!
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ORTHODOX DICTIONARY…”What Does it All Mean?”
 EASTER…The feast day of the resurrection of Christ is known as the “Feast of Feasts.” It is the greatest
 Orthodox festival, celebrated the Sunday following the first full moon after Spring equinox. It is a mov-
 able feast and the dates of the other movable feasts of the Orthodox Church are calculated from it.


    ECCLESIA…The gathering of the faithful at Church for worship and fellowship.


    ECCLESIASTICAL…Whatever deals or pertains to the Church and its life.


 ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH…The “First Among Equals” of all the Orthodox autocephalous churches and
 was founded by St. Andrew the Apostle.


  ECUMENISM…The movement of Christian Churches toward a mutual understanding of their problems and
 the concept of unity and love willed by Christ.




Albanian Cookbook
•     6" x 9" Hard Cover Book

•     300 Recipes

•     208 Beautifully Illustrated Pages

• Experience such delights as Baklava, Shish Kebab, Spinach pie, etc
                    Cost of the book is $22.50
                    Postage and handling rates per book is $4 (USA and Canada)
Please make check payable to:
The Women’s Guild
P.O.Box 20357
Worcester, MA 01602
www.albaniancookbook.com

If you have any questions call 508 798 - 4701
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Senior Corner
                                                     Hi ah,....
 Hummm let me think ,...why did I send you this......don't tell me it's coming to me....Oh ya.....




 Senior citizens are constantly being criticized for every conceivable deficiency of the modern world, real
 or imaginary. We know we take responsibility for all we have done and do not blame others.

 HOWEVER, upon reflection, we would like to point out that it was NOT the senior citizens who took:

    The melody out of music,
    The pride out of appearance,
    The courtesy out of driving,
    The romance out of love,
    The commitment out of marriage,
    The responsibility out of parenthood,
    The togetherness out of the family,
    The learning out of education,
    The service out of patriotism,
    The Golden Rule from rulers,
    The nativity scene out of cities,
    The civility out of behavior,
    The refinement out of language,
   The dedication out of employment,

    The prudence out of spending,
    The ambition out of achievement, or,
    God out of government and school.

 And we certainly are NOT the ones who eliminated patience and tolerance from personal rel ationships
 and interactions with others!!
 And, we do understand the meaning of p atriotism, and remember those who have fought and died for our
 country.

 Does anyone under the age of 50 know the lyrics to the Star Spangled Banner?
                                                                                                                        PAGE 11



Senior Corner Continued...




Just look at the Seniors with tears in their eyes and pride in their hearts as they stand at attention, on vet-
                               erans day and our great country's birthday .




                    YES, I'M A SENIOR CITIZEN!
I'm the li fe of the party...... even i f i t lasts unti l 8 p.m.
I'm very good at openi ng childproof caps... wi th a hammer.
I'm usually i nterested i n going home before I get to w here I am goi ng.

I'm   awake many hours before my body allow s me to get up.
I'm   smili ng all the time because I can't hear a thi ng you're sayi ng.
I'm   very good at telli ng stori es; over and over and over and over...
I'm   aware that other people's grandchi ldren are not nearly as cute as mi ne.
I'm   so cared for --- long term care, eye care, private care, dental care.




I'm not really grouchy,
I just don't li ke traffi c, w ai ting, crow ds, lawyers, loud musi c, unruly ki ds, Jenny Crai g and Toyota commercials,
barki ng dogs, poli ti cians and a few other thi ngs I can't seem to remember right now.

I'm sure everythi ng I can't find is i n a safe secure place, somew here.
I'm wri nkled, saggy, lumpy, and that's just my left leg.
I'm havi ng trouble rememberi ng simple words like.......
I'm begi nning to reali ze that agi ng is not for wimps.
I'm sure they are maki ng adults much younger these days, and w hen di d they let ki ds become poli cemen?
I'm w onderi ng, i f you're only as old as you feel, how could I be ali ve at 150?
And, how can my ki ds be older than I feel sometimes?
I'm a walki ng storeroom of facts..... I've just lost the key to the storeroom door.
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Senior Corner Continued...




 Yes, I'm a SENIOR CITIZEN and I think I am having the time of my life!

 Now if I could only remember who sent this to me, I wouldn't send it back to them, but I would send it to
 many more!




 Now- Have I already sent this to you???????

 If so, I'll try not to do it again (for a while.)



Rules and Regulations

 We now have a booklet of rules and regulations which will be placed in the next church tidings. If you
 want to get a copy of the Rules and Regulations please, either see Fr. Dennis or the Ligoraq Progri in the
 Church office to give you a booklet. The rules and regulations will also be posted on our website
 (www.stmarysalbanianchurch.org) and will be in booklet form for you to pick up with the weekly bulletin.
 If you would like a copy of this, we do have it in Albani an as well, please contact Ligoraq either by email
 (info@stmarysalbanianchurch.org) or call the office M-F from 10AM - 2PM. Our phone number is 508-
 756-1690.
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12 Thing’s About Orthodoxy

                         12 Things I Wish I’d Known…
                         First Visit to an Orthodox Church

                         Orthodox worship is different! Some of these differences are apparent, if perplex-
                         ing, from the first moment you walk in a church. Others become noticeable only
                         over time. Here is some information that may help you feel more at home in Ortho-
                         dox worship—twelve things I wish I’d known before my first visit to an Orthodox
                         church.


                                                   1. What’s all this commotion?
During the early part of the service the church may seem to be in a hubbub, with people walking up to the
front of the church, praying in front of the iconostasis (the standing icons in front of the altar), kissing things
and lighting candles, even though the service is already going on. In fact, when you c ame in the service
was already going on, although the si gn outside clearly said "Divine Liturgy, 9:30." You felt embarrassed
to apparently be late, but these people are even later, and they’re walking all around inside the church.
What’s going on here?

In an Orthodox church there is only one Eucharistic service (Divine Liturgy) per Sunday, and it is preceded
by an hour-long service of Matins (or Orthros) and several short preparatory services before that. There is
no break between these services—one begins as soon as the previous ends, and posted starting times are
just educated guesses. Altogether, the priest will be at the altar on Sunday morning for over three hours,
"standing in the flame," as one Orthodox priest put it.

As a result of this state of continuous flow, there is no point at which everyone is sitting quietly in a pew
waiting for the entrance hymn to start, glancing at their watches approaching 9:30. Orthodox worshippers
arrive at any point from the beginning of Matins through the early part of the Liturgy, a span of well over
an hour. No matter when they arrive, something is sure to be already going on, so Orthodox don’t let this
hamper them from going through the private prayers appropriate to just entering a church. This is distract-
ing to newcomers, and may even seem disrespectful, but soon you begin to recognize it as an expression
of a faith that is not merely formal but very personal. Of course, there is still no good excuse for showing
up after 9:30, but punctuality is unfortunately one of the few virtues many Orthodox lack.
                                     2. Stand up, stand up for Jesus.
In the Orthodox tradition, the faithful stand up for nearly the entire service. Really. In some Orthodox
churches, there won’t even be any chairs, except a few scattered at the edges of the room for those who
need them. Expect variation in practice: some churches, especially those that bought already-existing
church buildings, will have well-used pews. In any case, if you find the amount of standing too challenging
you’re welcome to take a seat. No one minds or probably even notices. Long-term standing gets easier
with practice.
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12 Thing’s About Orthodoxy Continued...
                                                3. In this sign?
 To say that we make the sign of the cross frequently would be an understatement. We sign ourselves
 whenever the Trinity is invoked, whenever we venerate the cross or an icon, and on many other occasions in
 the course of the Liturgy. But people aren’t expected to do everything the same way. Some people cross
 themselves three times in a row, and some finish by sweeping their right hand to the floor. On first entering
 a church people may come up to an icon, make a "metania"—crossing themselves and bowing with right
 hand to the floor—twice, then kiss the icon, then make one more metani a. This becomes familiar with time,
 but at first it can seem like secret-handshake stuff that you are sure to get wrong. Don’t worry, you don’t
 have to follow suit.

 We cross with our right hands from right to left (push, not pull), the opposite of Roman Catholics and hi gh-
 church Protestants. We hold our hands in a prescribed way: thumb and first two fingertips pressed to-
 gether, last two fingers pressed down to the p alm. Here as elsewhere, the Orthodox impulse is to make
 everything we do reinforce the Faith. Can you fi gure out the symbolism? (Three fingers together for the
 Trinity; two fingers brought down to the palm for the two natures of Christ, and his coming down to earth.)
 This, too, takes practice. A beginner’s imprecise arrangement of fingers won’t get you denounced as a
 heretic.
                                           4. What, no kneelers?
 Generally, we don’t kneel. We do sometimes prostrate. This is not like prostration in the Roman Catholic
 tradition, lying out fl at on the floor. To make a prostration we kneel, place our hands on the floor and
 touch our foreheads down between our hands. It’s just like those photos of middle-eastern worship, which
 look to Westerners like a sea of behinds. At first prostration feels embarrassing, but no one else is embar-
 rassed, so after awhile it feels OK. Ladies will learn that full skirts are best for prostrations, as flat shoes
 are best for standing.

 Sometimes we do this and get right back up again, as during the prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian, which is
 used frequently during Lent. Other times we get down and stay there awhile, as some congregations do
 during part of the Eucharistic prayer.

 Not everyone prostrates. Some kneel, some stand with head bowed; in a pew they might slide forward
 and sit crouched over. Standing there feeling awkward is all right too. No one will notice if you don’t pros-
 trate. In Orthodoxy there is a wider acceptance of individualized expressions of piety, rather than a sense
 that people are watching you and getting offended if you do it wrong.

 One former Episcopal priest said that seeing people prostrate themselves was one of the things that made
 him most eager to become Orthodox. He thought, "That’s how we should be before God."
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12 Thing’s About Orthodoxy Continued...
                                         5. With Love and Kisses
We kiss stuff. When we first come into the church, we kiss the icons (Jesus on the feet and other saints on
the hands, ideally). You’ll also notice that some kiss the chalice, some kiss the edge of the priest’s vestment
as he p asses by, the acolytes kiss his hand when they give him the censer, and we all line up to kiss the
cross at the end of the service. When we talk about "venerating" something we usually mean crossing our-
selves and kissing it.

We kiss each other before we take communion ("Greet one another with a kiss of love," 1 Peter 5:14).
When Roman Catholics or high-church Protestants "pass the peace," they give a hug, handshake, or peck
on the cheek; that’s how Westerners greet each other. In Orthodoxy different cultures are at play: Greeks
and Arabs kiss on two cheeks, and Slavs come back again for a third. Follow the lead of those around you
and try not to bump your nose.

The usual greeting is "Christ is in our midst" and response, "He is and shall be." Don’t worry if you forget
what to say. The greeting is not the one familiar to Episcopalians, "The peace of the Lord be with you."
Nor is it "Hi, nice church you have here." Exchanging the kiss of peace is a liturgical act, a si gn of mystical
unity. Chatting and fellowship is for later.
                              6. Blessed bread and consecrated bread.
Only Orthodox may take communion, but anyone may have some of the blessed bread. Here’s how it
works: the round communion loaf, baked by a p arishioner, is imprinted with a seal. In the preparation ser-
vice before the Liturgy, the priest cuts out a section of the seal and sets it aside; it is called the "Lamb". The
rest of the bread is cut up and placed in a large basket, and blessed by the priest.

During the eucharistic prayer, the L amb is consecrated to be the Body of Christ, and the chalice of wine is
consecrated as His Blood. Here’s the surprising part: the priest places the "Lamb" in the chalice with the
wine. When we receive communion, we file up to the priest, standing and opening our mouths wide while
he gives us a fragment of the wine-soaked bread from a golden spoon. He also prays over us, calling us
by our first name or the saint-name which we chose when we were baptized or chrismated (received into
the church by anointing with blessed oil).

As we file past the priest, we come to an altar boy holding the basket of blessed bread. People will take
portions for themselves and for visitors and non-Orthodox friends around them. If someone hands you a
piece of blessed bread, do not panic; it is not the eucharistic Body. It is a sign of fellowship.

Visitors are sometimes offended that they are not allowed to receive communion. Orthodox believe that
receiving communion is broader than me-and-Jesus; it acknowledges faith in historic Orthodox doctrine,
obedience to a particular Orthodox bishop, and a commitment to a p articular Orthodox worshipping com-
munity. There’s nothing exclusive about this; everyone is invited to make this commitment to the Orthodox
Church. But the Eucharist is the Church’s treasure, and it is reserved for those who have united themselves
with the Church. An analogy could be to reserving marital relations until after the wedding.
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12 Thing’s About Orthodoxy Continued...
 We also handle the Eucharist with more gravity than many denominations do, further explaining why we
 guard it from common access. We believe it is truly the Body and Blood of Christ. We ourselves do not
 receive communion unless we are making regul ar confession of our sins to a priest and are at peace with
 other communicants. We fast from all food and drink—yes, even a morning cup of coffee—from midnight
 the night before communion.

 This leads to the general topic of fasting. When newcomers learn of the Orthodox practice, their usual re-
 action is, "You must be kidding." We fast from meat, fish, dairy products, wine and olive oil nearly every
 Wednesday and Friday, and during four other periods during the year, the longest being Great Lent be-
 fore Pascha (Easter). Altogether this adds up to nearly half the year. Here, as elsewhere, expect great
 variation. With the counsel of their priest, people decide to what extent they can keep these fasts, both
 physically and spiritually—attempting too much rigor too soon breeds frustration and defeat. Nobody’s
 fast is anyone else’s business. As St. John Chrysostom says in his beloved Paschal sermon, everyone is wel-
 comed to the feast whether they fasted or not: "You sober and you heedless, honor the d ay…Rejoice to-
 day, both you who have fasted and you who have disregarded the fast."

 The important point is that the fast is not rigid rules that you break at grave risk, nor is it a punishment for
 sin. Fasting is exercise to stretch and strengthen us, medicine for our souls’ health. In consultation with your
 priest as your spiritual doctor, you can arrive at a fasting schedule that will stretch but not break you. Next
 year you may be ready for more. In fact, as time goes by, and as they experience the camaraderie of
 fasting together with a loving community, most people discover they start relishing the challenge.
                                  7. Where’s the General Confession?
 In our experience, we don’t have any general sins; they’re all quite specific. There is no complete confes-
 sion-prayer in the Liturgy. Orthodox are expected to be making regular, private confession to their priest.

 The role of the pastor is much more that of a spiritual father than it is in other denominations. He is not
 called by his first name alone, but referred to as "Father Firstname." His wife also holds a special role as
 parish mother, and she gets a title too, though it varies from one culture to another: either "Khouria"
 (Arabic), or "Presbytera" (Greek), both of which mean "priest’s wife;" or "Matushka" (Russian), which means
 "Mama."

 Another difference you may notice is in the Nicene Creed, which may be said or sung, depending on the
 parish. If we are saying that the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father, and you from force of habit add,
 "and the Son," you will be alone. The "filioque" was added to the Creed some six hundred years after it
 was written, and we adhere to the original. High-church visitors will also notice that we don’t bow or genu-
 flect during the "and was incarnate." Nor do we restrict our use of "Alleluia" during Lent (when the sisters
 at one Episcopal convent are referring to it as "the ‘A’ word"; in fact, during Matins in Lent, the Alleluias
 are more plentiful than ever.
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12 Thing’s About Orthodoxy Continued...
                                            8. Music, music, music.
 About seventy-five percent of the service is congregational singing. Traditionally, Orthodox use no instru-
 ments, although some churches will have organs. Usually a small choir leads the people in a c apella har-
 mony, with the level of congregational response varying from parish to parish. The style of music varies as
 well, from very Oriental-sounding solo chant in an Arabic church to more Western-sounding four-part har-
 mony in a Russian church, with lots of variation in between.

 This constant singing is a little overwhelming at first; it feels like getting on the first step of an escalator
 and being carried along in a rush until you step off ninety minutes later. It has been fairly said that the
 liturgy is one continuous song.

 What keeps this from being exhausting is that it’s pretty much the *same* song every week. Relatively lit-
 tle changes from Sunday to Sund ay; the same prayers and hymns appear in the same places, and before
 long you know it by heart. Then you fall into the presence of God in a way you never can when flipping
 from prayer book to bulletin to hymnal.
                                          9. Making editors squirm.
 Is there a concise way to say something? Can extra adjectives be deleted? Can the briskest, most pointed
 prose be boiled down one more time to a more refined level? Then it’s not Orthodox worship. If there’s a
 longer way to say something, the Orthodox will find it. In Orthodox worship, more is always more, in
 every area including prayer. When the priest or deacon intones, "Let us complete our prayer to the Lord,"
 expect to still be standing there fifteen minutes l ater.

 The original liturgy lasted something over five hours; those people must have been on fire for God. The
 Liturgy of St. Basil edited this down to about two and a half, and later (around 400 A.D.) the Liturgy of St.
 John Chrysostom further reduced it to about one and a half. Most Sundays we use the St. John Chrysostom
 liturgy, although for some services (e.g., Sundays in Lent, Christmas Eve) we use the longer Liturgy of St.
 Basil.
                                          10. Our Champion Leader
 A constant feature of Orthodox worship is veneration of the Virgin Mary, the "champion leader" of all
 Christians. We often address her as "Theotokos," which means "Mother of God." In providing the physical
 means for God to become man, she made possible our salvation.

 But though we honor her, as Scripture foretold ("All generations will call me blessed," Luke 1:48), this does-
 n’t mean that we think she or any of the other saints have magical powers or are demi-gods. When we
 sing "Holy Theotokos, save us," we don’t mean that she grants us eternal salvation, but that we seek her
 prayers for our protection and growth in faith. Just as we ask for each other’s prayers, we ask for the
 prayers of Mary and other saints as well. They’re not dead, after all, just departed to the other side. Icons
 surround us to remind us of all the saints who are joining us invisibly in worship.
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12 Thing’s About Orthodoxy Continued...
                                            11. The three doors.
 Every Orthodox church will have an iconostasis before its altar. "Iconostasis" means "icon-stand", and it can
 be as simple as a large image of Christ on the right and a corresponding image of the Virgin and Child on
 the left. In a more established church, the iconostasis may be a literal wall, adorned with icons. Some ver-
 sions shield the altar from view, except when the central doors stand open.

 The basic set-up of two large icons creates, if you use your imagination, three doors. The central one, in
 front of the altar itself, is called the "Holy Doors" or "Royal Doors," because there the King of Glory comes
 out to the congregation in the Eucharist. Only the priest and deacons, who bear the Eucharist, use the Holy
 Doors.

 The openings on the other sides of the icons, if there is a complete iconostasis, have doors with icons of an-
 gels; they are termed the "Deacon’s Doors." Altar boys and others with business behind the altar use these,
 although no one is to go through any of the doors without an appropriate reason. Altar service—priests,
 deacons, altar boys—is restricted to males. Females are invited to participate in every other area of
 church life. Their contribution has been honored equally with men’s since the days of the martyrs; you can’t
 look at an Orthodox altar without seeing Mary and other holy women. In most Orthodox churches, women
 do everything else men do: lead congregational singing, paint icons, teach classes, read the epistle, and
 serve on the parish council.
                                  12. Where does an American fit in?
 Flipping through the Yellow Pages in a large city you might see a multiplicity of Orthodox churches: Greek,
 Romanian, Carpatho-Russian, Antiochian, Serbian, and on and on. Is Orthodoxy really so tribal? Do these
 divisions represent theological squabbles and schisms?

 Not at all. All these Orthodox churches are one church. The ethnic designation refers to what is called the
 parish’s "jurisdiction" and identifies which bishops hold authority there. There are about 6 million Orthodox
 in North America and 250 million in the world, making Orthodoxy the second-largest Christian communion.

 The astonishing thing about this ethnic multiplicity is its theological and moral unity. Orthodox throughout
 the world hold unanimously to the fund amental Christian doctrines taught by the Apostles and handed
 down by their successors, the bishops, throughout the centuries. One could attribute this unity to historical
 accident. We would attribute it to the Holy Spirit.

 Why then the multiplicity of ethnic churches? These national designations obviously represent geographic
 realities. Since North America is also a geographic unity, one d ay we will likewise have a unified national
 church—an American Orthodox Church. This was the ori ginal plan, but due to a number of complicated
 historical factors, it didn’t happen that way. Instead, each ethnic group of Orthodox immigrating to this
 country developed its own church structure. This multiplication of Orthodox jurisdictions is a temporary ab-
 erration and much prayer and planning is going into breaking through those unnecessary walls.
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12 Thing’s About Orthodoxy Continued...
Currently the largest American jurisdictions are the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, The Orthodox Church in
America (Russian roots), and the Antiochian Archdiocese (Arabic roots). The liturgy is substantially the same
in all, though there may be variation in l anguage used and type of music.

I wish it could be said that every local parish eagerly welcomes newcomers, but some are still so close to
their immigrant experience that they are mystified as to why outsiders would be interested. Visiting sev-
eral Orthodox parishes will help you learn where you’re most comfortable. You will probably be looking
for one that uses plenty of English in its services. Many parishes with high proportions of converts will have
services entirely in English.

Orthodoxy seems startlingly different at first, but as the weeks go by it gets to be less so. It will begin to
feel more and more like home, and will gradually draw you into your true home, the Kingdom of God. I
hope that your first visit to an Orthodox church will be enjoyable, and that it won’t be your last.




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Priest’s Life
                           The Priest's Life: Between Gethsemane and Golgotha

                                       Seek God and your soul shall live.

                                                                                                    Psalm 68, 33


It is not for nothing that, in the Russi an Orthodox Church, priests wear crosses. The priesthood is a cross. In
fact, different crosses face priests in different phases of our life, which is why there also exist different
types of priest's cross. What are the crosses faced by priests in daily life?

Firstly, there are those priests who may be tempted to think themselves above their parishioners. This cleri-
cal conceit can sometimes be avoided, if bishops insist that candidates for the priesthood first spend time
as readers, subdeacons and deacons, or simply as second priests, before becoming parish priests. Such
apprenticeships are usually sufficient to knock fantasies out of heads before parish priesthood is con-
ferred. Unfortunately, when this temptation comes and lodges itself in the head of older priests, it is very
difficult to dislodge. Only an elderly bishop can do something then.
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Priest’s Life Continued
We have seen some examples of priests, proud of imagined abilities, even voices or looks. Such priests
often come to rely on themselves, imagining that they know better than everyone else, including more ex-
perienced priests and their own bishops. These parish dictators, 'terrorists in cassocks' as the phrase goes,
forget that their main aim is their own salvation. And if they are not at least attempting to start on the
path of their own salvation, then they are of little help to their flocks. Of course, sometimes isolation is such
that priests may easily fall to this temptation: there is no-one to turn to for advice. However, in such c ases,
prayer and the buffeting of everyday family life may save them. In any case, fantasies of superiority are
always enemies of humility and priests who suffer from them for any length of time will not last long.
Sooner or later, they will go off the rails. We have seen it happen.

Secondly, it is also true that some priests may be weak or shy. Such p assive and defenceless priests will
become victims of their parish councils, victims of the worst laity and their unchurchly ways. Sometimes, as a
defence mechanism in reaction to such unpleasant pressures, priests may become entirely reserved and
closed, refusing to take any further part in parish life, outside the services.

This 'civil-servant' mentality is also sometimes to be seen among clergy from Eastern Europe, including those
who have been priests for decades, never having been corrected by their bishops. Such priests avoid their
own parishioners, clocking on at the beginning of services and clocking off immediately after them. Their
confessions are often without prayer, comment or compassion (like their services), their sermons read dryly
from old books, their altars dirty and untidy. Visits to parishioners' homes are never made.

Thirdly, there is another temptation - that of being overly familiar with parishioners. Such priests take off
their cassocks and become 'one of the lads' - in other words, secular. Forgetting their priesthood, they may
also be tempted to fall with women. Unfortunately, in any parish, priests will come into contact with a cer-
tain sort of frustrated woman, who may be a d anger - especially if the priest's own marri age is not in or-
der. It is best if the priest is never alone with such women.

Finally, there is the temptation to despair. Persecuted or slandered by demons who attack them through
their clerical colleagues, without any support from above, these priests are on their own. They may be
tempted to fall into renouncing everything, into giving up, seeing that nothing is possible. Only the grace of
God and faith can save them, that is, faith in the Mercy and Warmth of the Love of Christ, Which is
stronger than death. In human terms, in any c ase, salvation is impossible for any of us, but 'with God all
things are possible'.

God may speak sense to these priests through their own parishes. How often priests find salvation through
their own parishioners! Priests prone to despair should concentrate on the services, on the lives of the saints,
for 'in princes and in the sons of men there is no hope'. They should recall that churches are only hospitals,
consisting of sick people, whose hope is that they may slowly get better. And as for the priest, he must
know that he too is sick and must seek healing. If he is not seeking healing, then he is not a good priest.
After all, the only difference between the world and the Church is the consciousness in the Church that we
are sick and need healing. The world does not even know that much.

Thus, the priest's life is fixed between Gethsemane and Golgotha. But, somewhere above all this, is the
realization that through accepting the Cross in the Gethsemane of priestly life and the ensuing crucifixion
on Golgotha, Victory awaits. And Victory means the never-ending Joy and Light of the Resurrection of
Christ.

May God help us and forgive us all!
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 As we should all realize, churches in this country receive absolutely no financial aid or assistance from the gov-
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They may also require certain fees for various sacraments as well.

 Here at Saint Mary’s, we have a voluntary pledge system where you can pledge as much as
you can to support your church and to also receive the sacraments, to have a say in how the
church is run, and to ensure that our church continues to serve all of our religious needs.


 So how much should I pledge? You should first consider the cost of many items today and not 50 years
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coffee today. How much is your c able bill today. How much is your cell phone bill today? You should con-
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$260,000 a year to keep our church going. This bud get amount comes out to $712.00 a d ay to operate
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