Tropar of the Baptism of Our Lord – Tone 1When you were baptized in the Jordan , O Lord,The worship of the Holy Trinity was made manifest. For the voice of the Father bore witness to you By calling you his Beloved Son. And the spirit, in the form of a dove, Confirmed the truth of His Word.
O Christ our God, who has revealed yourself and enlightened the world,
Glory to you!
CONCERNING THE BLESSING OF HOMES
The central sign of God’s sanctification of all things through Christ’s coming to the world and his baptism in the Jordan River is the act of the blessing of homes of the Faithful Christians.
On the feast of the Baptism of Our Lord (Theophany or Epiphany) on January 6, the priest visits all the members of the parish in order to pray with them in the place where they live, and to bless their surroundings with the newly sanctified water.
According to the teaching of the Orthodox Faith, the family is considered to be a small church and the family table is the home altar where the people gather each day to receive their daily bread from God with thanksgiving in the name of Christ.
Thus, during the Theophany season, the priest, who is the Father of the greater family of God, the church community, comes to each of the small churches, bringing the blessing of God to all the family members.
When the priest comes for his annual visit of prayer and blessing, he asks God to have mercy on the house, to rid it of every evil, and to fill it with every blessing. All pray together for the living and the dead of the family, and for all who have live in the house.
Let us be mindful that our priest is bringing us the Blessing of Jordan, and that, unless God protects our homes, we labor in vain. (Psalm 127:1)
WHEN THE PRIEST COMES, PLEASE OBSERVE THESE GUIDELINES:
A lit candle, an icon or cross and a bowl of blessed water should be placed on the table, which the priest will bless.
All radios, televisions and or CD’s should be turned off.
All who are present in the house should come together by the table.
Everyone should join in with the singing of the Tropar and the triple Lord Have Mercy during the litany.
A list of (Christian names of the members of the household, living and deceased
Persons must not smoke when the priest is vested.
If you wish to give a gift to the priest at this time, it should be placed in an envelope and left on the table for him to pick up.
If you are expecting Father in the evening hours, please have the porch light turned on.
The Holy Water should be saved and proper respect given to it. You may drink a little of it each day before anything else.
Please join us this weekend as we celebrate a century of Orthodox Christianity in Summit County.
Saturday, October 18
4:30 pm Arrival of His Grace Bishop Irineu, and welcome at the doors of the church, followed by Memorial Service (Parastas) for founders, clergy and deceased members of Presentation. Great Vespers.
6:00 pm Gala Reception and Dance: Admission $10 at the door.
Sunday, October 19
9:45 am Entrance of His Grace Bishop Irineu into the church.
10:00 am Hierarchal Divine Liturgty
1:00 pm Anniversary Grand Banquet: Admission by advance reservation (SOLD OUT)
The fourth annual Community Pancake Breakfast to benefit area homeless veterans and needy families will be held Saturday August 24, from 8:00 – 11:00 am. at “The Presentation of Our Lord” Orthodox Church, 3365 Ridgewood Road, in Fairlawn.
The event is sponsored and hosted by the members of “The Presentation of Our Lord.”
In keeping with parish tradition, there is no charge for meals, which include pancakes, sausage and accompaniments. Instead, free will offerings are accepted.
All monies collected are distributed equally between Summit County Stand-Down and the Copley-Fairlawn Share a Christmas.
Over 450 homeless veterans are in Summit County, about ten percent of them women. Stand Down is an annual event at which these veterans are provided with basic necessities, medical attention and help with Veterans’ Administration paperwork.
Share a Christmas offers assistance to needy families during the Christmas season.
We’d like to invite you to our seventh annual Spring Festival, Saturday, May 18.
We think you’ll be impressed with the wide range of events that will take place on that day. We’ve worked to create an all-day celebration with something for everyone – food, drink, music and entertainment.
There’ll be displays to look at and things to take home. There’ll be tours of the church and activities for the kids. There’ll be time to play, and of course, time to pray.
And who knows whom you might meet! We’ll be welcoming friends new and old, from near and far for this first festival of the season. Join us!
The 10th annual Clergy Confertreat of the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America was held at the Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale, Arizona, February 11-14, 2013. The forty-eight participants included His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel and His Grace Bishop Irineu, together with priests, deacons and preotese of our Episcopate.
On Monday, an opening supper and welcome by Fr. Ian G. Pac-Urar was followed by an evening of fellowship, as clergy renewed acquaintances with their brothers and shared their experiences over the previous year.
Tuesday’s sessions included seminars on Sexual Misconduct and Clergy Professional Ethics, Healthy Boundaries and Boundary Violations, Power and Vulnerability, and Mandatory Reporting. Fathers Ian G. Pac-Urar and James Barkett presented the sessions. By attending Tuesday’s sessions, participants fulfilled the new 5-hour Continuing Education requirement in Professional, Legal and Ethical Issues adopted by the Holy Synod of Bishops on January 28, 2013.
On Tuesday evening, Dr. Stephen Muse presented a very interesting and informative lecture on the most recent research about the Shroud of Turin. Dr. Muse continued his presentations on Wednesday morning and afternoon, exploring clergy wellness, self-care and the relationships between Orthodox Christianity and modern psychology.
Wednesday evening’s program included a video presentation about the life of the renowned Romanian confessor, Father Arsenie Boca.
Participants at the Clergy Confertreat received seven additional hours of credit toward the general, 20-hour Continuing Clergy Development requirement. For more information about this requirement, visit the Orthodox Church in America Continuing Education website at http://oca.org/about/departments/department-of-continuing-education or the CCD FAQ page at http://oca.org/about/dept-cont-ed-faqs.
Photos of the Confertreat may be viewed here: http://roea.org/eventsgallery.html.
PHILADELPHIA, PA: Orthodox Prayerbook app for iPhone now available
The Orthodox Prayerbook app for iPhone, authored by Gabriel Otte, a MD, PhD Candidate at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, is now available from www.gabrielotte.com/prayerbook.
“I wrote the app because I wanted to be able to check whether today was a fast day or not or who the daily saints were,” says Otte. “The application works for the OCA and Greek and Antiochian Archdioceses. In addition to featuring prayers, app users will be able to maintain a list of people for whom they pray — living and departed — that automatically embeds the names into the prayers in the appropriate places.”
Proceeds from sale of the app — currently available for a mere $0.99 — will be used to initiate a FOCUS Philadelphia Center [Fellowship of Orthodox Christians United in Service], which Otte is spearheading.