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SCHEDULE OF SERVICES FOR AUGUST

13, Sunday 12:30 - Divine Liturgy. Blessing of honey
19, Saturday, 11:30 - Divine Liturgy. Blessing of apples and other fruits. TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD
20, Sunday, 12:30 - Divine Liturgy
27, Sunday, 12:30 - Divine Liturgy
28, Monday, 11:30 - Divine Liturgy. THE DORMITION OF HOLY MOTHER OF GOD. End of the Dormition Fast

Changes are possible in the schedule - follow the announcements!


WE PLAN A PILGRIMAGE TRIP TO RAWDON (QUEBEC), TO THE HOLY RELICS OF THE BLESSED SERAFIM SAROVSKY. PLEASE, NEXT TIME WHEN YOU ARE IN THE CHURCH, FILL THE APPLICATION AT THE CANDLEBOX. IF YOU WANT TO GO, BUT HAVE MONEY DIFFICULTIES, PLEASE LET US KNOW - THE PARISH MAY SUBSIDIZE THE TRIP FOR SOME OF THE PILGRIMS.

Pilgrimage trip to Rawdon, QC

Dear brothers and sisters!
This fall we plan to organize a pilgrimage trip to Rawdon, QC. In this small town, located in picturesque forested foothills 50 kilometers north of Montreal, there are two Russian Orthodox churches, a Russian cemetery, and the monastery of the Transfiguration of the Lord.
In one of the churches there is a fragment of relics of the patron saint of our parish, St. Seraphim of Sarov. Brought from Russia by the Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna and subsequently bequested by her to Bishop Sylvester, Archbishop of Montreal, this particle provided beneficial assistance to believers at a time when the main relics of the blessed hermit in Russia was considered lost.
We want to organize a two-night trip on a long weekend - either Labour Day (September 1-4), or on Canadian Thanksgiving Day (October 6-9). Departure is possible on Friday or Saturday. We may go by a rented bus or in our cars - this will depend on the number of those who want to do the pilgrimage. Also, we need to determine the number of pilgrims as soon as possible so we can book accommodation. To date, the estimated costs are about $120 per person. It may turn out to be higher or lower eventually, and it also depends on the number of people. Therefore, we ask all those who are interested to fill in the form (at the candlebox during services) as soon as possible. If you really want to go, but due to exceptional circumstances you are not able to pay the entire amount, let us know. We'll see, maybe something will be done, although we can not guarantee anything yet. And if, on the contrary, you can and want to pay more to cover somebody else's travel expenses, we will be extremely grateful.
When the next time you are in the church, please ask for a pilgrimage questionnaire at the candle box and fill it in. If you need a subsidy for this pilgrimage trip, indicate this on the form.
You can also contact us by e-mail.
If you want to go, please write to st.seraphim.ca@gmail.com and provide the following information:
Name and surname _____________________________________
Number of pilgrims ___
Phone ___________________________
E-mail ____________________________________
Dates (you can choose one or both)
 September 1-4  October 6-9
Leaving on (you can choose one or both)
 Friday  Saturday
Additional Information ___________________________________________________
Tell us if you can go by car ____ and take __ extra person(s) with you
God bless!

OUR PARISH PATRONAL FEAST ON AUGUST 6

Come celebrate our patronal feast with us! Bishop Irenaeus will arrive from Ottawa and there will be a solemn episcopal liturgy. The feast will be held on August 6 in our church at the usual Liturgy time, 12:30pm.

HOLY RELICS OF SAINT JOHN OF SHANGHAI, THE WONDERWORKER - IN OUR PARISH

A particle of the relics of St. John the wonderworker of Shanghai and San Francisco and a belt he wore is currently on display in our parish. The holy relics will stay with us until early August 2017. We invite everyone to come and join us to venerate this great saint. A brief description of his life can be found here:
https://oca.org/saints/lives/2000/07/02/206392-our-father-among-the-sain...

SUNDAY OF THE MYRRH-BEARING WOMEN

The Sunday of Myrrh-bearing Women falls on the second Sunday following Pascha. The myrrh-bearers had brought funeral spices and ointments to finish commiting Christ's body to the grave. They were the first to see the empty tomb and were instructed by the risen Lord to bring the joyful news to the apostles. Ss. Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus are also commemorated on this day.
https://orthodoxwiki.org/Sunday_of_Myrrh-bearing_Women

THOMAS'S SUNDAY

The first Sunday after Easter is called Thomas's Sunday. The Bright (Easter) week ends with this day, which is like a replacement (repetition) of the Easter day itself, and therefore it is called Antipascha (Greek for "instead of Easter"). The divine service of this day remembers the appearance of resurrected Jesus Christ to the disciples on the "first day of the week in the evening" and the assurance of the apostle Thomas on the eighth day after Easter. Based on the Gospel reading of the feast (John 20: 19-31), the whole service of this day encourages believers to awaken from the sinful sleep, turn to the Sun of Truth, Christ, to strengthen the faith, and together with the apostle Thomas sincerely, joyfully exclaim: "My Lord and my God."

Troparion of the day
From the sealed tomb, You did shine forth O Life! / Through closed doors You did come to Your disciples, O Christ God! / Renew in us, through them, an upright spirit, / By the greatness of Your mercy, O Resurrection of all!

Kontakion of the day
Thomas touched Your life-giving side with an eager hand, O Christ God, / When You did come to Your apostles through closed doors. / He cried out with all: You are my Lord and my God!

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