Time, Talents, and Treasure by His Grace Michael, Bishop of New York and New Jersey

His Grace Bishop Michael, continuing his ongoing video-series called “Lessons in Our Faith” talks about how by sharing our time, talents, and treasure we become true stewards of our local parishes.


Credits: Diocese of New York and New Jersey

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His Grace Bishop Michael, continuing his ongoing video-series called “Lessons in Our Faith” talks about how by sharing our time, talents, and treasure we become true stewards of our local parishes. Credits: Diocese of New York and New Jersey

Icon of Theophany

Theophany of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

Icon of Theophany
Icon of Theophany

On January 6th, the Orthodox Christians around the world celebrate the Feast of Theophany of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This feast commemorates our Lord’s Baptism (Mt.3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22) by John the Baptist in the Jordan River. We call it Theophany (Epiphany), because during the Christ’s baptism all three persons of the Holy Trinity were revealed- Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Father testified about Christ’s Divine Sonship, The Son receives the Father’s testimony and the the Spirit was manifested in the form of the dove descending from the Father and resting upon the Son. Our Lord’s baptism was also the beginning of His public ministry.

Why did Our Lord submitted himself to the baptism of John?
John the Baptist preached the baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. Why then did Our Lord, the Sinless One, submitted himself to John’s baptism? According to the Gospel of Matthew, even John the Baptist himself seemed to be startled by the fact that Christ came to him to be baptized- “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”(Matthew 3:13). Christ permitted himself to be numbered among the sinners as the sign of extreme humility. Jesus completely submits himself to the will of the Father which is ultimately fulfilled in Christ’s Life-Giving Death on the cross. Saint Paul in his letter to the Corinthians writes that “Christ died for our sins”. Saint John the Evangelist tells us that “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not parish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

The Great Blessing of Waters
On the feast of Theophany after the Vesperal Divine Liturgy celebrated on the eve of the feast and after the Divine Liturgy on the day of Theophany, the Great Blessing of Waters takes place in the church. In many parts of the world, however, the Orthodox Christians gather at larger bodies of water (rivers, lakes and ocean) to bless the water. The water blessed during the feats of Theophany is used by the faithful throughout the year for consumption and blessing of their homes.

The Blessing of Homes
Following the feats of Theophany the Orthodox Christians invite the priest to come and bless their homes with the water which was blessed in the church on the feast of Theophany. The entire family gathers with the priest to pray for the family leaving int he house as well as for the departed relatives. Then the head of the household leads with a candle in his hand leads the priest around the rooms of the house to be blessed while the entire family follows singing the Troparion of the feats.

Troparion of the Feast of Theophany
When You, O Lord, were baptized in the Jordan,
the worship of the Trinity was made manifest.
For the voice of the Father bore witness to You,
calling You His Beloved Son;
and the Spirit in the form of a dove
confirmed the truthfulness of His word.
O Christ our God, You have revealed Yourself,
and have enlightened the world, glory to You!

Kontakion of the Feast of Theophany
Today You have shone forth to the world, O Lord,
and the light of Your countenance has been marked on us.
Knowing You, we sing Your praises.
You have come and revealed Yourself,
O unapproachable Light.

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On January 6th, the Orthodox Christians around the world celebrate the Feast of Theophany of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This feast commemorates our Lord’s Baptism (Mt.3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22) by John the Baptist in the Jordan River. We call it Theophany (Epiphany), because during the Christ’s baptism all three persons of the […]

Lessons In Our Faith By His Grace Bishop Michael

Few days ago our Diocesan Website launched a new section called “Lessons in Our Faith“. His Grace, Bishop Michael intends to use it to publish videos in which His Grace will explain Orthodox Faith. Bellow is the first video titled “The Theotokos: 7 Questions and 7 Answers”:


The Theotokos: 7 Questions and 7 Answers from Ken James Stavrevsky on Vimeo.

In this video presented by the Diocese of New York and New Jersey (Orthodox Church in America), Bishop Michael offers a brief talk about the Virgin Mary ~ the Theotokos. By way of answering seven common questions, His Grace provides much needed teaching so Orthodox Christians will be able to answer questions that often arise from those outside of the Church. This is the first in what is hoped to be a series of teaching videos from the diocese.

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Few days ago our Diocesan Website launched a new section called “Lessons in Our Faith“. His Grace, Bishop Michael intends to use it to publish videos in which His Grace will explain Orthodox Faith. Bellow is the first video titled “The Theotokos: 7 Questions and 7 Answers”: The Theotokos: 7 Questions and 7 Answers from […]

2011 Nativity Concert by Pan-Orthodox Choir

Pan-Orthodox Choir
Pan-Orthodox Choir
On December 11, 2011 the parish of Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church welcomed the Pan-Orthodox Choir for their annual Nativity Concert. The members of the Pan-Orthodox Choir come from across Orthodox Christian parish of the Niagara Frontier. “We have one or two choir members from each Christian Orthodox parish in Buffalo area” – said Fr. Rastko Trbuhovich, the rector of Saint Stephen Serbian Orthodox Church who is also the choir director. Fr. Trbuhovich has directed the choir for the last 12 years. In addition to their Nativity Concert the Pan-Orthodox Choir also signs at Pan-Orthodox Vespers during the Great Lent and at many other special occasions.

During the Nativity Concert the choir performed several master-pieces from the Matins of Nativity in addition to the Orthodox Christian Carols. The concert also included a Christmas Carol Sing-along portion during which the congregation joined the choir in signing some traditional Christmas Carols.

“While Sts. Peter and Paul had recently experienced great transformation both physically and spiritually, they have also had some set backs and they need our support.”- said Father Peter Jackson, the rector of Saint Theodore Russian Orthodox Church, asking the congregation to support Sts. Peter and Paul by offering a special donation. Jest a few weeks prior to the concert Saints Peter and Paul Church was burglarized – about 100 square feet of copper roofing was stolen in addition to the Holy Gospel Book. Miraculously the Gospel Book was returned to the parish.

At the conclusion of the concert everyone was invited to the parish hall for a time of fellowship where every one enjoyed delicious home-baked treats, coffee and tea.

It was very welcomed event for the parish family of Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church. It presented an opportunity to reconnect with fellow orthodox Christians. “Thank you for bringing us the taste of Heaven!”- said Father Volodymyr Zablotskyy addressing the choir members.

Bellow are a few videos from the concert that you might enjoy:



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On December 11, 2011 the parish of Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church welcomed the Pan-Orthodox Choir for their annual Nativity Concert. The members of the Pan-Orthodox Choir come from across Orthodox Christian parish of the Niagara Frontier. “We have one or two choir members from each Christian Orthodox parish in Buffalo area” – said […]

Pan-Orthodox Choir To Perform at Sts. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church

On Sunday, December 11, 2011 the Pan-Orthodox Choir of Niagara Frontier will perform their annual Nativity Concert at Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, 45 Ideal Street in Buffalo, NY at 7:00PM. The concert will feature the Masterpieces of Orthodox Choral Music. Following the concert every one is invited to join the choir members for a Christmas Carols “sing-along” and the time of fellowship with coffee, tea and delicious home-baked treats in the parish hall of Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church.

The Pan-Orthodox Choir is comprised of the members of several Orthodox Christian Churches located in Buffalo area and is directed by Fr. Rastko Trbuhovich of St. Stephen Serbian Orthodox Church.

The concert is sponsored by the Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of the Niagara Frontier. The clergy and council members suggested that a special collection will take place during the concert to help Saints Peter and Paul to recover the great financial loss suffered from recent burglary.

Please help us to spread the word about this wonderful event or to invite your friends using the following Facebook Page:
http://www.facebook.com/events/323277431031157/

Download the PDF version of the flyer produced by the Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of the Niagara Frontier:

Nativity Concert

 

 

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On Sunday, December 11, 2011 the Pan-Orthodox Choir of Niagara Frontier will perform their annual Nativity Concert at Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, 45 Ideal Street in Buffalo, NY at 7:00PM. The concert will feature the Masterpieces of Orthodox Choral Music. Following the concert every one is invited to join the choir members for […]

Bishop Michael’s Visit – November 20-21

On November 20th and 21st His Grace Bishop Michael, of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey of the Orthodox Church in America, visited Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Buffalo, NY. On Sunday, November 20, the faithful of Saints Peter and Paul gathered to celebrate Vespers. I his remarks at the end of the Vespers Bishop Michael reminded the faithful that the example of Joachim and Ann who brought Mary into the Temple, teaches us the importance of upbringing our children in the Orthodox faith. “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6) – said Bishop Michael quoting from the Book of Proverbs.

The following day, Monday November 21 on the Feast of Entrance of the Most Holy Theothokos into the Temple, Bishop Michael celebrated the Divine Liturgy. During his sermon Bishop Michael underlined two important aspects of the feast. Firstly the holiness of the Theotokos even from the age as little child should be an example to us so we also strive to be holy as she was. Secondly, the feast presents us with a meeting of “two Temples”. The Temple of the living  God, the one who carried him in her womb and bore him, and the sanctuary where the God’s presence was in the Old Testament. Bishop Michael reminded the faithful that Living Temple is greater than the one made of stone.

This was Bishop Michael’s first visit to the since the completion of “Operation Buffalo”. His Grace commended and thanked the faithful for the sacrifices they are willing to do to grow the parish.

The Photo Gallery from the Bishop Michael’s visit:

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On November 20th and 21st His Grace Bishop Michael, of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey of the Orthodox Church in America, visited Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Buffalo, NY. On Sunday, November 20, the faithful of Saints Peter and Paul gathered to celebrate Vespers. I his remarks at the end […]

New Photo Gallery: Baptism of Sophia Dolovskyy

On September 17, 2011 Sophia Dolovskyy was baptized at Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Buffalo, NY. The following photo gallery is courtesy of Sophia’s God Mother – Natalia Baciu.

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On September 17, 2011 Sophia Dolovskyy was baptized at Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Buffalo, NY. The following photo gallery is courtesy of Sophia’s God Mother – Natalia Baciu.