Announcements for August 1 to 7, 2010

The Maccabean Martyrs (2 Maccabees 6 & 7)

Today:  8:30 am Matins; 9:30 am Divine Liturgy & Lenten Brunch

Tuesday:  6:00 pm Readers’ Vespers

Thursday:  6:00 pm Readers’ Vespers

Saturday:  6:00 pm Vespers

Sunday:  8:30 am Matins; 9:30 am Divine Liturgy & Lenten Brunch

Monday through Friday, August 9 – 14 Iconography Workshop with Heather MacKean.

Dormition Lent begins today and lasts until the Divine Liturgy on Sunday the 15th of August.

A note about the Fests of August and September:

The Feat of the Transfiguration (August 6) precedes the Feast of the Holy Cross (September 14) by exactly 40 days.  When the Church chose to juxtapose these two commemorations, they did so with a conscious effort to make the connection mentioned in all of the Gospels.  Read through Luke 9, for example.  You will notice that the narrative of the Transfiguration is sandwiched, as it were, between two prophecies of the Passion (made by the Savior).  There is a definite connection and context between the Crucifixion and the Transfiguration (note, also the hymnography [“…so when they beheld You crucified…”] and lessons for August 6).  A tone point the Transfiguration was celebrated during Great Lent so as to connect the two events.  (See the hymnography and lessons for the middle Sunday of Great Lent, where a vestige of the Feast remains.)  The ancient Church sought to underscore this with a 40-day preparation for the Feast of the Holy Cross, inaugurated by the Feast of the Transfiguration.  This connection gets lost (or at least eclipsed) by the addition to the liturgical calendar of the “supernova” Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos (August 15) to which was eventually added a 2-week preparatory fast, during the middle of which is celebrated the Transfiguration.  Then the Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos (September 8th) was added to the liturgical calendar, which further obscures the original intent and commemoration of the Transfiguration / Crucifixion theme.

The texts and lessons for the above-mentioned feasts can be found at

http://www.anastasis.org.uk/menaion.htm — for the August / September dates

and at

http://www.anastasis.org.uk/sunday_of_the_cross.htm — for the mid-Lent Sunday.