Announcements for August 21-27, 2011

Today: 8:30 am Matins; 9:30 am Divine Liturgy; Picnic

Tuesday: 6:00 pm Vespers

Thursday: 6:00 pm Vespers

Saturday: 6:00 pm Vespers

Sunday: 8:30 am Matins; 9:30 pm Divine Liturgy & Salmon BBQ Lunch (fund-raiser for church building repairs)

O Daughter of David, Virgin full of grace, Mother surpassing in beauty and faithfulness!  Gethsemane’s soil was made fruitful by receiving your body.  O Second Eden!  The cosmos itself was blessed by your passing into the world to come.  Therefore, let there be no funeral dirges.  Instead, let us sing your praises, as did the disciples.  Let us lift our voices in song and dance as did Miriam and Judith, celebrating with garlands of praise and with olive wreaths of integrity.  Like Queen Esther, intercede for your devoted people.  Keep us always faithful to our loving Jesus, so that when we are embraced by the earth, we, too, may be taken into Life by the One Who dwelt in your ever-virgin womb. (Ikos of the Feast, Rite of New Skete)