Announcements for August 23-29, 2009

Leave-Taking of Dormition

St. Irenaeus of Lyons

 

Today: Matins; Divine Liturgy; Special Benefit Luncheon hosted by our parish Teens and Young Adults; IOCC Metropolitan Committee

 

Tuesday:  6:00 pm Vespers

 

Thursday:  6:00 pm Vespers

 

Friday:  6:00 pm Vesperal Divine Liturgy (Beheading of the Forerunner)

 

Saturday: 6:00 pm Vespers

 

Sunday:  8:30 am Matins; 9:30 am Divine Liturgy & Pot-Luck

 

Looking Ahead:

Our Educational Program will resume the week following the Feast of the Holy Cross, September 14.  Check the website calendar for info.

 

The next Five-Year Plan Forum is to be held Saturday, 9/26, following Vespers.

 

Our Semi-Annual Parish Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, 9/27.

 

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Summarizing part of St. Irenaeus’ teaching, Fr. John Behr, dean of St.

Vladimir’s Seminary, writes:

 

“That which Adam lost in the apostasy was the strength of the breath of life, which would have kept Adam immortal, and his ‘natural and childlike mind’ or the ‘robe of holiness from the Spirit’, and both of these are the expressions or results of man seeing God through the creation, recognizing the fact that he is created and therefore dependent upon his Creator, an attitude of thankfulness and obedience.  It is this recognition and disposition that enables man to live, whether animated by the breath of life or vivified directly by the life creating Spirit. The truly living man is the glory of God, and this is the one who was fashioned in the image and likeness of God.  Having lost the strength of the breath, mans life is now mortal. But in Christ man has been given the possibility of living by seeing the Father, by receiving, as an adopted son, a pledge of the Spirit which prepares him to be fully vivified by the Spirit in a permanent fashion, thus rendering the likeness secure.”