Announcements for August 29 – September 4, 2010

From Vespers for the Baptist:

The dance of the devil’s disciple

Was rewarded with your head, O Forerunner.

Oh, banquet of blood!

Would that you had never sworn, deceitful Herod!

Better for you to lie, than shed righteous blood!

But let us bless the Baptist, as is his due,//

And honor him as the greatest born of women!

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Today:  9:00 am Matins; 9:30 Divine Liturgy, Pot-Luck Brunch & “Animals and Spirituality” with Br. Stavros of New Skete

Tuesday:  6:00 pm Vespers

Thursday: 6:00pm Vespers

Saturday: 6:00 pm Vespers & Panikhida

Sunday:  8:45 am Baptism; 9:30 am Divine Liturgy & Pot-Luck Brunch

Looking Ahead:

• Holy Cross Eve, Monday 9/13 Vespers & Litia @ 6:00 pm

• Holy Cross Day (Strict Fast), Tuesday 9/14 Divine Liturgy at 6:00 pm

• Inquirers’ Classes begin Saturday, 9/18 @ 5:00 pm

• Church School Classes begin Sunday, 9/19 following Divine Liturgy

• Late Vocations Classes will be on hold for a brief time…more information in September.

• Saturday, September 25, 9:30 am to 2:00 pm OCA Department of Christian Education workshop “A Pan-Orthodox Vision of Christian Education” which will focus on resources and techniques, age levels, learning styles and classroom groupings.  Matushka Valerie Zahirsky and Matushka Alexandra Safchuk (DCE co-Chairs) will be with us.

• Sunday, September 26, 1:30 pm St. Nicholas “Sole Supporters” Team for the Parkinson’s Resources of Oregon Walk (Willamette Park — 1k or 5k).

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St. Basil’s prayer for the animals and the earth

O God, increase in us the sense of fellowship with all living things, our brethren the animals to whom You have given the earth as their home in common with us.

We remember with shame that in the past we exercised human dominion with ruthless cruelty, so that the voice of the earth, which should have ascended to You in song, has been a groan of travail.

May we realize that they live, not for us alone, but for themselves and for You, and that they love the sweetness of life.

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The Divine Liturgy (sung today) composed by Bishop Hilarion Alfeev

“Music in church should be an avenue to deeper prayer, not a distraction. Music plays a very important role in the Orthodox liturgy. The quality of the choir and the repertoire that it chooses is something of importance for me.

“Being formed as a musician from my very early years, I cannot completely dissociate myself from music when it is sung in the church, and even as I am reading liturgical prayers, I continue to hear the singing.

“My main aim in composing the setting of The Divine Liturgy was to write such music that would not distract from prayer either for me or my parishioners.

“Singing in the church should be oriented towards prayer and should not be turned into a concert, as often happens.

“The best examples of a truly prayerful singing could be found in Russian Znamenny chant, an equivalent of the Western Gregorian chant. This unison chant is simple, but it is meaningful and moving.”

Metropolitan Hilaron  (born in 1966) is currently the Chair of the Department of External Church Relations for the Patriarchate of Moscow.  In addition to being a gifted musician (violin, piano and composition), he is a noted theologian, church historian.  He studied under Metropolitan Kallistos Ware at Pembroke College in Oxford.

1. “Four Poems by Federico Garcia Lorca” for voice and piano (1984).

2. “The Divine Liturgy” for mixed choir (2006).

3. “The All-Night Vigil” for soloists and mixed choir (2006).

4. The “St Matthew Passion” for soloists, choir and orchestra (2006).

5. The “Christmas Oratorio” for soloists, boys’ choir, mixed choir and symphony orchestra (2007).

6. “Memento” for symphony orchestra (2007).

7. “A Song of the Ascents”. A symphony on the Psalms for choir and orchestra (2008).