Announcements for June 24-30, 2012


Midsummer Day — centered upon the summer solstice (between June 20 and 22) — is associated with the feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, June 24, six months before the Feast of the Nativity of Christ.  Luke 1:26 & 1:36 indicate that the Forerunner was born 6 months before the Savior — although the Scriptures do not indicate what time of the year these events took place.  The pre-Christian midsummer celebration consisted of a fertility fest characterized by bonfires, dancing and revelry, some of which has crept into Christian practice, especially Russia, the Ukraine, Eastern and Western Europe.  This celebration inspired Modest Mussorgsky to create his “Night on Bald Mountain” and a famous scene of this commemoration is found in Tarkovsky’s “Andrei Rublev.”

Today: 8:30 am Matins; 9:30 am Divine Liturgy, important parish informational meeting, Brunch

Tuesday: 6:00 pm Vespers

Thursday: 6:00 pm Vespers

Friday: 6:00 am Divine Liturgy (Ss. Peter & Paul)

Saturday: 9:00 am to noon — Lectio Divina Quiet Day for the parish community hosted by The Fellowship of New Skete 6:00 pm Vespers

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