Announcements for September 16-22, 2012

Today: 8:30 am Matins; 9:30 am Divine Liturgy, Semi-Annual Parish Meeting, Brunch

Tuesday: 6:00 pm Vespers

Thursday: 6:00 pm Readers’ Vespers; 7:00 pm Choir Rehearsal

Saturday: 6:00 pm Vespers

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

Looking Ahead: Saturday, October 6 @ 5:00 pm Inquirers’ Classes begin

Moses prefigured the power of Your precious Cross, O Christ, when he put to flight his adversary, Amalek, in the wilderness of Sinai; for when he stretched out his arms in the form of a cross, the people prevailed. Now the outcome of these deeds has come to pass for us. Today the Cross is exalted, and the demons are put to flight. Today all creation has been set free from corruption, for through the Cross all the gifts of grace have shone upon us. Therefore, rejoicing, we all fall before You and cry: “How marvelous are Your works, O Lord!  Glory to You!” (from Vespers for the Feast)

Pray for the People of Argentina (population 45,000,000 / 36,000,000 Christians) and Armenia (population 3,000,000 / Christians 2,900,000)  He’s got the whole world in his hands.

St. John Cassian was accused of semi-Pelagianism because he emphasized the need to work for our salvation.  Others have been accused of passive “quietism” because of their emphasis on God’s work (alone) in salvation.  However, rather than opposing one another, these two aspects of salvation work together.  (See Romans 3:28 / Galatians 2:16 & James 2:14-18 & 26)  There is an old saying that  “We must pray as if everything depends upon God and we must work as if everything depends upon us.