May God keep everyone well in order to continue to keep St. John the Baptist Church alive and vibrant for future generations to embrace and enjoy.
Newsletter of St. John’s Greek Orthodox Church
1000 Spruce, Pueblo, CO 81004 PO Box 3011, Pueblo, CO 81005
The Messenger June 2019 Newsletter of St. John’s Greek Orthodox Church 1000 Spruce, Pueblo, CO 81004PO Box 3011, Pueblo, CO 81005
May God keep everyone well in order to continue to keep St. John the Baptist Church alive and vibrant for future generations to embrace and enjoy. June Schedule of Services
June 2nd – Sunday of the Blind Man - Orthros at 8:30 and Divine Liturgy at 9:30 Epistle – Acts 16:16-34Gospel – John 9:1-38
June 5th - Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. - We will have a special Leave Taking of Pascha Service. We will have a procession to the altar with the Icon of the Resurrection and we will sing Christ is Risen for the last time of this season. The Epitafion will be removed from the altar and the Cross with the Icon of Christ Crucified will be placed behind the altar again. This will be followed by the Vespers of Holy Ascension.
June 6th -Thursday – HOLY ASCENSION - Orthros at 8:30 & Divine Liturgy at 9:30 Epistle – Acts 1:1-12Gospel – Luke 24:36-53
June 9th – Sunday- Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council - Orthros at 8:30 and Divine Liturgy at 9:30 Epistle – Acts 20:16-18;28-36 Gospel – John 17:1-13
June 16th – Sunday -HOLY PENTECOST- Orthros at 8:30 and Divine Liturgy at 9:30 (Happy Father’s Day) Epistle – Acts 2:1-11 Gospel – John 7:37-52;8:12
June 23rd – Sunday -All Saints- Orthros at 8:30 and Divine Liturgy at 9:30 Epistle - Hebrews 11:33-40; 12:1-2 Gospel – Matthew 10:32-33, 37-38; 19:27-30
Note: The Apostles Fast runs from June 24th through the 29th (Mon-Fri) with fish allowed on Mon, Tues, and Thurs. The Fast is only 5 days this year. Fr. Stephen will be traveling this week to speak at a conference and asks your prayers. He will be here for Sunday services. Also on June 23rd – 40 days for Aphrodite and baby Annie. A shower for her will be held after liturgy at the church house. Everyone is invited! See you there.
June 30th –Sunday - Synaxis of the Twelve Apostles- Orthros at 8:30 and Divine Liturgy at 9:30 Epistle – 1 Corinthians 4:9-16 Gospel – Matthew 9:36; 10:1-8
Prosforo June 2 Penny June 6 Pam June 9 Lynnette June 16 Pam June 23 Doc June 30 Lynnette
Afroditi Karapataki and Pantelis Hadjizacharia welcomed their daughter, Annie, on May 10 at 9:43 AM. Annie joined us at 6 pounds, 10 ounces and 19 and ¾ inches long. We’re all certainly glad to have her join the St. John’s family! Annie will come to church on June 23 for her 40 day welcome to our St. John’s church family. She will also be feted with a baby shower at the church house right after liturgy. Everyone is invited and we’re planning lunch thinking you’ll all be there! Axios!
One more for Fr. and Presbytera Ashley We can’t give you the exact date but around the middle of June, another grandchild will grace the Powley clan. Jessica and AndrewReale are waiting for another girl to join their family. More blessings!
On a more somber note, Father Stephen received word that Natalia Dziuba’s father, Bogdon, fell asleep in the Lord in the Ukraine. Please pray for Natalia, Andrew, and their children (Veronika, Alina, and Alexander) as they go through this loss. Bogdon apparently died from heart related issues, although we don’t know for sure. If you use a prayer rope, please use this prayer at each knot to pray a rope: "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on the soul of your servant, Bogdon." May his memory be eternal.
Father Stephen and Presbytera returned from their vacation with intimate knowledge of castles from what we hear! It was a well deserved and well enjoyed vacation celebrating their wedding anniversary and Presbytera’s retirement. As soon as they returned, they celebrated the marriage blessing of their son and his wife, Justin and Lauren Powley. It was a lovely celebration with Stephen Powley (Justin’s brother) as sponsor. Justin and Lauren live in Scottsdale, AZ.
Helen Yannias’ 40 day mnimosino is scheduled for Sunday, June 2. May her memory be eternal.
Two little boys were sitting together in a church during a wedding ceremony. As the couple said “I do”, one of the boys leaned over to the other and asked, “How many wives can a man have?” The second boy looked at his friend like he was an idiot and replied, “He can have 16 wives.” “How do you know that?” the first boy asked. “Weren’t you listening?” the priest just said it, four better, four worse, four richer, and four poorer”.
Icon of the Feast The icon of The Ascension of Our Lord is a joyous icon. It is painted with bright colors. Christ is shown ascending in His glory in a mandorla. A mandorla is a design which is almond-shaped or round. Inside the mandorla is the figure of a holy person. Christ blesses the assembly with His right hand. In His left is a scroll. The scroll is a symbol of teaching. This icon shows that the Lord in heaven is the source of blessing. In addition, Jesus is the source of knowledge. The icon reminds us that Christ continues to be the source of the teaching and message of the Church, blessing and guiding those to whom He has entrusted his work.The Theotokos occupies a very special place in this icon. She is in the center of the icon, immediately below the ascending Christ. The gesture of her hands is gesture of prayer. She is clearly outlined by the whiteness of the garments of the angels. The Theotokos is depicted in a very calm pose. This is quite different from the appearance of the Disciples. They are moving about, talking to one another and looking and pointing towards heaven. The entire group, the Theotokos and the disciples represent the Church. The icon of the Ascension includes some who did not witness the Ascension. St. Paul is shown to the left of the Theotokos, but we know that he was not present at the Ascension. At that time, St. Paul did not yet believe in Jesus. But he became a Christian and one of the greatest Apostles and missionaries of Church.
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