Dormition of the Mother of God Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2019-07-21
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Dormition of the Mother of God Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (570) 640-2517
  • Street Address:

  • 187 Justin Lane

  • Bluefield, WV 24701

Contact Information

Services Schedule

Saturday Confessions: 5:00pm and after Vespers if needed

Saturday Vespers: 6 pm

Feast Day Vespers: 6pm

Sunday Orthros/Matins: 8:30am

Sunday Divine Liturgy: 10:00am

Feast Day Divine Liturgy: 9:00am

Orthodox Catechism Class: Wednesdays at 6:30pm


Past Bulletins

Welcome to Saint Mary's Orthodox Church

Welcome to The Dormition of the Mother of God Orthodox Christian Church (Saint Mary's) which is a parish of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Church of the USA whose presiding Bishop is His Eminence, Metropolitan Gregory of Nyssa. The American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese is an Autonomous Diocese under the spiritual protection of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople of which His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is the ruling Patriarch.

We are thankfully to Almighty God that you are here in God's House to Worship with us Today!

If you are new to the Orthodox Church you will find that our worship is abit different than what you maybe used to, or it maybe entirely new all together! It's okay!!! All of us were new to the Faith at one time or another, but we encourage you to participate as you feel comfortable. The Blue Book in your pew has the whole Service of what we call the Divine Liturgy in it so you can follow along.

Please, if you have any questions about what you see or hear today at the Divine Liturgy, we have a Coffee Hour in the Church Hall after service that you are invited to attend! Come and join us for fellowship to have something to eat and have all your questions answered either by Our Pastor Father Vincent or a friendly member of the Church.  

If you have been on a long or short spiritual journey looking for the True Church you have found it here in the Orthodox Church!

We pray that what you find and experience here is none other than the peace of Christ Jesus Our Risen Lord and the Kingdom of Heaven!

If you are ready or interested in becoming an Orthodox Christian please see Father Vincent at Coffee Hour or contact him at (570) 640-2517 or email him at




Liturgical/Class Schedule


Saturday July 20th The Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom 9:00AM - The Holy Prophet Elijah

Saturday July 20th The Mystery of Holy Baptism and Chrismation 11:00AM - We are Baptizing and Chrismating into the Holy Orthodox Church 3-month-old Penelope Grace Botross the daughter of Mina Botross and Gena Russo. Likewise, we welcome the entire Botross and Russo families to our parish of Saint Mary's!!!  

Saturday July 20th Confessions 5:00PM - The Confessions are also available after Vespers

 Saturday July 20th Great Vespers 6:00PM- Venerable Simeon the Fool for Christ, Saint John the Faster Archbishop of Constantinople & The Holy Prophet Ezekiel  

Sunday July 21st Orthros 8:30AM

 Sunday July 21st The Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom 10:00AM - 5th Sunday After Pentecost/Venerable Simeon the Fool for Christ, Saint John the Faster Archbishop of Constantinople & The Holy Prophet Ezekiel  


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Fourth Tone

The joyful message of the resurrection* was heard by the faithful women from the angel:* having been freed from the ancestral curse,* they boasted to the Apostles:* "triumphantly death has been overcome!* Christ our God has risen,* granting great mercy to the world."

Troparion of the Dormition of The Theotokos in the First Tone

O Birthgiver of God, in giving birth you retained virginity; and in your falling asleep you did not forsake the world. You are the Mother of Life and have passed into life, and by your prayers have delivered our souls from death.  

Resurrectional Kontakion in the Fourth Tone

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit! O my Savior and Redeemer,* as God You lifted fallen man from the bondage of the grave.* You shattered the gates of death.* As the Master,* You arose on the third day.

Resurrectional Theotokion in the Fourth Tone

Now and Ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen! O Birth Giver of God, the mystery hidden from eternity,* and unknown even to the angels,* has been revealed in you to those who live on earth;* this mystery is the Incarnation of God:* Christ, Who of His own will suffered Crucifixion for us,* to raise the first man He had fashioned,* He who saved our souls from death!

Seasonal Kontakion in the Second Tone

O Protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, mediation unto the creator most constant: O despise not the voices of those who have sinned; but be quick, O good one, to come unto our aid, who in faith cry unto thee: Hasten to intercession and speed thou to make supplication, O thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, them that honor thee.

Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Fifth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Luke 24:13-35

At that time, two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, "What is this conversation which you are holding with each other as you walk?" And they stood still looking sad. Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, "Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?" And he said to them, "What things?" And they said to him, "Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since this happened. Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning and did not find his body; and they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb, and found it just as the women had said; but him they did not see." And he said to them, "O foolish men, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?" And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He appeared to be going further, but they constrained him, saying, "Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent." So he went in to stay with them. When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognized him; and he vanished out of their sight. They said to each other, "Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the scriptures?" And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven gathered together and those who were with them, who said, "The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!" Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.

Epistle Reading

5th Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Romans 10:1-10

Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved. I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but it is not enlightened. For, being ignorant of the righteousness that comes from God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God's righteousness. For Christ is the end of the law, that every one who has faith may be justified. Moses writes that the man who practices the righteousness which is based on the law shall live by it. But the righteousness based on faith says, Do not say in your heart, "Who will ascend into heaven?" (that is, to bring Christ down) or "Who will descend into the abyss?" (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart (that is, the word of faith which we preach); because, if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For man believes with his heart and so is justified, and he confesses with his lips and so is saved.

Gospel Reading

5th Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from Matthew 8:28-34; 9:1

At that time, when Jesus came to the country of the Gergesenes, two demoniacs met him, coming out of the tombs, so fierce that no one would pass that way. And behold, they cried out, "What have you to do with us, O Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?" Now a herd of many swine was feeding at some distance from them. And the demons begged him, "If you cast us out, send us away into the herd of swine." And he said to them, "Go." So they came out and went into the swine; and behold, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea, and perished in the waters. The herdsmen fled, and going into the city they told everything, and what had happened to the demoniacs. And behold, all the city came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their neighborhood. And getting into a boat he crossed over and came to his own city.


Saints and Feasts

July 23

Ezekiel the Prophet

The Prophet Ezekiel ("God is strong") was the son of Buzi and a priest by rank. He was taken captive and brought to Babylon during the reign of Jechonias. In the fifth year of this captivity, about 594 or 593 B.C., he began to prophesy. Having prophesied for about twenty-eight years, he was murdered, it is said, by the tribe of Gad, because he reproached them for their idolatry. His book of prophecy, divided into forty-eight chapters, is ranked third among the greater Prophets. It is richly filled with mystical imagery and marvelous prophetic visions and allegories, of which the dread Chariot of Cherubim described in the first Chapter is the most famous; in the "gate that was shut," through which the Lord alone entered, he darkly foretold of the Word's Incarnation from the Virgin (44:1-3); through the "dry bones" that came to life again (37:1-14), he prophesied both of the restoration of captive Israel, and the general resurrection of our race.

July 21

John and Symeon the Fool for Christ

These Saints were from the city of Edessa in Mesopotamia and flourished during the reign of Justin the Younger (565-578). After a pilgrimage to Jerusalem they were moved with a desire to forsake the world; they were tonsured monks by the Abbot Nicon, and soon after left the monastery to struggle together in the wilderness near the Dead Sea. When they had passed a little more than thirty years together in silence and prayer, Symeon, having reached the heights of dispassion, departed for Emesa in Syria, where he passed the rest of his life playing the fool, saving many souls from sin while hiding his sanctity with seemingly senseless behavior. He reposed in 570; by the providence of God, John, who had remained in the wilderness, departed soon after.

July 22

Markella, the Virgin-martyr of Chios

Saint Markella was born in the 14th century on the island of Chios and was the daughter of the mayor of her town. She was raised in the Christian faith by pious parents, but lost her mother at a young age. This was especially difficult for her father who fell into depression. The young Markella was devoted to Christ and strove to preserve her virginity, fighting off numerous temptations from the Devil. Seeing he could make no progress with Markella, the Evil One turned his attention to her father, and enflamed within him an unnatural lust for his daughter.

One day he declared his desire for her at which she ran away in tears and fear. Arriving at the edge of the water and with nowhere to run, a rock opened up for Markella to enter so that her lower half could be enclosed within the rock. When her father arrived in pursuit of her, he was furious to have been deprived of his desire and beheaded his daughter there. The miraculous rock remains on Chios in the church dedicated to Saint Markella the Virgin-Martyr and is said to spring healing waters.

July 22

Mary Magdalene, the Holy Myrrh-bearer and Equal to the Apostles

Saint Mary was from Magdala in Galilee on the Sea of Tiberias, and for this was named Magdalene. When the Lord Jesus cast out seven demons from her, from which she had been suffering, she became His faithful and inseparable disciple, following Him and ministering unto Him even to the time of His crucifixion and burial. Then, returning to Jerusalem together with the rest of the Myrrh-bearers, she prepared the fragrant spices for anointing the body of the Lord. And on the Lord's day they came very early to the tomb, even before the Angels appeared declaring the Resurrection of the Lord. When Mary Magdalene saw the stone taken away from the tomb, she ran and proclaimed it to Peter and John. And returning immediately to the tomb and weeping outside, she was deemed worthy to be the first of the Myrrh-bearers to behold the Lord arisen from the dead, and when she fell at His feet, she heard Him say, "Touch Me not." After the Lord's Ascension, nothing certain is known concerning her. Some accounts say that she went to Rome and later returned to Jerusalem, and from there proceeded to Ephesus, where she ended her life, preaching Christ. Although it is sometimes said that Saint Mary Magdalene was the "sinful woman" of the Gospel, this is nowhere stated in the tradition of the Church, in the sacred hymnology, or in the Holy Gospels themselves, which say only that our Lord cast seven demons out of her, not that she was a fallen woman. "Madeleine" is a form of Magdalene.

July 24

Christina the Great Martyr of Tyre

Saint Christina was from Tyre in Syria, the daughter of a pagan named Urban. Enlightened in her heart to believe in Christ, she broke her father's idols, made of gold and silver, and distributed the pieces to the poor. When her father learned this, he punished her ruthlessly, then cast her into prison. The rulers subjected her to imprisonments, hunger, torments, the cutting off of her breasts and tongue, and finally impalement, in the year 200, during the reign of the Emperor Septimius Severus.

July 25

Dormition of St. Anna, mother of the Theotokos

According to tradition, Anna, the ancestor of God, lived for sixty-nine years, and her spouse Joachim, for eighty; according to one account, Saint Joachim died two years before Saint Anna. The Theotokos had been orphaned of both her parents already when she was eleven years of age, when she was living in the Temple (see Sept. 8 and Nov. 21). Saint Anna is invoked for conceiving children, and for help in difficult childbirth.

July 27

Panteleimon the Great Martyr & Healer

This Saint, who had Nicomedia as his homeland, was the son of Eustorgius and Eubula. His father was an idolater, but his mother was a Christian from her ancestors. It was through her that he was instructed in piety, and still later, he was catechized in the Faith of Christ by Saint Hermolaus (see July 26) and baptized by him. Being proficient in the physician's vocation, he practiced it in a philanthropic manner, healing every illness more by the grace of Christ than by medicines. Thus, although his parents had named him Pantoleon ("in all things a lion"), because of the compassion he showed for the souls and bodies of all, he was worthily renamed Panteleimon, meaning "all-merciful." On one occasion, when he restored the sight of a certain blind man by calling on the Divine Name, he enlightened also the eyes of this man's soul to the knowledge of the truth. This also became the cause for the martyrdom of him who had been blind, since when he was asked by whom and in what manner his eyes had been opened, in imitation of that blind man of the Gospel he confessed with boldness both who the physician was and the manner of his healing. For this he was put to death immediately. Panteleimon was arrested also, and having endured many wounds, he was finally beheaded in the year 305, during the reign of Maximian. Saint Panteleimon is one of the Holy Unmercenaries, and is held in special honor among them, even as Saint George is among the Martyrs.


Wisdom of the Fathers

Now, should any one say, "And wherefore did Christ fulfill the devils' request, suffering them to depart into the herd of swine?" this would be our reply, that He did so, not as yielding to them, but as providing for many objects thereby.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 28 on Matthew 8, 4th Century

One, to teach them that are delivered from those wicked tyrants, how great the malice of their insidious enemies: another, that all might learn, how not even against swine are they bold, except He allow them; a third, that they would have treated those men more grievously than the swine, unless even in their calamity they had enjoyed much of God's providential care. For that they hate us more than the brutes is surely evident to every man.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 28 on Matthew 8, 4th Century

"And going about," he says, "to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. And these things he says to show, that it was from a petulancy and love of power that they erred, rather than from ignorance, and that not even this righteousness from the deeds of the Law did they establish. (Matt. xxi. 38; John. xii. 19, 42.) For saying "going about to establish" is what one would do to show this. And in plain words indeed he has not stated this (for he has not said, that they fell short of both righteousnesses), but he has given a hint of it in a very judicious manner...For if Christ be "the end of the Law," he that hath not Christ, even if he seem to have that righteousness, hath it not. But he that hath Christ, even though he have not fulfilled the Law aright, hath received the whole. For the end of the physician's art is health. As then he that can make whole, even though he hath not the physician's art, hath everything; but he that knows not how to heal, though he seem to be a follower of the art, comes short of everything: so is it in the case of the Law and of faith...For what was the object of the Law? To make man righteous. But it had not the power, for no one fulfilled it. This then was the end of the Law and to this it looked throughout, and for this all its parts were made, its feasts, and commandments, and sacrifices, and all besides, that man might be justified. But this end Christ gave a fuller accomplishment of through faith.(*) Be not then afraid, he says, as if transgressing the Law in having come over to the faith. For then dost thou transgress it, when for it thou dost not believe Christ.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 17 on Romans 10, 4th Century


From Father Vincent's Desk

The Apostolic Kerygma

   “When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the Gospel's will save it.” (Mark 8:34-35; Orthodox Study Bible) The Gospel that Jesus is talking about is not a book, it is more than that, it is the Divine Message of our Salvation, and this Message of Salvation must be preached to the ends of the earth, not only by the Apostles but also by all faithful Orthodox Christians. Our Great God and Savior Jesus Christ expects us to take up our cross and follow him in this fashion by the proclamation of his Gospel and by engaging in spiritual warfare, even if it means that we are persecuted, or that we lose our lives for the Gospel's sake. In this verse from the Gospel of St. Mark we have the encapsulation of the message of the Kerygma or the entire Apostolic Preaching of the Apostles. The Apostles preached Jesus Christ crucified and risen from the dead the Great Lord, Messiah, and Savior of the world, who would come again to judge the living and the dead. The Cross equals the Kerygma, for without the Cross there would be no Resurrection, and our Faith and preaching would be in vain. If there was no Cross the sayings of Jesus or the oral tradition of the Apostles would have been rejected. The Gospel is grounded in the Faith that Jesus is the Risen Lord who is living and true, all truth is contained in the Gospel which are the Divine Words of our Savior Jesus Christ. The Kerygma is the Proclamation of the Cross and the Resurrection in this Gospel!  The Apostles preached this Gospel with great conviction being full of the Holy Spirit because this Gospel is the essence of the Kerygma.  

   The Kerygma or the Apostolic Message, formed the Rule of Faith for the Early Church, for the Gospels, we know today became the recorded preaching of the Apostles. Thus, We have the Evangelist being inspired by the Holy Spirit to write down in limited human language the Kerygma of the early church, and the Divine Words of Jesus himself, which he passed down to his Chosen twelve Apostles. Therefore, the Kerygma equals the words of the Divine Logos Himself. This Kerygma, and the Scriptures which it produced, belong solely to the Orthodox Church, and she is the only one that is able to teach with Apostolic Authority, and likewise, she is the only one that is able to interpret the Kerygmatic Scriptures. St. Irenaeus would say that Sacred Scripture; “Has its own pattern or design, its initial structure, and harmony. The heretics ignore this pattern or rather substitute their own instead. In other words, they rearranged the Scriptural evidence on a pattern which is quite alien to Scripture itself. The interpretation of Scripture must be guided by the Rule of Faith, which is the Apostolic Preaching, the Kerygma, handed over and faithfully witnessed to in the Church.” (The Gospel Image of Christ; Veselin Kesich, pg. 50.)  As Orthodox Christians we received this Rule of Faith in our Baptism and Chrismation, because it is contained within the Sacred Creed and Profession of Faith that we recited before we were immersed in the life-giving waters of Baptism and signed with the sanctifying oil of the Holy Spirit, our entrance into the Kingdom of God and the Body of Christ. Through this Apostolic Teaching and Rule of Faith, Divine Revelation itself can be detected and grasped. (Bible, Church, Tradition: An Eastern Orthodox View; Georges Florvosky, pg.76)

   The dynamic power of God acted in actual history by Jesus Christ living on earth as a human person, through the activity of his public ministry, His passion, death, and resurrection. All of these things were enacted by Jesus Christ for our Salvation. Where the Gospel is there is Jesus Christ, therefore, the Gospel came to members of his community not only in His Word, but also by His Divine Presence, and by the power of the Holy Spirit, especially after the Pentecost event. The same powerful message of Salvation was proclaimed in a Kerygmatic fashion by Saint Paul the Apostle. His preaching of the Gospel was what he received from Christ himself on the road to Damascus, and from what he gathered from his meetings with Saint Peter and the rest of the Church. St Paul's “gospel” was the Gospel of the primitive Christian community. “The Kerygma, on the other hand, was the public proclamation of the events in the life of Jesus which did not belong to a “private tradition,” but which was observed by many.” (Kesich, pg.58) All of the Apostles preached in this Powerful Authoritative fashion proclaiming that the Kingdom of God is amongst us and that we are in the end times, because the coming Messiah, who is Jesus Christ, is the truly human and truly Divine living signal of the end times. For the early Christians, Jesus and the Gospels were one and the same, because through oral tradition when people would hear the words preached about Jesus they formed a personal relationship of commitment with the one whom they believed on, and committed to memory these Jesus sayings. As the number of disciples grew it was necessary for the Church to begin the written tradition of these Gospels or what had been known as the Jesus tradition. Saint Paul was one of the first Apostles to begin the written tradition through the writing of his letters to the various Christian Church, of which he desired to visit in person, but was unable to because of his imprisonments, and house arrest.  

   The written tradition of the Synoptic Gospels is the written Kerygma of the Apostles. The Church was rapidly growing so written letters became necessary for missionary work, for the instruction of new believers, and for worship. The three Synoptic Gospels were written for different audiences for both Jews and Gentiles Christians who lived in different areas throughout the Roman world. The evangelists depended heavily on eyewitness accounts of those who walked with Jesus particularly the witness of the disciples. What Jesus taught and accomplished we know from those who were closest to him, The apostles who suffered greatly after his death and resurrection for listening and following him. The written Gospels, while they reflect the preached Gospel and the response of the disciples to it; they did not suddenly just dropped from the Heavens, there was a definite development of the Synoptic Gospels.  In the preface to the Gospel of Luke 1: 1-4; We see a strong suggestion that there are three stages of development in the writing of these Gospels. The first stage would be the events of the life of Christ or the things that Jesus would have accomplished among his people, The second stage was the transmission of these happenings by witnesses and The ministers of the Word or The Apostles and the followers of Jesus, and the final stage would be the actual composition of the Gospels by the Evangelists. (Kesich, pgs. 62-63.) 

   In the early centuries of Christianity, it was the custom of the people to communicate verbally with one another and to pass on ideas and sayings by word of mouth because the writing down of such ideas or sayings would be very costly to produce. This is not to say that the early Christians did not believe in writing things down about Jesus and the Church, but there was a great emphasis that the second coming of Christ would happen immediately and that the world as they knew it would shortly come to an end. In other words, there was more pressing work to do in that brief span of time in regards to preaching and baptizing all nations; just as Jesus had commanded them to do, then to write down physical books. Even when the Apostle Paul wrote his letters to the early Christian communities because they lived in an oral culture he expected that his letters would be read aloud to the Christian communities so all could hear them, for he meant the letters to substitute for his own presence as he would deliver advice for dealing with specific problems in the individual Christian communities. The Apostles and disciples that went out on mission were the frontrunners in writing these early document because we have records of Barnabas and Philip doing the same thing. As far as we know no one had tried to compose a continuous account of the entire life of Jesus Christ before the Apostle and Evangelist Saint Mark. There are a variety of reasons which encouraged the Early Church to put into writing the preached Kerygma of the Apostles. The reasons for recording these Jesus traditions are as follows: the passing away of eyewitness authorities; the Apostles themselves by Martyrdom, the postponement of Jesus's return or the Second and Glorious Coming, instructional aids for catechumens and other persons preparing for Baptism and Chrismation, aids for worship, corrective to distortions, support against persecution, struggle with Judaism, and the protection of the sayings and teachings of Jesus from corruption or heresy. (The Synoptic Gospels; Keith F. Nickle, pgs. 64-67.)   

   Jesus Christ our God is the center of all the stages of the development of the Gospel Tradition. Being the Eternal God, Jesus is the beginning and the origin of the Gospels. He is the one who is proclaimed and preached after His Resurrection, He is the same yesterday, today, and unto the ages of ages. The Kerygmatic Gospels bear the imprint of Christ and his very portrait. The written Gospels which are proclaimed in the Orthodox Church bring to the world the living Icon of the Holy Trinity, bearing the image of Jesus Christ the Eternal Word made flesh. We proclaim the risen Christ living and true in the same fashion in which the Apostles proclaimed in the very early days of our Church. “The Apostolic Kerygma and the mission of the first Christian community, and the period of the writing of the Gospels all lead to an encounter with the same Jesus of Nazareth.” (The Gospel Image of Christ; Kesich, pg. 63.)  The Gospels can properly be called the verbal icon of Jesus Christ the Eternal Logos. This icon is not produced by extraordinary creative talents of the Evangelists, but by the very living tradition with which they acquired the Good News of Salvation. Within this living tradition the Evangelist, Apostles, and the rest of the disciples experience the living presence of Christ, and from this tradition, they drew their material to develop the written Gospels. (The Gospel Image of Christ; Kesich, pg. 63 & 65.)  

   It cannot be emphasized enough that the formation of the Gospels was enacted through the inspiration, and by the power of the Holy Spirit. This is the same Spirit in which the Orthodox Church preaches, this is precisely why our tradition is living because it has the spirit of Almighty God within it, the living and True Gospel of Jesus Christ, The Divine Kerygma Himself! The inspiration in the writing of Holy Scripture was given by God in a condescension that should be taken at face value. It is completely unrealistic to believe in absolute inerrancy of Scripture because if this were so we could not really believe that God has condescended to the human sphere, but rather he would have transformed it into something else. The Bible as a whole testifies that the Divine Word of God is mediated through the genuine human condition, with human limitations. The inspiration did not miraculously change the worldview of the biblical authors into a view that would be acceptable to modern scientists and their viewpoints. The worldview of the evangelist, like our own was not absolute but relative; their language like our own was conditioned to their cultural surroundings. The important thing is the Message of the Gospels, and the reality that they convey through human language is not in the least bit relative. What the Gospels bear witness to is the absolute Truth and the power of God, not to their own freedom of error. they are free from falsehood and deception, but they are not free from natural human errors. “The concept of inerrancy conflicts with the Incarnational approach to the Bible, and with the New Testament concept of the synergetic activity of the Holy Spirit. The concept of inerrancy reveals more about a desire for absolute certainty and then it does about the inspiration of a Biblical book. God committed his message to human beings with human limitations. To cling to inerrancy, then, is to reject the reality of Christ's humiliation or kenosis.” (The Gospel Image of Christ; Kesich, pg. 69.)

   The Gospels are the records of the Divine Revelation of Jesus Christ the Incarnate Son of God, the Eternal Logos, which have been recorded by his inspired Disciples, therefore they are not dictations from Heaven, nor did Sacred Scripture just fall out of the sky. The human element is proved by the sheer fact that it was the Disciples themselves, and the Church Community for which they wrote who guarantees the truthfulness of their books. The Orthodox Church is the same Church of the Acts of the Apostles, and she is the living continuation of the Apostolic Kerygma in the modern world, the Ark of Salvation for all of mankind. Everything regarding the Kerygmatic oral and written traditions of the Gospels ultimately ties together with the Cross and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, We fall down in adoration of the Cross of Christ, and we praise and glorify His Resurrection. “Without Christ's Resurrection, neither the Church nor the Gospels would have existed. The Gospels record the facts of the past from the post-resurrection perspective, and for the Evangelist, there is no other possible perspective.” (The Gospel Image of Christ; Kesich, pg. 81.)  




Saint Mary's News

Farewell and Thank You to You Our Parish Family!!!

Father Vincent and Pani Christyn would like to thank all of You Our Entire Parish Family for all the Love and Support you have offered us during our ministry here at Saint Mary's. We are sad to be leaving since all of you have become members of our family! Please be assured of our prayers for you and your new Pastor Father Michael and Pani Jessica. Please pray for us also as we journey to Ambridge PA to Saint John the Baptist Orthodox Church. Pray for us that we may be able with the help of God to serve the people of Saint John's like we served you all. Please pray for Pani Christyn that she might do well in School! You all were our First Parish Family, Pani and I Will Always have a special place for you all in our hearts, we love all of you very much! Let's stay in touch we are only a phone call or a text away!

May God Bless all of you with every good gift of His Love!!

Love in Christ,

Father Vincent and Pani Christyn

Diocesan Sobor Delegates 

The 24th Diocesan Sobor will be held in Johnstown Pennsylvania from October 13th-16th. Every Parish of our Diocese is able to send up to 3 Delegates to represent their respective Parish Church. We discussed at the Parish Council Meeting last Sunday that the requirements for representing Our Parish Church of Saint Mary's are that you must be Orthodox for at least one year and be willing to journey to Johnstown PA. Overnight accommodations for the three days will be paid for by our parish for anyone who would like to be a Delegate. If you are interested please see or contact Father Vincent or Michael Peters for more information. The deadline for Delegates will be July 28th.  

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07/14/19 - $814.00

Tile Project Donations

05/01/19 - $2500.00 - By Michael and Joyce Peters in Memory of Raymond Peters

06/02/19 - $75.00 - By Virginia Chryssikos in Memory of Paul Chryssikos

06/09/19 - $1300.00 - By Dorothy Chrizmar and the Children in Memory of Ernie Chrizmar

06/30/19 - $500.00 - By Sophia and Ann Rantis in Memory of their Sister Helen Stamoulis

Saint Mary's Prayer List

Janet Mickel, John (Randy) Bailey, John and Christina Phillips, Martha Smith, Kenneth Bamber, Dorothy Chrizmar, Patricia Frazier, Emily Lloyd, Michael Lloyd, Alexandra, and Marin Sandu, Sophia Schuresko, Joan Semonco, Emma Lavin.