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For the first fourteen days of August during each year, the Holy Orthodox Church enters into a strict fast period in honor of the Mother of God, the Virgin Mary. The eminent Orthodox theologian, Father Sergei Bulgakov, beautifully expresses the high regard which the Orthodox Christians have for the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, for her special role in the salvation of mankind, when he affirms, “The warm veneration of the Theotokos is the soul of Orthodox Piety.” St. John of Damascus, one of the great Orthodox fathers, pointed out that when the Blessed Virgin Mary became the Mother of God and gave birth to Christ, the Redeemer of Mankind, she became the mother of mankind. We call the Virgin Mary “Theotokos”, from the Greek, which means “The Birth-Giver or the Bearer of God.” This is the highest title that can be bestowed upon any member of the human race. Continue reading
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Once again, on August 7, 2016, with the blessing of His Grace Bishop Dr. Mitrophan, the Shadeland Camp finished the summer program with the Divine Liturgy followed by a picnic. Parishioners from the Eastern Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church gathered together and enjoyed the program prepared by the youth of our Church attending the Shadeland Camp. This year some of our young parishioners were also part of the event. May God bless that this beautiful preserving of our cultural tradition will continue for many years to come.
On Tuesday, Aug 9th Christ the Saviour Orthodox Church (Harrisburg, PA) hosted a pan-Orthodox Liturgy for the feast of St. Herman of Alaska. We were especially blessed by a visit from Fr. Michael Oleksa from St. Michael Cathedral in Sitka, Alaska – who preached an inspiring homily about St. Herman’s legacy amongst the native peoples of Kodiak as their defender, and advocate.
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