St. Michael's
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church
1182 Ashland St., Greensburg, PA 15601
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Welcome to St. Michael's Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church. Thank You for visiting our Website. Every Sunday, Please join us for fellowship in the main hall following Divine Liturgy.

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Divine Liturgy Every Sunday at 10:00am
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Our mission...

...is to tend to the flock of our Lord Jesus Christ and to spread the Good News of Christ to those outside the flock.  The mission is to be accomplished by:

  • Living a full and liturgical and sacramental life
  • Proclaiming the Orthodox Christian Faith to all people
  • Providing effective charitable and social programs
  • Establishing strong spiritual leadership and educational resources




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Palm Sunday April 9th 2017





THE DORMTION OF THE THEOTOKOS

https://orthodoxwiki.org/Dormition

        According to Orthodox Tradition, Mary died like all humanity, “falling asleep,” so to speak, as the name of the Feast indicates. She died as all people die, not “voluntarily” as her Son, but by the necessity of her mortal human nature which is indivisibly bound up with the corruption of this world. The feast was added to the Roman calendar in the seventh century as the Dormitio. In the eighth century, the title was changed to the Assumptio (Assumption).

The Apostles were miraculously summoned to this event, and all were present except Thomas when Mary passed from this life. She was then buried.

Thomas arrived a few days later, and desiring to see her one more time, convinced the others to open her tomb. Upon doing so, the Apostles discovered that her body was no longer present. This event is seen as a first-fruits of the resurrection of the faithful that will occur at the Second Coming of Christ. The event is normally called the Dormition, though there are many Orthodox parishes in English-speaking countries with the name Assumption. In Greek, Dormition is Koimisis — falling asleep in death —from which the word cemetery derives.

As with the nativity of the Virgin and the Feast of her Entrance to the Temple, there are no biblical or historical sources for this feast. The Orthodox Church teaches that Mary is without personal sins, as well as that Mary truly needed to be saved by Christ as all human persons are saved from the trials, sufferings, and death of this world. She truly died and was raised up by her Son as the Mother of Life and participates already in the eternal life of paradise. This life of paradise is prepared and promised to all who “hear the word of God and keep it.” (Luke 11:27-28)

The Feast is preceded by 14 days of strict fasting, with the exceptions that fish is eaten on the Feast of the Transfiguration (August 6). On weekdays before the Feast, either the Great Paraklesis (service of supplication) or the Small Paraklesis is celebrated.

On the eve of the Feast, Vespers is served and contains three Old Testament readings that have New Testament meaning. In Genesis 28:10-17, Jacob's Ladder which unites heaven and earth points to the union of God with men which is realized most fully and perfectly in Mary the bearer of God. “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven!” In Ezekiel 43:27-44:4, the vision of the temple with the door to the East perpetually closed and filled with the glory of the Lord, symbolizes Mary. And in Proverbs 9:1-11, Mary is also identified with the “house” which the Divine Wisdom has built for herself.

Sometimes Matins is served on the morning of the Feast. The Gospel reading is from Luke 1:39-49, 56. It is read on all feasts of the Theotokos and includes the Theotokos’ saying: “My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden, for behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed.”

Divine Liturgy is served on the day on the Feast. In some churches, it is the custom to bless flowers on this Feast. The epistle reading is from Philippians 2:5-11, and speaks of “Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.” The gospel reading is taken from Luke 10:38-42 and 11:27-28 together; this reading is also always read on all feasts of the Theotokos. In it, the Lord says, “blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”


Thank you to our new

“DOWN TO EARTH TEAM” Volunteers

Rock Zone—Jill & Anthony Crowe
Bell Corner—Sara Armanious
Hedge Wall—
Main Entance Left—Christine Mansour, Carolyn Hill
Main Entrance Right—Barli Ross
“Cornerstone Sign Wall—Tom Sproch
Holy Cross Wall—the Wetzel family
Main Church Sign and Tree—Diana Lammert
Fellowship Hall Entrance Left—Stephanie & Ted Zarras
Fellowship Hall Entrance Right—Ted & Stephanie Zarras
The Hedge Wall - Rick Shaheen Family

See Fr. John to claim your spot on the Team.


SEPTEMBER 10, 2017 is the date of our annual food fund-raiser

St. Michael’s Mediterranean Buffet

 


HAVE YOU NOTICED the TREE

with WHITE TAGS in the hallway?

Please stop by and take a tag (or two) as a reminder of what you can contribute as a way of supporting
Saint Michael’s Mediterranean Buffet, which will be held on Sunday, September 10th.

It will be greatly appreciated by the wonderful cooks and bakers of St. Michael’s,
as they are preparing the food for the community fundraising event.
Bring your items and place them under the “Buffet Tree.”

Thank you!


Have you returned the money for your
St. Michael’s Mediterranean Buffet tickets yet? 

Do you need more tickets to sell? Call the office if you do
and we will be glad to mail out more tickets for you to sell.

Are you telling your friends and neighbors about our
September 10th St. Michael’s Mediterranean Buffet?


Church School “Welcome” Sunday Open House
Registration will be held on Sunday, August 20.

First day of class is on August 27.

If you would serve on the Church School Team
as a teacher, substitute or assistant,
sign on with Keira Sisley or Fotini Wetzel.


PANCAKE & SAUSAGE BREAKFAST
to benefit
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS)

Saturday, September 23
8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Adults: $5     Children: $3

      See Michele Gajewski or Paulette Sproch for tickets.







FOCUS Pittsburgh

(Fellowship of Orthodox Christians United for Service)

FOCUS Pittsburgh is collecting clothes (clean and in good condition, please) for the very, very needy people (many homeless) in the Hill District neighborhood of the city. Clothing including coats, jackets, sweaters, trousers, shirts, blouses and other tops, shoes, handbags, gloves, scarves, etc., are all gratefully received and appreciated.  

There is a drop-off area at the top of the stairs at the main entrance for those who would contribute. The contact people for this project are Marilyn Elias and Miriam Yazge.


You May Find the Text of the Divine Liturgy beginning on the bottom page 91 of the Service Book (gold embossed cross on the reddish brown cover) or in the green-spiral-bound book; sheet music can be found in the 8.5” x 11” large, spiral-bound booklet.

At the Kiss of Peace,our practice is for each of us to greet the person to our right and left with the bowing of our head, hands held in a prayerful clasp or crossed on the chest, while offering each other the Christian greeting, “Christ is in our midst!” and responding, “He is and shall be!”

Please remember that Holy Communion is reserved for those Chrismated Orthodox Christians who have appropriately prepared themselves through prayer, fasting and Confession to receive the Holy Mysteries of the Church. The bread (anti’doron, which means ’in place’ of the gifts) which we share after Communion and at the end of the Liturgy is for all.

Being mindful we are in church, let us always remember to

...be quiet and attentive.Let us sing, pray, stand., sit, kneel and respond where responses are indicated. Let us not talk, look around, text message, play games, etc. Especially let us work at this in the Communion line and when in line to venerate the Cross and depart. If we cannot hear the post-Communion prayers being chanted during our departure, we are way too noisy.

...refrain from eating, drinking or chewing gum (most obviously and especially if you will be receiving Holy Communion).

...stay put. Except in rare cases, there are few of us who cannot stay in one location for two hours (usually less, for most of us).


The complete text of the Great Vespers and Matins services for each Sunday may be retrieved and printed from the Antiochian Archdiocese website at http://www.antiochian.org/content/online-liturgical-guide


ABOUT BISHOP THOMAS

His Grace, the Right Reverend Thomas (Joseph) is a bishop of the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America, serving in the Diocese of Charleston, Oakland and the Mid-Atlantic. READ MORE


Dinner with Bishop Thomas, Father John and Deacon James - 10/25/13

(9 images)


Blessing of the Bells

Blessing of the Bells - 10/27/13

(6 images)


St. Michael's Antiochian Christian Orthodox Church Tour

Please click "View Slideshow" for the tour of the church of pictures from - 05/26/12

(66 images)



 


3 DAY CALENDAR

Thursday, August 17th
7:00 PM - St. Michael’s at PNC Park;
Pirates vs. Cardinals
Saturday, August 19th
9 AM to 5 PM - “Buffet Day”       
We’ll be cooking all day —   primarily grape leaves — we can never have enough of   them. We’ll also be doing other  &
6:00 Great Vespers
Sunday, August 20th
8:45 AM - FESTAL MATINS
10:00 AM - DIVINE LITURGY
Church School “Welcome”  Open House
Prayer for Victims of Abortion
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NEW on our YouTube Channel
2017 Palm Sunday and Great and Holy Pascha Procession
Gospel And Epistle Readings
 
Also on St. Michael's You Tube Channel:
St. Michael's offering Middle Eastern Food at the Irwin Ethnic Food Festival
St. Michael's Life Cycle presented by Father Ken
St. Michael's Church School Graduation 2015
Joe Gazel's St. George Speech
Father John's 25th Anniversary Slideshow
Blessing of the Bells at St. Michael's
 

Please go to the main St. Michael's Facebook page to view the new 360 degree picture of our beautiful church. Please share with all of your Facebook friends.


Ina Abraham
Memorial Camp Scholarship Fund

PAINT and WINE Party
Greensburg Art Center, Todd School Road

Thursday, August 24, 6:00 to 9:00 PM

Pat Majcher will instruct and lead
us in how to do a painting of a flower
RSVP to Pat at majr1186@comcast.net

Limited Space — $25 per person — B.Y.O.B

checks payable to “St. Michael’s,
“Ina Abraham” in the memo space

 


 

Print and Read August 13th 2017 
Bulletin
...CLICK HERE




http://www.beanandbaguette.com/

The next meeting of AMEN. Please watch here for our next date at Bean & Baguette at 250 W.Otterman Street, Greensburg, PA 15601 at 9:00am.



St. Michael’s parishioners volunteer their time and energy in the preparation, hosting and serving of a luncheon to help feed some hungry people at First Lutheran Church on South Main Streeton the second Wednesday of every other month. If you are interested in joining us in this worthwhile community effort, please contact Michele Murray at 724-837-2244.

The Volunteer sign-up sheet is posted
in the Fellowship Hall.
St. Michael’s next hosted meal is:
Wednesday, June 14th from 11:30-1:00PM
 First Evangelical Lutheran Church
246 South Main St., Greensburg


Some 2017 dates to mark or highlight on your calendar:

 —   SAVE THESE DATES   —

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Our trip to PNC Park is Thursday, August 17


Antiochian Women/Ladies’ Outing

Sand Hill Berries and Greendance Winery
306 Deer Field Drive, Mt. Pleasant

Sunday, August 27th
1:00pm to 4:00pm

Relax and enjoy Good Food
(salads, sandwiches, homemade desserts)

Listen to Buddy Mac Band (talented local band)

Questions? Contact Jillian Crowe (724-518-2043)


St. Michael’s Annual
Pirates Baseball Game
Thursday,
August 17, 7:05PM
Pirates vs St. Louis Cardinals

 It is “FAITH NIGHT”!**
$30 per ticket
(which includes a $10 food voucher)


On Tuesday, September 5th the Antiochian MEN will prepare a free meal for the benefit of people in our community. There are at least two ways in which you may participate in this charitable activity. The first is to come and help with the planning and execution. The second is to support the event financially. Donation may be given to Gus Flizanes. Anyone who would like to support “Food on the Hill” in whatever capacity you would like should contact Gus Flizanes.

Those who attend our “Food on the Hill” luncheon are also the same people who make use of the generous donations made to “Caleb’s Cupboard,” (which is located at the front entrance of the church). If everyone brought in one item of canned food, or a paper or hygiene product, it would keep Caleb’s Cupboard full so that there is something for those who attend “Food on the Hill” each month. The participants are most grateful for the continuous generosity of food, fellowship and donations. Thank you to the parishioners who consistently give of their time, their culinary skills, their financial and material donations to make these ministries possible.

"Food On The Hill" WEATHER CANCELLATION POLICY - When weather causes Hempfield or Greensburg Salem School District to close for the day; "Food On The Hill" will NOT serve lunch that day! Please refer to TV & Radio Newscasts when in doubt. Thank You!


We are seeking new members who would be interested in learning how to prepare the Memorial Wheat. We have a group of women who currently fulfill this important function and are willing to teach anyone who may be interested in becoming part of this ministry team. For more information, contact Val Flizanes or call the church office.


Church School Welcome / Open House / Registration
will be held on Sunday, September 20.

If you would serve on the Church School Team as a teacher,
substitute or assistant, sign on with Keira Sisley or Fotini Wetzel.


CALEB’S CUPBOARD

The big chest you see as you come through the main entrance of our church, is a simple way to help our hungry neighbors. Just bring in a few cans of food or other unperishables when you come to church and you will making a difference for someone.

Please check that the goods you bring are “reasonably” close in time to the expiration date. (While we know the food lasts longer than that date, it is not always easy to tell how much longer.)


       I.nternational
O.rthodox
C.hristian
C.harities

It is unfortunate that IOCC is one among many charitable organizations that are never lacking for work. A glance around our globe supplies us with sufficient evidence of human beings who are suffering horrendously and are in dire need of help and aid in their affliction. IOCC has proven itself to be one of the most effective deliverers of that aid.

One statistical bit of evidence of IOCC’s efficiency is the fact that every $1 that is donated to IOCC in charitable contributions is leveraged and matched by $7 in funding from the governments, philanthropic foundations and other sources that support IOCC. That means your $1 becomes $8. Your $10 become $80. Your $100 become $800.

For information on IOCC and how to become part of the worthwhile work being done, visit www.iocc.org.


Please CLICK HERE for the form to provide us with your information. Or, see the form on the new back page of the weekly bulletin. We want to serve you better and we need your help. Please understand that we will protect yur privacy from the standpoint of the church. We will not show or distribute your email address!


 

 

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HAVE YOU NOTICED the TREE in the hallway

with WHITE LEAVES (TAGS)?

 

Please stop by and take a tag (or two) as a reminder of what you can contribute as a way of supporting St. Michael’s Mediterranean Buffet, which will be held of Sunday, September 10th.

It will be greatly appreciated by the wonderful cooks and bakers of St. Michael’s, as they are preparing the food for the community fundraising event.

 

Bring your items and place them under the “Food Tree”!

What you can find on this site

  • Orthodox.tv
  • Orthodoxwiki
  • Calendar: Check out what's scheduled this month including weekly services, meeting, fasting dates, events etc.
  • Monthly Newsletter CLICK HERE! 
  • The Holy Gospel: This weeks reading
  • The Epistle: This weeks reading
  • Weekly Announcements: Keep in touch with all of the happenings of St. Michael's, the services, events and more
  • 2010 Graduates
  • Church School: Orthodox Institute for Christian Education
  • Administration: Names, phone numbers and email addresses for Father and Parish Council
  • Illumination Project: Learn how you can be a part of beautifying St. Michaels and who to contact
  • Photo Album: Pictures of Services and events at St. Michael's
  • About Orthodoxy: Articles about the faith
  • You Tube: Watch St. Michael's and other Orthodox events on You Tube
  • Facebook: St. Michael's Main Page, Church School Page
  • Ancient Faith Radio: Listen to music, listen to discussions or play the radio itself
  • The Word: Read The Word Magazine online - "NEW EDITION!"
  • History and Founders: The History and Founders of St. Michael's
  • Print and read the weekly Bulletin or monthly Newsletter
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  • Contact Us: Direct questions to Father, individuals on Parish Council or general questions St. Michaels