St. Michael's
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church
1182 Ashland St., Greensburg, PA 15601
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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Due to Liturgical necessities that arise when Christmas falls on a Monday, according to the direction of Metropolitan Joseph, with an adjustment approved by Bishop Thomas, Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Nativity of Christ will commence at 10:00 PM on Sunday, December 24. (Matins will begin at 8:00 PM; singing of the traditional American Carols at 9:30 PM.)


ANTIOCHIAN

ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN ARCHDIOCESE

of North America

December 10, 2017

Choir and Chanter Appreciation Sunday

Beloved Hierarchs, Reverend Clergy, and Christ-loving Faithful of Our God-protected Archdiocese:

Blessings and greetings to all of you in the Name of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ!

One of the hallmarks of our Orthodox Christian faith is our worship. Our ecclesiastical music, when done with prayer and skill, can elucidate the rich theology of our hymnography in such a way that worshipers can exclaim — as did the emissaries sent by St. Vladimir — “We knew not whether we were in heaven or on earth!”

Because we owe such a tremendous amount of gratitude to our choirs and our chanters, we set aside the second Sunday of December to honor them for the key role they play in our liturgical life. I offer thanks especially for the work of the Department of Sacred Music in working diligently to expand the repertoire of music and to make it accessible to all. In addition, the Department offers the Sacred Music Institute to help our choir members and chanters learn more about this sacred art and fine tune their God-given talents.

To support this work, which is so vital to our Orthodox Christian liturgical lives, I ask each parish of this Archdiocese to offer a second collection on December 10, 2017 and to offer special recognition to those who are fulfilling this sacred ministry.

Wishing you all a holy and grace-filled continuation of the Fast, and joyous Feast of the Nativity, I remain,

 

Your Father in Christ,

+ Metropolitan Joseph

+JOSEPH

Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of All North America


NEXT SATURDAY EVENING
December 16, at 6:00 PM
here at St. Michael’s
We will be hosting a Great Vespers Service
for the local Westmoreland County Orthodox Churches.

        Fr. Larry Daniels of Sts. Cyril and Methodios Church in Jeannette has spear-headed organizing these opportunities for us to get together with fellow Orthodox Christians to bring in the Lord’s Day the way it ought to be brought in — with the celebration of Great Vespers. Come celebrate with us!


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.




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

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Blessing of the Bells

Blessing of the Bells - 10/27/13

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St. Michael's Antiochian Christian Orthodox Church Tour

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

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3 DAY CALENDAR

Saturday, December 16th
8 AM NATIVITY PARAKLESIS
9:00 AM - AntiochianMEN Meeting  at Bean & Baguette
10:00 AM - Budget Meeting
6:00 Great Vespers for Westmoreland County Churches
Sunday, December 17th
8:45 AM - MATINS
9:30 AM - Choir Rehearsal
10:00 AM - DIVINE LITURGY
     Church School
AntiochianMEN-Meet ‘n Greet
12:30 PM - Abortion Prayers
Saturday, December 23rd
6:00 Great Vespers
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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.


 

Print and Read December 10th 2017 
Bulletin
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December 3rd to January 7th

Giving Tree  Pet Donations
St. Michael’s Orthodox Church School & Teen SOYO
are accepting new pet supplies for the
Animal Friends of Westmoreland.

Please drop off any donations
by the Giving Tree!



http://www.beanandbaguette.com/

Next meeting of AMEN is Saturday, December 16th at Bean & Baguette, 250 W.Otterman Street, Greensburg, PA 15601 at 9:00am.



Antiochian Village Camp Dates to Note —

  • Winter Family Camp Registration opened this week.
  • Winter Camp Registration opened this week.
  • Summer Camp Registration opens the week of Dec. 11-15.
  • Family Camp Registration opens the week of Jan. 8-12.

The Fellowship Hour Schedule
is posted on the bulletin board in the
Fellowship Hall and we are in need of volunteers
to sign up to take a turn to provide refreshments
following Divine Liturgy each week.

We provide the coffee and you provide
whatever you feel you want to contribute
to St. Michael’s community.

      Please sign up to host Fellowship Hour.


REMEMBER…
Sarris Christmas Candy Sale orders
will be distributed next
Sunday, December 17th.


On Tuesday, January 2nd 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.


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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December 3rd Attendance

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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


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  • Calendar: Check out what's scheduled this month including weekly services, meeting, fasting dates, events etc.
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  • The Holy Gospel: This weeks reading
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  • 2010 Graduates
  • Church School: Orthodox Institute for Christian Education
  • Administration: Names, phone numbers and email addresses for Father and Parish Council
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