June 19, 2016: Pentecost, Trinity Sunday (June 6 on Orthodox calendar)
Today is Pentecost, one of the Twelve Great Feasts of the Church year, on which we celebrate the Descent of the Holy Spirit and the commencement of the Church of Christ on earth. Kneeling Prayers will be said today at the end of the Divine Liturgy. These take about thirty-five minutes; the Kissing of the Cross will be done afterwards. This week is fast-free: No fasting even on Wednesday and Friday of this week!
Memory Eternal: Archpriest Theodore Shevzov reposed on Monday, June 13. The funeral was held at Holy Presentation Church on Wednesday, June 15 (his Third Day); interment was at Riverview Cemetery in Shelton. Please continue to pray for his repose: his Ninth Day is Tuesday, June 21; his Fortieth Day is Friday, July 22.
Next week we shall switch to summer hours: Divine Liturgy will begin at 9:30 am on Sunday, June 26. Thanksgiving prayers for the end of the school year will be said next Sunday.
For the sake of Pentecost, there is no fasting this week. Next week, the Apostles’ Fast begins, on Monday, June 27. From then until the feast of Ss. Peter & Paul (June 12 on the civil calendar), we abstain from meat, eggs and dairy; on Wednesdays and Fridays, we also obstain from fish, wine, and oil.
Holy Ghost Picnic is at Holy Ghost Park (70 Nells Rock Road in Shelton) on Sunday, June 26. Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at the park at 10:00 am; afterwards, the picnic runs from noon until 4:00 pm. More information...
Happy Fathers Day to all the fathers of our parish. Eternal Memory: newly-reposed Fr. Theodore, and all reposed fathers of our parish. Many years: All living fathers of our parish.