Liturgy This Thursday July 27

There will be liturgy for the feast day of Saint Panteleimon this coming Thursday July 27 at 9:00 a.m.

St. Panteleimon’s relics are one of the relics that were placed in the altar of our church when it was consecrated.

His parents were Eustorgius of Nicomedia, a pagan, and Saint Eubula (March 30). They named him Pantaleon, which means in all things like a lion, but when he converted to Christianity, he changed his name to Panteleimon, which means all-merciful. He learned about Christianity from the priest who later baptized him, Saint Hermolaus. Hermolaus was living with two other priests, Hermippus and Hermocrates; the three were “survivors of the massacre of 20,000 Christians in 303 (December 28).

St. Panteleimon had been educated as a physician, and he “dedicated his life to the suffering, the sick, the unfortunate and the needy. He treated all those who turned to him without charge, healing them in the name of Jesus Christ. He visited those held captive in prison. These were usually Christians, and he healed them of their wounds. In a short time, reports of the charitable physician spread throughout the city. Forsaking the other doctors, the inhabitants began to turn only to St. Panteleimon.

Other physicians brought his case before the Emperor Maximian. St. Panteleimon confessed to being a Christian and refused to offer sacrifice to the state gods.

“[He] suggested that a sick person, for whom the doctors held out no hope, should be brought before the emperor. Then the doctors could invoke their gods, and Panteleimon would pray to his God to heal the man. A man paralyzed for many years was brought in, and pagan priests who knew the art of medicine invoked their gods without success. Then, before the very eyes of the emperor, the saint healed the paralytic by calling on the name of Jesus Christ. The ferocious Maximian executed the healed man, and gave St. Panteleimon over to fierce torture.”

Hermolaus, Hermippus, and Hermocrates were brought forth; they confessed and were beheaded. Throughout the many tortures, St. Panteleimon remained untouched. Enraged, Maximian ordered that St. Panteleimon be beheaded. The soldiers took him to an olive tree, but when they struck him while he was praying, the sword melted like wax. After he finished his prayer, “a Voice was heard from Heaven, calling the passion-bearer by his new name and summoning him to the heavenly Kingdom.” He instructed the soldiers to rise from their knees where they had fallen in fear and to complete the execution. After they followed his instruction, the olive tree became covered with fruit.

Although his body was thrown into a fire, it came out unharmed and was buried by Christians. His head is located on the island of Andros at the Panachrantos monastery and, on occassions, is taken to other monasteries for veneration. Some of his relics can be found at the Putna Monastery (Bucovina, Romania), as well as in the Ss. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Constanţa, Romania.

“St. Panteleimon is invoked in the prayers at the blessing of water and the blessing of oil, together with St. Hermolaus and the other unmercenaries and wonder-workers. There is an Akathist hymn in his honor.

Source: Orthodoxwiki

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Just Pray

As I think about the falling asleep of Jenny Sakellariou, one precious memory comes to mind. The very first Holy Week service I ever attended Jenny sat in front of me. I hardly knew her then. We said hello and I said something to her about her having to help me since I did not know what to do. She looked at me, with that wry expression of her’s, and said, “Just pray.”

I was so struck by that. I don’t think I ever told her how much that meant to me—how much it still means to me, every day. I would argue that in that one short sentence she summed up the whole of the law, the prophets, the gospels and the epistles—indeed the whole of Christian theology and spirituality—in two words.

Just pray!

Thanks Jenny. May your memory be eternal.

Jon Mark

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Services for Eugenia “Jenny” Sakellariou

Christ is Risen!

This Sunday and Monday we gather for the funeral services for our devoted Eugenia “Jenny” Sakellariou who has fallen asleep in the Lord. In our grief we also rejoice as we know we will see her again at the glorious resurrection.

There will be a Trisagion Service at 5:00 p.m. Sunday April 30, 2017 at Assumption Church 801 Montecito Drive San Angelo, Texas 76901

The funeral service will take place at 10:00 a.m. Monday May 1 at Assumption with internment to follow at Fairmont Cemetery.

Services will be conducted by Fr. Mark Lichtenstein with Fr. James Hademenos. Pall bearers are Ezekiel Choate, John Choate, Jimmy Henderson, Ron Juhl, Matthew McDaniel and John Wimberley.

Honorary pall bearers are Tim Beys, Johnny Kalaitzes, John Kouvelis, and Steve Tefas.

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