August 15 is the feast day of our church, the Dormition of the Theotokos (Falling Asleep of the Virgin Mary). According to tradition when the angels announced to Mary that her time was ended all the apostles except St. Thomas gathered with her at Jerusalem. Three days after her passing, St. Thomas arrived and longed to see her body one last time. When they opened her tomb, it was empty which the Apostles took as a sign that Christ had bodily received her where he was.
Tuesday August 14 —Vespers 6:00 p.m.
Monday August 15—Matins 9:00 a.m. followed by the Divine Liturgy at 10:00 a.m.
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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.
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The Knitting and Crochet Club begins this Saturday.
The Orthodox Study group is working through Fr. Anthony Coniaris’s book Introduction to the Orthodox Church, and you’re all invited!
While we all need the rest and reflection that summer vacation brings, don’t forget to deepen your faith in Christ through prayer and worship with the ancient Orthodox Church here in San Angelo.
Our schedule is below. Be on the lookout for our Open House next month to meet our new priest Fr. Mark.
We encourage you to connect with us not only face to face during worship and study, but also touch base with your local Body of Christ though our internet resources. Listen to Ancient Faith Radio. Ancient Faith Radio provides a wealth of spiritual media with music, podcasts, and talk radio. I highly recommend it for your commute or vacation travel time.
And as always, we invite you to worship with us as the ancient Christians in the first century and their descendants down through the following 21 centuries have always worshiped. Our prayer is that together we can all live our time together in San Angelo in a way that leads to a living experience of God the Father, through Jesus Christ, in the Holy Spirit. We look forward to seeing you at worship services this weekend.
- SATURDAY June 24, 2017: Knit and Crochet for Charity gathering from 2-4 p.m; Vespers prayer service at 6 p.m.
- SUNDAY June 25, 2017: Matins at 9 a.m. and Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m. Coffee and refreshments immediately following.
- WEDNESDAY: June 28: Orthodox Study 6 p.m. in the parish hall
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