Troparion — Tone 4
Today the faithful celebrate the feast with joy / illumined by your coming, O Mother of God. / Beholding your pure image we fervently cry to you: / “Encompass us beneath the precious veil of your protection; / deliver us from every form of evil by entreating Christ, / your Son and our God that He may save our souls.”
Beautifying the Iconostasis
We ask all of you who wish to donate for this beautifying of the iconostasis. If you are able to help cover the cost ($2,500), you can give your donation to Br. James, the Treasurer, or Victor Durnev, the Assistant Starosta.
*UPDATE 10.17.18: Our Archimandrite John is in Minneapolis, having undergone some medical treatment just over a week ago. He is scheduled for another serious heart procedure on Friday October 19, NOT Wednesday, October 17. Please pray that this procedure will be successful and Fr. John will be able to return to the Skete from Mercy Hospital.
*The Church of the Royal Martyrs at Ganina Yama in Yekaterinburg was damaged by fire on Monday night, October 1st. The arsonist was a student who placed two burning torches in between the wooden logs. The church will be taken apart and rebuilt elsewhere.
*Our insurance bill, which is due October 14th, is for $1,400.00. The monks need help with paying this large amount. If you can help, any contributions would be greatly appreciated, and given to Br. James, the Treasurer. Any small amount would be most helpful for this important insurance payment.
For those who celebrate the commemoration of the miraculous appearance of the Protecting Veil of the Mother of God, nothing could be more joyous than if we announced that this grace-filled Protection is spread even over us. But who could be the bearer of these glad tidings? Whose eye is capable of seeing the Most Holy Intercessor, “in the air, praying to Christ for us?” There are no obvious mystical seers like blessed Andrew and Epiphanius among us; and the hidden mysteries known only to the Lord will remain hidden unto the ages.
Nevertheless, we also, standing now in church, are not without a witness. In fact, it is the most reliable testimony that the Protection of the Most Blessed Virgin is spread also over us. Who is this witness? Not an earthly person, not even an angel, but our Protectress herself! With boldness and surety I say this on Her behalf; for isn’t Her holy and miracle working icon, which we see in this church, the constant, visible pledge of Her invisible protection?... We know from the history of miracle-working icons that in times of heaven’s wrath against human sins, these icons suddenly hid themselves and appeared in other places, or disappeared entirely. Therefore, as long as our Protectress does not abandon her place here, as long as she does not deprive her image of the grace-filled power of working miracles, as long as she receives our prayers and grants us timely help—we can, despite all our impurity, maintain a steadfast assurance that we are under her grace-filled Protection...
~Sunday October 14
Protection of the Theotokos / Покров Пресвятыя Богородицы
~Saturday October 20
5:30 pm Vigil
~Sunday October 21
Fathers of the 7th Ecumen. Council / Свв Отец VII Вселенскаго Собора
8:15 am Nocturns,Hours,Confessions
9:00 am Divine Liturgy / Литургия
*Please see our most current schedule found in the latest bulletin
*Обновления к расписания служб могут быть найдены в последнем церковном листке