Becoming Orthodox Class Continues

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Join us and find renewal.

We are taking 5 weeks together to learn more about our Orthodox Faith and how it can and should impact our lives.

Focusing on practical issues, theology, Church history, living the Tradition. Using discussion, videos and Bible study.

Bring your questions, be ready to get involved.

Feb. 15, 22, 29    2024-no class on Feb. 8

Don’t forget to invite someone to come with you.

Bring a Bible

Meeting of Christ in the Temple

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This feast, one of the 12 Great Feats, is celebrated on February 2, at 9 am with a Divine Liturgy.

The Meeting of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ is described in the third Gospel (Luke 2:22-40). Forty days after His birth the Divine Child was brought to the Temple at Jerusalem to be presented to the Lord. According to the Law of Moses (Lev. 12:2-8), a woman who gave birth to a male child was forbidden to enter the Temple for forty days. At the end of the time of her purification, the mother went to the Temple with the child, to offer a young lamb, two turtledoves, or pigeons to the Lord as a sacrifice. The Most Holy Virgin had no need of purification, since she had given birth to the Source of purity and sanctity. Out of humility, however, she fulfilled the requirements of the Law.

At this time the righteous Elder Simeon (February 3) was living in Jerusalem. It had been revealed to him that he would not die until he beheld the promised Messiah. By divine inspiration, Saint Simeon went to the Temple at the very moment when the Most Holy Theotokos and Saint Joseph had brought the Child Jesus to fulfill the Law.

Saint Simeon received the divine Child in his arms,1 and giving thanks to God, he spoke the words repeated by the Church each evening at Vespers: “Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace, according to Thy word, for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation, which Thou hast prepared before the face of all people, a light to enlighten the Gentiles, and the glory of Thy people Israel” (Luke 2:29-32). Saint Simeon said to the Most Holy Virgin: “Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel, and for a sign which shall be spoken against. Yea, a sword shall pierce through your own soul also, that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed” (Luke 2:34-35).

At the Temple was an 84-year-old widow, Saint Anna the Prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel (February 3), “who did not leave the temple, but served God with fasting and prayers night and day.” She arrived just when Saint Simeon met the Divine Child. She also gave thanks to the Lord and spoke of Him to all those who were looking for redemption of Jerusalem” (Luke 2:38). In the icon of the Feast she holds a scroll which reads: “This Child has established Heaven and earth.”

Before Christ was born, the righteous men and women lived by faith in the promised Messiah, and awaited His coming. The Righteous Simeon and the Prophetess Anna, the last righteous persons of the Old Testament, were deemed worthy to meet Him in the Temple.

Meeting of the Lord (Menologion of Basil II, 10th – 11th c.)

Tending the Garden of The Heart

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Tending The Garden of The Heart-How to apply The Holy Tradition To Your Life

The heart itself is only a small vessel, yet dragons are there, and lions, there are poisonous beasts, and all the treasures of evil, there are rough and uneven roads, there are precipes; but there too is God and the angels, life is there, and the Kingdom, there too is light, and there the apostles and heavenly cities, and treasures of grace. All things lie within that little space.

Macarius of Egypt

Let’s make a firm resolve to go deeper in our Faith. Into our hearts this year. Let’s kick start a renewal. But how do I do this?

Get into Holy Scripture, and get it into you.

  1. Orthodox Study Bible- read 20 minutes per day
  2. Orthodox Daily Scripture Readings

https://dailyorthodoxscriptures.com/

Sign up with email. An email will arrive each morning with the reading of the day, Fr. Alex reads the sections, make comments, and educates you about the Holy Scriptures. My favorite.

Go to https://www.oca.org/readings  click on daily Scripture readings

Use our church calendar from St. Tikhon’s

Get free Bible software to help study

e-sword

Logos

Read or listen to the lives of the Saints.

  1. https://patristicnectar.org/

You can listen at the website, but, it is better to scroll all the way down on the website and click on Free App. Follow the directions and put the app on your phone.

  1. The Prologue:

https://www.rocor.org.au/?page_id=925

  1. Use our library to borrow a book
  2. https://www.oca.org/saints/lives

Begin or renew a prayer rule-try Abbot Sergius:

Get or begin to use a prayer book, like this:

Learn more about our Faith: Books, podcasts, videos. Here are some options:

  1. https://www.youtube.com/@AncientFaithMinistries
  2. https://www.youtube.com/@ProtectingVeil
  3. https://www.youtube.com/@Trisagionfilms
  4. https://www.youtube.com/@PatristicNectarFilms
  5. https://www.youtube.com/@Theoria
  6. https://www.youtube.com/@vashonmonks
  7. https://www.youtube.com/@AncientFaithMinistries/podcasts

Attend a class: “Becoming Orthodox”, begins on January 25 at 6 pm.

Read a good introduction book:

Find a place to serve in the parish, and in the community at large.

Begin to give sacrificially to the parish.

Attend more services.

Move closer to the church.

Build silence into your life.

Learn to live a more simple life.

Begin the practice of gratefulness and thanksgiving to God.

Practice regular visits with the priest at confession.

Tend your heart and soul as you would a garden.

Treat your heart/soul better than your body.

 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Colossians 3:1-4