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Prayer for the Beginning of the Ecclesiastical New Year
O Master, Lord our God, the Source of life and immortality, the Author of all created things both visible and invisible, Who hast established all seasons and times by Thine own authority and dost direct all things with Thine all-wise and all-gracious providence: We thank Thee for Thy bounties, which Thou hast poured out upon us during our life that is past. And we entreat Thee, O all-bountiful Lord: Bless the crown of the New Year by Thy goodness. Bestow Thy good things from above upon all Thy people, as also health, salvation and good furtherance in all things. Deliver Thy Holy Church, this city and all cities and countryside from every evil assault, and vouchsafe unto them peace and tranquility; and grant that we may always offer thanksgiving unto Thee, the unoriginate Father, together with Thine only-begotten Son and Thine all-holy, good and life-giving Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Feast, Saints, and A Thought for the Day


Nativity of the Holy Theotokos (September 8)

Thy nativity, O Theotokos, hath proclaimed joy to the whole universe; for from thee did shine forth the Sun of justice, Christ our God, annulling the curse, and bestowing the blessing, abolishing death and granting us life everlasting. (Apolytikion in Tone 4)

Saints of the Day

Martyr Mamas and his parents, Martyrs Theodotos and Rufina; John the Faster, patriarch of Constantinople

 
Thought for the Day

The emperor told Mamas that he needed only to deny Christ verbally, Mamas replied: "Neither in my heart nor with my lips will I renounce my God and King, Jesus Christ.''

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The ordination of Subdeacon Jeremiah Vollman to the holy diaconate.


His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH Celebrates the Dormition of the Theotokos at St. Andrew Church - 08/15/15

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The elevation of Father David Sommer to the dignity of Archpriest.


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