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Sunday Bulletin 10/08/2023



Holy Trinity

Greek Orthodox Church

24411 Rampart Blvd.

Port Charlotte, FL 33980

Phone: 941-629-3888

304-319-3441(Fr. Mojmir)

web: http://www.HolyTrinitypc.org

Online Donations

Please continue to support the ministry of your Church/Parish and consider mailing your stewardship, contribution, and other donati

ons

to the Parish Office or online via a credit card:

www.holytrinitypc.org

Office Hours: Tues.-Fri.: 9 am-12 pm (Noon)

Priest: Protopresbyter Fr. Mojmir Zalcik PhD

Divine Services & Events Schedule

Sun. October 8 – 3rd Sunday of Luke;

Orthros 9 am, Divine Liturgy 10 am

Mon. Oct 9 – Columbus Day

Thur. Oct 12 – St Symeon the New Theologian

Sun. Oct. 15 – Sunday of the Holy Fathers of

the 7th Ecumenical Council;

Orthros 9 am, Divine Liturgy 10 am

Mon. Oct.16 – St Longinos the Centurion

Tues. Oct.17 – Hosea the Prophet

Wed. Oct.18 – Luke the Evangelist

Thur. Oct.19 – Joel the Prophet

Sat. Oct. 21 – St Hilarion the Great

Sun. Oct. 22 – 6thSunday of Luke;

Orthros 9 am, Divine Liturgy 10 am

Mon. Oct. 23 – James the Apostle

Thur. Oct. 26 – St Demetrios

the Myrrh-Bearer

Sun. Oct. 29 – 7th Sunday of Luke;

Orthros 9 am, Divine Liturgy 10 am

Thur. November 2 – Akindynos,

Elpidophoros & Companions

Fri. Nov. 3 – Church of St George in Lydda

In the absence of Father Mojmir,

IN EMERGENCY

call Father Dean Mendrinos: 941-780-3329

Prayer List: We pray for good health of

Dean, Stevie, Popy, Cindy, Mike, Tom, Ellen, Costa, Virginia, Eve-Ann, Theresa, Stella, Nicholas, Anastasia, Leonard, Marina, Anne, Barb, David, Fr. Zoltan, m. Tatiana…, and all ill.

May God heal you all!

Birthday: Wanda (Marina) Spangler (10/14)

Anniversary: Mr./Mrs Dean & Helen Raptakis,

Mr./Mrs. Andrew & Deborah Kontos (10/13)

God grant you many and blessed years!

2023 Stewardship/Membership

Please, support the Holy Orthodox Ministry and our community here. Stewardship Cards for the Holy Trinity Church Membership are available at the desk in the Narthex of the Church. Many thanks to all Stewards and all who attend, support, donate, make sacrifices, and for all you do good for our Holy Trinity Church and Parish! May God bless you all!

ON PRAYER (X)

Gleanings from Holy Fathers and teachers

of the Church and Orthodox Authors

Faith gives wings to prayer, and without it we cannot fly up to Heaven. St. John Climacus, ‘The Ladder of Divine Ascent’; Boston: Holy Transfiguration Monastery, 1978, Step 28: On Holy and Blessed Prayer, the Mother of Virtues, and on the Attitude of Mind and Body in Prayer

During prayer and supplication, stand with trembling like a convict standing before a judge, so that, both by your outward appearance as well as by your inner disposition, you may extinguish the wrath of the just Judge; for He will not despise a widow soul standing before Him burdened with sorrow and wearying the Un-wearying One. Ibid, 7: On Joy-Making Mourning

Fasting is the champion of every virtue, the beginning of the struggle, the crown of the abstinent, the beauty of virginity and sanctity, the resplendence of chastity, the commencement of the path of Christianity,

the mother of prayer, the well-spring of sobriety and prudence, the teacher of stillness, and the precursor of all good works. Just as the enjoyment of light is coupled with healthy eyes, so desire for prayer accompanies fasting that is practiced with discernment. St. Isaac the Syrian,

The Ascetical Homilies

Fire makes iron impossible to touch, and likewise frequent prayer renders the intellect more forceful in its warfare against the enemy. That is why the demons strive with all their strength to make us slothful in attentiveness to prayer, for they know that prayer is the intellect's invincible weapon against them. St. John of Karpathos, ‘The Philokalia: The Complete Text, Volume I’; by St. Nicodemos of the Holy Mountain and St. Makarios of Corinth, trans. By G.E.H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard, and Bishop Kallistos Ware, London: Faber and Faber, 1979, pp. 298 – 309

Everything you do in revenge against a brother who has harmed you will come back to your mind at the time of prayer. Abba Nilus, in ‘The Sayings of the Desert Fathers’; in Sr. Benedicta Ward, Kalamazoo, Michigan: Cistercian Publications, 1975, pp. 153-155

For God is silence, and in silence is He sung by means of that psalmody which is worthy of Him. I am not speaking of the silence of the tongue, for if someone merely keeps his tongue silent, without knowing how to sing in mind and spirit, then he is simply unoccupied and becomes filled with evil thoughts: ... There is a silence of the tongue, there is a silence of the whole body, there is a silence of the soul, there is the silence of the mind, and there is the silence of the spirit. John the Solitary,

On Prayer

For beginners the prayer is like a joyous flame bursting out of the heart; and for the perfect it is like a sweet-scented light acting within it. Or again, prayer is the Gospel of the Apostles, an action of faith, or rather it is direct faith, it is the foundation of hope, love brought to life, angel-like movement, power of the bodiless spirits, their work and their joy, the Gospel of God, informing of the heart, hope

of salvation, sign of purification, symbol of sanctity,

knowledge of God, manifesting of baptism, or purification in the bath of eternal life, betrothal with the Holy Spirit, the rejoicing of Jesus, gladness of the soul, mercy of God, sign of reconciliation, the seal of Christ, a ray of mental sun, the dawn of

hearts, the affirmation of Christianity, token of reconciliation with God, grace of God, wisdom of God, or rather the beginning of self-wisdom, a manifestation of God, the doing of monks, the way of life of the silent, the cause of silence, the sign of angelic life. But why say so much? Prayer is God, making active all in all, for single is the action of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, all-doing through Jesus Christ. St. Gregory of Sinai; Texts on Commandments and Dogmas, No. 113

For what is prayer? Prayer is the raising of the mind and heart to God--for praise and thanksgiving and beseeching Him for the good things necessary for soul and body. The essence of prayer, then is the mental ascent to God from the heart. The mind stands in the heart consciously before the face of God, and filled with proper and necessary reverence, it begins to pour out its heart before Him. This is prayer of the heart! Bishop Theophan the Recluse, Prayer of the Heart:

The duty of those living in the world

[source: http://www.roca.org/OA/87/87f.htm]

From the fact of our praying, it so happens that we are with God; and whoever is with God is well away from the enemy: prayer thus preserves chastity, it beats down anger, it drowns pride, it gets rid of resentment, it destroys envy, it causes evil to vanish, it reforms wicked ways. Prayer, then, is the seal of virginity, the firm basis of marriage, the armor of those who travel, the protection of those who are asleep, the source of confidence for those who are awake. In brief, prayer is talking to, and encountering, God. Anonymous;

The Syriac Fathers, On ‘Prayer

and the Spiritual Life’.

ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ ΕΝ ΤΩ ΜΕΣΩ ΗΜΩΝ!

ΚΑΙ ΗΝ ΚΑΙ ΕΣΤΙ ΚΑΙ ΕΣΤΑΙ!

Christ is in our midst!

He is and ever shall be!




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