Rev. Jason Vansuch, Parish Priest
MISSION STATEMENT OF ST. GEORGE ORTHODOX CATHOLIC CHURCH
Our mission is to live, proclaim, and bring the Gospel of Our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ to our everyday life and ministry.
ST. GEORGE ORTHODOX CATHOLIC CHURCH UPCOMING EVENTS
A Prayer for Thanksgiving Day
O Master, Lord, God Almighty, we have gathered together to praise Thy majesty, to bless Thee, to glorify Thee, the only true God, and to offer thanks unto Thee with a grateful heart for all the blessings Thou hast bestowed upon us, and for all of Thy mercies seen and unseen which Thou graciously continues to pour out upon us.
O Lord, we find ourselves in this land as Jonah did in the boat, when, in time of danger, all of the sailors and passengers, though of different faiths, yet with one heart and one mind, they raised supplicatory arms in prayer. Thou, the only true and living God, did not despise their prayers but answered their prayers, revealing to them Thy holy will, and rescuing them from danger.
We too, O God of our fathers, as we are about to sit down and partake of these gifts which Thou hast set before us, we raise up our arms unto Thee and do humbly ask that Thou dost accept our prayer of thanksgiving, along with people of every faith on this land. We unite our prayer together in one mind and one heart, thankful for the religious freedom we enjoy in which we use it to learn about Thee, the true God, in order to know Thee, love Thee and worship Thee in truth. We are especially thankful, Almighty God, for Thine ineffable love toward us, Thine unworthy servants that we are, and for the sacrifice on the Cross of Thy only begotten Son, our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ, and for the gifts of Thy all Holy Good and Life-giving Spirit.
Gratefully we unite our voices and we pray to Thee, O Lord Jesus Christ our God, the God of all mercies and bounties Whose mercy is immeasurable, and whose love for mankind is an unfathomable deep: falling down in adoration before Thy majesty, with fear and trembling, as unprofitable servants, and now humbly rendering thanks unto Thy loving-kindness for Thy benefits bestowed upon Thy Servants we glorify Thee, we praise Thee, we sing Thee and we magnify thee as our Lord, and Master, and Benefactor; and again falling down before Thee, we humbly thank Thee, supplicating Thy boundless and inexpressible mercy. And in that Thou hast graciously vouchsafed to accept the petitions of Thy servants and to fulfill them, so also grant that henceforth thy Holy Church and this city may be delivered from every hostile assault, and may be vouchsafed peace and tranquillity, and that increasing in true love of Thee, and in all virtues, all Thy faithful people may receive Thy benefits; and that we may ever offer thanksgiving unto Thee, together with Thy Father, Who is from everlasting, and Thine all holy, and good, and life giving Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.
Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann
Father Alexander Schmemann celebrated the Divine Liturgy for the last time on Thanksgiving Day. This was particularly appropriate since Father Alexander had devoted his whole life to teaching, writing and preaching about the Eucharist; for the word eucharist in Greek means thanksgiving. At the conclusion of the liturgy, Father Alexander took from his pocket a short written sermon, in the form of a prayer, which he proceeded to read. This was a strange occurrence since Father never wrote his liturgical homilies, but delivered them extemporaneously. These were his words, which proved to be the last ever spoken by him from the ambo in Church.
“Thank You, O Lord!”
Everyone capable of thanksgiving is capable of salvation and eternal joy.
Thank You, O Lord, for having accepted this Eucharist, which we offered to the Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and which filled our hearts with the joy, peace and righteousness of the Holy Spirit. Thank You, O Lord, for having revealed Yourself unto us and given us the foretaste of Your Kingdom. Thank You, O Lord, for having united us to one another in serving You and Your Holy Church. Thank You, O Lord, for having helped us to overcome all difficulties, tensions, passions, temptations and restored peace, mutual love and joy in sharing the communion of the Holy Spirit. Thank You, O Lord, for the sufferings You bestowed upon us, for they are purifying us from selfishness and reminding us of the “one thing needed;” Your eternal Kingdom. Thank You, O Lord, for having given us this country where we are free to Worship You. Thank You, O Lord, for this school, where the name of God is proclaimed. Thank You, O Lord, for our families: husbands, wives and, especially, children who teach us how to celebrate Your holy Name in joy, movement and holy noise. Thank You, O Lord, for everyone and everything. Great are You, O Lord, and marvelous are Your deeds, and no word is sufficient to celebrate Your miracles.
Lord, it is good to be here! Amen.
HEALING PRAYER SERVICE
Akathist Hymn of Praise: ‘Glory to God for All Things’
6:30 PM – Monday December 7, 2015 – 6:30 PM
All are welcome to join us in prayer and fellowship!
The Healing Prayer Service is open to EVERYONE! Please share the information with your families, friends, and neighbors and invite them to come join us in prayer and fellowship on November 30 as we come together asking God’s Blessings upon us as well as giving thanks to Him for those mercies seen and unseen. As we will be serving this service every month, we look forward to a great turnout on November 30!! If anyone has any questions, please do not hesitate to let Fr. Jason know.
THE FEAST OF ST. NICHOLAS THE WONDERWORKER
SUNDAY DECEMBER 6, 2015
Divine Liturgy — 10:00 AM
St. Nicholas Celebration to follow in the Parish Fellowship Hall
Delicious Homemade Appetizers and Desserts
Delicious Homemade Christmas Foods such as: Baked Goods, Candies, Breads, Jams, Cupcakes and much more will be available as raffle prizes
Raffle Tickets are $10.00
For more information, please contact the Church Office at (716) 875-4222
The St. Nicholas Celebration is open to EVERYONE! Come and pray with us as we celebrate one of the greatest saints of our Church. As St. Nicholas has great love for children, all children will be receiving a special St. Nicholas Bag and gift!!
To learn more about the life and ministry of St. Nicholas, please click on the link below;
We look forward to seeing you on December 6!