Holy Apostles Orthodox Mission and St. Joseph Catholic Church join together to present a Christmas Choral Program.

A musical gift for the season of Advent. Organist, Ken Stein and the Holy Apostles Orthodox Christian Church choir will present a free concert in the sanctuary of St. Joseph Church. A reception will follow the concert. For more information please call Gallery 916 at 270-843-5511


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Women’s Retreat Saturday April 2nd

Flyer Ladies Retreat

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March 11, 2016 · 2:27 pm

The blessing of the waters mentioned in the Bowling Green Daily News 1/9/15


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Seeing God

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The Rev. Father John Oliver is the priest of St. Elizabeth Orthodox Christian Church, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He is the author of numerous articles and essays, and of Touching Heaven: Discovering Orthodox Christianity on the Island of Valaam, published by Ancient Faith Publishing. A graduate of St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, he joined the faculty as instructor in Old and New Testament and American Religious History.  He and his wife Lara have three daughters and one son. Fr. John also broadcasts the Hearts and Minds podcast on Ancient Faith Radio.

Jonathan Jackson is a five-time Emmy Award winning actor and musician. Among many roles in both film and television, he has starred as “Lucky Spencer” in General Hospital (1993-1999, 2009-2011) as well as “Avery Barkley” on Nashville (2012-present), and he is the lead singer of the independent rock band Enation (2004-present). In 2012, Jonathan and his family were baptized into the Orthodox Church (read about and listen to an interview the Rev. Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick did with Jonathan on his conversion to Orthodoxy here).

Jennie Gelles, B.S. in art education Pennsylvania State University, is an artist and iconographer. Since 2003, she has been studying iconography under internationally known master iconographer, Ksenia Pokrovsky both in her studio and with Hexaemeron.org hosted workshops. Jennie has written icons for her home parish of St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Church in Louisville, KY and other churches and homes throughout the United States.

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We venerate Thy Passion, O Christ; Show us also Thy Glorious Resurrection

Holy Week is upon us!

Please join us for the remainder of the fast, that we may rightly together celebrate the Feast of feasts!


Royal Hours:
12pm: 1st Hour
1pm: 3rd Hour
2pm: 6th Hour
3pm: 9th Hour

4pm: Vespers of the Unnailing of Christ

7pm: Matins of Great & Holy Saturday (Lamentations)

9:30pm: Vigil at the tomb begins. (Slots remain to be filled!)


9am: Vesperal Liturgy of Christ’s Descent into Hades
11pm: Great and Holy Pascha, Feast of Feasts


3pm: Agape Vespers

Bunnies and Chicks or The Cross and Resurrection?
– Elder, some children have asked me why we paint the eggs red.

– Do not allow children to get deadlocked in things like this, because their interests will always go there and they will not go deeper. Only tell them that just as the red egg is round, it symbolizes the earth which was stained with the Blood of Christ and the whole world was redeemed from sin.

 From Counsels of Elder Paisios, vol. 6, p. 203 (Greek).
I read these words of Elder Paisios and they made me think: I wonder what the Elder would have said about the bunnies and chicks, which have become associated with Easter? All these foreign elements certainly have nothing to do with the deeper meaning of the feast. These days children bring projects like these from school daily. No one brings a drawing of the Resurrection of Lazarus, the Mystical Supper, a decorated Cross. (The same happens at Christmas with Santa Claus and Christmas trees).
This work is therefore left to the parents: to help our children understand the meaning of the feast. Children learn through stories and projects, so here are a few ways:
* Each day of Holy Week (beginning with the Saturday of Lazarus) instead of telling them another story, read to them a passage from the Gospel in a translation they can understand, and discuss it with your children.
* We can stick paper icons on cardboards and decorate them with dried flowers.
* With small paper icons of the Resurrection they can make handmade Easter cards for family and friends. (These can be purchased from all Orthodox Christian bookstores).
* These days are days of fasting and we can with our children try some lenten receipes.
* Effort should be made to paint eggs in the traditional manner with onion skins. (See how here).
* For older children, a book to follow the Holy Week services helps.
* And let us not forget our fellow human beings who have greater needs than us. Together with the children, prepare a package of love, with a little food and clothes we don’t need, and give it to the parish. It is a practical teaching of love and philanthropy.
Elder Paisios also said: “If we live Holy Week with reverence and solemnity, we will live with spiritual jubilation and divine joy the Holy Resurrection.”

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Fr. Alexander Atty + May his Memory be Eternal!

As we continue to mourn the loss of Metropolitan Philip, your prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of the newly-departed servant of God, the beloved Archpriest Alexander Atty. The V. Rev. Fr. Alexander, former Dean of St. Tikhon’s Seminary and before that priest at St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church in Louisville, KY, fell asleep in the Lord early

Sunday morning March 23. May his memory be eternal!

Services for Fr. Alexander are listed below.

March 25, Tuesday (Annunciation of the Theotokos)
10:30 am–7:00 pm: Viewing
7:00 pm: Funeral of a priest

March 26, Wednesday
11:00 am: Funeral Service for Fr. Alexander (following 9:00 am Presanctified Liturgy)

Friday, March 28
Time TBD: Prayers/service at St. John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Cathedral, 706 Hill Street, Mayfield, PA, and Interment at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Cemetery, South Canaan, PA 18459

Father Alexander held a B.S. in engineering from Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science. After earning his M.Div. at St. Vladimir’s Seminary in 1979, he was ordained a priest on December 9, 1979 at St. Nicholas Cathedral, Brooklyn, NY. Father Alexander was elevated to the rank of archpriest in 1988, and later went on to study at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, earning his D.Min. in 2008.

Thank you to Ancient Faith Radio for recommending this recent interview with Fr. Alexander conducted by Dr. Al Rossi, discussing the reality of Joy in Suffering.

Below you can also listen to and/or read a series of lectures Fr. Alexander gave to the up and coming class of clergy at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary during Great Lent of 2009.

The Good and Faithful Parishioner
The Good and Faithful Parish

Please keep Fr. Atty and his family in your prayers.

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Bishop’s Visit & Talk, Church Dedication, Banquet Currently POSTPONED

Due to the passing of our Father in Christ, Metropolitan +PHILIP, our Bishop +ANTHONY has postponed his visit to our parish this weekend. Hence, the events surrounding His Grace’s visit, including the his talk on Saturday evening and the banquet for the parish’s dedication on Sunday, have been postponed until further notice. His Grace assures us that he will reschedule with us as soon as possible.

In light of the postponement, there are several things which need your attention.

1) We will sing the Trisagion Prayers of Mercy for the repose of the soul of our departed Metropolitan at the conclusion of Services on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

2) We are going back to a normal schedule of services for this weekend, so please note that Vespers will be sung at the normal time of 6 PM.

3) Please inform anyone that you personally invited to any of the events–especially the public address scheduled for Saturday night–that the event is being postponed and that you will inform them of the new date when it becomes available.

4) Should anyone wish to have a refund for the cost of the banquet ticket, please see Mary, but we are hopeful to have the banquet rescheduled soon so you are encouraged to wait until you hear of the new date before requesting a refund.

May God grant rest to the soul of the newly-departed Servant of God, the Most Reverend Metropolitan PHILIP of thrice-blessed memory, and comfort to us, his spiritual children.

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Rejoicing at Release of Captive Nuns

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On the Sunday of Orthodoxy, March 9, 2014, multiple media outlets including a leading newspaper in Lebanon, The Daily Star, reported that the thirteen nuns held in captivity by Syrian rebels for over three months were freed late in the day, as a result of Lebanese and Qatari mediation. Officers from Lebanon’s General Security received the nuns on the outskirts of the Lebanese town of Arsal. 

More via Rejoicing at Release of Captive Nuns | Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese.

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