November 2011
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The Messenger of Sts. Theodore Orthodox Church
A Parish of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad
96 Los Robles St., Williamsville NY 14221 (716) 634-6712

Vol. XII, No. 11
November 2011

Weekly Schedule
Vigil            Saturday, 5:00pm
Divine Liturgy        Sunday, 9:30am
Sunday School        during the sermon
Bible Study        Sunday after coffee hour
Akathist            Wednesday, 6:30pm

Moleben for the Conversion of the Non-Orthodox: First Sunday of the month, after Divine Liturgy.


Parish News

 Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour on Saturday, November 5.

 On Sunday, November 6 at 5:00pm we will have our Thanksgiving Akathist and dinner. There will be a sign-up sheet for what to bring. This is an excellent opportunity to invite friends and family!

 This fall’s Russian Bazaar will be on November 12 and 19 from 9am to 1pm. Please see Cathy Fudala to see how you can help out.

 Ludmilla Ibarra is offering piano lessons, $15 for a half hour. Please call her at 629-3668.

 The Jacksons will be away November 18-21 for Reader Nicolas’ wedding. Fr. Mykola Krywonos will serve here that weekend.

 The Nativity Fast begins on November 28. Fish is allowed on weekends and feast days, but otherwise we are to refrain from meat, eggs, and dairy.

 The Pan-Orthodox Choir will present their annual Advent Concert on Sunday, December 11, at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Buffalo.

Name Days This Month

 October 26/November 8: Dimitri Albul, Dimitri Gorsky and Dimitri Zharkoff (Great-Martyr Demetrius of Thessalonica)

 October 29/November 11: Anastasia Nikolaeva (Martyr Anastasia the Roman)

November 9/21: Michael Damiano, Michael Gorsky, Michael Moczerniak, Michael Shevtsov, and Michael Tkaczewski (Archangel Michael)

November 13/26: Ioann Nikolaev (St. John Chrysostom)

Многая Лета!                Many Years!

The Morning Prayer of the Optina Elders
O Lord, grant that I may meet all that this coming day brings to me with spiritual tranquility. Grant that I may fully surrender myself to Thy holy Will.
At every hour of this day, direct and support me in all things. Whatsoever news may reach me in the course of the day, teach me to accept it with a calm soul and the firm conviction that all is subject to Thy holy Will.
Direct my thoughts and feelings in all my words and actions. In all unexpected occurrences, do not let me forget that all is sent down from Thee.
Grant that I may deal straightforwardly and wisely with every member of my family, neither embarrassing nor saddening anyone.
O Lord, grant me the strength to endure the fatigue of the coming day and all the events that take place during it. Direct my will and teach me to pray, to believe, to hope, to be patient, to forgive, and to love.

New Hieromartyr Priest John Kochurov (+ 1913)
At every Vigil we ask for the intercessions of a number of saints, including the new martyrs “John, John, Peter, and Philosoph”. Who are they? One of these Johns is St. John Kochurov, who lived in the US and even served at Sts. Peter and Paul Church here in Buffalo. So we have a close link with the very first of the Russian New Martyrs.
John Kochurov was born on July 13, 1871. His father was a priest. His education included attendance at the Ryazan Seminary before continuing at the St. Petersburg Theological Academy. He excelled at his studies at both the seminary and academy. After graduating in 1895, Fr. John married and then entered his life's work when he was ordained deacon. On August 27, 1895, he was ordained a priest at the St. Alexander Nevsky Lavra in St. Petersburg by Bishop Nicholas (Ziorov) of the Diocese of the Aleutians and Alaska.
Having expressed the desire to be a missionary priest in the United States, Fr. John was soon transferred and became the first permanent priest at St. Vladimir's Church in Chicago. This parish was later to become the Holy Trinity Cathedral. As St. Vladimir's parish did not yet have their own building, his first major project was construction of the church building. Under the guidance of Bishop Tikhon, later Patriarch Tikhon of Moscow and saint, Fr. John enlisted the services of the noted architect Louis Sullivan to design the church. To finance the project, Fr. John sought and obtained donations from Tsar Nicholas II as well as from a few Americans, notably Harold McCormick and Charles R. Crane who was the American ambassador to China. Construction of the church began in April 1902 and was completed the next year for the consecration by Bishop Tikhon.
Fr. John devoted much effort to aiding the establishment of other parishes in the Chicago area. He performed the first service for the future Archangel Michael Orthodox Church in southwest Chicago. In the greater Chicago area he was active in the formation of the parishes in Madison, Streator, and Joliet (all in Illinois), as well as aiding the parishes in Buffalo, NY, and Hartshorn, OK.
In the social side of parish life, he, with Fr. Alexis Toth, future St. Alexis of Wilkes-Barre, was influential in the establishment of a major Orthodox mutual aid society that provided support for the many newly arrived immigrants. He also translated religious texts into English, looking to the time when church in America would consist of English-speaking members. Before his return to Russia, Fr. John helped to organize the first All-American Council that was held in Mayfield, Pennsylvania, in 1907.
Fr, John returned to Russia in 1907 where he was assigned to Narva, Estonia. Here he put to use the skills he had learned in the United States teaching catechism in the schools. Then in 1916, he was transferred to St. Catherine's Cathedral in Tsarskoe Selo, just outside St. Petersburg. At St. Catherine's, he established himself as a popular priest who was skilled in presenting moving sermons. Then in October 1917 the Bolshevik upraising in St. Petersburg spilled over quickly into Tsarskoe Selo as the town was attacked by Bolshevik elements. The people thronged to the churches where the clergy held prayer services and led processions throughout the town praying for peace.
On October 31, 1917, the Bolsheviks entered Tsarskoe Selo in force and arrested Fr. John. He was taken by the Bolsheviks out of town where he was summarily shot. By this act, Fr. John became the protohieromartyr of the Bolshevik revolution and the Soviet yoke. Fr. John was buried several days later in the crypt of St. Catherine's Cathedral.
On December 1994, Fr. John was glorified by the Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church, in session at St. Daniel's Monastery, Moscow, Russia, as the first of the new martyrs of the 20th century. In United States he is also honored as a missionary and inspired preacher.

The Icon of the Holy Theotokos, “Joy of All Who Sorrow”
This name is given to one of the wonderworking icons of the Most-holy Theotokos. On this day the icon is celebrated for the miraculous healing in Moscow, of Euphemia, the sister of Patriarch Joachim, in the year 1688. Euphemia had a serious wound in the side and as the doctors failed in their treatments, she prayed with tears to the Most-holy Theotokos. Then, she heard a voice: “Euphemia, go to the Church of the Transfiguration of my Son; there you will find the icon, ‘Joy of All Who Sorrow’. Have the priest pray for you before this icon and you will be healed.'” Euphemia did so, and was immediately made well.
Holy Apostle Philip
The Nativity Fast is sometimes called “Philip’s Fast” because it begins the day after his commemoration. But who is St. Philip?
Born in Bethsaida beside the Sea of Galilee, Philip was so well versed in the Holy Scriptures that he immediately recognized Jesus as the Messiah upon seeing him the first time. After Pentecost, St. Philip preached in Asia and Greece. In Greece, the Jews hated him and the high priest even ran at him to club him to death, but miraculously this Jewish priest was blinded and turned completely black. Then the earth opened up and swallowed him. Many of the sick were healed, and many pagans believed.
St. Philip found himself in the company his sister Mariamne, the Apostle John and the Apostle Bartholomew while preaching in Hierapolis. Through prayer he killed a giant snake that the pagans worshipped, which angered the unbaptized so much that they crucified him and St. Bartholomew upside-down. Again, the earth opened and swallowed his judge along with many pagans, and being terribly afraid the people rushed to bring the Apostles down from their torment. But St. Philip had already reposed.
St. Bartholomew then ordained Stachys—whom St. Philip had healed of a forty-year blindness and baptized—as bishop for those who were baptized in that area. Later, St. Philip's relics were translated to Rome. He is numbered among the Twelve Great Apostles.
The tomb of St. Philip was unearthed in a great discovery in the Denizli province of Turkey on 26 July 2011. The excavation has been going on in the area for some 32 years led by the Italian Prof. Francesco D’Andria. Up till now, people believed that the tomb of St. Philip was in the back hill of Hierapolis, but D’Andria and his team discovered a new church ruin near 40 meters from the hill, and the real tomb of St. Philip the Apostle is in the church.
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