From the "Lord, I Call" verses for the Feast of the Ascension:
Not parted from the Father's bosom, O sweetest Jesus,
and having lived among those on earth as man,
today You have been taken up in glory from the Mount of Olives,
and exalting in Your compassion our fallen nature,
You have seated it with the Father.
Therefore the heavenly ranks of the Bodiless Powers were amazed at the wonder,
and beside themselves with fear;
and seized with trembling, they magnified Your love for mankind.
With them, we on earth also give glory
for Your condescension to us and Your Ascension from us;
and we supplicate You, saying:
"At Your Ascension You filled with boundless joy
the Disciples and the Theotokos who bore You;
by their prayers make us also worthy of the joy of Your elect
through Your great mercy!"
No Matins or Office Hours Monday May 21. Fr. Ted will be at Diocesan Council in Chicago.
The Wednesday Morning Discussion Group will meet this Wednesday, May 23, at 11:00 AM. Our discussion is focusing on the liturgical Scripture readings from the lectionary for each weekend. This week we will discuss Acts 28:1-31, John 21:15-25 and Acts 2:1-11, John 7:37-52, 8:12.
Saturday, May 26 is the next Memorial Saturday in the Orthodox Church and we will do the Divine Liturgy that morning at 9:30 AM. Come to the Liturgy that morning and give Fr. Ted the list of names of your deceased loved ones, and he will pray by name for them during the Liturgy.
This summer we will present a week-long Vacation Church School for ages 5 - 11. The program "Come Receive Light" will run from Monday, June 25 to Friday, June 29, from 9:00 AM to 12:40 PM.
NEW from Fr. Ted's Blog
5/17: The Ascension: God's Sovereignty Over All
5/16: Picturing Psalm 104:29-35
5/15: O Delightful Sight
5/14: Baptism or Blindness
5/13: Mother of All the Living Ones
5/12: The Man Born Blind is Healed by His Creator
5/11: Overcoming Anger
5/10: Picturing Psalm 104:23-28
5/9: The Resurrection: Christ Renews Creation
5/8: Picturing Psalm 104:16-22
5/7: That Woman at the Well
5/6: Holy Desire - The Samaritan Woman
5/5: The Samaritan Woman: Desire Was Created for Christ