Thursday, November 28: Thanksgiving Day
Matins (OĻĪøĻĪæĻ): 9:00 am
Divine Liturgy (ĪĪµĪÆĪ± ĪĪµĪ¹ĻĪæĻ ĻĪ³ĪÆĪ±): 10:00 am
Epistle: St. Paulās 1st Letter to the Thessalonians 2:9-14
Gospel: Luke 20:9-18
Fr. Leo Schefe officiating.
Editor’s note: In Fr. Leo’s first message to us in the February 2013 bulletin, he brought the message, “that our mission is to ‘worship God and be saved together.’ Also we should ‘always be in the presence of God and always be eucharistic (thankful)’.”
What better time than Thanksgiving is there to be eucharistic together?
From the website of the Orthodox Church of America, “As a word, the term eucharist means thanksgiving. This name is given to the sacred meal-not only to the elements of bread and wine, but to the whole act of gathering, praying, reading the Holy Scriptures and proclaiming Godās Word, remembering Christ and eating and drinking his Body and Blood in communion with him and with God the Father, by the Holy Spirit. The word eucharist is used because the all-embracing meaning of the Lordās Banquet is that of thanksgiving to God in Christ and the Holy Spirit for all that he has done in making, saving and glorifying the world.
The sacrament of the eucharist is also called holy communion since it is the mystical communion of men with God, with each other, and with all men and all things in him through Christ and the Spirit.”