Saint John's Eastern Orthodox Church
1101 Bell Street, Amarillo, Texas, 79106 (806) 355-0683
Schedule for August:
Saturday, August 9th – (Vespers 5:00 p.m.)
Sunday, August 10th – (Orthros 9:00 a.m.
and Divine Liturgy 10:00 a.m.)*
Saturday, August 30th – (Vespers 6:00 p.m.)
Sunday, August 31th – (Orthros 9:00 a.m.
and Divine Liturgy 10:00 a.m.)
On the weekends when Fr. David is not here,
Bible Study is held on Sunday mornings at 11:00 am.
Eritrean/Ethiopian Bible Study is at 4:00 pm every Saturday.
As we move into August we begin the fast for the Dormition of the Theotokos. We fast until August 15th, when we celebrate the Mother of our God as she joins her Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. We know she lives because she has presented herself for two millennia to us, giving us miracle after miracle, prayer after prayer, and healing after healing. So keeping with honoring her in August, we must ask ourselves what right we have to ask for forgiveness and mercy if we are not willing to give it to people in our lives on a daily basis. Have you ever watched the priest bow to his fellow altar servers and to the people in the church with his hands folded across his chest? If you pay attention, you might hear him say, “Please forgive me, my fellow congregants (celebrants to those in the Altar), for any sins I may have committed, both knowingly or involuntary.” Why does he ask us this question? He must ask for all of us to forgive him so that he may partake in the life-giving mysteries, the Communion, if you will. Without having been forgiven he may not celebrate the Eucharist. As a matter of fact, he may not even sanctify the gifts on the Holy Altar. When we accept Holy Communion we are accepting the body and blood of Christ, himself. It is only after we ask for mercy and forgiveness of our fellow parishioners that we may approach these awesome gifts. It is only after confession and prayer that we are even supposed to approach the Royal Doors where the Eucharist is being given. As the summer vacation winds down, let us remember that our lives, too, are winding down day by day. We should ask for forgiveness for all our sins, both voluntary and involuntary, each time we pray. We should fast for our sins, confront those whom we have wronged, and ask for their forgiveness. Then we should bow down before Christ and ask his forgiveness, as we are instructed in the “Lord’s Prayer.” By constantly asking forgiveness we are constantly mindful of how we should act, how we should think, and how we should represent ourselves to others as Christians in the Orthodox Church. We are not to judge, but to pray for one another. We are not to condemn, but to call our brothers and sisters to repentance. We are to forever strive to be like Christ in our lives so that people will see us as the ambassadors for Christ that we truly are. Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. ~Anonymous
J.J. Ybarra and Sarah Merchant at 7:00 pm
Saturday, August 30th: 2:00 pm,
Wedding for Sarah Merchant and J.J. Ybarra,
followed by the baptism of their daughter,
Rose Florence Elizabeth Ybarra,
Julie Harrison to be the Godmother. .
All are invited to attend both ceremonies.
!May God grant them grace, health and happiness for many, many years!
*There will be a Parish Council Meeting on August
10th after Divine