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St. Peter & St. Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church
220 Mansfield Blvd (mailing: PO Box 835), Carnegie, PA 15106
Divine Liturgy Sunday 9:30 AM * Vespers Saturday 6:00 PM
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Today's Saints
Afterfeast of the Meeting of our Lord in the Temple
Afterfeast of the Meeting of our Lord in the Temple

The sixth day of the Afterfeast of the Meeting of the Lord falls on February 8. The hymns of the day speak of Christ fulfilling the Law by being brought to the Temple, and of how the Theotokos “reveals to the world its Creator, and the Giver of the Law.”

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Troparion & Kontakion
Greatmartyr Theodore Stratelates “the General”
Greatmartyr Theodore Stratelates “the General”

The Great Martyr Theodore Stratelates came from the city of Euchaita in Asia Minor. He was endowed with many talents, and was handsome in appearance. For his charity God enlightened him with the knowledge of Christian truth. The bravery of the saintly soldier was revealed after he, with the help of…

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Prophet Zachariah
Prophet Zachariah

The Prophet Zachariah the Sickle-Seer the eleventh of the twelve Minor Prophets. He was descended from the tribe of Levi, and seems to have been a priest (Nehemiah 12:4,16). He was called to prophetic service at a young age and became, in the wondrous expression of church hymnology, “a…

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Saint Sava II, Archbishop of Serbia
Saint Sava II, Archbishop of Serbia

Born Predislav Nemanjic, the son of Saint-King Stephen Prvovencani the First-Crowned (September 24) and the nephew of Saint Savva I, the first Archbishop of Serbia (January 14), Saint Savva II distinguished himself in monastic life by his ascetic practices, in imitation of his sainted uncle. He…

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Blessed Liubov (Sukhanovskaya) of Ryazan, Fool for Christ

Liuba Semyonova Sukhanovskaya was born in 1860 in the Ryazan region, in the city of Pronsk, into the family of Semyon and Maria Sukhanovsky, humble and God-fearing people. Later, her younger sister Olga was born. In 1874, the Sukhanovskys moved to Ryazan and settled in a house on the corner of…

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The Prologue from Ohrid: January 26

1. THE VENERABLE XENOPHONT AND MARIA AND THEIR SONS JOHN AND ARCADIUS

They were prominent and wealthy citizens of Constantinople. Xenophont and his wife Maria lived a God-pleasing life and dedicated all their attention to the Christian upbringing of their sons. When their sons reached majority, they were sent to study in Beirut; but it so happened that a storm capsized their boat. By the Providence of God, John and Arcadius were somehow saved. They were tossed ashore by the waves but in two different places so that each thought the other was drowned. Out of grief for each other, they both became monks in two different monasteries. After two years, their grieving parents came to Jerusalem on a pilgrimage to pay homage before the holy shrines. There, with the help of the "discernment" of a spiritual father, first the brothers met and, after that, the parents with their children. Out of gratitude to God, Xenophont and Maria distributed their entire estate to the poor and both of them were tonsured. The history of these four souls is touching and it shows how the Lord wonderfully guides the fate of those who believe in Him; how He permits pain and sorrow upon them that they may, later on, be strengthened in faith, in order to lead them into still greater joy. They lived and died in the Lord in the fifth century.

2. VENERABLE SIMEON THE OLD ONE [VETNI]

Simeon was a companion and friend of St. Paladius. From his early youth until his death, Simeon lived a life of asceticism in a cave. He established two monasteries and died in the Lord in the year 390 A.D. He is called the Old One or Vetni to distinguish him from Simeon the Stylite who, lived an ascetical life much later.

3. SAINT DAVID, EMPEROR OF THE GEORGIANS (1089-1130 A.D.)

David renewed and strengthened the State of Georgia. As a great zealot for the Christian Faith, he built many new churches and restored the old ones throughout Georgia. David is considered as the regenerator of the Orthodox Faith in Georgia.

HYMN OF PRAISE


In this strange world, we are exiled,

In a dungeon with royal sons, slaves

Wayward children in sorrow seek their father

The strange world calls them to satiate them with sweetness.

Where will the spirits of the heroes be appeased

In a strange world, whose every sweetness is death?

In a strange world, which breathes death and smells of death,

That which is written in the morning is erased at night.

And the exiled crown prince sighs for the kingdom,

For the immortal kingdom, high above the firmament,

Where the Father rules and nothing is strange,

Where nothing is known about death neither moldy smell.

O, all-amazing world, a frightening cage!

Whoever is bound to Christ, breaks your ties,

And becomes free of everything and everyone,

That one neither goes with you nor flees from you,

But prepares worthily to depart from you

Into the arms of the Father, into the kingdom of freedom.

REFLECTION

The greatest treasure of any realm is the saintly and good men who live in it. Compared to this wealth, all other wealth is as nothing. Devout Christian emperors considered holy men in their realms as the greatest of God's blessing. The holy Emperor Constantine the Great spoke: "I give thanks to the Lord Jesus Christ that in my days there exist three divine lights: Blessed Abba Anthony, Abba Elenius and Abba Euchius." Before the battle of Kulikovo, crucial for the Russians, the devout Prince Dimitri of Don, with his chief assistants and dukes, went to the forest of Radonez to seek out the Venerable Sergius and implored his intercession before God. Even though the prince prepared his army for a liberating war against the Tartars, somehow, he placed greater hope in the prayers of one holy man than in a vast army and many weapons.

CONTEMPLATION

To contemplate the Lord Jesus as Prophet:

1. As a Prophet Who clearly prophesied to individuals (as to: Peter, John and Judas and the other apostles) that which will happen to them in the future;

2. As a Prophet Who clearly prophesied the future of Jerusalem and other cities, the Jewish people and the Church of God;

3. As a Prophet Who clearly prophesied the end of the world and His Second Coming.

HOMILY

About the confusion of those darkened by sin

"Who is this Who even forgives sins" (St. Luke 7:49).

Thus asked the unrepentant sinners: "Who is this [Jesus Christ]?" This is He Who mostly feels the sting of human sin; upon Whom all the sins of mankind fall as blows. This is He Who, at one time in Paradise, looked upon man as sinless. This is He Who created man without sin, and This is He Who Himself is without sin from always and forever.

Only He can forgive who can also seek revenge. The strong man seeks revenge by reprisal. The weak man seeks revenge by hatred. If you are able to return the delivered blow and you do not do it, does not mean that you forgave until you uproot the root of anger from your heart. Great is the One Lord Who can also seek revenge and forgive. Great is He in His justice for He will seek revenge on the unrepentant sinner. Great is He in His mercy for He will forgive the penitent sinner.

Oh, if only men would know the power of the forgiveness of sins! Behold, when the sins of the blind man were forgiven, he saw. When the sins of the deaf man were forgiven, he heard. When the sins of the hunchbacked woman were forgiven, she stood erect. When the sins of the woman with the issue of blood were forgiven, she also was healed. When the sins of the man afflicted by insanity were forgiven, he became sane. When the sins of the man possessed with demons were forgiven, he was freed. When the sins of the prostitute were forgiven, she too was cleansed. When the sins of the dead man were forgiven, he also became alive!

Oh, how terrible is the chain of sins! How heavy are the chains of many sins! These chains are not loosened by sinful hands. But when the hands of the All-Pure Lord touches them, they, of their own accord, become loosened and fall apart. When the voice of the Pure One reaches them, they fall apart. And, from the glance of the Pure One, they fall apart. Yes, even from the thoughts of the Pure One, they fall apart - these terrible chains of sins. "Who is this Who even forgives sins?" O sinners, this is the All-Pure Lord and because of purity, Almighty.

O, Lord, All-Pure and Almighty free us from the chains of sins.

To You be glory and thanks always. Amen.

Today's Commemorations
Theodore the Commander & Great Martyr, The Holy Prophet Zacharias (Zachariah), Nicephoros & Stephanos the Martyrs, Afterfeast of the Presentation of Our Lord and Savior in the Temple, Cuthman of Steyning
Today's Scripture Readings
ST. PAUL'S LETTER TO THE EPHESIANS 2:4-10
Brethren, God who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with him, and made us sit with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God: not because of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
MATTHEW 10:16-22
The Lord said to his disciples, "Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. Beware of men; for they will deliver you up to councils, and flog you in their synagogues, and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear testimony before them and the Gentiles. When they deliver you up, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. Brother will deliver up brother to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death; and you will be hated by all for my name's sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved."
Today's Thought

During the entire time of his tortures, the Holy Great-martyr Theodore the General said repeatedly: “Glory to Thee, our God, Glory to Thee!”

HOLY DAYS & LENTEN SEASONS
Nativity Eve/Nativity Jan 6/7
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Nativity Eve/Nativity Day
Jan 6/7

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Circumcision of Our Lord/St. Basil/New Year Day
Jan 14th

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Theophany Eve/Theophany (Blessing of Water)
Jan 18/19th

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Presentation of Our Lord into the Temple
Feb 15th

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Annunciation of Virgin Mary
April 7th

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Nativity of St. John Baptist
July 7th

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St. Peter & St. Paul
July 12th

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St. Volodymr / Baptism of Ukraine
July 28th

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Prophet Elijah
August 2nd

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Transfiguration
August 19th

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Dormition of the Theotokos
August 28th

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Beheading St. John Baptist
Sept 11th

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Nativity Theotokos
Sept 21st

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Holy Exhalation Cross
Sept 27th

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Prokova
Oct 14th

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Archangel Michael
Nov 21st

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St. John C
Nov 26th

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Presentation of Theotokos into Temple
Dec 4th

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St. Andrew
Dec 13th

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St. Nicholas Wonderworker
Dec 19th

Grand Compline Nativity Eve 2021
Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday April 25 2021

 

Palm Sunday Divine Liturgy Services are on April 25, 2021 and will begin at 9:30 AM!
 
Palms and pussy willows will be blessed at 9:30 so that all in attendance can get their palms and pussy willows while the Liturgy is beginning and will be able to hold them throughout the Liturgy. Please arrive on time to get your palms and pussy willows so that you can participate in the service this way.
 
Please reach out with any questions or concerns about attending the services to frjohn.charest@aol.com 847-910-7120. Thank you and see you Sunday. The service will be livestreamed and viewable from our Facebook page or website too.

 

St. Peter & St. Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church

P. O. Box 835

(Mailing Address)

 

220 Mansfield Blvd.

Carnegie, PA  15106

Rectory:  412-279-2111

Parish Hall:  412-276-9718


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  • Sun
    5Feb

    Publican & Pharasie
    UOL Souper Bowl Sunday
    9:30AM Divine Liturgy & Coffee Hour
    SOUPER BOWL LUNCHEON

    St. Matrona Meeting
  • Mon
    6Feb

    6:00 PM Kyiv Ukrainian Dance Group Meets
  • Tue
    7Feb

    7:00PM Moleben for Peace
  • Thu
    9Feb

    10:00 AM  Parishoner Senior Coffee Hour
    11:00 PM Bible Study w/ Deacon Evan
  • Fri
    10Feb

    8:30 AM Perogie Making (Potatoes)
Service Schedule
Sunday
9:30am - Divine Liturgy

Followed by Coffee Hour at the Parish Hall

  
Tuesday
7:00pm - Moleben for Peace

Services alternate between Sts. Peter & Paul UOC & Holy Trinity Parish

  
Saturday
6:00pm - Vespers
  

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Ukrainian Easter Egg (Pysanky) Workshops 2023
4 Feb 2023 at 8:03pm

Ukrainian Easter Egg (Pysanky) Workshops 2023

Workshops Set for 2023


http://www.orthodoxcarnegie.org/pysankyworkshops.html

UOL Souper Bowl Luncheon
4 Feb 2023 at 7:22pm

UOL Souper Bowl Luncheon

Sunday, Feb 5 2023

Benefits St. Andrew Society & Soup Kitchens in Ukraine


http://www.orthodoxcarnegie.org/news_230204_1.html

Lunches Project
4 Feb 2023 at 7:03pm

Lunches for Neighborhood Resilience Project 

Jan 27 2023


http://www.orthodoxcarnegie.org/news_221012_1.html

Theophany Season
28 Jan 2023 at 10:38pm

Theophany Services Information


http://www.orthodoxcarnegie.org/news_230111_1.html


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Ukrainian Orthodox League Bulletin - February-March Issue
6 Feb 2023 at 12:20pm

Бюлетень Української Православної Ліги за лютий-березень


https://secure.uocofusa.org/sites/default/files/civicrm/persist/contribute/files/publications/UOL/2023/2023-UOL-02.pdf

Archbishop Daniel's Liturgical Schedule
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Month of FEBRUARY in the Life of the Church - Місяць ЛЮТИЙ в житті Церкви
31 Jan 2023 at 4:02pm

http://www.uocofusa.org/news_230131_1.html

UOC of the USA and Diaspora Obtains Four Ambulances and Medical Field Unit fo...
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УПЦ США та Діаспори Прибдали та Надіслали в Україну 4 Карети Швидкої Допомоги та Логістичний Пересувний Медичний Кабінет


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Exarch of Ecumenical Patriarch in Kyiv, Ukraine Presented the UOC of the USA ...
16 hours ago

Екзарх Вселенського Патріарха в Києві, Україна передав УПЦ США перше в новітній історії Євангеліє-апракос українською мовою


http://www.uocofusa.org/news_230207_1.html


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The parish supports various causes and efforts through-out the community during the year.  Below are just a few of our current on-going efforts.

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St. Peter & St. Paul
PO Box 835
Carnegie, PA 15106
Location
220 Mansfield Boulevard
Carnegie, PA 15106
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