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The Beheading of St. John the Baptist (Aug. 29) brings us to the close of another Church Year, and what an ending it is! The Forerunner of Christ, this greatest of men born of woman (Matt. 11:11), was killed as a party favor at the birthday of the tetrarch Herod Antipas (Matt. 14; Mk. 6). The contrast between the depravity of the world and the righteousness of God's kingdom could not be more stark. The world and its rulers spiral out of control in their passions and lusts. The righteous, though mocked and abused, remain steadfast in the will of God even to the point of bodily death. Thus the unrighteous suffer destruction and endless regret; the righteous enters eternal life.
"For though in man's view [the righteous] were punished, their hope is full of immortality. Though chastened in a few things, great kindness will be shown them, for God tested them and found them worthy of Himself." (Wisdom of Solomon 3:4-5) St. John the Baptist continues to point the way for us: endure for the sake of Christ crucified and risen from the dead. This world and its lusts are passing away, but the truth of the Lord remains forever. We who abide in Christ will live now and forever in Him, just as St. John the Baptist does. We see the Forerunner of Christ opposite the Birthgiver-of-God in the Deiesis Icon, both petitioning Christ our God as thouse closest to Him, alive and well in the heavenly Kingdom. This is our Christian reality.
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September 29, from 11 AM to 7 PM
Ethnic Foods & Homemade Sausage; Bake Sale; Live Entertainment (St. Nicholas Balalaika Orchestra, St. Demetrios Greek Dancers, et al.); Orthodox Vendors; Church Tours; Games for Kids w/Bounce-house
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