10th Anniversary of “9-11″ (2001)

(August 29th on Church Calendar)

On this fasting day we Commemorated the Beheading of St. John the Baptizer, Forerunner, and Foremost of the Holy Prophets.

St. John was the cousin of our Savior Jesus Christ and a little older.  John considered himself unworthy to baptize the Savior but at the Lord’s command John Baptized Him in the Jordan River.

The Lord Himself set the example of the need for each of us to be baptized.  The Lord often told His disciples to baptize “…in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Following the encyclical of His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the
of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, and our Diocesan Bishop, in rememberance of the 10th Anniversary of “9-11″ (2001), petitions and prayers were added to the Divine Liturgy.

These petitions called all of us to have greater love for God and for our neighbor.  On this 10th Anniversary we remember the bombing of the Twin Towers in NYC, the bombing of the Pentagon in Washington, DC, and the crash of the 4th hijacked plane in the PA field,

Saturday night before Great Vespers, a Trisagion was chanted for the repose of the souls of the Orthodox Christians who perished in the Twin Towers.  Their names were also commemorated at the Great Entrance of the Liturgy.

May God grant them rest and repose and angels of consolation to their families….and to all the families and survivors of the events of 10 years ago.

On Sunday, a Memorial Cross of flowers with 3 American flags was placed outside of our church on the main square.

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