Saturday, August 2, 2014

August Newsletter

This is taken from our August Newsletter:

Growing Together in Faith. 

Vol. 1, Issue 9: August 2014


August 2 – Vespers. 6pm. Soup Supper to follow.
August 3 – Hours. 10:10am. Liturgy 10:30am. Potluck lunch to follow.
August 9 – Vespers. 6pm. Soup Supper to follow.
August 10 – Hours. 10:10am. Liturgy 10:30am. Potluck lunch to follow.
August 17 – Typika service. 10:30am. Potluck lunch to follow.
August  24 –Typika service. 10:30am. Potluck lunch to follow.
August 30 – Vespers. 6pm. Soup supper to follow.
August 31 – Hours. 10:10am. Liturgy 10:30am. Patron Saint Potluck Feast to follow, at a different location. Contact the church for directions to the feast at 250-489-8006.


  Children have a variety of activities to play with both inside and outside. These activities are available both during church, if your kids need a break, and after church. Please have adult supervision.

Readings (posted on the website):

August 2 – The Transfiguration of Jesus (on August 6)
August 10 – The Dormition of the Mother of God (on August 15)
August 17 – St Aidan story: Blessing the Island
August 24 – St Aidan story: Building the Monastery
August 31 – St Aidan story: The Freedom of Dis-possession


Aidan of Lindisfarne, August 31

Aidan of Lindisfarne[1] (who died 31 August 651) was an Irish monk and missionary credited with restoring Christianity to Northumbria. He founded a monastic cathedral on the island of Lindisfarne, served as its first bishop, and travelled ceaselessly throughout the countryside, spreading the gospel to both the Anglo-Saxon nobility and to the socially disenfranchised (including children and slaves). He is known as the Apostle of Northumbria.  Aidan was responsible for the construction of churches, monasteries and schools throughout Northumbria. He earned a tremendous reputation for his pious charity and dedication to the less fortunate—such as his tendency to provide room, board and education to orphans, and his use of contributions to pay for the freedom of slaves.

The Dormition Fast

The Feast of the Dormition (August 15) is preceded by a two-week fast, referred to as the Dormition Fast. From August 1 to August 14 (inclusive)Orthodox and Eastern Catholics fast from red meat, poultry, meat products, dairy products (eggs and milk products), oil, and wine. The first day of the Dormition Fast is a feast day called the Procession of the Cross (August 1), on which day it is customary to have an outdoor procession and perform the Lesser Blessing of Water. As with the other Fasts of the Church year, there is a Great Feast that falls during the Fast; in this case, the Transfiguration (August 6), on which, wine and oil are allowed.

Fasting Recipes available on the St Aidan website

Feast of the Dormition of our Most Holy Lady, The Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary - August 15

The Feast commemorates the repose (dormition and in the Greek kimisis) or "falling-asleep" of the Mother of Jesus Christ, our Lord. This great Feast of the Church and the icon celebrates a fundamental teaching of our faith—the Resurrection of the body. In the case of the Theotokos, this has been accomplished by the divine will of God. Thus, this Feast is a feast of hope, hope in Resurrection and life eternal. Like those who gathered around the body of the Virgin Mary, we gather around our departed loved ones and commend their souls into the hands of Christ. As we remember those who have reposed in the faith before us and have passed on into the communion of the Saints, we prepare ourselves to one day be received into the new life of the age to come.

The Transfiguration of Jesus - August 6

The Transfiguration is one of the five major milestones in the gospel narrative of the life of Jesus, the others being Baptism, Crucifixion, Resurrection, and Ascension.[7][8]
Jesus and three of his apostles go to a mountain (the Mount of Transfiguration). On the mountain, Jesus begins to shine with bright rays of light. Then the prophets Moses and Elijah appear next to him and he speaks with them. Jesus is then called "Son" by a voice in the sky, assumed to be God the Father, as in the Baptism of Jesus.[
In Christian teachings, the Transfiguration is a pivotal moment, and the setting on the mountain is presented as the point where human nature meets God: the meeting place for the temporal and the eternal, with Jesus himself as the connecting point, acting as the bridge between heaven and earth.[9]

Summer Camping Retreat

  Most summers, the families of St Aidans get together at Moyie Lake Campground for a weekend of fun, fellowship, and relaxation. 

This year, we will be camping in September, date to be announced. Please contact Joanna to book 1 or 2 nights or you can just drop in to visit for a few hours. Price will be approximately $28/night, depending on the number of vehicles and people on the site.

You are responsible for your own food, except for the pancake lunch on Saturday. There will be a potluck dinner Saturday night, and a potluck lunch after church on Sunday.  

If possible, Saturday evening Vespers will be held in the campground at 6pm, with the Potluck dinner to follow.

We will be driving into Cranbrook on Sunday for church and the potluck lunch. The campground is only 20 minutes from Cranbrook, so it is a nice easy commute!

Home Visits

Father Andrew and Matushka Sonia will be staying in the Kootenay area for the week of August 2 to August 10. They are hoping to visit with families from the parish. Father is also hoping to be serving with Fr. Gregory at Bonners Ferry for the Aug. 6 Transfiguration Liturgy.  

If you would like to have a visit, please contact Father Andrew to arrange a time at 403-554-0193

The light of Christ that illumines all – The Transfiguration        Fr. Andrew

Elijah and Moses appeared to the apostles, Peter, James and John on Mount Tabor, when Christ was transfigured, and the uncreated glory of His divinity was revealed to His disciples. Transfiguration coming up on Aug. 6 is one of the great feast days of the Church. The revealing of the uncreated light during the transfiguration of Christ is considered to be a revealing of the normal state of reality. We are normally blind to this presence but it fills all things at all times. The apostles had their eyes opened to truly see reality. This is why the first icon that a student of iconography in the Orthodox tradition will usually be taught to complete is the Transfiguration. The uncreated light that is the theme of this icon is also present in every icon, and really in all of creation. The gold leaf that is in the background of many icons represents this heavenly light. This uncreated light that is ever-existing and fills all things is not just demonstrated at the Transfiguration, but also in many other incidents. Moses, in seeing the burning bush, was not seeing a special bush, but simply having his eyes opened to see the ever present reality of the uncreated light of God, that exists in all life at all times. When Moses came down from Mount Sinai, the uncreated light of God shone in him to such an extent that people could not look at him. St. Seraphim of Sarov in his famous conversation with his friend Nicolas Motovilov, where he explains that the purpose of life is the acquisition of the Holy Spirit, then begins to glow with the uncreated light. Motovilov says to St. Seraphim “I cannot look at you because your eyes are flashing with lightning. Your face has become brighter than the sun, and my eyes ache with pain.”…”Imagine in the center of the sun, in the dazzling light of its midday rays, the face of a man talking to you. You see the movement of his lips and the changing expression of his eyes, you hear his voice and a blinding light spreading far around for several yards and illuminating with its glaring sheen both the snow blanket and the snow flakes.”

Our God is a great God who created all and waits for us to come to Him in humility and love, that He may open our eyes to the light and beauty of the kingdom. With the Feast!

Orthodox Humor: Liturgical Olympics.

Here are some of the top sports:

Russians are the favorites in the Censer Swing, a gymnastic sport of timing and grace, in which priests and deacons compete to make the most intricate formations with the smoke and movement of the censer. Points off for setting vestments on fire.

Georgians and Bulgarians are expected to be top competitors in the Long Note: a track and field event to see who can hold a note the longest. There are individual, team and relay heats. Points off for flatting.

Greeks are taking top odds in Speed Liturgy, another track and field event, in which priest, deacon and choir compete for the speediest liturgy. Judges will be listening carefully to see if anything is left out.

St.Aidan Orthodox Church

Father Andrew and Matushka Sonia Applegate
201-7th Avenue South. Cranbrook, BC. V1C 2J6

Tel. (250)489-8006 (church)                         
Tel. (403)554-0193 (Fr. Andrew)                        
Tel. (403)217-9151 (Fr. at home)                          
Tel. (250)421-6013 (Admin – Ellen)

Fr. Philip Erikson  587-433-4270
Bishop Irenee  613-233-7780

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