Monday, November 10, 2014

November Newsletter

From our Newsletter:


November 2 – Typika service. 10:30am.
Potluck lunch to follow.
November 8 – Vespers. 6pm. Potluck
Soup Supper to follow.
November 9 - Hours. 10:10am. Liturgy
10:30am. Potluck lunch to follow.
November 16 – Typika service. 10:30am.
Tea Party and Potluck lunch to follow.
November 23 – Typika service. 10:30am.
Potluck lunch to follow.
November 29 – Vespers. 6pm. Potluck
Soup Supper to follow.
November 30 - Hours. 10:10am. Liturgy
10:30am. Potluck lunch to follow.


 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):

November 2 – St. Aidan story: Oswin
and the Horse
November 9 – St. Aidan story: Chad
November 16 – Entrance of the
Theotokos story (Nov 21, Feast #3 of
the Year)
November 23 - St. Aidan story: Celtic
Knot, part 1
November 30 - St. Aidan story: Celtic
Knot, part 2.


St Columbanus - Nov 23

Columbanus was born into a noble family in
West Leinster, Ireland, circa 543. He received
a classical education at Clonard, the great
mother-school founded by St. Finian, where
he discovered the three-fold division of
prayer, manual labor and study of the
scriptures that mark the boundaries of a
monk's existence. He learned habits of
sanctity and scholarship that would stay with
him for the rest of his life. He went to live
under the abbot St. Comgall at the monastery
of Bangor on the coast of Down. At about the
age of forty he set sail with twelve
companions (one was St Gall) to preach the
gospel, and sometime around the year 585
they crossed over to France. Columbanus built
3 monasteries, staying in France as Abbot of
Luxeuil for more than twenty years. Eventually
King Theoderic drove Columbanus into exile,
where he settled in Italy, dying in 615. It was
in the wilderness that his typically Celtic love
of nature is shown, and animals are involved
in several of his principal miracles.


Dec. 8 Monday evening at 6:30 pm - Divine Liturgy at St. Aidan with Bishop Irénée  

Dec. 9 Tuesday morning at 10:30 am - Divine Liturgy for the feast day of theconception of the Theotokos at Bonners Ferry Holy Myrrhbearers Church with Bishop  Irénée and Fr. Gregory Horton - all invited

  Dec. 9 Tuesday Evening at 6:30 pm - Daily Vespers at St. Aidan's and then meet theBishop Q and A session  

Dec. 10 Wed. Morning at Denny's in Cranbrook breakfast with Bishop Irénée at 9:00 amfor all who want to join us before he returns to Calgary.

The Entry of the Most Holy Mother of God into the 
Commemorated on November 21

The parents of the Virgin Mary, Sts Joachim and Anna, praying for an end to 
their childlessness, vowed that if a child were born to them, they would 
dedicate it to the service of God. When the Most Holy Virgin reached the 
age of three, the holy parents decided to fulfill their vow. There the High 
Priest and several priests met the handmaiden of God. Then the High Priest, 
through inspiration from above, led the Most Holy Virgin into the Holy of 
Holies, where only the High Priest entered once a year to offer a purifying 
sacrifice of blood. Therefore, all those present in the Temple were 
astonished at this most unusual occurrence. After entrusting their child to 
the Heavenly Father, Joachim and Anna returned home. The All-Holy Virgin 
remained in the quarters for virgins near the Temple. She grew up in a 
community of pious virgins, diligently read the Holy Scripture, occupied 
Herself with handicrafts, prayed constantly, and grew in love for God. 

November 16 – First Annual Tea Party

celebrating the Presentation of the Theotokos (Nov. 21)

Around the world, girls will carry candle lanterns and icons in a 
procession in memory of the girls who processed before the precious 
Mary at age three, as she made her way to the temple, to become the 
living Holy of Holies, the one human chosen to fully and physically 
contain God within her.
We will hold our procession on Nov 16, after the Typika service, due to 
our wide-spread geographical constraints. Afterwards, the girls are 
served tea and dainties. In our case, the girls and women will be 
served by the boys and men. This will be followed by our traditional 
potluck lunch. Anyone with fancy teacups to share, pretty flowers to 
donate, and special tea party foods to serve – please let Rebecca 
know. Thank you!! More info to follow. 

November 8:
The Synaxis of the Archangel Michael and the Bodiless Powers  from Fr. Andrew

Very early in Church history (before the 1st Ecumenical Council in 325) the Church established the feastday on Nov. 8 for the 
celebration of Archangel Michael and the Bodiless Powers. The Church also dedicates every Monday during the year for the 
veneration and consideration of the holy angels. Tradition tells us that the month of November was chosen for the feast, as it 
was the 9th month after the start of the New Year (which was March in those days), and that this represented the 9 ranks of 
angels. These ranks were well accepted by the Church even by then. Tradition says they were explained by St. Dionysius the 
Aeropagite who received the revelation directly from the Apostle Paul his teacher, and were catalogued in “The Celestial 
Hierarchy” written by a later man known as pseudo Dionysius the Aeropagite who wrote in the 5th or 6th century. Many of the 
early Church fathers such as St. Gregory the Dialogist, St. Gregory the Theologian, St. John Chrysostom, St Ignatius, St. Basil, St. 
John of Damascus and many others wrote of the 9 ranks and the purposes of God’s messengers and our great protectors the 
angels. The angles are always with us and a part of the Church created by God when He created “all things visible and invisible.” 
All throughout both the Old Testament and the New Testament there are many stories of angels interacting and fulfilling their 
roles as “messengers” and helpers sent from God to mankind for our protection, illumination and salvation.
At liturgy, during the little entrance, as the Priest waits before the Holy Doors for the completion of the 3rd antiphon (Blessed 
are…) he quietly prays the entrance prayer “O Master, Lord our God, who appointed in heaven orders and hosts of angels and 
archangels for the service of Your glory: Grant that with our entrance there may be an entrance of holy angels, serving with us 
and glorifying Your goodness…” With the angles, the priest then enters through the Holy Door into the altar to continue the 
Liturgy. We worship God with a Church filled with angelic host every Sunday!
The ranks of angels are broken into 3 groups (hierarchs) each containing three angelic orders. The first hierarch and those 
closest to God are: the Seraphim, the Cherubim, and the Thrones. These angels are always in God’s direct presence and are filled 
with God’s fiery love, wisdom and righteous judgement. Realizing this causes us to be filled with awe as we contemplate the 
position of our most holy, most pure, most blessed and glorious Lady Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, as we often sing: 
“It is truly meet (proper) to bless you O Theotokos, 
Ever blessed and most pure and the Mother of our God. 
More honourable than the Cherubim 
and more glorious beyond compare than the Seraphim…”
In the middle rank of angels (2nd Hierarchy) are the Dominions, the Virtues, and the Powers. They send down the grace of God to 
mankind teaching and helping us to control our passions, resist temptations and evil thoughts, strengthening us in patience and 
sending power to work miracles and helping us in choosing to follow the Spirit of God and to overcome the devil. The third rank, 
and those angels closest to men are: Principalities, Archangels and Angels. These are the angels that we usually encounter 
throughout the scriptures and who are in close contact with mankind. They order the universe and rise up leaders for us for the 
glory of God. Every city and country and Church has their own angel protector. They are messengers of good news and enlighten 
us with knowledge of the mysteries of the faith and of God’s will, which they receive from the higher orders of angels for our 
benefit. The lowest order of the 9 ranks, the “Angels” serve as our guardian angels. 
God has appointed the Archangel Michael to lead and rule over all of the orders of angels. It is the great Archangel Michael who 
led the heavenly hosts to defeat Satan and his fallen angel cohorts – the demons, when they chose to rebel against God. The 
Archangel Michael cried out to his fellow angels "Let us attend! Let us stand aright before our Creator and not ponder that which 
is displeasing unto God!" The angels were created before the world was created “When the stars were made, all My angels 
praised me with a loud voice” Job 38:7
All the various ranks of the Angels are in complete harmony, with all constantly giving glory to God for all things. The Church 
teaches that every Christian receives their own personal guardian angel at their baptism, and Psalm 33(34): 7 tells us that all that 
all that fear God receive a guardian angel. This faithful companion loves and cares for us, protecting us from the attacks of the 
evil one, and helping us in our earthly journey to grow ever closer to Christ. St. Basil writing in the 4th century said “The guardian 
angel will not retreat from us unless we drive him away by our evil deeds. As smoke drives bees away, and stench the doves, 
even so our stinking sin drives away from us the angel that protects our life.” 
May we always pray and be grateful for our guardian angel, that faithful companion and protector of our souls, and not give 
cause for him to grieve over us; and may he be our faithful companion and defender and protector at the end of our journey 
here on earth and be able to successfully bring us into the heavenly realm and the kingdom of God.
Prayer to our Guardian Angel:
O angel of God, my holy guardian, given to me from heaven, enlighten me this day, and save me from all evil. Instruct me in 
doing good deeds, and set me on the path of salvation. Amen.
O angel of Christ, holy guardian and protector of my soul and body, forgive me everything wherein I have offended you every day 
of my life, and protect me from all influence and temptation of the Evil One. May I never again anger God by my sins. Pray for me 
to the Lord, that He may make me worthy of the grace of the All-Holy Trinity, and of the blessed Mother of God, and of all the 
saints. Amen.

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