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No.

131
October2017

TheOrthodoxParish
oftheHolyandLifeGivingCross,
Lancaster,UK.

TheStavronian
amonthlymagazine&newsletterpublicisedbythe'HolyCrossSynodia'

TheParishoftheHolyandLifeGivingCross,
belongstotheAntiochianOrthodoxChristianArchdioceseoftheBritishIslesandIreland.
ThePatriarchateofAntiochisthirdsenioroftheOrthodoxChurches.
ThePatriarchisHisBeatitudeJohnX.

ThediscipleswerefirstcalledChristiansinAntioch
(Acts11:26)
THOUGHTSANDWORDS ourChurchandamostbeautifulIconof
him.Wevaluehispresencewithusand
FORTHEDAY his prayers and I offer two spiritual
counsels of St Paisios on thoughts and
Psalm19:14; Letthewordsofmymouth words.
and the meditation of my heart be
acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my
strengthandmyRedeemer.

We should be careful about what we


hear,whatwesee,whatwesayandwhat
wethink.AsChristianswearecalled to
guardoursenses,toavoidgossip,toresist
the hasty, uncultured comment which
comes from the passions. Our thoughts
must be purified by the stillness of
Christs presence because evil thoughts
lead to evil words and evil actions. We
shouldalsobecarefulnottoreactwhen
someone speaks unkind words or evil
againstusbutquietlyprayforthem.We
shouldnotenterintothewickedcircleof
gossip but distance ourselves from the
devilspostbagsuchjunkmailisthe
commerceoftheevilone.James3:6;And
thetongueisafire.Thetongueisplaced
amongourmembersasaworldofiniquity;
it stains the whole body, sets on fire the
cycleofnature,andisitselfsetonfireby
hell. St.Paisios:Bethebeeandnotthefly
Theheartwarmsourgoodthoughts
forothersandsuchzealturbocharges Some people tell me that they are
ourprayerswith dynamiceffectbutthe scandalizedbecausetheyseemanythings
heartcanalsoburnwithseethinganger wrongintheChurch.Itellthemthatif
towardsthoseforwhomwebeargrudges. youaskafly,Arethereanyflowersin
Such inclinations, feelings and soul thisarea?itwillsay,Idontknowabout
wavesofresentmentnotonlydoharmto flowers, but over there in that heap of
the other person but also do great rubbish you can find all the filth you
damagetoourownsoulandbodyifwe want. And it will go on to list all the
allowgrudgestotakerootinourmind. uncleanthingsithasbeento.
These weeds overtake the garden and Now, ifyouask a honeybee, Have
the beautiful flowers are choked. We you seen any unclean things in this
allowthebadthoughttofesterandgrow; area?itwillreply,Uncleanthings?No,
we revisit the complaint over and over Ihavenotseenany;theplacehereisfull
again, and begin to justify our foolish ofthemostfragrantflowers.Anditwill
prideandexonerateourscornandwrath. go on to name all the flowers of the
Weareveryblessedinhavingsome gardenorthemeadow.
importantsecondaryrelicsofStPaisiosin
You see, the fly only knows where YOUARENOTALONE!
the unclean things are, while the
honeybeeknowswherethebeautifuliris Genesis50:20;Butasforyou,youmeant
orhyacinthis. evilagainstme;butGodmeantitforgood,
AsIhavecometounderstand,some inordertobringitaboutasitisthisday,
peopleresemblethehoneybeeandsome tosavemanypeoplealive.
resemblethefly.Thosewhoresemblethe 1Samuel16:7; FortheLorddoesnotsee
flyseektofindevilineverycircumstance asmansees;formanlooksattheoutward
andarepreoccupiedwithit;theyseeno
appearance, but the Lord looks at the
goodanywhere.Butthosewhoresemble
heart.
the honeybee only see the good in
everything they see. The stupid person
Notetoaspiritualchild
thinks stupidly and takes everything in
thewrongway,whereasthepersonwho
Youarenotalone!
has good thoughts, no matter what he
sees, no matter what you tell him,
You have the Holy Spirit from your
maintainsapositiveandgoodthought.
Chrismation. You have your Holy
GuardianangelfromyourBaptism.You
St.PaisiosofMt.Athos,GoodandEvil
haveyourPatronSainttoprayforyou.
Thoughts,SpiritualCounselsIII:
Youhave theMother of God to protect
SpiritualStruggle
you.Youhavetheprayersofthefaithful
attheProskomede.Youhavetheloveof
mother and father, brother and sister.
St.Paisiosong
rumbling
YouhavethemercyofChristtoforgive
youatConfession.Youhavethegraceof
Grumblingiscausedbymiseryanditcan
HolyScripturetocomfortandassistyou.
beputasidebydoxology(givingpraise).
You have the teachings of the Holy
Grumbling begets grumbling and
Fathers to guide you. You have your
doxology begets doxology. When
FatherinHeavenwhocaresforyouand
someonedoesntgrumbleoveraproblem
whowillsaveyou.
troubling him, but rather praises God,
thenthedevilgetsfrustratedandgoesoff
Donotsayyouarealone!
tosomeoneelsewhogrumbles,inorder
tocauseeverythingtogoevenworsefor
Butbeware,youdohavesomeoneelse
him.Yousee,themoreonegrumbles,the
the adversary who will try to convince
moreonefallsintoruin.
you that you are alone, isolated,
Sometimesthedevildeceivesusand
separated; do not listen to him or
makes us unable to be pleased with
entertainhispresence.
anything;however,onecancelebrateall
Fr.Jonathan
things in a spiritual manner, with
doxology, and secure Gods constant
SaintCyprianofCarthage:Everyonefalls
blessing.
alone, but we are being saved in the
community
St.PaisiosofMt.Athos,FamilyLife,
SpiritualCouncilsIV
JOY PARISHNEWS
Jesus said of His joy, no man takes it Fr Jonathanhasbeenappointed by our
from you. In other words it does not Patriarch, John X of Antioch, as the
depend primarily on interpersonal representative of the Church of Antioch
relationships,importantthoughtheyare. on the International Commission for
People do let us down and betray our AnglicanOrthodoxTheologicalDialogue.
trust.Relationshipssoeasilyfluctuatelike MaytheAllHolySpiritprovideguidance
the tides. In many ways joy is a more andsupport!
visibleandtangibleevidenceoftheHoly
Spiritinourlivesthanlove.Thefruitof
love has to be expressed in action. It
needspeopleandcircumstancesinvolving OLDSTAVRONIANCORNER
peopletofinditstrueexpression.Butjoy,
though often expressed similarly in the Wethankandrememberthefaithfulwho
contextofourrelationshipswithothers,is have brought Communion wine and oil
not so circumscribed Many Christian forthelamps.Itwasgoodtobeableto
thinkershavegrappledwiththeagelong givethechildrenthebooksthatEutychia
problem of how something which is Schini sent from Cyprus. They were
commanded can be as spontaneous and delighted!
freeasthewordagapeimplies.Oneof StPaisiossaid:Whenyourchildren
theanswersliesinthesecondfruitofthe are still small, you have to help them
harvestoftheSpirit,joy.Christianjoyis understand what is good. That is the
neither optimistic or pessimistic because deepestmeaningoflife.
itlasts.Itridesfreelyoverallthechanges ElderPaisiosalsosaidthis:Thegoal
and chances of life. The new Oxford ofreadingistheapplication,inourlives,
Paperback Dictionary defines joy as a ofwhatweread.Nottolearnitbyheart,
deepemotionofpleasureorathingthat but to take it to heart. Not to practice
causesdelight.ButsurelyChristianjoyis
usingourtongues,buttobeabletoreceive
neither, for it does not depend on
thetonguesoffireandtolivethemysteries
pleasure or on our emotions, though it
ofGod.
gladlyacceptsandrelatestoboth;andjoy
also does not cause anything, for it is
MaytheHolyParakleteconfirmand
caused.Joyistheexpressionofthelove
strengthenthelittleonesingoodness.
relationshipbetweenGodandHispeople
and betweenthepeopleofGod.Itlasts
only so long as those relationships are
keptingoodrepair.
FrMichaelHarper
HarvestoftheSpirit,MusterChristian
Trust,1982.
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12Oct:St.Wilfrid,BishopofYork
(709)
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18Oct:HolyApostleandEvangelist
Luke
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19Oct:St.JohnofKronstadt
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26Oct:TheGloriousGreatMartyr
DemetriustheMyrrhbearerof
Thessalonica
th
28Oct:TheHolyProtectionofthe
PhotographofFrTheodosiosDendrinos
Theotokos
duringtheFeastoftheTransfigurationof
ChristlastAugustinIthaca,Greece.The
For the lives of Saints please visit the
faithfulbringthefirstharvestofgrapesto
CalendaroftheGreekOrthodoxArchdi
thechurchtobeblessedanddistributed. oceseofAmerica:www.calendar.goarch.org

NAMESOFDEPARTED
LOVEDONESTOBE
REMEMBEREDTHISMONTH
Oct.17:Garyfalos
Oct.20:Fr.StephenHatherly

MEMORYETERNAL!

Pleasesendusthenamesofyourdepar
ted loved ones and date of their depar
tureinorderforthemtoberemembered.

TheFeastoftheProtectionoftheHoly
Theotokoscommemoratestheappearance
ofthemostholyTheotokosintheChurch
ofBlachernaeinConstantinopleinthe
early6thcentury,asrecordedinthelifeof
MAJORCELEBRATIONSTHIS StAndrewtheFoolforChrist'ssake.While
MONTH themultitudesofthefaithfulwere
gatheredinchurch,Epiphanius,thefriend
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6Oct:HolyApostleThomas ofStAndrew,throughtheSaint'sprayers,
th
7Oct:StsSergius&BacchustheGreat beheldtheVirginMaryabovethefaithful
MartyrsofSyria andspreadingoutherveiloverthem,
th
10Oct:The14HolyEldersofOptina signifyingherunceasingprotectionofall
MonasteryinRussia Christians.Becauseofthiswekeepa
yearlyfeastofgratitude,imploringour
Ladynevertoceaseshelteringusinher 1st.Source:TheCalendaroftheGreek
mightyprayers.IntheGreektradition,this OrthodoxArchdioceseofAmerica.
feastiscelebratedonOct.28th,whileinthe
Slavonictradition,itiscelebratedonOct.

ServicesatStMartin'sinOctober*
Sun.1st 10:00 HoursandHolyLiturgy
Sat.7th 15:00 Memorial,Confessions,SynaxarionandGreatVespers
Sun.8th 10:00 HoursandHolyLiturgy
Sat.14th 15:00 Memorial,Confessions,SynaxarionandGreatVespers
Sun.15th 10:00 HoursandHolyLiturgy
Sat.21st 15:00 Memorial,Confessions,SynaxarionandGreatVespers
Sun.22nd 10:00 HoursandHolyLiturgy
Sat.28th 15:00 Memorial,Confessions,SynaxarionandGreatVespers
Sun.29th 10:00 HoursandHolyLiturgyfollowedbyParishlunch
*Helpsettingupthechurchisgreatlyappreciatedandstartshalfanhourbeforetheservice.


Godcaresforeveryone.Despairisineffectalackoffaith
St.GeorgeKarslides

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TopandbottomsketchesarecreatedattheHolyMonasteryofTheAnnunciationoftheTheotokosChios,Greece,courtesyofFrTheodosiosDendrinos,Ithaca,Greece.
ThesketchofChristbyPhotisKontoglouwasscannedfromtheOrthodoxcalendaroftheApostolikiDiakoniaoftheChurchofGreece.