Venerable Parascheva (Petka)

Commemorated October 14/27

This glorious saint was of Serbian descent, and was born in the town of Epivat between Selymbria and Constantinople. St. Parasceva's parents were wealthy, devout Christians. They also had a son, Euthymius, who was tonsured a monk during his parents' lifetime, and later became the famous Bishop of Madytos. The virgin Parasceva always yearned for the ascetic life for the sake of Christ. After her parents' repose, she left her home and went first to Constantinople, then to the wilderness of Jordan, where she lived the ascetic life until old age. Who can express all the labors, sufferings and demonic temptations that St. Parasceva endured in the course of her many years? In her old age, an angel of God once appeared to her and said: ``Leave the wilderness and return to your homeland; it is necessary that you render your body to the earth there, and your soul to the habitation of the Lord.'' St. Parasceva obeyed, and returned to Epivat. There she lived for two years in ceaseless fasting and prayer, then gave up her soul to God and took up her abode in Paradise. St. Parasceva entered into rest in the eleventh century. Over the course of time her relics were translated to Constantinople, to Trnovo, again to Constantinople, and then to Belgrade. Her relics now repose in Romania, in the town of Iasi. In Belgrade, the well of St. Petka miraculously heals the sick who draw near with faith in God and love for this saint.

Weekly Diocesan Bulletin - Sunday, October 25, 2015

21st Sunday after Pentecost:
Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council; Holy Martyrs Tarachus, Probus, Andronicus

RESURRECTIONAL TROPARION - TONE FOUR: When the women disciples of the Lord learned from the angel the joyous message of Your Resurrection; they cast away the ancestral curse and elatedly told the apostles: Death is overthrown! Christ God is Risen, granting the world great mercy.

Weekly Diocesan Bulletin Sunday, October 11, 2015

 19th Sunday after Pentecost:
The Venerable Father Charton the Confessor

RESURRECTIONAL TROPARION - TONE TWO: When Thou didst descend to death, O Life Immortal, Thou didst slay hell with the splendor of Thy Godhead! And when from the depths Thou didst raise the dead, all the powers of heaven cried out: O Giver of Life! Christ our God! Glory to Thee!

TROPARION TO ST. CHARITON - TONE EIGHT: By a flood of tears you made the desert fertile, and your longing for God brought forth fruit in abundance.  By the radiance of miracles you illumined the whole universe!  Our father Chariton, pray to Christ God to save our souls!

Weekly Diocesan Bulletin - Sunday, September 27, 2015

Sunday, September 27, 2015

17th Sunday after Pentecost:
The Exaltation of the Life-giving Cross

O Lord, save Your people, and bless Your inheritance. Grant victories to the Orthodox Christians over their adversaries; and by the virtue of Your Cross, preserve Your habitation. 

"Fr. Seraphim Was a Whole Man, and Therefore He Was a Healed Man"

"Fr. Seraphim Was a Whole Man, and Therefore He Was a Healed Man"
"Fr. Seraphim Was a Whole Man, and Therefore He Was a Healed Man"
"Fr. Seraphim Was a Whole Man, and Therefore He Was a Healed Man"
"Fr. Seraphim Was a Whole Man, and Therefore He Was a Healed Man"

A Conversation with Fr. Ambrose Young and Mother Theadelphi On Fr. Seraphim Rose

In May of 2012 a seminarian of St. Tikhon's (South Canaan, PA) traveled to the Entrance of the Theotokos Skete in Hayesville, OH in order to interview the chaplain Hieroschemamonk Ambrose Young and the abbess Mother Theadelphi as part of his research for his seminary thesis concerning Fr. Seraphim Rose and the “crucifixion” of his mind as Fr. Seraphim put it—meaning to willingly and obediently humble himself and submit his own sharp mind to the wisdom of the Church.