Sunday, May 20, 2018 UTC

NOTICE OF ABANDONED VEHICLES ON CHURCH PROPERTY

This is a 10 day notification that 2 vehicles: (1) Silver with yellow pin stripe Toyota Camry LE 4 door sedan with Licence Plate number NC AHN-8351 and (2) Black with silver lower panel 4 WD Subaru 4-door roll-bar BAJA with NC licence plate SLAVA IC, need to be removed from the property of St. Cyril and Methodius Church, 2510 Piney Plains Road, Cary, NC 27518-6870.  As per NC Statutes § 20-137.7.1: “Abandoned vehicle” means a motor vehicle that has remained illegally on private or public property for a period of more than 10 days without the consent of the owner or person in control of the property.”

If the vehicles aren’t arranged to be removed then steps will be taken to remove or re-title the vehicles. Please contact Church Administrator, Father Mark Shuey at [email protected]  or the church at phone number (919) 239-4877 as soon as possible regarding this notification.

MAY 19, 20, 22 & 23: PENTECOST SUNDAY, KNEELING VESPERS, FEAST OF THE HOLY TRINITY (MAY 21) & COMMEMORATION OF CONSTANTINE & HELEN EQUALS TO THE APOSTLES (MAY 22)

 MAY 19: TYPIKA (SN) – 4:00 PM, MAY 20: MATINS – 7:00 AM, DIVINE LITURGY – 10:30 AM, KNEELING VESPERS – 1:00 PM; MAY 22: DIVINE LITURGY – 11:00 AM; MAY 23: DIVINE LITURGY – 6;00 PM.

The Gospel Readings for Sunday is John 7:37-52 & 8:12, The Promise of the Holy Spirit. The Gospel reading for Pentecost includes: “If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink” and “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” We must learn to thirst for the Holy Spirit and for light.  How do we learn to thirst? We must search for knowledge about our weaknesses, and with faith to learn to walk in the light. This does not just happen, as we go through life in order to have the Holy Spirit abide in us, since He is the Spirit of Truth, we must live according to the truth.

Feast of Pentecost occurs 50 days after Pascha and commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles of Christ after His Resurrection. Traditionally, in the Byzantine Rite, Green is the color associated with Pentecost.  The emphasis is always on the life-giving, life-renewing aspect of the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit comes to bring new life to all.  Churches and homes are often decorated with green boughs and branches to herald the life-giving Spirit. In the Slav tradition, Pentecost is often called Rusalija. In the “night” of Pentecost Sunday a special Vespers is celebrated, called the Kneeling Prayer. We will celebrate it at 1:00 PM. This is a Vespers service to which are added three sets of long poetical prayers, the composition of Saint Basil the Great, during which everyone makes a full prostration. Eastern Christians do not kneel for prayers from Pascha until Pentecost, so this Vespers service is the first time we kneel! (Of course we don’t on Sundays throughout the year.)

Pentecost Monday (May 21) is also known as “Feast of the Holy Trinity” and is the first day of the after feast of Pentecost, being dedicated specifically to the honor of God the Holy Spirit and particularly to the historical event of His descent on the holy apostles on Pentecost. The third day, Tuesday, is called the “Third Day of the Trinity. The After-feast of Pentecost lasts for one week and is festive, during which fasting is not permitted. Then we return to “ordinary time” of the Church year.

Also, on May 22nd we commemorate Constantine & Helen Equals to the Apostles. St. Constantine is the first Roman Emperor to support Christianity as a replacement for Roman paganism and is attributed for the conversion of the Roman Empire to Christianity.  St. Helena, his mother, built many Holy Christian temples and monasteries among which the most important are: the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem and the Church of Nazareth.

 

 

 

 

MAY 26, 27, 29 & 30: SUNDAY OF ALL SAINTS

AllSaints MAY 26: VIGIL DIVINE LITURGY (SN) – 4:00 PM; MAY 27: MATINS – 7:00 AM, DIVINE LITURGY – 10:30 AM; MAY 29: DIVINE LITURGY – 11:00 AM; MAY 30: DIVINE LITURGY – 6:00 PM.

The first Sunday after the Feast of Holy Pentecost is observed as the Sunday of All Saints.  This day has been designated as a commemoration of all of the Saints, all the Righteous, the Prophets, Apostles, Martyrs, Confessors, Shepherds, Teachers, and Holy Monastics, both men and women alike, known and unknown, who have been added to the choirs of the Saints and shall be added, from the time of Adam until the end of the world, who have been perfected in piety and have glorified God by their holy lives. The icon of the Sunday of All Saints depicts our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ seated above the throne of heaven surrounded by the Saints.

The Gospel reading for today is from Matthew 10:32-33, 37-38, 19:27-30, focuses on how we can become holy. We are all called to be Saints. This is the purpose of Christianity and the church – to guide people towards sanctity and holiness – to become Saints. The scriptures today are instructions about how to become a Saint. We must have true, living faith – not merely belief in something. We must demonstrate this not just by what we say, but by what we do and who we are. We, therefore, must  “take up our cross” and “run with patience the race that is set before us”.