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Monthly Message from Fr. Ghassan - July/Aug 2022

How can a believing man be freed from the fallen old man? We all feel that we bear the traces of the ancient man. Its characteristics are selfish, sick love. For us, self-love is to love God and others sincerely and unselfishly. From loving the sick self, passions are born. We cannot be selfishly attached to other people and things by being inflamed with passions. Our relationships become inflamed and selfish, preventing us from loving and enjoying other people and other things in the world. This eventually leads to loneliness, emptiness, stalemate.


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Upcoming Services & Events

Thursday, August 11
6 pmParaklesis
Friday, August 12
6 pmParaklesis
Saturday, August 13
5 pmFestal Vespers for Dormition
Sunday, August 14
8:50 amDormition Orthros
10 amDivine Liturgy-Feast of the Dormition
1 pmAdult Catechism (Online)
Monday, August 15
Dormition of the Theotokos
Tuesday, August 16
7 pmArabic Bible Study
Saturday, August 20
5 pmDivine Liturgy (Arabic)
Sunday, August 21
8:50 amMatins
10 amDivine Liturgy

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Saint of the Month - July/August 2022 - St. Joseph of Damascus

The Synaxarion On the tenth of this month we commemorate the Holy Hieromartyr Yousef ibn Jirjis Mousa ibn Mouhana al-Haddad and his Companions. A married man, St. Joseph of Damascus, as he is popularly known, was at first a weaver and then was ordained to the holy priesthood at the age of twenty-four in 1817, and assigned Great Economos of the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos (al-Mariamiyeh) in the heart of the Old City of Damascus.On Monday, July 9th, 1860 the brutal massacre of Christians, which began in the mountains of Lebanon, spread to Damascus. Some Damascenes (including Michael Hawaweeny and his young wife Mariam who was bearing in her womb a son who would be the future St. Raphael of Brooklyn) fled Damascus for the port city of Beirut. The majority, however, took refuge in al-Mariamiyeh. Many had previously fled to Damascus from their mountain villages, while others came to the Cathedral from the Christian Quarter of Damascus and the villages that surrounded the city.

 

 
 
 
 
 

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