“Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham; for the Son of man came to seek and to save the lost.”
Dear to Christ,
Christ is in our midst! He is and ever shall be.
When the Priest comes to our home to bless it, he says this prayer: “Priest: Let us pray to the Lord. Lord have mercy. O God our Savior, the True Light, Who was baptized *in the Jordan by the Prophet John, and Who did deign to enter under the roof-tree of Zacchaeus, bringing salvation unto him and unto his house: do You, the same Lord, keep safe also from harm those who dwell herein; grant to them Your blessing, purification and bodily health, and all their petitions that are unto salvation and Life everlasting; for blessed are You, as also Your Father Who is from everlasting, and Your All; Holy, Good and Life; creating Spirit, both now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.”
This Sunday is Zacchaeus Sunday. As Christ entered the house of Zacchaeus and brought him salvation, may He enter our homes and salvation comes to our families.
This Sunday the ladies will host a get together at 7 PM for all of our parish, men and women with the topic ” A Parent Survival Guide”. The speaker is Annalisa Boyd. The zoom meeting ID: 83892128710, Passcode: 596287. All are invited. For more information you can contact one of the ladies officers.
Tuesday night at 6:30 PM, we will celebrate the Feast of the Meeting of Christ in the Temple.
The Young Adults will meet on Tuesday February 9th at 7 PM.
The Engaged couples will meet on Tuesday February 16th at 7: 30 PM.
Lent starts on March 15th. I will have complete schedule soon. Mark your calendars, every Monday-Wednesday- and Friday during Lent we will have services at 7 PM.
Fr. Philip LeMasters writes: “Could the same be said of you and me? We commune with Christ in the Eucharist in every Divine Liturgy. We personally take His Body and Blood such that He dwells in our hearts by the power of the Holy Spirit. We dine at His heavenly banquet and receive Him into our bodies, souls, and spirits “for the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting.” If we think for one moment that communing with Christ is simply an ancient religious ritual or something that has merely an emotional or invisible significance, then we must think again. For to be united intimately with Christ, to be nourished by Him for the healing of our souls, must impact every dimension of who we are in this world. Salvation is not an escape from life as we know it, but its complete fulfillment. Salvation must come to our houses just as tangibly as it did to Zacchaeus’s. For through faith in Christ, we are also “Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (Gal. 3:29)
Come Lord Jesus Christ to our homes today and save us. Amen.
Rev. Fr. Dr. George Dahdouh, Pastor
St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
9116 Bayview Ave.,
Richmond Hill, ON L4B 3M9
Office: 905/731-7210, Cell in case of Emergency: 416/937-6301
~Pastor’s Message of January 31, 2021~