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St. Peter & St. Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church
220 Mansfield Blvd (mailing: PO Box 835), Carnegie, PA 15106
Divine Liturgy Sunday 9:30 AM * Vespers Saturday 6:00 PM
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Today's Saints
Holy Pentecost
Holy Pentecost

In the Church’s annual liturgical cycle, Pentecost is “the last and great day.” It is the celebration by the Church of the coming of the Holy Spirit as the end—the achievement and fulfillment—of the entire history of salvation. For the same reason, however, it is also…

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Martyr Agrippina of Rome
Martyr Agrippina of Rome

The Holy Martyr Agrippina, was by birth a Roman. She did not wish to enter into marriage, and totally dedicated her life to God. During the time of persecution against Christians under the emperor Valerian (253-259) the saint went before the court and bravely confessed her faith in Christ, for…

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Righteous Artemius of Verkola
Righteous Artemius of Verkola

Holy Righteous Artemius of Verkola was born in the village of Dvina Verkola around the year 1532. The son of pious parents, Artemius was a child who was courageous, meek and diligent for every good deed. On June 23, 1545 the twelve-year-old Artemius and his father were taken by surprise in a field…

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Second Translation of the relics of Saint Herman, Archbishop of Kazan
Second Translation of the relics of Saint Herman, Archbishop of Kazan

Today we commemorate the second translation of the relics of Saint Herman, Archbishop of Kazan, in 1714. St Herman is also commemorated on November 6 (his repose) and on September 25 (transfer of his relics in 1595).

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Martyrs Eustochius, Gaius, Probus, Lollius, and Urban, of Ancyra

The Holy Martyrs Eustochius, Gaius, Probus, Lollia and Urban suffered for Christ during the time of a persecution under the emperor Maximian (286-310). Saint Eustochius was a pagan priest, but seeing the unyielding courage of the Christian martyrs, and the miracles worked by them, he converted to…

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Synaxis of the Saints of Vladimir
Synaxis of the Saints of Vladimir

The Synaxis of the Saints of Vladimir was established in 1982 with the blessing of Patriarch Pimen on the Feast Day of the Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God. Martyrs: Abram the Bulgarian (+ March 6, 1229) Archbishop Mētrophánēs (+ February 4, 1238) Holy Martyr Patrick (+ 1411) Monks:…

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Meeting of the Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God in memory of the Saving of Moscow from the Invasion of Khan Achmed
Meeting of the Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God in memory of the Saving of Moscow from the Invasion of Khan Achmed

Today the church celebrates the miracle of the Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God, which led to the saving of Moscow from the invasion of Khan Achmed in 1480. The Vladimir Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos is also commemorated on May 21 and August 26.

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“Tenderness” Icon of the Mother of God of the Pskov Caves
“Tenderness” Icon of the Mother of God of the Pskov Caves

According to Tradition, a copy of the Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God was painted in 1521 by the devout Hieromonk Arsenios Khitrosh. Between 1529-1570 the Icon was brought to the Pskov Caves Monastery by the merchants Basil and Theodore, when Saint Cornelius († February 20, 1571) was the…

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Nikḗtas of Thebes and those with him

Saint Nikḗtas of Thebes was a resident of the seven-gated (Επτάπυλη) city of Thebes in Boetia. At the age of sixteen, he was tonsured as a monk, and other ascetics were drawn to him by reports of his spiritual character and moral purity. Among these were the monks Daniel, Theodore, and…

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Saint Etheldreda of Ely

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Úglich Portaίtissa (Gatekeeper) Icon of the Mother of God

The Most Holy Theotokos first appeared to Igoumen Evangelos, who was the Superior of the Monastery from 1864-1872. The late XIX century researcher I. Vinogradov dates the Icon's presence in the Monastery to that period. If he was correct in thinking that the Icon was painted during that time, then…

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The prologue from Ohrid: June10

1. THE PRIESTLY-MARTYR TIMOTHY, BISHOP OF BRUSSA

Because of Timothy's great spiritual purity, God granted him the gift of working miracles and he cured all diseases and afflictions of the people. During the reign of the wicked Emperor Julian, who denied Christ, Saint Timothy was cast into prison. Even in prison the faithful visited him in order to listen to the wise instruction of their arch-shepherd. Learning of this, Julian ordered and the executioner beheaded Timothy in prison in the year 362 A.D. His soul departed into Paradise and his relics remained miracle-working to help the people and to manifest the power of God.

2. THE HOLY MARTYRS ALEXANDER AND ANTONINA

Both Alexander and Antonina were from Alexandria. Antonina was an honorable virgin and Alexander an imperial soldier. They were both Christians. Antonina was first brought to trial and tortured. When they cast her into prison, Alexander, by the command of an angel of God, went to the prison (even though until now he did not know Antonina), covered her with his military mantel and said to her to lower her head and to pass through the guards before the gates. And so the virgin escaped and the soldier Alexander remained in prison. Then they brought Alexander before the judge and began to torture him for the Name of Christ. Hearing about this Antonina herself appeared before the judge who then subjected both of them to various tortures. He severed their hands, flogged their naked bodies, burned their wounds with candles and, finally, threw them into a fire which was started in a pit and covered them with dirt. They suffered honorably for the sake of the love of Christ and took up habitation in the mansions of the Heavenly King on May 3, 313 A.D. Festus, the evil judge, at the moment of the death of the martyrs, became dumb and an evil spirit seized and tormented him for seven days and killed him.

3. SAINT BASSIAN, THE BISHOP OF LODI

Bassian was born a pagan in Syracuse of prominent and wealthy pagan parents. He was educated in philosophy in Rome. By his earnest desire, he was baptized by the pious Elder Gordianus. This offended his parents and, to escape their wrath, and according to the command of Saint John the Theologian, who appeared to him, Bassian traveled to Ravenna and reported to Bishop Ursus, his kinsman. At the advice of the bishop, Bassian took up residence at the church of the Holy Martyr Apollinarius, outside the city. There he lived a long life of asceticism, of labor, of fasting and of prayer. When the bishop of the city of Lodi in Liguria died, Bassian was elected according to a revelation in a dream even though he did not desire it. He was consecrated bishop by Ambrose of Milan and Ursus of Ravenna. Bassian possessed the great gift of healing and could also resurrect the dead. Bassian was present at the final moments of Saint Ambrose and heard from his mouth how he sees the Lord Jesus Christ. Bassian lived in labor and asceticism to an old age and in the ninetieth year of his life died and was translated into the Kingdom of God about the year 409 A.D. Bassian's holy relics remained miracle-working to witness to the power of God and the greatness of God's saints.

HYMN OF PRAISE

SAINT BASSIAN

Saint Bassian, loved the Lord,

Bassian holy, to the Lord prayed,

Upon him, the merciful Lord bestowed Grace,

What all men do, Bassian discerned,

How the demons dance the evil dance,

And how, men to evil, they incite.

Once Bassian through the town walked,

Saw a merchant, as he falsely weighs,

And on the scale, stands the devil black,

And crookedly weighs and wrongly counts,

To the merchant it is dear, that all men he deceives

And with a few goods, makes a lot of profit!

Bassian holy, toward the store walks:

To the merchant cried out: Open your eyes!

Because of easy gain, O do not be glad,

Open your eyes behold your partner!

In that the merchant, his eyes were opened,

Noticed the devil and fell backward,

Filled with fear, filled with trembling,

All gain he saw was cursed.

Began to sob bitterly and before the saint knelt

To Bassian he said: Pray for me.

Repent ye, Repent! Bassian instructs him,

That your soul eternally does not suffer,

To his accomplice the devil, the money he gives,

But he [the devil] his soul seeks in return.

REFLECTION

It is not the same to eat your meal with a blessing and to eat it without a blessing. Every meal is the table of God, which God Himself has set for us. This is why it is necessary as a householder to thank God and to beg for His blessings. Blessed food is more tasty and more satisfying while unblessed food is untasty, unsatisfying and unhealthy. On one occasion, Emperor Theodosius the Younger went for a walk in the surroundings of Constantinople and seeing the hut of a monk stopped and visited. The elder asked the emperor would he desire something to eat? "I do," answered the emperor. The elder brought bread, oil, salt and water before the emperor. The emperor ate and drank and then asked the monk: "Do you know who I am?" "God knows who you are," replied the monk. "I am Emperor Theodosius." The monk bowed down before the emperor silently. The emperor said to him: "I am an emperor and am born of an emperor but, believe me, never in my life have I eaten so tastily as I have today with you." "And do you know why?" answered the elder. "Because," he continued, "we monks always prepare our food with prayer and blessing; it is from that, that bitter food for us is transformed into tasty; with you, however, food is prepared with much labor and you do not seek a blessing (from God) and because of that tasty food becomes tasteless."

CONTEMPLATION

To contemplate the miraculous healing of the man with a withered hand: "A man with a withered hand happened to be there and they put this question to Jesus, hoping to bring an accusation against him: 'Is it lawful to work a cure on the Sabbath?' " (St. Matthew 12:10):

1. How the Lord said to the man with the withered hand: Stretch out your hand! And he stretched it out;

2. How even my hands are withered when I do not give charity. The Lord continually speaks to me: Stretch out your hand!

HOMILY

About how that of which he is afraid, befalls the sinner

"The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him; but the desire of the righteous shall be granted" (Proverbs 10:24).

The wicked one fears imminent death, the thief fears the burglar, the murderer fears the sword, the proud one fears shame, the abductor fears hunger, the glutton fears sickness and the slanderer fears the judgment of truth. That which the wicked one fears is what will befall him.

The righteous one desires a pure conscience, good thoughts, peace, charity, love, truth, justice and meekness. God gives these to him even while he is here on earth. The righteous one desires the Kingdom of God, desires Paradise, desires the company of the angels and the saints and desires to reflect upon the face of God in life eternal. God gives all these to him when He calls him to Himself.

O how just is the Lord toward the wicked one and how All-benevolent He is toward the righteous one! That which the wicked one fears, the Lord permits to befall him and that which the righteous ones fears the Lord removes from him. Of what is the righteous one afraid? Only sin. God removes sin from the righteous one and directs his feet on the path to virtue; and God protects the righteous one from evil spirits, the sowers of sin and, by His grace, waters the seed of virtues in his heart.

O All-seeing Lord, protect us from the paths of the wicked, from the gain of the wicked and from the fear of the wicked! Help our wavering heart to become steadfast in the desire for that which is only pleasing to You. For that which is pleasing to You will, in the end, conquer and reign and everything else will be given over to decay and forgetfulness.

To You be glory and thanks always. Amen.

Today's Commemorations
Holy Pentecost, Agrippina the Martyr of Rome, Holy Martyrs Aristocleus the Priest, Demetrius the Deacon and Athanasius the Reader, The Holy New Bishop Martyrs Gerasimus of Crete, Neophytos of Knossos, Joachim of Cherronisos, Hierotheos of Lampi, Zachariah of Sitia, Joachim of Petra, Gerasimos of Rethymno, Kallinikos of Kydonia, Melchizedek of Kissamos, Kallinikos of Diopolos, and those Martyred with them (1821-1822), Mark, Bishop of Ephesus, Etheldreda the Queen
Today's Scripture Readings
ACTS OF THE APOSTLES 2:1-11
WHEN THE DAY of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. And they were amazed and wondered, saying, "Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontos and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians, we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God."
JOHN 7:37-52; 8:12
On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and proclaimed, "If any one thirst, let him come to me and drink. He who believes in me, as the scripture has said, 'Out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water.'" Now this he said about the Spirit, which those who believed in him were to receive; for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. When they heard these words, some of the people said, "This is really the prophet." Others said, "This is the Christ." But some said, "Is the Christ to come from Galilee? Has not the scripture said that the Christ is descended from David, and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David was?" So there was a division among the people over him. Some of them wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him. The officers then went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, "Why did you not bring him?" The officers answered, "No man ever spoke like this man!" The Pharisees answered them, "Are you led astray, you also? Have any of the authorities or of the Pharisees believed in him? But this crowd, who do not know the law, are accursed." Nikodemos, who had gone to him before, and who was one of them, said to them, "Does our law judge a man without first giving him a hearing and learning what he does?" They replied, "Are you from Galilee too? Search and you will see that no prophet is to rise from Galilee." Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.
Today's Thought
HOLY DAYS & LENTEN SEASONS
Nativity Eve/Nativity Jan 6/7
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Nativity Eve/Nativity Day
Jan 6/7

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Circumcision of Our Lord/St. Basil/New Year Day
Jan 14th

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Theophany Eve/Theophany (Blessing of Water)
Jan 18/19th

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Presentation of Our Lord into the Temple
Feb 15th

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Annunciation of Virgin Mary
April 7th

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Nativity of St. John Baptist
July 7th

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St. Peter & St. Paul
July 12th

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St. Volodymr / Baptism of Ukraine
July 28th

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Prophet Elijah
August 2nd

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Transfiguration
August 19th

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Dormition of the Theotokos
August 28th

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Beheading St. John Baptist
Sept 11th

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Nativity Theotokos
Sept 21st

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Holy Exhalation Cross
Sept 27th

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Prokova
Oct 14th

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Archangel Michael
Nov 21st

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St. John C
Nov 26th

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Presentation of Theotokos into Temple
Dec 4th

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St. Andrew
Dec 13th

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St. Nicholas Wonderworker
Dec 19th

Grand Compline Nativity Eve 2021
Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday April 25 2021

 

Palm Sunday Divine Liturgy Services are on April 25, 2021 and will begin at 9:30 AM!
 
Palms and pussy willows will be blessed at 9:30 so that all in attendance can get their palms and pussy willows while the Liturgy is beginning and will be able to hold them throughout the Liturgy. Please arrive on time to get your palms and pussy willows so that you can participate in the service this way.
 
Please reach out with any questions or concerns about attending the services to frjohn.charest@aol.com 847-910-7120. Thank you and see you Sunday. The service will be livestreamed and viewable from our Facebook page or website too.

 

St. Peter & St. Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church

P. O. Box 835

(Mailing Address)

 

220 Mansfield Blvd.

Carnegie, PA  15106

Rectory:  412-279-2111

Parish Hall:  412-276-9718


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  • Mon
    17Jun

    7:00 PM  Kyiv Dance Rehearsal
  • Tue
    18Jun

    7:00PM Moleben for Peace in Ukraine at Sts. Peter & Paul
  • Thu
    20Jun

    10:00AM Parishioner Senior Coffee Hour

    11:30 Bible Study
     
    6:30 PM Parish Council Meeting
  • Sat
    22Jun

    8:00 AM St. Anthony Parish
     
    NO VESPERS
  • Sun
    23Jun

    Pentecost
    9:30AM Divine Liturgy
    Sr. UOL Chapter Meeting
Service Schedule
Sunday
9:30am - Divine Liturgy

Followed by Coffee Hour at the Parish Hall

  
Tuesday
7:00pm - Moleben for Peace in Ukraine

Services alternate between Sts. Peter & Paul UOC & Holy Trinity Parish

  
Thursday
10:00am - Parishioner Senior Coffee Hour
  
Saturday
6:00pm - Vespers
  

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If you are interested in learning about the Orthodox Faith, please contact Fr. John Charest to find out more about the classes offered.

Classes are held via online Zoom sessions on Monday evenings.    To join the classes, please contact Fr. John Charest.

Parish News Feed
Sacred Music Camp 2024
9 May 2024 at 3:49pm

Sacred Music Camp 2024


http://www.orthodoxcarnegie.org/news_240509_2.html

All Saints Camp Schedule
14 Feb 2024 at 11:44am

All Saints Camp Schedule

Registration NOW Open!


http://www.orthodoxcarnegie.org/news_240214_2.html

Father's Day 2024
17 Jun 2024 at 1:51pm

Father's Day Luncheon

Sunday, June 16, 2024


http://www.orthodoxcarnegie.org/news_240605_1.html

Ukrainians Salute Veterans May 28 2024
1 Jun 2024 at 3:52pm

Ukrainians Salute Veterans May 28 2024


http://www.orthodoxcarnegie.org/news_240601_1.html


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UPDATE: 5/21 SERVICE WILL BE AT HOLY TRINITY!
UPDATE: 5/21 SERVICE WILL BE AT HOLY TRINITY!
UPDATE: 5/21 SERVICE WILL BE AT HOLY TRINITY!
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News from UOC of USA
UOL Bulletin for June
1 Jun 2024 at 11:25pm

УПС за червень


http://www.uocofusa.org/files/publications/UOL/2024/2024-UOL-06a.pdf

Month of JUNE in the Life of the Church - Місяць ЧЕРВЕНЬ в житті Церкви
30 May 2024 at 7:03pm

http://www.uocofusa.org/news_240530_2.html

Archbishop Daniel's Liturgical Schedule
17 Apr 2024 at 11:06am

http://www.uocofusa.org/news_180803_3.html

Saint Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary Receives Full Accreditation
19 Jun 2024 at 11:26pm

Свято-Софіївська Українська Православна Богословська Семінарія Отримала Повну Акредитацію


https://stsuots.edu/news_240620_3

St. Sophia Seminary Offers Youth Ministry Certification Course
19 Jun 2024 at 10:36pm

Курс Навчання в Програмі Християнської Праці з Молоддю: The Consistory Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry in collaboration with St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary is pleased to announce a Youth Ministry Certification program.


https://www.uocyouth.org/youthministrycertificationcourse


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The parish supports various causes and efforts through-out the community during the year.  Below are just a few of our current on-going efforts.

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St. Peter & St. Paul
PO Box 835
Carnegie, PA 15106
Location
220 Mansfield Boulevard
Carnegie, PA 15106
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