Thursday, April 02, 2009

St. Tikhon & 'STAS'

Hello there friends,

Glory to Jesus Christ!
It's Matthew from St. Herman's sister parish in Edmonton. You will all probably hear this letter read this weekend (posted below - click on image for a larger view) from our beloved Archbishop SERAPHIM. It is a call to remember and seek the prayers of St. Tikhon, whose feast day is next Tuesday, April 7th. St. Tikhon was the Bishop for all Orthodox Christians in North America from 1898 until 1907. There are a few elders in our parish whose parents remembered him!

If you are able, please consider joining the St. Tikhon Archdiocesan Stewards. This voluntary program provides an opportunity for people to give 'above and beyond' their local giving to support the work of the Church across Canada. Many of you know well Deacon Gregory Scratch and his family, who attended St. Herman's in Langley for several years. Father Deacon Gregory is leading this program with great enthusiasm and vision. Already, "STAS" is funding the work of Vladyka SERAPHIM's Episcopal Secretary, Protodeacon Nazari. The Archbishop says that since Protodeacon Nazari has come on board, his desk no longer resembles the rocky mountains - it's more like Saskatchewan!

If you are not yet able to faithfully support your local community, then, as a Christian, that comes first. If however, you are able to make a small, regular gift, then please pray and consider becoming a St. Tikhon Archdiocesan Steward.

Okay, here ends the commercial.

With love in the Lord

- Matthew


biss said...

STAS giving will be even more useful now that Vladyka's been granted an Auxiliary, eh? reads:
"The Holy Synod of Bishops ... has elected Archimandrite Irinee (Rochon), as Bishop of Quebec City, Auxiliary to His Eminence, Archbishop SERAPHIM."

Good news!

Matthew Francis said...

Amen to that! Axios, Axios, Axios for Bishop-elect Irenee!