Dormition of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church in Oakmont, PA
 
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Thursday, September 21, 2017
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Wisdom of the Church Fathers and the Monastic Life
St. Gregory PalamasSt. Gregory Palamas
Having put your hope in Christ who provides for all creation and nurtures it, keep away from all unjust gains, and do not be too attached even to honest income. Put it to good use and let the poor share in it as much as possible.


St. Gregory Palamas


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Oakmont Greek Church Steeler Gyrofests
Services this week:
     9/03: Orthros 9am/Divine Liturgy 10am
     9/06: Paraklesis — 7pm
     9/10: Orthros 9am/Divine Liturgy 10am

See the Sunday Bulletin for any additional reminders.

Pittsburgh Greek Festivals Guide for 2017 has been published by Holy Trinity.

Orthodox Tidbits — Holy Great Martyr Irene


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Irene lived in the Balkans during apostolic times in the town of Magedon. Her father, Licinius, was of lesser royal nobility. Some think that she was a Slav. Irene was born a pagan of pagan parents. Penelope was her pagan name.

She learned about the Christian Faith from her teacher Appelianus. St. Timothy, the disciple of the Apostle Paul, baptized her and her court attendants and provided her with the epistles of the Apostle Paul to read. Refusing to marry, she enraged her father and he wanted to torture her but, in a miraculous manner, she converted her father to Christianity. Irene was subjected to various tortures by four kings, not counting her father but, God through His angels, spared her. King Sedechias buried her up to her neck in a ditch filled with snakes and scorpions but an angel of God made these venomous and repulsive creatures ineffective and saved the holy virgin from harm. King Sedechias then wanted to saw her in half but the saw rebounded from her body as from stone. After that, the same king tied her to a wheel under a water mill and released the flow of water hoping, in this manner, to kill her. But the water refused to flow, rather stood still and the virgin remained alive and well.

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