Dormition of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church in Oakmont, PA
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Friday, November 28, 2014

Wisdom of the Church Fathers and the Monastic Life

St. John ClimacusSt. John Climacus Repentance is the renewal of baptism. Repentance is a contract with God for a second life. A penitent is a buyer of humility. Repentance is constant distrust of bodily comfort. Repentance is self-condemning reflection, and carefree self-care. Repentance is the daughter of hope and the renunciation of despair. A penitent is an undisgraced convict. Repentance is reconciliation with the Lord by the practice of good deeds contrary to the sins. Repentance is purification of conscience. Repentance is the voluntary endurance of all afflictions. A penitent is the inflicter of his own punishments. Repentance is a mighty persecution of the stomach, and a striking of the soul into vigorous awareness.

St. John Climacus

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Services this week:
     12/3: Vigil — 6pm (St. Barbara Philoptochos Patron Saint)

2014 Christmas Card — The Philoptochos will once again be collecting $10.00 for the annual Parish Christmas card. Donations may be paid after church in the hall beginning November 2 thru December 7 or through the mail. Checks may be made payable to St. Barbara's Philoptochos. Please contact Juanita Karabetsos, Angie Theofilis, or Elaine Spiridonakos.

There will be a First Calling of General Assembly on Sunday December 7.

Parish Bulletin Board

Two (2) Automatic External Defibrillators (AED's) are available. One has been placed in the church & the second is located at Riverside Landings.

Please see the Church Events Calendar for all upcoming Church Services and our parish's ministry happenings! Note that the calendar will not show events that are scheduled for the Church Social Hall or Riverside Landing facility. If you know of an event or would like an event listed, please send email to with the event details.

Orthodox Tidbits — Metropolitan Philaret

Christ the Teacher by Monastery Icons

Metropolitan Philaret is regarded by many as the most important figure in the history of the Orthodox Church in Russia in the 19th century. He has been characterized as "a learned theologian, a political figure, a struggler of piety numbered among the saints, a preacher and a poet." He was also a prolific author.

Philaret was born Basil Drozdov in Kolomna, Russia on December 26, 1782, and was the son of a priest. He received the monastic tonsure in 1808, taking the name "Philaret," after St. Philaret the Almsgiver. He was seminary educated and later was a professor at various seminaries, teaching Greek, Hebrew and theology. He was a prominent figure in preparing the translation of the Holy Scriptures into Russian from Church Slavonic, which was not easily understood by most people at that time.

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