May 7, Victory Day Commemoration

 

We have received a blessing from Fr. Aidan to commemorate Victory Day (9 May) on Sunday 7 May.

We shall gather together after trapeza to commemorate the victory over Nazi Germany in the Second World War, in which many of our great-grandparents, grandparents, and other relatives participated, and in which some of them gave their lives, along with millions of others who made the ultimate sacrifice.

For many of us, it is a very important day full of tears, sorrow, remembrance, and contemplation of the great sacrifices made. World War II was a global tragedy that should never be forgotten. We will try to explain a lot in English, as Fr. Aidan has requested.

The program will occur right after the meal after the Divine Liturgy on Sunday the 7th of May. It will be targeted mostly for children, but the older generation will have something for their heart as well.

Our children will perform songs and poems. If your child wants to recite a poem or sing a song, it’s more than welcomed. Please contact Elena Aleshina (elenvan@rambler.ru) in advance so that she can add you to the program.

Please send pictures for the memorial wall to Elena Aleshina along with some information about the person, 3 or 4 sentences: Name, Info about their service in WWII, Honors/Rewards, etc.

Please, join us!

St George’s ribbons will be distributed with Father’s blessing from the bookstore near the candles starting Sunday April 30. Please stop by and pick up one as a free gift.

 

Update: May 7, 2017

Last year, the theme of our celebration was to recognize all our grand parents and great grandparents who contributed to the victory over the Nazis in World War II.  This year, we tried to tell our children about the Leningrad siege and read letters that were sent by soldiers to their families during the war.  Next year, we will begin to talk about the major battles.  We want our children to know about their history and how great was the sacrifice and the victory.

Thank you to everyone who shared their experiences today, and joined us in commemoration and celebration.  Especially thank you to our children who did so well in their performances and participation.

Elena Aleshina

2017 Victory Day Commemoration

2017 Pascha Picnic

Egg Hunt
Piñata
Sack Race
Yard Games
Fellowship
Music
Flowers From Father

Christ is Risen!

Angels in Heaven are singing of Thy resurrection, O Saviour Christ;
grant us also upon the earth to glorify Thee with a pure heart.

Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death,
and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!

If any man be devout and loveth God, let him enjoy this fair and radiant triumphal feast! If any man be a wise servant, let him rejoicing enter into the joy of his Lord. If any have laboured long in fasting, let him how receive his recompense. If any have wrought from the first hour, let him today receive his just reward. If any have come at the third hour, let him with thankfulness keep the feast. If any have arrived at the sixth hour, let him have no misgivings; Because he shall in nowise be deprived therefore. If any have delayed until the ninth hour, let him draw near, fearing nothing. And if any have tarried even until the eleventh hour, let him, also, be not alarmed at his tardiness.

For the Lord, who is jealous of his honour, will accept the last even as the first. He giveth rest unto him who cometh at the eleventh hour, even as unto him who hath wrought from the first hour.

And He showeth mercy upon the last, and careth for the first; And to the one He giveth, and upon the other He bestoweth gifts. And He both accepteth the deeds, and welcometh the intention, and honoureth the acts and praises the offering.

Wherefore, enter ye all into the joy of your Lord; Receive your reward, both the first, and likewise the second. You rich and poor together, hold high festival! You sober and you heedless, honour the day! Rejoice today, both you who have fasted and you who have disregarded the fast. The table is full-laden; feast ye all sumptuously. The calf is fatted; let no one go hungry away. Enjoy ye all the feast of faith: receive ye all the riches of loving-kindness.

Let no one bewail his poverty, for the universal Kingdom has been revealed. Let no one weep for his iniquities, for pardon has shown forth from the grave. Let no one fear death, for the Saviour’s death has set us free. He that was held prisoner of it has annihilated it.

By descending into Hell, He made Hell captive. He embittered it when it tasted of His flesh. And Isaiah, foretelling this, did cry: Hell, said he, was embittered when it encountered Thee in the lower regions.

It was embittered, for it was abolished. It was embittered, for it was mocked. It was embittered, for it was slain. It was embittered, for it was overthrown. It was embittered, for it was fettered in chains. It took a body, and met God face to face. It took earth, and encountered Heaven. It took that which was seen, and fell upon the unseen.

O Death, where is thy sting? O Hell, where is thy victory?

Christ is risen, and thou art overthrown! Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen! Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice! Christ is risen, and life reigns! Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in the grave. For Christ, being risen from the dead, is become the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep.

To Him be glory and dominion unto ages of ages.
Amen.