1. WE WELCOME YOU to Saints Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church! We are happy to have you visit
and worship the Lord God with us. If you would like more information about our Parish and, perhaps,
becoming a parishioner, please, see Father Basil or visit our website: www.saintspeterandpaulscranton.com , or
phone the rectory at 570 -343-8128. God Bless you!
2. SUNDAY SCHOOL classes for the current school year are in session. We welcome our students and
teachers for a year of learning about our Orthodox Faith. Classes commence after Divine Liturgy and will be
held in the upper classroom of the School-Center. Students in grades Pre-K through 8 are strongly urged to
attend weekly sessions. We thank the parents and grandparents for their continued co-operation with our
Sunday School programme. May the Lord God Bless our Sunday School teachers, students and all who support
our Parish Sunday School. God Bless!
3. SAINTS MARTHA AND MARY Sisterhood will meet next Sunday, 31 January, to discuss plans for the
coming year. The session will be held in the Parish Hall following Divine Liturgy. All Sisterhood members are
asked to attend. Those who are interested in learning more about our Parish Sisterhood, and the good works
they do for our Parish, are welcome, too. God Bless!
4. THE GREAT BLESSING OF WATER was accomplished in our church last Tuesday –6/19 January – the
Feast of Holy Theophany. This Blessing of Water brings us in Spirit to the Jordan River where our Lord, God
and Saviour Jesus Christ was Himself voluntarily Baptized by John the Baptist at the outset of His public
ministry. The prayers of the priest call upon the Lord God to sanctify this water for use by the faithful
During the season of Holy Theophany, it is a pious tradition to invite the priest into our homes in order to
sanctify them with prayer and the sprinkling of Holy Water. Our homes are cleansed from all evil and the
influence of the Evil One. The believers are spiritually strengthened to resist sin and evil and to increase in
Godly Christian virtues. During this time of the “pandemic”, it is incumbent upon each believer to decide for
themselves, knowing their own personal or familial health concerns, whether or not to have their home blessed
at this time. Upon request, Father Basil will come to visit and bless your home with prayer and the aspersion
of Holy Water. Please, telephone the rectory to arrange for a convenient day and time for Father Basil to visit.
The rectory phone number is 570-343-8128. If no answer, let phone ring eight (8) times; “voice mail” will pick-
up and you can leave a message. Your call will be returned ASAP. Please, note that there will be no Blessing
of Homes in the evening; Saturday and Sunday afternoons are fine. Remember, also, that the blessing of your
home can be done at any time – so if you feel like waiting a bit longer, that’s understandable.
Just do what is best for you and your family. In any event – May the Lord God Bless all our parishioners and
friends and your households at this season of Holy Theophany and throughout the entire year! God Bless!
5. CHURCH CLEANING for the week of 24 January: TEAM 2: Maryann Capwell, Barbara Togher, Marie
Vass, Mary Orzolek and anyone else who can help. Please, remember to care for the Holy Icons and the main
aisle before leaving church today. Thank you and God Bless!
We respectfully remind our Cleaning Teams that the assigned Team make arrangements to clean the church
more thoroughly during the week (not only on Sunday). God Bless!
HOLINESS BEFITS THY HOUSE, O LORD, FOREVERMORE!
6. THE NEW roof on our church is completed! It took a long time – there was much to do, but now it is
finished. Glory to God! However, the project isn’t completely over just yet. The next phase is to tend to
touching-up the interior walls and ceiling in the church. This will begin in the near future. We thank our
parishioners for their prayers, understanding, co-operation, support and contributions during the time our roof
was undergoing replacement. We know that it was a somewhat difficult time and we appreciate your patience
and long-suffering. God Bless all of you!
7. VISIT OUR new and improved parish website www.saintspeterandpaulscranton.com
Keep up with news and Divine Services, photos, links to Orthodox sites and more.
Be a website Sponsor for a donation of just $25 per month.* Sponsorship forms are available in the narthex.
We need donations to keep our parish website on-line. PLEASE, favourably consider sponsoring the website
for a month or more. God Bless you!
* The cost to keep our website up and running on-line has increased. This is the first increase since our website
began several years ago. Your continued support, encouragement and generosity are very much appreciated.
8. THE HOLY FIRE, from the Church of the Resurrection in Jerusalem, burns brightly in the lampadas in our
church. If you wish to make a donation for the burning of the Holy Fire in the Altar (Sanctuary) or Nave (main
body) of our temple, please, stop at the candle-desk. Offering intentions may be made for the health and
salvation of family and friends, or for the blessed repose of departed Christians. A donation of $25 per month is
requested to cover the cost of candles. God Bless! [A “link” has been included on our website for more
information about the HOLY FIRE. Log-on to it when you have time.] God Bless!
9. JUST A reminder: Our annual contribution for the Cathedraticum to the Patriarchal Parishes is fifty ($50.00)
dollars per parishioner per year. This is more than reasonable (only one dollar per week). Please, actively
support our Russian Orthodox Church in the USA by faithfully using your “Cathedraticum” envelopes. God
10. LIVE-STREAMING, and encore viewing, of the Divine Liturgy is available at- www.stjohnsmayfield.org
and in living colour on the radio at 94.3 FM from Saint John’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Mayfield, -
Sunday at 9:30AM.
- www.holytrinityorthodox.com from Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, Baltimore,
(Archpriest John Vass). – Sunday at 10:00AM
This is offered for those who, for a serious reason, cannot come to church on Sunday for the celebration of the
Divine Liturgy. It is NOT a substitute for NOT attending Divine Liturgy in church on Sunday. God Bless!
11. MINOR REPAIRS to our furnace in church were recently necessary. After decades of faithful service, the
heat pump which supplies warmth to the main area of our church breathed its last. A new pump has been
installed. Of course, this is an unforeseen expense, but a necessary one. If you appreciate a warm church during
the Pennsylvania winter months, please, consider offering a donation to help defray the cost of this project. Use
the “Special Intention” envelopes in the vestibule. Your help is much appreciated! God Bless!
12. VETERANS PLAQUE: A model of our Veterans Plaque is available for inspection in the vestibule. This
plaque honours the veterans from our Parish who valiantly served in the Armed Forces of the United States of
America in war-time and in peace-time. Please, address all concerns and suggestions to George Kofira. Pending
final inspection and approval, the plaque will be Blessed/Dedicated and installed in an honourable and fitting
place in our church vestibule. God Bless our veterans!
13. WINTER has arrived in NorthEast PennsylvaniA (NEPA) – you know that already!
But be of good cheer – the days are getting longer and Spring arrives in Scranton on Saturday, 20 March, 2021,
at 5:37AM Eastern Daylight Time * (that’s just 56 days until spring!!!) But don’t put your snow shovels away
[ Spring Training: NYY Pitchers and Catchers are to report in Tampa on Monday, 15 February!]
* Eastern Daylight Time begins on: Sunday, 14 March, 2021 @2:00AM
Set your clocks AHEAD one hour on Saturday evening! “Spring ahead”! God Bless!
Petitions offered up at the Augmented Litany of Divine Liturgy, during the Spread of Devastating Pestilence
- Again we pray Thee, O Lord our God, that Thou mightest mercifully protect us from the devastating pestilence
stirred up against us, and deliver Thy faithful people from spiritual and physical death; grant unto the sick healing and
health, and unto all of us Thy divine protection and help; we pray Thee, O kind-hearted Lord, quickly hearken and have
- Again we pray, that Thou mightest pacify the troubles of men and every fearful thing, compass Thy faithful about
with firm hope, and instill in our hearts quietude; we pray Thee, O Lord, hearken and have mercy.
Prayer read during the Spread of Devastating Pestilence
O Lord our God, enter not into judgement with Thy servants, and compass us about with protection from the
devastating pestilence stirred up against us. O kind-hearted Lord Who art inclined toward benevolence, have
compassion on us, Thy humble and unworthy servants, who fall down before Thee with broken hearts and hope in Thy
For Thine it is to show mercy and to save us, O our God, and unto Thee do we send up glory: to the Father, and to the
Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
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GLORY TO GOD FOR ALL THINGS!
[A word to our Parishioners and Friends: When making your Last Will and Testament, please, be sure to include Saints Peter and
Paul Russian Orthodox Church among your beneficiaries. The Church has helped, guided and nourished you throughout your entire
life. Making a final bequest to our Parish will help you and it will help your Parish. Pray and consider this. God Bless you!]
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