St. Mark Orthodox Church
400 W. Hamlin Road, Rochester Hills, MI

Sunday of the Blind Man

After the Midfeast (John 7:14), the Lord Jesus Christ came to the Temple again and taught the people who came to Him (John 8:2). After leaving the Temple, He opened the eyes of a man “who was blind from his birth (John 9:1).

The miracle described in today’s Gospel (John 9:1-38) is even more remarkable than it might seem at first. Saint Basil and other Fathers tell us that this was not just a case of giving sight to a blind man born with eyes that did not function, but to someone who had no eyes at all! The second Exapostilarion for this Sunday says, “Along the way, our Savior found a man who lacked both sight and eyes...”.

The Gospel says, “Since the world began, it was not heard that any man opened the eyes of one who was born blind” (John 9:32). There are examples in the Old (Tobit 2:17) and New (Mark 8:22-26) Testaments of blind people receiving sight, but this is something completely unprecedented.

The Savior placed clay in the man’s empty sockets and told him to wash in the pool of Siloam. When he obeyed these instructions, the eyes of clay became living eyes!

In his MENAION, Saint Demetrius of Rostov calls the blind man Saint Celidonius (see his account of Saint Lazarus in the Synaxis of the Seventy Apostles on January 4).

                                                 

                                               

 

Covid-19 Updates

Messages from Bishop Paul

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Adult Bible Study
Sunday Weekly Announcements
Christ is risen, indeed He is risen.
 
Here is the selection of the week:

“Therefore, casting out of our souls all faithlessness, sloth, and hesitation, let us draw near with all our heart, with unhesitating faith and burning desire, like slaves who have been newly purchased with precious blood. In deed, with reverence for the price paid on our behalf, and with love for our Master Who paid it, and as having accepted His love for us, let us recognize that, if He had not wished to save by means of Himself us who have been purchased, He would not have come down to earth, nor would He have been slain for our sake. But, as it is written, He has done this because He wills that all should be saved. Listen to Him say it Himself: ‘I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world’ (Jn.  12:17).” St. Symeon the New Theologian.

 

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PLEASE REMEMBER TO PRAY FOR OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS 
 
 

 

 



Service Schedules
cleaning schedule Jan 5 thru April 5, 2020
cleaning schedule Jan 5 thru April 5, 2020
cleaning schedule Jan 5 thru April 5, 2020
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Online giving now available for Mother Maria Ministry

CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] —The new website for the Mother Maria of Paris Charitable Ministry is now live, thanks to the work of Fr. Joel Wilson. The website can be found at charity.domoca.org.

Online Giving Now Available for the Mother Maria MinistryPerhaps the most important function of the new website is that it allows users to process online donations for the Mother Maria Ministry's fundraising campaigns. Shortly after the website went public, the Mother Maria Ministry received a $1,000 donation to match the Ministry's donation to Orthodox Detroit Outreach of the same amount. Please share the link to the Ministry's fundraising campaigns on your Facebook accounts, in emails, and on social media, to maximize its effectiveness throughout the Diocese of the Midwest.

The new website features ministries in the Diocese of the Midwest as well as in the OCA and in other jurisdictions and pan-Orthodox nonprofits. The site will be a place for parishes and individual Orthodox Christians to share ideas and learn about best practices concerning ministry work. In addition, it will also be a place to learn about the life and work of St. Maria Skobtsova, whose example this ministry seeks to imitate.

If you have any questions or would like your ministry to be highlighted on the website, contact Fr. Jonathan Lincoln at mothermariaministry@domoca.org.

 

 

 

 

 

Orthodox Christian Women of Michigan (OCW)

 

OCW Events Have Been Susupended Until Further Notice Due to COVID 19 Response Directives.

 

ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN WOMEN OF MICHIGAN (OCW)

The purpose of the Orthodox Christian Women of Michigan is to serve God, the faithful of His Orthodox Church and the world.  This purpose shall be fulfilled through programs and charitable works that promote Orthodox unity, fellowship, witness, Orthodox Christian values, lay leadership and education, spiritual growth and renewal and interpersonal support.

Annual dues of $20.00 is applied to presentations, speakers, and other related activities, charitable works, mailing supplies and postage.  Please make your check payable to:  Orthodox Christian Women of Michigan and mail to:

Loretta Gates

37 Scotsdale Drive

Troy, MI 48084

Include your name, address, phone number and email address.

 

 

 

 

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