By John E. Usalis / Published: October 25, 2016 | republicanherald.com

MAHANOY CITY — St. Mary Byzantine Catholic (Ruthenian) Church begins its celebration of its 125th anniversary this Sunday as parishioners remember the past and look toward the future.

The parish will mark its quasquicentennial throughout the year in its regular events that will include some aspect of the jubilee.

On Sunday, a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 3 p.m., with the Most Rev. Kurt Burnette, bishop (eparch) of the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy, Passaic, New Jersey, as the main celebrant. Concelebrants will include the Rev. James Carroll, OFM, pastor, and other priests of the eparchy, including some from the Holy Dormition Byzantine Franciscan Friary in Sybertsville near Hazleton. Carroll said the Rev. James Gannon, OFM, provincial vicar of the Assumption BVM Province, may travel from Franklin, Wisconsin.

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Teachings of Christ

“If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’" (John 7:37-38 ESV)

Exaltation of the Cross

Save Your people, O Lord, and bless Your inheritance; * grant victory to Your Church over her enemies * and protect Your commonwealth by Your Cross. (Troparion - Tone 1)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Willingly lifted up on the Cross, O Christ God, * bestow Your compassions upon the new commonwealth that bears Your name. * By your power grant joy to Your Church, * granting her victory over her enemies. * May she have your Cross as the weapon of peace * and the invincible ensign of victory. (Kontakion - Tone 4)

The Church celebrates the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross on September 14th.

Random Proverb

Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine. (Proverbs 3:9,10 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

We believe that the divine presence is everywhere and that "the eyes of the Lord are looking on the good and the evil in every place." But we should believe this especially without any doubt when we are assisting at the Work of God. To that end let us be mindful always of the Prophet's words, "Serve the Lord in fear" and again, "Sing praises wisely" and "In the sight of the Angels I will sing praise to Thee." Let us therefore consider how we ought to conduct ourselves in the sight of the Godhead and of His Angels, and let us take part in the psalmody in such a way that our mind may be in harmony with our voice. 

St. Benedict