18.04.2007, [11:00] // Orthodox //www.risu.org.ua

New Jersey, US-- On 14 April 2007 a powerful rain storm that swept across the entire eastern coast of the USA arrived in the area of the administrative and spiritual center of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA in South Bound Brook, New Jersey.

Due to the advance predictions of the magnitude of the storm, approximately 1,000 people visited on the traditional Easter Saturday pilgrimage this year. Only a few hundred braved the storm on Sunday. The rain began to fall at around 2 a.m. on Sunday and had not completely stopped throughout the day on Monday.

The Raritan River poured over its banks and it is not selective about where or what it invades. It slowly moved toward the Memorial Church, flooding the driveway, St. Andrew Cemetery entrance gates and surrounding the monument to St. Olha, Equal to the Apostles and Baptizer of Ukraine. Several of the homes located on center property are under water.

Fortunately, as the falling rain decreases, it appears that the flood will not equal the breadth of the 1999 experience. In that year, the waters came within ten feet of the Memorial Church. This year, they do not come near that level. The properties affected, however, lie directly in the areas that are susceptible to any overflow from the Raritan.

Sources, and for more information, see:


• http://www.uocofusa.org/news/Flood_2007.shtml

• http://www.uocofusa.org/center

Teachings of Christ

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God." (Matthew 5:9 ESV)

Pentecost

Blessed are You, O Christ our God, * Who has shown the fishermen to be all wise, * by sending down to them the Holy Spirit, * and through them You have caught the whole world in Your net. * O Lover of Mankind, glory to You. (Troparion - Tone 8)

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

When the Most High descended, confusing tongues, * He divided the nations; * but when He distributed the tongues of fire, * He called all to unity; * and, with one voice, * we glorify the Most Holy Spirit. (Kontakion - Tone 8)

Saints and Martyrs

Adorned with the blood of Your Martyrs throughout the world, * as with purple and fine linen, * Your Church cries out to You through them: * "Send down Your compassions upon Your people. * Grant peace to Your commonwealth and great mercy to our souls." (Troparion - Tone 4)

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

As the first-fruits of nature to the Planter of Creation, * the whole world offers to You, O Lord, the God-bearing martyrs. * Through their prayers and the intercession of the Mother of God * preserve Your commonwealth, the Church, in profound peace, O Most Merciful One. (Kontakion - Tone 8)

Random Proverb

"Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it”—when you have it with you." (Proverbs 3:28 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Guard thyself then, O man; thou hast the signs of Antichrist; and remember them not only thyself, but impart them also freely to all. If thou hast a child according to the flesh, admonish him of this now; if thou hast begotten one through catechizing, put him also on his guard, test he receive the false one as the True. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work. I fear these wars of the nations; I fear the schisms of the Churches; I fear the mutual hatred of the brethren. But enough on this subject; only God forbid that it should be fulfilled in our days; nevertheless, let us be on our guard. And thus much concerning Antichrist.

St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Catechetical Lecture XV