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

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:43-44 ESV)

Christ is Born!

Your Nativity, O Christ our God, * has dawned upon the world the light of knowledge. * for through it, those who served the stars * were taught by a star to worship You, the Sun of Righteousness * and to know You, the Dawn from on high. * Glory to You, O Lord! (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.

Today the Virgin gives birth to the Transcendent One, * and the earth offers a cave to the Unapproachable One. * Angels and shepherds sing His glory; * Wise Men journey with a star * for there is born for us an infant Child, the God Who is before all ages. (Kontakion, Tone 3)

Random Proverb

"Let your heart hold fast my words; keep my commandments, and live." (Proverbs 4:4 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Do not be surprised that you fall every day; do not give up, but stand your ground courageously. And assuredly, the angel who guards you will honor your patience.

St. John of the Ladder