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

“Whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 10:33 ESV)

Theophany

When You were baptized in the Jordan, O Lord, * worship of the Trinity was revealed, * for the Father's voice bore witness to You, calling You His “beloved Son”, * and the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the certainty of these words. * O Christ God, * Who appeared and enlightened the world, glory to You! (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.

You have appeared to the whole world today, * and Your light, O Lord, is signed upon us, * who with knowledge sing praise to You: * "You have come, and You have appeared, O Unapproachable Light." (Kontakion, Tone 4)

Random Proverb

"Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest." (Proverbs 6:6-8 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Our Lord Jesus Christ..., who came to liberate mankind, in which both males and females are destined to salvation, was not adverse to males, for He took the form of a male, nor to females, for of a female He was born. Besides, there is a great mystery here: that just as death comes to us through a woman, Life is born to us through a woman; that the devil - defeated - would be tormented by each nature, feminine and masculine, since he had taken delight in the defection of both.

St. Augustine of Hippo, Ca. A.D. 397, Christian Combat 22, 24 in The Faith of the Early Fathers (Jurgens, Liturgical Press) 3:50, no. 1578