Please Remember in Your Prayers

Archpriest Vincent Saverino; Archpriest Michael Hatrak; Deacon Michael Bishop; Mat. Myra Kovalak;  Mat. Klavdiya Burbelo; Kh. Frederica Mathewes-Green; Nun Elizabeth; Nun Magdalena; Mat. Natalia Kosich; Mat. Diane Winsky; Mat. Catherine Kowalchik; Marie Vass; Charles Snipes; Arthur-Stephen Lisowsky; Yelena Radchenko; Lydia Zorina; Tatiana; Katherine Plaskowitz; Philip Plaskowitz, Michael Stanka; Bernadine Borawick; Julia Aymold; Mary Johnson; Lilli Ann Hoffman; Lara Marinich; Oleg Marinich; Ioann and Galina Zernetkin; Monika-Anastasia & Stephanie Handley; Blanche-Julia Stolkovich; Ekaterina Koroleva; Nina Lewis; Maryann Black; Lyudmila, Anton & Aleksander Karnup; John Alexander Bylen; Katherine Garrett; Stephen Kaminitsky; Constantine; John-Thomas Planinshek; Kenneth Pukita; William and Ann Ferkile; Sergei Krektyshev; Irina Kononova; Petr and Lyudmila Borodkin; Anthony Bakie; Svetlana & Aleksey; Nina; Alla; Anna; Alla; Raisa, Zinaida; Joseph Germano; Pavel, Vladimir, Valentina, Nina, and Maria; Maria Pappas; Bonnie Duke; Joseph Lacomy; Diana Radchenko; Aleksey & Lidia Potapov; Oleg and Andrei; Vitaliy, Tatiana, Olena & Nicholas Berchuk; Marian, Irena and Isabella; David, Selina-Sophia, John, Maryann, David, Joseph, Lisa Ann Eichelberger; Cynthia and Bill (Basil) Popomaronis; Andrei, Marina, Valentina and Vladimir; Archpriest Cezar, Mat. Christina, Cezara–Maria, Darius, Justina, Christian; Victoria Lardiero; Donela-Maria w/child; Richard Wright; Valentina Shultieva; Thomas Oldewurtel; Shanna, Stephen, Trent-Michael, Grant-Alexander, Adalynn Lisowsky; Julie Smith.

 

 

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Bulletin

11th Sunday after Pentecost

Tone 2

 

July 30/ August 12, 2018

 

Apostles Silas and Silvanus of the Seventy and those with them: Crescens, Epenetus and Andronicus (1st c.); Martyr John the Soldier at Constantinople (4th c.); Venerable Anatoly (the "Younger") of Optina (1922); Uncovering of the relics (1484) of St. Herman of Solovki (1479); Hieromartyr Polychronius, Bishop of Babylon (251), and Martyrs Parmenius, Helimenas (Elimas), and Chrysotelus, Presbyters, Luke and Mocius, Deacons, and Abdon, Sennen, Princes of Persia, Martyrs Maximus and Olympius; Hieromartyr Valentine, Bishop of Interamna (Terni) in Italy (273), and Martyrs Proculus, Ephebus, Apollonius, and Abundius, youths; Synaxis of the Saints of Samara; Hieromartyr John, Deacon (1918).

 

Today’s Scriptural Readings:      

1 Corinthians 9: 2-12   /  Matthew 18: 23-35

Fr. John’s Sermons (Video): Click here  

 

 

 

 

 

 

“For whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the Body and Blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.”  (1 Cor. 11: 27-28)

 

 

This  Week’s  Liturgical  Calendar

The Dormition Fast: August 14 – 28   /   Fasting from meat, dairy and eggs

Saturday, August 18th – 6:00 PM 

Vigil Service in the Chapel

Sunday, August 19th – 10:00 AM

Transfiguration of our Lord

Divine Liturgy in the Chapel

Blessing of Fruit

 

 

Divine Services at Holy Trinity are live-streamed at 

https://www.youtube.com/user/HolyTrinitySermons

 

 

Please Join us for Coffee Hour – Today after Services

Today’s sponsors: Olga Mychko and Larisa Hidar

 

Panikhida Today

Today we will serve a Panikhida for +Vladimir Yurovsky (4th Annual) and +Vladimir Lagoutin (9th Day). May their memory be eternal!

 

Next Sunday – Last Picnic!!!   Parish Picnics at ‘Cathedral Gardens’ / Ray Zaitin Pavilion

On Sunday, August 19th, Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at Sts. Peter & Paul Chapel located at Cathedral Gardens, our parish cemetery. Afterwards, we will conduct picnics at the Ray Zaitin Pavilion. 

 

Sunday, August 19  – Liturgy at the Chapel (10:00 AM) and our Annual ‘Spas’ Fish Fry – An expanded menu of various grilled fish and fish kabobs will be offered. More information to come…

 

Brotherhood Crab Fest – Friday, August 24th – 6:30 PM

The St. Alexander Nevsky Brotherhood will sponsor a Crab Fest on Friday, August 24th beginning at 6:30 PM at Cathedral Gardens Ray Zaitin Pavilion. All-you-can-eat fresh steamed crabs, corn on the cob and soft drinks will be served. Reservations are strongly recommended. Prices will be announced soon. For reservations/ information, call Albert Blaszak: 410-799-3226 or alb42@verizon.net.

 

Phase II of Restorations – Summer 2018

Throughout June and July, the plaster in many areas on the ceiling and the walls were repaired and prepared for painting. All other areas were scraped, skimmed and primed. The final coat of paint was just applied. Now the border work is underway. Then, by early August new icons will be installed on the ceiling. Regardless of the scaffolding, we will continue to serve Divine Liturgy in the church on Sundays throughout the summer. However, because of the scaffolding in the sanctuary, we have placed a small table – to serve as the altar – the Seven-Candle stand and other icons in the center of the church for Divine Services. It is very important for us to pray in the church throughout this restoration work, especially to ask God to bless our efforts in beautifying His holy temple. In addition to your prayers, we also need your generous donations. This Phase II of our restoration project will cost approximately $300,000. We sincerely appreciate your kind generosity and sincere dedication to our parish. To make a donation please contact Vadim Radchenko at 410-465-6172 vradchenko@comcast.net. For information of the progress of the restoration work, please contact Michael Mickel 410-666-2870 mcmickel@verizon.net. Thank you. May God bless you.

 

Your donations are needed

On the restorations thus far, we have spent $232,000 and expect to pay approximately $130,000 on outstanding invoices. We have collected $72,000 in donations. There is still much to do. Please make a donation. Thank you.

 

Convocation of the Patriarchal Parishes

The 14th Convocation of the Patriarchal Parishes will be held at Antiochian Village October 15-18, 2018. The Nominating Committee is collecting names (with brief history) of parish members interested to be nominated to serve on the Bishop’s Council. For more information contact Fr. John.

 

Teen Retreat at St. Mary’s

St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church of Hunt Valley will conduct a Summer Teen SOYO Retreat for 6-12 grades    on August 17-18. All local Orthodox teens are invited to attend. The guest speaker, Fr. Luke Toumi, will explore St. John Chrysostom’s quote, “The Church is a hospital, and not a courtroom, for souls.” RSVP by August 12 to Nathanial Szelistowski: https://www.facebook.com/nathaniel.szelistowski

 

Birthday / Anniversary Celebrations:  August 12-18

We offer our best wishes and birthday congratulations to Mary Ann Lucas (8/13), Valentina Zernetkina (8/14), Elizaveta Sanovich (8/14), Vera Pastor (8/18), Michael Mickel (8/19) and Wedding Anniversary wishes to Fazlidin and Larisa Hidar (8/17). May God bless them with health, prosperity and many years. To include your birthday /anniversary in the bulletin please call Fr. John.

 


Cleaning Group – Group #2/  Join a Group – Help your brothers and sisters

Group #2 will clean this week Aug 13-18: Natallia Makarava (captain), Mikhail Merzliakov,

Catalin Frujinoiu,  Anca Frujinoiu and Gabriel Wagner This group needs more members.

 

 

Russian Festival Meeting – August 15th 

The Russian Festival Committee will meet on Wednesday, August 15th  at 7:00 PM. The agenda is filled with many important items that need to be addressed. The meeting is open to everyone. We really need your help.

 

 

 

 

Russian Festival 2018 – October 19, 20, 21

www.russfest.org 

Plan your vacations accordingly so you have the time to help your parish during these important days.

 

On the following days we will prepare food for the Russian Festival in the hall.

 

Saturday, Sept. 1st 

Bread Baking

Saturday, Sept. 29th 

Bread Baking

Saturday, Sept. 8th

Bread Baking

Sunday, Sept. 30th

Goluptsi (Stuffed cabbage)

Sunday, Sept. 9th

Vareniki

Saturday, Oct. 6th  

Bread Baking

 

Saturday, Sept. 15th

Bread Baking

Sunday, Oct. 7th

Baking Desserts

 

Sunday, Sept. 16th

Chicken Kotlety

Monday, Oct. 8th

Kolbasa (10 AM)

 

Saturday, Sept. 22nd 

Bread Baking

Sunday, Oct. 14th

Baking Tea Balls

 

Sunday, Sept. 23rd 

Vareniki

Wed-Thur. Oct 17-18

Cooking All Day

 

For details contact Albert Blaszak alb42@verizon.net 410-799-3226 We need everyone’s help.

 

      1.   Soda / Water Donation Drive Underway ! Please help us reduce our Festival expenses…buy a few cases of soft drinks   (12 oz. cans) and bottled water (½ liter) over the next several weeks as they go on sale in area supermarkets. We need Coke, Pepsi, Diet Coke, Diet Pepsi, Sprite, Fanta (no generics). Water: Deer Park, Aquafina, etc. Thank you for your generosity !!!  

 

      2.   Festival Desserts Table We need donations of desserts to supply our desserts table. This year we ask your help to increase both the quantity and variety of items. We need your ideas on what new dessert items we can offer this year. Please contact Tania Masiuk for more information: 410-987-4850.

 

      3.   We are accepting ads for the 2018 Russian Festival Program Booklet. Ad contract forms are available in church and the hall. Please contact Michael Mickel at 410-666-2870 or mcmickel@verizon.net 

 

      4.   Artwork needed for this year’s Festival program book cover. Past covers are found at: http://www.russfest.org/programbook.htm. Rough sketches are due August 19th. Final drawings are due    September 2ndRussian themed artwork in any form – water color, charcoal or pencil drawings – are welcomed. The winning picture will be used for the cover of the program book. The original artwork submissions will be framed and sold at the festival in support of the church. Contact Michael Mickel for info: 410-666-2870 mcmickel@verizon.net.

 

 

 

Please help us to cover the costs of our annual Russian Festival. Donations of any size are very much appreciated. May God bless you for your sincere generosity.  Please call Michael Mickel 410-666-2870 mcmickel@verizon.net or Albert Blaszak 410-799-3226 or alb42@verizon.net.

 


Russian Festival Sponsorship List – 2018

$ 50 

Rice

$ 300

Wine

$ 60 

String Beans

$ 300

Wine

$ 75 

Red Beets

$ 300 

Vodka – ½ of costs

$ 75 

Russian Candy

$ 300 

Vodka – ½ of costs

$ 100 

Cabbage

$ 350 

Russian Beer – ½ of costs 

$ 100 

Coffee Supplies

$ 350 

Russian Beer – ½ of costs

$ 150 

Eggs

$ 350 

Kolbasa – ½ of costs

$ 150 

Potatoes 

 $ 350 

Kolbasa – ½ of costs

$ 175 

Salmon  

 $ 400 

Russian Ads

$ 175 

Sour Cream

$ 400 

Newspaper Ads

$ 175 

Turkey / Ham

$ 400 

Newspaper Ads

$ 175 

Sauerkraut

$ 400 

Electronic Ads

$ 200 

Cleaning Supplies

$ 500 

Security – ½ of costs

$ 200 

Chicken – ½ of costs

$ 500 

Security – ½ of costs

$ 200 

Chicken – ½ of costs

$ 500 

Beef

$ 200 

Butter – ½ of costs

$ 600 

Bread    ½ of costs

$ 200 

Butter – ½ of costs

$ 600 

Bread – ½ of costs

$ 300 

Entertainment – ¼ of costs 

 $ 600 

Wash Balalaika Soc. – ½

$ 300 

Entertainment – ¼ of costs

$ 600 

Wash Balalaika Soc. – ½ 

 $ 300 

Entertainment – ¼ of costs

$ 800 

Tent – ¼ of costs 

$ 300 

Entertainment – ¼ of costs

$ 800 

Tent – ¼ of costs

$ 300 

Paper Goods – ½ of costs

$ 800 

Tent – ¼ of costs 

$ 300 

Paper Goods – ½ of costs

$ 800 

Tent – ¼ of costs

$ 300 

Decorations

$ 900

Icon of St. Seraphim of Uglich

$ 300 

Flour – ½ of costs

$ 1,000 

Stage – ½ of costs

$ 300 

Flour – ½ of costs

$ 1,000 

Stage – ½ of costs



 

 

 

 

Cathedraticum Offering

Our box of offering envelopes has a variety of additional envelopes for special collections.  One asks for donations for the Cathedraticum.  Please note that this offering is in addition to your pledge. The Cathedraticum is what each and every one of our Patriarchal Parishes offers in support of our diocese and our St. Nicholas Cathedral in NYC.  Every individual adult is expected to offer $50.00 to support our cathedral and bishop, as per the Operating Budget of the Patriarchal Parishes. Single pledging adult = $50; Married couple under one family pledge = $100…etc. Submit your Cathedraticum Offering to the Parish Treasurer, Albert Blaszak. Write “Cathedraticum” on the memo line of your check or in a specially marked envelope. Thank you for your commitment to our Church.

 

Submit your 2018 Pledge

The mission of our parish is to spread the Word of God, to grow, to expand, to improve and not just to preserve our traditions.  Our parish shouldn’t become stale, but pursue holiness. We strive to fulfill the mission of our parish, through prayer, work and sacrifice. Prayer – because we are called to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17); work – because we are taught to increase the talents given to us (Matt. 25: 14-30); and sacrifice – because "everyone to whom much is given, from him will much be required" (Luke 12:48).

 

Please Remember in Your Prayers…

Archpriest Vincent Saverino; Archpriest Michael Hatrak; Deacon Michael Bishop; Mat. Myra Kovalak; Mat. Klavdiya Burbelo; Kh. Frederica Mathewes-Green; Nun Elizabeth; Nun Magdalena; Mat. Natalia Kosich; Priest Gregory and Mat. Diane Winsky; Mat. Catherine Kowalchik; Marie Vass; Charles Snipes; Arthur-Stephen Lisowsky; Yelena Radchenko; Lydia Zorina; Tatiana; Katherine Plaskowitz; Philip Plaskowitz, Michael Stanka; Bernadine Borawick; Julia Aymold; Mary Johnson; Lilli Ann Hoffman; Lara Marinich; Oleg Marinich; Ioann and Galina Zernetkin; Monika-Anastasia & Stephanie Handley; Blanche-Julia Stolkovich; Ekaterina Koroleva; Nina Lewis; Maryann Black; Lyudmila, Anton & Aleksander Karnup; John Alexander Bylen; Katherine Garrett; Stephen Kaminitsky; Constantine; John-Thomas Planinshek; Kenneth Pukita; William and Ann Ferkile; Sergei Krektyshev; Irina Kononova; Petr and Lyudmila Borodkin; Anthony Bakie; Svetlana & Aleksey; Nina; Alla; Anna; Alla; Raisa, Zinaida; Joseph Germano; Pavel, Vladimir, Valentina, Nina, and Maria; Maria Pappas; Bonnie Duke; Joseph Lacomy; Diana Radchenko; Aleksey & Lidia Potapov; Oleg and Andrei; Vitaliy, Tatiana, Olena & Nicholas Berchuk; Irena and Isabella; David, Selina-Sophia, John, Maryann, David, Joseph, Lisa Ann Eichelberger; Cynthia and Bill (Basil) Popomaronis; Andrei, Marina, Valentina and Vladimir; Archpriest Cezar, Mat. Christina, Cezara–Maria, Darius, Justina, Christian; Victoria Lardiero; Donela-Maria w/child; Richard Wright; Valentina Shultieva; Shanna, Stephen, Trent-Michael, Grant-Alexander, Adalynn Lisowsky; Julie Smith.

 

Next Council Meeting: Thursday, August 30th – 7:30 PM in the Church Hall

 

Fr. John Vass, Pastor  443-527-7067

Fr. Deacon Michael Bishop:            410-563-0472

Victor Marinich, Council President:        443-512-0985

Vadim Radchenko, Vice President:    410-465-6172

Andrei Burbelo,  Recording Secretary:      443-567-6031

Albert Blaszak, Treasurer:               410-799-3226

Monika Handley, Stewardship Chair:      410-263-5758

Vacant Member-At-Large:                                      

Natallia Makarava Sisterhood President:  443-625-8470

Michael Mickel, Cemetery Manager: 410-666-2870

 

 

 

On Fasting…  St. Isaac of Syria said: The first commandment given to our nature in the beginning was the fasting from food and in this the head of our race (Adam) fell. Those who wish to attain the fear of God, therefore, should begin to build where the building was first fallen. They should begin with the commandment to fast. However, we as a society eat too much. Some of us may be enslaved to the pleasure of food; some may abuse food like others abuse alcohol; and others just don’t eat the right foods. Fasting helps us to see the proper place of food in life. Fasting helps us to become disciplined with our body and especially our thoughts. St. John Chrysostom teaches that especially during fast period we are to abstain from all evil. True fasting is to put away all evil, to control the tongue, to forbear from anger, to abstain from lust, slander, falsehood and perjury. And so, with better control over the bodily passions, we can discipline ourselves to overcome our spiritual weaknesses and become victors over sin.

 

The Three Feasts of the Savior (Spas)

In the month of August there are three holidays related to the Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior, which in church are called the “First Spas”, the “Second Spas” and the “Third Spas”. All three feasts of the Savior connect between them the days of the Dormition Fast, which lasts from August 1/14 to August 15/28 (in Russian the word for Savior is: Спаситель – Spasitel’ – from hence the term ‘Spas’).

 

 

The “First Spas” – feast of the Presentation of the Holy and Life-Giving Cross

celebrated on August 1/14.

 

The presentation took the form of a ceremonious procession, in which the Lord’s Cross was carried out on this day (August 1st by the old calendar) in Constantinople and in Russia. The feast commemorates the following two historic events: 

 

1) Holy Tradition tells us that on this day the Holy Right-Believing Prince Vladimir had Kievan Rus’ baptized.  And since St. Vladimir had the vision of a Cross to convince him to accept Orthodox Christianity, the Orthodox Church brings out the Life-Giving Cross in holy procession;  

 

2) Holy Tradition also tells us that the Greek King Manuel and the Russian Prince Andrei Bogolyubski once happened to go to war on the same day – the former against the Saracens and the latter against the pagan tribe of the Bulgars.

 

Both the Greek king and the Russian prince had the habit, whenever they went to war, of taking with them an icon of the Holy Virgin with the Infant Christ, and of carrying a cross in front of the troops. That day, August 1/14, while fighting with the Bulgars, the Russian troops saw that from the icon of the Holy Virgin there emanated fiery rays which shone over the entire army.

 

The wondrous sight filled Prince Andrei with such fervor, that with the help of God he won a complete victory over his enemies. On that same day, the Greek King Manuel saw a similar miracle from the icon of the Holy Virgin among his own troops – the emanation of the fiery rays, shining over the entire army, and on that day he, too, was victorious against the Saracens. The king and the prince informed each other about the victories they had won with the help of God, and about the miraculous emanation from the icons of the Holy Virgin and Child. In honor of this event, the first of August (14th on the new calendar) was decreed a holiday, and to commemorate the power of the Cross which had helped the Christians vanquish their pagan foes, the priests carry the Cross out of the altar and lay it in the middle of the church to be venerated by the faithful. 

 

This day also marks the beginning of the Dormition Fast, which lasts only two weeks but is just as strict as the Great Lent.

 

The feast of the First Spas – also called the “Honey-Spas” (медовый Спас) – is associated with the custom of eating freshly-gathered honey, after having it blessed in church.

 

August 6/19 the “Second Spas”

The Transfiguration of Our Lord 

 

Jesus Christ, in speaking to His disciples, often told them that He was to go to Jerusalem to receive suffering at the hands of the high priests and the teachers of the Law, that he was to be killed and to be resurrected on the third day. The apostles believed that Jesus was the long awaited Messiah, but they were deeply distressed at the thought of His suffering and could not bear to hear that He, the Son of God and the Messiah, would be degraded, would suffer, and would die. The disciples still had earthly hopes about the glory of the Savior. They hoped that Jesus would free Judea from the Roman Empire's rule and would restore the Kingdom of Israel. 

 

To strengthen their faith for the time when they would see Him suffering and to take their minds off earthly thoughts, Jesus Christ showed His disciples His Divine glory. Not long before His suffering, Jesus took three of His disciples - Peter, James, and John - and led them up a high mountain, Tabor, to pray. Walking a little distance from them, He began to pray while the exhausted disciples fell asleep. When they awoke, they saw their Teacher transfigured: His face shone like the sun, and His clothing was white as snow and glittering like light. And standing with Jesus were two prophets - Moses and Elijah - who appeared in their heavenly glory to talk with Jesus about how He would soon fulfill God's purpose by suffering and dying in Jerusalem. 

 

"When they awakened, they saw His glory and the two men who stood with Him. And it came to pass as they departed from Him, Peter said unto Jesus, 'Master, it is good for us to be here; and let us make three tabernacles: one for Thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah' - not knowing what he was saying" (Luke 9:32-33). "While he yet spoke, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them. And behold, a voice out of the cloud, said, 'This is My Beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased. Hear ye Him!' And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were sore afraid. And Jesus came and touched them and said, 'Arise, and be not afraid.' And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, except Jesus only. And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, 'Tell the vision to no man until the Son of Man be risen again from the dead' (Matt. 17:5-9). 

 

The disciples fell to the ground in fear. Jesus came near them, touched them and said: "Arise, do not be afraid." The disciples arose and saw Jesus as He always was. Through His glorious Transfiguration the Lord also showed us how mankind will appear in future life, in the Heavenly Kingdom, and how our entire world will then be transfigured. When they were descending from the mountain, Jesus commanded them not to speak of what they had seen until He had arisen from the dead. After such proof of His Divine glory, the apostles' faith in Christ as the Son of God could no longer be swayed. 

 

The feast of the Second Spas – also called the “Apple-Spas” (яблочный Спас) is associated with the custom of blessing apples, grapes and other fruits in church.

 

It is a pious Orthodox custom to offer fruits to be blessed at this feast; and this offering of thanksgiving to God contains a spiritual sign, too. Just as fruits ripen and are transformed under the action of the summer sun, so is man called to a spiritual transfiguration through the light of God’s word by means of the Sacraments. Some saints, (for example - Saint Seraphim of Sarov), under the action of this life-giving grace, have shone bodily before men even in life with this same uncreated Light of God’s glory; and that is another sign to us of the heights to which we, as Christians, are called and the state that awaits us - to be transformed in the image of Him Who was transfigured on Mount Tabor.

Troparion – Tone 7:   Thou wast Transfigured on the Mount, O Christ God, / Revealing Thy glory to Thy disciples as far as they could bear it. / Let Thy everlasting Light shine upon us sinners! / Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Giver of Light, glory to Thee!

 

Kontakion – Tone 7:  On the Mountain Thou wast Transfigured, O Christ God, / And Thy disciples beheld Thy glory as far as they could see it; / So that when they would behold Thee crucified, / They would understand that Thy suffering was voluntary, / And would proclaim to the world, / That Thou art truly the Radiance of the Father!

 

The “Third Spas” is the commemoration of the Image of our 

Lord Not-made-by-hands, celebrated on August 16/29

 

This image of Christ appeared under the following circumstances: during Christ’s life on earth, there lived in the Syrian city of Edessa a certain Prince Abgar. He suffered from an incurable illness - leprosy, so that his entire body was covered with terrible sores, while internally he suffered from complete paralysis. Rumors of Jesus and His great miracles reached Abgar, who became filled with a fervent desire to see Christ and be healed by Him. However, being unable to travel to Judea himself, he wrote a moving letter to Jesus Christ, in which he wrote the following:

 

“Rumors have reached me about You and Your glorious miracles, how You heal illness without medicine or treatment, - You make the blind see, the lame walk, You expel demons, cleanse lepers, heal paralytics with a single word and resurrect the dead. Hearing about You, that You perform such wondrous miracles, I came to the following two conclusions about You: You are either God Who has descended from heaven, or You are the Son of God. For this reason I humbly appeal to You, to make the effort to come to me and heal my incurable illness from which I have suffered for so many years. I have also heard that the Jews hate You and wish to harm You. I, however, have under my rule a city, though small, but beautiful and having everything in abundance; come to me then, and live with me in my city, in which both of us will find all that we need.”

 

Together with this missive, Abgar at the same time sent a talented artist to the Palestine, commissioning him to paint the face of Christ on an icon. So great was Abgar’ love for Christ, which was inspired by his faith in Him, that he wished at least to see His image. By God’s will the painter, despite his best efforts, was unable to depict the face of Christ, but Jesus Himself washed His face in water and dried it with a cloth, leaving a miraculous imprint of the Divine face on this cloth.

 

Then the Lord sent this image to Abgar together with His reply, which was as follows: “Blessed are you, Abgar, not having seen Me and yet having faith in Me, for you shall inherit life eternal! You write for Me to come to you, but I must accomplish that for which I have been sent, and then I must return to My Father Who had sent Me. And when I will ascend to Him, I will send you one of My disciples, who will completely cure you of your illness.”

 

This took place after Christ’s ascension, when the Apostle Thaddeus came to Edessa and baptized Abgar, who came out of the baptismal font completely renewed, both in body and soul. Having become cured of leprosy, Abgar wrote on the Image Not-made-by-hands: “O Christ, our God, whoever has faith in Thee shall not be put to shame,” decorated it and placed it over the city gates. In 944, when the Turks attacked the city, this miraculous image of the Savior, together with the letter which He had written to Abgar, were transported from Edessa to Constantinople. This event is commemorated as the Translation of the Savior and is celebrated on August 29th.

 

In Russian folklore the “Third Spas” is also called “The Savior on linen”: first of all, because of the linen cloth on which the image of Jesus Christ was imprinted, and secondly, because it was the village custom to associate this holiday with the sale of linens and canvases.  In folklore this feast is also called the “Walnut-Spas” (ореховый Спас), because in Russia, usually walnuts ripen at this time.

 

O Most Holy Trinity, Our God, Glory to Thee!