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

3rd Sunday after Pentecost

Tone 2

 

June 4/17, 2018

 

Holy Hierarch Metrophanes, first Patriarch of Constantinople (325); Venerable Methodius, abbot of Peshnosha (1392), disciple of St. Sergius of Radonezh; Martyrs Frontasius, Severinus, Severian, and Silanus of Gaul (1st c.); Martyr Concordius of Spoleto (175); Hieromartyr Astius, Bishop of Dyrrachium in Macedonia (110); Venerable Zosimas of Cilicia, Bishop of New Babylon (Egypt) (6th c.); Hieromartyr George, priest (1941) (Serbian); Hieromartyr Ioannikius, Metropolitan of Chernogorsk-Primorsk (1945) (Serbian); Celebration in Vologda of the venerable fathers of Vologda; Synaxis of Saints of Novgorod; Synaxis of Saints of Belorussia; Synaxis of Saints of Pskov; Synaxis of Saints of St. Petersburg.

 

Today’s Scriptural Readings:     

Romans 5: 1-10   /  Matthew 6: 22-33

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

 

 

 

This  Week’s  Liturgical  Calendar

Apostles’ Fast – No meat or dairy through July 11

Saturday, June 23rd

No Services Scheduled

Sunday, June 24th – 10:00 AM

Private Confessions start at 9:15 AM

Divine Liturgy in Church

 

 

 

Please Join us for Coffee Hour – Today after Services

Today’s sponsors:  Natasha Burbelo and family

 

 

 

Happy Father’s Day

All of us at Holy Trinity warmly wish the fathers, grandfathers and godfathers of our parish a very happy and blessed Father’s Day. We are grateful for their love they give us and for the many sacrifices they make for us. And their devotion to our parish helps to maintain a strong foundation for future generations of faithful Orthodox Christians. May God bless them abundantly.

 

Memory Eternal – Вечная Память !

May our Lord grant rest eternal to our departed Pastors, Grandfathers, Fathers, Uncles and Godfathers, who have departed in faith and hope in the Resurrection. May their memory be eternal.

 

God Grant Them Many Years

To all the members of our Brotherhood, our Grandfathers, Fathers, Fathers-to-be, Godfathers and Uncles of our parish, may God bless you with health, peace, love and grant you all Many Years !    

 

 

 

Phase II of Restorations – Summer 2018

The scaffolding has been installed throughout the interior of the church. A large “dancefloor” has been placed at the top of the scaffolding for work on the ceiling. Throughout June and July, the plaster in many areas on the ceiling and the walls will be repaired and prepared for painting. All other areas will be scraped, skimmed and primed. Afterwards the final coat of paint will be applied. Then, by early August new icons will be installed on the ceiling and a new border design will be placed throughout the church. 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.

 

Parish Picnics at ‘Cathedral Gardens’ / Ray Zaitin Pavilion

On the following days, 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, July 15 – Liturgy at the Chapel (10:00 AM) and Mid-Summer Picnic. Menu: Traditional BBQ Kolbasa, hamburgers, hot dogs and picnic fare. We need donations of salads, side dishes and homemade desserts. To help contact Albert Blaszak 410-799-3226 alb42@verizon.net or Vadim Radchenko 410-465-6172 vradchenko@comcast.net

 

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… 

 


Restoration of our Church – A Historic Project ! – Please Help

We ask for your support and generosity! With your help these significant projects will prepare our church for the Centennial Commemoration in 2019! To donate visit our website: www.holytrinityorthodox.com or please contact any Parish Council member. Their information is listed on the last page of this bulletin. 

 

Looking for a simple way to contribute to the church restoration? When you use gift cards to pay for your purchases and gift giving, you automatically contribute to our church restoration! You raise money by paying for your shopping with gift cards you purchase from our church! 

 

Go online to https://shop.shopwithscrip.com to create an account. Use 6F2BLEB157615 as an enrollment code for Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church.

 

Once the account is created, you can order any electronic cards from the list.  To avoid card mailing fees, recommend purchasing electronic cards:

 

1. Click on Shop

2. Do a search for the retailer you wish to purchase from

3. Select ScriptNow eCard (if available)

4. Enter dollar amount, add to Cart, and then Checkout.

5. Send an email to Vadim Radchenko (vradchenko@comcast.net) or text (443-668-0648) and he will approve.  

6. You will receive a ScriptNow Confirmation email and follow the instructions.  You can also go back into Scripts, click on Dashboard, click on View ScriptNow, view your order, and print it.  

7. Provide a check to Vadim made out to HTROC.

 

Amazon Smile  &  Popular Gift Cards

Every time you shop on Amazon go to https://smile.amazon.com/ log in as you usually do, select our church – Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church (Baltimore, MD) – as your targeted charity, and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase (every purchase) to our church. 

 

Water Park Trip – For ages 6 - 99

Again this summer we will conduct a Sunday School trip to Guppy Gulch http://guppygulchcamp.com a water park north of Bel Air on Saturday, July 21st from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Everyone in the parish is invited. Please make your reservations ($22 per person) by July 8th. Contact Olga Hansen bryolg@verizon.net 410-967-6738.

 

Cleaning Group – Group #4 /  Join a Group – Help your brothers and sisters

Group #4 will clean this week June 18-23: Anna-Zumrat Shkurba (captain), Dmitriy Shkurba, Margarita Vinogradova, Olga Mychko, and Tatiana Kalish. This group needs more members. Any volunteers??

 

Brotherhood Crab Fest – Friday, July 13th – 6:30 PM

The St. Alexander Nevsky Brotherhood will sponsor a Crab Fest on Friday, July 13th 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. 

 

Birthday / Anniversary Celebrations:  June 17-23

We offer our best wishes and birthday congratulations to Brian-Seraphim Cardell (6/18), Rachel Pastor (6/19) and Katherine-Gianna Pizza (6/23). May God bless them with health, prosperity and many years. To include your birthday /anniversary in the bulletin call Fr. John.


Vigil Candles: On the Altar and near St. Barbara

June 17-23: Candles offered by the Griffith Family for the repose of the soul of the servant of God: +Matushka Tatiana.  A $15 donation will keep all three candles lit for one week. Schedule with Vadim Radchenko 410-465-6172.  

 

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; Thomas Oldewurtel; Shanna, Stephen, Trent-Michael, Grant-Alexander, Adalynn Lisowsky; Julie Smith.

 

Next Council Meeting: Thursday, June 28th – 7:00 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

 

 

Romans 5:1-10

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

 

Matthew 6:22-33

The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness! No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore, I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

 

Commentary from the Orthodox Study Bible

6: 22, 23  Jesus refers to things within the reach of the senses so that we might more easily grasp His teaching. We all understand the value of light in our lives. As the eye is the lamp of the body, so the mind (Greek: nous) is the spiritual eye of the soul: it illuminates the whole inner man. Keeping our spiritual eyes good, that is, wholesome and pure is fundamental to a Christian life.

 

6:24         As slaves serving two masters, people attempt to maintain an attachment both to earthly and to heavenly things. But this is impossible, for both demand full allegiance. Jesus calls mammon a master, not because it is by nature evil, but because of the absolute and wretched servility it exacts.

 

6:25-27    Severe anxiety, not thoughtful planning and care, is what is warned against here. Physical growth and length of life is dependent upon the providence of God more than upon food, drink and clothing. Persistent anxiety over the things of this world demonstrates internal insecurity and a weak or superficial faith.

 

6:32         The pagan worship of the Gentiles did not deliver them from their earthly cares, because it was focused upon nonexistent gods, that is, idols.

 

6:33         The kingdom of God is the central theme of the teaching of Jesus, and His righteousness is the subject of the Sermon on the Mount. Calling us to be set free from anxiety about earthly things, Jesus directs us to look to heaven, to this greater “country” which will be received at the Day of the Lord, secure in the faith that God will provide needed earthly blessings.

 

St. Theophan the Recluse:  Thoughts for Each Day of the Year 

Third Sunday After Pentecost. [Rom. 5:1-10; Matt. 6:22-33]  If therefore thine eye be pure thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. Here the mind is called the eye, and the entire composition of the soul is called the body. Thus, when the mind is simple then it is light in the soul; when the mind is evil, then it is dark in the soul. What are a simple mind and an evil mind? A simple mind is one which accepts the word of God as is written, and is convinced beyond a doubt that all is indeed as is written. It has no deceit, no wavering, or hesitation. An evil mind is one which approaches the word of God with slyness, artful disputing, and questioning. It cannot directly believe, but subjects the word of God to its sophistry. It approaches the word not as a disciple, but as a judge and critic, to test something stated there, and then either scoffs at it, or says in a haughty manner, “Yes, not bad.” Such a mind has no firm tenets, because it clearly does not believe the word of God, and its own rationale is always unstable—today one way, tomorrow another. It has only wavering, confusion, questions without answers; everything is out of place with it, and it walks in the dark, fumbling its way. A simple mind sees everything clearly: everything in it has a definite character, determined by the word of God. That is why everything in it has its place, and it knows exactly how to behave with relation to things—it walks along open, visible roads, with complete assurance that they lead to the true goal. 

 

 

Concerning Peace and Grace

Holy Venerable Silouan of Mt. Athos (+1938)

 

All men want peace; but they do not know how to attain it.

 

Paissy the Great, having lost his temper, begged the Lord to deliver him from irritability. The Lord appeared to him and said, ‘Paissy, if thou dost not wish to get angry, desire nothing, neither criticize nor hate any man, and thou wilt have not anger.’ 

 

Thus everyone who renounces his own will before God and other people will always be at peace in his soul; but the man who likes to have his own way will never know peace.

 

The soul that has surrendered herself to the will of God bears every affliction and every ill with ease, because in times of sickness she prays and contemplates God saying: ‘O Lord, Thou seest my sickness; Thou knowest how weak and sinful I am. Help me to endure my sufferings and to thank Thee for Thy goodness.’ And the Lord relieves her pain, and the soul feels God’s help and is glad in the sight of God, and gives thanks.

 

If some misfortune befalls you, reflect in this wise: ‘The Lord sees my heart, and if this is His will all will be well, both for me and for others.’

And thus your soul will always be at peace. But if a man murmur against his fate he will never have peace in his soul, even though he fast and spend much time in prayer.

 

The Apostles were deeply attached to the will of God. In this manner is peace preserved. All the great Saints likewise bore with every affliction, submitting themselves to the will of God.

 

The Lord Loves us, and therefore we need have no fear save of sin; for through sin we lose grace, and without God’s grace the enemy will harass the soul as the wind harasses smoke or a dry leaf…

 

The Soul’s Yearning For God 

Holy Venerable Silouan of Mt. Athos (+1938)

 

We live a long time on this earth and we love the beauty of the earth: the sky and the sun, gardens, sea and river, forest and meadow, music too, and all the beauties of the world. But when the soul comes to know our Lord Jesus Christ she has no further desire for the things of the earth.

            

            Wondrous are the works of the Lord: out of the dust of the ground He created man, and gave this creature of dust to know Him in the Holy Spirit, so that man says, ‘My Lord and my God’; and these words he utters from the fullness of faith and love.

 

What more could the soul seek on earth?  Here is a great miracle: the soul on a sudden knows her Creator and His love.

 

When the soul sees the Lord, how meek and humble He is then she herself is thoroughly humbled, and desires nothing so much as the humility of Christ. And however, long the soul may live on earth, she will always desire and seek this humility which passes comprehension, which she cannot forget…

 

It is given to our Orthodox Church through the Holy Spirit to understand the mysteries of God, and she is strong in the holiness of her thought and in her patience.

 

The Orthodox soul is taught by grace to hold fast to the Lord and His most holy Mother, and our spirit rejoices in the contemplation of God Whom we know.

 

But we can only know God by the Holy Spirit, and the proud man who aspires to know the Creator with his intelligence is blind and stupid.

 

With our minds we cannot come to know even how the sun was made; and if we beg God to tell us how He made the sun the answer rings clear in our soul: ‘Humble thyself and thou shalt know not only the sun but the Creator of the sun.

 

But when the soul comes to know the Lord for very joy she forgets the sun and every created thing, and abandons all anxiety for earthly knowledge. 

Wisdom from Mount Athos: The Writings of Staretz Silouan – St Vladimir’s Seminary Press 1974.

 

 

Holy Hierarch Cyril, Archbishop of Alexandria

June 9/22

Holy Hierarch Cyril, Archbishop of Alexandria, a distinguished champion of Orthodoxy and a great teacher of the Church, came from an illustrious and pious Christian family. He studied the secular sciences, among which number also was philosophy, but most of all he strove to acquire knowledge of the Holy Scriptures and the truths of the Christian faith. In his youth Saint Cyril entered the skete-monastery of Saint Makarios in the Nitreia hills, where he stayed for six years. The Patriarch of Alexandria Theophilos (385-412) ordained him to the dignity of deacon, numbered him among the clergy and, seeing his giftedness, entrusted him to preach.

Upon the death of Patriarch Theophilos, Saint Cyril was unanimously chosen to the patriarchal throne of the Alexandrian Church. He headed the struggle against the spread in Alexandria of the Novatian heresy, which taught that a Christian, having fallen away from the Church during time of persecution, is not able to be received back by it again.

 

 

Saint Cyril, seeing the futility of admonishing the heretics, sought their expulsion from Alexandria. The Jews appeared a greater danger for the Church, repeatedly making riots, accompanied by the brutal killing of Christians. The saint long contended with them. And to end with the remaining paganism, the saint cast out devils from an ancient pagan temple and built on the place a church. Into it were transferred the relics of the holy Unmercenaries Cyrus and John. Still more difficult a struggle awaited the saint with the emergence of the Nestorian heresy.

 

Nestorius, a presbyter of the Antioch Church, was chosen in 428 to the Constantinople cathedra and therein got the chance to widely spread about his heretical teaching, directed against the dogma about the uncommingled union of two natures in the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ. Nestorius called the Mother of God not the Bogoroditsa (Theotokos or "Birth-giver of God"), but rather Khristoroditsa (Christotokos or "Birth‑giver of Christ"), implying that she gave birth not to God, but only to the man Christ. The holy Patriarch Cyril repeatedly wrote to Nestorius and pointed out his error, but Nestorius continued to persevere in it. Then the saint sent out epistles against Nestorianism to the clergy of the Constantinople Church and to the holy noble born emperor Theodosius the Younger (408-450) – two treatises with a denunciation of the heresy. Saint Cyril wrote also to other Churches – to Pope Celestine and to the other Patriarchs, and even to monks of several monasteries, warning about the emergence of a dangerous heresy.

 

Nestorius started an open persecution against the Orthodox. In his presence one of his partisans, bishop Dorotheos, pronounced from the church cathedra an anathema for anyone who would call the Most Holy Virgin Mary the Bogoroditsa (Theotokos).

 

Nestorius hated Saint Cyril and brought out against him every kind of slander and fabrication, calling him an heretic. The saint with all his powers continued to defend Orthodoxy. The situation became so aggravated, that it became necessary to convene an OEcumenical Council, which opened in the year 431 in the city of Ephesus. At the Council arrived 200 bishops from all the Christian Churches. Nestorius, awaiting the arrival of the bishop of Antioch John and other Syrian bishops, did not agree to the opening of the Council. But the fathers of the Council began the sessions. The Alexandrian Patriarch Saint Cyril presided. Having examined the teaching of Nestorius, the Council condemned him as an heretic. Nestorius did not submit to the Council, and the arriving bishop John opened a "robber council", which decreed Saint Cyril an heretic. The unrest increased. By order of the emperor, Patriarch Cyril of Alexandria and Archbishop Memnon of Ephesus were locked in prison. And in this measure, Nestorius also was deposed.

 

Soon Saints Cyril and Memnon were freed, and the sessions of the Council continued. Nestorius, not submitting himself to the determinations of the Council, was deprived of priestly rank and by order of the emperor sent to the faraway place Sasim in the Libean wilderness, where he died in grievous torments: his tongue, having blasphemed the Mother of God, was overtaken by punishment – in it there developed worms. Even Bishop John of Antioch and the remaining Syrian bishops signed the decretals of the Ephesus Council.

 

Saint Cyril guided the Alexandrian Church for 32 years: towards the end of his abundant activity the flock was cleansed of heretics. Gently and cautiously Saint Cyril approached towards anyone, who by their own simpleness and lack of knowledge fell into false wisdom. To a certain elder, an ascetic of profound life, – who incorrectly considered the Old Testament Righteous High Priest Melchizedek to be the Son of God, – Saint Cyril turned with a request to pray to the Lord so that He should reveal, correctly how to consider that righteous one. After three days the elder came to Saint Cyril and said, that the Lord revealed to him, that Melchizedek was high-priest and a mere man.

 

Saint Cyril learned to overcome his prejudice against the memory of the great Holy Hierarch John Chrysostom (Zlatoust') (+ 407, Comm. 13 November). The Patriarch of Alexandria Theophilos, by birth an uncle of the saint, was an antagonist of Sainted John, and presided in a council in judgement of him. Saint Cyril from his youthful years found himself thus in a circle antagonistic to John Chrysostom and involuntarily acquired prejudice against him. The Monk Isidoros Pelusiotes (+ c. 436-440, Comm. 4 February) repeatedly wrote to Saint Cyril and urged him to include the name of the great father of the Church into the diptych-list of the saints, but Saint Cyril would not agree. But once in a dream he saw a wondrous temple, in which was present the Mother of God surrounded by an host of Angels and saints, in which number stood also Saint John Chrysostom. When Saint Cyril wanted to approach the Most Holy Lady and offer to Her veneration, Saint John Chrysostom would not let him. The Mother of God asked Saint John to forgive Saint Cyril, for having sinned against him through ignorance. Seeing that Saint John hesitated, the Mother of God said: "Forgive him for Me, since he hath labored much for My honor, and hath glorified Me among the people calling Me the Mother of God, the Theotokos Bogoroditsa". Saint John answered: "By Thy intercession, Lady, I do forgive him", – and then with love he hugged and embraced Saint Cyril.

 

Saint Cyril repented himself that he had maintained anger against the great saint of God. Having convened all the Egyptian bishops, he made a solemn festal celebration in honour of Sainted John Chrysostom. 

 

Saint Cyril died in the year 444, leaving behind many works. In particular ought to be mentioned: Commentaries – On the Gospel of Luke, On the Gospel of John, On the Epistles of the Apostle Paul to the Corinthians and to the Hebrews; also an Apologia in Defence of Christianity against the Emperor Julian the Apostate (361-363). Of vast significance are: Five Books against Nestorius; a work About the Most Holy Trinity; – under the title "Thesaurus", written against Arius and Eunomios; also, two dogmatic compositions About the Most Holy Trinity, – distinguished by a precise exposition of the Orthodox teaching about the Procession of the Holy Spirit. Saint Cyril wrote a composition – Against Anthropomorphism, for several Egyptians, who through ignorance depicted God in human form. Amidst a number of works by Saint Cyril are also the "Discussions", among which is the moving and edifying "Discourse on the Exodus of the Soul", inserted in the Slavonic "Following Psalter". © 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.

 

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