July 22, 2014 – Rachael “Timmie” Sloan, Memory Eternal
Brethren in Christ,
It is with sadness in our heart that we announce the repose in the Lord of our dear sister in Christ, Timmie Sloan, of St. Barnabas Church in Lexington, SC. Timmie had a heart attack at approximately 6:30 PM Monday evening, July 21 and passed into the next life. She was a charter member of St. Barnabas Church, was our longtime choir director, and until recently, secretary of the Parish Council. She was greatly loved and will be sorely missed. May our God receive her into His heavenly kingdom, and number her with the righteous. May her memory be eternal!
Because she is being buried at the National Cemetery at Ft. Jackson, the funeral had to be delayed until next week. The arrangements are as follows:
Sunday, July 27
4:00 – 6:00PM Visitation at Dunbar Funeral Home
3926 Devine Street, Columbia, SC 29205
Monday, July 28
11:30 AM – Funeral Service, St. Barnabas Orthodox Church,
1641 Jessamine Road, Lexington, SC 29073
2:00 PM – Committal Service,
National Cemetery, Ft. Jackson,Columbia, SC
Because of the funeral activities, there will be no Divine Liturgy at St. Catherine Church in Aiken on Sunday, July 27. All of the St. Catherine’s folks are invited to attend Divine Liturgy at St. Barnabas Church on Sunday, July 7 at 10:00 AM.
We will have our usual activities at both churches this week:
On Wednesday, July 23, we will have Vespers at St. Barnabas at 6:45 PM. We will do a Trisagion Service for Timmie following Vespers, then have our study session.
On Thursday, July 24, we will have our Bible Study for St. Catherine’s at the Rogers’ home at 6:30 PM. We are working on Revelation chapter 11.
On Saturday, July 26, I will still be doing my office hours at St. Barnabas beginning at 11:00 AM. Please feel free to call or email me to make an appointment to meet during that time. At 5:00 PM, we will have an Akathist Service at St. Barnabas.
Please keep the Sloan family and our brethren at St. Barnabas Church in your prayers.
Love in Christ,
Fr. Gregory Rogers
July 16, 2014 – Vespers cancelled
Vespers for this evening, July 16, have been cancelled. This Sunday, July 20, there will be no service at St. St Barnabas Orthodox Church. We will have a joint service with St. Catherine Orthodox Church in Aiken. Their address is 1470 Edgefield Hwy Aiken, SC 29801. Please join us there.
July 9, 2014 – Schedule Change
Vespers for this evening, July 9, have been cancelled. We will resume our normal schedule of services this Sunday, Matins at 9:00am and Divine Liturgy at 10:00am.
July 5, 2014 – 4th Sunday after Pentecost & 4th Sunday of Matthew.
“Today is salvation come into the world. Let us sing praises to Him who arose from the grave, the Author of our life; for having by Death destroyed death, He hath given us victory and Great Mercy”. (Troparion from Orthros).
Tomorrow, Sunday, July 6, is the 4th Sunday after Pentecost & 4th Sunday of Matthew. Orthros/Matins begins at 9:00 AM. The Divine Liturgy begins at 10:00 AM, followed by coffee hour and fellowship. As always, ALL are welcome and invited to worship with us!
July 1, 2014 – Service Schedule Change
We will not have Vespers or a Study Session on Wednesday, July 2, 2014. Our normal Wednesday Evening Schedule will resume next week.
Service Schedule Change for July 2, 2014
There will be no Wednesday night Vespers at St. Barnabas on July 2rd. The next service at St. Barnabas will be Sunday, July 6th. Matins will begin at 9am and Divine Liturgy at 10am; with coffee hour to follow. All services are in English.
June 29, 2014 – Feast of the Holy, Glorious Apostles Peter and Paul
Tomorrow, Sunday June 29, is The Feast of the Holy, Glorious Apostles Peter and Paul. Orthros/Matins will begin at 9:00AM, followed by The Divine Liturgy at 10:00AM. After the Liturgy, we will have a covered dish lunch to celebrate this feast and also the belated feast of our Patron Saint, Barnabas! All are welcome to worship God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit with us and to enjoy the feast! To learn more about this feast day, click the link below:
Vesperal Divine Liturgy – Tuesday, June 24
Tomorrow evening, Tuesday, June 24th, at 6:45 PM, we will celebrate a Vesperal Divine Liturgy for the Nativity of the Forerunner St. John the Baptist. YOU are invited to come worship God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit with us! We will not have a service on Wednesday, June 25.
O Prophet and Forerunner of the coming of Christ, we honour thee lovingly but cannot extol thee worthily; for by thy birth thy mother’s barrenness and thy father ‘s dumbness were unloosed; and the Incarnation of the Son of God is proclaimed to the world.
–Troparion, Tone 4
June 13, 2014 -Schedule change for Sunday, June 15, 2014
This Sunday we will have a Typica Service starting at 10am.
June 15 is the Sunday of All Saints. This commemoration began as the Sunday (Synaxis) of All Martyrs; to them were added all the ranks of Saints who bore witness (the meaning of “Martyr” in Greek) to Christ in manifold ways, even if occasion did not require the shedding of their blood.
This Sunday marks the close of the Paschal season. To the normal Sunday services are added special scriptural readings and hymns to all the saints (known and unknown) from the Pentecostarion.
The feast of All Saints achieved great prominence in the ninth century, in the reign of the Byzantine Emperor, Leo VI “the Wise” (886–911). His wife, Empress Theophano — commemorated on 16 December — lived a devout life. After her death in 893, her husband built a church, intending to dedicate it to her. When he was forbidden to do so, he decided to dedicate it to “All Saints”, so that if his wife were in fact one of the righteous, she would also be honored whenever the feast was celebrated. According to tradition, it was Leo who expanded the feast from a commemoration of All Martyrs to a general commemoration of All Saints, whether martyrs or not.
Happy Father’s Day
June 10, 2014 – St. Barnabas Day
Tomorrow, June 11 at 6:45pm, we will celebrate the feast day for our patron Saint, the Apostle, St. Barnabas, with a Vesperal Divine Liturgy. The holy, glorious and all-laudable Apostle Barnabas was one of the Seventy Apostles and the companion of the Apostle Paul on some of his missionary voyages. He is referenced in Acts and in two of St. Paul’s epistles, Galatians and I Corinthians.
Barnabas was born to a wealthy family in the tribe of Levi. Later becoming one of the Seventy Apostles, he studied with Saul (later St. Paul) under Gamaliel. From birth his given name was Joseph, but the Apostles called him Barnabas (“son of consolation”) because he was gifted at comforting people’s souls. It was St. Barnabas who introduced Paul to the other apostles after his conversion. St. Barnabas was likely the first to preach in Rome and Milan. He was martyred by the Jews on the island of Cyprus and was buried by St. Mark. Many receive healing at his grave, which place was unknown for hundreds of years until the Council of Chalcedon in 451 when he appeared to Archbishop Anthemius in a dream and revealed its location. This appearance and the finding of St. Barnabas’ miraculous relics is what kept the Patriarch of Antioch from absorbing Cyprus into its jurisdiction and thus this Apostolic Church of Cyprus has since been independent.