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Wisdom from the Desert: Life Lessons for Today from the Holy Harlots and Desert Fathers - 11/04/17
November 4, 2017: Priest David Mezynski hosted an advent retreat entitled "Wisdom from the Desert: Life Lessons for Today from the Holy Harlots and Desert Fathers." So many great discussions that he didn't get through all that he had planned, so Father David will be back for Part 2!
Fr. David serves as the Associate Dean of Students at St. Vladimir's Seminary.
Great Blessing of the Waters 2017 - 01/22/17
The Greater Philadelphia Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood celebrated the Great Blessing of the Waters at the Schuylkill River on Boathouse Row on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017.
Operation Christmas Child 2016 - 11/15/16
On Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, our Church School packed shoe boxes for this year's Operation Christmas Child. They packed 88 boxes, almost twice as many as last year! Thank you to all the parents & teachers who helped our kids do such great work!
Great and Holy Pascha 2016 - 05/01/16
On Sunday, May 1, our parish celebrated the Feast of Feasts, Great and Holy Pascha, the Resurrection of Our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ. This year, we were blessed to welcome our diocesan bishop, His Eminence, Archbishop MARK. His Eminence led a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy following the Paschal Nocturns and Matins. After Divine Liturgy, His Eminence blessed the Paschal Baskets followed immeadiately by the Agape Meal.
This is the day which the Lord has made. Let us rejoice, and be glad in it!
Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!
Khristos Voskrese! Voisitinu Voskrese!
Christos Anesti! Alithos Anesti!
Christmas Caroling at the Birches 2015 - 12/20/15
On Sunday, December 20, faithful of St. Mark's gathered at The Birches nursing home in Newtown to sings Christmas carols for the residents.
Operation Christmas Child 2015 - 11/22/15
On Sunday, November 22, the Church School folded and packaged shoe boxes for this year's Operation Christmas Child. We packaged 41 boxes this year from our last year record of 30.
Thank you to the teachers and children of the Church School who worked on the project and to those in the parish who supported it.
Sunday of the Good Samaritan - 11/15/15
On Sunday, November 15, the Sunday of the Good Samaritan, we welcomed Tony Pantazopoulos of IOCC who shared with us the work of IOCC throughout the world, especially in aiding the staggering number of refugees in and from Syria. IOCC is a pan Orthodox effort supported by all Orthodox jurisdictions in North America and is a highly regarded non profit which spends little on administration and is gifted in multiplying the sacrificial seeds sown by donors. We are delighted to have welcome Tony here.
Church School Pancake Fundraiser for Operation Christmas Child - 11/08/15
On Sunday, November 8, 2015, the Church School held a Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser. The proceeds will help this year's Operation Christmas Child charity project.
"Engaging the Culture" with Abbot Tryphon - 10/22/15
On Thursday, October 22, a flock of faithful gathered here at St. Mark's to see Abbot Tryphon of the All-Merciful Savior Russian Orthodox Monastery in Vashon Island, WA to lecture on "Engaging the Culture", a lecture on Orthodox living.
"The Arrow Prayer" (blog post about Fr. Tryphon's visit to us).
The Morning Offering Podcast: http://www.ancientfaith.com/podcasts/morningoffering
The Morning Offering Blog: https://blogs.ancientfaith.com/morningoffering
Exaltation of the Cross 2015 - 09/14/15
On September 13-14, faithful of St. Mark's celebrated the great feast of the Exalation of the Holy Most Precious Cross.
Blessing of the New Church School Year 2015 - 09/13/15
On Sunday, September 13, 2015, our children and teachers of St. Mark's Church School gathered for blessing of their new year.
Marriage of Max Kaplan and Marina Moser - 09/06/15
On Sunday, September 6, 2015, Max Kaplan and Marina Moser were joined in Holy Matrimony here at St. Mark's. Following the service, the reception was held at the Northampton Valley Country Club.
May God grant Max and Marina and their familes many years!
Fathers Day 2015 - 06/21/15
On Sunday, June 21, our parish celebrated Fathers Day by recognizing all our living and departed fathers, grandfathers, and godfathers. It was the Ravetto family's last Sunday here at St. Mark's as they're preparing to start a new adventure in Germany. They will be missed.
May God grant the Ravetto family, our fathers, grandfathers, and godfathers many years!
Grant rest eternal in blessed repose O Lord, unto thy departed fathers, grandfathers, and godfathers who have fallen asleep, and make their memory to be eternal!
Archpastoral Visit of His Eminence, Archbishop MARK 2015 - 06/14/15
On June 13-14, His Eminence, Archbishop MARK made his annual archpastoral visit to our parish. On Saturday, His Emenince met with all parish groups: Parish Council, Sistherhood, Choir, and Church School. On Sunday, His Eminence led the service of Divine Liturgy. Following Divine Liturgy, couples celebrating 10 to 15 years of marriage were given blessings from His Eminence, and the Ravetto family received the Gramota in recognition for service to the parish.
May God grant all of them many blessed years!
Church Movie Nights - June 2015 - 06/13/15
On Saturday, June 13, following Great Vespers, childern, teachers, and parents of the Church School met at the rectory for our monthly Church School Movie Night. His Eminence, Archbishop MARK met with the Church School before the movie and pizza started.
On Sunday, June 14, Teens of the Church School had an impromptu movie night at the Regal UA Artists Movie Theater in Oxford Valley Mall to see new movie, Jurassic World in 3D.
Mothers' Day at St. Mark's 2015 - 05/10/15
On Sunday, May 10, St. Mark's celebrated Mothers' Day. May God grant all mothers, grandmothers, and godmothers many years! Grant rest eternal in blessed repose O Lord, unto the thy servants, the departed mothers, grandmothers, and godmothers, and make their memory to be eternal!
Baptism of Anna Crosby - 05/03/15
On Sunday, May 3, Anna Crosby, infant daughter of Dustin and Gillian Crosby, was baptized into the Holy Orthodox Church. Christopher and Jennifer Seremenak are the godparents.
Parish Work Day - Spring 2015 - 04/25/15
On Saturday, April 25, parishoners of St. Mark's volunteered for the spring parish work day where we clean up the mess on the property from winter. Thank you to all who helped.
Bright Monday 2015 - 04/13/15
On Monday, April 13, parishoners of St. Mark's celebrated Bright Monday with the Divine Liturgy and Procession with the 4 Gospels. Following Divine Liturgy, parishoners traveled to the Corner Bakery Cafe in Newtown for brunch. After brunch, Church School made a field trip to the Philadelphia Zoo.
Great and Holy Pascha 2015 - 04/12/15
On Sunday, April 12, faithful gathered at St. Mark's to celebrate the Feast of Feasts, Great and Holy Pascha (The Resurrection of Our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ). The celebration began with Nocturns 30 minutes before midnight. Paschal Matins began with the procession around church. Following Matins, Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom was celebrated. After Liturgy, the faithful gathered at the church hall for the Blessing of the Baskets and meal.
Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!
Holy Week 2015 - 04/11/15
Palm Sunday 2015 - 04/05/15
On Sunday, April 5, 2015, the faithful of St. Mark's celebrated the Feast of the Entrance of the Lord into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday). The feast was celebrated with Vigil on the eve of the feast and Divine Liturgy on Sunday morning.
Parish Lenten Retreat 2015 - 03/21/15
On Saturday, March 21, 2015, our parish held its annual Lenten Retreat. This year's speaker was Archpriest Alexander Golubuv of St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral in New York City, on the topic "Genesis Revisited".
Sunday of the Cross 2015 - 03/15/15
On Sunday, March 15, 2015, our parish celebrated the Third Sunday of Great Lent, the Sunday of the Holy Cross.
Sunday of Orthodoxy 2015 - 03/01/15
On Sunday, March 1, 2015, our parish the First Sunday of Great Lent, the Sunday of Orthodoxy.
"Great Lent is an icon workshop. We are the defaced, chipped, cracked, soot-covered icons whom the Iconographer wishes to restore."
- Fr.Martin Browne
Scout Sunday 2015 - 02/08/15
Microsoft Word - Bulletin 2-8-2015.docx
On Sunday, February 8 was National Scout Sunday was designated by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the Americas as Orthodox Scout Sunday.
Installation of Parish Council 2014-2015 - 02/08/15
On Sunday, February 8, the Prodigal Son, Rector, Fr. Martin Browne installed the Parish Council of 2014-2015. May God grant them many years.
Parish Council 2014-2015:
Theophany 2015 - 01/06/15
On Tuesday, January 6, 2015, our parish celebrated the Feast of the Holy Theophany of Our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ.
St. Mark's Choir sings at The Birches in Newtown - 12/26/14
On Friday, December 26, 2014, St. Mark's Choir sang Christmas psalms and music for the senior citizens living at the Birches in Newtown nursing home.
Nativity of the Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ 2014 - 12/25/14
On December 24-25, our parish celebrated the Great Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ. On Christmas eve morning, Royal Hours followed by Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil was celebrated. On Christmas eve night, faithful gathered at the church hall to celebrate our Holy Supper. Great Compline and Matins followed. On Christmas morning, Divine Liturgy was celebrated followed by Coffee Hour.
Christ is Born! Glorify Him!
Pool Demolition - Phase One - 11/08/14
On Saturday, November 8, following Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Archangel Michael the Other Bodiless Hosts, volunteers of our parish began a new project, Pool Demolition. Two jackhammers and other assorted tools in the hands of a dedicated group of parishioners and friends completed the first phase of this large and difficult project. We look forward to Phase Two.
Operation Christmas Child 2014 - 11/02/14
On Sunday, November 2, 2014, The Children of the Sunday Church School packed boxes for Operation Christmas Child. The children packed 30 boxes.
Exaltation of the Holy Most Precious Cross 2014 - 09/14/14
On Sunday, September 14, the faithful of St. Mark's gathered to celebrate the second of the Twelve Great Feasts of the Church Year, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Most Precious Cross. The feast was celebrated with Vigil on the eve of the feast (Saturday evening), and Divine Liturgy was celebrated on Sunday morning.
New Icons Blessed and Church School begins New Year - 09/07/14
On Sunday, September 7, 2014, Rector, Fr. Martin Browne blessed new icons that where painted by Joseph Brown and also the children and teachers of the Sunday Church School for the beginning of the new year.
St. Mark's and Mother of God, Joy of All Sorrow Baseball Outing - 06/22/14
On Sunday, June 22, parishoners from St. Mark's joined parishoners from the Mother of God, Joy of All Sorrow Mission in Princeton, NJ for a baseball game at the Arm & Hammer Park, home of the Trenton Thunder. During the game, parishoner, David caught a foul ball, well sort of. Sadly, the Thunders lost 7-2, but everbody still had a good time.
Philadelphia Deanery hosts Baseball Outing - 06/13/14
On Friday, June 14, clergy and layity of the Philadelphia Deanery gathered at the Campbell Stadium in Camden, NJ for the Camden Riversharks game against the York Revolution. Sadly the Riversharks lost with 7-3, but everybody still had a great time. Following the game, fireworks lit up the sky.
Pentecost 2014 - 06/08/14
On Sunday, June 8, 2014, our parish of St. Mark's celebrated the Great and Holy Feast of Pentecost.
First Pastoral Visit of His Grace, Bishop MARK - 06/01/14
On the weekend of May 31-June 1, His Grace, Bishop MARK made his first pastoral visit to our parish as Bishop of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania. His Grace attended Great Vespers on Saturday night and served Divine Liturgy on Sunday morning. During Divine Liturgy, Rector, Fr. Martin Browne was awarded with the Gold Cross for his dedicated service to the diocese. His Grace also recognized our parish couples who are celebrating major wedding anniversaries from 60-20 years. Following Liturgy, a luncheon was held in the church hall.
On Monday, St. Mark's hosted the Diocesan Council for its regularly scheduled meeting, the first with our newly installed hierarch.
St. Mark's makes trip to Adventure Aquarium - 04/21/14
On Bright Monday, April 21, following Divine Liturgy and breakfast, 27 of our parishoners took a trip to Adventure Aquarium in Camden, NJ. It was a beatiful day and everyone enjoyed themselves. We're expecting more trips like this in the future.
Holy Week & Great and Holy Pascha 2014 - 04/20/14
On April 14-April 20, our parish celebrated Holy Week and Great Holy Pascha. This week was very joyous and had a massive adentence for the services.
Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!
His Grace, Bishop Mark visits on Holy Tuesday - 04/15/14
On Great and Holy Tuesday, April 15, His Grace, Bishop Mark visited our parish of St. Mark's and celebrated Presanctified Liturgy. His Grace made some remarks on Holy Week at the end of the service.
Installation of Parish Council 2013-2014 - 03/02/14
On Sunday, February 23, 2014, Meatfare Sunday, Rector, Fr. Martin Browne installed the new Parish Council of 2013-2014. May God grant them many years.
Parish Council of 2013-2014
Jeanette Ruano, Warden
Larissa Ravetto, Vice-Warden
Kevin Swan, Treasurer
Doug Yates, Financial Secretary
Daria Cortese, Recording Secretary
Theophany 2014 and Greats Blessing of the Waters - 01/06/14
On Monday, January 6, 2014, parishoners of St. Mark's gathered to celebrate the joyous feast of the Lord's Theophany with the Great Vespers, Divine Liturgy, and the Great Blessing of the Waters.
His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon attends Divine Liturgy - 12/29/13
On Sunday, December 29, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon attended Divine Liturgy while on his way home from Washington D.C. Following Divine Liturgy, His Beatitude also participated in a memborable panikhida for Pierre Djockic on the occasion of his 40th Day, and for Sam Mervis on the occasion of the First Anniversary of his repose.
Eis Polla Eti Despota
May Pierre's and Sam's memory be eternal!
Nativity of the Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ 2013 - 12/25/13
On Wednesday, December 25, parishoners of St. Mark's Orthodox Church gathered to celebrate the Nativity of Our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ. We began the celebration with the Royal Hours and Vesperal Divine Liturgy on Christmas Eve morning. Then in the evening, we held our Annual Nativity Holy Supper, and then continued with the Great Compline and Matins. Finally, on Christmas morning, we celebrated the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom for the feast. Many faithful gathered for the feast to celebrate.
Christ is Born! Glorify Him!
Advent Retreat with Fr. Alexander Golubov - 12/07/13
On Saturday, December 7, 2013, The Parish Advent Retreat was held. The retreat was led by Fr. Alexander Golubov of St. Nicholas Patriarchical Cathedral in New York City. Many faithful attented.
Operation Christmas Child 2013 - 11/17/13
The Sunday School children helped put together a chairty event called "Operation Christmas Child". They asked for donations of hats, scarves, gloves, stuffed animals, toys, candy, and toiletries. These are being sent to the needy children in war zones like Syria. Thanks to all who helped and donated to make this possible.
Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry visits St. Mark's - 11/03/13
On Sunday, November 3, Chaplain Patrick Tutella, executive director, and his wife visited St. Mark's to talk about the Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry (OCPM). Peter gave the homily on the prison ministry. Following Divine Liturgy, everyone gathered downstairs for coffee hour and talked with Peter and his wife about the ministry.
Baptism of Ashley Mary Hewitt - 11/02/13
On Saturday, November 2, Ashley Mary Hewitt was baptized into the Orthodox Church.
Archpriest Michael Sekela Honored - 10/06/13
On Sunday October 6th, St. Mark's recognized Archpriest Michael Sekela for his fortieth anniversary of ordination to the Holy Priesthood. Fr. Michael was ordained on October 14, 1973. Additionally, he and Mat. Teresa were recognized for their 48th Wedding Anniversary which falls on October 16th. And to round off the family celebration, their grandson Matthew was included in the Many Years offered to his grandparents as he celebrated his birthday on October 9th. Congratulatory letters for both occasions were presented to the Sekela's from His Grace, Bishop Mark and a reception in their honor in the Church Hall was held following the Divine Liturgy. Following a ministry that saw him serve in parishes throughout the U.S. and in the military, Fr. Michael retired and is attached to St. Mark's where his daughter Larissa, son-in-law Chuck and grandsons, Luke and Matthew are members.
May God Grant Fr. Michael and Mat. Teresa Many Happy and Blessed Years!
Parish Revitalization Health Inventory - 09/29/13
Our parish of St. Mark's Orthodox Church is currently holding the Parish Revitalization Health Inventory. This program continues every last sunday of the month following the coffee hour.
Elevation of the Cross 2013 - 09/14/13
On September 14-15, St. Mark's Orthodox Church celebrated the Feast of the Exaltation of the Precious and Lifegiving Cross. On Friday evening, the Festal Vigil for the feast was celebrated, with Festal Divine Liturgy on Saturday morning.
Church School Year of 2013-14 Begins - 09/08/13
On Sunday, September 8, 2013, on the feast of the Nativity of the Our Holy Most Lady, Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary, our children and teachers of the Church School began their new academic year.
May God Grant them Many Years!
Pentecost 2013 - 06/23/13
On Sunday, June 23, parishoners of St. Mark's Orthodox Church celebrated the Great and Holy Feast of Pentecost. Vigil was celebrated on eve of Pentecost. Divine Liturgy was celebrated on Sunday morning. Kneeling Vespers followed Divine Liturgy.
Pastoral Visit of His Grace, Bishop MARK - 06/16/13
On Sunday, June 16, 2013, our parish welcomed His Grace, Bishop MARK, Administrator of the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania for his first pastoral visit. During Divine Liturgy, His Grace awarded Acting Rector, Fr. Martin Browne with the kamilavka for his service to the church. His Grace also blessed church renovations. Couples Mryon and Linette Sedor and Ken and Dorothy Martiak were recognized for their 40th wedding anniversaries. Following the service, a luncheon was held in the church hall. This day was special because it was Fathers Day and we were blessed to have our spiritual father of our diocese.
Renovation of St. Mark's - 05/15/13
Renovations were made at our parish of St. Mark's Orthodox Church. Wood work around the church was cleaned and restored, A new icon was installed over the church front door, and new blinds were put in the altar.
More updates coming soon.
Bright Monday - 05/06/13
On Monday, May 6, our parish of St. Mark's Orthodox Church celebrated Bright Monday. The celebration began with Divine Liturgy and concluded with a processions with 4 gospel readings.
Great and Holy Pascha 2013 - 05/05/13
On Sunday, May 5, our parish of St. Mark's Orthodox Church celebrated the Feast of Feasts, the Resurrection of the Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ. We began the celebration with the Nocturns, Matins, Hours, and Divine Liturgy. The Blessing of the Baskets and Agape Meal followed.
This is the day which the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.
CHRIST IS RISEN! INDEED HE IS RISEN!
Holy Week 2013 - 04/29/13
On April 29-May 4, our parish of St. Mark's Orthodox Church celebrated Holy Week. For the first three days whe had Bridegroom Matins and Presanctified Liturgy. On Holy Thursday, we celebrated the Vesperal Divine Liturgy and the Matins of Holy Friday with 12 Passion Gospels. On Holy Friday, we celebrated the Royal Hours, Vespers with Placing of the Shroud, and Matins of Holy Saturday with Lamentations. And on Holy Saturday, the Vesperal Divine Liturgy of St. Basil.
New Flooring Installed at St. Mark's - 03/24/13
We are blessed new carpet and new flooring installed at St. Mark's. Thanks to everyone who donated to make this possible.
Easter Food and Bake Sale - 03/23/13
On March 23-24, the our parish held the Easter Food and Bake Sale. We sold pierogies, kielbasi, babka, nut and poppy seed rolls, and more. On Sunday, Artisan Christa Bain sold her collection of pysanky eggs. This was an incredible event.
Parish Starts Facebook Page - 02/22/13
On Friday, February 22, 2013, the official Facebook Page of our parish was launched.
Installation of Parish Council 2012-2013 - 01/27/13
On Sunday, January 27, 2013, our Parish Council of 2012-2013 was installed.
Enthronement of Metropolitan TIKHON - 01/27/13
On Sunday, January 27, 2013, His Beatitude, Metropolitan TIKHON was enthroned as Metropolitan of All America and Canada at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Washington D.C.
May God grant him many years!
Eis Polla Eti Despota!
Nativity 2012 - 12/25/12
On December 24-25, 2012, parishoners of St. Mark's Orthodox Church celebrated the Feast of the Nativity of the Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ. We began the celebration with the Royal Hours and Vesperal Divine Liturgy on Monday morning. Then on Monday evening, our annual Nativity Holy Supper and the Great Compline and Matins. On Tuesday morning, everyone gathered for the Festal Divine Liturgy.
Christ is Born! Glorify Him!
New Acting Rector - Priest Raymond Martin Browne - 12/16/12
On Sunday, December 16, 2012, our parish welcomed Priest Raymond Martin Browne and his family. Fr. Martin is currently serving as acting rector.
May God grant Fr. Martin and his family many years.
The Mission of The Orthodox Church in America, the local autocephalous Orthodox Christian Church, is to be faithful in fulfilling the commandment of Christ to “Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”
St. Mark's Orthodox Church is part of the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania, which is presided over by The Most Reverend Mark (Maymon), Archbishop of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania. Our mission is bringing the joy of Christ's resurrection to those who have never heard the Good News, and to strengthen and encourage the faithful who reside within Wrightstown and the local area.
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Holiness or sainthood is a gift (charisma) given by God to man, through the Holy Spirit. Man's effort to become a participant in the life of divine holiness is indispensable, but sanctification itself is the work of the Holy Trinity, especially through the sanctifying power of Jesus Christ, who was incarnate, suffered crucifixion, and rose from the dead, in order to lead us to the life of holiness, through the communion with the Holy Spirit.