Ss Peter and Paul Orthodox Church
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America
Ben Lomond, California
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Helpful Hints from the Pastor

Respect for Holy Vessels and Icons
Please wipe off lipstick/chapstick when kissing icons or receiving the Holy Eucharist out of respect for the holy vessels and icons.


 The Kiss of Peace is a liturgical, not a social action. When we come to the Kiss of Peace, greet the person to your left and to your right with a kiss (or a quick embrace) and the words “Christ is in our midst”. The reply is “He is and was and ever shall be.” Then be ready to continue with the recitation of the Creed. It is important that the prayer of the Church is not interrupted to greet those further away or for conversations that should rightly take place in the coffee hour room. Unfortunately, many Orthodox Churches do not celebrate the Kiss of Peace among the laity due to the fact that it can become a distraction from prayer. The Kiss of Peace is a beautiful liturgical action that should encourage one another on in our corporate prayer.


 In our congregational singing and recitation of prayers, please follow the choir or chanters at all times. As a member of a choir, one should always be able to hear the singers around them and the director. Please make sure that you are following those who bear the responsibility of leading the musical worship and not creating an echo, so that we sing together as One Body, to the Glory of the Head, Jesus Christ, His Father and the All Holy Spirit.


Misc. Announcements

Reminder About Dogs on the Church Property
1. All dogs must be on a leash and under the control of the owner.
2. Dog owners should be prepared to clean up after their pet.
3. Dogs (except service dogs) are not permitted inside the church, fellowship hall, office, or classrooms.

Nursery Use
The nursery and the nursery bathroom are for nursing Moms and their babies and toddlers under the age of 3 years old ONLY. All others are asked to please refrain from being in the nursery and to use the outside men and women’s bathrooms.

Prayers Requested For Those Serving In The Armed Forces
Please remember in your prayers those who are serving in the Armed Forces:
Richard, Shane Jeremiah, Fiona, Samson, Jacob, David, Brad, Brandon, Chris, Scott, Peter, Gregory, Daniel, James, Sarah, Preston, Saba, Ryan, Aaron, Ryan, Michelle, Daniel J.

 

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Weekly Services

Sunday
8:20 am Orthros
9:30 am Divine Liturgy
10:20 am Church School

Tuesday
5:30 am Orthros

Wednesday
6:00 pm Vespers

(Paraclesis every 3rd Wednesday)

Saturday
6:00 pm Great Vespers




Commemoration of the Blind Man (May 21)

Passing by, O Lord, Thou didst find a man blind from birth. The Disciples, in surprise, asked Thee, Teacher, who did sin, this man or his parents that he was born blind? But Thou, O Savior, answered them, saying, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. I must work the works of Him that sent Me, which none else can work. And as Thou said that, Thou didst spit on the ground, and make clay thereof, and anoint his eyes. And Thou didst say unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam. And when he washed, he began to shout unto Thee, Lord, I believe. And he worshiped Thee. Wherefore, we too, cry out to Thee, have mercy upon us. (First Vesperal Doxasticon in Tone 5)