HPROMC News, 1/3/18

Welcome to our newest member, James Gilraeth, a military veteran from North Carolina (where he belonged to a ROCOR parish) now living in the area.

Congratulations to mission Secretary Andre Wagner for receiving a blessing from Metropolitan Hilarion of New York to become our mission’s newest reader, at a date being set soon.

Reader Kentigern Paul Siewers will give a talk at  Fr. Alexis Duncan’s ROCOR parish in the Albany NY area for the Sunday of the Holy Cross during Lent, on “‘Grant Victory to the Kings over the Barbarians, and by the virtue of Thy Cross preserve Thy Commonwealth’”: Royal Priesthood in an age without Orthodox Kings.” Fr. Alexis was the main iconographer and former rector for Christ the Savior Church in Sugar Notch.

The Mission has been actively working on the property search over the Nativity Fast season, and has three properties currently in the Union County region that it is looking at actively. For details and any further leads and ideas, please contact Reader Kentigern Paul, siewers7518@gmail.com We will be discussing these leads at meetings after Liturgy during following weekends in January.

Please join us as we celebrate the birth of our Lord this weekend, when our mission will be traveling for services to Christ the Savior Church in Sugar Notch, PA, just south of Wilkes-Barre off I-81, at 558 Main Street, directions at: christthesaviourroc.com. More details follow below. There will be no services in Lewisburg this weekend, but rides will be available to Christ the Savior Church, and also Nativity services will be streamed live from St. John’s Cathedral in Mayfield: stjohnsmayfield.org. Saturday services (Jan. 6) at Christ the Savior Church will be preceded by Holy Supper at 5 p.m., a tradition of Lenten foods as a community dinner gathering before marking the Nativity. The Holy Supper will be followed by Great Comline with Litiya at 6 p.m. Then on Sunday (Jan. 7) for the Nativity of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ, Prayers of the Hours will begin at 9:15 a.m., followed by the Nativity Liturgy at 9:30 a.m. There will also be food and fellowship after the service.
As we will joyfully exclaim Sunday: Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

The Search for a Permanent Location

We now have a realtor who is helping us conduct our search for a long-term location. Several possible locations have been found – including spots in Mifflinburg, New Columbia, Montandon, and surrounding areas. For regular updates, keep an eye out for the newsletter sent via email.

If you spot any locations that may be suitable for our purposes, don’t hesitate to contact Reader Dr. Kentigern (Alf) Siewers.

Hymns of the Temple

Tone 4: Troparion of the Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos, Tone 4: Today we Orthodox people joyfully celebrate thy glorious coming among us, O Mother of God! And gazing upon thy most pure image we say with compunction, Shelter us with thy most precious protection, and deliver us from all evil, and save our souls!

Tone 2: As a disciple of the Lord thou didst receive the Gospel, O just one; /
as a martyr thou dost possess what is infinite; /
as the brother of God, thou hast boldness before Him; /
and as a hierarch, thou canst make entreaty. //
Beseech Christ God, that our souls be saved!





George Sharonoff ordained as Deacon

Asxios and Many Years to Fr. Dn. George Sharonoff on his ordination to Deacon by Metropolitan Hilarion of ROCOR with Bishop Saba of the Georgian Orthodox Church. Fr. Dn. George is a graduate of St. Tikhon’s Seminary and was serving as Subdeacon previously in supporting services at Holy Protection Mission Parish in Lewisburg and Christ the Savior Church in Sugar Notch. Congratulations to him and Matushka Anna (Kimberly)!


Holy Protection Orthodox Church, Union County PA