Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
May the Lord bless you!
This past Tuesday marked the 100th anniversary of the Communist revolution in Russia, a grim centennial indeed. We are all called to pray for the millions who suffered and were martyred as a result.
A monument to the victims of the Communist state was recently opened in Moscow, with the participation of Patriarch Kyril and Russian President Putin:
In English: http://orthochristian.com/
In Russian: http://www.pravoslavie.ru/
There will be many services and events devoted to this anniversary over the course of this year, such as this one in Chicago: http://www.chicagodiocese.org/
news_171103_1.html. In our parish, we will particularly mark these sad events at the feast of the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia, February 3-4, 2018. Plans are being made for this weekend with the goal of holding a meaningful local celebration. If anyone in our parish is a relative of these blessed New Martyrs or has personal stories associated with this time, please let me know as soon as possible.
We also extend our condolences to Matushka Bethany Akmolin on the passing of her grandfather, Peter (Bronnie) Stroud, a notable man of faith. May his memory be eternal!
Services are as usual this weekend: Confession at 5:30 p.m. today, followed by Vigil, at 6 p.m. Divine Liturgy on Sunday at 10 a.m.
Sincerely in Christ,