Mass Schedule – Trinity 5 (July 5, 2015)
07, Ss. Cyril & Methodius 869 a.d.
08, Thomas of Canterbury 1220 a.d.
11, St. Benedict, Abbot 543 a.d.
+ Saints Cyril & Methodius were 9th-Century Byzantine Greek brother who were born and raised in Thessalonica, Macedonia. They were the principle Christian missionaries to the Slavic people of Moravia who introduced the Orthodox Faith to the people of that region. The Slavic people of that day and time had no written language and so it was the task of these first missionaries to first develop a Slavic alphabet, which alphabet was used to transcribe what has come to be called “Old Church Slavonic.” Both brothers are venerated in both the Eastern and Western Churches as “the Apostles to the Slavs.” They were taken into the Church’s care after the death of their father and their education was seen to by monks at the university in Constantinople. Cyril developed proficiency in Arabic and Hebrew, which skill in languages in general was handy as he put the Slavic language into a written form. In fact the character of the Slavic language came to be known as “Cyrillic.” It was through the labors of the two brothers, Cyril & Methodius, that Trinitarian Orthodoxy was planted and thrived among the slavic people.
+ St. Benedict is considered the founder of Western monasticism. He was born of wealthy Christian parents near Rome around 480. He studied in Rome, but became disgusted with the licentious life found in the city and left to seek a quiet life of contemplation. He became friends with a monk named Romanus, and for three years lived as hermit near Subiaco. He gained such a reputation for sanctity that monks from a near by monastery persuaded him to be their abbot, but their way of life and Benedict’s conflicted. He withdrew from the monastery, but founded other monasteries for which he wrote his famed Rule. The Rule of St. Benedict is known for its simplicity and common-sense and it is still followed today in monasteries of both men and women religious around the world. Benedict became known for miracles in his lifetime. In 543 he had vision of his twin sister Scholastica’s soul ascending as a dove to heaven. The saint then predicted his own death, which occurred a few days later. St. Benedict was named the patron of Europe because monasteries of Benedictine monks and nuns helped spread Christianity, learning, and culture throughout the continent.
+ All Saints Men’s Group will met next on July 14, at 7:00 a.m. in undercroft.
+ Our Monday Morning Bible Study will next meet at 10:00 a.m. on July 14 in the Undercroft.
+ The Holy Communion is celebrated this week Monday through Saturday at 12:15 p.m.
+ All Saints parishioner may obtain a Mass card from the Church office. A Mass card is a greeting card given to someone to inform him or her that a deceased loved one or friend was remembered and prayed for at a weekly Mass. It is a specifically Christian way to express one’s love. Call Julie McDermott at the Church office (434-979-2842) and she will help you fill out the form. The celebrant will sign the card and we will mail it from the Church to the family of the loved one.