Back to School. St Thomas School, that is. If you started out with us back in the summer and have since become too busy—or if you haven’t yet tried out the school—this is a good time to get involved. We’re starting a new section in our current textbook.
On Friday, September 14, we will celebrate the Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross. We will offer Great Vespers at 7pm on Thursday, September 13, and then on Saturday, September 14, we will serve Orthros at 7am and Divine Liturgy at 9am.
The Fall Theological Seminar begins on Wednesday, September 12. This year, we will be reading a wonderful novel by Marilynne Robinson called Gilead. You can easily pick up an inexpensive copy at Christ the Lightgiver Bookstore. This year, groups will also be meeting in Georgetown (at the home of Mike and Linda Brown) and in Killeen (at the offices of Randy Hardin). So, where ever you may be in Central Texas this fall, on Wednesday evenings, plan on joining us at 7pm as we discuss this lovely book.
Creating Safe Environments for Children in Faith Communities: Child Sexual Abuse Prevention & Response
With the knowledge that 1 in 10 children will be sexually abused before they turn 18 years old, it is vital to learn the types of situations in which child sexual abuse could occur and simple, effective strategies for protecting children.
The Dormition Fast culminates with the Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God. We will offer Great Vespers with the Lamentations for the Theotokos on Tuesday, August 14, and then on Wednesday, August 15, we will serve Orthros at 7am and Divine Liturgy at 9am. Be sure and join us for this greatest feast of the Mother of God.
The Dormition Fast runs from Wednesday, August 1 through Tuesday, August 14. During this fast we observe the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, poultry, dairy, fish, wine, and olive oil) Monday through Friday, with katalysis (a blessing) for wine and olive oil on Saturdays and Sundays. There is also katalysis for fish, wine and olive oil on Monday, August 6, which is the great feast of the Transfiguration of our Savior Jesus Christ.
During the Dormition Fast, we offer The Paraclesis to the Mother of God each weeknight at 7:00 p.m. That means, this year, there will be nine opportunities to participate in this beautiful service. Please look at your calendars now and plan on joining us as often as you can.