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Thursday, June 22, 2017
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2017 Greek Food Festival
2017 Greek Food Festival
Come join us for our
2017 Greek Food Festival this weekend (June 23-25)! Starts at 12:00 Noon on Friday and Saturday!!

Hope to see you there!

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Wisdom of the Church Fathers and the Monastic Life
St. Gregory PalamasSt. Gregory Palamas
Having put your hope in Christ who provides for all creation and nurtures it, keep away from all unjust gains, and do not be too attached even to honest income. Put it to good use and let the poor share in it as much as possible.


St. Gregory Palamas


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Dormition of the Theotokos Welcome to the website of the Dormition of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church of Oakmont and Verona! If you are a new member of our parish, or are considering membership, this web site will acquaint you with our parish. To those who already belong to the church, this is YOUR website. We hope you will make full use of it, not only to enrich your relationship with the church and your fellow members, but to strengthen and support our parish and its ministries as well. Read More

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Services this week:
     6/18:   Orthros 9am/Divine Liturgy 10am
     6/21: Paraklesis — 7pm
     6/25: Orthros 9am/Divine Liturgy 10am

For additional reminders, visit the weekly bulletin page.

No Bible Study this Tuesday, June 20.

Pittsburgh Greek Festivals Guide for 2017 has been published by Holy Trinity.

Orthodox Tidbits — Holy Apostle's Fast


Peter and Paul The fast of the holy Apostles is very ancient, dating back to the first centuries of Christianity. We have the testimony of St. Athanasius the Great, St. Ambrose of Milan, St. Leo the Great and Theodoret of Cyrrhus regarding it.

The oldest testimony regarding the Apostles Fast is given to us by St. Athanasius the Great (†373). In his letter to Emperor Constance, in speaking of the persecution by the Arians, he writes: "During the week following Pentecost, the people who observed the fast went out to the cemetery to pray." "The Lord so ordained it," says St. Ambrose (†397), "that as we have participated in his sufferings during the Forty Days, so we should also rejoice in his Resurrection during the season of Pentecost. We do not fast during the season of Pentecost, since our Lord Himself was present amongst us during those days — Christ's presence was like nourishing food for the Christians. So too, during Pentecost, we feed on the Lord who is present among us.

On the days following his ascension into heaven, however, we again fast" (Sermon 61). St. Ambrose basis this practice on the words of Jesus concerning his disciples in the Gospel of Matthew 9:14, 15: "Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridgeroom is with them? The days will come, when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast."

Continued: Fast of the Apostles
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