I can’t imagine more appropriate words than those penned by Father Vladimir, and which I have asked remain, for now, as the introduction to the website of St. Vladimir Orthodox Church in Halifax Nova Scotia. All that he writes is true of the Orthodox Church and it would be arrogant of me to change it right now.
“There are many internet resources about the Orthodox Church, but we sincerely hope that this site will help to increase your awareness of the Orthodox presence in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Many people still think that the Orthodox Church is a ‘foreign’ church intended for Russians, Greeks, Ukrainians and other Eastern European and Mediterranean peoples. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Orthodox Church belongs to no one people or nation. The Orthodox Church belongs only to Christ, and He alone is its head, its Lord, its Master. Our Lord Jesus Christ calls all people to Himself, and his Orthodox Church welcomes them with love and brotherhood. If you enjoy our website, remember that you are perfectly welcome to come and visit us at worship. And if you decide to explore us more deeply, we will be happy to assist you in your seeking.” (
Father Vladimir (Tobin),parish rector in 1993-2019)
May God bless all of us who seek His Love, and give us the strength to persevere.
— Father David (Edwards)
Fifth Sunday of Pascha: Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
Acts 11:19-26, 29-30
Saint John 4:5-42
Celebrating also the Translation of the relics of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker from Myra to Bari.
Saturday May 21st 5:30pm Panikhida for the victims of the war in Ukraine followed at 6pm by Great Vespers (there are three readings at Vespers)
Sunday May 22nd Divine Liturgy at 10am
This week on Monday we celebrate the Holy Apostle Simon the Zealot and on Tuesday we celebrate Holy Equals-to-the-Apostles Cyril and Methodius (first teachers of the Slavs). Just to note that the alphabet of the Slavs is called Cyrillic because it was developed by St. Cyril.
I wonder if you ever look at one of the great poetry books of the Church called The Psalms? There are 150 Psalms plus one that is not usually included with the others. They are attributed to King David and so called The Psalms of David, and some were written by him. The numbering of the Psalms can be confusing if you don't know that the numbering is different in Protestant Bibles and Orthodox Bibles. The Orthodox Bible Old Testament is based on the Septuagint. (You can look this up on the Internet; it is very interesting how the Septuagint came to be.)
A couple of days ago I was thinking and praying about the war in Ukraine, and was also reading Psalm 9 (10):
Why standest thou so far off, O Lord
and hidest thy face in the needful time of
The ungodly for his own lust doth persecute the poor. Let them be taken in the crafty wiliness that they have imagined.
For the ungodly hath made boast of his own heart's desire and speaketh good of the covetous, whom God abhoreth.
The ungodly is so proud, that he careth not for God in all his thoughts.
His ways are always grievous, thy judgements are far above out of his sight, and therefore defieth he all his enemies.
For he hath said in his heart, Tush, I shall never be cast down, there shall no harm happen to me.
The remainder of this Psalm is worth reading as are all of the Psalms. It's amazing how they reflect feelings and happenings today as they obviously did when they were written, perhaps between the 9th and 5th centuries BC.
Speaking of Poetry, the sight of Dandelion flowers against the green of lawns and fields reminded me of a poem written by Robert Frost. It is a poem very apt for this season of Spring when that beautiful gold of the new Dandelion flowers are so fresh.
Nothing Gold Can Stay
Robert Frost - 1874-1963
Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
Many people consider Dandelions a nuisance and I suppose in many ways they are, after all they are so tenacious, just as we Orthodox are about our faith. We should adopt the Dandelion as our flower; it really is one of the most beautiful flowers and really difficult to get rid of; Orthodox to the very end.
May God Bless all of us. Please pray for the Catechumens, the victims of the war in Ukraine, for the people and safety of other independent countries that share a border with Russia, and let us pray for each other.
Love in Christ,
-- Father David
Saturday: 6:00pm Vespers
Sunday: 10:00am Hours and Divine Liturgy, followed by coffee hour
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