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)
This is the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Saturday July 4: Vespers 6 pm
Sunday July 5: Liturgy 10 am
Readings for this Sunday:
Epistle - Romans 6:18-23
Gospel - St. Matthew 8:5-13
Sunday is Father Alexander's Birthday and Monday is Stanislav Lunyov's Name Day - God grant them Many Years.
It has been decided that the Baptism of Braidyn will be on the morning of Sunday July 12th, the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul. It will take place at 8 in the morning at a lake beach followed by Liturgy in the church immediately after the Baptism. The Baptism of Crystal and Eric's new daughter Evangeline will be on Saturday July 18th at 10:30 in the morning, in the church. I shall ask the choir director, Vladimir, to explain where the beach is for Braidyn's Baptism. I hope many people will be there for that, similarly for Evangeline's Baptism. In each case we are welcoming someone into the family of the church.
Peter tells me that the baby Sebastien is home from the hospital and will be monitored from time to time to make sure there is no more bleeding.
I want to bring you up to date with the Pemberton Family from Cape Breton. This family belongs to our parish family and the family members are: Will and Mary, plus Will who is 15 years old, Hugh 12, Matthias 10, Raphael 8, Hermione 4 and Eleanor who is yet to be Baptized is 6 months old. They will be making the long trip down to us one day to have Eleanor Baptized. There is also the possibility that Will, Hugh and Matthias, who were not received into the Church when the rest of the family was, will be received. However, they must agree to that. We shall pray for all of them, and we'll also pray that we may have the privilege of becoming the spiritual family of the three boys. The latest email from Mary tells that they are having problems that certainly need our support and prayers. Their well is dry, their cow has a dislocated hip, there are many small animals to be bottle fed, and on top of that - vehicle problems. Lord have Mercy.
The other family, with whom I am in contact and who I've mentioned in previous bulletins but of whom I have no photograph to share, is the Jefferson Family from Goshen which is a village near Antigonish. They are: Holly Holstrom, Trevor and Hilary Jefferson plus Noah who is 20 years, Isaiah 19, Selah 17, Elijah 15, Lahelah 14, Apphiah 12, Ysabellah 8, and Obadiah 6. This family has rented a house not too far from the church and will be visiting us between July 29th and August 5th. During that time, God willing, they will be made Catechumens.
Jeff and Seamus are still battling life in Antigonish, please pray for them and pray that they will manage to get to us soon so that they can become part of the family.
We have been asked to pray for the Orthodox Church in Montenegro which is undergoing many difficulties. Lord have mercy!
Even with the new regulations, we must still continue to remember in our prayers those attending to the sick, and those infected by "the virus": May God bless, protect and heal them.
O God Almighty, Lord of heaven and earth, and of all creation visible and invisible, in thine ineffable goodness, look down upon thy people gathered in thy name. Be our helper and defender in this day of affliction. Thou knowest our weakness. Thou hearest our cry in repentance and contrition of heart. O Lord who lovest mankind deliver us from the impending threat of the corona virus. Send thine angel to watch over us and protect us. Grant health and recovery to those suffering from this virus. Guide the hands of physicians, and preserve those who are healthy that we may continue to serve thee in peace and glorify thy most honorable and majestic name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.
Боже Вседержителю, Господи небесе и земли, всея твари, видимыя же и невидимыя, по неизреченной благости Твоея призри на люди Твоя, к Тебе притекающия. Буди нам Помощник и Защититель в сей день скорби. Веси бо немощи наша, слышиши глас покаяния и умиления сердечнаго. Господи Человеколюбче, избави нас от напасти коронавируса на ны движимыя. Ниспосли ангела Твоего призирати на ны и избавити ны. Страждущим от болезни здравие и исцеление подаждь. Руки врачующих направи. Здравых в здравии сохрани, да в мире поработают Ти и да прославят пресвятое и великополепое имя Твое, Отца и Сына и Святаго Духа, ныне и присно, и во веки веков, аминь.
May God bless us all,
-- Father David