BAKING WITH LORRAINE
Come on out this Wednesday night, December 4, from 6pm - 9pm and learn how to bake Litya which will be used in the Vespers Service Friday December 6, 2013 in commemoration of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker.
See Lorraine for directions to her home.
Lots of pictures to follow :)
When we decided to participate in Operation Shoebox this year, and had to decide how many boxes to order, we debated between 50 and 100. Fr. Dean exclaimed, “Let’s just do 100!” So we did! We are overjoyed to announce that we had 90 boxes returned! An all time record! Last Friday, they were loaded into my car to make their first drop off on a long trip overseas. Initially, I was skeptical. I did not think that they would all fit in my little Focus. To my astonishment, not only did they fit, but there was room for 90 MORE! So next year, we will plan to order 200! Might I just add that it’s never too early to start collecting items for next year now!
Thank you to all! Women, men, children, and families who contributed to this very worthy cause!
INNAUGURAL LADIES GENERAL MEETING
On Sunday October 20, 2013, the ladies of St. John the Divine gathered to show support for the startup of the Ladies Group. Fr. Dean blessed the group, its plans and its goals for the future. It was very encouraging to witness the number of women in attendance and the interest and zeal they came with. All of the committees presented were accepted and filled with both a Committee Leader and a group of dedicated women who are committed to the cause. Of course, afterwards, there was snacks and refreshments, and time for deepening friendships. Thank you to all! Looking forward to seeing where God leads this group.
Women Mentoring Women
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
One of the goals of the Ladie's of St. John is to teach other women the traditions of our faith. This past week Lorraine invested time with Katie and taught her how to make prosforo.
A religious seal (sfrayitha) stamps a special design on the prosforo before baking. During preparation of the Eucharist, the priest conducts the proskomithi in which he first cuts out the center of the stamped design that says "IC,XC, NIKA (Jesus Christ Conquers). It becomes the Body of Christ (the Lamb). Then the large triangle on the left is cut in honor of the Virgin Mary. The nine small triangles on the right are cut to commemorate the angels, prophets, apostles, holy fathers and prelates, martyrs, ascetics, holy unmercenaries, Joachim and Anna, and all saints, including the saint of the day's liturgy. The last cuts are tiny squares to remember specific names of the living and the dead.