Do we forgive our neighbors their trespasses? God also forgives us in His mercy. Do we refuse to forgive? God, too, will refuse to forgive us. As we treat our neighbors, so also does God treat us. The forgiveness, then, of your sins or unforgiveness, and hence also your salvation or destruction, depend on you yourself, man. For without forgiveness of sins there is no salvation. You can see for yourself how terrible it is.
On Sunday, January 1st, the children of the parish put on a Christmas Pageant following the Divine Liturgy. Afterwards, we enjoyed hearing the youngsters sing carols and perform instrumental pieces in the hall. Christ is born! Glorify Him!
On Sunday, January 1st, we kept the custom of St. Basil's Bread (The Vasilopeta). This year the coins were received by David McAlpin, Laurie Morsey, and Elisabeth Parsells. May the Lord grant them many blessed years!
On Friday, January 6th, the faithful gathered to celebrate the Great Feast of Theophany, which commemorates the Lord's Baptism in the Jordan River and the manifestation of the Holy Trinity. On the eve, we served the Great Blessing of Water during the festal vigil.
90th Birthday Party for Fr. Daniel Hubiak - 01/15/17
On Sunday, January 15th, the Christ the Savior family celebrated the 90th birthday of Protopresbyter Daniel Hubiak, the founding priest of the Mission. We were pleased to welcome guests from near and far for the festivities, including Fr. John Jillions, chancellor of the Orthodox Church in America, who read a letter from His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon on this auspicious occasion. We heartily congratulate Fr. Daniel and Matushka Dunia on this great milestone, and we ask the Lord God to continue His blessings upon them, granting them both health, strength, salvation, a furtherance in every good thing and many more blessed years!
On Friday, January 27th parishioners from Christ the Savior joined other Orthodox Christians and hundreds of thousands of people who gathered for the March For Life in Washington, DC. The march is a pro-life rally protesting abortion, held in the nation's capital near the anniversary of the infamous decision in the United States Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade. This year marked the 44th anniversary and featured an address by Vice President Mike Pence.
On Sunday, January 27th, the parishioners of Christ the Savior gathered together for their annual meeting. In addition to reviewing the minutes from last year's meeting, the parish body heard reports from the rector, senior warden, junior warden, treasurer, and auditors. We recounted and gave thanks for all the great blessings we received during the past year, including celebrating the 90th birthday of our founding priest, Fr. Daniel Hubiak, and the extraordinary retiring of the mortgage on the Parish Center some 15 years adhead of schedule!
Chrismation of Robin Adelaide Armstrong - 02/12/17
On Sunday, February 12th, Robin Adelaide Armstrong was joined to the Orthodox Church through the mysteries of Holy Chrismation and Communion. We heartily congratulate her on her entrance into the Church, and we ask that the Lord continue to bestow His heavenly blessings upon her, granting her health, strength, salvation, a furtherance in every good thing, and many blessed years!
On Sunday, March 5th, the local Orthodox parishes in Delmarva gathered at Christ the Savior in Berlin, MD for this year's solemn celebration of the Triumph of Orthodoxy. Serving with Fr. John were Archimandrite Vasilios from St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Ocean City, MD and Protopresybter Daniel Hubiak, the founding priest of the mission. Many faithful gathered for the Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers which was followed by a lenten meal in the parish hall. Glory to God for such a beautiful day and for preserving His Church by Holy Orthodoxy!
On Sunday, March 5th, with the blessing of our diocesan hierarch, Metropolitan Tikhon, the 2017 Parish Council members were installed into office. During the first meeting of the 2017 Council, Nicholas Borodulia was elected Junior Warden and Gabriela Vlahovici-Jones was elected Secretary. May the Lord bless them all!
On Friday March 10th, Dn. Steven Hall led a group of pilgrims from Christ the Savior to Four Evangelists in Bel Air, MD, where the miraculous Kardiotissa “Tender Heart” myrrh-flowing icon of the Virgin Mary from St. George Orthodox Church in Taylor, PA, was brought for veneration. A moleben (prayer service of supplication) to the Mother-of-God was served before the icon, followed by anointings.