3rd Sunday of Resurrection
"While he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them. With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he vanished from their sight." Luke 24:31
Throughout the Holy Scriptures we see repeated certain images, actions, character traits, and ideas. The more we read the Old Testament in faith the more clearly we see they are a preparation and foreshadowing of something and someone to come. In the New Testament we discover that Jesus fulfills the signs, and offers us himself, which is a greater gift than anyone could have imagined or can possibly understand. The Eucharist is regularly and repeatedly foreshadowed in the Old Testament. In Genesis 2 the fruit of the tree of life which grants eternal life to all who eat of it foreshadows the Eucharist. In Genesis 14 Melchizedek's offering of bread and wine foreshadows the Eucharist. In Exodus 12 the Passover lamb which was sacrificed and eaten to protect the Israelites from death foreshadows the Eucharist. In Exodus 16 the miraculous and hevenly manna which feeds the people in the wilderness as the march towards the promised land foreshadows the Eucharist. In Exodus 24 the thanksgiving offering of bread which was eaten foreshadows the Eucharist which translates to thanksgiving. In Leviticus chapters 1-7 we see the description of the burnt offering- to glorify God through total gift, the meal offering-a sacrifice without blood, the peace offering-to bring peace between God and man, the sin offering, and the tresspass offering -both to forgive sins, each of which foreshadow the Eucharist and the cross. In Numbers 13 Joshua and Caleb bring a giant clump of grapes from the promised land carried on a pole. The grapes foreshadow the Eucharist and the wooden pole foreshadows the cross from which Jesus, the fruit of the tree of life hung. In 1 Kings 7 the bread of the presence which remained in the temple and which was later eaten foreshadows the Eucharist. In Isaiah 6 a seraphim brings a burning coal from the altar in heaven and places it on Isaiah's tongue for the foregiveness of sins which foreshadows the Eucharist. Jesus fulfills all of the signs and gives us himself for the forgiveness of sins and everlasting life.
Let us come together to give what we can so that we can purchase and renovate the property on 50 Nutt Rd. The goal is to raise $150,000 in additional donations and pledges with $60,000 to go towards the purchase and $90,000 to go towards renovations including renovations and hall and addition of commercial kitchen so that we can make a smooth transition while keeping a safety net in our savings and waiting for the sale of our current property. .
-Please sign up for hosting Mary prayers at your home for the month of May.
-Pastoral Committee meeting Wednesday May 8th at 7 pm.
-Please join us May 12th after the 11 am liturgy for a Mother's day barbecue.
-Please sign up May 17, 18, 19 for World Affair as well as the week prior for cooking prep.
-First Communion will be on May 26th at the 11 am liturgy.
-Yellow Springs Festival June 8th.
- Annual Lebanese Festival August 23rd, 24th, and 25th.
- Annual St. Ignatius of Antioch Banquet Saturday, December 14th.
-Our religious education policies are changing. Please see Fr. Alex for more information - Initiatives- To what is God calling you? What are your hopes, dreams, and ideas for our parish? What do you want to do? Mission, charity, prayers, work, fundraisers, or maintenance? How can we support you?
-We need volunteers to read during the liturgy and to bring the gifts. If you would like to do so, please see George Najem for 11 am liturgy or Jim Zaidan for the 9 am Liturgy.
-Marriage announcements Please pray for John Dohar and Jessy Eid as they prepare for marriage. Please pray for Jordan Gunter and Krystal Daoud as they prepare for marriage. Please pray for Tarek Shteiwi and Micheline Eid as they prepare for marriage. Please pray for two parishioners in treatment for cancer. Please pray for one parishioner who is sick. Please pray for the school of one parishioner which has had two gun scares.
- Bible Study every Sunday at 10 am. - Sunday liturgies 9 am and 11 am - Confessions immediately before and after liturgies or by appointment.
St. Ignatius of Antioch 3rd Sunday of Resurrection May 5, 2019