I AM THE NEW YEAR
I am an unspoiled page in your book of time.
I am your next chance at the art of living.
I am your opportunity to practice what you have learned about life during the last twelve months.
All that you sought and didn’t find is hidden in me, waiting for you to search it out with more faithful determination.
All the good that you tried for and didn’t achieve is mine to grant when you have fewer conflicting desires.
All that you dreamed good but didn’t dare to do, all that you hoped but did not will, all the faith that you claimed but did not have – these slumber lightly, waiting to be awakened by the touch of a strong purpose.
I am your opportunity to renew your allegiance to Him who said, “Behold, I make all things new.”
YOU ARE THE CHURCH!
The 1700-year old observance of the Vasilopita (St. Basil’s Bread) will take place on Sunday, January 25th at the conclusion of the Liturgy.
The Vasilopita Celebration is one of the oldest and most revered traditions of Greek Orthodox Christianity for it represents a story of bread and hope.
There are many stories for the founding of this tradition. One recalls a time in the 4th century that saved the starving people in Cappadocia of Caesarea. With his faithful but poor flock going hungry, the bishop, Basil the Great, asked women to bake sweetened bread. He gave them gold coins and instructed them to bake them in the bread. When the moment for cutting the bread arrived, some discovered the gold coin and deemed it a blessing from God and a favorable year.
This tradition is repeated today in our churches and the homes of Orthodox faithful at the beginning of the New Year. The bread is blessed, cut and distributed.
We invite all those who represent leadership of our societies and organizations, as well as the various ministries and programs of our Cathedral, along with the members of our parish to be available to receive the special slice of Vasilopita and make a donation for the benefit St. Basil’s Academy in Garrison, NY.
We certainly hope you all will be in church this day for the Cutting of the Vasilopita, as well as make plans to attend the luncheon offered by our Ladies Philoptochos in helping this worthy cause. The Luncheon Menu consists of Lemon Rice Soup, Salad, Half-a-Chicken, Greek Potatoes, Dessert, Pop & Coffee. The Luncheon donation is $10.00 per person. Let us all come out and support our Philoptochos Society’s efforts, enjoy a beautiful meal and each other’s company while benefitting the children of St. Basil’s Academy
See This Week’s Sunday Bulletin
January 18, 2015