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Welcome Visitors!

Welcome Visitors!

"AN EMPTY TOMB PROVES OUR ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY, AND EMPTY PEW DENIES IT!

Welcome Visitors!

Our parish of St. Andrew welcomes you and thanks you for joining us in true worship and praise!  We hope that you will return to worship with us regularly.  If you should desire any information about our parish, or the Orthodox Faith, please contact Fr. Emilian!

Spring Fundraiser

Please plan to join us following Liturgy on Sunday May 17th for a free will donation Spaghetti and Meatball dinner.  We will also be serving Salad, Garlic Bread, and Dessert.  Please join us and bring your family and friends.  We will also have a basket raffle!  If you are interested in donating a basket, please call 440-785-3877.  We are also in need of donations of bakery.  Hope to see you there!

Summer Schedule

The Summer Sunday Schedule for the Divine Liturgy will begin on Sunday May 31st.  Liturgy will begin at 9:30 am for the summer months.  Hope to see you there!

Happy 25th Anniversary Fr. Emilian

25th Anniversary

The Parish Council and beloved parishoners of St. Andrew Church would like to congratulate Fr. Emilian on his 25th Anniversary of his Holy Ordination to the Holy Priesthood.   May God grant you many healthy, happy, and blessed years!

CHRIST IS RISEN! INDEED HE IS RISEN!

CHRIST IS RISEN! INDEED HE IS RISEN!

PASCHAL MESSAGE OF HIS GRACE, BISHOP PAUL

Devout and God-loving people, enjoy this kind and bright festival.  Wise people come and share joy with your Lord.  You who have labored in fasting, receive your deserved reward.  You who have labored from the first hour, come to the festival now!  You who came at the third hour, rejoice!  You who lingered until the sixth hour, celebrate!  You who came at the ninth hour, do not be sad!  You who managed to come only at the eleventh hour, do not be dismayed by your lateness.  No one will be deprived of heavenly joy.  For our Lord is generous.  He welcomes those who come last in the same way as those who come first…

 

First and last, receive the reward!  Wealthy and poor, rejoice with one another!  Diligent and lazy, celebrate the festival!  Those who have fasted and those who have not, be glad together…

Paschal Homily of St. John Chrysostom


Beloved Clergy, Laity, and Monastics of the Diocese of the Midwest;

These wonderful words of St. John have much to say about how we are to understand one another and ourselves in the Church as a parish, as a diocese, and beyond the diocese.  As we celebrate the Pascha of our Lord, let us reflect upon them further in our daily lives as Orthodox Christians.

There are three things I would ask you to pray and reflect upon in the above text from Father John.

First, I remember something Fr. Paul Lazor used to say at St. Vladimir’s Seminary during the Great Fast when I was a student there.  “We set our table for our weaker brother.”  That meant there were some items put on the table to eat for people who couldn’t keep the strict nature of the fast for various reasons.  We were told to watch what we do and not others.  What this taught me was our life in the Church is not to be one where we function as policemen who enforce the law and penalize others for breaking it.  We hear the maximal teachings and commandments of our Lord and respond with a spirit of humility and repentance the best we can.  We trust in the Lord’s mercy to fulfill what is lacking in us.  Most of us have grown up in this country, which has been formed and shaped by a reformed Christian tradition.  Thus without realizing it we sometimes end up trying to recreate the Church in our own image and apply that man-made standard to the Church as it is.  Thus we may end up trying to reform the Church, which is not possible because it is the Church that saves us!  So let us celebrate the Paschal season in our parishes with kindness and mercy, bearing one another’s burdens, and to encourage one another in our pilgrimage to the “now and not yet” of his Kingdom.

Secondly, let us not become self-enclosed and isolated in our parish life.  In our diocese there are a diversity of practices and ideas of how life should be conducted in the Midwest.  Do you pray in “Thee” or “You”, do we do Vesperal Liturgies, or Full Vigil/Great Vespers, and Liturgy on the day of the feast, do we have an open iconostasis with no curtain, or one that is walled with a curtain.  Etc.  There has been a long history of these practices in the diocese and we have to be careful not to dogmatize them.  We need to take care not to minimize our relationships with our sister parishes in the Midwest and local parishes from other “jurisdictions” because they don’t do things the way we do them in our parish.  When we turn inward and isolate ourselves from others we run the risk of becoming prideful and delusional in our views.  One small thing we can do would be to close our parish the day a nearby parish is celebrating their patronal feast and to attend there (of course this doesn’t work on a Sunday).  Support one another’s parish activities and events.

The third thing for us to reflect upon is how as a local parish can we manifest an attitude of “peace and God’s good will towards all men?”  The whole focus of the gospel is the Good News of how our Lord Jesus Christ was crucified for our sins and rose from the dead so that there would be “no longer Jew or Greek, male or female.”  Christ is the new Adam risen from the dead so that by Grace we can experience and know the life of the New Adam in us.  Thus we once again manifest the “very goodness” of Creation as was intended when God created the heavens and the earth.  It is this Paschal message of God’s peace and good will towards men that has changed the world and is still doing so.  Let us then celebrate this Paschal season first and foremost by letting the Feast of all Feasts change us!

Christ is Risen!  Indeed He is Risen!

With love in Christ,


+Paul
Bishop of Chicago and the Midwest

PLEASE NOTE:  FR. EMIL HAS A NEW EMAIL ADDRESS

Effective immediatly Fr. Emil has a new email address:

ehut4697@gmail.com

 

 

Welcome To St. Andrew!

WELCOME TO ST. ANDREW EASTERN ORTHODOX CHURCH

VERY REV. FR. EMILIAN HUTNYAN, PASTOR

On behalf of the parishoners of St. Andrew Eastern Orthodox Church I would like to welcome you to our website!  Please feel free to browse the tabs on the left for our schedule of services, weekly bulletins and events, and our photo gallery.  Sunday Divine Liturgy is celebrated at 10:00 am and we would love to have you worship with us, and stay for coffee and fellowship in our hall!  Everyone is welcome to attend.  We have a large library which has an extensive amount of books on Old and New Testament Commentary, Patristic Resources, Moral and Dogmatic Theology, Russian Literary Works, Orthodox Spirituality, as well as many pamplets and Tikhonaire Anniversary Books, and many more books on miscelaneous subjects.  Our wonderful library consists of  books and materials from the collection of Very Rev. Fr. Michael Hutnyan, Very Rev. Fr. Stephen Karaffa, and Very Rev. Fr. Emilian Hutnyan.   If you are interested in the Orthodox Faith, we welcome you to come and visit with us and pick up many interesting and informative pamplets that are available for you!  If you should have any questions please feel free to call the church at 216-475-9365.

Thank you for visiting our website and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Fr. Emilian

Services This Week

Services this week

Please join us for the following services held this week:

Wednesdays  at 7:00 pm - Molieben to the Theotokos -

Saturdays  4:00 pm

Sundays  9:40 The Hours; 10:00 am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

"Who ever prays and fasts has two wings lighter than the wind itself"

(St. John Chrysostom)

St. Andrew Bible Study

Please join us for Orthodox Bible Study on Sundays after Liturgy as we begin to understand the "Mind" of the Holy Father's of the Orthodox Church.  All are welcome to attend, we begin approximatly at 12:30 pm.

"PRAYER IS A GOLDEN RIVER AT WHOSE BRINK SOME DIE OF THIRST WHILE OTHERS KNEEL AND DRINK"

16029 Maple Park Drive - Maple Heights, OH 44137 - 216-475-9365

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