Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Come! Join Us! Our Annual Picnic - August 10, 2014


Come! Join Us! Our Annual Picnic
+ with the blessing of first fruits +
Celebrating 15 years of Ministry in Madison

Honoring the Holy Transfiguration of Christ
  
Food * Fellowship * Traditional songs * Children's games
++ Please bring fruit for the blessing ++ 
Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Mission Annual Picnic
 
Sunday, August 10, 2014
+ 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. +
 
Burrows Park Shelter
+ Maple Bluff (Madison), Wisconsin +
Burrows Park is on Sherman Avenue at  Fordem Avenue on Lake Mendota.
 
608-443-7241

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IMPORTANT
SUNDAY services WILL BEGIN at 8:30 a.m.
Holy Transfiguration Mission Chapel
Picnic will follow. Chapel is located at
621 N. Sherman Avenue, Suite B3.

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  • CHAPEL SCHEDULE for JULY - AUGUST 2014


    CHAPEL SCHEDULE for JULY - AUGUST 2014

     
    JULY 6
    No Sunday Services

    JULY 13
    Sunday of Holy Apostles
    SUNDAY 9:30 AM

    JULY 20
    No Sunday Services
       
    JULY 27
    7th Sunday of Pentecost
    SUNDAY 9:30 AM

    AUGUST 3
    No Sunday Services

    AUGUST 6
    Holy Transfiguration of Christ
    No chapel services

    AUGUST 10
    ANNUAL PICNIC
    Sunday of Transfiguration
    SERVICES START AT 8:30AM
    PICNIC AT 11:00   AMBurrows Park

    AUGUST 15
    Holy Assumption of Mary, Mother of God
    No chapel services

    AUGUST 17
    No Sunday Services

    AUGUST 24
    2nd Sunday of Assumption of Mary
    SUNDAY 9:30 AM

    AUGUST 31
    No Sunday Services




    HOLY TRANSFIGURATION ORTHOX MISSION
    An American Mission of the Syriac Orthodox Church ~ www.maruroopa.blogspot.com 
    (608) 443-7241 ~ transfiguration@usa.com ~ Rev. Fr. John-Brian Paprock, priest
    Mail: P. O. Box 5207 Madison, Wisconsin 53705
    Chapel: 621 N. Sherman Avenue, Suite B3, Madison, Wisconsin
     
     
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    If you are in need of hospital visit, home visit, special prayers, remembrance or any spiritual guidance, direction or any need:
        call 608-443-7241

    "We will find benefit for ourselves when we start seeking benefit for our neighbor." - St. John Chrysostom

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  • Thursday, April 24, 2014

    Christ is Risen! Mission's Holy Week Celebrations

    Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed! is the traditional greeting in English. In our mission, Ge'ez greetings were also exchanged! Below are some pictures from our Holy Week (Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter) celebrations.  Your support of our mission is always appreciated.  Please contact if you have any questions: transfiguration@usa.com 

    Palm Sunday - Hosanna - April 13, 2014 - photos by JBP
     
    Good Friday - after the burial services - April 18, 2014 - photos by JBP

    Pascha - Liturgy of Light - Easter Services (photos by GG)


    Celebration of Light - Feast of Feasts (photos by GG)
    
    
     
    

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  • Monday, April 21, 2014

    CHAPEL SCHEDULE for MAY - JUNE 2014

    Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Mission Chapel:
    621 N. Sherman Avenue, Suite B3, Madison, Wisconsin 53704
    An American Mission of the Syriac Orthodox Church
    (608) 443-7241 ~ transfiguration@usa.com ~
    Rev. Fr. John-Brian Paprock, priest
    CHAPEL SCHEDULE for MAY - JUNE 2014

    MAY 1
    40th Day Memory of Departed Patriarch
    +Mor Ignatius Zakka I ~ Memory Eternal!

    MAY 4
    Sunday of Resurrection
    SUNDAY 9:30 AM

    MAY 7  - ST. GEORGE

    MAY 11
    Sunday of Resurrection
    SUNDAY 9:30 AM

    MAY 15 - Intercession of Virgin Mary for crops

    MAY 18
    Sunday of Resurrection
    SUNDAY 9:30 AM

    MAY 25
    Sunday of Resurrection
     No Sunday Services

    MAY 29
    ASCENSION DAY - No Chapel Services
    Enthronement of Patriarch Moran Mor Ignatius Afrem II

    JUNE 1
    Sunday of Ascension
    SUNDAY 9:30 AM

    JUNE 8 - No Sunday Services

    JUNE 9 - Apostles Fast Begins

    JUNE 15
    Sunday of Pentecost
    SUNDAY 9:30 AM

    JUNE 22
    Sunday of Pentecost
    SUNDAY 9:30 AM

    JUNE 26 - Fast for Intercession of Apostles (Syriac)

    JUNE 29
    Sunday of Apostles
    Fasting Ends
    SUNDAY 9:30 AM

    Your donations and your prayers are deeply sought to continue this mission.

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    madisontransfiguration-subscribe@yahoogroups.com or visithttp://groups.yahoo.com/group/madisontransfiguration

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    If you are in need of hospital visit, home visit, special prayers, remembrance or any spiritual guidance, direction or need:  call 608-443-7241

    “We will find benefit for ourselves when we start seeking benefit for our neighbor.” - St. John Chrysostom

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  • Monday, March 31, 2014

    New Patriarch Elected!

     
    31 Mar'14 Announcements

    Archbishop Mor Cyril Karim, our bishop of the Eastern US Archdiocese of the Syriac Orthodox Church, has been elected as Patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch and all the East, becoming the 123rd in Succession to Apostle Peter.

    We were blessed by his visit to our little mission chapel in Madison. He was gracious, loving and kind. We were honored to have the Patriarch-elect give us words of wisdom in his sermon and talks when he was in Madison.

    May God bless and keep him always! May God grant him many years! Axios! Axios! Axios!


     SOCMNet proudly announces the new Facebook Page dedicated to Patriarch Elect Aphrem II Karim (123rd Patriarch of Universal Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch.)
    https://www.facebook.com/PatriarchIgnatiusAphremIIKarim
    Be in the list of first likes.

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  • Sunday, March 30, 2014

    Servant of All

    Memorial for the departed servant and patriarch HH Moron Mor Ignatios was held at Holy Transfiguration Chapel on March 23, 2014. May his memory be eternal!

    Here is the sermon of Fr. John Brian:

    Servant of All

    On March 21, 2014, HH Moron Mor Ignatios I Iwas, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East departed from this world. At the request of the Patriarch, memorial prayers were said in all churches.

    This memorial focus gave an opportunity to talk about the need, purpose and the nature of hierarchy in the Christian Church from the beginning centuries. In Holy Orthodoxy, the hierarchy in its form, substance, spirit and symbolism have been kept intact to the present era.

    Fr. John Brian gives a short sermon on the issues of leadership, paraphrasing the great work of St. John Chrysostom "On the Priesthood" which was written from St. John's refusal to be consecrated Patriarch of Constantinople in the 4th Century.

    May the memory of LL HH Moron Mor Ignatios I Iwas be eternal! May he pray for us, asking for the Lord's mercy and the fruits of faith in all our lives.

    Fr. John-Brian speaks to further spiritual development and encouragement in another short inspirational sermon.

    Please pray for Fr. John Brian who remains committed to us in the continuing development of Christian Spirituality.

    This sermon uses and refers to scripture readings appointed by the Syrian Orthodox calendar and was given on Sunday, March 23, 2014 by Fr. John-Brian Paprock at Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Mission Chapel, Madison, Wisconsin. Please pray for our mission chapel and all our spiritual helpers.

    PODCAST OR DOWNLOAD: http://feeds.feedburner.com/frjohnbrian or
    http://frjohnbrian.hipcast.com/rss/spiritual_reflections_or_fr_john_brian.xml
    LISTEN ON-LINE HERE:
    http://frjohbrian.blogspot.com/2014/03/servant-of-all.html

    Also this sermon was posted late:
    Whom Does It Serve?

    If Lent is the great preparation, whom does it serve?

    Fr. John Brian gives a short sermon on the issues of service and temptation. "Selfishness is the major source of our struggles," he says. He brings up the temptations of Jesus Christ during the 40-day fast
    after His baptism.

    "May God fill us His love. For whom? For self? No for serving others," Fr. John Brian encourages us. Fr. John-Brian speaks to further spiritual development and encouragement in this short inspirational sermon.

    Please pray for Fr. John Brian who remains committed to us in the continuing development of Christian Spirituality.

    This sermon uses and refers to scripture readings appointed by the Syrian Orthodox calendar and was given on Sunday, March 9, 2014 by Fr. John-Brian Paprock at Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Mission Chapel, Madison, Wisconsin. Please pray for our mission chapel and all our spiritual helpers.

    PODCAST OR DOWNLOAD: http://feeds.feedburner.com/frjohnbrian or
    http://frjohnbrian.hipcast.com/rss/spiritual_reflections_or_fr_john_brian.xml
    LISTEN ON-LINE HERE:
    http://frjohbrian.blogspot.com/2014/03/whom-does-it-serve.html

  • Holy Transfiguration Publications: books by Fr John Brian
  • Thursday, February 13, 2014

    Timket (Epiphany) Celebration at Mission Chapel

    Timket celebration was held in Madison, Wisconsin on January 19, 2014 - and peace in the heart and smiles upon the faces came to the community. 

    "The Ark" (tablot) is brought to the people from the altar by the priest at the blessing of water. 
    
    sprinkled with holy water is one of the blessings given on this holy day 

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  • Thursday, January 09, 2014

    Holy Nativity 2013


    Holy Nativity celebrations and liturgy at the Madison Mission Chapel.
    Pray for us. Photos taken by Mikias and Marcus Muluken. Collages by JBP.


    zuhoyo - blessing of the four directions - happens at every major feast day


    Fr John Brian at the altar (these were taken by Marcus)



    mikias took most of the photos (he took a selfie above) and marcus was in charge censer

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  • Saturday, December 07, 2013

    Orthodox Christian Sermons (October)

    Orthodox Christian Sermons (October)
    1. Ransomed For All
    2. You Lack One Thing...
    3. Great is This Mystery
     
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    1.Ransomed For All

    From the Epistle of St. Paul to Timothy is a curious use of the word "ransom."
    1Timothy 2: "...[God] who desires all should be saved [through one mediator Jesus Christ] who gave Himself as a ransom for all."
    Usually a ransom is padi to a kidnapper or terrorist who make demands for something or someone held hostage.
    Fr. John Brian takes this dramatic notion that a ransom was paid for us to give a short yet deeply and spiritually significant sermon about the special relationship we have with God.
    This is a sermon in continnuation of the Syrian church's celebration of the Cross.
    Please pray for Fr. John Brian who continues to encourage us in the continuing development of Christian spirituality.
    This sermon uses and refers to scripture readings appointed by the Syrian Malankara calendar and was given on Sunday, October 13, 2013 by Fr. John-Brian Paprock at Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Mission Chapel, Madison, Wisconsin.
    Please pray for our mission and help us as you are able.
    PODCAST OR DOWNLOAD: http://feeds.feedburner.com/frjohnbrian or
    http://frjohnbrian.hipcast.com/rss/spiritual_reflections_or_fr_john_brian.xml
    LISTEN ON-LINE HERE:
    http://frjohbrian.blogspot.com/2013/11/ransomed-for-all.html

    2. You Lack One Thing...

    In Mark, Chapter 10, Jesus Christ is presented with the problems of those that want to follow Him, but do not. In this instance, the issue presented is wealth.
    Fr. John Brian gives a homiletic sermon on the real issue of possessions and wealth, how it is a quick test of humility which is neded to follow.
    It is our attachment to wealth, to things, that keep us bound to this world and unable to rise to heaven. But we are very attched to our things. Fr. John Brian brings the example of Papa Nicholas, a 19th Century Greek priest, who demonstrated great piety.
    This episode to Jesus saying, "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than a rich man to get to heaven..."
    Of course, in Mark's version, an explanation of sorts is given by Jesus.
    Then in the appointed Epistle, 1 Thessalonians, St. Paul exhorts us in chapter 4:3-4 - to "keep [our] possesions in sancitification and honor." Fr. John Brian helps us understand this and then compares sexuality to financial issues to help in our understanding.
    "You are taught by God to love one another." 1 Thessalonians 4:9
    "With God all things are possible." Mark 10
    This is a sermon in continuation of the Syrian church's celebration of the Cross.
    Please pray for Fr. John Brian who continues to encourage us in the continuing development of Christian spirituality.
    This sermon uses and refers to scripture readings appointed by the Syrian Malankara calendar and was given on Sunday, October 20, 2013 by Fr. John-Brian Paprock at Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Mission Chapel, Madison, Wisconsin.
    Please pray for our mission and help us as you are able.
    PODCAST OR DOWNLOAD: http://feeds.feedburner.com/frjohnbrian or
    http://frjohnbrian.hipcast.com/rss/spiritual_reflections_or_fr_john_brian.xml
    LISTEN ON-LINE HERE:
    http://frjohbrian.blogspot.com/2013/11/you-lack-one-thing.html

    3. Great is This Mystery

    "Truly great is this divine mystery of righteousness..." 1 Timothy 3:16
    Fr. John Brian's mentor Archbishop John passed from this earthly existence on October 26, 2013. This sermon includes tribute and reflections on "Bishop John."
    As Fr. John Brian relates, "He helped me understand the importance of Orthodox ministry in this world."
    This is tied into the Gospel reading from Matthew 5 and 1 Timothy Chapter 3.
    "Mystery is profound understanding that we are inadequate to comprehend all of what God is and all of what God does.... IN the sacraments of the Church, we participate in this [divine] mystery.... This mystery is revealed to us in the flesh." Listen to more of Fr. John Brian says in this sermon
    Please pray for Fr. John Brian who continues to encourage us in the continuing development of Christian spirituality.
     This sermon uses and refers to scripture readings appointed by the Syrian Malankara calendar and was given on Sunday, October 27, 2013 by Fr. John-Brian Paprock at Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Mission Chapel, Madison, Wisconsin.
     Please pray for our mission and help us as you are able.
     PODCAST OR DOWNLOAD: http://feeds.feedburner.com/frjohnbrian or
    http://frjohnbrian.hipcast.com/rss/spiritual_reflections_or_fr_john_br ian.xml
     LISTEN ON-LINE HERE:
    http://frjohbrian.blogspot.com/2013/11/great-is-this-mystery.html


    September Sermons on Orthodox Spiritual Life
    1. Gebre Meskel and St. Gregory, Illuminator of Armenia
    http://frjohbrian.blogspot.com/2013/10/gebre-meskel-and-st-gregory-illuminator.html
    2. Making A Difference
    http://frjohbrian.blogspot.com/2013/10/making-difference.html
    3. Earthly and Worldly
    http://frjohbrian.blogspot.com/2013/09/earthly-and-worldly.html

    Previously:
    Kingdom of Heaven is Being More Alive
    http://frjohbrian.blogspot.com/2013/08/kingdom-of-heaven-is-being-more-alive.html
    Kingdom of Heaven is a Mother
    http://frjohbrian.blogspot.com/2013/08/kingdom-of-heaven-is-mother.html
    At the Door to Heaven
    http://frjohbrian.blogspot.com/2013/09/at-door-to-heaven.html

    PODCAST OR DOWNLOAD all sermons: http://feeds.feedburner.com/frjohnbrian or http://frjohnbrian.hipcast.com/rss/spiritual_reflections_or_fr_john_brian.xml
    Helpful Articles:
    An Assurance of God's Love
    http://frjohbrian.blogspot.com/2011/02/assurance-of-gods-love.html
    A Question About Confession
    http://frjohbrian.blogspot.com/2010/12/question-about-confession.html
    For more articles and sermons, visit www.Frjohbrian.blogspot.com
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    Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Mission Parish
    621 N. Sherman Avenue, Suite B3
    Madison, Wisconsin - Sundays 9:30am
    608.443.7241 ~ transfiguration@usa.com
    www.maruroopa.blogspot.com
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    Inspirational and pastoral books by Fr John Brian
    http://lulu.com/transfiguration
    o HEALING LIFE o DEEPENING FAITH
    o ENRICHING PRACTICE o REFRESHING SPIRIT

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  • CHAPEL SCHEDULE for DECEMBER 2013 – JANUARY 2014


    CHAPEL SCHEDULE for DECEMBER 2013 – JANUARY 2014


    DECEMBER 8
    Birth of John the Baptist
    SUNDAY 9:30 AM
     
    DECEMBER 15
    Revelation of St. Joseph
    SUNDAY 9:30 AM
    Beginning of Christmas Fast (Syrian)
     
    DECEMBER 22
    Sunday Before Christmas
    SUNDAY 9:30 AM
     
    DECEMBER 25
    CHRISTMAS (fire of shepherds)
    WEDNESDAY 7:30 AM
     
    DECEMBER 29
    Sunday After Christmas
    SUNDAY 9:30 AM
     
     
     
     
     JANUARY 2014
     
    JANUARY 1
    New Year Thanksgiving Prayers
    WEDNESDAY 8:30 AM
     
    JANUARY 5
    Sunday Before Epiphany
    SUNDAY 9:30 AM
    + Blessing of Water +  
     
    JANUARY 6/EPIPHANY
    JANUARY 7/LIDET
     
    JANUARY 12
    No Services
     
    JANUARY 19
    + TIMKET CELEBRATION +
    SUNDAY 9:30 AM


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    If you are in need of hospital visit, home visit, special prayers, remembrance or any spiritual guidance, direction or need:
    call 608-443-7241

    “We will find benefit for ourselves when we start seeking benefit for our neighbor.” - St. John Chrysostom

  • Holy Transfiguration Publications: books by Fr John Brian
  • Thursday, November 07, 2013

    Gebre Meskel - Raising of the Cross Celebration 2013

    Celebration of the Holy Cross (2013) at Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Mission Chapel, Madison, Wisconsin. Fr. John-Brian was celebrant. Photos by MM, MM and JBP.

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  • Wednesday, August 07, 2013

    Annual Picnic 2013

    These images from the loving and peaceful parish picnic were taken by MM, MM, and JBP.  Current members of the mission parish and few old friends and good food. Fr. John-Brian blessed the grapes according to tradition for honoring the Holy Transfiguration of Christ.

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  • Blessing of a Twenty Year Marriage



    Our mission has been blessed by the involvement of  Muluken Tilahun and Mulusew  Yayehyirad who celebrated 20 years of marriage at the end of July 2013. 

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    A blessing was given at the chapel for the wonderful anniversary and the congregation joined in singing "God grant them many years!" 


     


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  • Wednesday, July 24, 2013

    Everyone is Welcome at Annual Picnic

    Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Mission Annual Picnic

    Come! Join Us! for our 12th Annual Festival Picnic

    Honoring the Holy Transfiguration of Christ
    with the blessing of first  fruits!

    Food ~ Fellowship
    Traditional songs ~ Children's games
    Please bring fruit for the blessing

    Sunday, August 4, 2013
    + 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. +
    Firemen’s Park Shelter
    + Maple Bluff (Madison), Wisconsin +
    Firemen’s Park just across the street and two blocks away from the chapel.
    It is behind the Maple Bluff fire station, near the RR tracks on the west side of N. Sherman Ave.

    608-443-7241
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    IMPORTANT
    CHAPEL services WILL BEGIN at 8:30 a.m.
    The Mission Chapel is located at 621 N. Sherman Avenue, Suite B3


  • Holy Transfiguration Publications: books by Fr John Brian
  • Sunday, July 07, 2013

    CHAPEL SCHEDULE for JULY - AUGUST 2013

    CHAPEL SCHEDULE for JULY - AUGUST 2013
      
    JULY 7           SUNDAY OF APOSTLES               
                            SUNDAY 9:30 AM
      
    JULY 14          NO SERVICES 
     
    JULY 21         4TH SUNDAY OF PENTECOST
                            SUNDAY 9:30 AM
     
    JULY  28        5TH SUNDAY OF PENTECOST
                            SUNDAY 9:30 AM
      
    AUG. 4           HOLY TRANSFIGURATION FESTIVAL
                            EARLY START           
                            SUNDAY 8:30 AM               
     
    AUG. 4            ANNUAL PICNIC
                            11AM-3PM
                             FIREMEN’S PARK, MAPLE BLUFF
                             CHILDREN ACTIVITIES
                             BLESSING OF FRUIT
     
    AUG. 6 (TUE) HOLY TRANSFIGURATION 
     
    AUG. 11          NO SERVICES
     
    AUG. 15          FALLING ASLEEP OF MARY                     
     
    AUG. 18          SUNDAY OF MARY       SUNDAY 9:30 AM
      
    AUG. 25          SUNDAY OF MARY       SUNDAY 9:30 AM
     
     
    If interested in Bible Study, Special Prayer services, or other mission activity, please join our email list by sending email to:
     
    If you are in need of hospital visit, home visit, or any spiritual guidance, direction or need, call 608-443-7241.
     
    “We will find benefit for ourselves when we start seeking benefit for our neighbor.”  -  St. John Chrysostom
     
    Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Mission
    (608) 443-7241 ~ transfiguration@usa.com ~
    Rev. Fr. John-Brian Paprock, priest
    Mail: P. O. Box 5207 Madison, Wisconsin 53705
    Chapel: 621 N. Sherman Avenue, Suite B3, Madison, Wisconsin
     
     

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  • Tuesday, May 28, 2013

    Mission Images from Holy Week and Easter 2013

    Palm Sunday and Holy Week 2013
     
    Holy Pascha - Easter 2013
     
    Holy Pascha - Easter Worship and Feast

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  • Tuesday, April 30, 2013

    Holy Week ~ Schedule of Services at the Chapel


    CHAPEL SCHEDULE for
    ORTHODOX EASTER & HOLY WEEK 2013

    HOLY WEEK,  APRIL 29 – MAY 3
    Please call ahead for prayer services Monday through Thursday

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    MAY 3                      

    GOOD FRIDAY          
    Services begin at 3:00 PM
    Please make an appointment for penance before Good Friday services.
     

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    MAY 4,  HOLY SATURDAY             

    EASTER MIDNIGHT LITURGY OF LIGHT
    RESURRECTION CELEBRATION
    HOLY PASCHA
    Doors open at 10:00 pm
    Services begin at 10:30 pm
    Feast to follow – bring a dish to share
    EVERYONE WELCOME

    +
    MAY 5, PASCHAL SUNDAY                     No morning services.

    +
    MAY 12, ST. THOMAS SUNDAY     Services begin at 9:30 AM

    If you are in need of hospital visit, home visit, or for any spiritual guidance, direction or need, call 443-7241.

    “We will find benefit for ourselves when we start seeking benefit for our neighbor.”  -  St. John Chrysostom

    Please add our mission chapel and our efforts to your prayers as we are in an auspicious time for the mission.

  • Holy Transfiguration Publications: books by Fr John Brian
  • Tuesday, February 05, 2013

    A Baptism During The Time of Baptism

    Epiphany (Timket) is the festival of light, the enlightenment of humanity, and the remembrance of the appearance of the Holy Trinity at the Baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan at the hands of St. John the Baptist.  It is always an honor to welcome new members of the body of Christ through the sacrament of Holy Baptism and Chrismation (Holy Muron) during this auspicious time.

    Our mission was so honored on January 27, 2013 by welcoming Sofiamaryam through Holy Baptism.
    (all photos by Marcus Muluken and JBP)



     
     

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  • Wednesday, January 09, 2013

    Winter Holy Days

    Every winter, we are focused on two great Holy Days in the Orthodox calendar:
    Holy Nativity and Holy Epiphany. 
    Here are some of our mission images from these most auspicious times.
    Photos were taken by JBP and Mikias Muluken





     
    May God bless you and keep you+
    If you are able, please consider a donation or other contribution for our mission work.
    Pray for us.

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  • Tuesday, November 13, 2012

    Baptism of Theodore at Arbor House

     
    Private Ceremony in Madison, Wisconsin (September 2012).  Welcome to the body of Christ, Theodore (Hildebrandt), child of God. Pictured are parents and God-parents.

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  • Monday, September 03, 2012

    Annual Picnic and Bishop Visit

    Holy Transfiguration Mission Parish was blessed by a visit from His Eminence Archbishop Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim, Metropolitan for the Eastern US Diocese of the Syriac Orthodox Church, during the time of the annual picnic. 

    > Please scroll down for all five picture collages. Photos by MM, CRP and JBP.<

    His Eminence spoke at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, Madison, on Saturday night. First, he offered memorial prayer for His Holiness Abune Paulos of the Ethiopian Church who passed on August 16.  His Eminence then  spoke about the Orthodox Church in Syria, telling of the Belt of St. Mary and other relics of St. Thomas the Apostle that were kept at the Syrian Church in Homs.  They have been moved to safety due to the violence there. He reported his own family is safe in a town near the border with Turkey. H.E. did a great job of weaving together current events, our particular church tradition, and the current events of contemporary Syria.  Afterwards we had a short coffee hour.  Many thanks to Father Micheal Vanderhoef of Assumption Greek Orthodox Church for his hospitality and kindnesses. (continued below)
    
    HE Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim spoke at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church (Saturday, Aug. 18)
    and at Holy Transfiguration Mission (Sunday, Aug. 19)

    His Eminence attended Qurbana (Qurbono) at the mission chapel on Sunday. He was encouraging in comments about the mission and spoke further about St. Mary.  His Eminence said that Holy Transfiguration Misson "successfully blends and includes multiple cultural influences and elements (i.e. Indian, Ethiopian, etc.) into its worship/liturgy service, which makes for a truly unique experience."  He also congratulated the mission for "warmly embracing a diverse group of worshippers who may have come from different religious or spiritual backgrounds before coming to the Orthodox faith." (continued below)

    
    HE Mor Cyril received a token of affection for his visit from Fr. John Brian at Sunday services.  

    He also spoke about the importance of humility and the powerful and special role of the Virgin Mary as intercessor. At the end of the archbishop's remarks, Fr. John Brian presented him with a panagia, a large pendant of St Mary, as a token of affection and appreciation.  (continued below)

    Everyone received HE Mor Cyril's blessing before going to the park for picnic.
    One visitor wrote: "... I found the service, possibly the whole weekend intensely moving.  part of this may be how seriously your group takes Christianity... your (Sunday) service makes many Protestant services seem worldly. In fact, Protestants don't take their Christianity seriously by comparison." (continued below)  
    Procession from chapel to the park with Ethiopian song, drum and bells for the Trinity.
    A member wrote: "Our procession to the park worked well and was delighted that a group of people arranged to sing traditional church songs accompanied by the drum. The food was wonderful and plentiful--a heartfelt thanks to all those who prepared it--despite two large baskets of fruit that went missing between the beginning of Holy Quarbana and the procession to the park. ... In the end, before he took leave of us, he thanked us for our hospitality."  (continued below)

    
    HE Archbishop Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim blessed the fruit at the picnic.

    HE Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim wrote: "Thank you Fr. John for the hospitality I received from you and from the members of the congregation. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with you. † Hasio"

    Holy Mary, Mother of God, Pray for  us!
    Assumption Greek Orthodox Church - Photo by JBP




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