Performed after the Vigil or Liturgy of the feast The faithful are sprinkled with it by the priest and drink of it after the service. Many take containers of the water home with them. And in the Carpatho-Rusyn tradition three-branched candles are extinguished into the water to represent the descent of the Holy Spirit.
For the Feast of the Entry of The Holy Theotokos Into The Temple, we blessed three new Handmaidens, that assist Fr. Matthew by serving in the Nave. We are Honored and Blessed to have them with us.
Every Divine Liturgy a special loaf of bread is offered together with the wine on the altar. This bread is called prosphora, a Greek word meaning "that which is offered". This bread is stamped with a seal which impresses words and symbols representing Christ, the Virgin Mary, the saints, living members of the community, and departed loves ones. Father Matthew teams up with Father Terry, the priest at Holy Assumption in Clifton, one of our sister parishes to bake a large batch of bread for the upcoming weeks. Want to learn how to bake prosphora? Let father Matthew know and you can join in next time.
On Sunday October 9th Holy Apostles honored its College Students. There was a special prayer at the end of the service and a gift to each student from the parish. There was also a collection taken during the veneration of the cross to support our local OCF at Montclair State.
Every year on the Sunday closest to the feast of St. Romanos the Melodist parishes across the diocese honor its singers who help make the Divine Liturgy beautiful and prayerful. This year we honored all our singes who have served for 25 years or more with a certificate from Archbishop Michael.
The Konevets Quartet which performed at Holy Apostles in 2014 is returning to offer a concert at 7 PM on Tuesday the 4th of October. The concert will be held in the church and admission is a $10 donation. Refreshments will be offered afterwards. More information about the quartet can be found at http://konevetsquartet.com/
In keeping with previous years Holy Apostles joined its sister parish Holy Assumption in Clifton for the Feast of the Dormition (falling-asleep) of Our Lady the Theotokos on August 15th. Archbishop Michael presided at both Vespers on the eve of the Feast and the Liturgy the day of. Father Matthew of Holy Apostles concentrated with Father Terry, the Rector of Holy Assumption, and other diocesan clergy. Vespers on the eve, was particularly well attended with over 70 people in attendance due to the tonsuring of a reader, Christopher Chase. Parishioners from Holy Apostles, Holy Assumption, and Holy Resurrection in Wayne. Flowers were also blessed at the service as is customary for the feast.
It is Orthodox custom to bless the first-fruits of the grape harvest on the feast of the Transfiguration, which falls on August 6th. In the Mediterranean world the grape harvest starts at the beginning of August. In contemporary practice all kinds of fruits are brought to be blessed by the faithful. The photos below show this tradition being carried out at Holy Apostles on the Feast of Transfiguration earlier this month.
On August 2nd parishioners from Holy Apostles participated in National Night Out (NNO) in Saddle Brook. NNO is an opportunity for the community to come together and enhance community spirit and friendships and is a nation wide event held in towns and cities across the US . It is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood solidarity to make neighborhoods safer, better places to live.