May 18 - May 24, 2020     Issue no. 826
Upcoming Services

All services listed below will only be available live on Facebook

Tuesday, May 19

Divine Liturgy

For all the Saints of the week

10:30 am       Divine Liturgy

Friday, May 22

Divine Liturgy

For all the Saints of the week

10:30 am       Divine Liturgy

Sunday, May 24

Sunday of the Blind Man

9:00 am         Matins

10:30 am       Divine Liturgy

Christ is Risen...Truly He is Risen
المسیح قام...حقا قام
Χριστός Ανέστη...Aληθώς ανέστη!
Covid-19 Update from St. James

As we continue to be in Shelter in Place, we would like to remind our faithful to stay home and celebrate the Divine Liturgy by watching the live stream on our facebook pageFor the safety of our Clergy, please respect this request.

Are you in need for Communion?

In order for people to receive Holy Communion and not stay without it for too long, Fr. Jeries is asking anyone who would like to receive Holy Communion to please call him or send him a text message and he will schedule a date/time for you. This is to ensure your safety and the safety of the clergy and to comply with the directions and guidelines by the local authorities.

Sunday of the Blind Man
After the Midfeast (John 7:14), the Lord Jesus Christ came to the Temple again and taught the people who came to Him (John 8:2). After leaving the Temple, He opened the eyes of a man “who was blind from his birth (John 9:1).
The miracle described in today’s Gospel (John 9:1-38) is even more remarkable than it might seem at first. Saint Basil and ....
Fasting Schedule

Wednesday, May 20

Fasting: Fish allowed

Friday, May 22

Fasting: Fish allowed

other Fathers tell us that this was not just a case of giving sight to a blind man born with eyes that did not function, but to someone who had no eyes at all! The second Exapostilarion for this Sunday says, “Along the way, our Savior found a man who lacked both sight and eyes...”.

The Gospel says, “Since the world began, it was not heard that any man opened the eyes of one who was born blind” (John 9:32). There are examples in the Old (Tobit 2:17) and New (Mark 8:22-26) Testaments of blind people receiving sight, but this is something completely unprecedented.

The Savior placed clay in the man’s empty sockets and told him to wash in the pool of Siloam. When he obeyed these instructions, the eyes of clay became living eyes!

Lunch Schedule

Coffee hour & lunch will resume once we have the clearance from the County Health Officers and the Greek Archdiocese.

Looking Ahead

All events have been cancelled due to Covid-19. We will soon reassess the situation and hopefully begin scheduling events.

Annual Food Festival

TBD - May be cancelled this year

Confession

It is important to continue confessing and focusing on keeping an eye on our spiritual health Fr. Jeries is asking anyone who would like to confess to please call him or send him a text message and he will schedule a time for you, this could be done over the phone if needed. This is to ensure your safety and the safety of the clergy and to comply with the directions and guidelines by the local authorities.

Donations during Covid-19

Thank you all who have been able to continue donating. We understand that some may be facing financial hardships and our prayers go out to you and your family. If you are able, please continue donating, as we still have roughly $15,000 a month in operating expenses. Through the prayer of our faithful, may Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ keep you and your family safe!

Visit our "Donate" page to make a donation or mail in your check to 195 North Main Street, Milpitas, CA 95035. Thank you and God Bless!

Matching Donation

Many companies offer matching gift programs to encourage employees to contribute to charitable organizations. Some provide matching funds to support employee volunteer hours. Please find out if your company will match your donations to St. James Church.

Scrip Gift Card Program

A large variety of scrip (gift) cards are available at the church hall following the liturgy. We have Amazon, Gas, Visa cards, your favorite restaurants and much more! By purchasing scrip cards, our church will receive a percentage or kick-back from the company.

Spiritual Corner
Apparition of the Sign of the Precious Cross over Jerusalem - 5/20

The Precious Cross appeared in the sky over Jerusalem on the morning of May 7, 351 during the reign of the emperor Constantius, the son of Saint Constantine.

At that time the heresy of Arianism, which taught that Christ was merely a creature and not God, was causing great turmoil and division throughout the Empire. Even after the First Ecumenical Council at Nicea in 325, many people were drawn to this false teaching, and the Orthodox found themselves in the minority in many places.

Constantius, the ruler of the eastern part of the Empire, was a fervent supporter of Arianism. His brothers Constantine II and Constans, who were pious Orthodox Christians, ruled in the west. They were both killed in separate battles around 350, leaving Constantius as sole ruler. Also in 350, Saint Cyril (March 18) became Patriarch of Jerusalem and began his zealous struggle against Arianism.

In May of 351 a luminous Cross appeared over Jerusalem, stretching from Golgotha to the Mount of Olives, a distance of about five and a half miles. The Cross was wide as it was long, and shone more brightly than the sun. Many people left their homes and workplaces to gather in the church and glorify Christ. The historian Sozomen says that this wondrous sign led to the conversion of multitudes of pagans and Jews to Christianity.

A letter from Saint Cyril to the emperor describing this phenomenon, and admonishing him to become Orthodox, has been preserved. The apparition of the Cross remained over the city for a whole week.

The vision of the Cross over Jerusalem strengthened the Orthodox faithful and contributed to the return of many Arians to the Church. It is also a reminder of the awesome Second Coming of Christ, when “the sign of the Son of man shall appear in heaven” (Matthew 24:30).

The Great Martyr St. Irene - 5/18

Saint Irene was the daughter of a princelet called Licinius; named Penelope by her parents, through a divine revelation she was brought to faith in Christ and at Baptism was renamed Irene. In her zeal for piety she broke in pieces all the idols of her father, who commanded that she be trampled underfoot by horses. But while she remained unharmed, one of the horses rose up and cast down her father, killing him. By her prayer she raised him to life again, and he believed and was baptized. Afterwards, in many journeyings, Saint Irene suffered torments and punishments for her faith, but was preserved by the power of God, while working dread miracles and converting many thousands of souls. At last she came to Ephesus, where she fell asleep in peace, in the first half of the fourth century. Two days after her death, her gravestone was found lifted off, and her grave empty. At least two churches were dedicated to Saint Irene in Constantinople, and she is also the patroness of the Aegean island of Thera, which is commonly called Santorin (or Santorini), a corruption of "Saint Irene."  source: www.oca.org

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