On March 9, 2014 at noon, Saint Nicholas Cathedral will hold its Annual Parish Meeting and, according to the St. Nicholas Parish Bylaws, will elect new members of the Parish Council. This year we will be electing two alternates/deputies, each for a one-year term.
The purpose of the Parish Council is to assist His Beatitude and the clergy of St. Nicholas in fulfilling the task entrusted to the Church by our Lord Jesus Christ: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28.19-20).
Serving on the Parish Council requires dedication, time and energy. The Parish Council is under the spiritual guidance and authority of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, assisted by Father George, and Father Valery. “No activities in the parish can be initiated without [the Rector’s] knowledge, approval, and blessing” (OCA Statute, Article 10, section 4).
As president of St Nicholas Cathedral, let me encourage you to consider becoming a candidate for the Parish Council this year. I would ask those parishioners in good standing who are considering the position of deputy on the Parish Council, to contact Candice Johnson no later than March 1, 2014 and to fill out and send a “candidate” form to the Chairperson of the Nominating Committee, Candice Johnson at: firstname.lastname@example.org so we can set up an appointment to discuss your interest in this important service to the Church. More information about this meeting will be posted on "Announce" and in upcoming Sunday Bulletins.
ANNUAL BLINI LUNCHEON:
Sponsored by the Dormition Guild Sunday, March 2, 2014
following the Divine Liturgy & Forgiveness Sunday Vespers!
Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers will be held on 9 March, 5:30pm, at St Katherine Greek Orthodox Church, 3149 Glen Carlyn Rd., Falls Church, VA 22041.
March 14th at 6:00 PM - Talk: "Sacrament of Confession in Orthodox Church". Archpriest Paul Harrilchak (OCA)
St. Nicholas Cathedral is organizing a group visit on Monday, February 17th (Presidents' Day), to the National Gallery of Art exhibit Heaven and Earth: The Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections, which includes 170 objects-- icons, mosaics, manuscripts, jewelry, and ceramics. We will park at the church at 10 AM and carpool to the National Gallery West Building. If you would prefer to use the Metro, meet us in the main lobby of the West Building at 10:30 AM on the 17th. To join us, please contact Claire Nobles by e-mail (email@example.com) or call the Church Office at 202-333-5060.
Professor Papadakis's Talk on Byzantium Rescheduled for Coffee Hour after Liturgy this Sunday
Professor Aristeides Papadakis will be speaking on Byzantium at Coffee Hour after the English Liturgy--about 11:00 AM--on Sunday February 16th, rather than Saturday evening, because of the possibility of snow. The half-hour presentation, which will take place in the fellowship hall at St. Nicholas Cathedral, will provide historical context for our group visit to the National Gallery exhibit "Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections."
Prof. Papadakis, a longtime St. Nicholas parishioner, has been an active participant in international conferences and symposia at the invitation of numerous institutions, including the University of London, Pontifical Committee of Historical Sciences of the Vatican, Dumbarton Oaks Center for Byzantine Studies Harvard University, and the University of Cyprus. Dr. Papadakis is Professor Emeritus of History, University of Maryland.
His major publications include Crisis in Byzantium (Fordham Univ.Press, 1983; 2nd ed. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 1997), and The Christian East and the Rise of the Papacy (St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 1994). The latter volume has been published in French, Russian, and Greek translations.
On February 28, 2014 our church will co-host Maslenitsa (Russian Mardi Gras) together with St. John’s at the Russian Embassy. This is a seated, elegant dinner with entertainment, a live orchestra, and folk dances by the young people of both cathedrals. The proceeds of this event, which is now in its 15th year, go to help the less fortunate members of our communities. On average, we have netted $30,000 which is equally distributed between the two churches.
Two important components to the success of the event are a raffle and a silent auction. We seek your support for these activities by asking that you consider a monetary donation which can be put towards the purchase of high end raffle prizes such as tablets and dinners at restaurants or the donation of quality gift items that could be auctioned off. Should you have tickets to cultural or sport events that you will not be able to use, they too would be appreciated. If you can provide a service/skill, please consider offering it. Any items offered should be in excellent condition and will be subject to vetting by the auction committee. The monetary value of all such donations can be taken as a tax deduction, so this is a win/win situation. Should you have any questions or need inspiration, please contact Suzanne Tolstoy at 202-462-3898.
We wish to offer our thanks to everyone who responds to this appeal.
If you are aware of a parishioner who is ill or for some reason can not attend church services regularly, it is possible they might benefit from a card sent by our Dormition Guild or a phone call or visit from clergy. In such case, please notify Andrea Lutov for the Dormition Guild (firstname.lastname@example.org), Fr. George (email@example.com) or Fr. Valery (firstname.lastname@example.org)
PLEASE REMEMBER TO SUBMIT YOUR PLEDGE FOR 2014!!!
"O Lord, sanctify those, who love the beauty of His house!
Reward them with Your reach and heavenly gifts,
given them heavenly things for the earthly ones,
eternal things for the temporal ones,
incorruptible things for those that perish"
St. Basil the Great. Liturgy
Pledge Letter in MS Word or in PDF
PLEDGE FORM in MS Word or PLEDGE FORM in PDF
St. Nicholas Cathedral is grateful for every donation received throughout the year. Your generous support enables the Cathedral to spread the teaching of Our Lord Jesus Christ, serve regular Divine Liturgies and Sacraments and provide spiritual nourishment to our faithful, their families and those in need. Your pledge of support is a sign of your heartfelt participation in the life of our parish family and it plays a vital role in enabling us to meet our financial responsibilities. Please, download and read the letter, which explains the importance of the timely pledges.
We pray that everybody who attends St. Nicholas Cathedral and cares for it financial security will make a pledge for 2014!
If you don’t have a pledge form, you can download it from the link bellow or pick up a hard copy either at the candle counter or by calling the office at 202-333-5060. Please take a few minutes to fill out the pledge form and submit it to either the candle counter or mail it to
St. Nicholas Cathedral
3500 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington DC 20007
Thank you for your support and keeping St. Nicholas strong and a place we can be proud of!
At 7 PM on Saturday, February 1st in the St. Nicholas Cathedral social hall a trio of tenors under the auspices of the Patriarchal Metochion of the Moscow Kremlin will perform Russian and English spiritual and folk music. The suggested ticket price is fifteen dollars. Refreshments will be offered after the trio's performance. The trio will also sing during the second liturgy on Sunday, February 2nd and give a concert after the liturgy.
Dr. Sr. Vassa Larin of the University of Vienna in Austria, and host of the weekly YouTube-program "Coffee with Sister Vassa,"is visiting the United States!
She will give a talk on "Living the Church Calendar in the 21st Century" at St. Nicholas Cathedral
Saturday January 25th - 6:00 PM
Sunday - January 26
10:30 AM - English
12:30 PM - Russian
If you haven't seen it click here or search for Coffee with Sister Vassa in Youtube, and don't miss this talk!