Trinity Church Welcomes All through its "Big Red Doors" with Tibetan prayer flags flying in the wind. It would be hard to find a more diverse group of believers, used-to-be believers, and sort-of believers. Many of us were born into other religions and denominations, and have found ourselves to be part of the inclusiveness of God's love.
The festival of the wheat harvest, and is the first harvest festival of the year. Lammastide (Aug 1st) marks the end of summer and the beginning of fall. The days now grow visibly shorter and by the time we've reached autumn's end (Oct 31st). The blessing of new fruits was performed annually in both the Eastern and Western Churches on the first or the sixth of August (the latter being the feast of the Transfiguration of Christ.
August 1 - Joseph of Arimathaea - was, according to all four canonical Gospels, the man who donated his own prepared tomb for the burial of Jesus after Jesus' crucifixion. According to Mark 15:43, he was an "honourable counsellor (bouleutes), meaning a member of the Jewish Sanhedrin, who was waiting for the kingdom of God". Matthew 27:57 described this Joseph as a rich man and disciple of Jesus. According to John 19:38, upon hearing of Jesus' death, this secret disciple of Jesus, "went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus". Pilate, after a centurion confirmed the death, allowed Joseph's request. Joseph immediately purchased fine linen (Mark 15:46) and proceeded to Golgotha to take the body of Jesus down from the cross. There, according to John 19:39, Joseph and Nicodemus took the body, wrapped it in the fine linen, and applied the myrrh and aloes Nicodemus had brought. The disciples then conveyed the prepared corpse to the place previously bought for Joseph's own tomb, a man-made cave hewn from rock in the garden of his house nearby. This was done speedily, "for the Sabbath was drawing on". Luke 23:50–56 also mentions the event.
August 2- International Forgiveness Day - About forgiveness, Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote, “It is to the credit of human nature, that, except where its selfishness is brought into play, it loves more readily than it hates. Hatred, by a gradual and quiet process, will even be transformed to love, unless the change be impeded by a continually new irritation of the original feeling of hostility.”
Aug 4-5 - Tish'a B'Av — Also known as the Fast of the Ninth of Av, this is a day of fasting and mourning for the many tragedies which have befallen the Jewish people at this time of year. We offer prayers of solace and renew our commitment to build harmony among all people.
August 6- Transfiguration This feast celebrates the transparency of all creation for the Divine Light. When Jesus and his three favorite disciples climbed Mount Tabor to pray, he appeared before them shining like the sun, accompanied by the prophets Moses and Elias.
August 6-9 - Commemoration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Bombings. A somber, prayerful remembrance of the victims of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki (August 6 and 9, 1945). Many people follow the Japanese custom of sailing paper lanterns with peace prayers inscribed on them down streams and rivers. More than 270,000 people died as a result of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. These bombs are now considered, along with all weapons of mass destruction, as a crime against humanity. In addition to our prayers for peace today, we recommit ourselves to working for peace with all our heart and strength. “Since August 6, 1945, no one can deny that all of us belong together in this spaceship Earth. ‘When you are in the same boat with your worst enemy, will you drill a hole into his side of the boat?’ asks Elissa Melamed.'
August 7- John Mason Neale (1818–1866) Anglican priest who founded the Sisters of Saint Margaret (one of the first Anglican orders of women after the Reformation) for medical nursing work among England’s rural poor. He insisted on professional training for the nurses and fostered the autonomous leadership of women in their community. Forging strong ecumenical ties with Eastern Orthodoxy, he brought a daring, renewed feeling of beauty and tenderness to Anglican liturgy, hymnody, and architecture.August 8-Dominic was a Spanish priest and founder of the Dominican Order. Dominic is the patron saint of astronomers.
August 9- Herman of Alaska was a Russian Orthodox monk and missionary to Alaska, which was then part of Russian America. His gentle approach and ascetic life earned him the love and respect of both the native Alaskans and the Russian colonists. He is considered by many Orthodox Christians as the patron saint of North America.August 11- Clare of Assisi - St. Clare of Assisi (1194-1253), who lived to the full the poverty and humility set before us in the Christian gospel, is patron saint of all who lovingly care for Mother Earth.
August 12- Florence Nightingale (1820–1910) Unitarian, sometime Anglican, accused of "eclectic religious beliefs.” The leading figure in the development of modern nursing practice through her pioneering work in the Crimean War, she recruited and trained women to serve in places of disease and violence where Victorian sensibilities taught that “gentle ladies ought not to go." Among her recruits were Anglican nursing sisters from the Sisters of Saint Margaret founded by fellow saint John Mason Neale.
August 13- Jonathan Myrick Daniels was an Episcopal seminarian, known for being killed in Hayneville, Alabama while working on the civil rights movement in Lowndes County. His death helped widen support for the civil rights movement. In 1991 Daniels was designated as a martyr in the Episcopal church and recognized annually. He is memorialized in the civil rights movement and other venues.
August 15- The Assumption of Mary / The Falling Asleep of Mary This Christian feast commemorates Mother Mary’s being taken up into heaven, where she is crowned Queen of all things.
The early legendary accounts of the death of Mary the Mother of Jesus led -- through centuries of devotion -- to the Catholic dogma of Mary’s bodily assumption into heaven. Mary represents the motherliness of God and the feminine dimension of divine love. Under this aspect, she is “Queen of Heaven and Earth.” The Eastern Orthodox churches celebrate Mary’s dormition, her "falling asleep."
** This prayer is offer for Victims of Violence throughout of the world. Victims of verbal, physical, emotional, of hunger and thirst,economic abuse,warfare (especially Ukraine, Venezuela, parts of Africa, South America Asia and the Middle East, terrorist action, the death penalty, suicide, shootings (in our cities and neighborhoods), and other guise of violence. May their souls rest in peace and their families experience the Comfort of God. The Church bells will toll on Wednesdays @ 6:10pm.
Pennies for Pups
Your loose change especially pennies are appreciated to help fund training for a puppy to be trained in assisting the visually impaired. We are still collecting tabs from cans/soft drinks, used stamps and pennies to help with Pennies for Pups (scholarships to help with the training of Seeing Eye Dogs)
Light a Candle
Visit our Lady’s Chapel light a candle/ say a prayer for those in need of healing. An Icon of Lady of health is present.
Stay tune for news or speak to Fr. Smith. Give us a 6x6 in square of your favorite wrapping paper or paper from a gift.
Donations of food for those who are hungry or pet food for those who incomes are limited. Bring a can or bag of(rice) or box of cereal. Something that is nutritious to be part of our offering for the next eight weeks.
See info near information table.
Used Printer Cartridges
Give us your used printer ink cartridges.
Help Animal Shelters
Bring in used towels and sheets to help local animal shelter.
FRIDAYS: JUNE 6th - NOVEMBER 21st 11:00am-4:00pm Rain or Shine Download Farmer's Market Flyer
10am - Morning Prayer with Holy Communion
National Night Out @ Borough Hall 5-9pm
Commemoration of Hiroshima: Bells toll at 7:15pm
Commemoration of Nagasaki: Bells toll at 11:15pm
10 am - Morning Prayer with Holy Communion
Sung Eucharist; Blessing of Flowers and Herbs - 10am
10am - Morning Prayer with Holy Communion
10am - Sung Eucharist
Cliffside Park LibraryJune's Special Events
8/1- Meet JerseyBites.com food blogger Michelle Stavrou
8/15- Learn about beekeeping from a local beekeeper and sample honey
We are excited to announce Fizz, Boom, Read @ Your Library as this year's summer reading program! Weekly classes will be starting on June 23rd and Wednesday Special Events will start on June 25th. Be on the lookout for our quarterly newsletter which will be included in the May 30th issue of the Cliffside Park Citizen which will have all the details necessary for registration!