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St. John the Baptist

posted Mar 25, 2010, 11:02 PM by   [ updated Mar 25, 2010, 11:04 PM by Yulia Russiyanova ]
September 9, 2009 - Dear Parents: 

It is with joy that I greet you for the first time during this new school year. Your children seem to be adjusting well, judging from the happy noise and the smiling faces. I look forward to meeting all of you again tonight during our annual orientation meeting. 

This Friday is an important holiday out of the lesser holidays of the Church year. On this date, September 11th, we remember the martyrdom of the person about whom Jesus said: “among those born of women there has risen no one greater than John the Baptist”. This great saint was given the monumental task of preparing people for the actual arrival of the Savior. In the fulfillment of his mission, he was arrested by King Herod for openly condemning the sins of the king when the king rejected his wife and began to live a life of sin with his brother's wife. St. John was a most holy man, famous for his very strict way of life which included the strictest form of fasting. He survived exclusively on a meal of locust with wild honey. 

Because of the great sanctity of this saint and his importance to the Church, the day of his martyrdom is one that the Church celebrates with great solemnity. Also, in remembrance of his strict fasting and as a way of honoring him for this spiritual accomplishment, the Church has established this day as a very strict fast day. Please remember this when preparing the menu for your Friday meals. 

The school commemorates this day by having an early liturgy in the lower church which will start at 8:00 AM. It will be served in English. Please bring your child into school before the start of the liturgy. After the liturgy, we will continue on with regular classes as a normal school day. 

Thank you for your kind attention to this matter. 

With Love in Christ,
Archpriest Serge Kotar