On December 4 the Church celebrates great holy day of the Entrance of the Most Holy Mother of God into Temple. St. George parish family had a beautiful celebration on that day. Our Rector, Archpriest Igor Tarasov served the Divine Liturgy. Following the Gospel reading he preached a homily in Russian.
In his sermon the Rector expressed his joy from seeing some children in the temple who were brought by their parents. He told about the history of the feast and stressed the importance of the temple in the life of any Orthodox Christian. We are receiving the most important spiritual and sacramental comfort in the church. Most of us were baptized in the temple, not at home. We come to the church to confess our sins and receive Holy Communion. Those who are married, received God’s blessing for their marriage in the church through the rite of Crowning. And finally, the remains of every Orthodox Christian should be brought to the church for the proper Christian funeral. cannot Our salvation depends on how we attend the temple. Those who say that they can pray by themselves, personally or can listen to the services from TV, radio or Internet staying at home, are mistaken. They cannot receive enough spiritual comfort and divine grace without being physically in the church building. We have to love and cherish our temples and attend them. We also have to bring to the church our children. It is their home where they should feel comfortable. However, children should be taught to behave well in the church understanding that this is the holy house of God.
After the Liturgy dismissal the Rector and altar server came out of the altar and performed the rite of glorification before the icon of the feast, singing the troparion, kontakion and magnification of the Entrance.