Thursday, July 21, 2011

Saints of Healing: Orthodox Services in the Houston Area

For the healing of soul, mind, and body...

In society today, there are many blessed people who work in fields that offer services of healing for the soul, mind, and body. We have physicians, therapists, psychiatrists, massage therapists, physical therapists, psychologists, and counselors. Men and women who offer help/assistance to those struggling with ailments of their soul, mind, and body.

In the Life of the Church, throughout the Church year we commemorate many saints refered to as "holy unmercenaries." They lived pious lives offering great service to their fellow man through prayer and healing without payment. Saints such as Cosmos & Damian, Cyrus & John, Sampson the Hospitable, Panteleimon, Tryphon, Vlassios (Blaise), Luke the Apostle, Spyridon, Artemios, and numerous others.

While many people in society suffer in a variety of ways, it is a great comfort to witness the miraculous abilities of professionals who work diligently to heal and ease those who suffer. Whether one works in a hospital or private practice, examines charts or perscribes medication, listens and offers words of encouragement through counseling and therapy, all can use the great examples of those who have lived a life worthy of Christ the Great Physician.

Christ - the Great Physician
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With these great healing saints in mind, liturgical services will be held throughout the year on their feastdays. Our hope is that those in such professions as listed above will participate in services supplicating prayful intercessions from these examples of those who help the healing of soul, mind, and body.

Kontakion of the Holy Unmercenaries (Tone 2):
You have received the grace of remedies, spread strength over those in need, glorious, wonderworking Physicians; but by your visitation, cast down the insolence of enemies, healing the world by wonders.

Our first batch of special services begins over the next few weeks:

Tuesday, July 26th @ 7:30p, Akathist to St Panteilemon
Tuesday, August 2nd @ 6:00p, Paraklesis to the Theotokos during the Dormition Fast
Thursday, August 4th @ 6:00p, Paraklesis to the Theotokos
Tuesday, August 9th @ 6:00p, Paraklesis to the Theotokos
Thursday, August 11th @ 6:00p, Paraklesis to the Theotokos

Hope you can join us!

Please check the St. George Houston, TX calendar for the schedule of services throughout the year and join us in worship to our loving and merciful God through the supplications of these "saints of healing."

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