We are at the beginning of the summer season and are getting ready to celebrate the Nativity of St. John the Baptist on Saturday, June 24th and Saints Peter and Paul on Thursday, June 29th. This is followed by the Assembly of the Twelve Holy Apostles on Friday, June 30th. Some of the EOCA member parishes in the valley are under the protection of these very popular saints.
St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Campbell, OH, along with St. John the Forerunner Greek Orthodox Church in Boardman, OH, are among the larger parishes in the area. There are parishes across the Ohio-PA state line that also have St. John as their patron saint: St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Sharon and St. John the Baptist Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Church in Hermitage, PA.
Saints Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Youngstown, OH, is having its Feast Day on July 12th. We pray that all of these parishes have long life, peace, health, salvation, and the blessings of God for many years.
Here is the list of the Twelve Holy Apostles for our readers to look over: Simon Peter, Andrew (Peter’s brother), James and John (the sons of Zebedee), Philip, Nathaniel (also called Bartholomew), Thomas (the twin), Matthew (also called Levi), James the younger (the son of Alpheus), Jude (also called Thaddeus) (the brother of James), Simon the Zealot, and Matthias (who replaced Judas).
Posted by Fr. Andrew Gall, EOCA President
Agrippina the Martyr of Rome; Holy Martyrs Aristocleus the Priest, Demetrius the Deacon and Athanasius the Reader; The Holy New Archpriest Martyrs Gerasimus of Crete, Neophytos of Knossos, Joachim of Cherronisos, Hierotheos of Lampi, Zachariah of Sitia, Joachim of Petra, Gerasimos of Rethymno, Kallinikos of Kydonia, Melchizedek of Kissamos, Kallinikos of Diopolos, and those Martyred with Them (1821-1822); Mark, Bishop of Ephesus; Etheldreda the Queen