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A peaceful and prayerful expression of faith and blessing to Leesburg
st_johnCatholics celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi - Loudoun County Courthouse (Third Station: Matthew 26:26-29) Sunday June 7, 2015
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body” Matthew 26:26.

350 members of the congregation participate in Eucharistic Procession passing through Leesburg.

Saint John the Apostle Roman Catholic Church held a Eucharistic Procession on the Feast of Corpus Christi on Sunday, June 7, 2015. The procession began inside the church (First Station John: 6:47-51), then through the church property, then through St. John cemetary (Second Station Mark 6:34, 39-44), then down Church Street to the Loudoun County Courthouse (Third Station Matthew 26:26-29) in downtown Leesburg and finally back to the church via North King Street.

The Holy Eucharist was contained in a processional monstrance protected by a decorated canopy. The procession with the Blessed Sacrament under guarded canopy commenced at 3:30 p.m. (immediately following the 2:15 pm Spanish Mass) and concluded at approximately 5 PM. Gospel Readings, Prayer and singing were emulated at stations along the procession route. It is estimated that 350 of the congregation participated in the procession.

The procession was comprised of clergy, First Communicants in their communion clothes, Knights of Columbus in their 4th degree regalia, Altar Servers in their cassocks, members of all parish ministries and lay people and their families. The Loudoun historian Eugene Scheel informed me that to the best of his knowledge, no church has ever brought the Holy Eucharist to the county courthouse steps. This was truly an historic event in Leesburg.

In most countries, the Feast of Corpus Christi is celebrated on the traditional date of the Thursday after Trinity Sunday, which is the first Sunday after Pentecost. In the United States, Canada, and parts of Spain, the bishops have transferred the Solemnity of the Feast of Corpus Christi to the following Sunday. Catholics around the world celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi, symbolizing their belief in the body and blood of Jesus Christ and the Eucharist. Catholics display to their neighbors the love, honor, gratitude and belief in the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

“I know that historically, such processions have had a public element to it. With all of the recent discussions over public displays, we thought it appropriate to offer a peaceful and prayerful expression of faith and blessing to the town. We are very grateful for the support of the residents, police, and civic officials,” said Father John Mosimann.

About St. John the Apostle Church

The Church in Leesburg truly spans the centuries. From the small, 137-year-old chapel on King Street to the new church on the hill opposite, St. John the Apostle blends the quaint and the modern in a growing, yet still small-town, atmosphere.

“The new St. John the Apostle Catholic Church breaks tradition to make a statement to Leesburg residents,” said Mosimann. The church at the intersection of North King Street and Oakcrest Manor Drive, points north-to-south, instead of the customary east-to-west facing of Catholic churches, Mosimann said. The church’s front doors face the Town of Leesburg.

“We wanted to open our doors to Leesburg,” Mosimann said.

Quick facts
St. John the Apostle Church
231 North King St., N.W.
Leesburg, Va. 20176

Pastor: Fr. John P. Mosimann

Parishioners’: 10,000

church streetFather Chris Christensen leads the Eucharistic Procession from St. John the Apostle Catholic Church via Church Street to the Loudoun County Courthouse in downtown Leesburg.

Mass Schedule:

Saturday: 5:30 pm (Church)

Sunday: 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 10:45 am, 12:30 pm, 2:15 pm (Spanish), all in Church

Latin Extraordinary Form (Chapel): 10:30 am

Daily Mass: Monday-Friday, 8:30 am (Chapel) and noon (Church); Saturday, 9:00 am (Church)

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Holy Trinity Orthodox Church relocates from Reston to Ashburn
HTOCArchbishop Tikhon visited Holy Trinity Orthodox Church parish on Pentecost Sunday May 31, 2015
Photo: Archbishop Tikhon visited Holy Trinity Orthodox Church Parish on Pentecost Sunday May 31 2015. Archbishop Tikhon is the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Washington and the Metropolitan of All America and Canada for the Orthodox Church in America.

We welcome Holy Trinity Orthodox Church into the Loudoun Community. God calls us together to be an ecumenical Christian community in the midst of Loudoun County, extending an authentic and inclusive welcome to all people living and working here. We are called to worship the Triune God (Father who generates, the Son who is begotten, and the Holy Spirit who proceeds) with joy and in beauty, to bring together lived faith, moral perspective and critical thought. We are to serve our neighbors in the Loudoun area and around the world. As we remind ourselves each week, we are being formed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ into leaders and disciples who will do justice, promote love and kindness and walk humbly with God.

The new location is 20937 Ashburn Road, Suite 110 Ashburn, Virginia.

Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, a parish community of the Orthodox Church in America, has moved from Reston to Ashburn. Since its establishment in 1978, Holy Trinity has been a unique Orthodox Christian Church community in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, drawing parishioners from Loudoun and Fairfax counties. The community of Orthodox believers is focused on church renewal, which they embrace as the continuous restoration of the worship and tradition of the early Christian church, born at Pentecost and spread through the known world by the Apostles of Christ. Services are in English and sung by the entire parish, led by Fr. Paul Harrilchak, ordained to serve Holy Trinity nearly 40 years ago.

Fr. Paul is a superb Orthodox Christian theologian for our time, having studied first at Catholic University and then so faithfully under contemporary Orthodox Church Fathers, Archpriests Alexander Schmemmann and John Meyendorff, the preeminent voices of Orthodox Church renewal in the 20th century. Fr. Paul has written extensively on the sacrament of confession and the Divine Liturgy, the Eucharistic service of the Church.

These comprehensive works are outstanding resources for those interested in learning about Orthodoxy as well as for those Orthodox Christians seeking a deeper understanding of the faith. Holy Trinity brings Orthodox Christians together in English, and believers to Orthodoxy. We have no ethnicity to speak of, yet in important ways we are more like a parish in the Orthodox world. We put back on the lips of the people the people’s own prayer and responses.
At Holy Trinity we draw our faithful back into divine services, and we sing with one heart and with one mind. As so eloquently described in the words of the Psalmist: “With one mouth and one heart, let us come into His presence with thanksgiving, and with psalms, let us make a joyful noise to Him.” (Psalm 94) The Eucharist is at the very heart of our parish life, wherein we answer the Father’s invitation, and we give thanks.

The new church is a beautiful sanctuary adorned with unspeakably lovely icons not only surrounding the altar table, but reaching out through time and space to gather in the faithful in common worship. If you are an Orthodox Christian looking for a spiritual home, or a seeker of ancient Christian truth in this secular world, we invite you to “come and see” - experience the ancient faith, alive in Christ, where heaven meets earth in the divine services in Ashburn. For “although scattered through the whole world even to the ends of the earth” the Orthodox Church, and Holy Trinity as its living icon, “has received the faith from the Apostles and their disciples.” (St Irenaios, c. 130-200 A.D.)

The Sunday liturgy is the school. Families stand together and sing together, mutually evangelized by psalms, prayer and Holy Scripture brought to life through intelligent, thoughtful translations, meaningfully and insightfully explained, and made relevant to every aspect of our daily life by Fr. Paul. We invite you to make Holy Trinity Orthodox Church your spiritual home.

Experience the Divine Liturgy on Sunday at 10 am. For more information, including complete service schedules, visit the website at www.holytrinityvirginia.org/ or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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Baltimore Mother Visits Loudoun/The Zoe Center
Toya Graham
Loudoun Bible Church
Ordinary People Serving Our Extraordinary God.

Almost everyone has heard the story about the Baltimore mother, Ms. Toya Graham, who pulled her son from the riots a few weeks ago. She will be sharing her testimony this Sunday, May 24 at The Zoe Center during Loudoun Bible Church's 8:30 and 10am Services.

Toya Graham, made headlines after she caught her 16-year-old son, participating in the recent Baltimore riots. “When the cameras are not there and it’s just me and my son and I’m trying to show him right from wrong, and then you get to a situation like that and you see him doing wrong you just react, because you teach him better than that,” Graham said.

Graham is a single mother of six, and when she received a phone call that local schools were closing early she went to the protests, where she saw rioters throwing bricks at police. That’s when she spotted her oldest son and attempted to get him out of harms way. Toya said she was trying to not only protect her young son, she has 5 other children who also need to be protected.

Graham's tale is a doleful reminder of the frustrations many single mothers feel when dealing with challenges associated with the care, survival and success of their young sons. Her story galvanized a national debate over how we define our heroes and promote the positive side effects of establishing a strong mentoring relationship: healthy social engagement, effective communication skills, improved academic performance and lifelong community service.

Toya Graham's controversial stand to eject her son from a volatile situation may have spared his life. But there are other young men in the line of fire looking for more than a lifeline. They're counting on the love and sacrifice of mentors to inspire and help lift them over life's ever present hurdles.

For more information about this event, contact Pastor Wayne Wyatt at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit loudounbiblechurch.com.
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12th Annual Prom Wishes Event in Leesburg
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Healing Waters Serves Over 50 Families in Loudoun
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About the Blogger
Mark Gunderman writes and solicits articles that reflect the Church ministries and faith-based organizations' spiritual rhythm and follows the seasons of the Church. The Church and its ministries are relevant for news articles all year round, not just during Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. The Church and the media have many philosophical differences, yet common denominators link them together. Both have a message they want to articulate. An inherent responsibility for both is to communicate successfully.

"If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all and servant to all" (Mark 9:35).


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