Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren

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Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren

Postby Bishop_Irineos » Sun 15 April 2018 11:19 pm

Our St. Juliana ministry followed up a big Easter distribution with another 35 lunches where we went out to the bridges and underpasses mainly in Pflugerville and North Austin to find those in need. This effort was planned by our altar server Peter, and everyone pitched in after liturgy to bring food and help make the sack lunches.

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Re: Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren

Postby Maria » Sun 15 April 2018 11:41 pm

What type of sandwiches did you offer?
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Postby Bishop_Irineos » Sun 15 April 2018 11:43 pm

An assortment of lunch meats, also apples, a salty snack, a sweet snack, and bottled water, and a prayer card in each bag.

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Re: Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren

Postby Barbara » Mon 16 April 2018 2:27 am

what did the prayer card say ? I hope it lists your parish, too.
What a NICE idea of your Reader Peter's.
I think the salty snack is a great offering because so many homeless would be suffering from adrenal fatigue due to precarious living. Salt is the absolute most important mineral for the adrenals to start to recharge and rejuvenate. I bet 95 % of these people would be craving salt for that reason but may not even be consciously aware of it.

What else does your St Juliana Ministry do ? I am sure that is St Juliana Olshanskaya / Lazarevskaya as the heavenly patroness. What a great endeavor.

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Re: Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren

Postby Bishop_Irineos » Mon 16 April 2018 4:59 am

Barbara wrote:what did the prayer card say ? I hope it lists your parish, too.
What a NICE idea of your Reader Peter's.
I think the salty snack is a great offering because so many homeless would be suffering from adrenal fatigue due to precarious living. Salt is the absolute most important mineral for the adrenals to start to recharge and rejuvenate. I bet 95 % of these people would be craving salt for that reason but may not even be consciously aware of it.

What else does your St Juliana Ministry do ? I am sure that is St Juliana Olshanskaya / Lazarevskaya as the heavenly patroness. What a great endeavor.


The prayer card has the evening prayer to Christ from the Jordanville Prayer book and contact information for our parish. The St. Juliana Ministry is primarily focused on outreach to the homeless in the metro Austin area. They do feedings, hygiene kits, winter supplies. They've also done baby blankets for a maternity home, helped meet food emergencies for local families and occasional cash benevolence for local residents. The bulk of the homeless work is done by one of our faithful women in the parish and her family. Today we all pitched in to help and Peter and I drove around 100 miles finding people in need on the streets.

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Re: Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren

Postby someguy » Mon 16 April 2018 9:04 am

Bishop_Irineos wrote: I drove around 100 miles finding people in need


wow this is awesome as true orthodox parishes that i've seen are more isolated/enclosed rather than evangelical/alms giving?

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Re: Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren

Postby Maria » Mon 16 April 2018 9:18 am

someguy wrote:
Bishop_Irineos wrote: I drove around 100 miles finding people in need


wow this is awesome as true orthodox parishes that i've seen are more isolated/enclosed rather than evangelical/alms giving?


Yes, this is a wonderful witness.

My GOC parish under Archbishop Stephanos in New York also has an active outreach. I believe that it is safer to work in a group. This also helps to create a sense of a loving community much like the time of Christ when people said of the Christians, "See how they love one another."
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