His Grace Bishop Basil writes:
The Feast of St. Timon, patron saint of the Archdiocese of Bosra-Hauran, is Tuesday, July 28th. On the preceding Sunday, July 26th, 2015, the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America will observe "St. Timon Sunday" when DOWAMA parishes and missions pray for and highlight the history, ministries and needs of our Sister Diocese of Bosra-Hauran shepherded by His Eminence Metropolitan Saba. However, if you will be remaining in Boston for the concluding Divine Liturgy on Sunday, July 26th you may keep "St. Timon Sunday" on the previous Sunday, July 19th. The text of my letter to the Diocese (PDF) about this observance is attached hereto. Immediately following your community's observance of St. Timon Sunday, please direct your parish treasurer to send one parish check for the total amount collected (payable to"DOWAMA FSJD Account" and earmarked "Bosra-Hauran") to the coordinator of The Hauran Connection Dn. James Kallail - 502 South Creekside - Derby, KS 67037. Questions? Contact Deacon James at email@example.com.
May 22nd, 2015
Beloved and Christ-loving priests, deacons, monastics and lay folk of DOWAMA:
I embrace and greet you with a holy kiss in the Name of the Lord Christ.
In the Biblical account of the feast of Pentecost (Acts 2) we read of people from a multitude of nations who heard for the very first time and "everyone in his own language" (2:6) the proclamation by the Holy Apostles of the Good News. Among those people were "Arabians" (2:11) which meant people from Rome's frontier province of Arabia Petraea (the area of modern Syria south of Damascus, the Nabataean kingdom in modern Jordan, the Sinai peninsula and the northwestern tip of modern Saudi Arabia).