February 28 update - A message from Father John: Lenten Meditation:
Good Morning beloved Parishioners and Friends: A Blessed Lent to you: It is freezing outside....but keep your heart warm with the love of Christ. Meditation: O great and praised God, who through the life-giving death of your Christ has brought us from corruption to in-corruption, deliver all our senses from deadly passions, setting over them inner reason as a sure guide. Let not our EYES look upon evil nor our EARS listen to idle talk, and let our TONGUE be cleansed of all IMPURE speech. Purify our lips which praise You, O Lord. May our HANDS abstain from evil acts and only do what is pleasing to You. Having strengthened all our members and our mind by Your Grace. From Presanctified Lit. Love Fr. John. See you tomorrow, please bring your steward pledge, it has been a very rough winter so far for the Church.
March 1 Thinking about you - A message from Father John
Hi beloved people: no message.....I want you to know that I am thinking about you and the family.....you are an image of the living God... an Icon....that is why He created YOU. There are people who are dying of cancer, I know, because I have been told by concerned people,who want me to pray for them. so let us all together pray for these people....they need us....and are asking us to pray for them. They don't want to die...they want to be healed....will you pray for them in Church? Tomorrow, Icon Sunday, the students, the children will carry icons in procession around the Church as we have been doing for 13 years. We will be taking photos, to put on our own web site. Look for this. Thanks to the parents, the students. Love Fr. John.Panachida for Tekla N. SR. ACRY meeting. Oh yea, finally we are going to have Sunday School....after all the bad weather. Love Fr. John.
A note from Fr. Dn. Jim:Good Morning to all Parishioners and Friends, Glory Be To Jesus Christ! Just a reminder that the beautiful Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts is to be celebrated each Wednesday and Friday and on the first three days of Holy Week at 6:30 pm. The Church Fathers knew that Holy Communion with Christ through the Eucharist was the only real basis for a spiritual Christian Life, so they began to celebrate the Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts during Lent. In Modern practice, this Liturgy is celebrated only on Wednesdays and Fridays and the first three days of Holy Week. The exclusive Lenten use of this Liturgy, which dates back to the fifth and sixth centuries, has made it into a beautiful and moving expression of Orthodox Lenten spirituality. Please also be reminded that following the Liturgy on each Wednesday evening a Lenten covered dish meal will be served in the Church basement. For the first Wednesday on February 25, myself and Kathy will provide a salad, a meatless pasta dish and drinks. If others can bring other foods such as a soup and other meatless dishes it would be appreciated. During or after the meal we will be having round table discussions concerning issues affecting the Church today. Educational videos (Exploring The Feasts Of The Church) in the "Know Your Faith" series will also be shown as time permits. All are welcome to the Lenten Meal. Bringing food is not necessary! There is always plenty of food for all. In addition, all ages are welcome, please bring children to both the Liturgy and Lenten meal. In Christ, Deacon Jim.
Grant, O Lord that all parishioners (family) of yours may celebrate with Faith The Mystery of Your Son's suffering and death, and so feel the joy of Your forgiveness, through Christ Our Lord, Amen.