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2017 Lenten Schedule

2017 Lenten Schedule

Lenten Schedule 2017


27:FEB

Monday: Great Lent Begins "Clean Monday" - Strict Fast


27:FEB

Monday: Forgiveness Vespers at 6:00pm


1:MAR

Wednesday: Pre-Sanctified Liturgy at 6:00pm


3:MAR

Friday: Salutations to the Theotokos at 7:00pm


4:MAR

Saturday of Souls: Orthros at 9:00am followed by Liturgy at 9:30am. Memorial Services (off Site)


5:MAR

Sunday of Orthodoxy. Orthors at 9:00am followed by Divine Liturgy at 10:00am


8:MAR

Wednesday: Pre-Sanctified Liturgy at 6:00pm


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Friday: Salutations to the Theotokos at 7:00pm


12:MAR

Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas: Orthors at 9:00am followed by Divine Liturgy at 10:00am


15:MAR

Wednesday: Pre-Sanctified Liturgy at 6:00pm


17:MAR

Friday: Salutations to the Theotokos at 7:00pm


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Sunday of the Holy Cross, Orthors at 9:00am followed by Divine Liturgy at 10:00am


22:MAR

Wednesday: Pre-Sanctified Liturgy at 6:00pm


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Friday: Salutations to the Theotokos at 7:00pm


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Saturday: Annunciation of the Theotokos Divine Liturgy at 9:30am


26:MAR

Sunday of St. John Climacus, Orthors at 9:00am followed by Divine Liturgy at 10:00am


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Wednesday: Pre-Sanctified Liturgy at 6:00pm


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Friday: Akathist Hymn at 7:00pm


COME, RECEIVE THE LIGHT …
HOLY WEEK 2017

During Holy Week, we follow the footsteps of Christ, Who passed from Death to Life. We, too, experience Christ’s journey to the Cross. This journey takes us to the reality of sin and death. Christ conquered sin and death, and His triumph is ours as well. By uniting ourselves with Christ, we discover that death has no power over us.

Open your heart to Christ! The events of Holy Week are the most moving of the year. To get the most out of them, participate in each day’s services. Make prayer, fasting and Holy Communion essential parts of your Holy Week.

8:APR

Saturday: Saturday of Lazarus Liturgy at 9:30am On Lazarus Saturday, we find that death is the enemy which Christ cam to conquer, and that Christ is truly the giver of life! The raising of Lazarus is celebrated on this day. We, too, receive the promise of new life. We celebrate the divine love that brought Lazarus back to life --- the same love that Christ offers to each one of us today. The Scripture readings are Hebrews 12:28-13:8 and John 11:1-45.

8:APR

Saturday: Pancake breakfast and making of Palm Crosses after Liturgy at 10:30am


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Palm Sunday, Orthors at 9:00am followed by Divine Liturgy at 10:00am Palm Sunday celebrates Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. We receive Palms on this day to show that we too accept Jesus as King, and that we are willing to follow Him to the Cross. The scripture readings are Philippians: 4:4-9 and John 12:1-18.

10:APR

Palm Sunday: Bridegroom Service at 7:00pm This Service helps us understand Christ’s passage from death to life – and how each of us can also become free from sin and death. So we commemorate: 1) Christ the Bridegroom. The priest carries the Icon of Christ the Bridegroom in procession. We behold Christ as the Bridegroom of the Church, bearing the marks of suffering, yet preparing a marriage Feast for us in God’s kingdom; 2) The Blessed Joseph, who was thrown into a pit and sold into slavery by the brothers, and who later became a powerful ruler. In the same way, Christ was rejected, betrayed and crowned with glory in God’s Kingdom; 3) The Barren Fig Tree, which Christ cursed and withered because it bore no fruit. The tree is like those who have heard God’s word but fail to bear fruit by not obeying it. The Gospel reading is Matthew 21:18-43.

10:APR

Monday: Bridegroom Service at 7:00pm This Service urges us to be spiritually prepared to receive Christ. We should take this time to reflect on the Parable of the Ten Virgins. The maidens who filled their lamps with oil were prepared to receive the Bridegroom. Those with empty lamps where shut out of the marriage feast. So each of us should light our lives with faith and good works and be ready to receive Christ. The Gospel reading is Matthew 22:15-46; 23:1-39.

11:APR

Tuesday: Bridegroom Service at 7:00pm This Service asks us to repent our sins and to forgive others. We remember the sinful woman who anointed Christ in anticipation of His death. Her repentance and love of Christ is the theme of the Hymn of Cassiane changed tonight. We, too, may be forgiven if we confess our sins and obey God’s will. The Gospel reading is John 12:17-50

12:APR

Wednesday: Holy Unction at 6:00pm The Sacrament of Holy Oil is celebrated on Holy Wednesday Evening when we seek to be reconciled with God. The priest anoints us with holy oil that we may be healed physically and spiritually. The Orthodox Church has always viewed body and soul as inseparable, and for that reason has stressed the necessity for preserving both in good health. The Sacrament of the Holy Unction is an enduring sacrament of faith for healing the sick and forgiving sins, with the most familiar celebration of the sacrament on Great Wednesday of Holy Week.

13:APR

Thursday: Liturgy of St Basil at 10:00am At this solemn service, we celebrate the meaning of what Christ said and did at the Last Supper. Before the great entrance, this special hymn is changed: “At Thy mystical supper, O Son of God, accept me today a communicant, for I will not speak of Thy mystery to Thine enemies, neither like Judas will I give Thee a kiss, but like the thief will I confess Thee: Remember me, O Lord, in Thy kingdom.” Holy Communion from the Lamb (The “Amnos”) is consecrated at this Liturgy. It is used throughout the rest of the year for Holy Communion for the sick and for those who cannot come to Church.

13:APR

Thursday: 12 Gospels/Passion of Christ at 6:30pm On this day, our Lord went to the Cross and died to atone for our sins. The power of death and the reality of evil rule the world on this dreadful day. Yet, Christ’s death marks the beginning of His – and our – victory over death’s power. This solemn service consists of 1) The Twelve Gospel Readings. These narratives from the four Gospels relate the events of Jesus’ Holy Passion, and His last instruction to His disciples; 2) The procession. The Cross is adorned with a flower wreath, and carried in procession. This symbolizes Christ’s coming to Golgotha to offer Himself as sacrifice for the sins of the world.

14:APR

Friday: Royal Hours at 10:00am This Friday Morning Service retells the story of Christ’s passion with the addition of prophecies, psalms and hymns. These services, or “Royal Hours,” help us keep vigil at the side of the crucified Christ, and relate Jesus’ suffering to our own redemption.

14:APR

Friday: Sunday School Retreat and adorning the Epitaphios with flowers


14:APR

Friday: Descent from Cross at 3:00pm During this Service, the priest takes Christ’s body from the Cross, wraps it in a white cloth and places it on the Altar, as a sign of His burial by Joseph of Arimathea. The Gospel during the Friday afternoon serve are Matthew 27:1-38, Luke 22:39-43; Matthew 27:39-54; John 19:31-37; Matthew 27:55-61

14:APR

Friday: Lamentations at 7:00pm We lament Jesus’ undeserved death for our salvation. With both sorrow and joy we sing the Lamentations to Him Who is symbolically buried, yet Who we already know is the Risen Lord. The Epitaphios is taken in a candlelight processing around the Church.

15:APR

Saturday: Liturgy of St Basil at 10:30am Today is a day of hope and waiting. We know that because Christ died, death is no longer the end of life. Today’s Liturgy anticipates the Resurrection. It includes readings form the Old Testament and special hymns. The Scripture readings are from Romans 6:3-11 and Matthew 28:1-20

This service is a festive one! The Acolytes hand out bells and noise makers to the children in attendance. As the Priest showers the church with rose petals and bay leaves, rejoicing in the celebration of the resurrection the children are encouraged to make a “joyful” noise!

15:APR

Saturday: Resurrection Service at 11:00pm Tonight we celebrate our Lord’s glorious Resurrection. In a darkened Church, the faithful receive the Resurrection light from the priest. The congregation hears the good news of Christ’s triumph from the Gospel. The joyous hymn of Christ’s Resurrection is triumphantly changed – Christ is Risen! The Paschal Liturgy and sermon of Saint John Chrysostom invites us to take part in the feast of the Resurrection.

16:APR

Sunday: Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom 12:00am (Midnight, after Saturday Night Service)


16:APR

Sunday: Agape Vespers 12:00pm (Noon)


16:APR

Sunday: Agape Picnic 1:00pm


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2018 Lenten Schedule

2018 Lenten Schedule

Lenten Schedule 2018


19:FEB

Monday: Great Lent Begins "Clean Monday" - Strict Fast


19:FEB

Monday: Forgiveness Vespers at 6:30pm


21:FEB

Wednesday: Pre-Sanctified Liturgy at 6:30pm


23:FEB

Friday: Salutations to the Theotokos at 7:00pm


24:FEB

Saturday of Souls: Orthros at 9:00am followed by Liturgy at 9:30am. Memorial Services (off Site)


25:FEB

Orthros at 9:00am followed by Divine Liturgy at 10:00am


28:FEB

Wednesday: Pre-Sanctified Liturgy at 6:30pm


2:MAR

Friday: Salutations to the Theotokos at 7:00pm


5:MAR

Orthros at 9:00am followed by Divine Liturgy at 10:00am


7:MAR

Wednesday: Pre-Sanctified Liturgy at 6:30pm


9:MAR

Friday: Pre-Sanctified Liturgy at 9:30am


11:MAR

Orthros at 9:00am followed by Divine Liturgy at 10:00am


14:MAR

Wednesday: Pre-Sanctified Liturgy at 6:30pm


16:MAR

Friday: Salutations to the Theotokos at 7:00pm


18:MAR

Orthros at 9:00am followed by Divine Liturgy at 10:00am


21:MAR

Wednesday: Pre-Sanctified Liturgy at 6:03pm


23:MAR

Friday: Akathist Hymn at 7:00pm


COME, RECEIVE THE LIGHT …
HOLY WEEK 2018

During Holy Week, we follow the footsteps of Christ, Who passed from Death to Life. We, too, experience Christ’s journey to the Cross. This journey takes us to the reality of sin and death. Christ conquered sin and death, and His triumph is ours as well. By uniting ourselves with Christ, we discover that death has no power over us.

Open your heart to Christ! The events of Holy Week are the most moving of the year. To get the most out of them, participate in each day’s services. Make prayer, fasting and Holy Communion essential parts of your Holy Week.

24:MAR

Saturday: Saturday of Lazarus Liturgy at 9:30am On Lazarus Saturday, we find that death is the enemy which Christ cam to conquer, and that Christ is truly the giver of life! The raising of Lazarus is celebrated on this day. We, too, receive the promise of new life. We celebrate the divine love that brought Lazarus back to life --- the same love that Christ offers to each one of us today. The Scripture readings are Hebrews 12:28-13:8 and John 11:1-45.

24:MAR

Saturday: Church Clean-up and making of Palm Crosses after Liturgy at 10:30am


1:APR

Palm Sunday, Orthros at 9:00am followed by Divine Liturgy at 10:00am Palm Sunday celebrates Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. We receive Palms on this day to show that we too accept Jesus as King, and that we are willing to follow Him to the Cross. The scripture readings are Philippians: 4:4-9 and John 12:1-18.

1:APR

Palm Sunday: Bridegroom Service at 7:00pm This Service helps us understand Christ’s passage from death to life – and how each of us can also become free from sin and death. So we commemorate: 1) Christ the Bridegroom. The priest carries the Icon of Christ the Bridegroom in procession. We behold Christ as the Bridegroom of the Church, bearing the marks of suffering, yet preparing a marriage Feast for us in God’s kingdom; 2) The Blessed Joseph, who was thrown into a pit and sold into slavery by the brothers, and who later became a powerful ruler. In the same way, Christ was rejected, betrayed and crowned with glory in God’s Kingdom; 3) The Barren Fig Tree, which Christ cursed and withered because it bore no fruit. The tree is like those who have heard God’s word but fail to bear fruit by not obeying it. The Gospel reading is Matthew 21:18-43.

2:APR

Holy Monday: Bridegroom Service at 7:00pm This Service urges us to be spiritually prepared to receive Christ. We should take this time to reflect on the Parable of the Ten Virgins. The maidens who filled their lamps with oil were prepared to receive the Bridegroom. Those with empty lamps where shut out of the marriage feast. So each of us should light our lives with faith and good works and be ready to receive Christ. The Gospel reading is Matthew 22:15-46; 23:1-39.

3:APR

Holy Tuesday: Bridegroom Service at 7:00pm This Service asks us to repent our sins and to forgive others. We remember the sinful woman who anointed Christ in anticipation of His death. Her repentance and love of Christ is the theme of the Hymn of Cassiane changed tonight. We, too, may be forgiven if we confess our sins and obey God’s will. The Gospel reading is John 12:17-50

4:APR

Holy Wednesday: Holy Unction at 6:00pm The Sacrament of Holy Oil is celebrated on Holy Wednesday Evening when we seek to be reconciled with God. The priest anoints us with holy oil that we may be healed physically and spiritually. The Orthodox Church has always viewed body and soul as inseparable, and for that reason has stressed the necessity for preserving both in good health. The Sacrament of the Holy Unction is an enduring sacrament of faith for healing the sick and forgiving sins, with the most familiar celebration of the sacrament on Great Wednesday of Holy Week.

5:APR

Holy Thursday: Liturgy of St Basil at 10:30am At this solemn service, we celebrate the meaning of what Christ said and did at the Last Supper. Before the great entrance, this special hymn is changed: “At Thy mystical supper, O Son of God, accept me today a communicant, for I will not speak of Thy mystery to Thine enemies, neither like Judas will I give Thee a kiss, but like the thief will I confess Thee: Remember me, O Lord, in Thy kingdom.” Holy Communion from the Lamb (The “Amnos”) is consecrated at this Liturgy. It is used throughout the rest of the year for Holy Communion for the sick and for those who cannot come to Church.

5:APR

Holy Thursday: 12 Gospels/Passion of Christ at 6:30pm On this day, our Lord went to the Cross and died to atone for our sins. The power of death and the reality of evil rule the world on this dreadful day. Yet, Christ’s death marks the beginning of His – and our – victory over death’s power. This solemn service consists of 1) The Twelve Gospel Readings. These narratives from the four Gospels relate the events of Jesus’ Holy Passion, and His last instruction to His disciples; 2) The procession. The Cross is adorned with a flower wreath, and carried in procession. This symbolizes Christ’s coming to Golgotha to offer Himself as sacrifice for the sins of the world.

6:APR

Holy Friday: Descent from Cross at 3:00pm During this Service, the priest takes Christ’s body from the Cross, wraps it in a white cloth and places it on the Altar, as a sign of His burial by Joseph of Arimathea. The Gospel during the Friday afternoon serve are Matthew 27:1-38, Luke 22:39-43; Matthew 27:39-54; John 19:31-37; Matthew 27:55-61

6:APR

Holy Friday: Lamentations at 7:00pm We lament Jesus’ undeserved death for our salvation. With both sorrow and joy we sing the Lamentations to Him Who is symbolically buried, yet Who we already know is the Risen Lord. The Epitaphios is taken in a candlelight processing around the Church.

7:APR

Holy Saturday: Liturgy of St Basil at 10:30am Today is a day of hope and waiting. We know that because Christ died, death is no longer the end of life. Today’s Liturgy anticipates the Resurrection. It includes readings form the Old Testament and special hymns. The Scripture readings are from Romans 6:3-11 and Matthew 28:1-20

This service is a festive one! The Acolytes hand out bells and noise makers to the children in attendance. As the Priest showers the church with rose petals and bay leaves, rejoicing in the celebration of the resurrection the children are encouraged to make a “joyful” noise!

7:APR

Holy Saturday: Resurrection Service at 11:00pm Tonight we celebrate our Lord’s glorious Resurrection. In a darkened Church, the faithful receive the Resurrection light from the priest. The congregation hears the good news of Christ’s triumph from the Gospel. The joyous hymn of Christ’s Resurrection is triumphantly changed – Christ is Risen! The Paschal Liturgy and sermon of Saint John Chrysostom invites us to take part in the feast of the Resurrection.

8:APR

Easter Sunday: Agape Vespers 12:00pm (Noon)


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Easter Sunday: Easter Agape Picnic 1:00pm


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Message from Fr Gary

Fr Gary

The Cure for Disappointment


We have all experienced disappointment in life. Disappointment is bred from a variety of matters, from the most trivial to the most crucial. We have been disappointed by a friend or family member. The outcome of our favorite sports team in the World Series can add disappointment to our lives. We may disappoint ourselves by not properly preparing for a test at school or a project at work. We encounter disappointment, for the most part, because things just don’t go the way we want or expect them to. There is a cure for disappointment.


There are three important realizations to make about disappointments and understanding their influence in our lives. First, disappointment is inevitable. Everything and everyone, in every situation, at some point or another, will eventually provide us with a good dose of disappointment. A close friend, a loving family member, and even your parish priest will disappoint you some way, somehow sometimes. When our expectations are not met we feel disappointment. Second, realizing...


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