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Study Group - Our normal meeting time is Wednesdays following the 6PM Vespers.  Our new subject is the book, "On Holy Images", by St. John of Damascus.  This typically expensive book is available online here for free.  Classes have been postponed until after Pascha 2014. 


Thought of the Day

"Liturgy is not a rigid thing to be repeated unconsciously. It is an expression of the human need to talk to the Lord, and to thank Him for His grace. Liturgy is spirit and life running through the veins of the body of the Church, and nurturing all its members. It revives the Church, the community and the individuals with the grace that is bestowed upon it. Hence, we are here before a precious gem. We should polish it and reveal its glorious face, stressing the essence of the liturgical practice which leads the believer to grow in Christ. It is therefore important to resort to all tools that enable the people to reach the depth of this inspiring liturgy, that they may take from it that which will help them attain salvation and understanding of the mystery of God." -- His Beatitude, Patriarch JOHN X




Saint of the Day
Hieromartyr Simeon, bishop in Persia; Martyr Adrian of Corinth; Agapitos, pope of Rome; Makarios, archbishop of Corinth; Venerable Zosimas of Solovky; uncovering of the relics of Venerable Alexander of Svir




Week of April 20th, at St. John -

Holy Week

 

Thursday, April 17th
9:00AM Vesperal Divine Liturgy for the Anniversary of the Mystical Supper of Christ
6:00PM Orthros with the Twelve Passion Gospels for Holy Friday
Friday, April 18th
9:00AM The Royal Hours of Holy Friday followed by decorating the Funeral Bier
3:30PM Great Vespers for Holy Saturday (Taking Down of Christ from the Cross)
6:00PM Orthros of Holy Saturday with the Engomia (Lamentations)
Saturday, April 19th
9:00AM Vesperal Divine Liturgy, the First Liturgy  (Baptismal Liturgy) of Pascha
11:30PM Midnight Office, the Resurrection (Rush)  Procession, Paschal Orthros and Paschal Divine Liturgy followed by Great  Breaking of the Fast in the Parish Hall
Sunday, April 20th
PASCHA
11:00AM Agape Vespers with the Reading of the Gospel in Many Languages
Noon'ish - Paschal Party at the Fellegy Home
(printing instructions)

 

GREAT AND HOLY WEEK

During Holy Week the time for patient teaching and subtleties comes to an end. Now He speaks with forthright boldness, and attacks the Scribes and Pharisees as 'hypocrites' and 'sons of vipers' because they thwarted the work of God by enslaving mankind with impossible laws, while forgetting the precepts of love and mercy. But He is alone with His Father. He has no human ally. This reminds us that Christ alone has won this battle of freedom from death for us, and this is why He alone is the basis of the Christian faith. Christ is alone as He prays in Gethsemane. Christ is alone as He stands before the high priest. Christ is alone as He is judged by Pilate and the jeering crowd. Christ is alone as He is buffeted and mocked. Christ is alone as He carried His Cross to Golgotha. Christ is alone as He suffers and dies upon the Cross.

 


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