Sunday, March 1: Cheesefare & Forgiveness Sunday - The Expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise
As we begin the Great Fast, the Church reminds us of Adam's expulsion from Paradise. God commanded Adam to fast (Gen. 2:16), but he did not obey. Because of their disobedience, Adam and Eve were cast out of Eden and lost the life of blessedness, knowledge of God, and communion with Him, for which they were created. Both they and their descendents became heirs of death and corruption.
Let us consider the benefits of fasting, the consequences of disobedience, and recall our fallen state. Today we are invited to cleanse ourselves of evil through fasting and obedience to God. Our fasting should not be a negative thing, a mere abstentation from certain foods. It is an opportunity to free ourselves from the sinful desires and urges of our fallen nature, and to nourish our souls with prayer, repentence, to participate in church services, and partake of the life-giving Mysteries of Christ.
At Forgiveness Vespers we sing: "Let us begin the time of fasting in light, preparing ourselves for spiritual efforts. Let us purify our soul, let us purify our body. As we abstain from food, let us abstain from all passion and enjoy the virtues of the spirit."
Confession at 9:00 AM (by appointment only, please contact Fr. John | Third Hour at 9:30 AM | Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM | Archpriest John T. Bacon, Celebrant | Vespers of Cheesefare with the Rite of Forgiveness follows immediately | Church School | coffee hour hosted by the Geigle family
Thursday, 2/27: Thursday of Cheesefare | Repose of St. Raphael, Bishop of Brooklyn (1915)
Saturday, 2/29: Saturday of Cheesefare | Commemoration of All Righteous Monastics
Upcoming in March:
Sunday, 3/8: Sunday of Orthodoxy | 40th Day Memorial (Panikhida) for Matushka Elizabeth including names of loved ones remembered in February and March
Wednesday, 3/4: Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts at 6:00 PM
Sunday, 3/15: Parish Council Meeting following during Coffee Hour in the parish office
Please join us for our 10th Annual Lenten Dinner! Family and friends are more than welcome to attend.
Volunteers are needed to wait on tables and for set-up and clean up help. Please speak with George or Nancy if you would like to volunteer. Thank you!
Date: Friday, March 27th
Time: 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Tickets: $15 per person
Salad, Roll & Butter, Baked Haddock, Rice Pilaf, Cole Slaw, Dessert & Beverage
Please remember in your prayers
The ill and shut-in: Ramon (hospitalized), Archpriest M. Vranes, Harriett, G. Sowpel, Reader J. Hood (hospice), Gina, Paula & Jeff Starr, Alban F. Ryles, Mat. Eleanor, Priest Antony, Kh. Diana, Eugenia, Lydia, Reader George, Mat. Irene, Gregory, Alexandra, the kidnapped Hierarchs Metropolitan Paul & Archbishop John, the suffering Christians of Egypt/Syria, those who suffer from terrosist attacks, fires, storms, floods, earthquakes, pestilences, newly-departed Matushka Elizabeth, Catechumen Daniel.