Monday 6 pm Great Canon of St. Andrew
Tuesday 9 am Lenten Matins
1 pm Bible Study
6 pm Great Canon of St. Andrew
Wednesday 9 am Lenten Matins
5 pm Pre-Sanctified Liturgy followed by Lenten Pot Luck
Thursday 9 am Lenten Matins
6 pm Great Canon of St. Andrew
Friday 11 am Choir Practice
9 am Iconography Class
6 pm Akathist
7 pm Lenten Retreat
Saturday 9 am Lenten Retreat
following Retreat- Great Vespers
Sunday, February 26-Sunday of Forgiveness/Sunday of Cheesefare: The Expulsion of Adam from Paradise
Tone 3–Troparion of the Resurrection
Let the heavens rejoice! Let the earth be glad! For the Lord has shown strength with His arm. He has trampled down death by death. He has become the first born of the dead. He has delivered us from the depths of hell, and has granted to the world//great mercy.
Tone 8-Troparion of Pentecost
Blessed art Thou, O Christ our God, Who has revealed the fishermen as most wise, by sending down upon them the Holy Spirit – through them Thou didst draw the world into Thy net. O Lover of all Mankind, glory to Thee!
Tone 3-Kontakion of the Resurrection
On this day Thou didst rise from the tomb, O Merciful One, leading us from the gates of death. On this day Adam exults as Eve rejoices; with the Prophets and Patriarchs//they unceasingly praise the divine majesty of Thy power.
Tone 8-Kontakion of Pentecost
When the Most High came down and confused the tongues, He divided all the nations, but when He distributed the tongues of fire, He called all mankind to unity. Therefore, with one voice we glorify the Holy Spirit.
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit
Tone 6-Kontakion (from the Lenten Triodion)
O Master, Teacher of wisdom, Bestower of virtue, Who teachest the thoughtless and protectest the poor, strengthen and enlighten my heart! O Word of the Father, let me not restrain my mouth from crying to Thee: Have mercy on me, a transgressor,//O merciful Lord!
now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.
Kontakion of Ordinary Sundays
Steadfast protectress of Christians, constant advocate before the creator, despise not the entreating cry of us sinners; but in your goodness come speedily to help us who call on you in faith: hasten to hear our petition and to intercede for us, O Theotokos, for you always protect those who honor you.
The Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Romans. (13:11-14:4)
Brethren, salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed; the night is far gone, the day is at hand. Let us then cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us conduct ourselves becomingly as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy.
But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. As for the man who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not for disputes over opinions. One believes he may eat anything, while the weak man eats only vegetables. Let not him who eats despise him who abstains, and let not him who abstains pass judgment on him who eats; for God has welcomed him.
Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Master is able to make him stand.
The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (6:14-21)
The Lord said to His Disciples: If you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. And when you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men.
Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by men but by your Father Who is in secret; and your Father Who sees in secret will reward you.
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Lenten Retreat-Coming Friday
Our annual Lenten Retreat will be held on this Friday, March 3-4. Our retreat leader is Fr. Joseph Lucas, priest at Christ our Saviour Orthodox Cathedral in Miami Lakes, Florida. We are looking forward to his talks and hope you plan now to come and invite friends to come with you. Put this on the calendar now.
The talks will be called, God is Love, What’s Love Got to Do With It? This will be based upon the teaching of Fr. Dumitru Staniloa of Romania.
Dumitru Stăniloae (29 November 1903 – 5 October 1993) was a Romanian Orthodox Christian priest, theologian and professor. He worked for over 45 years on a comprehensive Romanian translation of the Greek Philokalia, a collection of writings on prayer by the Church Fathers, together with the hieromonk, Arsenie Boca, who brought manuscripts from Mount Athos. His book, The Dogmatic Orthodox Theology (1978), made him one of the best-known Christian theologians of the second half of the 20th century. He also produced commentaries on earlier Christian thinkers, such as St Gregory of Nyssa, Saint Maximus the Confessor, and St Athanasius of Alexandria. His 1978 masterpiece The Dogmatic Orthodox Theology established him as one of the foremost Christian theologians of the later half of the twentieth century.
Go to www.mybeautifullent.com and sign up for lots of good lenten encouragement.
Rite of Forgiveness
Today following the Divine Liturgy we will celebrate the Rite of Forgiveness in order to begin Great Lent of a good note of clean-ness. Each person will come to the front, as when we take communion, and ask for and give forgiveness to Fr. Stephen and then move to their left and join the line which will go around the church, in this way each person asks forgiveness of every person.
“Nothing is stronger than the Church… if you fight against a man, you either conquer or are conquered; but if you fight against the Church, it is not possible for you to win, for God is the strongest of all.” – St John Chrysostom.
The Great Lenten Fast begins tomorrow
The purpose of fasting is to focus on the things of God’s Kingdom and be freed from dependence on worldly things. Fasting in itself is not a means of pleasing God. Fasting is not a punishment for our sins. Nor is fasting a means of suffering and pain to be undertaken as some kind of atonement. Christ already redeemed us on His Cross. Salvation is a gift from God that is not bought by our hunger or thirst. We fast to be delivered from carnal passions so that God’s gift of Salvation may bear great fruit in our lives. We fast and turn our eyes toward God in His Holy Church. Fasting and Prayer are meant to go together. Most of all, it is important that we do not eat each other. We ask God to “set a watch and keep the door of our lips.” Fasting is not irrelevant, is not obsolete, is not something for someone else. Fasting is from God, for us, right here and right now.
We fast faithfully and in secret, not judging others and not holding ourselves up as an example.
The traditional fasting discipline (no meat, poultry, eggs, dairy, fish, wine and oil) is observed during the GREAT FAST which lasts from Pure Monday through Great and Holy Saturday (with katalysis for wine and oil on Saturdays and Sundays [except on Great and Holy Saturday when oil is not permitted], and for fish, wine and oil on the Annunciation [March 25th] and Palm Sunday).
This all begins tomorrow. (tonight at midnight).
This year try different kinds of fasting, fasting from TV news, or TV altogether. Fast from Facebook or other media.
Try silence. Turning off the world can help us turn into God, try just being quiet and listening.
Read some good spiritual books that will help turn you toward God and a better understanding of our Holy Faith. Look in the library and bookstore. Any questions or need suggestions? Ask Fr. Stephen or Jeff.
The Fast is about much more than food. Don’t eat your neighbor.