Parish Bulletin March 19-26, 2017

Parish Bulletin March 19-26, 2017

FULL SERVICE SCHEDULE FOR THE FOURTH WEEK OF GREAT LENT

MARCH 6/19, 2017
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THIRD SUNDAY OF GREAT LENT – ADORATION OF THE HOLY CROSS TONE 6
The 42 Martyrs of Ammorium in Phrygia, including Constantine, Aetius, Theophilus, Theodore, Melissenus, Callistus and others.
LITURGY OF ST. BASIL
EPISTLE: Heb. 4:14-5:6 GOSPEL: Mark 8:34-9:1
Sunday: Wine and oil allowed.
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SCHEDULE OF SERVICES
Sun., March 19: 3RD SUNDAY OF GREAT LENT – ADORATION OF THE HOLY CROSS
MATINS – 8:00 AM LITURGY OF ST. BASIL – 9:30 AM
LITIYA FOR:
Metropolitan Laurus Joseph Yaworske by Robert & Joanne Lutz
John Hitchcock by friends Alexander Bohush by Protodeacon Gregory
Alex Sokalsky by his family Hazel Sokalsky by friends
Selma Fecina by friends Peter Fecina by friends
VESPERS – 4:00 PM – Due to the extreme amount of snow on the ground, St. Stephen’s, Old Forge, has cancelled the Mission Service for this afternoon. Parking is an issue at their church. Services will be held in our own parish this afternoon.
Fri., March 24: PRESANCTIFIED LITURGY – 8:00 AM
LITIYA FOR: John Hitchcock by his cousin, John Shust (40th day)
PARASTAS w/READING OF HRAMOTY – 6:30 PM
Sat., March 25: MEMORIAL SATURDAY – DIVINE LITURGY – 8:00 AM
CONFESSIONS – 3:00 PM GREAT VESPERS – 4:00 PM
Sun., March 26: 4TH SUNDAY OF GREAT LENT – COMMEMORATION OF ST. JOHN OF THE LADDER (CLIMACUS)
MATINS – 8:00 AM LITURGY OF ST. BASIL – 9:20 AM
LITIYA FOR:
Alexander Bohush by Protodeacon Gregory Helen Yedinak by Rose Mareski
Peter Krisa by Steve & Maureen Kurey Justine Krisa by Steve & Maureen Kurey
Jean Petrosky by Steve & Maureen Kurey Joseph Krutz by Steve & Maureen Kurey
MISSION SERVICE – ST. JOHN’S, MAYFIELD – 5:00 PM
CONFESSION SCHEDULE: Tue., March 21: 6:00 PM Wed., March 22: 7:30 AM
Thur., March 23: 6:00 PM Fri., March 24: 7:30 AM & 6:00 PM Sat., March 18: 7:30 AM & 3:00 PM
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MARCH RADIO BROADCAST: IMO JOSEPH YAWORSKE by his family. MEMORY ETERNAL!
ALTAR VIGILS: For the health of GREGORY SUEY by his sisters, Sandy & Pat. MANY YEARS!
TABLE OF OBLATION: IMO PETER & JUSTINE KRISA, JEAN PETROSKY & JOSEPH KRUTZ by their children. MEMORY ETERNAL!
ETERNAL LIGHT: IMO JOSEPH YAWORSKE by Dorothy Pochatek. MEMORY ETERNAL!
HIGH PLACE: IMO KATHERINE LUTZ by Dolores & Fred Lutz. MEMORY ETERNAL!
BALDACHINO VIGIL: For the health of JOAN BEAL on the occasion of her birthday. MANY YEARS!
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EVENTS:
Sun., March 19: COFFEE HOUR – following Liturgy. FOOD (Lenten) – Steph Gregory & Missy Tolerico; COFFEE-Mat. Larissa
POTATO BALLS – during & following Coffee Hour
Mon., March 20: PIROGIE PROJECT – 8:00 AM RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES – 6:30 PM
Wed., March 22: CHOIR REHEARSAL – 7:00 PM (following Lenten Services)
Fri., March 24: PIROGIE SALE – Noon to 4 PM CHOIR REHEARSAL – following Parastas
Sun., March 26: COFFEE HOUR – following Liturgy. FOOD (Lenten) – Florentina & Elena Vasui; COFFEE – Michele Yarnes
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GARDNER’S CANDY FORMS FOR EASTER are now available in the church vestibule. Please help our Youth Group by purchasing your Easter Candy needs through them. Order forms, along with payment, can be given to Karen Tomanchek or placed in the box which will be located in the church vestibule for the next few weeks. Your support, as always, is greatly appreciated. ********************************************************************
DONATIONS SOUGHT: Anyone willing to donate towards the following for the period of Great Lent as an act of almsgiving may do so by contacting the sextons or Fr. John: Altar Candles – $65 each; Wine – $50 case; Incense – $40 lb.; Oil – $40. ********************************************************************
PASKA SALE DATES: APRIL 6 & 7 – Only round paskas (raisin or white) will be sold. Call 570-876-0730 or 570-876-3576 with your orders. Paskas are $10 each; Kolachi are also $10 each (nut, poppyseed, lekvar & apricot). No orders after April 3rd.
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CHOIR CHANCES: The choir is once again selling chances for the following prizes: 1ST PRIZE – Tray w/Pysanky;
2nd PRIZE – Glass beaded goose egg w/Swarovski Elements by “Lubov”; 3rd PRIZE – Faberge type Pendant Egg. Chances are $2 each or 3 for $5. See any choir member for your chances. Thank you.
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ST. STEPHEN’S CLAM CHOWDER will also be sold at the Pirogie Sale on March 24th. Chowder is $8 per quart. Sign up sheet is available at the candle desk in the church vestibule.
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HELP NEEDED FOR MISSION SERVICE: Anyone willing to help with set-up and cooking for the Mission Service, please call the rectory to offer your services. All help will be greatly appreciated.
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WHY WE DO NOT VENERATE THE ICONS UPON RECEIVING THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION: Having just received the Body of Christ, one is filled with the grace of the Sacrament and one is communing with the Divine Presence. It is therefore superfluous to this action of Grace and Communion to be thinking at this time of venerating the Saints who occupy a lesser place in the heavenly realm. So, it is not necessary to venerate the icons, which play no part in what one is participating in at that time. The communion of the Divine Body and Blood is the ultimate act of Orthodox worship and for the rest of the day one should constantly be aware of this fact and act appropriately. In that way, an Orthodox Christian is induced to perform Christian virtues and so progress in his/her spiritual life. It is, however, permissible to kiss the cross at the conclusion of the Liturgy because the cross depicts the crucifixion of our Lord and Savior Who by this act of redemption has given us His Body and Blood and by the grace of receiving It brings us closer to Him. The cross is the instrument of our salvation and we should venerate it. Please keep this in mind when partaking of the Blessed Sacrament.
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“LENTEN” DESSERTS NEEDED FOR OUR MISSION SERVICE: If you are willing to contribute a dessert or two for our Mission Service on Sunday, March 26, please bring them to the center on Saturday, March 25. Copies of lenten recipes are available in the church vestibule. Help is also needed for setting up for the Mission and in the kitchen. If you are able to offer your services in any capacity for the Mission Service, please contact the rectory. All help will be greatly appreciated.
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GREEK COOKIES: Once again our parish is selling these delicious cookies from Holy Protection Monastery. There are very few packages left. What you see on the table in the vestibule is the last of these tasty Lenten treats! Please support this effort to help outreach programs by purchasing a package or two. Cost is $8.00 per bag. Thank you. Cookies are available today following Matins and Divine Liturgy.
“LAMB” BUTTER MOLDS: These molds are on sale in the church vestibule on the cookie table. Molds are $13 each. Payment can be placed in the envelope located on the cookie table.
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Make this Great Lent Period a time of added prayer, almsgiving and service to your Faith. Please make every attempt to attend the Mission Services and special “Lenten” services held during the week in our parish. You will be spiritually uplifted and made truly aware of the path which we are on to Holy Pascha.
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RED EGG DYE: Packets of red dye are available in the church vestibule. Cost is $1.50 each. These dyes are the ones we use for the red eggs which we give to the faithful on Pascha. Please purchase a packet or two and consider donating a dozen or two of red, hard-cooked eggs for the Great Feast of Our Lord’s Resurrection. Thank you!
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THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT – ADORATION OF THE CROSS (Mark 8:34 – 9:1). This Sunday commemorates the venerable Cross and the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The Cross as such takes on meaning and adoration because of the Crucifixion of Christ upon It. Therefore, whether it be in hymns or prayers, it is understood that the Cross without Christ has no meaning or place in Christianity. The adoration of the Cross in the middle of Great Lent is to remind the faithful in advance of the Crucifixion of Christ. Therefore, the passages from the Bible and the hymnology refer to the Passions, the sufferings, of Jesus Christ: The passages read this day repeat the calling of the Christian by Christ to dedicate his life, for “If any man would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me (Christ)” (v. 34-35). This verse clearly indicates the kind of dedication which is needed by the Christian in three steps: 1. To renounce his arrogance and disobedience to God’s Plan; 2. To lift up his personal cross (the difficulties of life) with patience, faith and the full acceptance of the Will of God without complaint that the burden is too heavy; having denied himself and lifted up his cross leads him to the; 3.The decision to follow Christ. These three voluntary steps are three links which cannot be separated from each other, because the main power to accomplish them is the Grace of God, which man always invokes. The Adoration of the Cross is expressed by the faithful through prayer, fasting, almsgiving and the forgiveness of the trespasses of others.
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FLORAL WREATH NEEDED FOR PALM SUNDAY: Anyone interested in donating the floral wreath for the feast day icon for Palm Sunday, please contact Fr. John or Gary as soon as possible. Thank you.
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HOLY WEEK & PASCHAL PROCESSIONS: The job of organizing participants for these important liturgical processions has begun. This is not only a time consuming job, but it can be a difficult one if men are not willing to volunteer to carry the religious articles which are needed for these processions that are an important part of the Holy Week and Paschal services. It should be considered an honor to participate in these liturgical rites. Somehow over the years, in many parishes, the practice of carrying banners, crosses, lanterns, etc. has been eliminated due to apathy on the part of parishioners. Please do not allow this to happen in our parish. If approached to participate, please, willingly agree to do so – better yet, volunteer by contacting Joe Terpak or Bill Bowan. Do not let these customs die in our parish as they have in so many other churches. Only your participation and eagerness to participate can prevent such a tragedy. Please offer your services to Joe or Bill and help us continue these beautiful practices at St. John’s. Lists will be given out in the near future. Thank you.
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DYING OF RED EGGS FOR PASCHA: Every year I am approached with the question, “Why don’t my red eggs look like everyone else’s? What am I doing wrong?” I have the same problem – sometimes my eggs are the vibrant red that I want – other times they’re on the pinky side. A few years ago I asked the two women who dye all of the eggs for the parish down at Hellenic Orthodox Church, Scranton, how they get their eggs so vibrant. They told me that they use only brown eggs. This year I will try it and see what happens. I know brown eggs are more expensive in the store, but Karen Tomanchek sells brown eggs from her chickens. They are $3.00 per dozen. If you are interested in trying the brown eggs for this Pascha, see Karen after church services. She’ll be happy to bring the eggs to church when needed.
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Third Sunday of the Great Lent. Adoration of the Holy Cross.
Troparion
O Lord, save Thy people, and bless Thine inheritance. Grant victories to the Orthodox Christians, over their adversaries. And by virtue of Thy Cross preserve Thy habitation!
Kontakion
Now the flaming sword no longer guards the gates of Eden; it has mysteriously been quenched by the wood of the Cross! The sting of death and the victory of hell have been vanquished; for Thou, O my Savior, have come and cried to those in hell: “Enter again into paradise.”
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ON THE SUNDAY OF THE ADORATION OF THE CROSS
‘Verily, I say unto you, that there be some that stand here, which shall not taste of death till they have seen the Kingdom of God come with power’.
These words are from today’s Gospel. They are addressed to us, but what do they mean? What does it mean, ‘to taste of death’? What is it, ‘to see the kingdom of God’?
To taste of death means to suffer from all that entered into the world when death entered into the world. For when Adam and Eve fell, not only did death enter, but also hard work, the pain of childbirth, anguish, depression, stress, worry, disease, old age. And all these things taste of death. Every time that we undergo them, we suffer a part of death, we have a foretaste of death. How then are we to overcome them? How can we avoid ‘the taste of death’?
The answer to this is that death can only be overcome by returning to Eden. For in Adam and Eve’s fall, we have all fallen. We have all fallen through Adam and Eve and have all tasted of the fruit of the tree of knowledge, of which they tasted. Today’s service tells us that we can be restored to the state of mankind before the “Fall” only by tasting of the Fruit of the New Tree of the New Adam in the New Adam.
The New Adam is Christ, the New Tree is the Cross, Its Fruit is the Resurrection and the New Eden is the Church, the Resurrected Body of Christ. We taste of the Fruit of the Resurrection in literally tasting of the Body of the Risen Christ in communion; and, this precisely is the meaning of the words in today’s Gospel that it is possible ‘to see the kingdom of God come with power’. In other words, if we face up to life’s difficulties with the Cross of Christ, we shall not taste of death, those difficulties in the light of the resurrecting power of the Cross will no longer hold for us the bitter taste of death.
And this is the whole difference between the Church which accepts the Cross and the world which rejects the Cross. The world sees all human problems with anguish, for the world is locked in to pessimism, it sees no way out of its difficulties, for it does not have an eternal perspective, the perspective of the Cross. On the other hand the Church sees all the difficulties which we naturally come up against in life as challenges, opportunities to combat evil, temporary difficulties. However long those difficulties may last, at the end, the worst thing that can happen to us is that we shall die. For the Christian, however, to die is to be with Christ and holds no sting, for Christ has overcome death. In the light of the Cross and Its fruit, the Resurrection, death holds no fear for us. The taste of death becomes the taste of life. The Cross and the Resurrection bring life more abundantly. In the light of the Cross and the Resurrection we see the Kingdom, where there is no sickness, nor sorrow, nor sighing, but life everlasting.
In the perspective of the Cross and the Resurrection, the perspective of the kingdom of God, of which we have a foretaste even now, all human life with all its problems is but a single passing moment in eternity. And if we look at our lives from this Christian perspective, then indeed, we do not taste of death, for we have already to some small extent seen the kingdom of God.
Before Thy Cross we bow down, O Master, and Thy Holy Resurrection we glorify!
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