SUNDAY OF CHEESFARE FEBRUARY 22, 2009

24 02 2009

Saturday, February 21
4:00 PM William Kloap – Wife Florence Kloap & Family

Sunday, February 22 SUNDAY OF CHEESEFARE
8:30 AM God’s Blessing and Good Health for all parishioners.

Wednesday, February 25
9:00 AM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

Friday, February 27
7:00 PM Stations of the Cross – Sorokousty Service

Saturday, February 28
4:00 PM Good Health and God’s Blessing on Andrew Partrylak –
wife Clara

Sunday, March 1 FIRST SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST
8:30AM God’s Blessing and Good Health for all parishioners

TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD
Saturday 6:00 PM Sunday 10:30 AM

LENTEN SERVICES – Presanctified Gifts Services, The Stations of The Cross and Sorokousty services will be celebrated during the Lenten Season for your benefit to attend and pray during this time. Please try to participate in attending these services. No Divine Liturgies are celebrated during the week during the Lenten Season. Only requests for Divine Liturgies will be celebrated on Saturdays during this period.

THE CEREMONY OF FORGIVENESS
CHEESEFARE SUNDAY

In ancient times in Eastern monasteries a beautiful custom existed in which the rite of mutual forgiveness on Cheesefare Sunday was performed. This rite of forgiveness was carried out in the evening, following a modest repast. All the monks in the presence of the faithful asked pardon of one another for past offences, then embraced, and gave each other the kiss of peace. The faithful did the same among themselves. In some places, while this rite of forgiveness was being carried out, the stichera of the Pasch (Resurrection) was sung: “Today the sacred Pasch has been shown forth to us…” The last stichera ends with an appeal for mutual forgiveness: “and let us embrace one another and say: ‘Brethren’ even to those who hate us, and let us forgive all things…” The singing of the sticheras of the Pasch (Resurrection) was to signify that just as during the season of Pasch or Eastertide, so now at the threshold of the Great Fast we should mutually ask pardon for offences for the sake of Christ who fasted, suffered, and rose for our sake.
This very moving rite of forgiveness was still observed at the Kievan Pecherska Lavra until the Communists took over the government. Here also, the monks first had a meager pre-Lenten repast, after which all superiors and monks donned their mantles and proceeded to the church. All the superiors of the Lavra, from the highest to the lowest, stood side by side in the middle of the church and the whole monastic community, consisting of several hundred members, one by one approached the superiors, then kneeling, they kissed each other three times while saying, “Forgive me, Father,” or Forgive me Brother.” During this time, the choir sang the stichera taken from the solemn Vespers of Cheesefare Sunday: “Adam sat opposite paradise bewailing his nakedness…” After the completing of the ceremony, all present departed in silence.
Truly, these four pre-Lenten Sundays have a deep significance for our spiritual life. For whoever beats his breast as did the Publican and learns humility from his example; whoever learns from the parable of the Prodigal Son to trust in God’s mercy; whoever on Meatfare Sunday, after meditation on the Terrible Judgment, is seized with fear of God’s justice, which fell so severely upon our First Parents, as we have seen in the service of Cheesefare Sunday – for him that fast will not be so terrible. Rather, he will understand that it is necessary for his heart and soul. He will willingly fast and make
Prostrations, knowing that fasting and sorrow for sins can best prepare him for the feast of the Resurrection of our Lord.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested for February 21 – 28 by Theodore Soppeck, Sr. in memory of his mother Anna Soppeck.

FLOWER: Our thanks to Michael and Louise Hubiack for their donation of flowers this week in memory of their Parents Thomas & Mary Hubiack and Michael and Frances Pliska.

LUC RETREAT: The League of Ukrainian Catholics of America will have their Annual Lenten Retreat Week-End at St. Mary’s Villa Center, Sloatsburg, NY. March 20,21,22, 2009. Information to attend and Registration form is available for those interested in making the retreat. Deadline for Reservations is March 8, 2009.

UKRAINIAN CULTURAL EXHIBIT & CRAFT SALE: Sponsored by League of Ukrainian Catholics, North Anthracite Council Sunday, March 22, 2009 at St. Vladimir Parish Center 428 N. 7th Ave, Scranton PA 18503 – 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM. Lunch will be available, along with a variety of homemade ethnic food and baked goods. Everyone is cordially invited to attend SUNDAY DIVINE LITURGY at St. Vladimir Church at 9:00 AM. Interested crafters/vendors: $15/8’tableContact Janina Everett 570-759-2824 or nacofluc@hotmail.com

FREEDOM OF CHOICE: Postcards for the campaign against the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) are in the vestibule for you to participate in this campaign. We are asked to have parishioners sign the cards and mail them to their elected government officials. This Campaign has the support of the United States Catholic Bishops.


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