FOURTH SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST MARCH 22, 2009

25 03 2009

Saturday, March 21 – 4:00 PM
John Pstrak – 2nd Anniversary – Wife Irene Pstrak

Sunday, March 22 – 8:30 AM – FOURTH SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
4:00 PM Deanery Stations of the Cross – Transfiguration of Our Lord – Nanticoke

Tuesday, March 24 – 9:00 AM – Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts
Generation of Faith Meeting – 6:30 PM – All parishioners are asked to attend

Wednesday, March 25 – 10:00 AM- HOLY DAY
ANNUNCIATION OF THE HOLY MOTHER OF GOD
Anointing of Holy Oil and Myrovania
Bishop Soter Ordynsky – First Bishop of the United States –
Anniversary of his death – Requested by Archeparchy of Phila.

Friday, March 27 – 7:00 PM – The Way of the Cross & Sorokousty

Saturday, March 28 – 4:00 PM
All Living and Deceased Member of the Women’s Society – Blessing of Sticharion (White robe under Priest Vestment) Donated by the Women’s Society

Sunday, March 29 – 8:30AM – FIFTH SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST
God’ Blessing and Good Health for all Parishioners.
1. HOLY DAYS OF OBLIGATION
For the Year 2009
a) All Sundays of the year
b) Theophany of Our Lord, Jesus Christ Jan. 6th
c) Annunciation of the Mother of God March 25th
d) Ascension of Our Lord, Jesus Christ May 21st
e) The Apostles, SS Peter & Paul
June 29th
f) Dormition of the Mother of God August 15th
g) Nativity of Our Lord, Jesus Christ Dec. 25th

2. OTHER FEASTS
a) Circumcision of Our Lord, Jesus Christ – Jan. 1st
b) Three Holy Hierarchs – Jan. 30th
c) Encounter of Our Lord, Jesus Christ – Feb. 2nd
d) Bright Monday – April 13th
e) Bright Tuesday – April 14th
f) ST. George the Great Martyr – April 23rd
g) St. John the Theologian – May 8th

h) Pentecost Monday – June 1st
i) Nativity of St. John The Baptist – June 24th
j) Bl. Nykolai Charnetsky & Others –
June 27th
k) St. Volodymyr the Great – July 15th
l) St. Elias the Prophet – July 20th
m) Transfiguration of Our Lord, Jesus Christ Aug. 6th
n) Beheading of St. John the Baptist
Aug. 29th
o) Nativity of the Mother of God
September 8th
p) Exaltation of the Holy Cross – Sept. 14th
q) Falling Asleep of St. John The Theologian – Sept. 25th
r) Protection of the Mother Of God
October 1st
s) St. Demetrius the Great Martyr
October 26th
t) St. Michael the Archangel – Nov. 8th
u) St. Josaphat the Hieromartyr – Nov. 12th
v) Entrance into the Temple of the Mother of God – Nov. 21st
w) St. Nicholas the Wonderworker – Dec. 6th
x) Conception of St. Anne (Immaculate Conception) Dec. 9th
y) Synaxis of the Mother of God – Dec. 26th

Transfiguration of Our Lord Weekend Liturgies:
Saturday 6:00 PM – Sunday 10:30 AM
Wednesdays-Stations of the Cross 7:00 PM-Fridays-
Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts 9:00 AM

Don’t forget – Your Confession for the Easter Season
The weekdays of the Great Fast are aliturgical whereas no Divine Liturgy should be celebrated except for the Feast of the Annunciation.
Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts are celebrated on Wednesday and Friday of the Great Fast

THE FEAST OF THE ANNUNCIATION
OF THE MOST HOLY MOTHER OF GOD
The mystery of the Annunciation has fundamental significance, for with it begin the New Testament and our salvation. Mankind had waited thousands of years for the good new of the Archangel concerning the incarnation of the son of God. Heaven, earth, and the righteous souls in limbo awaited this good news. On this day God fulfilled his promise to send a redeemer, for on this day the “Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.” In a sermon on the Annunciation, attributed to St. John Chrysostom, we read: “Gabriel was sent to reveal the salvation of the world. Gabriel was sent to bring to Adam the promise of his return from slavery to sin. Gabriel was sent to the Virgin, to restore the honor of womanhood. Gabriel was sent to prepare a worthy bridal chamber for the pure Bridegroom. Gabriel was sent to espouse creature with the Creator. Gabriel was sent to the Virgin betrothed to Joseph, but preserved for the Son. The bodiless servant was sent to the pure Virgin. The one who was free from sin was sent to one exempt from corruption. A lamp was sent to point out the Sun of truth. Morning was sent to precede the light of day. Gabriel was sent to announce Him, who is in the bosom of the Father and in the arms of the Mother. Gabriel was sent to announce Him, Who is seated on a throne at God’s right hand and, at the same time, rests in a lowly manger on earth.”
At the moment of the angel’s annunciation, the Son of God begins the first moments of earthly life in the womb of the Most Pure Virgin Mary. From this momentous fact the privileges of Mary – those of divine motherhood and virginity – clearly emanate.
The celebration of the feast of the Annunciation began in the Eastern Church at the end of the fourth or the beginning of the fifth century. At first, both in the East and the West, it was considered a feast of the Lord as is evident from the names by which it was first known: “The Conception of Christ”, “The Annunciation concerning Christ”. “The Beginning of Redemption”, “The Annunciation”, “ The Annunciation of the Angel to Mary”, “The Day of the Salutation”, “The Day or Feast of the Annunciation”.
In the seventh century, the name was formally established for the entire Eastern Church as “The Annunciation of the Most Holy Mother of God”, and it was decreed that this feast be celebrated as a Marian feast.
The date March 25, was selected for this feast because it occurs just nine months before the feast of the Nativity of our Lord on December 25. In addition to this, there existed an ancient tradition that March 25th marked not only the incarnation of the son of God, but also both the creation of the world and the death of Christ on the Cross. The Alexandrian Paschal Chronicle of 624, and also the Paschal Chronicle of Constantinople, from the start of the seventh century, places the feast of the Annunciation on the 25th of March.
GENERATIONS OF FAITH: WHY? WHAT? WHERE?
A meeting will be held in the Church Hall on Tuesday, March 24th at 6:30 PM. We look forward to your participation in this new lifelong faith formation.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn this week March 21 – 28 by Michaelene Ostrum in memory of Fred Uhas.

BUILDING FUND: Our thanks for the donation received from Frank Stankunas to our Building Fund in memory of Peter Pstrak.

WOMEN’S SOCIETY: The Divine Liturgy Saturday, March 28th will be celebrated for all living and deceased members of the Women’s Society. President Irene Frisbie asks all members to be present by 3:15 PM to recite the rosary.

THANKS: Your participation in making our fellowship after the Stations of the Cross last Sunday is very much appreciated. Our thanks to those who donated monetary gifts, good food, desserts and helping with the preparations and serving at the fellowship.
God’s blessing on you for your time and effort to help.

SVIACHENE: Our Sviachene (Easter Dinner) is being planned for Sunday,
May 3, 2009 – 2:00 PM in our Church Hall Tickets will be
available soon. The cost is $12 for adults and $5 for children
under 12. Donations of Gift items for the Chinese Auction
will be greatly appreciated. Save the date to attend this
Church function – bring your family and friends.


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