3 04 2009

Saturday, April 4 Blessing of Palms & Willow Branches
4:00 PM Myrovania – Anointing of Holy Oil
William Kloap – Parishioners of St. Nicholas – Nanticoke

Sunday, April 5 PALM SUNDAY – Myrovania – Anointing of Holy Oil
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Wednesday, April 8 9:00 AM – Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

Thursday, April 9 HOLY THURSDAY
5:00 PM Matins of the Passion of Our Lord
Reading of the 12 Passion Gospels

Friday, April 10 GOOD FRIDAY
5:30 PM Vespers – Procession – Entombment of Jesus Christ

Saturday, April 11 HOLY SATURDAY
1:00 PM Blessing of Easter Food Baskets
7:00 PM Procession / Resurrection Matins / Easter Divine Liturgy Blessing of Artos – Myrovania – Anointing of Holy Oil

11:30 AM Anointing of Holy Oil – Myravania
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Almost every week of the Great Fast has its special liturgical features. The same must be said of its Saturdays and Sundays which are dedicated to some event in the life of Jesus Christ, His Blessed Mother and the Church or the Saints.
The special characteristic of the sixth week of the Forty Days Fast is that it spiritually prepares us for two great and glorious events in the life of Jesus Christ: the resurrection of Lazarus from the dead to which are dedicated the Saturday before Palm Sunday, and the triumphal entry into Jerusalem of our Lord Jesus Christ, which the Church celebrated on Palm Sunday.
In our liturgical books this week bears the name – the week of palms (i.e., palm branches), flowers or blossom-bearing week. The dominant theme of the services of this week is the ending of the Great Fast and the preparation of the faithjul for the great miracle of the raising of Lazarus from the dead and Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.
May this great and wonderful miracle of the resurrection of Lazarus strengthen also our faith in the divinity of Christ and in our own personal resurrection. That same Christ, who raised the four-day Lazarus from the dead, in His own time, will raise us also to a life of eternal happiness. He Himself assured us of this when He said: “I am the Resurrection and Life. Whoever believes in me, even though he dies, shall live!”

The Jews wanted to see their messiah in power and glory. According, Jesus Christ, by raising Lazarus from the dead and by His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, gave them clear proof of His power and glory. When He entered Jerusalem, the entire city was thrown into commotion saying: “Who is this?” But the crowds kept on saying: “This is Jesus the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.’”
The honor given to Christ lasted for only a brief moment, for His betrayal by Judas, His rejection by the people, His condemnation by the Jewish leaders, His passion, the way of the cross and crucifixion followed in quick succession. These very same people who, on Sunday cried out, “Hosanna”, within a few days would be crying out: “Crucify Him.”
Palm Sunday teaches us the instability of worldly glory and the vanity of earthly happiness. Joy and sadness here on earth are two inseparable sisters. Therefore, if we wish one day to have a share in the triumph of Christ in heaven, we must first undergo a Passion Week and a Golgotha with Him here on earth. Only then, will we be able, like Him, to enter into everlasting triumph, joy and resurrection

Finally, my brothers, your thoughts should be wholly directed to all that is true, all that deserves respect, all that is honest, pure, admirable, decent, virtuous, or worthy of praise. Live according to what you have learned and accepted, what you have heard me say and seen me do. Then will the God of peace be with you.

ALLELUIA – (3). Sing to the Lord a new song for the Lord has done wondrous deeds. Alleluia (3). All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation wrought by our God. Alleluia (3).

IN PLACE OF “IT IS TRULY PROPER…” Extol, my soul, the Lord seated on a donkey’s colt.
IRMOS – God is Lord has appeared to us: Come; let us celebrate this feast with joy. With flowers and palm branches let us magnify Christ; and as we raise our voices, let us sing: “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, Our Savior.”

COMMUNION VERSE – Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord; God is Lord and has appeared to us. Alleluia (3)


Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts – Wednesday – 8:00 AM
Holy Thursday – 7:00PM – Good Friday – 4:00PM – Saturday 9:00 AM Vespers with Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great – Blessing of Food 3:00 PM
Easter Sunday – 8:00 AM – Resurrection Matins, Procession, Divine Liturgy

REMEMBER TO COME ON GOOD FRIDAY TO THE CHURCH HALL: On the Great and Holy Friday, April 10th at 4:00 PM, in the Church Hall everyone is welcome to attend the Generation of Faith session on the “Passion.” We will explore the meaning and significance of Jesus’ death. Refreshments will be served.
A Prayer For Palm Sunday
On this day of great rejoicing, Lord Christ, when we welcome You as our King and Savior, we also walk in the shadow of Your cross. Hosanna! We cry. Blessed are You who comes in God’s name to save us. Hosanna!
Strengthen our faith on this Palm Sunday so that when the time comes to carry the cross we might still call out to You with heartfelt praise. Give us the grace and the courage to follow You this Holy Week from death to resurrection, from darkness to the fullness of light. We need You, O Christ, our Savior. Hosanna! Amen.
SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn this week April 4 – 11 by Jule Wido and Family in memory of John Wido.

HOLY WEEK – Please remember that help is needed to participate in the Holy Week services. Holy Thursday, 5:00 PM, Good Friday, 5:30 PM and Resurrection Services Holy Saturday, 7:00 PM. Help will be needed to set up the grave after the Holy Thursday evening services. Try to lend a helping hand. Sign up sheet is in the vestibule for Adoration. Time to spend with God. Give an hour of your time for HIM.

APPRECIATION: We thank all who brought the Willow branches and all who helped tie the Palm & Branches. Your help is always appreciative. God’s blessing to all.

BUILDING FUND: We express our thanks to Norman & Catherine Schmitt for their donation to our Building Fund in memory of Frank Kulick.

LOTTERY TICKETS: The Lottery tickets are still available for the month of May. Try you luck and purchase a few. This is a good fund-raiser for the Church.

SYMPATHY: We extend our deepest Sympathy to Clara Patrylak and Family whose husband Andrew Patrylak has fallen asleep to his eternal rest. May his memory be eternal.


APRIL 5, 2009

The festival of the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem is one of the oldest feast days in the Eastern Church.
In our liturgical books this day is called, “Sunday of the Palms”, “Flower or Blossom Sunday”, “Flower or Blossom-bearing Sunday”. Our people call this Sunday the “Sunday of Pussy-Willows or Willow Sunday. All these names are associated with the custom of blessing and distributing palm on that day in church. Because no palm or olive trees grow in our country, we have a venerable custom of using willow branches, a tree that is the first to blossom in the spring.



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