4:00 PM George Patrylak – Clara Patrylak
Sunday, Feb. 26 FIRST SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
Wednesday, Feb. 29
7:00 PM Stations of the Cross – Sorokousty Service
Friday, March 2
9:00 AM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts
Saturday, March 3
4:00 PM Frances Bencho – Jeremy Brizio & Family
Sunday, March 4 SECOND SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
4:00 PM Deanery Stations of the Cross – SS Peter & Paul, U.C.C.
THE SUNDAY OF ORTHODOXY
The first Sunday of the Great Fast is called the Sunday of Orthodoxy. What do we mean by “orthodoxy”? The word “orthodoxy” stems from the Greek word “orthodoxia” (orthos=right; doksa=opinion) which signifies the true faith and the true worship of God. We are not speaking here of orthodoxy as we understand it today as being opposed to the Catholic Church, but orthodoxy, as applied to the whole Church of Christ until the schism between the Eastern and Western Churches which occurred in the eleventh century under the patriarch Cerularius (1054). The orthodoxy that we celebrate this Sunday is universal-catholic orthodoxy, professed by the entire Church of Christ of the first centuries in the battle against the heresy of Iconoclasm (Gr – eikon=image; klastes=a breaker; – an image breaking heresy). The Sunday of Orthodoxy is a festival for the whole Church, both Eastern and Western. It is the festive celebration of the decisive victory over Iconoclasm and other heresies.
The purpose of this feast is to pay solemn public homage and veneration to the holy icons of Jesus Christ, the Blessed Mother of God, and all the Saints.
The Church of Christ deeply respects and honors the holy icons as it also does holy relics. She places them in church for public veneration and recommends that we venerate them privately in our homes, and wear small icons around our necks in the form of little crosses or medals.
Although our time has brought with it many changes in church laws, traditions, and discipline, and the Second Vatican Council has relaxed the rules for fasting, including the Great Fast, nevertheless, the Forty Days Fast still has significance for our spiritual life. For various reasons, today we may be unable to fast in the same way as our ancestors did; yet even today we are obliged to a spiritual fast – that is, we are obliged to refrain from sin, and from giving in to our evil inclinations. We are also obliged to pray and to practice virtue and good deeds. In reality then, the most important goal of the Great Fast is our spiritual renewal.
The Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts:
A typical Lenten service is the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts. Already in the first centuries there was a custom during the Forty Days Fast to omit the celebration of the Divine Liturgy because, at that time, it was still linked with agape, that is the love banquet, and this was not in keeping with the spirit of fasting. Furthermore, the Divine Liturgy was regarded as joyful mystery; for this reason, its celebration was limited to Saturday and Sunday. On the other days of the week to give the faithful an opportunity to receive Holy Communion, the Divine Liturgy was replaced by other services, from which the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts developed in time. Actually, this is not a Liturgy in the sense of the word, for it does not have the consecration of bread and wine; but rather, it is a Vespers service combined with the rite of Holy Communion, for which the bread was previously consecrated. Hence, the name of Presanctified Gifs.
The Council of Laodicia (c.364) prescribed: “It is not permitted during the Great Fast to offer up the Bread (that is the Holy Liturgy), except on Saturday and Sunday” (rule 49). The Sixth Ecumenical Council of Trullo (691) decreed: “On all the days of the Great Fast, with the exception of Saturday and Sunday, and the feast of the Annunciation, the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts must be celebrated. “ (rule 52).
SUNDAY LITURGIES DURING LENT: WHY DO THEY SEEM LONGER?
Our Byzantine Rite prescribes that the Liturgy of St. Basil the Great is to be celebrated on all of the Sundays of Great Lent, instead of the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, which is usually celebrated throughout the rest of the church year. St.
Basil’s Liturgy is older and has longer priestly prayers than the St. John Chrysostom Liturgy (which was derived from the Liturgy of St. Basil the Great), and is celebrated ten times during the church year: the five Sundays of Lent (not Palm Sunday), Holy Thursday, Holy Saturday, Christmas Eve, Epiphany Eve, and on the actual Feast of St. Basil which we celebrate on January 1.
SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn this week Feb. 25 – March 3 by Florence Kloap & Family in memory of Husband William Kloap.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS: The Deanery Stations of the Cross will be held in our Parish next Sunday, March 4th. We will be serving the fellowship following the Stations. Desserts are needed to serve this affair and we ask all our good cooks and bakers to help in this matter. Any dish you make will be greatly appreciated.
FLOWERS: A flower request chart is available to have Bouquets in memory of or in honor of someone special to you. The Bouquets are priced from $25 to whatever size you wish to have.
BUS TRIP: If you are interested in going on this trip, the bus fills up fast, so you should make your reservations as soon as possible. The North Anthracite Council – League of Ukrainian Catholics is sponsoring this bus trip to the annual St. George Ukrainian Street Festival, Lower East Side of Manhattan on Saturday, May 19, 2012. Donation is $35.00 per person. Full advance nonrefundable payment reserves a seat. Check should be made out to LUC – NA Council. For reservations contact Paul Ewasko at 563-2275. Poster in vestibule on details.
DEANERY LENTEN STATIONS OF THE CROSS:
Sunday – February 26 – SS Peter & Paul, U.C.C.-Wilkes-Barre, PA
Sunday – March 4 SS Peter & Paul, U.C.C. – Plymouth, PA
Sunday – March 11 – St. Nicholas U.C.C. – Glen Lyon, PA
Sunday – March 18 – Transfiguration of Our Lord, U.C.C. – Nanticoke, PA
Sunday – March 25 – St. Vladimir’s, U.C.C. – Edwardsville, PA