FIRST SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST FEBRUARY 17, 2013

23 02 2013

Saturday, February 16 – 4:00 PM
Michael Popyk & Michael Kovalchuk – Rev. V. Popyk

Sunday, February 17 – 8:30 AM – FIRST SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST
4:00 PM – DEANERY STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Wednesday, February 20 – 9:30 AM
Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

Friday, February 22 – 6:30 PM
Stations of the Cross – Sorokousty Service

Saturday, February 23 – 2:30 PM – Baby Baptism
4:00 PM William Kloap – Wife Florence Kloap

Sunday, February 24 – 8:30 AM – SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

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.

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 February 16 – 24 by Charles Drazba in memory of Marie Drazba.

The Sanctuary Light for the week of February 23 – March 2 is available for your request.
The Altar Candles that will burn for all the services in the month of March, July, August and September are available for requests. A Donation of $40 for the month will be in memory of a loved one, in honor of a relative or friend or a special occasion.

DEANERY STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Our Parish will be the host for this Sunday, February 17th at 4:00 PM for the Deanery Stations of the Cross. A Fellowship will follow in the church hall. We are asking all parishioners to please try to attend this beautiful service.
Schedule for the Deanery Station of the Cross
Sunday, Feb. 17 4:00 PM – SS Peter & Paul, Plymouth, PA
Sunday, Feb. 24 4:00 PM – Transfiguration of Our Lord, Nanticoke, PA
Sunday, March 3 4:00 PM – SS Peter & Paul, Wilkes-Barre, PA
Sunday, March 10 4:00 PM – St. Nicholas, Glen Lyon, PA
Sunday, March 17 4:00 PM – St. Vladimir, Edwardsville, PA

Please remember all those who are in Nursing Facilities, at home or in the hospital.
Clara Patrylak is now residing at Country Meadows, 420 Crocks Road, Allentown, PA, 18106 room 234. Joseph Sawka is at Guardian Care, Mrs. Florence Kloap resides at Clark Summit Senior Living in Clarks Summit, and prayers are always helpful for all.

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