VENERATION OF THE HOLY CROSS MARCH 8, 2015

6 03 2015

Saturday, Mar. 7
4:00 PM Theodosia Rembish – Joanne Chwieg
VENERATION OF THE HOLY CROSS
Myrovania – Anointing of Holy Oil

Sunday, March 8 THIRD SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST
VENERATION OF THE HOLY CROSS
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
Myrovania – Anointing of Holy Oil
4:00 PM Deanery Stations of the Cross – St. Nicholas UCC, Glen Lyon, PA
Friday, Mar. 13
7:00 PM Stations of the Cross – Sorokousty

Saturday, Mar. 14
4:00 PM ✞Leo Semcheski – (40th Day) John & Nancy Semcheski

Sunday, Mar. 15 FOURTH SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST
John Climacus Venerable
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

DEANERY STATION OF THE CROSS
4:00 PM each Sunday
Mar. 8 Glen Lyon, St. Nicholas
Mar. 15 Nanticoke, Transfiguration
Mar. 22 Edwardsville, St. Vladimir
Time to Spring Forward
Turn your clocks ahead one hour
Daylight Saving Time begins
2:00 AM Sunday

VENERATION OF THE HOLY CROSS

The season of the Great Fast is a special time for mortification and penance, both internal and external. Because this spiritual struggle lasts a longer time, it often happens that we begin the first days or weeks of fasting with great zeal and resolution, but then gradually we become physically and spiritually exhausted, weakened and discouraged. Holy Church knowing well the weakened and instability of our human nature, places before our eyes the holy Cross in the middle of the fast – an extraordinarily powerful incentive to motivate us to persevere in our spiritual struggle.
On the third Sunday, or mid-Lent, holy Church encourages us to venerate the Cross of our Lord in a very special manner, so that we may be strengthened in spirit. This Sunday, therefore, is called the Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross.
The holy Cross is designed to remind us of God’s infinite love for us, Christ’s suffering for our sake and our obligation to carry our daily cross courageously. Jesus Christ addressed these words to all of us, “If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily, and follow me…He who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 9,23 and 14-27).
The services of this Sunday almost make no mention of the Cross as being a symbol of suffering, penance, or humiliation, but rather extol the holy Cross as a symbol of joy, victory and triumph, which are brought to fullness through the glorious Resurrection.
The Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross, indeed, teaches us to understand the great significance the Holy Cross has for us, not only during the Lent, but also throughout our whole life. This Sunday tells us that wherever we find the Cross, there will we find strength, victory, salvation and the pledge of resurrection to eternal life of bliss.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn the week of
March 7 – 14 by the Dempsey Family in memory of Anna Dempsey.

WOMEN’S SOCIETY: The regular monthly meeting of the Women’s Society will meet Tuesday, March 10th, at 6:30 PM. All members are asked to please attend. This is the first meeting after the 3 months of no meetings.

CEMETERY: Our sincere thanks to Mary and Walter Pinaha and Veronica Szewczuk for their donation of $600 to our Parish Cemetery care. Their donation is greatly appreciated and may God grant them good health.

FOOD SALE: St. Nicholas UCC, 153 E. Main St., Glen Lyon is sponsoring a food sale of Vegetable Soup, Halushki and bake sale on Friday, March 13, 2015 from 12 noon to 5:00 PM in the Church Hall. The price of the soup & halushki is $5.00 a quart. Orders can be placed by calling Debbie at 570-736-6908 or Karen at 570- 735-7682 by this Sunday, March 8th.

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