FOURTH SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST John Climacus, Venerable MARCH 15, 2015

13 03 2015

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

Sunday, March 15
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

Friday, Mar. 20
4:00 PM Stations of the Cross – Sorokousty

Saturday, Mar. 21
4:00 PM ✞Helen Sawka – Peter Petrowski

Sunday, Mar. 22 FIFTH SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST
MARY OF EGYPT VENERABLE
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Ukrainian Easter Eggs are beautiful expression of mystery, magic and love. Ukrainian ancestors believed that the Easter Eggs bring good fortune, wealth, health and protection from lightning and fire, possess curative power.

St. John Climacus
On the Fourth Sunday of Great Lent our Church reminds her fasting children that despite their natural weaknesses and passions they can become good Christians and perfect images of the Son of God. She points out the example of St John Climacus (525-605), the saintly abbot of a monastery on Mount Sinai. He became an “angel” in human flesh through fasting and prayer. In following his example the faithful will attain a high degree of Christian perfection.

EASTER

In Christianity, the Easter celebration is held to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus, which Christians believe happened three days after he was buried, having been crucified by Roman authorities just outside of Jerusalem. Easter takes place at the same time as Jewish Passover and, as such, is not a fixed date on the calendar but instead moves around. Because of its connection to Passover, Easter is also sometimes referred to as Pascha, a word that appears in both Latin and Greek but comes from the Hebrew Pesah, or Passover

Setting the Date
Before 325 CE, Christian communities celebrated Easter on a variety of different days of the week, but the Council of Nicea, called together by Emperor Constantine, issued the “Easter Rule” which standardized Easter observance to the first Sunday after the first full moon (known as th paschal moon) on or after the vernal equinox. This “full moon” is not defined in a scientific manner, however – it is an “ecclesiastical full moon” and the “ecclesiastical vernal equinox” is always on March 21st. This means that Easter always occurs on a Sunday between March 22nd and April 25th, signaling the end of the season of Lent.
Traditions
Although Easter is just one day in the liturgical calendar, in reality preparations for Easter take place throughout the 40 days of Lent and it plays a central role in the following 50 days of Pentecost (also known as the Easter season). Thus, Easter can rightly be regarded as the central day in the entire Christian calendar.
Although Easter is probably the oldest Christian celebration aside from the Sabbath, it wasn’t always the same as what people currently think of when they look at Easter services. The earliest known observances, known as Pasch, occurred between the 2nd and 4th centuries. These celebrations commemorated both Jesus’ death and his resurrection at once, whereas these two events have been split up between Good Friday and Easter Sunday today.
Easter is treated not simply as a commemoration of events that occurred at one time in the past. Instead, Easter is regarded as a living symbol of the very nature of Christianity. During Easter, Christians believe that they symbolically pass through death and into a new life (spiritually) in Jesus Christ, just as Jesus passed through death and after three days rose from the dead.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn this week March 14 – 21 by Arlene Jones for Good Health for her sister-in-law.

SVIACHENE: Our Sviachene (Easter Dinner) is being planned for Sunday,
April 19, 2015 – 2:00 PM in our Church Hall. Tickets will be
available soon. We are hoping that most of our parishioners will
attend this affair as it is for the purpose of getting together as a Parish Family. This is a nice affair for our Parish and friends to
spend some time together for food, fun and to enjoy each other.
The cost is $15 for adults and $8 for children 8- 12 under 12, free.
Menu is: Piggies, Ham, Kilbosi , potatoes, vegetable, extras
dessert and beverage. Donations of Gift items for the Chinese
Auction will be greatly appreciated and of course our dessert table donations. Save the date and come.

COUNCIL MEETING: The Parish Council will meet on Friday, March 20th in the Church Hall at 2:00 PM. This meeting will be held before the Stations of the Cross. All members are asked to please attend as meetings have not been held for a few months.

DEANERY STATION OF THE CROSS
4:00 PM each Sunday
Mar. 15 Nanticoke, Transfiguration
Mar. 22 Edwardsville, St. Vladimir

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