SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST MARY OF EGYPT VENERABLE MARCH 22, 2015

18 03 2015

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

Sunday, March 22 FIFTH SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
4:00 PM DEANERY STATION OF THE CROSS
St. Vladimir’s Edwardsville, PA
This is the last of the Deanery Stations of the Cross

Thursday, March 25 ANNOUNCIATION OF THE BLESSED MOTHER
Holy day of Obligation
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
Myrovania – Anointing of Holy Oil
Friday, March 27
4:00 PM Stations of the Cross – Sorokousty Service

Saturday, March 28 Blessing of Willow branches and Palm
4:00 PM Myrovania – Anointing of Holy Oil

Sunday, March 29 PALM SUNDAY-
Entrance of our lord into Jerusalem
8:30 AM Blessing of Willow branches and Palm
Myrovania – Anointing of Holy Oil
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
St. Mary of Egypt

The Fifth Sunday of Lent recalls the memory of St. Mary of Egypt, the repentant harlot. Mary tells us, first of all, that no amount of sin can keep a person from God if the sinner truly repents. In addition, St. Mary tells us that it is never too late, either in life or in lent, to repent. Christ will gladly receive all who come to Him, even at the last minute of their lives. However, their coming must be in serious and sincere repentanceHOLY WEEK AND EASTER SCHEDULE

Holy Wednesday – April 1 – 9:30 AM Presanctified Divine Liturgy. Confessions

Holy Thursday – April 2 – 4:00 PM Matins of the Passion of Our Lord –

Good Friday – April 3 – 3:00 PM – Vespers – Procession – Entombment of The
Holy Shroud. Confessions

HOLY SATURDAY – April 4 – 1:00 PM Blessing of Easter Food Baskets
7:00 PM – Service at the Grave, RECURRECTION MATINS, Easter Divine Liturgy, Blessing of Artos – Myrovania – Anointing of Holy Oil
Bright Monday – April 6 – 4:30 PM – Divine Liturgy – Myrovania

THE FEAST OF THE ANNUNCIATION OF THE MOST HOLY MOTHER OF GOD

The mystery of the Annunciation has fundamental significance, for with it begin the New Testament and our salvation. Mankind had waited thousands of years for the good new of the Archangel concerning the incarnation of the son of God. Heaven, earth, and the righteous souls in limbo awaited this good news. On this day God fulfilled his promise to send a redeemer, for on this day the “Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.” In a sermon on the Annunciation, attributed to St. John Chrysostom, we read: “Gabriel was sent to reveal the salvation of the world. Gabriel was sent to bring to Adam the promise of his return from slavery to sin. Gabriel was sent to the Virgin, to restore the honor of womanhood. Gabriel was sent to prepare a worthy bridal chamber for the pure Bridegroom. Gabriel was sent to espouse creature with the Creator. Gabriel was sent to the Virgin betrothed to Joseph, but preserved for the Son. The bodiless servant was sent to the pure Virgin. The one who was free from sin was sent to one exempt from corruption. A lamp was sent to point out the Sun of truth. Morning was sent to precede the light of day. Gabriel was sent to announce Him, who is in the bosom of the Father and in the arms of the Mother. Gabriel was sent to announce Him, Who is seated on a throne at God’s right hand and, at the same time, rests in a lowly manger on earth.”
At the moment of the angel’s annunciation, the Son of God begins the first moments of earthly life in the womb of the Most Pure Virgin Mary. From this momentous fact the privileges of Mary – those of divine motherhood and virginity – clearly emanate.
The celebration of the feast of the Annunciation began in the Eastern Church at the end of the fourth or the beginning of the fifth century. At first, both in the East and the West, it was considered a feast of the Lord as is evident from the names by which it was first known: “The Conception of Christ”, “The Annunciation concerning Christ”. “The Beginning of Redemption”, “The Annunciation”, “ The Annunciation of the Angel to Mary”, “The Day of the Salutation”, “The Day or Feast of the Annunciation”.
In the seventh century, the name was formally established for the entire Eastern Church as “The Annunciation of the Most Holy Mother of God”, and it was decreed that this feast be celebrated as a Marian feast.
The date March 25, was selected for this feast because it occurs just nine months before the feast of the Nativity of our Lord on December 25. In addition to this, there existed an ancient tradition that March 25th marked not only the incarnation of the son of God, but also both the creation of the world and the death of Christ on the Cross. The Alexandrian Paschal Chronicle of 624, and also the Paschal Chronicle of Constantinople, from the start of the seventh century, places the feast of the Annunciation on the 25th of March.
SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn this week, March 21-28 by Michael Kane in memory of James & Carrie Kane.

LOTTERY TICKETS: The month of May is Lottery time. Please try to do your part by purchasing a few tickets and if possible take some to sell to your friends & family.

SVIACHENE: Our Sviachene (Easter Dinner) is for Sunday, April 19, 2015 in our Church Hall at 2:00 PM. Tickets are available. Get your tickets early so plans can be made for the affair. The cost is $15 for adults and $8 for children under 8-12. This is a very nice affair to have our Parishioners and friends spend some time together.

PALM SUNDAY: Palm Sunday is next week and we are in need of Willow Branches. We are asking for help to tie the branches and palm for distribution. Please, if can lend a hand, this will be after the Stations of the Cross on Friday, March 27th. If you bring any branches at this time, please put them at the Hall entrance. Thank you.
Please sign up for the Adoration of the Grave. The schedule is in the vestibule; try to spend at least one hour with Our Lord. Your cooperation is needed and will be greatly appreciated

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