THIRD SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST VENERATION OF THE HOLY CROSS FEBRUARY 28, 2016

2 03 2016

Saturday, Feb. 27 VENERATION OF THE HOLY CROSS
4:00 PM God’s Blessing for John Rudeski – 70th Birthday by
wife and daughter Annetta and Jaclyn

Sunday, Feb. 28 VENERATION OF THE HOLY CROSS
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
4:00 PM Deanery Stations of the Cross – St. Nicholas, Glen Lyon

Friday, March 4
6:00 PM Stations of the Cross – Sorokousty

Saturday, March 5
4:00 PM God’s Blessing for Jean Pedley and Family

Sunday, March 6 FOURTH SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST
John Climacus, Venerable
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

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.

To arouse ourselves to a greater veneration and love for the Holy Cross, let us frequently call to mind those profound thoughts expressed by the great venerator of the Holy Cross, St. Ephrem the Syrian in the following hymn:
“The Cross is – the resurrection of the dead.
The Cross is – the hope of Christians.
The Cross is – the staff of the lame.
The Cross is – the consolation of the poor.
The Cross is – the dethronement of the proud.
The Cross is – the hope of the hopeless.
The Cross is – the helm of those who sail.
The Cross is – the harbor of the storm-tossed.
The Cross is – the father of orphans.
The Cross is – the comfort of the afflicted
The Cross is – the protector of youth.
The Cross is – the glory of men.
The Cross is – the crown of the aged.
The Cross is – the purity of virgins.
The Cross is – the bread of the hungry and
the fountain of the thirsty.
…Therefore, let us make the sign of this Life-Giving Cross on our forehead, lips and breast…Let us not leave the Cross even for one hour, even for one moment, and let us not do anything without it, but whether we are going to sleep, or getting up; on land, sailing the sea, or crossing rivers, we should adorn all the members of our body with the sign of the Life-Giving Cross.”

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn the week of
February 27-March 5 by The Halloway Family in memory of Mrs. Catherine Halloway.

THANKS: Our thanks to the men and women who made our Fellowship after the Stations of the Cross last Sunday a success. A special thanks to those who donated monetary to help with the cost, our good bakers and dessert makers and sandwiches and food. It was a nice social fellowship and all present enjoyed the meal.

CLEAN UP: We wish to thank some Angel who cleaned up the dry branches and such on the bank of the Church Property. It is a lot of work an looks great. Thank you and may God Bless you.

DINNER: St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church, 320 Mifflin Ave., Scranton, Pa. is honoring the “Irish” on Thursday March 10, 2016. Seating’s are 5:30 and 6:30pm. Reservations can be made by March 7. The price for this culinary delight is only $20.00 per person. The menu will start with an Emerald Isle Spring Mix Salad with tomato, craisin’s, candied almonds, feta cheese and topped with a raspberry vinaigrette. The Entree will be County Cork Ham & Cabbage served with Parsley Broiled Spuds and side vegetable. Irish Soda bread will accompany the meal and there will be a Special Irish Dessert Surprise. Enjoy a cold Guiness or a delicious, hot Irish Coffee for only $5.00. Coffee, Tea, Water, Soda are included and a cash bar is available.

DEANERY STATION OF THE CROSS 
 Sunday, March 6th 4:00 PM – Holy Transfiguration, Nanticoke, PA
Sunday, March 13th 4:00 PM –.St. Vladimir’s, Edwardsville, PA

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