4 04 2016

Saturday, March 19 Blessing of Palms & Willow Branches
Myrovania – Anointing of Holy Oil
4:00 PM ✞David Trimmell – Wife Irene Quirion

Sunday, March 20 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
Wednesday, March 23
9:30 AM Presanctified Divine Liturgy. Confessions

Thursday, March 24 HOLY THURSDAY
4:00 PM Matins of the Passion of Our Lord

Friday, March 25 Good Friday
1:00 PM Divine Liturgy with Vespers and
Procession with Shroud. Confessions

Saturday, March 26 HOLY SATURDAY
1:00 PM Blessing of Easter Food Baskets
6:00 PM Service at the Grave, RECURRECTION MATINS, Easter Divine Liturgy, Blessing of Artos – Myrovania – Anointing of Holy Oil

Sunday, March 27 No Services
Bright Monday – March 28 – 4:30 PM – Divine Liturgy – Myrovania
Saturday before Palm Sunday
Jesus Christ wrought many miracles during His lifetime abut none was so rich in its effects as the resurrection of Lazarus.
This miracle marks the apex of Christ’s self-revelation. The magnitude of this miracle and the publicity attending it were the immediate causes of Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.
May this great and wonderful miracle of the resurrection of Lazarus strengthen also our faith in the divinity of Christ and in our own personal resurrection. That same Christ, who raised the four-day Lazarus from the dead, in His own time, will raise us also to a life of eternal happiness. He Himself assured us of this when He said: “I am the Resurrection and Life. Whoever believes in me, even though he die, shall live!”

The festival of the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem is one of the oldest feast days in the Eastern Church.
In our liturgical books this day is called, “Sunday of the Palms”, “Flower or Blossom Sunday”, “Flower or Blossom-bearing Sunday”. Our people call this Sunday the “Sunday of Pussy-Willows or Willow Sunday. All these names are associated with the custom of blessing and distributing palm on that day in church. Because no palm or olive trees grow in our country, we have a venerable custom of using willow branches, a tree that is the first to blossom in the spring.
The spiritual meaning of Palm Sunday
The Jews wanted to see their messiah in power and glory. According, Jesus Christ, by raising Lazarus from the dead and by His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, gave them clear proof of His power and glory. When He entered Jerusalem, all the city was thrown into commotion saying: “Who is this?” But the crowds kept on saying: “This is Jesus the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.’”
The honor given to Christ lasted for only a brief moment, for His betrayal by Judas, His rejection by the people, His condemnation by the Jewish leaders, His passion, the way of the cross and crucifixion followed in quick succession. These very same people who, on Sunday cried out, “Hosanna”, within a few days would be crying out: “Crucify Him.”
Palm Sunday teaches us the instability of worldly glory and the vanity of earthly happiness. Joy and sadness here on earth are two inseparable sisters. Therefore, if we wish one day to have a share in the triumph of Christ in heaven, we must first undergo a Passion Week and a Golgotha with Him here on earth. Only then, will we be able, like Him, to enter into everlasting triumph, joy and resurrection
Finally, my brothers, your thoughts should be wholly directed to all that is true, all that deserves respect, all that is honest, pure, admirable, decent, virtuous, or worthy of praise. Live according to what you have learned and accepted what you have heard me say and seen me do. Then will the God of peace be with you.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn this week March 19-26 by Albert Ferkel in memory of his parents Albert and Catherine Ferkel.

HOLY WEEK – Please remember that help is needed to participate in the Holy Week services. Holy Thursday, 4:00 PM, Good Friday, 1:00 PM and Resurrection Services Holy Saturday, 6:00 PM. Help will be needed to set up the grave after the Holy Thursday services. Try to lend a helping hand. Sign up sheet is in the vestibule for Adoration. Time to spent with God. Give an hour of your time for HIM.

SVIACHENE: Our Sviachene (Easter Dinner) will be held in our Church Hall 2:00 PM on Sunday, April 24th, 2016. Tickets are available, $15 for Adults and $8 Children (8-12). This is a very nice way to have our Parish Family come together in fellowship. The menu will be a little different this year – a Roast Beef Platter w/mashed potatoes and a vegetable will be served individually with a family style of Ham, Kilbosi, red beets, mushrooms, relish tray, paska and butter, eggs and dessert and beverage. Please do your best to make this date available to come and celebrate. Bring your family and friends. Donations of gift item will be greatly appreciated for a Chinese Auction and we ask our great dessert makers to make any dessert you wish to donate. We are always noted for the good food and desserts here in our parish.

THANKS: Our thanks to those who brought the Willow branches and all who helped tie the Palm & Branches. Your help is always appreciated. Also to the men & women who came to clean the church this week. God’s blessing to all.

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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