4 04 2016

Saturday, March 26 EASTER
6:00 PM Resurrection Matins / Procession / Easter Divine Liturgy ~ Blessing of Artos – Myrovania ~Anointing of Holy Oil

Sunday, March 27 No Services


Monday, March 28 BRIGHT MONDAY
4:00 PM God’s Blessing for all Parishioners

Saturday, April 2 BRIGHT SATURDAY Distribution of Artos –
4:00 PM Anointing of Holy Oil – Myrovania
✞Andrew Patrylak – Wife Clara Patrylak

Sunday, April 3 SUNDAY OF ST. THOMAS
8:30 AM Distribution of Artos – Anointing of Holy Oil – Myrovania
✞David Trimmel – wife Irene Qurion.


A Tale of Two Easters
Why one faith and two celebrations?
Easter is not only a movable holiday but a multiple one: in most years Western Christian churches and Eastern Orthodox churches celebrate Easter on different dates. In 2016, for example, Easter will be celebrated on March 27 by Western churches and May 2 by Orthodox churches. But in 2014, the two celebrations occurred on the same date, April 20.
The theological inconsistency of two Easters has remained a thorny problem for the Christian Church. “It has long been recognized that to celebrate this fundamental aspect of the Christian faith on different dates,” states the World Council of Churches, “gives a divided witness and compromises the churches’ credibility and effectiveness in bringing the Gospel to the world.”
The formula for Easter—”The first Sunday after the first full moon on or after the vernal equinox”—is identical for both Western and Orthodox Easters, but the churches base the dates on different calendars: Western churches use the Gregorian calendar, the standard calendar for much of the world, and Orthodox churches use the older, Julian calendar.
The Western church does not use the actual, or astronomically correct date for the vernal equinox, but a fixed date (March 21). And by full moon it does not mean the astronomical full moon but the “ecclesiastical moon,” which is based on tables created by the church. These constructs allow the date of Easter to be calculated in advance rather than determined by actual astronomical observances, which are naturally less predictable.
This division between the Eastern and Western Churches has no strong theological basis, but neither is it simply a technical skirmish. As the World Council of Churches has noted, much of Orthodox Christianity is located in the Middle East, where it has frequently been the minority religion, and in Eastern Europe, where until recently it faced hostility from communist governments.
The emphasis on honoring tradition and maintaining an intact religious identity was therefore crucial. Seen in this context, changing the rules governing its most important religious holiday chisels away at the foundations of an already beleaguered religious heritage.
Legend of the Dogwood 

An old and beautiful legend says that, at the time of the crucifixion,
the dogwood was comparable in size to the oak tree and other monarchs
of the forest. Because of its firmness and strength it was selected
as the timber for the cross, but to be put to such a cruel use
greatly distressed the tree. Sensing this, the crucified Jesus
in his gentle pity for the sorrow and suffering of all said to it:
”Because of your sorrow and pity for My sufferings, never again
will the dogwood tree grow large enough to be used as a cross.
Henceforth it will be slender, bent and twisted and its blossoms
will be in the form of a cross ~ two long and two short petals.
In the center of the outer edge of each petal there will be
nail prints ~ brown with rust and stained with red ~ and in
the center of the flower will be a crown of thorns,
and all who see this will remember.”

Easter Is The Gift…

Easter is the gift of HOPE
Easter is the gift of PEACE
Easter is the gift of LOVE
Let us rejoice in Him,
Who gives them all.

May God bless you at Easter,
And keep you all year through.
May God give you all the faith it takes,
To make your dreams come true.
May His love and wisdom always help,
To guide you on your way.
May His light shine down upon you now,
To bless your Easter Day.

FLOWERS: A Large Bouquet of flowers is donated this week by James Bruce Fromel in memory of his mother Mrs. Julia Fromel.

THANKS: Our thanks to all who were so kind to donate their time for the preparation of our church services and helping in any way to make this Holy Season joyous for all to give praise to our Risen Christ.

SVIACHENE: Our Sviachene (Easter Dinner) is being held on Sunday, April 24, 2016 in our Church Hall at 2:00 PM. Tickets are available the cost is $15 for adults
and $8 for children under 12. Bring your family and friends for this dinner to celebrate the Easter Season. Deadline for tickets is April 16th. Chairman of the Chinese Auction is Mary Ann Kachinko. Your donations will be appreciated.

MAY LOTTERY: The May Lottery Tickets are available. If each parishioner would be so kind to purchase at least 5 tickets it would be a big help in reducing the amount that has to be sold. Mike Sinko does a great job of going to the neighborhood businesses to sell what he can. For $5 you have a chance every day in May to win with the evening number.



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