FIFTH SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST MARY OF EGYPT VENERABLE APRIL 2, 2017

30 03 2017

Saturday, April 1 God’s Blessing for good health for Ronald Kachinko,
` 4:00 PM from Maryanne Kachinko and Family
Sunday, April 2
8:30AM FIFTH SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST – MARY OF EGYPT
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
4:00 PM – Deanery Stations of the Cross – St. Vladimir’s, Edwardsville, PA

Wednesday, April 5
6;30 PM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, Nanticoke, PA
Friday, April 7
4;00 PM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, Plymouth, PA

Saturday, April 8
4:00 PM ✞Steve Kowalick – Mike & Helen Kowalick

Sunday, April 9 PALM SUNDAY
Blessing of Willow branches and Palm
Myrovania – Anointing of Holy Oil
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

The Schedule For Holy Week
SS Peter & Paul Parish, Plymouth

Holy Wednesday, April 12
4:00PM The Presanctified Divine Liturgy.

Holy Thursday, April 13
3:00PM Matins of the Holy and saving Passion of our Lord.

Good Friday, April 14
1:00 PM Vespers with the Placement of the Holy Shroud.

Holy Saturday, April 15
1:00PM Blessing of Paschal Food (in parish hall).
6:00PM Service at the Grave, Resurrection Matins, Divine Liturgy, Blessing of Artos, Myrovania.

Pascha, April 16
11:30 AM Divine Liturgy-Resurrection of Our Lord

Bright Monday, April 17
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy, Myrovania.

Bright Wednesday, April 19
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy, Myrovania

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Transfiguration of Our Lord Parish
Holy Monday, April 10
6:30PM The Presanctified Divine Liturgy.
Holy Tuesday, April 11
6:30PM The Presanctified Divine Liturgy.
Holy Thursday, April 13
6:30PM Matins of the Holy and saving Passion of our Lord.
Passion Friday, April 14
5:30PM Vespers with the Placement of the Holy Shroud.
Holy Saturday, April 15
3:00PM Blessing of Paschal Food (in parish hall).
Resurrection of our Lord – Pascha, April 16
7:00AM Service at the Grave, Resurrection Matins, Divine Liturgy, Blessing of Artos, Myrovania.
Bright Tuesday, April 18
9:00AM Divine Liturgy, Myrovania.
Bright Thursday, April 20
9:00AM Divine Liturgy, Myrovania

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FIFTH GREAT FAST SUNDAY
Today is the last Sunday of Lent. Even though there remains one whole week to run the course of these special days of prayer and fasting, the Church, as if impatient to begin Holy Week itself, urges us to anticipate the glorious entrance into Jerusalem. She does this by prescribing Saint Mark’s account of Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem before His passion (Mark 10:32-45)
Saint Mark describes how Jesus takes the twelve apostles aside to tell them that He will be betrayed, condemned and put to death, and that He will rise from the dead. At this threshold of Holy Week, we can put ourselves into the very places of those twelve men and allow ourselves to be taken aside by the Savior for a talk in which He explains to each of us personally the mystery of Redemption.
The apostles were asking Jesus to help them understand at greater depth what will happen. Two of them, the brothers, James and John, quite ambitiously were looking out for their own best interests. Jesus challenged that ambition and explained that true glory lies in serving others. Jesus emphasizes that He Himself is here not to be served but to do the serving.
We can almost feel the keen disappointment of James and John and the indignation on the part of the other ten apostles. What we see among the twelve is a good example of self-interest: What’s in it for me: What’s the pay-off? What do I get?
This last week of Lent we have the opportunity to exchange places with James and John and the other ten apostles, to be with the Lord as He approaches Jerusalem.
We, however, have an advantage those twelve men lacked: we know already what lies ahead for Jesus. We know about the spiritual nature of His Kingdom. We can use the next seven days to renew our own efforts at making our lives deeply spiritual too.
Why do we come to Church?
Why do we assemble as Church?
Why will we celebrate the Eucharist once again, and then again, and again and again?
Why will we begin next Sunday once again the yearly commemoration of the events of the Lord’s last week?
There are various answers we can give to these questions, but I would suggest that the most basic, most fundamental reason we do these things is simply because of love. . . not that we have loved, but that we find ourselves- discover ourselves- loved first by Another. . . . by God.
We are here today because somewhere inside each of us we want, we need, that divine love, shown to us in Christ, to be poured once again into our hearts; so that once again we might be able to “put on love” (Col. 3:14); so that once again we might be made into Christ’s Body; so that once again we might be touched by a love we don’t find in ourselves and find ourselves able to abide in the love of Christ for us.
SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn this week April 1 – April 8 by Mike & Dolores Sinko in memory of Parents John & Helen Kurkoski..

HELP: After the services on Holy Thursday, April 13, the preparation of the grave will be conducted and help is needed…the preparing and tying of the palm and willow branches will be in the Church Hall after the Services on Friday, April 14th, for the Palm Sunday Divine Liturgy. Please, if you can possibly come to help it will be greatly appreciated. Men, women and young adults are welcome.

HOLY WEEK: Please remember that help will be needed to participate in the Holy week services. Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Resurrection Services Holy Saturday. Sign up to spend some time with the Lord at the grave. A sign up sheet is in the vestibule for adoration of the grave. Please try to fill every hour.

Willow Branches: If you have any Pussy Willows to contribute for Palm Sunday, please bring them to the hall and if no one is there, leave them on the entrance door.
They are needed for Friday so preparation can be made.

DINNER: Our Parish After Easter Dinner is being held on Sunday, May 7, 2017 – 2:00 PM in our Church Hall. A Roast Beef Dinner with all the trimmings will be served. Tickets will be available soon. The cost is $15 for adults and $8 for children under 12. Donations of Gift items for the Chinese Auction will be greatly appreciated. Save the date to attend this Church function – bring your family and friends. Please make your reservations early.

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