PALM SUNDAY APRIL 14, 2019

15 04 2019

Saturday, April 13 Blessing of Palms & Willow Branches
Myrovania – Anointing with Holy Oil
4:00 PM ✞ Steve Kowalick – Michael Kowalick

Sunday, April 14 PALM SUNDAY – Blessing of Palms & Willow Branches Myrovania – Anointing with Holy Oil
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
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Wednesday, April 17 HOLY WEDNESDAY
4:00 PM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts & anointing with oil
Thursday, April 18 HOLY THURSDAY
3:00 PM Matins of the Holy and saving Passion of our Lord
Friday, April 19 Good Friday
1:00 PM Vespers with the Placement of the Holy Shroud.
Saturday, April 20 HOLY SATURDAY
1:00 PM Blessing of Paschal Food (in parish hall).
6:00 PM Service at the Grave, Resurrection Matins, Divine Liturgy, Blessing of Artos. Myrovania – Anointing with Holy Oil –intention ✞Merle Morosowich – Fr. Walter
EASTER SUNDAY – PASCHA
April 21 — 11:30 AM Divine Liturgy-Resurrection of Our Lord
Bright Tuesday, April 23 9:00 AM Divine Liturgy, Myrovania.
Bright Thursday, April 25 9:00 AM Divine Liturgy, Myrovania

Please remember in your prayers all the sick of the parish. A special wish for a speedy recovery of Paul Hoover who is recuperating from a hip operation at John Heinz. Our prayers were answered for the return of Gabe Metric who was laid up for many weeks. Glad you are back Gabe. Pray for all who are in need.
Palm Sunday – the popular name of one of the major festivals of Christians –

Entry into Jerusalem.
This celebration begins Holy Week.
The holiday is dedicated to the day when Jesus triumphantly rode into Jerusalem. People happily greeted Jesus with songs and flowers, as well as the stele under his feet, his clothes and palm branches – the plants, symbolizing purity. Catholics called this holy day – Palm Sunday. But a palm tree in our latitudes is not growing, so in the Ukrainian tradition, it was replaced by the willow – plant, which blooms after the first onset of winter and symbolizes the beginning of a new life. A festival called Palm Sunday.
Willow twigs to prepare better for the holiday in advance. It happens that the early Easter, and spring – cold, and then the willow does not have time to blossom before the holiday. In this case, for 4-5 days cut the branches and put them in water in the room. If the weather is favorable and bloom buds, twigs cut the day before.
Religious people on Palm Sunday go to the church services. At the Matins the blessing and sanctifying of Palm branches is observed. 
Sanctified, blessed, branches are taken home. The first thing to slap the beam of children and other household members, saying, “Verba-whipping, beat to tears. I did not beat, willow beats! Be healthy, like water, strong as willow, as rich as the earth!” Why the willow as a symbol of strength and health? Yes, because it is one of the most tenacious plants. Observed that accepted and grow even those of its branches, which are stuck into the ground upside down.
A few sprigs of willow can be put into the water, and when they take root, planted near the house, but on another day. If twigs take root, a plant grown will protect family home from adversity.
The rest of the beam should be kept for the images. Buds and twigs of willow svyachenoy people attributed healing properties. Willow twigs thrown into the water for bathing small or ill children. Twigs also were applied to the sore spots. During a disaster, willow twig thrown into the street to misery spared the home side. But there is a warning –you do not need to bother wasting willow, use of these tools can be used only when necessary.
Remaining from last year’s holy day twigs should be burned and placed in the garden or where people do not walk, or thrown into the current (i.e. running, not standing!) Water.
It is believed that indoor plants, planted on Palm Sunday, grow well and bring to the house wealth.
Palm Sunday falls outside Lent, so tumultuous festivities suit is not necessary, but that day, a harbinger of Easter should be bright and cheery.

THE LAST WORDS OF JESUS
THE FIRST WORD Luke 23:33-34
When they came to the place called “The Skull”, they nailed
Jesus to the cross there, and the two criminals, one on His
right and one on His left. Jesus said,
“Forgive them, Father! They do not know what they are doing.”
Meditation on the First Word
“They do not know what they are doing”
They do not know? They …who killed Jesus?
Who is “they”?
It is so easy to name others, to blame others, the Romans, the crowd, Pilate, Herod, Caiaphas they all played their part and conspired against Jesus or simply followed orders to maintain the peace to keep Jesus’ kingdom from infringing on theirs.
And yet where are we when Jesus’ kingdom infringes on ours?
On our peace and our order?
On our prosperity and our security?
Where are we when the victims of our peace cry for justice?
When those disenfranchised by our ordered call for compassion?
When the hungry and the lonely beg us to share our prosperity our security, our power?
Where are we when Christ is crucified among us?
Surely He should have raged at the sinners who nailed him to the tree. Surely He should have raged at us for the evil we do, the evil we do both knowing and unknowing,
Yet compassion is there in the first words that He utters. He intercedes for us before the Father. We need to turn to him and away from sin, i.e. repent.
Compassion that called Him into being in his mother’s womb
Compassion that compelled Him to the cross
Compassion that brings incredible, unbelievable grace
Compassion that echoes through the centuries to all who participate in the killing of Christ:
Compassion that cries out from the cross:
“Father, forgive them, they do not know what they are doing”

The Sunday of Holy Week is called Palm Sunday because it commemorates the triumphal entry of Our Lord Jesus into Jerusalem. The people assembled in Jerusalem for the Pasch went out to meet Jesus, greeting Him with palms.
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LAZARUS SATURDAY, ENDS LENT AND BEGINS HOLY WEEK Saturday before Palm Sunday
Jesus Christ wrought many miracles during His lifetime but 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 dies, shall live

The Commemoration of the Lord’s Entrance into Jerusalem
Since the beginning of Lent until now we have prepared our hearts by penance and charitable works. Today we gather together for the beginning of the celebration of Our Lord’s Passion and Resurrection.
For it was to accomplish this mystery that he entered his own city of Jerusalem. Therefore, with all faith and devotion, let us commemorate the Lord’s entry into the city for our salvation following in his footsteps. So that, being made by his grace partakers of the Cross, we may have a share also in his Resurrection and in his life. Amen.
Increase the faith of those who place their hope in you, O Lord, and graciously hear the prayers of those who call on you, that we, who today hold high these willow branches to hail Christ in his triumph, may bear fruit for you by good works accomplished in him Who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen
SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn this week April 13 – 20 by Becky Molecavage in memory of her mother Frances Bencho.

HOLY WEEK – Please remember that help is needed to participate in the Holy Week services. Holy Wednesday includes anointing with oil which forgives your sins, if you have not yet gone to confession, take advantage of this Holy Day’s gift. Holy Thursday, 3:00 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 evening services. Please lend a helping hand. Sign up sheet is in the vestibule for Adoration. Time to spend with God. Give an hour of your time for HIM.

Appreciation: We thank all who brought the Willow branches and all who helped tie the Palm & Branches Your help is always appreciative. God’s blessing to all.

Bus Trip to Enthronement – The North Anthracite Council of LUC has chartered a 33 passenger bus to the Tuesday, June 4th Enthronement of Metropolitan Archbishop Borys Gudziak at our magnificent Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Philadelphia. Pick-ups will be at 5:15am at SS. Cyril and Methodius Church in Berwick, 5:45am at SS. Peter and Paul Church in Plymouth and 6:15am at St. Vladimir Church in Scranton. Cost is $35.00 per person – please make out check to North Anthracite Council – LUC. Reservations can be made by contacting Janina Everett or Paul Ewasko. Reservations are on a first-come first- served basis. Payment in full reserves a bus seat.





SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST MARY OF EGYPT VENERABLE April 7, 2019

8 04 2019

Saturday, April 6 FIFTH SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST
4:00 PM Florence Kloap – Ellen Kobela Algrainy

Sunday, April 7
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
Lenten Retrreat — Monday through Wednesday – Deacon Paul Makar will lead us
Tuesday 4:00 PM Liturgy of the 6th Hour, Transfiguration of Our Lord

Wednesday, April 10
4:00 PM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

Friday, April 12
4:00 PM Transfiguration of Our Lord church– Liturgy of the Presanctified Gift

Saturday, April 13 Saturday of Lazarus
4:00 PM Blessing of Willow branches and Palm
Myrovania – Anointing of Holy Oil
Steve Kowalick – Michael Kowalick

Sunday, April 14 PALM SUNDAY
Blessing of Willow branches and Palm
8:30 AM Myrovania – Anointing with Holy Oil
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD
Saturday 6:00 PM – Sunday 10:30 AM

St. Mary of Egypt
The Fifth Sunday of Lent recalls the 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 in life 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 repentance.

In the New Testament alone,
the Resurrection is mentioned over 100 times.

“The Church came into existence because of the Resurrection of Christ Jesus. If Jesus had remained buried in the grave, the story of His life and death would have remained buried with Him. The New Testament is all about Christ’s resurrection. It was the resurrection that emboldened the disciples to go forth and tell The Good News.”

The birth of Jesus was a miracle; His life on earth was an amazing perfection
of doing the Will of the Heavenly Father. Jesus lived a perfect life while He 
walked the earth, without ever sinning. He walked perfect before God. He
was God in flesh. He paid the price for our sin on the cross. He shed His 
precious blood for us so that we might be forgiven. (Hebrews 9:22) Jesus 
suffered and died the most tortuous death so that we might have eternal life.

Without the resurrection of Jesus Christ, Christians would be powerless, 
hopeless, and all our believing would be vain. Because of the resurrection of 
Christ, all believers have power, love, and the hope of His SOON return!

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Good Friday 
The outstanding and moving service held on this day is the solemn Vespers with the burial procession bearing the Holy Shroud or Plashchanycia. After the procession made three times around the Church, Christ is laid out for veneration in the sepulcher. In the evening the service of the Jerusalem Matins is celebrated. 
Holy Saturday 
Spent in silent awaiting and preparing for the great feast of Christ’s Resurrection. Within our Parish, a prominent feature of Holy Saturday is the blessing of Easter Baskets containing the traditional Easter Foods to be eaten Easter Morning. The Ukrainian Easter Baskets typically contain: Paska (Easter Bread), eggs, kolbassa, butter, cheese, beets, horseradish and decorative Ukrainian Pysanky. 
Easter Sunday – The Resurrection 
Ukrainians call it Pascha, The Resurrection of Our Blessed Lord, the most Joyous day of The Church Year which begins with the Resurrection Matins at sunrise. The Service is conducted outside the closed doors of the church in symbolic reference to Christ’s closed tomb. Upon entering the church, the faithful triumphantly sing the resurrection hymn “Christ is Risen” “Hrystos Voskres”. This is a victory hymn as it proclaims Life itself is victorious over bodily death.

This schedule is for Holy Week and Easter

Holy Wednesday, April 17
4:00PM – The Presanctified Divine Liturgy.
Holy Thursday, April 18
3:00PM Matins of the Holy and saving Passion of our Lord.
Good Friday, April 19
1:00 PM Vespers with the Placement of the Holy Shroud.
Holy Saturday, April 20
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 21
11:30 AM Divine Liturgy-Resurrection of Our Lord
Bright Tuesday, April 23
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy, Myrovania.
Bright Thursday, April 25
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy, Myrovania

THE LEGEND OF THE EASTER EGG

One day a poor peddler went to the marketplace to sell a basket of eggs. He came upon a crowd mocking a man who staggered with a heavy cross on which he was about to be crucified. The peddler ran to his aid, leaving the basket by the roadside. When he returned, he found the eggs transformed into exquisite design of bright colors.
The man was Christ; the peddler, Simon. And the eggs were to become the symbol of rebirth for all mankind.
Ukrainian Folk Tale….
May All of the Wonder and Beauty of the Holy Season Be Yours

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn this week, April 6– 13 by Rosemarie Kachinko in memory of her daughter Sandra Elko.

WOMEN’S SOCIETY: The Women’s Society will meet Tuesday, April 9th in the Church Hall at 1:00 PM. Please try to attend. President Anna Magill will preside.

PALM & BRANCHES: On Thursday, April 11th the men & women who are available will please come to the hall at 2:00 PM to tie the Palm & Willow Branches together for the distribution for Palm Sunday.

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

Meatless Meal:  St.  Cyril’s and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church, Olyphant, PA  is sponsoring a “Meatless Meal for Lent, “Baked Haddock” Fish Dinner on Friday, April 12, 2019 at the Regal Room (Ballroom/side entrance) 216 Lackawanna Ave., Olyphant.  From 5:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.  Sit In or Take out!!!!  Pre-sold are $13.00 per ticket/dinner.   (baked haddock, potato, vegetable. coleslaw, roll and dessert)  If you “Sit in” coffee and tea will be served.  Call Sandra at  570-383-9487 for reservations.   The deadline for pre-sold tickets is Monday, April 8th, 2019.  A limited amount of dinners will be available the door at $15.00 per ticket/dinner.

HOLY WEEK: Please remember Holy Week is 2 weeks away. A need for the men of the Parish to sign up for the Candles held for the reading of the Gospels, the procession on Good Friday and before Resurrection Services.
Everyone available sign in for the Adoration at the grave. The schedule is in the vestibule. Spend some time with the Lord for all He has done for us.





FOURTH SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST John Climacus, Venerable MARCH 31, 2019

3 04 2019

Saturday, Mar. 30
3:00 PM ✞Andrew Patrylak – Wife Clara Patrylak & Family

Sunday, March 31 FOURTH SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST
8:30 AM John Climacus Venerable
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

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Wednesday, April 3
4:00 PM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts
Friday, April 5
4:00 PM Transfiguration of Our Lord – Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts
Saturday, April 6
4:00 PM ✞ Florence Kloap – Ellen Kobela Algrainy

Sunday, April 7 FIFTH SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST
MARY OF EGYPT VENERABLE
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

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TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD Saturday 6:00 PM – Sunday 10:30 AM

DEANERY STATION SCHEDULE:
March 30 – Transfiguration of Our Lord, Nanticoke
April 6 – St. Vladimir’s Edwardsville

HOLY WEEK AND EASTER

Holy Wednesday, April 17
4:00PM – The Presanctified Divine Liturgy.
Holy Thursday, April 18
3:00PM Matins of the Holy and saving Passion of our Lord.
Good Friday, April 19
1:00 PM Vespers with the Placement of the Holy Shroud.
Holy Saturday, April 20
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 21
11:30 AM Divine Liturgy-Resurrection of Our Lord
Bright Tuesday, April 23
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy, Myrovania.
Bright Thursday, April 25
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy, Myrovania

Transfiguration of our Lord Church
Holy Monday,  April 15
6:30PM The Presanctified Divine Liturgy.
Holy Tuesday, April 16
6:30PM The Presanctified Divine Liturgy.
Holy Thursday, April 18
6:30PM Matins of the Holy and saving Passion of our Lord.
Passion Friday, April 19
5:30PM Vespers with the Placement of the Holy Shroud.
Holy Saturday, April 20
3:00PM Blessing of Paschal Food (in parish hall).
Resurrection of our Lord – Pascha, April 21 – 7:00AM Service at the Grave,
Resurrection Matins, Divine Liturgy, Blessing of Artos, Myrovania.
Bright Monday, April 22
9:30AM Divine Liturgy, Myrovania.
Bright Wednesday, April 24
9:30AM Divine Liturgy, Myrovania.
Bright Friday, April 26
9:30AM Divine Liturgy, Myrovania

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn the week of
March 30 – April 6 by Bruce Fromel in memory of his mother Julia Fromel.

ALTAR CANDLES: The Altar Candles will burn during all services in the month of April in memory of Francis Bencho by her daughter Becky Molecavage.

LOTTERY TICKETS: The Lottery tickets are available for the month of May. Please try to do your part by purchasing at least 5 tickets and if you are able to sell some take a few to sell. Your help is very important for this project.

WILLOW BRANCHES: If you have any pussy willows to donate for Palm Sunday, please bring them to the church at your convenience. It is two weeks until Palm Sunday.

ADORATION AT THE GRAVE: A chart is available for you to sign in for the Adoration of the Grave. This is an early request hoping all the hours will be filled. Spend some time with Our Lord during this time of prayer.

CHURCH CLEANING: The men and women of the parish will be cleaning the church on Wednesday, April 3rd at 10:00AM. We are hoping to have a group of both the men and the women to do a nice job for our Easter services. Please, if you can lend a hand or two, come on out and help your parish; all are welcome.





VENERATION OF THE HOLY CROSS MARCH 24, 2019

3 04 2019

Saturday, Mar. 23 VENERATION OF THE HOLY CROSS
4:00 PM ✞William McMillian – Our Lady of Guadalupe,
Knights of Columbus

Sunday, March 24 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, PA

Monday, Mar. 25 Feast of the Annunciation
Myrovania – Anointing with Holy Oil
8:30 AM ✞ Ronald Kachinko – Larry Tomko Family

Wednesday, Mar. 27
4:00 PM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gift
Friday, Mar. 29 Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts at Transfiguration of Our Lord,
4:00 PM Nanticoke, PA

Saturday, March 30 PLEAS NOTICE THE TIME CHANGE FOR
THIS LITURGY
3:00 PM ✞Andrew Patrylak – Wife Clara Patrykaj and Family

Sunday, March 31 FOURTH SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST
JOHN CLIMACUS VENERABLE
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

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DEANERY STATION OF THE CROSS
March 31. 4:00 PM -– Transfiguration of Our Lord, Nanticoke, PA
April 7. 4:00 PM – St. Vladimir’s, Edwardsville, PA

Easter is the most important Holy day on the Christian Calendar and has been observed from the earliest days of the Church. Easter is a “movable feast: and does not have a fixed date; however, it is always on a Sunday.
Would you believe that the date of Easter is related to the full Moon? Specifically, Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday after the Paschal full Moon on or just after the vernal equinox.
For simplicity, the equinox is fixed on March 21 (set by the Church although astronomically it falls on the 20th or 21st). The paschal full Moon always falls on the 14th day of a lunar month; because ancient calculations made in AD325) did not take into account certain lunar motions, it may differ from the actual full Moon date by a day or so.
Easter always falls on a Sunday by between March 22 and April 25.

Easter Sunday celebrates Christ’s Resurrection, following crucifixion. It is the beginning of Bright Week, Paschal Week, were every day is a day of Resurrection. Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday, as well as the beginning of the Easter season of the liturgical year.
Christ’s Resurrection is The Triumph over sin and the gift of filial adoption into His family, our acceptance of the free gift of Salvation.

VENERATION OF THE HOLY CROSS
The season of the Great Fast is a special time for mortification and penance, both internal and external. Because this spiritual struggle lasts 40 days, it often happens that we begin the first days or weeks of fasting with great zeal and resolution, but then gradually we become physically and spiritually exhausted, weakened and discouraged. Holy Church knowing well the weakened and instability of our human nature, places before our eyes the holy Cross in the middle of the fast – an extraordinarily powerful incentive to motivate us to persevere in our spiritual struggle.
On the third Sunday, or mid-Lent, holy Church encourages us to venerate the Cross of our Lord in a very special manner, so that we may be strengthened in spirit. This Sunday, therefore, is called the Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross.
The holy Cross reminds us of God’s infinite love for us, Christ’s suffering for our sake and our obligation to carry our daily cross courageously. Jesus Christ addressed these words to all of us, “If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily, and follow me…He who does not carry his cross and follow me, cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 9,23 and 14-27).
The services of this Sunday make no mention of the Cross as being a symbol of suffering, penance, or humiliation, but rather emphasizes the Holy Cross as a symbol of joy, victory and triumph, which are brought to fullness through the glorious Resurrection.
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.

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 on 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
March 23 – 30 by Ann Beshada for a Special Intention.

LITURGY TIME CHANGE: The Divine Liturgy for next Saturday, March 30th will be celebrated at 3:00 PM instead of the usual 4:00 PM because of the parish Hockey game outing.

FELLOWSHIP: Our thanks to all who made the fellowship after the Stations of The Cross enjoyable. Your help in setting up, cooking, baking, donations and cleaning up is greatly appreciated. Fr. Walter is proud of the reception you offered. God Bless you!

LOTTERY TICKETS: The Lottery tickets are available for the month of May. Please try to do your part by purchasing tickets and if you are able to sell some take a few to sell. Your help is very important for this project.

Willow Branches: If you have Willow Branches you can bring them to the hall and they will be placed in the cool basement. Easter is April 21st this year. Palm & branches will be tied together on Thursday, April 11th at 2:00 PM for Palm Sunday and setting up of the grave on Thursday, April 18th after the services. Help is needed for these projects. Please lend a hand in your church functions.





SECOND SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST MARCH 17, 2019

3 04 2019

Saturday, Mar. 16
4:00 PM ✞Anna Dempsey – The Dempsey Children

Sunday, March 16 SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Wednesday, Mar. 20
4:00 PM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

Friday, Mar. 22 Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts at
4:00 PM Transfiguration of Our Lord, Nanticoke, PA

Saturday, Mar. 23 VENERATION OF THE HOLY CROSS
4:00 PM ✞William McMillian – Our Lady of Guadalupe
Knights of Columbus
Sunday, Mar. 24 THIRd SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST
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

LENTEN PENANCES AND PROSTRATIONS:
In the first centuries of Christianity the practice of public penance for various sins and offences prevailed in the Church. Following the wishes of the Church, many penitents performed their penance during the Great Fast. Just as the faithful adopted the Forty Days Fast from the catechumens, so too, under the influence of Church discipline they began to regard themselves as penitents and to perform various penitential acts during the Great Fast. From this stems the profound penitential spirit of our Lenten services.
Closely connected with our Lenten services are inclinations. These inclinations are made either by bowing from the waist or to the ground (the low, profound bow or prostration), and they are performed at all Lenten services from Monday through Friday.

The prayer of St. Ephrem with accompanying prostrations merits special consideration. This prayer, repeated at every Lenten service, can be regarded the official Lenten penitential pray of our Church, expressing, as it does, the whole content and purpose of the Great Fast. We give it here in its entirety:

“O Lord and Master of my life,
drive from me the spirit of discouragement,
negligence, ambition and idle talk. (Prostration).

“Grant me, your servant, the spirit of
chastity, humility, patience and charity. (Prostration)

“Yes, my Lord and King, grant me to see my
own sins, and not judge my brother, for
you are blessed forever, and ever. Amen.”
(Prostration)



ASK FATHER A QUESTION?
Father,  what is the “cost” of a Divine Liturgy or a Liturgy Intention??  There is no price affixed to any of the Sacraments of the church.  The Sacraments are not for sale.   If anyone was taught what life was like in the Parish(French for “community”), 100 years ago or before, you would recognize that the priest who leads the community in prayer is also entrusted by the people to intercede to God on their behalf.  The people understood the importance of this prayer and that their physical daily labors would not be productive without a prayerful life.   The community asking for the Parish priest to pray on their behalf or on the behalf of a loved one knew that the priest needed to be freed from mere worldly concerns so that he could dedicate his time to prayer and intercession.  The people of the villages would donate according to their means to free the priest’s time so that he could dedicate his time on their behalf.  Hence, you might have heard in past that someone gave the priest a chicken, eggs, cooked a dinner, or what have you.  So today our Bishop chooses to give a priest a salary that comes from the donations of the Parish and from the donations to provide for all the priest’s worldly concerns.  In the past these liturgy donation were the priest’s sole income, not so today. The priest is already freed to be able to dedicate his life of prayer for the people.  So when you request a Liturgy it is purely from the goodness of your heart that you donate as you wish.  I have had poor Parishioners who could not afford to donate any money-and a Liturgy was said for their intention.  On the opposite extreme, I know of one Parishioner whom donated $30,000 for a Liturgy.  In closing, a Liturgy request for a person ultimately has at the center of the prayer a person’s salvation in mind, this is the ultimate gift one can give to another.  For you to feel comfortable, most people donate $10 for a Liturgy today, do as you like.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn the week of
March 16 – 23 by the Dempsey Children in memory of their parents Joseph & Anna Dempsey.

OUR PARISH FELLOWSHIP: This Sunday, March 17th, our parish will be the host to serve fellowship after the Deanery Stations of the Cross. We are asking for anyone who wishes to help with this event to please come to the Church Hall about 3:00 PM. Your help will be greatly appreciated.

LOTTERY TICKETS: Mike Sinko has the May Lottery fundraiser tickets available. Please try to do your part by purchasing tickets and if you are able to sell some take a few to sell. Your help is very important for this project.

PIGGIE DINNER: The Women’s Society is planning to sponsor a Piggie Dinner for our parish on Sunday, June 23rd. Save the date. More information will follow.

DEANERY STATIONS OF THE CROSS

March 24 – St. Nicholas UCC Glen Lyon, PA
March 31 – Transfiguration of Our Lord, Nanticoke, PA
April 7 – St. Vladimir UCC, Edwardsville, PA





THE FIRST SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST MARCH 10, 2019

3 04 2019

Saturday, March 9
4:00 PM ✞Ihor Pasicznyk – Wife Olympia Pasicznyk

Sunday, March 10 SUNDAY OF CHEESEFARE
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
4:00 PM Stations of the Cross – SS Peter & Paul, Wilkes-Barre, PA

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Wednesday, March 13
4:00 PM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

Saturday, March 16
4:00 PM ✞Anna Dempsey – Dempsey Children

Sunday, March 17 FIRST SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
4:00 PM Stations of the Cross – SS Peter & Paul, Plymouth, PA

Lent, The Great Fast in the Eastern Churches What is The Great Fast?
In the Western Church, Lent is the name of the season of the 40 days fast before Easter. However, in the Eastern Church, there are other fast periods. The Eastern Church also observes the 40 day Nativity Fast before the feast of the Nativity, the Apostles Fast between Pentecost and the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, and the Fast of the Theotokos prior to the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos (Mary). The Great Fast is specifically the period of fasting and penance before the celebration of Pascha. The word Easter is typically only used in the West; Pascha, from the Greek word for the Hebrew Passover, Lamb and bread, is the name used in the Greek Catholic Church for the Feast of fests, Resurrection. The Great Fast is called ‘Great’ because this period is preparing for the most important liturgical feast of the year, Pascha.
The Great Fast (Or the Great Forty Days): The Great Fast actually begins on Clean Monday, 48 calendar days before the feast of Pascha. The name Clean Monday is alluding to the work of washing one’s self clean of past sins and to the preparing work of fasting from foods. The Great Fast then continues for the next five Sundays: Triumph of Orthodoxy, Holy Relics and St. Gregory Palamas, Veneration of Holy Cross, Commemoration of our Holy Father John Climacus, and the Commemoration of our Venerable Mother Mary of Egypt. Unlike in the West, Sundays are included in the 40 days of Lent. Also, in the Eastern Church, Holy Week is not a part of the 40 days but is considered as a separate entity from the rest of The Great Fast which ends at sundown Friday evening at the singing of O Joyful Light during Vespers of Lazarus Saturday.

 Great and Holy Week: Holy Week, also called Great and Holy Week begins with Lazarus Saturday, 8 days before Pascha. It then continues with Palm Sunday (the triumphant entry of our blessed Jesus Christ into Jerusalem), Great and Holy Monday which remembers Joseph of the Old Testament, who was sold into slavery, Holy Tuesday (the Parable of the ten virgins), Holy Wednesday, (the anointing of Jesus with myrrh by the woman in the house of Simon the Leper), Great and Holy Thursday (the institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper), Great and Holy Friday (the Passion of Christ) and the last day before Pascha, Great and Holy Saturday.

Lenten Fasting
In the West, in the Latin Church, there are days of abstinence from meat and days of fasting when only a certain amount of food is to be taken. However in the Eastern Catholic Church, there are different fasting guidelines for different days and seasons. The Western Church (Latins) typically fast in quantity of food while the Eastern Churches typically fast from qualities of food.

The first Sunday of the Great Fast is called the Sunday of Orthodoxy.

What do we mean by “orthodoxy”?
The word “orthodoxy” stems from the Greek word “orthodoxia” (orthos = right or straight; doksa = thinking) which signifies the true faith and the true worship of God. We are not speaking of “Orthodoxy” as we understand it today as being opposed to the Catholic Church, but orthodoxy, as applied to the whole Church of Christ until the schism between the Western and Eastern Church which occurred in the eleventh century. The orthodoxy that we celebrate this Sunday is the one apostolic catholic (universal) orthodoxy, professed by the entire Church of Christ of the first millennium in the battle against the heresy of Iconoclasm.
One of the striking features of the Eastern Church is the ancient and special veneration of sacred images (icons) of Jesus Christ, the Theotokos (Birthgiver of God), the Angels, and the Saints. The Church of Christ deeply respects and honors the holy icons as it also does holy relics. She places them in church for public veneration (to bow before) and recommends that we venerate them privately in our homes, and wear small icons around our necks in the form of little crosses or medals to remind we are to live like saints.

PANKY EASTER EGG FUNDRAISER: There will be a Psanky Decorating Class at Exaltation of the Holy Cross Church Hall, 420 Main Road, Hanover Township on Saturday, March 30 @ noon and Sunday, March 31 @ 2:00PM. RSVP for Workshop Seat and by March 11th. The cost is $25.00 per person. All checks made payable to Ladies of Mary. Mail to 17 Maria Drive, Hanover Township, PA 18706. All supplies are provided. Food and Beverages are available for purchase. BYOB.Take Home Kit:$20. Call Nicole Lasecki at 570-574-4453

LUC’s Springtime Bus Trip – North Anthracite Council’s chartered bus to New York City on Saturday, May 18, 2019. A few seats are still available. For additional information and reservations contact Janina Everett at 570 759-2824 or Paul Ewasko at 570 563-2275.

THE LUC is asking if there is interst in a Bus Trip FOR THE INSTALLATION OF mETROPOLITAN BORYS ON TUESDAY JUNE 4TH. LET FR. WALTER KNOW IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN GOING.
SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary light HAS NO REEQUEST THIS WEEK

WOMEN’S SOCIETY: The monthly meeting of the Women’s Society will convene Tuesday, March 12th at 6:30 PM in the church hall. All members are urged to attend. This is the first meeting after the winter recess. Plans will be discussed for the upcoming events.

FELLOWSHIP: Our parish will be the host for fellowship after the Stations of the Cross on Sunday, March 17th. If you would like to supply food, desserts, your time or monetary please inform one of the Women’s Society members. Your help is always appreciated.

BIRTHDAY WISHES: A Belated Happy Birthday to Father Walter who celebrated his Birthday on Thursday, March 7th. Mnohaya Lita! May God Grant you many more Happy, Healthy Years.

FOOD SALE: St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, Glen Lyon, PA will sponsor a Turkey & Italian Hoagie & Vegetable Soup Sale on Thursday March 21st, 2019 from 11 am to 5 pm in the church hall. $6 for a hoagie and $6 for a quart of soup. Place your orders by calling Debbie at (570) 736-6908 no later than Sunday 17 March 2019.

REMAINING STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Sunday, March 24, 4:00 PM – St. Nicholas, Glen Lyon, PA
Sunday, March 31, 4:00 PA – Transfiguration of Our Lord, Nanticoke, PA
Sunday, April 7, 4:00 PM – St. Vladimir’s, Edwardsville, PA





SUNDAY OF CHEESEFARE MARCH 3, 2019

3 04 2019

Saturday, March 2
4:00 PM ✞Sophie Troyan from the parish

Sunday, March 3 SUNDAY OF CHEESEFARE
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
4:00 PM Forgiveness Vespers at Transfiguration of Our Lord, Nanticoke, PA

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Wednesday, March 6
4:00 PM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

Saturday, March 9
4:00 PM ✞Ihor Pasicznyk – Wife Olympia Pasicznyk

Sunday, March 10 FIRST SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

FORGIVENESS SUNDAY: Please try to attend the Forgiveness Vespers this Sunday, March 3, 2019 at Transfiguration of Our Lord Parish, Nanticoke, PA at 4:00 PM. All parishes are invited to attend this service. A light Friendship Social will follow.

SUNDAY, MARCH 3 IS ALSO CALLED FORGIVENESS SUNDAY
Forgiveness of Sins
The forgiveness of sins can be viewed from many different aspects. The spirituality of the West tends to accentuate man’s activity in receiving the sacraments, performing
good works and believing in Christ. These are all part of the total response; but Byzantine spirituality has the peculiar emphasis of seeing the forgiveness of sins effected through praise of God.
Christ’s act of love in His passion and resurrection is a victory over the forces of evil and over sin itself. We share in this victory when we acknowledge it and praise the Victor. We actually enter into the Kingdom as we recognize Him, in praise, to be the source of our sanctification, and we participate in His glory and holiness when joyful praise cleanses our hearts while celebrating His victory:
We beg forgiveness for our stumbling, Christ God; because you chose, of your own free will, to ascend upon the cross in the flesh in order to deliver from the enemy’s yoke those you had created. For this reason we cry out to you in thanksgiving: ‘You our Savior have filled all things with joy when you came
to save the world.’ (Feast of the Ikon of Christ)
Sts. Basil and Chrysostom and many other Fathers of the Church often repeat that one of the effects of praising God is to “forgive sins” “purify the soul,” “bring down the grace of God.” St. Cyril of Jerusalem insists that “by our spiritual hymns our sins are forgiven, and we sanctify ourselves.” St. Basil says “when the day is breaking (his community) sings together with one mouth and one heart the psalm of confession (Ps. 51) to the Lord, each making his own the words of repentance and thus having his sins forgiven him.” St. John Chrysostom explains, “Psalm 141 has the effect of purifying a soul and forgiving sins. This evening psalm is a medicine that removes all defilement of sin. By stirring up the soul it enkindles a desire for God. Once the soul has burst into flame and overflows with joy and love, sins are removed and forgiven. Where there is love, every evil vanishes from the soul. When God is thus remembered, sins are forgiven and evil destroyed.” 
Confession, therefore, is not only an acknowledgement of man’s misery and of his need for help, it is also (and perhaps more so) a joyful proclamation of God’s saving goodness; it is an act of worship:
My heart is ready, O God,
My heart is ready! 
I will sing and play.
Awake my glory! Awake lute and lyre,
I mean to wake the dawn. (Ps. 57:8)

SUNDAY OF CHEESEFARE
MARCH 3, 2019

Today we stand at the threshold of the Holy Great Fast, ready to enter with faith and joy. We also sit at the threshold of paradise with Adam and lament what we have lost. Today we again hear our story; the story of our creation by God, the story of life that is breathed into us by the Holy Spirit. This is our dignity; this is our nobility; this is why we are to respect life. For life is a gift from God, being created in His image and likeness.
Now Satan enters the scene and sets his snare. He tricks mankind, Adam and Eve, into disobedience by fooling them to believe God is lying to them. Satan promises them equality with God.
But this is the trick! This is the insidious part of the whole scheme! They already share a deep communion with God; however, by following Satan’s deceitful design to gain something even greater, they lose what they have. This is the deceptive guise of sin. It promises us something that seems so beneficial; but when we say yes to sin, suddenly it tears off its mask and reveals its ugly face to us. Then in a moment, we know in the depths of our being that we have been duped. We have been tricked! We all know the queasy feeling in the pit of our stomach when we face this realization.
Then together with Adam, we sit and lament. We too by our sin have given up our God-woven robes; we have lost the delights of paradise. We too now live not in communion but in brokenness.
The final elements necessary for repentance are presented today: fasting and forgiveness. We seek to regain our communion with God, and Christ is our Way. We come to join the New Adam, Christ, and undo what we have done with the Old Adam. Adam failed to fast from the tree and thus lost Paradise; we therefore fast in order to regain it. But even more than fasting, even more than almsgiving and prayer, the Gospels give us another way to enter into communion with God. This is through forgiveness. As our holy father St. John Chrysostom says: “Nothing makes us so like God as being ready to forgive the wicked and wrongdoers.” Only when we have crossed this threshold are we ready to enter the Fast in the proper spirit and seek forgiveness from our heavenly Father, and this threshold is The Forgiveness Vespers held tonight at 4 pm at Transfiguration of Our Lord at 4 PM for our deanery.

FIRST DAY OF THE GREAT FAST: In the Ukrainian Church, Lent begins at sundown Sunday, March 3rd. The first day of The Great Fast and Good Friday are days of strict abstinence – we refrain from eating any meat or dairy products all day long, and we should try to limit our consumption of food. All Fridays during The Great Fast are days of mandatory abstinence from all meat products. Wednesdays are also suggested as days of voluntary abstinence from meat products. Our fasting regulations are optional only for persons older than 59 and younger than 7. Everyone else is obliged to follow the rules of abstinence of our Church. The early Christians were extremely rigid in fasting. Many of them abstained from food until night and on some day’s bread and water were the only meals allowed to them. The Eastern Church presents to her faithful on this
Sunday the main means for improving their lives with the tools Jesus left us, namely; PRAYER, FASTING, AND ALMS GIVING

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DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME

Next Sunday, Mach 10th at 2:00 AM is time to set our clocks forward 1 hour.
Why is there Daylight Saving Time?
Here is a short history of this phenomenon.

Credit for Daylight Saving Time is often attributed to Benjamin Franklin, who suggested the idea in 1784 as a joke. British born New Zealander George
Hudson proposed the concept in 1885 but was ridiculed. The idea was revived in 1902, when William Willett, and Englishman, proposed a system in the pamphlet The Waste of Daylight.
The Germans were the first to officially adopt the light-extending system in 1915 as a fuel saving measure during World War 1. The British switched one year later and the United States followed in 1918, when Congress passed the Standard Time Act, which established our time zones. This experiment lasted only until 1920, when the law was repealed due to opposition from dairy farmers (cows don’t pay attention to clocks.
During World War 11 Daylight Saving Time was imposed once again (this time year round) to save fuel. Since then, Daylight Saving Time has been used on and off, with different start and end dates. Currently, Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 am on the second Sunday of March and ends at 2:00 am on the first Sunday in November.

Time
In spring when maple buds are red,
We turn the clock an hour ahead;
Which means, each April that arrives,
We lose an hour out of our lives.

Who cares? When autumn birds in flocks 
Fly southward, back we turn the clocks,
And so regain a lovely thing 
That missing hour we lost in spring.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light has no request.

WOMEN’S SOCIETY: The monthly meeting of the Women’s Society will convene Tuesday, March 12th at 6:30 PM in the church hall. All members are urged to attend. This is the first meeting after the winter recess. Plans will be discussed for the upcoming events.

LUC’s Springtime Bus Trip – North Anthracite Council’s chartered bus to New York City on Saturday, May 18, 2019 is filling up quickly. Only 12 seats remain open on the 55 passenger Martz bus, therefore make your reservation now in order to avoid disappointment. Itinerary includes Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach and St. George Ukrainian Street Festival on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The bus will pick up at 8:00am at Edwardsville’s St. Vladimir Church, 70 Zerby Avenue and at 8:45am at Scranton’s St. Vladimir Church, 428 North Seventh Avenue with departure for home at 8:00pm. Cost is $45.00. For additional information and reservations contact Janina Everett or Paul Ewasko.