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


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