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.

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