SUNDAY OF THE PRODIGAL SON FEBRUARY 9, 2020

26 02 2020

Saturday, Feb. 8
4:00 PM ✞Rosemary Piston – George & Alice Royston

Sunday, Feb. 9 SUNDAY OF THE PRODIGAL SON
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Saturday, Feb. 15 All Souls Service – Transfiguration of Our Lord, Nanticoke 8:00 AM

Saturday, Feb. 15
4:00 PM ✞Cathereine Papula – Mike & Dolores Sinko

Sunday, Jan. 16 SUNDAY OF MEATFARE
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Why Did Jesus Fold the Napkin?
Why did Jesus fold the cloth covering his face after His resurrection? I never noticed this before…. The Gospel of John (20:7) reads that the napkin, which was placed over the face of Jesus, was not just thrown aside. John takes an entire verse to tell us that the napkin was neatly folded, and was placed at the head of that stony coffin.  Early Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance.  She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved.  She said, ‘They have taken the Lord’s body out of the tomb, and I don’t know where they have put him!’  Peter and the other disciple ran to the tomb to see. The other disciple out ran Peter and got there first. He stopped, looked in and saw the linen cloth lying there, but didn’t go in. Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linen wrappings lying there, while the cloth that had covered Jesus’ head was folded up and lying to the side
Was that important? Absolutely!  Is it really significant?  Yes!
In order to understand the significance of the folded napkin, you have to understand a little bit about Hebrew tradition.
The folded napkin had to do with the Master and Servant, and every Jewish boy knew this.  When the servant set the dinner table for the master, he made sure that it was exactly the way the master wanted it.  The table was furnished perfectly, and then the servant would wait, just out of sight, until the master had finished eating, and the servant would not dare touch that table, until the master was finished..  Now if the master were done eating, he would rise from the table, wipe his fingers, his mouth, and clean his beard, and would wad up that napkin and toss it onto the table. The servant would then know to clear the table.  For in those days, the wadded napkin meant, “I’m finished…” But if the master got up from the table, and folded his napkin, and laid it beside his plate, the servant would not dare touch the table, because……….
The folded napkin meant,
“I’m coming back!”

Happy Valentine’s Day

Sunday of the Prodigal Son

The second step in preparing for Easter is repentance for one’s sins. The Church presents the example of the Prodigal Son, teaching her children that all sins can be forgiven, if the sinner recognizes them, is sorry for having offended God, turns away from his sin, goes to confession, and resolves to amend his life. Then the confession is finished with the Heavenly Banguet, Holy Communion, the body and blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

This Sunday of the Prodigal Son
This Sunday portrays in beautifully poetic fashion the wayward son, the nostalgic longing of the sinful soul for God. Its misery and sorrow over its fall, its sincere contrition and repentance, and merciful love of the heavenly Father. And where there is sorrow for sin and repentance there one will find the ever generous mercy of God to which the following stichera of Solemn Vespers sings praises:
“Let us, brothers and sisters, learn the meaning of this mystery: When the Prodigal Son renounced his sinful life and retuned to his father’s house, the all good father ran out to meet him, kissed him, and again restored him to his glory. And he prepared a banquet by killing the fatted calf, which is a mystery to the inhabitants of heaven, so that we may worthily dwell with the Father, Lover of Mankind, who killed the calf, and with the Sacrifice – the Savior of our souls.

 

SANCTUARY LIGHT: NO REQUESTS

VESPERS FOR FORGIVENESS SUNDAY: Remember the date for the services to be held at SS Cyril & Methodius Church, Warren St., Berwick, PA on Sunday, February 23 at 4:00PM

The 2020 schedule for the Wyoming Valley Laymen Lenten Sunday Stations of the Cross
SUNDAY, MARCH 1 SS PETER AND PAUL, WILKES-BARRE, PA
SUNDAY, MARCH 8 SS PETER AND PAUL, PLYMOUTH, PA
SUNDAY, MARCH 15 ST. NICHOLAS, GLEN LYON, PA
SUNDAY, MARCH 22 TRANSFIGURATION, NANTICOKE, PA
SUNDAY, MARCH 29 ST. VLADIMIR’S, EDWARDSVILL, PA


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