1 04 2023

FIFTH SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST

Synaxis of the Holy Archangel Gabriel

MARCH 26, 2023

Saturday, March 25 FIFTH SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST

4:00 PM ✞Anna Dempsey – Dempsey Children

Sunday, March 26        FIFTH SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST

8:30 AM     God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Wednesday, March 29 At Transfiguration of Our Lord, Nanticoke, PA

6:30 PM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts       

Friday, March. 31 SS Peter & Paul, Plymouth, PA

4:00 PM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts   

Saturday, April 2           Blessing of Willow branches and Palm 

4:00 PM                      Myrovania – Anointing with Holy Oil

God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Sunday, APRIL 2           PALM SUNDAY- Myrovania – Anointing with Holy

           8:30 AM                  ✞ Mary Ann Youells – Dempsey Children

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SIGN UP SHEET IS IN THE VESTIBULE FOR ADORATION OF THE GRAVE.PLEASE TRY TO SPEND AN HOUR WITH THE LORD 

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THE ANNUNCIATION OF THE MOTHER OF GOD

MARCH 25TH 

This feast was established to commemorate the election of the Blessed Virgin Mary to be the Mother of God’s only begotten Son, the second Person of the Blessed Trinity. Mary consented freely to the proposal of the Angel who brought her the happy news in the name of the Blessed Trinity.

At the moment of the angel’s annunciation, the Son of God begins the first moments of earthly life in the womb of the Most Pure Virgin Mary. From this momentous fact the privileges of Mary – those of divine motherhood and virginity – clearly emanate. 

The date, March 25th, was selected for this feast because it occurs exactly nine months before the feast of the Nativity of our Lord on December 25. In addition to this, there existed an ancient tradition that March 25th marked not only the incarnation of the Son of God, but also both the creation of the world and the death of Christ on the Cross. 

The chief source of this joy is the incarnation of the Son of God and our salvation: “…The virginal womb receives the Son, the Holy Spirit is sent down, and the Father on high is well pleased. Through the Universal Will, reconciliation is effected for all.  Let us, who have been saved in it and through it, sing with Gabriel to the Virgin: “Rejoice, O full of grace, for our salvation, Christ our God took our human nature from you and joined it to Himself. Therefore, implore him to save our souls.”

The Christians should rejoice at the Incarnation of the Divine Word and the elevation of Mary to divine Motherhood, which raises her above the highest rank of the Angels.

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The worst moment for the atheist is when he is really thankful 

and has nobody to thank

Each day has a new door. It is up to you to open it. 

Lord, help me to remember that my life is my choice. 

Bless me with wisdom and give me guidance as I make my choices.

It is hard to think of our problems when we are smiling. 

Lord, may I brighten my day as I share my smiles

INSTEAD OF “IT IS TRULY RIGHT:In you, O Full of Grace, all creation rejoices: the angelic ranks and all mankind. Sanctified temple and spiritual paradise, virgins’ pride and boast, from whom God is made flesh and became a little Child; and He who is our God before all ages, He made your womb a throne, and He made it wider that all the heavens. In you, O Full of Grace, all creation rejoices. Glory be to you.

SANCTUARY LIGHT:  The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn the week of  

March 25 April 1 by Ann Beshada for a special intention .

GRAVE SET UP: The grave for Easter will be set up on Thursday, April 6th after the matins service.  Help is needed for this project; try to be present to lend a hand. Thanks.

WILLOWS BRANCHES: If you are donatingWillows branches for Palm Sunday, please bring them to the church at your convenience.  Palm Sunday is next week.

COMPUTER: The Church office is in need of a new computer. The present one cannot download the necessary items. Mike Shipula has been working on it and said the only solution is to purchase a new one and would be kind enough to set it up. The cost for this would be around $500. If anyone would be kind enough and willing to donate toward this purchase, please contact Ann Beshada. Thank you

Tying of Palm: Willow branches & Palms will be tied together for Palm Sunday on Thursday, March 30th at 1:00 PM in the church hall. Your help would be appreciated. 

Cleaning of Church: Many thanks to the women and men who cleaned the church this past week for the Holy Days. Thank you may God you. 

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