SECOND SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST MARCH 8, 2020

6 03 2020

Saturday, March 7
4:00 PM ✞Mary Ambrose – Rosemarie Kachinko

Sunday, March 8 SECOND SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioner
4:00 PM Deanery Stations of the Cross – SS Peter & Paul, U.C.C.
Plymouth, PA
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Wednesday, March 11
4:00 PM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

Saturday, March 14
4:00 PM ✞Anna Dempsey – Dempsey Children

Sunday, March 15 THIRD SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
4:00 PM Deanery Stations of the Cross – St. Nicholas, Glen Lyon
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Take a lesson from your clock.
It passes the time by keeping its little hands busy.

The Prayer of St. Ephraim
O Lord and Master of my life, spare me from the spirit of indifference, despair, lust for power, and idle chatter. Instead, grant to me, your servant, the spirit of wholeness of being, humble-mindedness, patience and love.
O Lord and King, grant me the grace to be aware of my sins and not to judge my brothers; for You are blessed now and forever and ever.  Amen

Lessons on Life
There was a man who had four sons. He wanted his sons to learn not to judge things too quickly. So he sent them each on a quest, in turn, to go and look at a pear tree that was a great distance away.
The first son went in the winter, the second in the spring, the third in summer, and the youngest son in the fall.
When they had all gone and come back, he called them together to describe what they had seen. 
The first son said that the tree was ugly, bent, and twisted.
The second son said no it was covered with green buds and full of promise.
The third son disagreed; he said it was laden with blossoms that smelled so
sweet and looked so beautiful, it was the most graceful thing he had ever seen.
The last son disagreed with all of them; he said it was ripe and drooping with
fruit, full of life and fulfillment.
The man then explained to his sons that they were all right, because they had each seen but only one season in the tree’s life.
He told them that you cannot judge a tree, or a person, by only one season, and that the essence of who they are and the pleasure, joy, and love that come from that life can only be measured at the end, when all the seasons are up.
If you give up when it’s winter, you will miss the promise of your spring, the
beauty of your summer, fulfillment of your fall. 
Moral:
Don’t let the pain of one season destroy the joy of all the rest.
Don’t judge life by one difficult season.
Persevere through the difficult patches and better times are sure to come
some time.
Live Simply. Love Generously. Care Deeply. Speak Kindly.  Leave the Rest to God.
Happiness keeps You Sweet,
Trials keep You Strong,
Sorrows keep You Human,
Failures keep You Humble,
Success keeps You Glowing,
But Only God keeps You Going!

PRAYERS: Please remember in your prayers the sick of the parish..
Always pray to have eyes that see the best,
A heart that forgives the worst,
A mind that forgets the bad,
And a soul that never loses faith.

THE EIGHTBEATITUDES & THEIR MEANINGS
RECITE ONLY THE UNDERLINED.

#1 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
#2 Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.
#3 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.
#4 Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.
#5 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. (We
#6 Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.
#7 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
#8 Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

REFKECTIONS OF THE BEATITUDES

1 (Be satisfied with what you have. Share the good things we have with others because God wants us to.)
2 (Comfort those who are suffering. Help others feel better about themselves after a loss.)
3 (Humility-a true sense of who you are. Get the ego out of the way.)
4 (Do what is fair for everyone. Think WWJD)
5 (We forgive those who are unkind to us. Look for ways to show kindness to others.)
6 (We do what is right just because we know it is the right thing to do.)
7 (We try to bring God’s peace to the world. We control our behavior so people can see Jesus in us.)
8 (We are willing to stand up for God’s laws even if we are teased or insulted.)

Second Sunday of Lent
The second Sunday of Lent is called “Sunday of the palsied Man.” Men must repent for their sins. If they want to be forgiven Christ cannot heal our soul if we do not repent for having offended God by our iniquities. The Church leads us in pious exercises of prayer and fasting because our weakness can be healed by them.

SECOND SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST
On this day we celebrate the memory of our holy father Gregory Palamas, Archbishop of Thessalonica

WELCOME FATHER MAKAR FOR THE SERVICES THIS WEEKEND.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: No Request

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Our Parish will be the host for the Deanery Stations of the Cross this Sunday and fellowship afterward. It would be nice to see our parishioners attending this Lenten Service.

MAY LOTTERY: The May Lottery tickets are available and you are asked to be cooperative in buying and trying to sell some of the tickets.

Happy Birthday Father Walter. May God bless you with many more Happy, Healthy Years. Mnohya Lita!

LUC MEETING: The North Anthracite Council of the LUC will meet on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 6:00pm at Grotto Pizza, Edwardsville. Discussion will include the March 27 to 29 Lenten Retreat at St. Mary’s Villa Spiritual Center, Sloatsburg, NY; the May 16 bus trip to New York City; and, the September 2020 National Convention in Upstate New York hosted by the Niagara Frontier Council. A warm invitation is extended to all parishioners of our Anthracite Deanery to become members of the LUC to further the richness and beauty of our Ukrainian Greek Catholic heritage. For further information contact Janina Everett, Membership Coordinator

TIME CHANGE: Remember to turn your clocks forward one hour thisSunday, at 2:00 AM. This is the beginning of Day Light Saving Time

LENTEN RETREAT: A Spiritual Lenten Retreat, Sponsored by the League of Ukrainian Catholics will be held March 27 – 29, 2020 at St. Mary’s Villa, Sloatsburg, NY. Retreat Master Msyr. Martin Canavan. Director of Spiritual Formation at St. Basil Seminary, Stanford, CT. Fee is $180 which includes meals, room and program. Contact Marion Hrubec





FIRST SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST MARCH 1, 2020

6 03 2020

Saturday, Feb. 29 Good’s Blessings for good health
4:00 PM Father Stephen Saffron
Sunday, March 1 FIRST SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioner
4:00 PM STATIONS OF THE CROSS – SS Peter & Paul, Wilkes-Barre, PA

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Wednesday, March 4
4:00 PM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts
Saturday, March 7
4:00 PM ✞ Mary Ambrose – Rosemarie Kachinko
Sunday, March 8 SECOND SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
4:00 PM Deanery Stations of the Cross – SS Peter & Paul, U.C.C. Plymouth, PA

LENTEN RETREAT
There will be a Lenten Retreat on Saturday and Sunday March 7th and 8th here in Ss. Peter and Paul, Plymouth.  Fr. Paul Makar, the Pastor of St. Nicholas in Minersville, PA and Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Middleport, PA, will visit Ss. Peter and Paul and celebrate the Divine Liturgy.  The “retreat” will part of the liturgy and will in essence be a longer homily than you are normally accustomed to receiving.  As we have no “extra” priests available to provide our parish a Lenten Retreat, Fr. Paul Makar and I have agreed to swap parish assignments for this weekend so he could give you a Lenten Retreat and I could provide a Lenten Retreat for his parishes.  Please give him a warm welcome as you do with all visitors to our parish.  For the Stations of the Cross at 4 p.m. on Sunday, I fully expect to return in time for this and the reception that will follow.

THE SUNDAY OF ORTHODOXY

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; doksa=opinion) which signifies the true faith and the true worship of God. We are not speaking here of orthodoxy as we understand it today as being separated from Rome, but orthodoxy, as applied to the whole Church of Christ until the schism when Rome left behing the other 4 Patriarchates, which occurred in the eleventh century during patriarchate of Cerularius (1054). The orthodoxy that we celebrate this Sunday is catholic (universal) orthodoxy, professed by the entire Church of Christ of the first centuries in the battle against the heresy of Iconoclasm (Gr – eikon=image; klastes=a breaker; – an image breaking heresy). Because God became man, the Son of God took on flesh we can write icons and depict the Son of God in image. The Sunday of Orthodoxy is a festival for the whole Church, both Eastern and Western. It is the festive celebration of the decisive victory over Iconoclasm and other heresies.
The purpose of this feast is to pay solemn public homage and veneration to Jesus Christ, the Blessed Mother of God, and all the Saints in image.
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 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 because these are windows into heaven and Jesus and the saints are present to us in iconography (via proxy).

SUNDAY OF ORTHODOXY
 We remember the restoration of icons and we venerate to the holy icons of the Son of God, Jesus Christ, the Most Blessed and Ever Virgin Mother of God Mary, and all the Saints.

THE GREAT FAST
Although our time has brought with it many changes in traditions, and discipline, and the bishops have relaxed the rules for fasting, including the Great Fast, nevertheless, the Forty Days Fast still has massive importance for our spiritual life. For various reasons, today we can still fast as our ancestors did even though bishops may not direct you to; yet even today we are still obliged to fast – that is, we are obliged to refrain from sin, and from giving in to our evil inclinations. We are also obliged to pray and to practice virtue and good deeds. In reality then, the most important goal of the Great Fast is our spiritual growth.
The Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts:
A typical Lenten service is the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts. Already in the first centuries there was a custom during the Forty Days Fast to omit the celebration of the Divine Liturgy because, at that time, it was still linked with agape, that is the love banquet, and this was not in keeping with the spirit of fasting. Furthermore, the Divine Liturgy is regarded as joyful mystery; for this reason, its celebration was limited to Saturdays and Sundays. On the other days of the week to give the faithful an opportunity to receive Holy Communion, the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts developed which is Vespers with Communion added. Actually, this is not a Divine Liturgy in the sense of the word, for it does not have the consecration of bread and wine, the Anaphora; but rather, it is a Vespers service with the distribution Holy Communion, the Body and Blood of Christ reserved since Sunday, from which the bread was consecrated and became Christ! Hence, the name of Presanctified Gifts.
The Council of Laodicia (c.364) prescribed: “It is not permitted during the Great Fast to offer up the Bread (that is the Holy Liturgy), except on Saturday and Sunday” (rule 49). The Sixth Ecumenical Council of Trullo (691) decreed: “On all the days of the Great Fast, with the exception of Saturday and Sunday, and the feast of the Annunciation, the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts must be celebrated. “ (rule 52).

SUNDAY LITURGIES DURING LENT:
WHY DO THEY SEEM LONGER?

Our Byzantine Church prescribes that the Liturgy of St. Basil the Great is to be celebrated on all of the Sundays of Lent, instead of the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, which is celebrated throughout the rest of the church year.  St.
Basil’s Anaphora prayers are older and has longer priestly prayers than the St. John Chrysostom Liturgy (which was derived from the Liturgy of St. Basil the Great), and is celebrated ten times during the church year:  the five Sundays of Lent (not Palm Sunday), Holy Thursday, Holy Saturday, Christmas Eve, Epiphany Eve, and on the actual Feast of St. Basil which we celebrate on January 1.
SANCTUARY LIGHT: NO REQUEST.
WOMEN’S SOCIETY: The date has been changed again for the next Women’s Society meeting. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 3rd at 11:00 AM in the church hall. This is necessary due to the fact that the Hall must be prepared for the Fellowship serving after the Stations of the Cross on Sunday, March 8th. Please try to be present as you are needed to set up for this occasion.
DESSERTS: We ask our great dessert makers to help with the serving of fellowship on Sunday, March 8th after the Stations of the Cross. Your contribution or any dessert you wish to donate will be greatly appreciated.

BIRTHDAY GREETINGS; Father Walter will celebrate his Birthday on Saturday, March 7th. May God grant him many more Happy, Healthy Years. Mnohya Lita!

CALENDAR LOTTERY: It is time for our May Lottery tickets. Mike Sinko had the tickets printed and ready for distribution. Please, if you can take a few to sell it would be a great help as we are missing a few of our sellers. Ask your family and friends to purchase a chance to win.

TIME CHANGE: It is time to spring forward. Turn you clocks forward one hour next Sunday, March 8th at 2:00 AM. This is the beginning of Day Light Saving Time.

LUC MEETING: The North Anthracite Council of the LUC will meet on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 6:00pm at Grotto Pizza, Edwardsville. Discussion will include the March 27 to 29 Lenten Retreat at St. Mary’s Villa Spiritual Center, Sloatsburg, NY; the May 16 bus trip to New York City; and, the September 2020 National Convention in Upstate New York hosted by the Niagara Frontier Council. A warm invitation is extended to all parishioners of our Anthracite Deanery to become members of the LUC to further the richness and beauty of our Ukrainian Greek Catholic heritage. For further information contact Janina Everett, Membership Coordinator,





SUNDAY OF CHEESFARE FEBRUARY 23, 2020

26 02 2020

Saturday, February 22
4:00 PM ✞Michael Hubiack – his wife Louise Hubiack

Sunday, February 23 SUNDAY OF CHEESEFARE
8:30 AM God’s Blessing and Good Health for all parishioners.

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Wednesday, February 26
4;00 PM Liturgy of the PRESANCTIFIED GIFTS

Saturday, February 29 Good’s Blessings for good health
4:00 PM Father Stephen Saffron

Sunday, March 1 FIRST SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST
8:30AM God’s Blessing and Good Health for all parishioners
4:00 PM Deanery Stations of the Cross at SS Peter & Paul UCC, Wilkes-Barre, PA

The Purpose of the Great Fast
Although our time has brought with it many changes in church practice and discipline, and the Second Vatican Council fathers have relaxed the rules for fasting, including the Great Fast, Nevertheless, the Forty Days Fast still has significance for our spiritual life. For various reasons, today we may be unable to fast in the same way as we did in our youth; yet even today we are obliged to fast – that is, we are obliged to refrain from sin, and from giving in to our evil inclinations. We are also obliged to pray and to practice virtue and good deeds. In reality then, the most important goal of the Great Fast is our spiritual renewal.

Fast from judging others;
Feast on seeing the best in people.
Fast from emphasis on differences;
Feast on the unity of life.

Fast from despair;
Feast on hope.
Fast from thoughts of illness;
Feast on the healing power of God.

Fast from words that destroy;
Feast on phrases that are encouraging.
Fast from discontent;
Feast on gratitude.

Fast from anger;
Feast on patience.
Fast from being negative;
Feast on being positive.

Fast from worry;
Feast on trust.
Fast from complaining;
Feast on appreciation.

Fast from hostility;
Feast on peacemaking.
Fast from bitterness;
Feast on forgiveness.

Fast from constant activity;
Feast on slowing down.
Fast from disrespect;
Feast on recognizing the sacred in all life.

Fast from self-concern;
Feast on compassion for others.
~Author Unknown~

Un-forgiveness

Nothing is as painful,
As un-forgiveness to the soul;
A heart that’s torn asunder,
With forgiveness becomes whole.
A single kind word spoken
Means more than countless words;
The three words, “I forgive you,”
Are all that need be heard.
To a soul that has been wounded,
Like a healing, cooling balm;
Forgiveness soothes and comforts,
Till at last the soul is calm.

For the soul that seeks forgiveness,
When forgiveness can’t be found;
It struggles vainly everyday,
To hear that simple sound.
The power in those three kind words,
Can heal a heart that’s broken;
But that heart cannot begin to heal,
As long as words remain unspoken.
Compassion in its purest sense,
Reside in those three words;
The three words, “I forgive you,”
Are all that need be heard

SUNDAY OF CHEESEFARE
FEBRUARY 23, 2020

FORGIVENESS SUNDAY

THE CEREMONY OF FORGIVENESS
CHEESEFARE SUNDAY
In ancient times in Eastern monasteries a beautiful custom existed in which the rite of mutual forgiveness on Cheesefare Sunday was performed. This rite of forgiveness was carried out in the evening, following a modest repast. All the monks in the presence of the faithful asked pardon of one another for past offences, then embraced, and gave each other the kiss of peace. The faithful did the same among themselves. In some places, while this rite of forgiveness was being carried out, the stichera of the Pasch (Resurrection) was sung: “Today the sacred Pasch has been shown forth to us…” The last stichera ends with an appeal for mutual forgiveness: “and let us embrace one another and say: ‘Brethren’ even to those who hate us, and let us forgive all things…” The singing of the sticheras of the Pasch (Resurrection) was to signify that just as during the season of Pasch or Eastertide, so now at the threshold of the Great Fast we should mutually ask pardon for offences for the sake of Christ who fasted, suffered, and rose for our sake.
This very moving rite of forgiveness was still observed at the Kievan Pecherska Lavra until the Communists took over the government. Here also, the monks first had a meager pre-Lenten repast, after which all superiors and monks donned their mantles and proceeded to the church. All the superiors of the Lavra, from the highest to the lowest, stood side by side in the middle of the church and the whole monastic community, consisting of several hundred members, one by one approached the superiors, then kneeling, they kissed each other three times while saying, “Forgive me, Father,” or Forgive me Brother.” During this time, the choir sang the stichera taken from the solemn Vespers of Cheesefare Sunday: “Adam sat opposite paradise bewailing his nakedness…” After the completing of the ceremony, all present departed in silence.
Truly, these four pre-Lenten Sundays have a deep significance for our spiritual life. For whoever beats his breast as did the Publican and learns humility from his example; whoever learns from the parable of the Prodigal Son to trust in God’s mercy; whoever on Meatfare Sunday, after meditation on the Terrible Judgment, is seized with fear of God’s justice, which fell so severely upon our First Parents, as we have seen in the service of Cheesefare Sunday – for him that fast will not be so terrible. Rather, he will understand that it is necessary for his heart and soul. He will willingly fast and make
Prostrations, knowing that fasting and sorrow for sins can best prepare him for the feast of the Resurrection of our Lord.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light NO REQUEST

PYSANKY WORKSHOP: Ss. Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church, Olyphant, PA will be offering the Ukrainian Pysanky Egg Workshop for beginners. The Tradition of the pysanky and passing on the knowledge is ongoing at St. Cyrils for over 10 years of classes. This event is held at St. Cyril’s Hall, 207 River Street, Olyphant. Dates available are Sunday, March 1, and Sunday, March 15, 2020, This BEGINNERS class will start at 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. (2 HOURS) at $20.00 per person (Includes all the supplies). Space is limited and reservations are needed. Call today Mrs. Sonia Masla. Call Tammy Maslar Budnovitch after 5:00 p.m.

PIGGIE DINNER: Saints Peter & Paul Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Wilkes- Barre will hold a take-out Piggie / Holubtsi Dinner this Sunday, February 23rd, 2020.  Dinners may be picked up between 11:30 am and 2:00 pm at the Parish School Hall, corner of North River and West Chestnut Streets, Wilkes-Barre.  Dinner includes Piggies (meat stuffed cabbage), mashed potatoes, vegetable, bread and butter and dessert.  Dinners will be $12.00 for adults and $7.00 for children (12 and under).  Walk-Ins Welcome but Reservations are encouraged.

Hoagie Sale St. Nicholas in Glen Lyon, Thursday March 5th, 11 am to 5pm. Vegetable soup and turkey or Italian hoagie and bake sale. $6.00 for hoage and $6.00 for a quart of soup. Order by calling Debbie by Sunday March 1st.

Forgiveness is a wonderful way to lift yourself up and it is the best way to encourage yourself and others to do better.
Lord, grant me greater understanding and wisdom so that I can move past my problems into a new day.





SUNDAY OF MEAT – FARE FEBRUARY 16, 2020

26 02 2020

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

Sunday, Feb. 16 SUNDAY OF MEATFARE
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
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Saturday, Feb. 22
4:00 PM ✞Michael Hubiak – Louise Hubiak, wife

Sunday, Feb. 23 CHEESEFARE SUNDAY
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners
3:00 PM FORGIVENESS SUNDAY SERVICES at
SS Cyril & Methodius Church, Berwick, PA
The Great Fast begins at Sundown.
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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

SUNDAY OF MEAT-FARE

The Sunday of Meat-fare is also called the Sunday of the Terrible Judgment. In the Gospel today, Christ speaks of the Terrible Judgment, of the reward of the righteous, and the eternal punishment of the wicked. By recalling the manner in which the Terrible Judgment will be carried out, this service is designed to fill us with salutary fear, sorrow for our sins, and to stress the importance of good works, especially works of mercy.
No one shall escape this Judgment. All our deeds will be exposed and rewarded or punished. This is clear from the following stichera, “The books will be opened and the acts of men will be revealed before the unbearable judgment seat; the whole vale of sorrow shall echo with the fearful sound of lamentation, as all the sinners, weeping in vain, are sent by your just judgment to everlasting torment.
Therefore, we beseech you, O compassionate and loving Lord: Spare us who sing your praise, for you alone are rich in mercy.”
“The trumpets shall blow, the graves shall be opened and all men shall rise, their souls being reunited with their finished bodies, trembling greatly, moaning and shaking, as they are separated from the elect and sent to suffering. Therefore, O Lord of glory, be compassionate toward us and make us worthy to be counted among those who love You.”
Everyone shall appear at the Terrible Judgment where there shall be no respect for persons, as the following hymn of the canon of the Matins service of that Sunday makes clear: “The day is approaching, already at the door is the judgment! O Soul, where kings and princes, the rich and the poor gather, where all people shall be judged and receive according to their deeds.”

The practice of the holy great fast

The time of the Great Fast is for every Christian, a time for spiritual combat, in which the soul and body are engaged. The soul engages in this combat by praying and meditating more fervently, keeping watch over the senses; by practicing the virtues and by doing good works. This interior disposition of the soul is manifested outwardly in our body through corporal acts of fasting and penance. There is no spiritual fasting without mortification of the body. “The more you subtract from the body,” says St. Basil the Great, “the more brightness of spiritual health you will add to the soul. For it is not by increasing bodily strength, but by perseverance and patient endurance in trial that we gain strength against the invisible enemies.”
The traditional practice of The Fast in the Church is carried out in two ways; either by total abstinence from all food and drink for a certain period of time, that is fasting in the strict sense of the word; or, by abstaining from certain foods only for a certain period of time, and this kind of fasting is called abstinence.
The greatest relaxation of all fasts in the whole Catholic Church came after the Second Vatican Council. Following the directives of this Council, our Ukrainian Catholic Bishops together with the Major Archbishop Cardinal Joseph Slipyj approved the relaxation of all fasts for our Church, including the Forty Days Fast. A decree on fasting issued by Major Archbishop Joseph in 1966 prescribed that all the faithful are bound to abstain from meat on all the Fridays of the year. Besides this, they are also bound to abstain from meat and dairy products on the first day of Lent and on Great Friday.
This decree also reminds all the faithful of the continuing obligation of prayer, mortification and the cultivation of the spiritual life: “let all these great relaxations,” the final words of the decree states, “be at the same time a strong incentive and encouragement to repent and to avoid sin and offences against God. Let all faithful Christians remember that the prayer has become silent, the practice of fasting has disappeared, and even the memory of it is forgotten. Therefore, let the relaxed fast increase our zeal in prayer, meditation and participation in divine services, almsgiving, labor, frequent Confessions and Holy Communions.”

SANTUARY LIGHT: NO REQUEST THIS WEEK.

TO ORDER FLOWERS: If you wish to order flowers for any occasion, please let the office know and we will order them from Kettler’s Florist. Any size from $30 can be arranged.

PIGGIE DINNER: Saints Peter & Paul Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Wilkes- Barre will hold a take-out Piggie / Holubtsi Dinner on Sunday, February 23rd, 2020.  Dinners may be picked up between 11:30 am and 2:00 pm at the Parish School Hall, corner of North River and West Chestnut Streets, Wilkes-Barre.  Dinner includes Piggies (meat stuffed cabbage), mashed potatoes, vegetable, bread and butter and dessert.  Dinners will be $12.00 for adults and $7.00 for children (12 and under).  Walk-Ins Welcome but Reservations are encouraged, call (570)829-3051.

Myasopusna 2020: Transfiguration of Our Lord Church Myasopusna festival will be held in the church banquet hall (in Nanticoke) this Sunday, February 16, from 12:30 to 2:00 PM. Dinner tickets are $15 at the door.

WOMEN’S SOCIETY: The regular monthly meeting will convene in March. Our parish is the host for Stations of the Cross on Sunday, March 8, 2020 and the meeting will be moved up to Thursday, March 5th at 11:00 AM instead of the regular Tuesday, March 10, because preparations must be made for the Fellowship after the Stations. This is a reminder so that you can please plan to attend the March 5th meeting to help with the set up for the Sunday Stations of the Cross. Your help is needed for this affair.





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





SUNDAY OF THE PUBLICAN & PHARISEE FEBRUARY 2, 2020

26 02 2020

Saturday, February 1 SUNDAY OF THE PUBLICAN & PHARISEE
ENCOUNTER OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR
Anointing of Holy Oil – Myrovania –
BLESSING OF CANDLES
4:00 PM ✞ John & Anna Rudeski – Onderko & Rudeski Families

Sunday, February 2 SUNDAY OF THE PUBLICAN & PHARISEE
8:30 AM God’s Blessing and Good Health on all parishioners.
ENCOUNTER OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR
Anointing with Holy Oil – Myrovania
BLESSING OF CANDLES
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Thursday, February 6
9:00 AM ✞Lev Szumskyj – – Ulana Campbell
Saturday, February 8
4:00 PM ✞Rosemary Piston – George & Alice Royston
Sunday, February 9 SUNDAY OF THE PRODIGAL SON
8:30AM God’s Blessing and Good Health on all parishioners

The 2020 schedule for the Wyoming Valley Laymen Lenten Sunday Stations of the Cross
3:30pm Confessions 4pm Stations
Fellowship Social afterwards March 15 St. Nicholas, Glen Lyon
March 1 Ss Peter & Paul,   Wilkes-Barre March 22 Transfiguration, Nanticoke
March 8.  SS Peter Paul, Plymouth March 29 St. Vladimir’s, Edwardsville

The Presentation is a feast Commemorating the offering and Dedication of the Infant Jesus by His Mother Mary and St. Joseph to God’s service in accordance with the law that all first-born males of the Jewish people were to be dedicated to God’s service. Since God had chosen the tribe of Aaron to serve the Temple, all had to be redeemed by a ransom. Rich people paid with a lamb, the poor ones the first-born males of the other tribes had to offer two doves or two quails as a ransom. Joseph and Mary were poor, therefore they offered two doves.
Saint Simeon, a holy man lived in the temple of Jerusalem waiting for the Messias. God promised that he would not die without seeing the newly-born Messias. He received Jesus into his arms, and he called, therefore, “Boho-preiemets.” There was also a pious widow Anna. She saw the Messias and announced His coming in Jerusalem. She is, therefore, called prophetess
The feast of the Presentation was introduced in the third century. In the sixth century it spread throughout the whole Church. During the reign of Emperor Justinian l (483-565) a terrible earthquake harassed the Byzantine Empire. The sea also flooded the continent. Special devotions in honor of the Mother of God were instituted. The prayer was answered and the feast of the Presentation was ratified as a reminder of Mary’s protection over the Church and its faithful.
On this feast candles are blessed. Parishioners use the blessed candles in their homes as a sacramental.

SANTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is not requested until March, available weeks for your requests.
ALTAR CANDLES: The Months of January and February Altar Candles were requested by Mr. & Mrs. John Bosak in memory of all deceased members of the Bosak Families.

FORGIVENESS SUNDAY: The Deanery Forgiveness Sunday date has been set for Sunday, February 23, 2020, 3:00 PM at SS Cyril & Methodius Church in Berwick, PA.

Prayers requested for the Health of Sister Evhenia, MSMG
Mother Maria, MSMG informs us that Sister Evhenia, MSMG will be undergoing spinal surgery today, Tuesday, January 28 at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.
Kindly remember Sister Evhenia in your prayers as you ask the Supreme Physician of our souls and bodies to bless her with a speedy recovery.





SUNDAY OF ZACCHAEUS JANUARY 26, 2020

26 02 2020

Saturday, Jan. 25
4:00 PM ✞John Krasvaage – Mary Ann Medura

Sunday, Jan. 26 SUNDAY OF ZACCHAEUS
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Thursday, Jan. 30 Three Holy Hierarchs
9:00 AM ✞John Krasvaage – The Children of Mary Ann Medura
3 month Remembrance
Saturday, February 1
4:00 pm ✞John & Anna Rudeski – Onderko & Rudeski Families

Sunday, February 2 SUNDAY OF THE PUBLICAN AND PHARISEE
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

THE FEAST OF THE THREE HIERARCHS
JANUARY 30

On the 30th of January we celebrate the memory of three great and very outstanding bishops, teachers, preachers and Fathers of The Church; St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory the Theologian and St. John Chrysostom (Golden-mouthed). Among our people this feast is known as the feast of the “Three Saints.” These three hierarchs (Bishops) were giants of faith, courage, holiness and learning. They handed down to us the pure faith of the Council of Nicea; they expounded the dogma of the Holy Trinity, Christ’s divinity and the Holy Eucharist. Because of their great merits, in her liturgy our Eastern Church calls them peers of the Apostles, instruments of the Holy Spirit, pillars of the Church and universal teachers of the whole world. All three lived in the fourth century – the golden age of the Christian faith. St. Basil and St. Gregory were sons of Cappodocia in Asia Minor, intimate friends of approximately the same age. St. John Chrysostom, an Antiochian, was younger than the other two by twenty years. Apostolic zeal for the holy faith and salvation of souls united them.
Having before the eyes of The Church their greatness, merits and significance before God, holy Church invokes the faithful to give fit praise to the Three Hierarchs: “Having come together with songs of praise, O lovers of feasts, let us praise Christ’s sanctifiers and the glory of the Fathers, the pillars of the faith, teachers and defenders of the faithful. Let us hail each of them in turn: Hail, luminary of the Church, immutable pillar, O wise Basil! Hail, O heavenly mind and great hierarch, Gregory the Theologian! Hail, O golden-voiced John, splendid preacher of penance, O spiritually-wealthy fathers, never cease to pray to Christ in behalf of those who with faith, and love observe your sacred and sublime feast.”

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn the week of
Jan. 25- Feb. 1 by Ann Beshada in memory of her husband Andrew Beshada.

PRELENTEN PORK AND SAUERKRAUT DINNER Father Myron Myronyuk and his parish family of Scranton’s St. Vladimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church
cordially invite you to join us for our annual Pre-Lenten pork and sauerkraut/kapusta dinner on Sunday, February 16, 2020, beginning at 12:15pm at St. Vladimir Parish Center, 428 North Seventh Avenue – between West Lackawanna Avenue and West Linden Street. Menu: slow roasted pork loin, gravy, Ukrainian kapusta (sweet and sour cabbage), mashed potatoes, vegetable, bread and rolls, dessert, coffee, tea, beverages. Adults $13.00; Students $8.00 (age 6-12); Age 5 and under free. Advance reservations for both sit-down and take-out are required and can be made with Maria Black. Take-outs available at 11:30 a.m. but no later than 12 noon. Reservations close on Tuesday, February 11th. Dinner by reservation only. Door prizes will be awarded along with a 50/50 drawing.

Springtime Bus Trip: The North Anthracite Council of the League of Ukrainian Catholics is sponsoring a bus trip to New York City on Saturday, May 16, 2020. The itinerary includes the 44th Annual Ukrainian Street Festival sponsored by St. George Ukrainian Greek Catholic parish and the 14th Annual Multi-Ethnic Parade and Dance Festival both on the Lower East Side plus a ride on the Staten Island Ferry. Participants are free to do their own thing in the City for all or part of the day if they so wish. Bus will pick up at Edwardsville’s St. Vladimir Church, 70 Zerby Avenue at 8:00am and at Scranton’s St. Vladimir Church, 428 North Seventh Avenue at 8:45am. Departure for home will be at 8:00pm. Cost is $45.00 per person. Full nonrefundable advance payment reserves a seat. For further information and reservations call or Dorothy. Early reservations are recommended as this is a very popular trip and the 55 passenger bus is expected to fill quickly.

FORGIVENESS SUNDAY: The Deanery Forgiveness Sunday date has been set attentively for Sunday, February 23, 2020, 3:00 PM at SS Cyril & Methodius Church in Berwick, PA.

BUILDING FUND: We appreciate the donations to our Building Fund in memory of Catherine Papula (Ann Beshada) sister. Thank you Anna Magill, Helen Harabin and Bernice Burke. And to those who donated for Divine Liturgies. Your donations are well appreciated.





PENTECOST JANUARY 19, 2020

17 01 2020

Saturday, Jan. 18
4:00 PM ✞Catherine Papula – Anna Koprowski

Sunday, Jan. 19 Thirty Second SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Saturday, Jan. 25
4:00 PM ✞John Krasvaage – Mary Ann Medura

Sunday, Jan. 26 SUNDAY OF ZACCHAEUS
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

To know someone doesn’t mean to know every detail of that person’s life.
It means to feel affection, confidence and to believe in that person.
Lord, may I really know You and have it reflect in how I treat others

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn the week of Jan. 18 – 25 by Mike & Dolores Sinko in memory of Anna Giza.

PRAYERS: Please remember in your prayers all the sick of the parish, especially those in nursing facilities and hospitals.

BLESSING OF HOMES: If you would like to have your home blessed please call Father Walter at 735-2262 or place your name and address in the collection basket.

THANKS: Many thanks to all those who came out to help with the dismantling of the Nativity this week. Your help is so appreciative, may God bless you with much health and happiness for your generous hours spent in God’s house. 


A Year of Time. .
    …Though even thinking on the subject of time may prove discomforting, it is not a bad idea—especially at the beginning of a new year.
As we look into 2020 A.D. we look at a block of time. We see 12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days, 8,760 hours, 525,600 minutes, 31,536,000 seconds. And all is a gift from God. We have done nothing to deserve it, earn it, or purchased it. Like the air we breathe, time comes to us as a part of life.
    The gift of time is not ours alone. It is given equally to each person. Rich and poor, educated and ignorant, strong and weak—every man, woman and child has the same twenty-four hours every day.
    Another important thing about time is that you cannot stop it. There is no way to slow it down, turn it off, or adjust it. Time marches on.
    And you cannot bring back time. Once it is gone, it is gone. Yesterday is lost forever. If yesterday is lost, tomorrow is uncertain. We may look ahead at a full year’s block of time, but we really have no guarantee that we will experience any of it.
    Obviously, time is one of our most precious possessions. We can waste it. We can worry over it. We can spend it on ourselves. Or, as good stewards, we can invest it in the kingdom of God.
    The New Year is full of time. As the seconds tick away, will you be tossing time out the window, or will you make every minute count?

God grant us this year a better view, so we see others’ faults through the eyes of You.
Teach us to judge not with hasty tongue, neither the adult … nor the young.
Give us patience and grace to endure and a stronger faith so we feel secure.
Instead of remembering, help us forget the irritations that caused us to fret.
Freely forgiving for some offence and finding each day a rich recompense.
In offering a friendly, helping hand and trying in all ways to understand;
That all of us whoever we are … are trying to reach an unreachable star.
For the great and small … the good and bad, the young and old … the sad and glad
 Are asking today; Is life worth living? The answer is only in, loving and giving.
For only Love can make man kind and Kindness of Heart brings Peace of Mind.
By giving love, we can help this year to lift the clouds of hate and fear.

Life has a way of working itself out
if you simply make the best of this moment,
one moment at a time. Lord, You have given me this moment.
Grant me the wisdom to live it in a way that will make a difference for me and for those around me





THEOPHANY JANUARY 12, 2020

13 01 2020

Saturday, Jan. 11
4:00 PM ✞ Nellie Wdowiak – Robert Redinski & Family

Sunday, Jan.12 SUNDAY AFTER THE THEOPHANY
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Saturday, January 18
4:00 PM ✞Catherine Papula – Anna Koprowski

Sunday, January 19 SUNDAY OF THE PUBLICAN & PHARISEE
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Angels
Barefoot and dirty, the girl just sat and watched the people go by. She never tried to speak, she never said a word. Many people passed, but never did one person stop.
Just so happens the next day I decided to go back to the park, curious if the little girl would still be there.
Right in the very spot as she was yesterday she sat perched on high, with the saddest look in her eyes. Today I was to make my own move and walk over to the little girl. As we all know a park full of strange people is not a place for young children to play.
As I began walking towards her I could see the back of the little girl’s dress indicated a deformity. I figured that was the reason the people just passed by and made no effort to help. As I got closer, the little girl slightly lowered her eyes to avoid my intent stare. I could see the shape of her back more clearly. It was grotesquely shaped in a humped over form. I smiled to let her know it was ok, I was there to help, to talk.
I sat down beside her and opened with a simple Hello. The little girl acted shocked and stammered a hi after a long stare into my eyes. I smiled and she shyly smiled back. We talked ’til darkness fell and the park was completely empty. Everyone was gone and we were alone. I asked the girl why she was so sad. The little girl looked at me and with a sad face said “Because I’m different.”
I immediately said “that you are!” and smiled. The little girl acted even sadder, she said, “I know.” “Little girl,” I said, “You remind me of an angel; she stood to her feet, and said, “Really?”
“Yes, ma’am, you’re like a little guardian angel sent to watch over all those people walking by.” She nodded her head yes and smiled, and with that she spread her wings and said with a twinkle in her eye, “I am.” I was speechless, sure I was seeing things. She said, “And since you thought of someone other than yourself, my job here is done.”
Immediately I stood to my feet and said, “Wait, so why did no one stop to help an angel?” She looked at me and smiled, “You’re the only one who could see me, and you believe it in your heart.” And she was gone. And with that my life was changed dramatically.
So, when you think you’re all you have, remember, there is an angel always watching
over you.
like the story says we all need someone.

WHEN GOD SHUTS THE DOOR
It’s best to not be frightened when God shuts the door real hard
For He will have a reason to keep the pathway barred
We might feel that life’s gone crazy by this changing of events
But, if we cannot change it then it must be heaven sent

There has to be a far greater purpose than we know
We could be being sheltered from a tragedy unknown
The angels may be blocking us within a mighty hedge
Protecting us from mysteries a greater pain or death

God may be changing something or altering a heart
He may be working in our family Something special to impart
He might be showing us a secret that only this reveals
Something of Himself to make our faith more real

So, when we cannot find a reason nor hope to understand
Then it is guaranteed God’s working on a plan
’Tis only in this trusting that frustrations ever cease
’Tis only in believing we ever find His peace

You should live for today, dream for tomorrow,
and above all remember what you learned from yesterday.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light has not been requested for this week and for many weeks in the future. If you have a request please write it on the card provided for this purpose. Have a light burn in memory of a loved one or a happy occasion, a need, sickness, etc. The candle burns for the week and the donation is $15.

BUILDING FUND: We wish to thank Walter & Zova Narkoff for their donation to our parish Building Fund in memory of Anna Giza.

PRAYERS: Please remember in your prayers all those who are in need of God’s mercy.

Nativity SET dismantle: The date of Tuesday, January 14th, at 11:00 AM is set for the dismantling of the Nativity set. As for all projects, help is needed. Come and help with this cleanup for your church. All are welcome to join in one happy parish family. See you there – we hope. Any little job is a big help.





SUNDAY BEFORE THE THEOPHANY JANUARY 5, 2020

6 01 2020

Saturday, Jan. 4
4:00 PM ✞Rosemary Piston – Mary Shumbris
Anointing with Holy Oil – Myrovania

Sunday, Jan.5 SUNDAY BEFORE THE THEOPHANY
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Mondday, Jan. 6 THE HOLY THEOPHANY – BLESSING OF WATER
9:00 AM Anointing with Holy Oil and Myrovania
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Saturday, Jan. 11
4:00 PM ✞Nellie Wdowiak – Robert Redinski & Family

Sunday, Jan. 12 SUNDAY AFTER THE THEOPHANY
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Glass of Milk

     One day, a poor boy who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way through school, found he had only one thin dime left, and he was hungry.
     He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door.
     Instead of a meal he asked for a drink of water! She thought he looked hungry so brought him a large glass of milk. He drank it so slowly, and then asked, How much do I owe you?’
     You don’t owe me anything,’ she replied. ‘Mother has taught us never to accept pay for a kindness.’
     He said … ‘Then I thank you from my heart.’
     As Howard Kelly left that house, he not only felt stronger physically, but his faith in God and man was strong also. He had been ready to give up and quit.
     Many years’ later that same young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to the big city, where they called in specialists to study her rare disease.
Dr. Howard Kelly was called in for the consultation. When he heard the name of the town she came from, a strange light filled his eyes.
  Immediately he rose and went down the hall of the hospital to her room.
  Dressed in his doctor’s gown he went in to see her. He recognized her at once.
He went back to the consultation room determined to do his best to save her life. From that day he gave special attention to her case.
After a long struggle, the battle was won.  Dr. Kelly requested the business office to pass the final bill to him for approval. He looked at it, then wrote something on the edge and the bill was sent to her room. She feared to open it, for she was sure it would
take the rest of her life to pay for it all. Finally she looked, and something caught her attention on the side of the bill.
She read these words … ‘Paid in full with one glass of milk’ (Signed) Dr. Howard Kelly.
Tears of joy flooded her eyes as her happy heart prayed: ‘Thank You, God,
that Your love has spread broad through human hearts and hands.’
    
There’s a saying which goes something like this: Bread cast on the waters comes back to you. The good deed you do today may benefit you or someone you love at the least expected time.  If you never see the deed again at least you will have made the world a better place – And, after all, isn’t that what life is all about?

WATER BLESSING
Closely connected with the feast of the Theophany is the Great Water-Blessing of Jordan Water. This sacred tradition of the Eastern Church can be traced back to the first centuries of Christianity. In the course of time, different rites developed for the Great Water-Blessing on the feast of the Theophanies. From earliest times our people have greatly cherished the custom of the Great Water-Blessing (Blessing of Jordan Water). The people attached great significance of the Blessed Jordan Water which they kept in their homes as something possessing great sanctifying powers.
From very ancient times the Eastern Church has regarded the sanctified Jordan water as a great sacramental, possessing miraculous powers for healing both soul and body. In a sermon on the feast of Theophany St. John Chrysostom says: “This is the day on which Christ was baptized and blessed the substance of water. For this reason, at midnight of this feast, the faithful take water home and keep it throughout the year. It is interesting to note that this blessed water is not spoiled for a long time; it remains fresh even for two or three years, and after such a long period its quality does not differ from the water recently brought from the well.” The Greek Church calls the Jordan water “mega hagisma” which signifies “something very sacred.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn this week January 4 – 11 by Dolores & Mike Sinko in memory of mother Helen Kurkoski

HOLY BLESSING OF WATER: The blessing of Holy water will be held on the Theophany, Monday, January 6th at 9:00 AM. Please remember to bring your containers for the Holy Water to take home.

NOVEMBER LOTTERY: Mike Sinko reported the profit. Profit for this project was used for the new pavements of the parking lot.