Sunday, April 18, 2021

5th Sunday of Great Lent: St Mary of Egypt here for more.

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April 14, 2021

Beloved in Christ,

This Sunday marks the fifth Sunday of the Fast.  It seems that these past weeks have passed very quickly.  Perhaps not all of us have made the best use of our time or had the opportunity to do all we’d like as we prepare for the coming Feast of Feasts.  Saint Mary of Egypt, commemorated this Sunday, is an image of true repentance and an example of leaving behind the “stuff of life” which prevents us from being transformed into the image of Christ.  Through the example of her life and by her prayers, may we learn the meaning of true repentance.  To learn more about her life and sanctity, click on the link above.

Asking your prayers and assuring you of mine,

+Bishop Daniel

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Schedule for Lenten Services



April 14th - Wednesday

Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

6:00 p.m.

April 17th - Saturday

Divine Liturgy at 9:00 a.m.

Vespers at 5:00 p.m.

April 18th - Sunday

St. Mary of Egypt

Divine Liturgy at 9:00 a.m.

April 21st - Wednesday

Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

6:00 p.m.

April 24th - Saturday

Lazarus Saturday

Divine Liturgy at 9:00 a.m.

Great Vespers & Blessing of Branches at 5:00 p.m.

April 25th - Sunday

Entrance of the Lord into Jerusalem

Palm Sunday

Divine Liturgy at 9:00 a.m.

Bridegroom Matins at 6:00 p.m.

April 26th - Monday

Bridegroom Matins at 6:00 p.m.

April 27th - Tuesday

Bridegroom Matins at 6:00 p.m.

April 28th - Wednesday

Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

at 9:00 a.m.

April 29th - Thursday

Vesperal Divine Liturgy

at 9:00 a.m.

Matins of the Passion of Christ

at 6:00 p.m.

April 30th - Friday

Vespers & Burial Service

at 3:00 p.m.

Lamintations at the Tomb of Christ

at 6:00 p.m.

May 1st - Saturday

Vesperal Divine Liturgy

at 9:00 a.m.

Blessing of Bread, Wine & Dried Fruit

May 2nd - Sunday

Great & Holy Pascha

The Resurrection of Christ

The Feast of Feasts

Nocturines at 11:15 p.m. (Sat)

Paschal Matins & Divine Liturgy of Pascha

at 12:00 a.m.

Paschal Vespers

12:00 p.m.




CONFESSIONS - As we continue our Lenten Journey, we have our minds focused on being prepared to celebrate the Lord’s triumph over sin and death through His glorious Resurrection.  Our celebration of Christ’s Paschal Victory has greater spiritual meaning and brings more joy when we have received the Lord’s forgiveness through the Mystery of Repentance.  CONFESSIONS ARE HEARD BEFORE EVERY SERVICE AND BY APPOINTMENT.  Please plan on making your Easter Confession in a timely manner and to avoid the “rush” so that your confession may be made peacefully and prayerfully.

PASCHA FLOWERS – donations being accepted now

VESPERS OF PASCHA – It is an annual tradition in our parish to continue the celebration of the Pascha Midnight Liturgy with Paschal Vespers, this year on Sunday, May 2, at 12:00 p.m.  The Vespers service will be followed by an “Easter Egg Hunt” for the children. We look forward to next year when we can resume our traditional Pascha afternoon pot-luck. 

BLESSING OF PASCHAL BASKETS - Baskets will be blessed in the hall after the Midnight Liturgy.  Tables will be placed inside the hall and on the patio and arranged to provide for social distancing, with the hall doors being left open.  On Sunday, baskets will be blessed in church following Vespers.  People will remain in their pews for the prayer of blessing and the priest will circulate the pews to sprinkle the baskets with Holy Water.

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