LENTEN LITURGICAL SCHEDULE
GREAT LENT BEGINS Monday March 18
Saturday of the Souls: The deceased are remembered at a special Liturgical Service called "Saturday of the Souls", "Psychosavato". As Orthodox Christians it is our sacred duty to remember and pray for the souls, both known and unknown to us. Parishioners are reminded to offer small dishes of "Kollyva" to the Church and to submit a list of names as well as an offering for the repose of the souls to the Priest.
Saturday, March 9th, 10:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy & Memorial Prayers.
Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts: The Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts offer Communion of the Holy Gifts (Eucharist) consecrated at the Holy Liturgy the previous Sunday. It is an opportunity for each of us to receive the life sustaining Christ during the difficult days of the Great and Holy Fast.
Wednesdays, March 20, 27, April 3, 10, 17 & 24 , 6:00 p.m. Presanctified Liturgy (Light soup/salad dinner follows)
Akathist Hymn in Honor of the Virgin Mary. On the first five fridays of Great Lent the small compline service and the Akathist Hymn honor the Theotokos (Birthgiver of God). The compline is a worship service with prayers and psalms. The Akathist Hymn, one of the most beautiful and beloved hymns of the Orthodox people, is an ecclesiastical poem about the Annunciation of the Holy Virgin and the Nativity of Jesus Christ. The Orthodox faithful stand during the hymns (unless sick or aged), the word Akathist means not seated. Each stanza begins with a letter of the Greek alphabet. Each Akathist concludes with the singing of the "Ti Ipermacho" (The invisible Commander) by all the people present. The hymn about the Theotokos, the protector of Constantinople, was composed in the seventh century A.D. After she appeared in Constantinople during the siege by the Persians. The enemies of Orthodox Christianity fled after their fleet was sunk, and the grateful Orthodox stayed up all night in Church composing this hymn in Her honor.
6:00 p.m. on the following days. Friday March 29, April 5, 12 & 19.
If you would like to decorate the Icon of the Holy Mother for the health of, or in memory of a loved one, please see Father Joseph.
Friday, March 29, Pope Eaton
Friday, April 5, M/M Soc Pappajohn
Friday, April 12, Jane Reynolds & Kelli Sheehy
Friday, April 19, Gary & Bonnie Kavars