Saturday 3/9 – Saturday of Souls - Divine Liturgy 9:30 a.m. (Orthros – 8:30) **If you have given Fr. Stephen a list of names in the past, they are most likely on his Proskomide list already. Please have any additional names for commemoration given to Fr. Stephen on Sunday 3/3.
SCHEDULE OF SERVICES FOR GREAT LENT 2019
WEEK 1 OF GREAT LENT Sunday 3/10 – Divine Liturgy (Forgiveness Sunday) 9:30 a.m. (Orthros – 8:30 on all Sundays)
Monday 3/11 – Great Lent Begins
Wednesday 3/13 – Presanctified Liturgy – 9th Hour begins at 5:30 p.m. (Liturgy at 6:00)
Friday 3/15 – Salutations to the Theotokos – 6:00 p.m.
WEEK 2 OF GREAT LENT
Sunday 3/17 – Divine Liturgy (Sunday of Orthodoxy) 9:30 a.m. (Bring Icons to Church) 6:00 p.m. Sunday of Orthodoxy Service – Holy Theophany,Colorado Springs
Wednesday 3/20 – Presanctified Liturgy –5:30 p.m.
Friday 3/22 – Salutations to the Theotokos – 6:00 p.m.
WEEK 3 OF GREAT LENT
Sunday 3/24 – Divine Liturgy (Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas) - 9:30 a.m. 6:00 p.m. Missions Vespers – St. Michaels, Pueblo
April 21st…Palm Sunday- Orthros 8:30 am and Divine Liturgy 9:30 am
April 21st…Sunday 6:00 pm - Bridegroom Service Beginning on the evening of Palm Sunday and continuing through the evening of Holy Tuesday, the Orthodox Church observes a special service known as the Service of the Bridegroom. Each evening service is the Matins or Orthros service of the following day (the service held on Sunday evening is the Orthros service for Holy Monday). The name of the service is from the figure of the Bridegroom in the parable of the Ten Virgins found in Matthew 25:1-13 which is about the Second Coming of our Lord.
April 22nd…Monday 6:00 pm - Bridegroom Service
April 23rd…Tuesday 6:00 pm - Bridegroom Service
April 24th…Wednesday 6:00 pm - Holy Unction Service (the Faithful of St. Michael’s Orthodox Church will be coming to St. John’s) On the evening of Great and Holy Wednesday, the Sacrament or Mystery of Holy Unction is conducted in Orthodox parishes. The Sacrament of Holy Unction is offered for the healing of soul and body and for forgiveness of sins. At the conclusion of the service of the Sacrament, the body is anointed with oil, and the grace of God, which heals infirmities of soul and body, is called down upon each person.
April 25th… Thursday 9:00 a.m. Holy Thursday Divine Liturgy On Thursday of Holy Week four events are commemorated: the washing of the disciples’ feet, the institution of the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper, the agony in the garden of Gethsemane, and the betrayal of Christ by Judas.
5:30 pm - Crucifixion of our Lord, 12 Gospels On the evening of Great and Holy Thursday, the service of the Holy Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ is conducted. The service is Matins of Friday morning sung by anticipation, on Thursday evening. This service celebrates the holy, saving, and awesome Passion of Christ. To take away our sins, Christ willingly endured spitting, scourging, buffeting, scorn, mocking, and purple robe; the reed, sponge, vinegar, nails, spear, and above all, the Cross and Death. The confession from the cross of the penitent thief, crucified with Christ, is celebrated. This service is long, but its content is dramatic and deeply moving for the devout Christian.
April 26th…Friday 9:00am - Royal Hours & the Decorating of the Kouvouklion The "Royal Hours," four in number, are read at this time. These services consist of hymns, psalms, and readings from the Old and New Testaments, all related prophetically and ethically to the Person of Christ. We observe Holy Friday with fasting, prayer, cleanliness, self-examination, confession, and good works, in humility and repentance so that the Grace of the Cross might descend upon us.
3:00pm - Taking down from the Cross Vespers The Vespers of Friday afternoon are a continuation of the Royal Hours. During this service, the removal of the Body of Christ from the Cross is commemorated with a sense of mourning for the terrible events which took place.
6:00pm - Lamentation Service The service is the Matins of Saturday morning sung by anticipation, on Friday evening. It consists of psalms, hymns, and readings dealing with the death of Christ, in contrast to His divinity, and in expectation of His Resurrection.
April 27th…Saturday 9:30am - Divine Liturgy The service is Vespers and Divine Liturgy of Saturday evening sung by anticipation, on Saturday morning. Psalms are read and Resurrection hymns are sung which tell of Christ's descent into Hades.
April 27th – 28th… Saturday/Sunday 11:30 pm - HOLY PASCHA This is the service of all services! The service is Matins and Divine Liturgy of Sunday morning sung Saturday midnight. On Pascha Sunday (Saturday midnight), the life-giving Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is celebrated. **Bring your Pascha baskets to be blessed! **Celebration meal follows the Pascha Service!
April 28th …Sunday 2:00 p.m. (Time Tentative…will let you know for sure) – Agape Service joining the Faithful of St. Michael’s Orthodox Church On Pascha Sunday afternoon, the faithful gather once more for prayer with lighted candles. All sing the hymn, "Christ is Risen from the Dead." The people greet one another joyously, saying: "Christ is Risen," which is answered, "Truly He is Risen." The Gospel according to John (20:19-25) is read in various languages, proclaiming the Good News of Resurrection all over the universe without discrimination. *If you would like to read the Gospel in one of the many languages of our world, please let Fr. Stephen know.
Prosforo: March 3 (1) – Penny March 9 (1)– Lynnette March 10 (2) - Doc March 17 (2) - Pres Ashley March 24 (2) - Pam March 25 (1) – Pantelis March 31 (2) – Fran April 7 (2)– Penny April 14 (2) – Pantelis April 20 (1) – Fran April 21 (1) – Doc April 25 (1)– Pres Ashley April 27 AM (1) – Lynnette April 27 PM (1) - Pam
Parish Health and Church Growth Dear Reverend Fathers and Members of the Metropolis Council,
Thank you for your commitment to the ministry of the Metropolis of Denver and your faithful service to Christ’s Church.
The newly formed office of Parish Health and Church Growth, directed by Fr. Theodore Dorrance, will be producing periodic newsletters for distribution throughout the Metropolis. The focus of this newsletter, “The Voice” will be to improve overall Metropolos communication and to serve the goal of helping our parishes toward greater health. In this spirit, The Voice will contain educational and pastoral articles focused on overall parish health and the growth of the Orthodox Church here in the Metropolis and across our country. We will also share parish success stories and best practices that can be duplicated by other parishes. In addition, we will include inspiring personal conversion stories and re-conversion stories that help us better appreciate our Orthodox Christian faith. Finally, we hope to keep faithful Orthodox Christians like you informed about parish and Metropolis events aimed at better serving our parishes in their mission to spread the gospel.
We humbly request that all parish clergy distribute this newsletter to your parish member- Ship through whatever electronic means you have established in your parishes. Metropolis Council members, please forward this link to whoever you feel would benefit.
Below is the link to the most current newsletter. Again, thank you for your love, commitment, And service to God and His Holy Church.
In Christ’s service, Fr. Theodore Dorrance Director, Office of Parish Health and Church Growth
Unique Volunteer Opportunity for Young Greek-Americans in Colorado
The Greek America Foundation is thrilled to announce that a recent gift from George and Kristen Strompolos will support four scholarships for our summer 2019 Service Learning program. Two of these scholarships are earmarked specifically for young people from Colorado’s Greek American community, where George Strompolos was raised. Service Learning is an initiative of the Greek America Foundation that aims to engage North American college students and young professionals in volunteer programs in Greece. Our program fulfills a dual purpose: students are immersed into contemporary Greek life while they simultaneously volunteer their time for important humanitarian causes and make a lasting impact. The 2019 program follows the model we began in 2017: a month-long experience volunteering with refugee children in a structured environment and in partnership with a respected Greek non-profit organization. Our goal in 2019 is to support refugee children on the island of Chios through recreational and educational activities during the month of July. Scholarships cover lodging, program expenses including excursions, transportation within Chios and partial meals. One of George and Kristen Strompolos’s philanthropic goals is to offer instruction in music and the arts to disenfranchised youth. The Greek America Foundation’s Service Learning program incorporates music and art therapy in our support to refugee children. We are honored to receive this important gift and to be able to realize our shared goal in bringing the arts to Greece’s most vulnerable children. Please note: If you are a Service Learning applicant from Colorado and wish to apply for this scholarship, you must indicate as such in your cover letter. Deadline to apply is March 7, 2019. Please contact Pam for more information.
St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church Pueblo, Colorado