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Newsletter of St. John’s Greek Orthodox Church
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SCHEDULE OF SERVICES FOR GREAT LENT 2020
WEEK 1 Sun 3/1 – Divine Liturgy (Forgiveness Sunday) 9:30 a.m. (Orthros – 8:30 on all Sundays) Mon 3/2 – Great Lent Begins—Compline/Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete 6:00 p.m. Wed 3/4 – Presanctified Liturgy – 9th Hour begins at 5:30 p.m. (Liturgy at 6:00) Fri 3/6 – Salutations to the Theotokos – 6:00 p.m.
WEEK 2 Sun 3/8 – Divine Liturgy (Sunday of Orthodoxy) 9:30 a.m. (Bring Icons to Church) 6:00 p.m. Sunday of Orthodoxy Service – Holy Theophany, CoSpr (Homily - Fr. Stephen) Wed 3/11– Presanctified Liturgy –9th Hour begins at 5:30 p.m. (Liturgy at 6:00). Fri 3/13 – Salutations to the Theotokos – 6:00 p.m.
WEEK 3 Sun 3/15 – Divine Liturgy (Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas) - 9:30 a.m. 6:00 p.m. Missions Vespers – St. Michaels, Pueblo (Homily- Fr. Dennis) Wed 3/18 – Presanctified Liturgy –5:30 p.m. Fri 3/20 – Salutations to the Theotokos – 6:00 p.m.
WEEK 4 Sun 3/22 – Divine Liturgy (Sunday of the Holy Cross) - 9:30 a.m. 6:00 p.m. Missions Vespers – Holy Archangel Michaels, CoSpr (Homily- Fr. Stephen O from Calhan) Wed – 3/25 – Divine Liturgy (Annunciation) – 9:30 a.m. (Orthros – 8:30) Fri 3/27 – Salutations to the Theotokos – 6:00 p.m.
WEEK 5 Sun 3/29 – Divine Liturgy (Sunday of St. John Climacus) 9:30 a.m. 6:00 p.m. Missions Vespers – St. John the Baptist, Pueblo (Homily- Fr. Anthony) Wed 4/1 – Presanctified Liturgy – 9th Hour begins at 5:30 p.m. (Liturgy at 6:00) Fri 4/3 – Akathist Hymn – 6:00 p.m.
WEEK 6 Sun 4/5 – Divine Liturgy (St. Mary of Egypt) 9:30 a.m. 6:00 p.m. Missions Vespers – St. Mary’s, Calhan (Homily- Fr. Zechariah) Wed 4/8 – Presanctified Liturgy – 9th Hour begins at 5:30 p.m. (Liturgy at 6:00) Sat 4/11 – Divine Liturgy (Lazarus Saturday) – 9:30 a.m. (Orthros – 8:30)
HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE OF SERVICES
April 12th…Palm Sunday- Orthros 8:30 am and Divine Liturgy 9:30 am
April 12th…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 13th…Monday 6:00 pm - Bridegroom Service
April 14th…Tuesday 6:00 pm - Bridegroom Service
April 15th…Wednesday 6:00 pm - Holy Unction Service 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 16th… 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 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 17th…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 18th…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 18th – 19th… 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 19th …Sunday 12:00 noon On Pascha Sunday at noon, 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.
Last Sunday of April April 26th – St. Thomas Sunday 9:30 a.m. (Orthros 8:30)
Sunday, March 1 Penny (2) Sunday, March 8 Debi F. (2) Sunday, March 15 Fran (2) Sunday, March 22 Lynnette (1) Wednesday, March 25 Pres. Ashley (1) Sunday, March 29 Brian (2) Sunday, April 2 Penny (2) Saturday, April 11 Pam (1) Sunday, April 12 Debi F. (1) Holy Saturday, April 18 Pam (1) Pascha, April 19 Fran (1) Sunday, April 26 Lynnette (1)
A Pascha of delight; a Pascha, the Lord’s Pascha; an all-venerable Pascha has dawned for us; a Pascha in which, let us embrace one another with joy. Oh Pascha, ransom from sorrow! For from the tomb today, as from a bridal chamber, Christ has shone forth, and filled the women with joy, saying: “Proclaim it to the Apostles.”
A Child's Guide to Prayer illustrated by Tara Pappas A Child's Guide to Prayer is a beautifully illustrated prayer book for Orthodox Christian children aged 5-10 who are just developing a habit of prayer. The selection includes morning and evening prayers, prayers during the day, at mealtimes, for family and friends, and prayers of and to the saints - along with psalms to pray and prayers that have to do with communion and confession. All the prayers were carefully selected by priests and youth workers to ensure their age-appropriateness. The 120-page guide also includes brief instructions on how to pray, why we pray, and a list of different ways to pray. The book concludes with several blank pages for personal prayer requests. About the Illustrator: Tara Pappas lives in the beautiful state of Wyoming, where she is a mixed media artist, illustrator, and stay-at-home mother. She has been actively making art since her youth, influenced by the beauty and wonder of God’s creation. When she is not creating in her studio, Tara enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and friends. St. John’s has purchased these prayer books to give to our children in our Sunday School. Many adults have also found this book to be inspirational and helpful. If an adult wants a copy, they are available from Marge at the counter for $20 each.
Do you have trouble with fasting? Talk to Father Stephen about it. Fasting is also about more than food! Finally, read the small book that Pam is giving to each family.
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