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April 22, 2016

Holy Week and Pascha

Fri Apr 22: Vespers for Lazarus Sat 6:00 pm
Sat Apr 23: Liturgy for Lazarus Sat 10:00 am; Vigil for Palm Sunday 6:00 pm
Sun Apr 24: Liturgy of Palm Sunday 10:00 am; Bridegroom Matins 7:00 pm
Mon Apr 25: Bridegroom Matins 7:00 pm
Tues Apr 26: Bridegroom Matins 7:00 pm
Wed Apr 27: Service of Anointing 7:00 pm
Thurs Apr 28: Liturgy Commemoration of Last Supper 10:00 am; Passion Gospels 7:00 pm
Fri Apr 29: Vespers of Holy Friday 2:00 pm; Lamentations 7:00 pm
Sat Apr 30: Holy Saturday Liturgy, blessing of food baskets, confessions 10:00 am;
Vigil and Liturgy of Pascha followed by blessing of baskets and potluck meal 11:00 pm

Important reminder about confessions:

Please remember that confessions are mandatory before Pascha. Confession will be available on the following dates:

Sun., Apr. 24: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Mon., Apr. 25: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Tue., Apr. 26: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Wed., Apr. 27: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Thu., Apr. 28: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Fri., Apr. 29: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Sat., Apr. 30: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon (during Liturgy)

Please make arrangements in advance. During the above dates Fr. Vladimir will be in Halifax and cannot be reached by his home phone. Please use either e-mail (vladimirmih (at) eastlink.ca) or his cell phone (902-483-7492).

Holy Week flowers: We are collecting funds for flowers to decorate the church for Holy Friday and Pascha, if you wish to contribute please see Nancy or Elena.

Bookkeeper needed: Our parish needs a bookkeeper. No previous experience necessary. If you can help with this important task, please speak to Reuben.

Civic Calendar with Service Schedule

Year 2016
April
 Mon  Tue  Wed  Thu  Fri  Sat  Sun 
    0102
Great Vespers 6:00pm
03
Adoration of the Holy Cross
Hours, Liturgy of St.Basil 10:00am
040506
Vigil 6:00pm
07
Annunciation
Hours, Liturgy 6:00pm
0809
Great Vespers 6:00pm
10
St. John Climacus
Hours, Liturgy of St.Basil 10:00am
111213
Matins and full Canon of St Andrew of Crete 6:00pm
1415
Full Akathist 6:00pm
16
Great Vespers 6:00pm
17
St. Mary of Egypt
Hours, Liturgy of St.Basil 10:00am
181920
Presanctified Liturgy 6:00pm
2122
Vespers (Lazarus) 6:00pm
23
Lazarus Saturday
Hours, Liturgy 10:00am

Vigil of Palm Sunday 6:00pm
24
Palm Sunday
Hours, Liturgy 10:00am

Bridegroom Matins 7:00pm
25
Great and Holy Monday
Bridegroom Matins 7:00pm
26
Great and Holy Tuesday
Bridegroom Matins 7:00pm
27
Great and Holy Wednesday
Holy Anointing 7:00pm
28
Great and Holy Thursday
Hours, Liturgy of the Last Supper 10:00am

The 12 Passion Gospels 7:00pm
29
Great and Holy Friday
Vespers (Deposition from the Cross) 2:00pm

Epitaphios 7:00pm
30
Great and Holy Saturday
Hours, Liturgy of St.Basil, Blessing of Food, Confessions 10:00am

Pascha: CHRIST IS RISEN!
Burial Canon of Great Saturday, Matins of the Resurrection, Liturgy, Blessing of Food, Parish potluck 11:00pm
 

Sundays and major feasts are in red. Fast days are shaded.

April 16, 2016

Sunday of St Mary of Egypt

Sat Apr 16: Vespers 6:00 pm.
Sun Apr 17: Hours, Liturgy of St Basil, coffee hour 10 am

Wed Apr 20: Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts 6:00 pm

Fri Apr 22: Vespers of Lazarus Saturday 6:00 pm
Sat Apr 23: Divine Liturgy for Lazarus Saturday 10 am
Vigil of Palm Sunday 6:00 PM

April 9, 2016

Sunday of St John Climacus

Sat Apr 9: Vespers 6:00 pm.
Sun Apr 10: Hours, Liturgy of St Basil, coffee hour 10 am

Wed Apr 13: Matins and full Canon of St Andrew of Crete 6:00 pm

Fri Apr 15: Akathist to the Mother of God

April 2, 2016

Sunday of the Adoration of the Life-Giving Cross

Sat Apr 2: Vespers 6:00 pm.
Sun Apr 3: Hours, Liturgy of St Basil, coffee hour 10 am

Annunciation to the Theotokos

Wed Apr 6: Vigil for the Forefeast of Annunciation 6:00 pm
Thursday Apr 7: Liturgy for the Feast of Annunciation 6:00 pm

March 26, 2016

Sunday of St Gregory Palamas

Sat Mar 26: Vespers 6:00 pm.

Sun Mar 27: Hours, Liturgy, coffee hour 10 am

Wed Mar 30: Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts 6:00 pm

Reminder: confessions heard Sat before Vespers by appointment, please contact Fr Vladimir at 902-543-1760 or by email no later than Fri evening to schedule a time.

Message from Fr Vladimir:

By this coming Sunday, we shall be already two weeks into the Great Lent. In four more weeks we shall be at Palm Sunday, welcoming our Lord as he enters Jerusalem and begins the most sacred week of the year, the week wherein He begins His own Paschal journey and becomes our Passover Lamb. Hopefully we have all started to make some progress in our preparations to celebrate this event, the most important moment in the entire fourteen billion year history of the universe. There are no words to describe the magnitude and significance of our Lord's Paschal offering of Himself, but we must strive to do our utmost to approach it with reverence, fear, and joy. We can see some of that in the Gospel which will be proclaimed on Sunday. The crowds who came to hear our Lord's words were so eager and anxious that they blocked the way to Him. No one could get through them. And who could have blamed them? They had this incredible opportunity, and they were quick and ready to take advantage of it.

But then there were the men who were bringing the lame man to be cured. There was no way they could manage to come to Jesus. It would have been understood if they had said, "Well, maybe another time we can manage." But they did not. They persisted to the point of opening a hole in the roof of the house and lowering the lame man down. That was a pretty drastic and bold measure. Did they even think about what they were doing? Probably not. They only knew that they had to come directly before Jesus, and their perseverance was such that they were determined not to fail.

There is one word for that - FAITH! We are given this Gospel pericope today on purpose. It is the Great Lent ... the time to exercise and strengthen our own weak faith. And face the facts: are we not all weak and feeble in our faith? Can any of us say that our faith is sufficient? G-d is not easy to find, even though our Lord points us directly at Him. Faith is not a simple matter of stating our beliefs. Faith must grow and develop, but it will not happen overnight. The men who carried their crippled friend had it relatively easy, but they still had to have the boldness to do what they did. And we too need the same boldness to approach Christ, but we have the added advantage of knowing for certain that He will accept us. But we have to persist. Finding the reality of Christ is not a simple matter, it requires patience and endurance, but when we are truly seeking - maybe even when we feel we are at the limit of our strength - then we shall suddenly sense the reality of our Lord's presence and the joy which only He can bring. Persevere in prayer, and, in the words of the Psalmist, "Be still, and know that I am G-d."

March 17, 2016

Sunday of Orthodoxy

Sat Mar 19: Vespers 6:00 pm.

Sun Mar 20: Hours, Liturgy, coffee hour 10 am

Wed Mar 23: Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts 6:00 pm

Printed copies of the full Lenten schedule available at church. You are strongly encouraged to attend as many of the Lenten services as possible.

Note from Fr Vladimir about the Presanctified Liturgy:

During the Great Lent, the Liturgy is normally not served on weekdays, except for on the Annunciation. This custom of abstaining from daily celebrations of the Liturgy is an integral part of the Lenten Fast; not only do we fast from food and some other aspects of life, but we fast also from the spiritual nourishment given to us in the sacrament. This is not so much a deprivation as it is an encouragement to us to strive even harder to develop our spiritual life using our own resources. Being obliged to do without the sacrament throughout the week should also help us all the more to appreciate the great grace which our Lord gives us in the bread and wine which become for us His body and blood.

At the same time, it is assumed that people are keeping the fact, may be experiencing some weaknesses and difficulties, and may be in need of extra strength from the sacrament. Therefore, the Presanctified is offered, not as a celebration of the Liturgy, but as Vespers in which the Sunday Liturgy is extended to us so as to bring us the strength of the sacrament which was available on the previous Sunday. This is a special grace and concession which is made to our weakness, and so we should be thankful for this opportinity which is given to us, not as a right, but as a great privilege.

The Presanctified is thus not simply a Lenten service observed solely because we are in Lent. We do not attend it as an extra a way of marking Lent. The Presanctified is, in a very real way, an opportunity for refreshment, a means of softening the austerity of the Great Lent. We can take this opportunity to attend the Presanctified in order the avail ourselves of the extraordinary - "extra-ordinary," that is, in the literal sense of the word - grace of receiving our Lord beyond what would normally be our due. In this regard, the Presanctified is a very special grace, one for which we should be thankful and which we should recognize as a place of rest and refreshment in the journey of Great Lent. It can be also for us a foretaste of the great joy which is to come in the Pascha, the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ and the opening of the gates to eternal life.

March 12, 2016

This weekend marks the start of Lent:

Forgiveness Sunday

Sat Mar 12: Vespers 6:00 pm. Note as previously announced, Fr Vladimir will be hearing confessions before Vespers, if you wish to book a time, please contact him at home (902-543-1760) by this evening at the latest.

Note: Time change Sat night - clocks go forward one hour

Sun Mar 13: Hours, Liturgy, Forgiveness Sunday Vespers, coffee hour 10:30 am

Mon-Thurs: Great Compline with Canon of St Andrew of Crete 6:00 pm

Printed copies of the full Lenten schedule available at church. You are strongly encouraged to attend as many of the Lenten services as possible.

Looking to learn more about Great Lent - there are resources available at www.oca.org, and podcasts of sermons at www.ancientfaith.com.

February 20, 2016

Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee:

Sat Feb 20: Vespers 6:00 pm
Sun Feb 21: Hours, Liturgy, coffee hour 10:00 am.

We are now at the start of the pre-Lenten period and we now start using the Lenten Triodion for the services. About this Sunday, the Orthodox wiki website states:

On this Sunday in the preparation for Great Lent, Orthodox Christians are to see that they have not the religious piety of the Pharisee, but the repentance of the publican. They are called to think about themselves, in the light of Christ's teaching, as they really are and to beg for mercy. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and everyone who humbles himself will be exalted. (Luke 18:14)

February 13, 2016

Happy news - we have a new parishioner! Pavlo and Anna have a baby girl Solomiya, delivered Sun evening. May God grant them many years!

Zacchaeus Sunday:

Sat Feb 13: Vespers 6:00 pm
Sun Feb 14: Hours, Liturgy, coffee hour 10:00 am.

Feast of the Meeting of the Lord (Сретенье Господне):

Sun Feb 14: Vespers 6:00 pm
Mon Feb 15: Hours with the blessing of the candles; Liturgy (if you have candles and oil for vigil lamps for home use that you want blessed, please bring them)

Please attend these services if you can, as this is one of the great feasts of the Church, to learn more about the meaning of the feast, see this link. Fun festal trivia fact: the blessing of the candles is why in English this feast is often referred to as Candlemas.

Lent is approaching, this weekend will be Zacchaeus Sunday, followed by the 4 preparatory Sundays before Lent. Confession can help prepare us for the Lenten season. To schedule a confession, please contact Fr Vladimir.

February 6, 2016

Sat Feb 6: Vespers 6:00 pm

Sun Feb 7: Hours, Liturgy, coffee hour 10:00 am.

Lent is approaching, next weekend will be Zacchaeus Sunday, followed by the 4 preparatory Sundays before Lent. Confession can help prepare us for the Lenten season. To schedule a confession, please contact Fr Vladimir.

January 29, 2016

Sat Jan 30: Vespers 6:00 pm

Sun Jan 31: Hours, Liturgy, coffee hour 10:00 am.

January 23, 2016

This weekend we will celebrate the feast of the Theophany of our Lord:

Sat Jan 23: Vespers 6:00 pm

Sun Jan 24: Hours, Liturgy, Blessing of the waters, coffee hour 10:00 am. Fr Alexander will serve and preach the sermon. If you wish to take holy water home with you, please bring a very clean container (that has preferably been soaked in very hot and soapy water) to prevent any contamination.

If you wish to view photos of last weekend's events, please click here.

News from the monastery: Father Roman has received the Great Schema, and has taken the name of Luke, after St Luke of Simferopol. May God grant Father Luke many years!

January 18, 2016

photo of Fr Alexander (Treiger) Many years to our newly-ordained priest Alexander and subdeacon Pavlo! Please remember them and their families in your prayers as they take on new responsibilities in the Church.

Many thanks to all who helped organize food, helped in the services, chauffeured visitors, shovelled and sanded the front of the church and performed many other tasks needed to have the weekend run smoothly!

Archbishop Ire'ne'e has given us the blessing to serve Vespers with the blessing of the waters on Monday at 6:00 pm for the eve of Theophany. For those who can't make it, there will be another blessing of the waters Sunday.

January 11, 2016

This coming weekend, January 16-17, Archbishop Ire'ne'e will be visiting our parish. Here is the schedule of the archpastoral visit (note that we will have the blessing of the waters the following weekend):

Saturday, January 16: Vespers 6:00 pm, followed by a potluck and informal discussion with the Archbishop at the church

Sunday, January 17: 10:00 am Hours and Divine Liturgy with ordination of Deacon Alexander to the priesthood and ordination of Pavlo Slavinskyi to the subdiaconate. Please keep Fr Deacon Alexander and Pavlo in your prayers as they prepare for this.

1:30 pm - Potluck reception after the Liturgy at the Purcell's Cove Social Club, 505 Purcell's Cove Rd., Halifax.

Contributions of food and drink to both potlucks would be very much appreciated. For further information on the potlucks and on how you can help, please contact Ksenia.

January 2, 2016

Sat Jan 2: Vespers 6:00 pm
Sun Jan 3: Hours, Liturgy, Coffee Hour 10 am

Wed Jan 6 - Vigil of Nativity of our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ 9:00 pm

After the service there will be a potluck meal downstairs, please bring contributions of fish, meat, cold cuts, salads, cheese, wine and drinks and the like.

If the parking lot is full, please park on Fergusons Cove Road, no snow is currently forecast, so we should be ok to park on the street.

The following day, Thursday Jan 7, all are invited for a potluck meal at the house of Reuben Penner to continue celebrating in the joy of the feast starting 3PM with coffee, tea (meal will be at 5:30pm). Please bring a dish to contribute.

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