Today’s Readings:

Epistle: 1 Corinthians 8:8-9:2

Gospel: Matthew 25:31-46

 

Schedule of Services: 

-Saturday, March 5th, Great Vespers at 4pm.

-Sunday, March 6th, Divine Liturgy at 10am.  Hours begin at 9:40am.

-FORGIVENESS VESPERS at the conclusion of Divine Liturgy!

-Tuesday, March 8th, Canon of St. Andrew at 5pm.

-Wednesday, March 9th, Pre-sanctified Liturgy at 5pm.

 

Announcements:

-Next Sunday is important: Forgiveness Vespers after Liturgy which then begins our first week of Lent.

-Our Archbishop has blessed relaxing “Covid precautions” in parishes at this time.  We will discuss moving forward regarding fellowship at our next parish council meeting in two weeks.  

-Today is Meatfare Sunday.  This means that tomorrow the Church prescribes us to begin to abstain from meat until Pascha.  Next Sunday is Cheesefare.  That means that next Sunday is intended to be our last day of eating cheese until Pascha.  

-Self-serve coffee is available today.

-A tentative pierogi making workshop has been scheduled for March 11th and 12th. Please pencil in these dates, so you can assist in this fundraising project.  We await word from Shop Rite regarding or request for ingredients. We will keep you posted.

-Again, St. Simon of Cyrene Mission Church in New Brunswick, NJ has established a stewardship campaign asking for financial assistance to continue their outreach programs and to find new space for their church. If you are able, please help them, by going to  https://tithe.ly/give_new/www/#/tithely/give-one-time/3036161.

 

 

 

 

Please pray for:  

Living: Stella, Melissa, Helen, John, Darlette,     Departed: Sbdn. Michael

Steven, Janet, Teresa, Irina, Leonty, Alla, Jim                        Richard                  

The suffering people of Eastern Europe and Ukraine.

     

Words for the Day

We have within us deeply rooted weaknesses, passions, and defects. This can not all be cut out with one sharp motion, but patience, persistence, care and attention. The path leading to perfection is long. Pray to God so that he will strengthen you. Patiently accept your falls and, having stood up, immediately run to God, not remaining in that place where you have fallen. Do not despair if you keep falling into your old sins. Many of them are strong because they have received the force of habit. Only with the passage of time and with fervor will they be conquered. Don't let anything deprive you of hope.

(St. Nectarios of Aegina, Path to Happiness, 3)

 

 

Next Week’s Readings:

Epistle: Romans 13:11-14:4. Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master[a] that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand.

 

 

Gospel: Matthew 6:14-21.For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, 15 but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. “And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.