Epistle: Hebrews 11:24-26, 32-12:2
Gospel: John 1:43-51
Schedule of Services:
-Saturday, March 19th, Great Vespers at 5pm.
-Sunday, March 20th, Divine Liturgy at 10am. Hours begin at 9:40am.
-Self-serve coffee is available today.
-A pierogi making workshop has been re-scheduled for April 8th and 9th.
-Please remember the needs of others and bring a donation for the food pantry.
-There will be a council meeting today after Divine Liturgy.
-Please note that Saturday Great Vespers will be held at 5pm.
-Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers tonight at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Wayne, NJ at 5pm, with His Grace, Bishop Alexis of Bethesda.
Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church
285 French Hill Rd.
Also, on Sunday, March 27th (The Lenten Sunday of the Cross), there will be a deanery mission service at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Church in Trenton, NJ at 5pm. This is the only deanery mission service planned for this year. If you can, please plan to attend.
Please pray for:
Living: Stella, Melissa, Helen, John, Darlette, Departed: Sbdn. Michael
Steven, Janet, Teresa, Irina, Leonty, Alla, Jim, Ira
The suffering people of Ukraine, Yemen, and Palestine.
Words for the Day
A certain monk asked one of the elders, "Why are my thoughts always inclined to defilement, so that they give me no rest even for an hour, and my soul is troubled?" The elder said to him, "If the demons inspire thoughts in you, do not give in to them." It is their nature to tempt constantly. And even though they never leave off this temptation, they cannot force you to sin. It
depends on your will to listen to them or not to listen." The brother said to the elder, "What should I do? I am weak and the passion is conquering me." The elder answered, "Guard against them, and when they begin to speak to you, do not answer them, but pray to God: Son of God, have mercy on me!"
(Ancient Patericon, 5.35)
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: Hebrews 1:10-2:3. And,“You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of your hands; they will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment, like a robe you will roll them up, like a garment they will be changed. But you are the same, and your years will have no end.”And to which of the angels has he ever said, “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet”? Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation? Therefore we must pay much closer
attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard,
Gospel: Mark 2:1-12. And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And he was preaching the word to them. And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, “Why does this man speak like that? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, “Why do you question these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the paralytic—“I say to you, rise, pick up your bed, and go home.” And he rose and immediately picked up his bed and went out before them all, so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”