Today’s Readings:

Epistle: Hebrews 4:14-5:6

Gospel: Mark 8:34-9:1

 

Schedule of Services: 

-Wednesday, March 30th, Pre-sanctified Liturgy at 5pm

-Saturday, April 2nd, Great Vespers at 5pm.

-Sunday, April 3rd, Divine Liturgy at 10am.  Hours begin at 9:40am.

 

Announcements:

-Memory eternal to Subdeacon Michael (Subdeacon Alex’s father) whose repose of 40 days we remember today.

-Thank you, Bill, for hosting coffee hour today. 

-If you would like to host a coffee hour in the future, the sign-up sheet is posted on the freezer.

-We have returned to our traditional way of having a Lenten meal after Pre-sanctified Liturgy. If you would also like to bring food, keep in mind that it must be Lenten: no meat, dairy or eggs.  A sign-up sheet is available for anyone who would like to host a Lenten meal during Great Lent, or simply bring a dish.

-Thank you to everyone who donated to the Ukrainian Relief drive. So far, we have collected $250. We will continue to collect a few more weeks. Place your donations in one of the two canisters on the candle tables. If you are donating by check, write them to the church and designate, "Ukrainian Relief" in the memo line. 

-A pierogi workshop will take place on April 8th and 9th. Please make an effort to attend. A sigh-up  sheet is available on the freezer. Enter what time slot you will be available to work.

-Please remember to bring  non-perishable food for the food pantry.

-Tonight, 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 attend. The address: St. Vladimir Orthodx Church, 812 Grand St. Trenton, NJ 08610

 

Please pray for:  

Living: Melissa, Helen, John, Darlette,     Departed: Sub. Michael, Jim

Steven, Janet, Teresa, Irina, Alla,                                       

Ira, the suffering people of Ukraine, 

Yemen, Syria, and Palestine.

     

Words for the Day

No one ever accomplishes good by means of evil, because they are themselves conquered by the evil. On the contrary, evil is corrected by good.
(St. Barsanuphius the Great, Instructions, 15)

 

Do not try to decide a difficult matter by means of disputing, but that which is enjoined by the spiritual law, namely patience, prayer, and thoughtful hope.
(St. Mark the Ascetic, Homilies, 1:12)

 

If we weave by day and undo at night, nothing gets woven. If we build by day and destroy by night, nothing is ever built. If we pray to God and do evil before Him, the nothing is woven, and a house for our soul is not built.
(St. Nicholas of Serbia, Thoughts on Good and Evil)

 

Next Week’s Readings:

Epistle: Hebrews 6: 13-20. For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself, saying, “Surely I will bless you and multiply you.” And thus Abraham, having patiently waited, obtained the promise. For people swear by something greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation. So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place 

 

behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.”

Gospel: Mark 8:34-9:1. And someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a spirit that makes him mute. And whenever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid. So I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able.” And he answered them, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me.” And they brought the boy to him. And when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. And Jesus asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. And it has often cast him into fire and into water, to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse, so that most of them said, “He is dead.” But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.” They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he did not want anyone to know, for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him. And when he is killed, after three days he will rise.”