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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,


The Great Lenten Fast of 2014 is quickly coming to an end. In a few short weeks, we will gather with family, friends, and our brothers and sisters in faith to celebrate the Lord’s Paschal Mystery—the saving mystery of His Passion, Death and Resurrection.  At the heart of our commemoration of this world-saving event are the Divine Services of the Holy Orthodox Church.  (Included in this newsletter is a copy of the schedule of services for Holy Week and Pascha.)  The services of our Church, with their beautiful and sometimes haunting melodies, along with the somber and solemn nature of the rites lead us into a deeply spiritual experience of what we commemorate.  For the Orthodox Christian, no other experience equals that of participating as fully as possible in these services.

In addition to our participation in the Divine Services of Holy Week and Pascha are the cultural expressions and ethnic customs associated with the Feast of Feasts.  We’ll soon be thinking about Paschas of years gone by as well as of our own special preparations for this year’s feast: palm and willow branches, lilies, decorating the Tomb of Christ, egg decorating and egg hunts, special “pysanky” eggs, Pascha baskets full of wonderful foods, kulich, paska bread, cheese paska, ham and kielbasa and other sausages, butter molded to look like little lambs, chocolate bunnies, and maybe even fried chicken or barbecued ribs, “Easter” bonnets and new outfits.  

Most of these things, in and of themselves, are not necessarily religious, or pious practices, or spiritual in any particular way.   However, all of these customs and practices—and others as well—are joined to our paschal celebrations and have developed as part of them as a sign of the natural—and  spiritual—joy we share in celebrating Christ’s victory over sin and death—a victory which also belongs to those who have been united to Christ through Holy Baptism—through baptism into His death. A victory which is our very own.

In his letter to the Romans, the Holy Apostle Paul reminds us:   “Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his” (Romans 6:3-5).  Through Baptism we share in Christ’s Death and Resurrection.  His Death is ours.  His Resurrection is ours as well.

It is my prayer that, come the Bright and Joyous Sunday of Pascha, we will celebrate our participation in the Lord’s Resurrection as something deeply personal, deeply spiritual, deeply real.   And also profoundly joyous.  It is also my prayer that all of the outward expressions of our celebration, from Pascha baskets to decorated eggs and little butter lambs, will touch our hearts and make us ever more grateful and ever more aware of the reality of the life of Resurrection to which we all are called.


Come that bright day of Pascha, having entered into the Lord’s Passion and Death through our participation in the services of Holy Week, and “having beheld the Resurrection of Christ” we will worship the Lord Jesus, not only by doing “spiritual things,” but by making our faith in the Risen Lord a part of our everyday lives—every day of the year.  


With love in the Lord,

Father Daniel

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Wednesday

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9:00 am Divine Liturgy

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3:00 pm Vespers & Burial Service

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9:00 am Divine Liturgy

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The Catechetical Sermon of St. John Chrysostom is read during Matins of Pascha.

If any man be devout and love God, let him enjoy this fair and radiant triumphal feast. If any man be a wise servant, let him rejoicing enter into the joy of his Lord. If any have labored long in fasting, let him now receive his recompense. If any have wrought from the first hour, let him today receive his just reward. If any have come at the third hour, let him with thankfulness keep the feast. If any have arrived at the sixth hour, let him have no misgivings; because he shall in nowise be deprived therefor. If any have delayed until the ninth hour, let him draw near, fearing nothing. If any have tarried even until the eleventh hour, let him, also, be not alarmed at his tardiness; for the Lord, who is jealous of his honor, will accept the last even as the first; he gives rest unto him who comes at the eleventh hour, even as unto him who has wrought from the first hour.

And he shows mercy upon the last, and cares for the first; and to the one he gives, and upon the other he bestows gifts. And he both accepts the deeds, and welcomes the intention, and honors the acts and praises the offering. Wherefore, enter you all into the joy of your Lord; and receive your reward, both the first, and likewise the second. You rich and poor together, hold high festival. You sober and you heedless, honor the day. Rejoice today, both you who have fasted and you who have disregarded the fast. The table is full-laden; feast ye all sumptuously. The calf is fatted; let no one go hungry away.

Enjoy ye all the feast of faith: Receive ye all the riches of loving-kindness. let no one bewail his poverty, for the universal kingdom has been revealed. Let no one weep for his iniquities, for pardon has shown forth from the grave. Let no one fear death, for the Savior's death has set us free. He that was held prisoner of it has annihilated it. By descending into Hell, He made Hell captive. He embittered it when it tasted of His flesh. And Isaiah, foretelling this, did cry: Hell, said he, was embittered, when it encountered Thee in the lower regions. It was embittered, for it was abolished. It was embittered, for it was mocked. It was embittered, for it was slain. It was embittered, for it was overthrown. It was embittered, for it was fettered in chains. It took a body, and met God face to face. It took earth, and encountered Heaven. It took that which was seen, and fell upon the unseen.

O Death, where is your sting? O Hell, where is your victory? Christ is risen, and you are overthrown. Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen. Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice. Christ is risen, and life reigns. Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in the grave. For Christ, being risen from the dead, is become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. To Him be glory and dominion unto ages of ages. Amen.


Paschal Sermon of Saint John Chrysostom

Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem

O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, despair, lust of power, and idle talk.


But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience, and love to Thy servant.


Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own transgressions, and not to judge my brother, for blessed art Thou, unto ages of ages. Amen.