St. Michael's
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church
1182 Ashland St., Greensburg, PA 15601
Welcome to St. Michael's Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church. Thank You for visiting our Website. Every Sunday, Please join us for fellowship in the main hall following Divine Liturgy.

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Divine Liturgy Every Sunday at 10:00am
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His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH, Archbishop of New York

and Metropolitan of all North America

His Grace Bishop THOMAS, Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of

Charleston, Oakland and the Middle Atlantic

Archpriest John Nosal, Pastor


Our mission...

...is to tend to the flock of our Lord Jesus Christ and to spread the Good News of Christ to those outside the flock.  The mission is to be accomplished by:

  • Living a full and liturgical and sacramental life
  • Proclaiming the Orthodox Christian Faith to all people
  • Providing effective charitable and social programs
  • Establishing strong spiritual leadership and educational resources




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RESURRECTIONAL APOLYTIKION (Tone 4)

Having learned the joyful message of the Resurrection from the angel the women disciples of the Lord cast from them their parental condemnation; and proudly broke the news to the Disciples, saying: Death hath been spoiled; Christ God is risen, granting the world Great Mercy.

APOLYTIKION of the ARCHANGELS (Tone 4)

O ye foremost of the heavenly hosts we beseech thee, though we are unworthy. Pray that we may be encompassed with the shadow of thine unearthly glory; preserving us who kneel and cry endlessly, “Deliver us from oppression!” since ye are the princes of the highest powers.

KONTAKION of the FORGIVENESS SUNDAY (Tone 6)

O Thou Who guidest to wisdom, and givest understanding and intelligence, the Instructor of the ignorant, and Helper of the poor, strengthen my heart and grant it understanding, O Master. Give me word, O Word of the Father; for behold, I shall not refrain my lips from crying to Thee, O merciful One, have mercy upon me who am fallen.


Great Lent begins on Monday, February 19.

 (This gives six weeks for the traditional House Blessing season.)

Great and Holy Pascha falls on April 8. (Western Easter is on April 1.)


WE HAVE ARRIVED AT THE FAST — What now?

Great Lent will have no impact if we do not take it seriously. When we were children, our participation in everything in life came from the outside — our surroundings determined our experience — just like for the beasts of the animal kingdom. As developing human beings, however, the journey is about our growth on the inside. So, we start out as creatures run from the outside and are intended to become beings defined by our inside — our soul. The quality of that me my inner self — will eventually be deterimined by me — my inner self — in synergy (cooperation) with the Triune God who made me with the goal of me becoming everything that He is.

The fasts of the Church are one of the main tools we use in evolving from outer-determined, basic instinct creatures, to inner-determined free beings. The potentiality to participate in that determination and the freedom that we are made for and may come to recognize and desire constitute the likeness and image of God in us.

If we are blessed to the point of recognition of this reality, then we may note the importance and changing nature of the fasting days and periods. In the course of our lifetime, what begins as paying some small attention to annoying little rules about eating may blossom into deep introspective work that has the power to transform us.

“Enough,” you say, “of all this unintelligible God-speak! Get to the point!” Okay. I will. If you would have this Lent kick your transformation and manifesting salvation into a higher gear, hear are some things you might attend to in this first week of the Fast:


1) Begin right now, at the beginning. Come to Forgiveness Vespers at 5:00 PM tonight and participate in the prayers that escort us into the Fast and the rite of forgiveness that accompanies them. Even attending Vespers, then running right out the door when the bowing begins will be a superior start to the Fast than many of us are used to.

2) Go to one more church service this first week than you normally have in past years. If you want to get physically fit, you go to the gym. If you want to be intellectually smart, you go to school. If you want your spirit to learn to soar, you go to church. That applies extra this week. A high percentage of us are more used to attending the Wednesday Presanctified Divine Liturgy than the other services. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evening are absolute liturgical gems to be found nowhere else in the liturgical year. St. Andrew examines his soul through an interior dialogue that is everyman’s experience. Clear seeing of ourselves is a greater miracle than raising the dead, declares St. John Chrysostom. Without clear seeing, without an accurate observation of where we stand with our fellow man and with God, we cannot hope to move forward. This Canon of prayers offers some solid direction to us who would be growing spiritually.

3) Take this food-fast seriously. We may be correct in recognizing that ultimately fasting is not about food but about our behavior in every aspect of life. But if I cannot exert mastery over my stomach and a morsel of food, what chance will I have with my tongue and my relationships? It takes a lot of humility to see and start with something as simple as a “thou shall not” about food. Take the challenge!

4) Come to Confession this week. Nothing will kick-start your spirit and your Great Lent like a good Confession right off the bat. It’s good for the soul, we’ve heard. Many of us have not been to Confession for a long time. We don’t see the point or we’ve come to assess our attempts with this sacrament to have ceased doing anything in our lives. That’s probably because we’re still understanding what can happen there in the same way we did when we were 10 or 12 years old. This is our chance to take a leap of faith toward growing up. One thing this means is that we can consider the possibility that we’ve been wrong in our approach to these things and now is the time to change. And the change that will happen in us will either be unconscious, undirected and going nowhere or it can be alive, exciting and joyful, going to the very Kingdom of God. You pick.

5) Attend our Open House next Saturday night to complete week one. Our church is a gem. It is easy to forget that. Part of what makes it so beautiful is YOU! You contribute something perfectly unique to this church community that nobody else can. I know that might sound like blowin’ smoke, but it’s true. We humans are made for God and each other. It is only in Communion with Him and each other that we are truly human and truly alive. I know that few of us “get” that, most of the time. Nevertheless, it is the truth about us. Love has to show up. And if God is love, so are we.

Well, that’s it for now. You can read this and think what you will about it. Then, you can take me up on these suggestions and see what happens, or not. We pretty much already know how the “or not” will turn out — very similar to past years. Let us take this challenge together and see what happens!


THE RULES OF FASTING IN THE GREAT LENT from The Lenten Triodion

by Bishop Kallistos Ware and Mother Mary (pages 35-37)

Within this developed pattern of Lent, what precisely do the rules of fasting demand? Neither in ancient nor in modern times has there ever been exact uniformity, but most Orthodox authorities agree on the following rules:

(1) During the week between the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee and that of the Prodigal Son, there is a general dispensation from all fasting. Meat and animal products may be eaten even on Wednesday and Friday.

(2) In the following week, often termed the 'Week of Carnival', the usual fast is kept on Wednesday and Friday. Otherwise there is no special fasting.

(3) In the Week before Lent, meat is forbidden, but eggs, cheese and other dairy products may be eaten on all days, including Wednesday and Friday.

(4) On weekdays (Monday to Friday inclusive) during the seven weeks of Lent, there are restrictions both on the number of meals taken daily and on the types of food permitted; but when a meal is allowed, there is no fixed limitation on the quantity of food to be eaten.

(a) On weekdays in the first week, fasting is particularly severe. According to the strict observance, in the course of the five initial days of Lent, only two meals are eaten, one on Wednesday and the other on Friday, in both cases after the Liturgy of the Presanctified. On the other three days, those who have the strength are encouraged to keep an absolute fast; those for whom this proves impracticable may eat on Tuesday and Thursday (but not, if possible, on Monday), in the evening after Vespers, when they may take bread and water, or perhaps tea or fruit-juice, but not a cooked meal. It should be added at once that in practice today these rules are commonly relaxed. At the meals on Wednesday and Friday xerophagy is prescribed. Literally this means 'dry eating'. Strictly interpreted, it signifies that we may eat only vegetables cooked with water and salt, and also such things as fruit, nuts, bread and honey. In practice, octopus and shell-fish are also allowed on days of xerophagy; likewise vegetable margarine and corn or other vegetable oil, not definitely excluded:

       (i)   meat; (ii) animal products (cheese, milk, butter, eggs, lard, dripping); (iii) fish (i.e. fish with backbones); (iv) oil (i.e. olive oil) and wine (i.e. all alcoholic drinks).

(b) On weekdays (Monday to Friday inclusive) in the second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth weeks, one meal a day is permitted, to be taken in the afternoon following Vespers, and at this one meal xerophagy is to be observed.

(c) Holy Week. On the first three days there is one meal each day, with xerophagy; but some try to keep a complete fast on these days, or else they eat only uncooked food, as on the opening days of the first week. On Holy Thursday one meal is eaten, with wine and oil (i.e. olive oil). On Great Friday those who have the strength follow the practice of the early Church and keep a total fast. Those unable to do this may eat bread, with a little water, tea or fruit-juice, but not until sunset, or at any rate not until after the veneration of the Epitaphion at Vespers. On Holy Saturday there is in principle no meal, since according to the ancient practice after the end of the Liturgy of St. Basil the faithful remained in church for the reading of the Acts of the Apostles, and for their sustenance were given a little bread and dried fruit, with a cup of wine. If, as usually happens now, they return home for a meal, they may use wine but not oil; for on this one Saturday, alone among the Saturdays of the year, olive oil is not permitted.

The rule of xerophagy is relaxed on the following days:

  1. On Saturdays and Sundays in Lent, with the exception of Holy Saturday, two main meals may be taken in the usual way, around mid-day and in the evening, with wine and olive oil; but meat, animal products and fish are not allowed. 
  2. On the Feast of the Annunciation (25 March) and Palm Sunday, fish is permitted as well as wine and oil, but meat and animal products are not allowed. If the Feast of the Annunciation falls on the first four days of Holy Week, wine and oil are permitted but not fish. If it falls on Great Friday or Holy Saturday, wine is permitted, but not fish or oil.
  3. Wine and oil are permitted on the following days, if they fall on a weekday in the second, third, fourth, fifth or sixth week:
    - First and Second Finding of the Head of St. John the Baptist (24 February)
    - Holy Forty Martyrs of Sebaste (9 March)
    - Forefeast of the Annunciation (24 March)
    - Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel (26 March)
    - Patronal festival of the Church or Monastery
  4. Wine and oil are also allowed on Wednesday and Thursday in the fifth week, because of the vigil for the Great Canon. Wine is allowed - and, according to some authorities, oil as well - on Friday in the same week, because of the vigil for the Akathistos Hymn.

It has always been held that these rules of fasting should be relaxed in the case of anyone elderly or in poor health. In present-day practice, even for those in good health, the full strictness of the fast is usually mitigated. Only a few Orthodox today attempt to keep a total fast on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday in the first week, or on the first three days in Holy Week. On weekdays - except, perhaps, during the first week or Holy Week - it is now common to eat two cooked meals daily instead of one. From the second until the sixth week, many Orthodox use wine, and perhaps oil also, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and less commonly on Mondays as well. Permission is often given to eat fish in these weeks. Personal factors need to be taken into account, as for example the situation of an isolated Orthodox living in the same household as non-Orthodox, or obliged to take meals in a factory or school canteen. In cases of uncertainty each should seek the advice of his or her spiritual father. At all times it is essential to bear in mind that 'you are not under the law but under grace' (Rom. 6:14), and that 'the letter kills, but the spirit gives life' (2 Cor. 3:6). The rules of fasting, while they need to be taken seriously, are not to be interpreted with dour and pedantic legalism; 'for the kingdom of God is not food and drink, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit' (Rom. 14:17).


Let those of us who have wisely finished the course of fasting and who celebrate with love the beginning of the suffering of the Passion of the Lord, let us all, my brothers, zealously imitate the purity of self-controlled Joseph; Let us fear the sterility of the fig tree; Let us dry up through almsgiving the sweetness of passion. In order that we may joyously anticipate the Resurrection, let us procure like myrrh pardon from on high because the eye that never sleeps observes all things. — St Romanos the Melodist

Beloved in the Lord:

Blessings and greetings in the name of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ. I pray that you and your families are enjoying good health as we prepare to begin another Lenten journey that culminates in the death and resurrection of our Lord.

As we begin our journey to Pascha, we enter into a time of increased prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. To that end, we write to you today to usher in a program that has become synonymous with this holy period, the Food for Hungry Program. This program, under the guidance of Miss Robin Nicholas, has helped countless numbers of people for decades. What I love about this program is that much of the money that is raised comes from the pennies, nickels, and dimes of the faithful adults and children of our parishes. It is amazing to think how our spare change can add up to so much!

As we begin a new fast, let us continue to strive to help those in need. As we abstain from foods and curtail our eating habits, let us set aside the extra money we would have spent on food and give it to the poor; this will make our fasting complete. As we increase our prayer, both private and in the Church, let us set aside those extra dollars we would have spent at the movies, going out with our friends, socializing, etc.; this will help put our prayer into action. As we strive to control our passions, let us help those whose only passion is to have a small meal to eat, a glass of clean water to drink, or a warm place to rest; this will enable us to see Christ in these, the least of our brethren.

Wishing you all a fruitful and spiritually rewarding fast, I remain,

Your Father in Christ,

+JOSEPH Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of all North America


ABOUT BISHOP THOMAS

His Grace, the Right Reverend Thomas (Joseph) is a bishop of the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America, serving in the Diocese of Charleston, Oakland and the Mid-Atlantic. READ MORE



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You May Find the Text of the Divine Liturgy beginning on the bottom page 91 of the Service Book (gold embossed cross on the reddish brown cover) or in the green-spiral-bound book; sheet music can be found in the 8.5” x 11” large, spiral-bound booklet.

At the Kiss of Peace,our practice is for each of us to greet the person to our right and left with the bowing of our head, hands held in a prayerful clasp or crossed on the chest, while offering each other the Christian greeting, “Christ is in our midst!” and responding, “He is and shall be!”

Please remember that Holy Communion is reserved for those Chrismated Orthodox Christians who have appropriately prepared themselves through prayer, fasting and Confession to receive the Holy Mysteries of the Church. The bread (anti’doron, which means ’in place’ of the gifts) which we share after Communion and at the end of the Liturgy is for all.

Being mindful we are in church, let us always remember to

...be quiet and attentive.Let us sing, pray, stand., sit, kneel and respond where responses are indicated. Let us not talk, look around, text message, play games, etc. Especially let us work at this in the Communion line and when in line to venerate the Cross and depart. If we cannot hear the post-Communion prayers being chanted during our departure, we are way too noisy.

...refrain from eating, drinking or chewing gum (most obviously and especially if you will be receiving Holy Communion).

...stay put. Except in rare cases, there are few of us who cannot stay in one location for two hours (usually less, for most of us).


The complete text of the Great Vespers and Matins services for each Sunday may be retrieved and printed from the Antiochian Archdiocese website at http://www.antiochian.org/content/online-liturgical-guide

3 DAY CALENDAR

Sunday, February 18th
8:45 Matins
10:00 Divine Liturgy
11:20 Church School
Monday, February 19th
Great Lent begins
Holy Pascha is April 8
Western Easter is April 1.
Saturday, February 24th
6:00 Great Vespers


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Next meeting of AMEN is Saturday, February 24th at Bean & Baguette, 250 W.Otterman Street, Greensburg, PA 15601 at 10:45am.

 

All Men - Meet and Greet following Divine Liturgy on February 18th.


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Antiochian Women’s
Lenten Retreat

Presented in memory of Kh. Stefanie Yazge

“Life After Death”
March 23-25, 2018 at Antiochian Village

Keynote Speaker - Fr. Paul Matar

Register at
http://registration.antiochianvillage.org/AWLenten2018


Open House

INTRODUCTION TO THE ORTHODOX CHURCH

following Great Vespers on

Saturday, February 24 at 7:00 PM

(Great Vespers is at 6:00 PM)

See Anthony and/or Jillian Crowe
to be part of the production team or
for more information on the Open House.

At the conclusion of this Open House,
participants will be invited to be part of a reading/discussion group
that will continue on Saturday evenings
to learn more about the Orthodox Faith.
The text we will use will be The Faith, by Clark Carlton.


RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVES

Saturday,
February 17 and May 12
9:00 AM to 2:00 PM


SYRIAN RELIEF DINNER
AND PRAYER SERVICE

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Service - 4 PM Lenten Dinner - 5 PM

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral
419 South Dithridge St. Pittsburgh (Oakland) 15213

Tickets $50 Students (age 7-18) $20
Children (6 & under) free

Register online at iocc.org/pittsburgh

Contact Raymounda Chaho (412-558-5877)
for tickets.


The Fellowship Hour Schedule
is posted on the bulletin board in the
Fellowship Hall and we are in need of volunteers
to sign up to take a turn to provide refreshments
following Divine Liturgy each week.

We provide the coffee and you provide
whatever you feel you want to contribute
to St. Michael’s community.

      Please sign up to host Fellowship Hour.



On Tuesday, March 6th the Antiochian MEN will prepare a free meal for the benefit of people in our community. There are at least two ways in which you may participate in this charitable activity. The first is to come and help with the planning and execution. The second is to support the event financially. Donation may be given to Gus Flizanes. Anyone who would like to support “Food on the Hill” in whatever capacity you would like should contact Gus Flizanes.

Those who attend our “Food on the Hill” luncheon are also the same people who make use of the generous donations made to “Caleb’s Cupboard,” (which is located at the front entrance of the church). If everyone brought in one item of canned food, or a paper or hygiene product, it would keep Caleb’s Cupboard full so that there is something for those who attend “Food on the Hill” each month. The participants are most grateful for the continuous generosity of food, fellowship and donations. Thank you to the parishioners who consistently give of their time, their culinary skills, their financial and material donations to make these ministries possible.

"Food On The Hill" WEATHER CANCELLATION POLICY - When weather causes Hempfield or Greensburg Salem School District to close for the day; "Food On The Hill" will NOT serve lunch that day! Please refer to TV & Radio Newscasts when in doubt. Thank You!


FOCUS Pittsburgh

(Fellowship of Orthodox Christians United for Service)

FOCUS Pittsburgh is collecting clothes (clean and in good condition, please) for the very, very needy people (many homeless) in the Hill District neighborhood of the city. Clothing including coats, jackets, sweaters, trousers, shirts, blouses and other tops, shoes, handbags, gloves, scarves, etc., are all gratefully received and appreciated.  

There is a drop-off area at the top of the stairs at the main entrance for those who would contribute. The contact person for this project are Marilyn Elias.


We are seeking new members who would be interested in learning how to prepare the Memorial Wheat. We have a group of women who currently fulfill this important function and are willing to teach anyone who may be interested in becoming part of this ministry team. For more information, contact Val Flizanes or call the church office.


CALEB’S CUPBOARD

The big chest you see as you come through the main entrance of our church, is a simple way to help our hungry neighbors. Just bring in a few cans of food or other unperishables when you come to church and you will making a difference for someone.

Please check that the goods you bring are “reasonably” close in time to the expiration date. (While we know the food lasts longer than that date, it is not always easy to tell how much longer.)


       I.nternational
O.rthodox
C.hristian
C.harities

It is unfortunate that IOCC is one among many charitable organizations that are never lacking for work. A glance around our globe supplies us with sufficient evidence of human beings who are suffering horrendously and are in dire need of help and aid in their affliction. IOCC has proven itself to be one of the most effective deliverers of that aid.

One statistical bit of evidence of IOCC’s efficiency is the fact that every $1 that is donated to IOCC in charitable contributions is leveraged and matched by $7 in funding from the governments, philanthropic foundations and other sources that support IOCC. That means your $1 becomes $8. Your $10 become $80. Your $100 become $800.

For information on IOCC and how to become part of the worthwhile work being done, visit www.iocc.org.


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