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...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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As directed by Metropolitan JOSEPH,our Great Lenten calendar this year for the first time includes the praying of the Great Compline on the Mondays of the Fast. This service takes less than an hour to complete, setting up Monday evenings as a natural time-slot for us to utilize to sit with each other and speak about things that matter most in life.
So here’s the deal — On each of the evenings listed below, following the Great Compline (which all are encouraged to attend) Fr. John will present a framework for discussion about how each of us may take the next step in our spiritual growth.
As each of us are unique in relationship to God, our prayer will be that by the time we reach Holy Pascha we will notice something about ourselves that has shifted regarding what can sometimes seem to be a rather static sort of thing—our standing before God.
THE LENTEN FAST
The word “fast” means not eating all or certain foods. As Orthodox Faithful, we can fast completely at certain times of great importance, and especially each time before receiving Holy Communion. Usually, fasting means limiting the number of meals and/or the type of food eaten.
The purpose of fasting is to remind us of the Scriptural teaching, “Man does not live by bread alone.” The needs of the body are nothing compared to the needs of the soul. Above all else, we need God, Who provides everything for both the body and the soul. Fasting teaches us to depend on God more fully.
The first sin of our parents, Adam and Eve, was eating from the forbidden tree (Genesis 3:1-19). We fast from food, or a food item, as a reminder that we are to fast from sinning and doing evil.
There are several benefits of fasting. Fasting helps us pray more easily. Our spirit is lighter when we are not weighed down by too much food or food that is too rich. Through fasting, we also learn to feel compassion for the poor and hungry and to save our own resources so that we can help those in need.
Fasting is more than not eating food. Saint John Chrysostom teaches that it is more important to fast from sin. For example, besides controlling what goes into our mouths, we must control what comes out of our mouths as well. Are our words pleasing to God, or do we curse God or our brother?
The other members of the body also need to fast: our eyes from seeing evil, our ears from hearing evil, our limbs from participating in anything that is not of God. Most important of all, we need to control our thoughts, for thoughts are the source of our actions, whether good or evil.
Fasting is not an end in itself. Our goal is an inner change of heart. The Lenten Fast is called “ascetic.” This refers to actions of self-denial and spiritual training which are central to fasting.
Fasting is a spiritual exercise. It is not imposed or forced upon us. In the same way that true repentance cannot be forced upon anyone, each of us makes the choice to turn away from our sinful ways and go toward our loving, for giving Father in Heaven.
GENERAL RULES OF THE LENTEN FAST
The Lenten Fast rules that we observe today were established within the monasteries of the Orthodox Church during the sixth through eleventh centuries. These rules are intended for all Orthodox Christians, not just monks and nuns.
The first week of Lent is especially strict. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, a total fast is kept. In practice, very few people are able to do this. Some find it necessary to eat a little each day after sunset. Many Faithful do fast completely on Monday and then eat only uncooked food (bread, fruit, nuts) on Tuesday evening. On Wednesday, the fast is kept until after the Presanctified Liturgy.
From the second through the sixth weeks of Lent, the general rules for fasting are practiced. Meat, animal products (cheese, milk, butter, eggs, lard), fish (meaning fish with backbones), olive oil and wine (all alcoholic drinks) are not consumed during the weekdays of Great Lent. Octopus and shell-fish are allowed, as is vegetable oil. On weekends, olive oil and wine are permitted.
According to what was done in the monasteries, one meal a day is eaten on weekdays and two meals on weekends of Great Lent. No restriction is placed on the amount of food during the meal, though moderation is always encouraged in all areas of one's life at all times.
Fish, oil and wine are allowed on the Feast of the Annunciation (Mar. 25) and on Palm Sunday (one week before Easter). On other feast days, such as the First and Second Finding of the Head of Saint John the Baptist (February 24) , the Holy Forty Martyrs of Sebaste (March 9), the Forefeast of the Annunciation (March 24) and the Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel (March 26), wine and oil are permitted.
“As for me and my house, We will serve the Lord!” - Joshua 24:15
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The House Blessing schedule: Secretary Debbie will begin calling.
Praying in and blessing each of our homes is a beautiful, powerful custom. By having our homes blessed and praying that all our homes may be visited and blessed in the near future, we contribute to the spiritual health of our church. Part of this contribution includes encouraging Fr. John to expeditiously keep on task.
“When Thou, O Lord, wast baptized in the Jordan, worship of the Trinity wast made manifest; for the voice of the Father bore witness to Thee, calling Thee His beloved Son. And the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the truth of His word. O Christ our God, Who hath appeared and enlightened the world, glory to Thee.” - Apolytikion of the Feast of Theophany of our Lord Jesus Christ
We greet you with love and joy on this holy Feast of the Theophany of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ. The Apolytikion of the feast which is quoted above transmits to us the essence of this feast. Our Lord and God Jesus Christ deigns to be baptized at the hands of John the Baptist, not because he is in need of cleansing of sin, for He is without sin, but so that He might reveal to us His true identity and at the same time, honor and affirm the new life that comes through baptism. In this feast we see the Holy Trinity, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, manifested to us in dramatic fashion. The voice of the Father expresses His pleasure with His Son, and the Holy Spirit descends upon the Son in the form of a dove which is also significant because the dove is a symbol of peace.
Our Lord reveals His true identity to us for the first time as He begins His earthly ministry, and immediately departs for a period of fasting into the wilderness where He utterly defeats the feeble efforts of Satan to tempt Him into sinfulness.
As our Lord Jesus Christ descends into the water, and rises from it, let us also rise up into a new and brilliant life in Jesus Christ.
Wishing you all a most blessed New Year, I remain
Yours in Christ,
+ JOSEPH, Metropolitan Archbishop of Antiochian Archdiocese of North America
(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 people for this project are Marilyn Elias and Miriam Yazge.
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 Communionis 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).
Saturday, April 30th 8:00 AM - Prothesis Presentation (Preparation of the Gifts) with Fr. Sam 8:45 AM - “Personal” Remembrance of Living and Departed 9:00 AM - DIVINE LITURGY of the Descent into Hades &n 10:30 PM - NOCTURNE, RUSH, MATINS and DIVINE LITURGY of the Resurrection of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
Sunday, May 1st PASCHA 11:00 AM -GREAT VESPERS of Agape with the Gospel Readings in Many Languages
Print and Read April 24th 2016 Weekly Bulletin...CLICK HERE
Food For Hungry People boxes are assembled and ready to be picked up at the office window in the main hallway. If you have not yet done so, take a box home, fill it, and return it to Joyce Eger, for the sake of hungry people around the world.
Please sign up to provide soup after Presanctified Divine Liturgy on one of the Wednesdays of Great Lent.
Two people are needed each week to make soup —- eight (8) quarts each.
We also need one or two people to bring bread —- four (4) loaves total.
There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall with all the dates to fill.
The next meeting of AMEN will be on Sunday, May 22nd, immediately following church in the multi-purpose room. All AMEN Meetings will be on the fourth Sunday of each month following church. We will meet in the multi-purpose room. Hope to see you there!
Anyone who would like to support “Food on the Hill” in whatever capacity you would like should contact Dan Davis or Gus Flizanes.
"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!
St. Michael’s Annual - Pirate Baseball Game
PNC Park Thursday July 21
Pirates vs Milwaukee Brewers
See Michelle Gajewski for details!
The Bookstore Gift Shop has two new wall crosses with the Jesus Prayer and Prayer of St. Ephraim on display on the center bulletin board in the social hall. Place you order today — they make a nice Pascha gift.
Do you need a new Pascha food basket cover? Several beautiful imports are available. Where? In the Bookstore. New sleeves for eggs are also there and red dye is on the way.
When the aforementioned red dye does arrive, we need people to color red a dozen or two of eggs and bring them to church for distribution at the end of the Paschal Divine Liturgy, early, early Easter Sunday morning.
Holy Saturday Divine Liturgy of Christ’s Descent into Hades
9:00 AM, April 30 Many single this out as their ‘favorite’ service of the year.’ Mark your calendar now.
Come and see for yourself.
All of us will soon receive a Contribution Statementfor the first quarter of 2016. We are beginning a concerted effort to upgrade the accuracy of our donation record keeping. So, if you think there is a discrepancy on your statement, please let us know (even if you would normally not do so).
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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