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Please note: ORTHROS WILL BEGIN ON SUNDAYS AT 8:45
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Church Services this week:
- 9:40 am Ninth Hour
- 10am Presanctified Liturgy
Saturday 4/24 Saturday of Lazarus
- 8:45 am Orthros
- 10 am Divine Liturgy
- 6pm Great Vespers
4/25 Palm Sunday
- 8:45 am Orthros
- 10am Divine Liturgy
- 7pm Orthros of the Bridegroom (procession of the Icon of the Nymphios)
4/26 Holy Monday
- 9:40am Ninth Hour
- 10am Presanctified Liturgy
- 7pm Orthros of the Bridegroom
4/27 Holy Tuesday
- 7pm Orthros of the Bridegroom (penitential hymn of Kassiani the nun)
4/28 Holy Wednesday
- 3pm Mystery of Holy Unction (Efhelaion)
- 7pm Orthros of the Mystical Supper (includes annointing with Holy Unction)
4/29 Holy Thursday
- 9:30 am Vesperal Divine Liturgy of St. Basil (commemoration of the washing of the Disciples' feet, the Mystical Supper, the prayer of Christ in Gethsemane, and His betrayal and arrest)
- 7pm Orthros of the Passion of Christ (the twelve Passion Gospels and the procession of our Crucified Lord).
4/30 Holy Friday
- 10am The Great Hours (Vigil Service of the Passion of Christ)
- 3pm Great Vespers (the Apokathilosis) (removal of the Body of Christ from the Cross, procession of the Epitaphios and burial of our Lord)
- 7pm Orthros of the Epitaphios, Lamentations (outdoor procession of the Epitaphios, weather permitting)
5/1 Holy Saturday
- 9:30am Vesperal Divine Liturgy (vigil liturgy of Pascha—first announcement of the Ressurrection)
- 11pm Vigil of the Resurrection
5/2 Holy Pascha
- 12am Orthros & Divine Liturgy of Holy Pascha (blessing of Paschal eggs and food baskets)
- 11am Agape Vespers & Memory of St. George the Great Martyr (includes proclamation of the Gospel in multiple languages)
Decoration of the Kovouklion: On Holy Friday morning at 8:30 am volunteers are needed to help decorate the Kovoulklion.
Agape Service Readers Needed: On Easter Sunday the Bible reading is read in many languages. If you would like to be a reader please see Fr. Anthony.
Sunday School: Children will be sitting with their family until communion. After receiving communion, they will head downstairs with the teachers. Kids are expected to wear a mask while in class. We will have a mini lesson and a coloring page for them. Children will be distancing from other families. We will also be doing our best to not have shared materials. We are asking at his time that only school aged children attend Sunday School and no parents/guardians to sit in the class. Space is limited and so is staff. If anyone is interested in opening the nursery for children under 5 please let us know. We are looking forward to seeing your children again.
Communion Prayers: Fr. Anthony has printed Pre-communion Prayers and Post-communion prayers for your convenience. Please feel free to take one in the narthex (also available in the flyer section of this Bulletin).
MBC Summer Camp 2021: Open for registration. (Flyer in flyer section of this bulletin)
First festival meeting: of the year on May 11th at 6 pm. We will be holding it as a zoom call, so if you are interested in joining, email Rebecca & Robert (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the invitation link.
Calling all Grads !!
This year may have been very different but we still want to recognize these kids.
If your child is graduating from Kindergarten, Middle School, High School, of College. Please let us know ASAP! Please email me at : Sarahemail@example.com
Attention High School Seniors and Parents/Guardians: Scholarship Applications will be available non April 1, 2021 in the church and on line as well. The completed applications must be delivered to the Annunciation Church by May 1, 2021. Please do not put the application or applications in a mailbox- give them directly to Hope, Fr. Anthony or a parish council member , who will sign and date it/them. Scholarship applications are in the flyer section of this bulletin.
The District 9 AHEPA scholarships, are on line. Please let your Chapter know. Go to www.ahepadistrict9.org under programs. Please make sure the applicants read the directions carefully before they fill out the application. All applications are prepared and submitted on line. Make sure they check the cut off date carefully. No applications will be accepted after that date.
LENTEN SERVICE DESCRIPTIONS
The original Greek term for compline is apodeipno, literally meaning, after supper. In monastic life, this service is conducted daily after the evening meal, hence its name. In parish life, the Lenten form of this service is conducted at least weekly during Great Lent, typically on Monday evenings. The service is replete with psalms, hymns of intercession, and penitential prayers and hymns asking for the Lord’s mercy upon us. It is typically offered in a darkened church to reflect the Lenten liturgical mood of the service.
Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts
Since the Orthodox Church prohibits the joyous celebration of the Eucharist (Divine Liturgy) during the penitential weekdays of Great Lent, centuries ago, a service was developed that combined the basic Vespers service with the second part of the Divine Liturgy, and with the addition of certain unique features. This was done in order to offer the faithful opportunities for receiving Holy Communion other than Sunday. In parish life, this service is typically conducted on the Wednesdays and Fridays of Lent. Holy Communion that was consecrated at the prior Sunday’s liturgy is distributed to the faithful who have prepared to receive. The earlier part of the Presanctified Liturgy is the most unique part of the service, which includes the penitential rendition of the hymn, “Let my prayer arise as incense.” This is a beautiful Lenten service, well-loved throughout the Orthodox world.
The Prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian
This is the most central Lenten prayer, which we should recite daily during Great Lent.
O Lord and Master of my life, grant me not a spirit of laziness, meddling, love of power, and idle talk. (full prostration)
Instead, grant me Your servant, a spirit of prudence, humility, patience, and love. (full prostration)
Yes, Lord and King, grant me to see my own faults, and not to judge my brother, for you are blessed unto the ages of ages. Amen. (full prostration)
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