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Paschal Message from Father Luke


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Dear Faithful and Friends of Holy Trinity:

 

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory Forever!

 

His Grace, Bishop Gregory, reminded us that Lent is a period of increased activity for the active Orthodox Christian.

 

You should have already increased your prayer, your fasting and your almsgiving as should your attendance at church services and spiritual readings.

 

Along with this His Grace specifically said that we must increase our self-examination, reflection and confession. Confession is not an optional sacrament but one in which we should regularly participate.

 

Please avail yourself not only of the services, but also, of the Sacrament of Confession before or after services.

 

If those times are not good for you, it is your responsibility to contact Fr. Luke to schedule an appointment for confession.

 

Below is the schedule of services for Holy Week. With this time of year being so very hectic, I ask that you plan your schedule now so that we as a parish family can be properly prepared to greet our Lord with the Myrrh bearing at the empty tomb.


Monday, April 14, 9 AM – Bridegroom Matins
Monday, April 14, 7 PM – Presanctified Liturgy
Tuesday, April 15, 8 AM – Bridegroom Matins
Tuesday, April 15, 7 PM – Presanctified Liturgy
Wednesday, April 16, 9 AM – Bridegroom Matins
Wednesday, April 16, 12 noon – Presanctified Liturgy
Wednesday, April 16, 7 PM – Holy Unction Service
Thursday, April 17, 9 AM – Vesperal Liturgy – Institution of the Eucharist
Thursday, April 17, 7 PM – Matins and the Reading of the 12 Passion Gospels
Friday, April 18, 9 AM – Royal Hours
Friday, April 18, 7 PM – Great & Holy Friday Vespers with Procession and Guarding the Tomb
Saturday, April 19, 9 AM – Vesperal Liturgy
Saturday, April 19, 11 PM – Nocturne, Paschal Matins, Paschal Divine Liturgy followed by blessing of the Baskets and Agape Meal
Sunday, April 20, 12 Noon – Paschal Vespers

 

Assuring you of our love and prayers for you and your families for a spiritually uplifting Pascha/Easter, I remain, as always,

 

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Fr. Luke Mihaly

 

Fasting Guidelines

You are encouraged to speak with Fr. Luke to discuss how you will fast this Great Lent.

 

Everyone should increase their Fast from year to year.

 

The first day of the Fast, is a day of strict abstinence; likewise Great and Holy Friday, and Great and Holy Saturday.

 

On these days, no meat or dairy products may be eaten. All Wednesdays and Fridays during this entire Season are days of abstinence from meat.

 

Meat and meat products may not be eaten during all of Holy Week, namely April 14 through May 19.

 

For the evening Pre-sanctified Liturgy, a minimum three-hours fast from all food and drink must be observed before the reception of Holy Communion.

 

Normal fasting from midnight is still practiced before the Liturgies of St. John Chrysostom and St. Basil the Great.

 

 

 

 

 

More News

Help Wanted!


With Nick Huott off to college we are in need of someone to take over cutting the lawn at the cemetery.

 

Nick usually cut the cemetery twice a month and was paid for his work. If you are interested please see Fr. Luke

 

 

Orthodox Evangelism is Different!

By Father David Moser, St Seraphim of Sarov Orthodox Church, Boise ID

The first and most important thing to remember is that we do not bring anyone into the Church – it’s not our job. We do not attract people to the faith, we do not convince people of the Truth, we don't do any of that. God is the One Who attracts people, Who brings them in the door, Who convicts their hearts, Who brings them to repentance, Who convinces them of the Truth; we do none of this.

Too often in the North American model of evangelism, the individual person is made responsible for doing God's task, but in attempting to do God's work, we neglect our own. What is our task? Our task is the acquisition of the Holy Spirit (St Seraphim), our task is the working out of our salvation, our task is to repent and weep for our sins, our task is to enter the Kingdom of God. This more than anything else is what we must do. This is an evangelistic task - indeed the primary evangelistic task.There are other "tasks", however, which derive from this one which are a bit more specific to "evangelism". It is God who brings people to the door of the Church and who convinces them that they should enter - however, we must keep the door to the Church open and visible.

Hence, Orthodox evangelism must center on the Church - the beauty of the building, the beauty of the services, the frequency and availability of the services. Orthodox evangelism is served by beautiful icons, gold onion domes and crosses rising against the sky, the smell of incense, the pious and holy singing of the services. Orthodox evangelism is served by our visibility as Orthodox Christians in the world – the clothing of the clergy (and in these days the modest and humble clothing of the laymen as well) - the sign of the cross as we pray at each juncture of our lives - beginning and ending a task, eating and finishing a meal, starting and ending a trip, etc.

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Monday, April 14, 9 AM – Bridegroom Matins


Monday, April 14, 7 PM – Presanctified Liturgy


Tuesday, April 15, 8 AM – Bridegroom Matins


Tuesday, April 15, 7 PM – Presanctified Liturgy


Wednesday, April 16, 9 AM – Bridegroom Matins


Wednesday, April 16, 12 noon – Presanctified Liturgy


Wednesday, April 16, 7 PM – Holy Unction Service


Thursday, April 17, 9 AM – Vesperal Liturgy – Institution of the Eucharist


Thursday, April 17, 7 PM – Matins and the Reading of the 12 Passion Gospels


Friday, April 18, 9 AM – Royal Hours


Friday, April 18, 7 PM – Great & Holy Friday Vespers with Procession and Guarding the Tomb


Saturday, April 19, 9 AM – Vesperal Liturgy


Saturday, April 19, 11 PM – Nocturne, Paschal Matins, Paschal Divine Liturgy followed by blessing of the Baskets and Agape Meal


Sunday, April 20, 12 Noon – Paschal Vespers


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Happenings

Women's Knitting Group

The Women’s Knitting and Craft group is working on a special knitting project. If you are an
experienced knitter and would like to find out more about it, see Suad Behrend. knitting groupThis group is open to all whether you know how to knit or would like to learn. Or, bring sewing, scrapbooking or any other craft project you’re working on. This group will give an opportunity for the members to bond together in a Christian atmosphere. If you are interested in coming together to grow closer to your fellow parishioners please contact Suad Behrend at 203.304.1034 or Amy Arifin 914.434.1027. The Knitting Group meets the first Sunday of every month


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Senior High Youth Mission Trip

High school students in our parish will be participating in a youth mission project from July 19-27, 2014, traveling to Appalachia to work on home repairs for those in need through the Appalachia Service ProjectSM (ASP).


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Confession

The main purpose of all fasts is the reunification with God, from whom we have been separated by our sins. We fast, abstain and pray with greater fervor in order to, with God's help, create in ourselves a spiritual condition which is conducive to genuine, contrite repentance. Having prepared ourselves through the effort of fasting, we come to confession. Yet the mere fact that we came to confession does not guarantee us automatic cleansing from our sins. Complete cleansing requires complete and correct repentance. It is with these facts in mind that we offer the following exhortation on confession. Before confession one should attempt to recall all the sins which one has committed voluntarily or involuntarily.

One must attentively re-examine one's life in order to recall not only those sins committed since the last confession, but also those which have not been confessed through forgetfulness. Then, with compunction and a contrite heart, approach the Cross and the Gospel and begin the confession of your sins.
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