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SYNOPSIS OF LENTEN SERVICES 2015
In Addition to the regular, weekly services:
Saturday Vespers and Confession, 5 p.m.
Sunday Matins: 8:50 a.m. • Sunday Divine Liturgy: 10 a.m.
Lent starts with Forgiveness — We start Lent at 7 p.m. Feb. 22. We celebrate the rite of mutual forgiveness as we start the journey to the Resurrection.
Mondays — On Mondays in Lent we will serve Great Compline at 7 p.m. The first week of Lent, Great Compline is also served on Tuesday and Thursday nights with portions of the Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete.
Wednesdays — Join us at 6 p.m. for the Presanctified Liturgy. Bring one Lenten item to share for a pitch-in after Liturgy, so we can break bread together after fasting from all food and drink at least from noon. You are also invited to stay for a discussion on different topics each week, concluding by 8:30. (On March 25, we will have Liturgy for the Annunciation.)
Fridays — Little Compline with the Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos at 7 p.m. This will be preceded by a Lenten Supper at 6 p.m. prepared by one of our organizations or families.
The First Saturday, Feb. 28 — On the first Saturday of Lent, we serve the Liturgy for All Souls: Matins 9 a.m./Liturgy and Memorial at 10:00 a.m. Bring a list of the names of your departed to be remembered.
Sunday Evenings — We will concelebrate the Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers HERE, 5 p.m. on March 1. A dinner reception will follow. On subsequent Sundays, Vespers will be at a different church each week (calendar).
The Third Saturday, March 14 — Dr. Ashley Purpura will lead us in a Retreat for Men and Women, co-sponsored by our Ladies’ and the Holy Trinity Ladies’ societies – starting at 9:30 a.m. at HOLY TRINITY and includes lunch. The topic for the day will be: “BEING AND BECOMING THE BODY OF CHRIST.”
See http://www.stgindy.org/Calendar/ for our complete schedule. ... See MoreSee Less
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LITURGY IN ARABIC AND ALL-SOULS MEMORIAL: SATURDAY, FEB. 21
السبت، 21 فبراير\شباط، 10 صباحا،: القدّاس الالهي باللغة العربية: تذكار جميع الراقدين
All are invited to bring koliva and a list of the names of your departed to be remembered.
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Fr. Nabil's Message for Lent 2015:
BECOMING BLESSED SPIRITUAL ATHLETES
We have been both horrified and blessed this week, as we have seen images of 21 young Christian men beheaded in Libya, on the shore of the Mediterranean. Each of them was given an option: renounce Christ or be killed. One by one, they confessed Christ boldly. What courage and strength!
We recognize them already as blessed martyrs—witnesses to Christ—because they stayed faithful no matter what, even in the face of death. What strength! Even more, these 21 New Martyrs of Libya prayed for their executioners and maintained all the Christian attitudes of love for enemies, always blessing rather than cursing, when it counted most. They join the martyrs from the early centuries—like our own St. George—whom our Lord has crowned as “victorious athletes,” as our Church hymnography calls them.
Certainly we all would like to think we could be strong and do the same. Or, as “Peter said to … [Jesus], ‘Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you.’ And so said all the disciples’” (Matthew 26.35). With the exception of John, the disciples couldn’t; they denied Christ and ran off.
We can’t do the things we want to do without proper preparation. No matter what our natural, God-given talents, we can’t pass our exams without studying; we can’t bench press 500 pounds without training, and we can’t be strong in our faith, in the face of temptations, difficulties and sorrows without prayer and fasting. Even Jesus prepared for temptation and for His ministry—including death on a cross—with 40 days of total fasting. If He needed to fast, so do we!
Of course, after the Resurrection, the disciples also fasted. Through prayer and fasting, Peter and the others became pillars of strength and Pillars of the Church. They also witnessed to Christ through martyrdom (only John departed this life naturally). We honor them and celebrate the days of their martyrdoms as feasts, the days when they proved their strength in triumph over temptation and evil.
While we, here in America, thankfully do not face martyrdom, we nevertheless face many temptations. We are constantly bombarded with distractions and are pressured by society and friends to live a life that fails to live up to the fullness of our Christian life and morals. We get very self-centered, seeking our own comfort and to be seen as ‘cool’ by peers, but we also quickly lose our cool with impatience toward our spouses, children, etc. So we risk becoming gradually indistinguishable from non-Christians and shall then have denied Christ.
Our holy Mother, the Church, wants us to ‘grow up’ strong through the exercises of prayer and fasting. I look forward to growing with you as a better witness to Christ this Lent. ... See MoreSee Less
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