FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT
Tone 5. Sunday of Orthodoxy. Martyr Eudoxia of Heliopolis (ca. 160-170). Ven. Martyrii (Martyrius) of Zelenétsk (Pskov—1603). Martyrs Nestor and Tribimius (3rd c.). Martyr Antonina of Nicæa in Bithynia (3rd-4th c.). Martyrs Marcellus and Anthony. Virgin Domnina of Syria (ca. 450-460). Ven. Agapius of Vatopedi (Mt. Athos).
Hebrews 11:24-26, 32-12:2 (Epistle) John 1:43-51 (Gospel)
Please direct all inquiries to the church office.
*In an emergency contact Fr. Vincent at (780) 288-5347
is available Sunday morning at the Continental Inn parking lot – 166 St. and 100 Ave. If you expect to park there regularly remember to place a parking permit card on your dash. Parking permits are available on the candle desk in the narthex.
Children’s Procession With Icons
Since today is the Sunday of Orthodoxy, the children will be doing a procession with icons this Sunday during the Little Entrance. Parents: the children can either
bring icons from home, or use one from the parish. After the procession, the
icons will be placed on the bottom of the iconostasis.
*Parish Semi-Annual Meeting – Sunday March 29
REMINDER TO COFFEE HOUR GROUPS
Please remember that as we enter Great Lent, our food must keep in line with the fasting guidelines of the Orthodox Church. Please refrain from including meat, fish, and dairy products (including eggs) for the parish meals. Shrimp is OK, and we will permit milk/cream for coffee. There are many great recipes available in our parish cookbook, and online. Please see Fr. Vincent if you have any questions.
Our annual Hunger Lunch will take place during coffee hour on Sunday, March 8. As in previous years, the coffee hour team will prepare a simple lunch of soup and bread - no extras and no desserts. You are asked to consider donating what you would normally pay if you were going out to lunch, if you are able to do so.
The funds raised will be donated to the Jasper Place High School Breakfast program, which we have supported for several years now. The breakfast program feeds high school students who often have insecure housing and therefore little access to regular meals. About 50 students per day are fed through this program, and we have been told that they could not run this important program without the support of St. Herman's. Please note the date, and we thank you in advance for your continuing generosity to this program.
Church Pre-Pascha Clean-up
Please mark your appointment calendars on Monday, March 30th and Tuesday, March 31st, 2015, as a Pre-Pascha General Clean-up of the church building is being organized.
A list of duties will be posted on the Narthex bulletin board two weeks prior to March 30th so that volunteers may sign up for the duties that they are able to assist with. The work bees will start at 9:00 am on each of the days of the clean-up.
A big “Thank-you” goes out to the person who donated a microwave for the kitchen! However we are still in need of an electric can opener. If anyone would like to donate this item please contact Lil. As well, we are in need of sugar for our coffee hours. Thank you! God bless! Lil :)
A Note from Fr. Vincent
Dear Brothers and Sisters of St. Herman’s:
It has become a concern of mine lately that more and more people are coming in late for the Divine Liturgy, and even leaving before the conclusion. Let us please be conscious of the fact that we are coming together once a week to worship our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and to partake of His Body and Blood, and that this deserves the utmost respect and reverence from each of us. Part of showing reverence is being at the Church before the service begins, and staying until the end. Prior to the beginning of the Divine Liturgy, the Reader is reading the Hours to enable us to re-focus our attention on what’s about to occur during the Liturgy. It is a beautiful time of prayer and reflection that will help each of us re-center ourselves, after going through a busy and hectic week. Surely if we can manage to get ourselves and our children up each morning for work and for school, we can certainly do the same for our Lord on this one day that we gather to worship.
When Do We Pray for the Departed?
1. We pray a special Memorial Litya for our departed family members on the 40th day after their repose, and on the one-year anniversary. Please talk to Fr. Vincent to arrange this service (usually done following Sunday Divine Liturgy.)
2. Each year during Great Lent there are several Saturdays designated as “Soul Saturday”. On one of those Saturdays, our parishioners gather together to pray for all of our departed family members, as well as other friends and loved ones who have reposed in the Lord. This year the service will be on Saturday, March 14. We will be having a Divine Liturgy at 9:30 am, followed by the Memorial Litya. Many of our parishioners have previously given the Church a list of names of their reposed loved ones to be added to our parish Memorial Books. If you have not yet given a list of names to be commemorated, or would like to add to your list that we already have, you can either email them to the Church office, or bring them with you on March 14.
3. Each year after Great Lent we go to the graves of our loved ones to pray for them and to bless their graves with Holy Water. This usually begins on the Sunday following Pascha, known as St. Thomas Sunday, which this year is April 19. Fr. Vincent will be putting up a sign-up sheet several weeks before this date so that you let him know that you would like to have the grave of your loved one blessed.
1st Sunday of Great Lent: Sunday of Orthodoxy
Originally, the Prophets Moses, Aaron, and Samuel were commemorated on this Sunday. The Alleluia verses appointed for today’s Liturgy reflect this older usage.
Today we commemorate the “Triumph of Orthodoxy,” the restoration of the holy icons in the reign of the holy Empress Theodora.
- “Feasts & Saints”, OCA website