SUNDAY OF THE PUBLICAN AND THE PHARISEE
Tone 5. Beginning of the Lenten Triodion. Greatmartyr Theodore the Tyro ( (“the Recruit”—ca. 306). Hieromartyr Germogén (Hermogenes), Patriarch of Moscow and Wonderworker of All Russia (1612). Ven. Theodore the Silent, of the Kyiv Caves (Far Caves—13th c.). St. Mariamne, sister of Apostle Philip (1st c.). Uncovering of the Relics of Martyr Menas of Alexandria (867-869). The weeping “TIKHVIN” Icon of the Most-holy Theotokos on Mt. Athos.
2 Timothy 3:10-15 (Epistle) Luke 18:10-14 (Gospel)
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*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.
Ice Fishing Day CANCELLED!
Unfortunately, the weather is not quite cooperating enough to have our families out on the ice on Monday. Current forecast for Edmonton is a high of -17, with wind chill of -24. However, we wouldn't reach that temp until the afternoon. The temp for the morning, which is when we'd be starting, is -26, plus wind chill.
Since most people would not have tents, we don't want to risk our children being on the open ice when it's that cold outside.
Mardi Gras Party
Friday, Feb. 22, 6:00 - 8:30 PM
All parishioners are invited to join us for a fun evening of games, talent show, street hockey, and a delicious Potluck meal filled with a variety of cultural and ethnic foods (be sure to bring one of your favorites to share with others). Feel free to wear your Mardi Gras beads and masks. This is a time of fun and feasting before we begin our Lenten disciplines.
Fr. Philip Speranza Memorial Service
A special memorial Divine Liturgy and Litia have been planned for Saturday, March 2nd, 10:00 AM at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Edmonton. All are invited.
May his soul rest in God's peace and may his memory be eternal.
Annual Lenten Retreat
"Redeeming the Time as an Antidote to Despondency"
Saturday, March 16
10:30 am - 5:30 PM
Guest Speaker: Dr. Nicole Roccas (teacher, blogger, podcaster on Ancient Faith Radio, and author of the book "Time and Despondency")
16th Annual Orthodox Men's Retreat of St. John the Baptist
April 5 to April 7, 2019
Sanctum Retreat Centre
Theme: I'm Orthodox! Now What? — Baptismal Ecclesiology
Guest Speaker: Priest Timothy Chrapko, D.Min.
Information is posted on the bulletin board in the narthex or visit the website: http://www.orthodoxcalgary.ca/mensretreat
Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee
Beginning of the Lenten Triodion
The Sunday after the Sunday of Zacchaeus is devoted to the Publican and the Pharisee. At Vespers the night before, the TRIODION (the liturgical book used in the services of Great Lent) begins.
Two men went to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee who scrupulously observed the requirements of religion: he prayed, fasted, and contributed money to the Temple. These are very good things, and should be imitated by anyone who loves God. We who may not fulfill these requirements as well as the Pharisee did should not feel entitled to criticize him for being faithful. His sin was in looking down on the Publican and feeling justified because of his external religious observances.
The second man was a Publican, a tax-collector who was despised by the people. He, however, displayed humility, and this humility justified him before God (Luke 18:14).
The lesson to be learned is that we possess neither the Pharisee’s religious piety, nor the Publican’s repentance, through which we can be saved. We are called to see ourselves as we really are in the light of Christ’s teaching, asking Him to be merciful to us, deliver us from sin, and to lead us on the path of salvation.
- Feasts & Saints (OCA website)