MISSING IN THE BULLETIN:  A big THANK YOU to those who contributed to a successful Klyros/Cantor's Camp -

to Reader Ilya for his instruction and "entertainment"; to Halya Palaszczuk (and her assistant Yurij) for expert instruction in pysanka making; to Protodeacon David for catechetical instruction; to Fr. Roman for evening entertainment and instruction on Confession.  Special thanks to Daria and Darko Czepil for transporting our group on our field trip to Holy Trinity Monastery and Ottawa.  


THE SCHEDULE OF SERVICES FOR WEEKS IV THROUGH PALM SUNDAY  is available for convenient posting on your refrigerator.  Please pick one up.  On request, I can send it via email. 


Sunday III of Great Lent (Mid-Lent) - Veneration of Holy Cross
March 19, 2017 – Martyrs Chrysanthus and Daria This week names-days: Ven. James;  21: Ven. Martyrs at St. Sabbas Monastery;  22: Priest-martyr Basil; (repose of +Isidore Dolnytsky); 23: Martyr Nikon; 24: Ven. Zachary; 25: Annunciation.
ВІТАЄМО!  Щиро вітаємо всіх, що перший раз в нашій церкві.  Божественна Літургія цього ранку головно в українській мові, а в наступну, неділю, в англійській. Після Літургії, кава і солодке, а сьогодні  у церковній залі.
WELCOME!  We welcome anyone that might be with us for the first time.  The Divine Liturgy this morning is served primarily in Ukrainian, next Sunday, in English.  After Liturgy, coffee, fellowship downstairs. Welcome!
CATECHESIS:  In the middle of Great Lent, the Church gives its faithful a sign of victory, one that can bring strength to them in this time of fasting. The Sunday of the Holy Cross is one that brings everything into perspective, especially with the Gospel reading, the Lord saying to all His disciples: "If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his life?"  With us “bearing our crosses” during Great Lent, we also come to venerate the Holy Cross of the Lord on this day.
CATECHESIS CONT’D:  The colour of vestments today is red – in Slavic mentality: the colour of joy.  The reason for this is found in the Matins text: “….for behold, through the Cross joy has come to all the world!”  The Cross is placed before us as a tree in an oasis, a place of refreshment and encouragement in the midst of Lent.  To reinforce this message, at Matins this morning, the Canon of Easter is sung:  “Воскресення День, просвітімся, люди! “O day of resurrection! Let us beam with festive joy!”  With this in mind, the homily today will include a review of the Paschal refrain :  Христос воскрес із мертвих! and and the Festal Tropar (in Church Slavonic): Khristos voskrese iz mertvykh, smertiyu smert’ poprav, i sushchym vo hrobikh zhyvot darovav!  Lord Jesus Christ, help us to attain to your saving Passion and glorious Resurrection!
Longer prayers. see Anthology, p. 278 ff. or Anaphora Supplement
Tropar of Sunday (T.6)(p. 472)(Unison):  Ангельські сили на гробі Твоїм,*  і ті, що стерегли, змертвіли,*  і стояла Марія у гробі,*  шукаючи пречистого тіла Твого.*  Полонив Ти ада, та не спокусився  ним,*  зустрів єси діву, даруючи життя,*  Воскреслий з мертвих, Господи, слава Тобі.
Again, all, in harmony:  Angelic powers were upon Your tomb*  and the guards became like dead men;*  Mary stood before Your tomb*  seeking Your most pure body.*  You captured Hades without being overcome by it.*  You met the Virgin and granted life.*  O Lord, risen from the dead,*  glory be to You!
Tropar of Cross (T.1, Kyivan)Unison: Спаси Господи, людей Твоїх,*  і благослови насліддя Твоє,* перемоги благовірному народові* на супротивників даруй,*  і хрестом Твоїм*  охорони люд Твій.
Again, (our original translation): O Lord, save Your people,*  and bless Your inheritance!*  Grant vict’ry to those who battle evil*  and by Your Cross protect us all!
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
now and for ever and ever. Amen.
Kondak of Triod(T.7)(music, p. 626)SATB: No longer does the flaming sword guard the gate of Eden;* the tree of the Cross has quenched its flames gloriously.*  The sting of death and the victory of Hades are banished,*  and You O my Saviour, came and called to those in Hades; “Return again to Paradise!”
In place of  Trisagion, clergy first, then people: Most recent official translation:
Хресту Твоєму,* поклоняємось Владико,
і святеє Воскресіння Твоє славим!
(no poklon – без поклону)
Prokimen (T.6)(unison)   Спаси, Господи,* людей Твоїх,
                  (harmony)              і благослови насліддя Твоє.
In place of the Hymn to the Mother of God, we sing “Тобою радується”
At Holy Communion - Покланяюся мій Христе (p. 1012 Anthology)
Так мене вчили Тато і Мама
Покланяюся мій Христе, Хрестній рані пресвятій.
Животворній і пречистій,  ….На руці Твоїй правій.
   Боже, мій поклін прийми.   По правій мене возьми.
Покланяюся мій Христе,  Хрестній рані пресвятій.
Животворній і пречистій, …На руці Твоїй лівій.
   Боже, мій поклін прийми,  Від лівої мя храни.
Покланяюся мій Христе, Хрестній рані пресвятій.
Животворній і пречистій,.…На нозі Твоїй правій.
   Боже, мій поклін прийми,  Путем правди мя веди.
Покланяюся мій Христе, Хрестній рані пресвятій.
Животворній і пречистій, ….На нозі Твоїй  лівій.
   Боже, мій поклін прийми,  Від гріха мя заверни.
Покланяюся мій Христе, Хрестній рані пресвятій.
Животворній і пречистій, ….В серці і Твоїм ребрі.
   Боже, мій поклін прийми.  І на віки мя люби!
Note: After Liturgy, in English:
To Your Cross, O Master,* we bow in veneration,* 
and we glorify Your holy Resurrection!
Then, the Tropar of the Cross as at the Little Entrance.
Tonight:  Lenten Vespers, 7:00 p.m. (here at St. Elias)
Wednesday: Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts, 5:00 p.m.&potluck
Friday: Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts & Panakhyda, 5:00 p.m.&potluck  
Saturday: March 25: Feast of Благовіщення/Annunciation
8 a.m. Festal Matins, 10 a.m. Festal Divine Liturgy
7 p.m. Saturday evening Great Vespers
FEAST DAY THIS SATURDAY, MARCH 25:  Annunciation of Our Most Holy Lady, Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary. Matins & Liturgy Saturday a.m.
СВЯТО ЦІЄЇ СУБОТИ – БЛАГОВІЩEНЯ ПРEСВ. БОГОРОДИЦІ –Празнична Утреня 8-ма год., Св. Літургія год. 10 поминанням  спочилих.
OUR ANNUAL PARISH GENERAL MEETING – will take place next Sunday after Liturgy.  In advance of the AGM parishioners will be sent the report package tomorrow, giving them time to read through it and to submit written questions/comments to be discussed at the meeting. These can be submitted by e-mail, by telephone or in person before next Sunday.
ЗАГАЛЬНІ ПАРАФІЯЛЬНІ ЗБОРИ – відбудуться наступної неділі після Св. Літургії.  Висилаю річні звіти парафіянам завтра - на час, щоби могли перечитати і зложити мені завваги-питання які прочитаємо і на які будуть відповіди підчас зборів.  Прошу зложити мені такі через е-мейл, або телефон або особисто перед наступною неділею.  Дякую….
CATECHESIS – postponed (once again) to April 2nd, due to the AGM on March 26.  Apologies for the unavoidable frequent changes during this year.
КАТEХИЗАЦІЯ -  тому, що загальні збори відбуваються в наступну неділю, катехизація перенесена на неділю 2-го квітня.
SUNDAY LENTEN VESPERS – here this evening at 7 p.m. (St. Nicholas on Queen St. has capable cantors);  Next Sunday we will be helping at St. George Church, Oshawa; April 2: Christ the Good Shepherd, New Toronto; April 9: St. Joseph Church, Oakville.  Others do not have what we have and they have asked us to share with them. I do hope some of you can join me.
EASTER PASKA SALE -  will take place on April 8th (Palm Sunday weekend).  Volunteers needed to help set-up on Friday evening before the sale and to help with sales on Saturday. Sign-up sheets are in the hall. Please pick-up posters/flyers and share the information on social media.
ICONOSTAS WORK CONTINUES–  Our thanks to Mykola Kaflyuk, Oles’, his partner, and our Ilya Galadza for continuing the work on the iconostas.  Note that the design is that of Bohdan Turetsky, our original iconographer. 
БУДОВА ІКОНОСТАСУ ПРОДОВЖУЄТЬСЯ – Наша подяка Миколі Кафлюк, Олександрові, його помічникові, та нашому Ілії, за роботу над нашим іконостасом.  Знайте, що дізайн, то нашого Богдана Турецького. 
CONCERT APRIL 9TH – PALM SUNDAY – Our parish childrens’ Sparrows Choir will perform a concert here at St. Elias together with the Port Credit Sparrows at 4:30 p.m.  See flyer downstairs for details.
КОНЦEРТ – в Квітну Неділю – Наш діточий хор разом з хором з дітьми з іншої парафії виступлять з програмою літургійної музики.  Квитки можна набути в церковній залі.
Furnished basement apt within walking distance of transit,  Sheridan College and all amenities.  Quiet house. Hi speed WiFi included.  Call Fr. Roman at 905-459-8888
Saturday, March 25 – Annunciation of the Mother of God
March 30 (Thursday) – Поклони - Penitential Canon of St. Andrew of Crete
April 8 – Lazarus Saturday – Divine Liturgy and Easter Bazaar
April 10 - 15 – 19 – Great and Holy Week
April 16 – ПАСХА - PASCHA
Great Lent – Великий Піст
Second Half – Let’s begin again!
From my childhood: “Oh you’ll never get to heaven in a rockin’ chair,
‘cause the Lord don’t want any lazybones there!
Or, from the Triod: “The time for action is now revealed; the Judge is at the door. Let us rise then and keep the fast, offering tears of contrition with alms and crying aloud:  Our sins are more numerous than the sands of the sea,  but forgive us, O Maker of all, that we may receive incorruptible crowns!”
(For the discouraged, don’t give up! Recall this year’s Super Bowl game!)
Last Sunday I included in the bulletin a “Read and Weep” insert on our government’s pledge of $650 million dollars towards “sexual health education” and to “help close existing gaps in  reproductive rights and health care for women” in the developing world.  I encouraged you to call or write the ministries involved to express your views on the matter.  In reply, I received an e-mail with the following.
After describing the desperate need for such support, the writer wrote (greatly edited):
“So what’s a useful way to engage your government on this point?….Pressure the government to spend more on poverty reduction programs — in Canada AND abroad ….  The CCCB should issue a statement of support for this announcement because for the most part it funds activities that are entirely above reproach, and as a comment in that statement, say that the Church regrets that abortion is still too often the only solution these impoverished women have.  Encourage the international community of rich folks to shift that reality.  That will save girls, not calling the Prime Minister to complain about abortion.  Make yourself easier to listen to, and harder to dismiss…..Put the collective voice behind poverty alleviation and education for women and girls, knowing that these are the precursors to less starvation, less illness and death, and yes, even fewer abortions.”

Almost immediately, a statement by Cardinal Collins of Toronto,
a member of the CCCB (“Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops”)
on the matter.  His statement:
The following is the complete text of a letter sent by Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on March 10, 2017. The letter was in response to Trudeau's announcement that the Canadian government would be spending $650 million to support so-called "sexual and reproductive health programs," including efforts to legalize abortion in countries where it is currently illegal.
Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,
I am writing to express my deep concern and disappointment at your government’s decision to provide $650 million to support “sexual and reproductive health programs” globally. While it is commendable and necessary to foster initiatives that further the rights of women and young girls worldwide, your public comments suggest that unless a woman has access to abortion or contraception, she is not empowered or able to realize her full potential.
I simply remind you and your colleagues that we have no rights at all unless we are afforded the right to life. That decision was made for you and for each one of us by a woman, determined and committed to bring a new life into this world.
It is praiseworthy to offer international aid; it is arrogant for powerful, wealthy nations to dictate what priorities developing countries should embrace. Pope Francis has cautioned the rich and powerful West against the danger of “ideological colonization,” in which such countries and organizations offer funding to help further a particular social agenda. Do we empower women by making sex selective abortions more accessible? Money spent on promoting abortion and contraception could be spent on vaccinating millions of women and girls against malaria or other diseases. $650 million could help build a lot of schools or universities, pathways to knowledge for future female leaders of our world.
Our country could learn from a number of inspiring examples of outreach and care that support women worldwide. Very often these programs are offered by faith-based, non-governmental organizations, which are usually the first to arrive and the last to leave any area of crisis or need. They understand the reality of the local situation, and respect the dignity of the people who live there.
Canada is blessed with prosperity and a wealth of resources. Surely we can do better than imposing a distorted vision of the empowerment of women on the people of countries that deserve our support to respond effectively to the challenge of their most pressing needs.
I would welcome the opportunity to speak with you regarding this critically important issue.
Sincerely yours, Thomas Cardinal Collins Archbishop of Toronto
Now you know why we pray both for our Bishops and our Government.
Lord, help and guide them
The Cross of Christ and the Crosses of the World.
Dear brethren, today is already the Third Sunday in the Holy Lent, the Sunday of the Veneration of the holy life-giving Cross. The priest decorates the Holy Cross with spring flowers and places it out for veneration by the faithful. Respect and reverence for the Cross is as old as Christianity itself. St. Chrysostom writes: "In the middle of the Holy Fast, the Church takes the holy and life-giving Cross and presents it to the people for veneration. Today is the day of veneration of the Holy Cross." Another Father, Cyril of Jerusalem, writes: "While the Fast weakens the body and makes it useless for sin, the pure and spiritual veneration of the Holy Cross lifts up our minds to the Kingdom which is above us." The veneration of the Cross always reminds us of our Lord, and of the hope of the resurrection. The Cross, concerning which our Lord spoke to His disciples so descriptively just prior to His Passion, is for us the symbol of Christian duty. It shows us how to act. Our duty is a cross, and each cross of the Lord is an additional duty for us. Our duty is to follow the exact teaching of our Lord. "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me." People in our day are not at all willing to bear burdens and crosses. Yet they are more than willing when it comes to rights and demands. In the United Nations, for example, with high-sounding expressions and empty words, men speak about the rights of the people — men who never respected any human right.
But Christianity involves duty. Christ said: "Even as the Son of Man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many." To one who was considering becoming one of the Lord's followers, Christ said, "The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man hath not where to lay his head."

While we can and should sacrifice our rights and privileges, we must never shirk our duties. How often is the opposite the case. Men so easily forget their duties, while remaining so adamantly imperative and demanding concerning their rights. A good example of the case in point is our own children. They inform us, "You must send me to college, I must go away for a vacation, I need a car, I must have money." But let a parent ask something of his child, and the response is almost sure to be, "This is my life; it is none of your business." The word "responsibility" does not exist in the vocabulary of the child. But life is a duty, a cross, the Cross of the Lord. He set us an example to follow. "The Lord ascended His Cross first," writes St. Chrysostom, "leaving us an example, a pattern for all who would follow." And here is the curious thing about man. While he thinks that the Cross of Christ is so heavy, the road so steep, that he invents many excuses as to why he cannot accept the Cross of Christ, and finally rejects it; yet the same man is so eager to accept such secular crosses as smoking, drunkenness, games of chance, and immorality, which totally and catastrophically destroy him.

Christ assures us that His Cross is light, that it elevates all who lift it, all who will accept it. Christ calls all who are weary of their secular crosses to take up His light yoke: "Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." Men do not heed the Lord; they listen to the words of the world, which lead them to believe that our Lord's Cross is so heavy that it is unbearable, that the Lord's commands are too strict, that man loses his freedom in service to Christ. He can no longer enjoy himself. Thus, many deceived people reject the Cross of the Saviour and bear burdens that are heavy indeed.

We do not say that it is easy to be a Christian; the way of the Cross has its difficulties. Yet the way of the Cross leads to the Resurrection, while the way of the world leads to destruction. At first secular crosses offer pleasure, but in the dregs of enjoyment is hidden poison, deceit and pain. Also, we must remember that we are not called upon to travel the way of the Cross alone; our Lord Himself is with us every step of the way. Just as Simon of Gyrene helped Jesus with His Cross, even so does the Lord promise His help to us. Just as Simon helped the Lord, so the Lord helps all who sincerely wish to carry His Cross. Those who bear secular crosses, however, are without help, without grace; they are alone, deserted, with the heavens as brass and the earth as iron.

Dear brethren, the Cross is such an immeasurably precious message, my pen and my language are much too poor to give it. I can only assure you, if you bear the Lord's cross you have nothing to fear; He himself will walk beside you every step of the way. Saint Anthony was suffering much from temptation; when it finally passed, he prayed, "Lord, where were You in my hour of temptation?" And the Lord answered, "Anthony, I was closer to you at that time than ever before." We read in the Acts of the Apostles that when persecution broke out in Jerusalem, and the Christians were scattered all over the Mediterranean world, "the hand of the Lord was with them." Saint Peter adds, "Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: casting all your care upon him, for he careth for you."

Dear brothers and sisters, if you are struggling to bear some sort of worldly cross, throw it from you quickly; sooner or later it is bound to lead you to catastrophe. Do not be deceived — your end is certain destruction. Venerate with humility and piety the honorable wood of the Cross, asking its protection in all circumstances. He who ascended that Cross will give you the perseverance to bear His cross with joy, and will free you from the cross under which you have been laboring. Learn with St. Chrysostom the meaning of the Holy Cross. He writes, "Through the Cross, redemption and regeneration for all things." We adore Thy Cross O Christ, and Thy Holy Resurrection we praise and glorify. Amen.