Willows will be blessed at vigil the night before.
March 11-15, First Week of Great Lent. From 12 noon to 8 p.m. daily, beginning and ending with prayer. Program will include outdoor activities, pysanka making, catechesis, Lenten cooking and more. Sign-up today in the church hall. or call the parish office for details.
Michael Hayes, of our parish, will be blessed to serve this Thursday March 7th, at the Third Hour (9:30 a.m.) in Holy Dormition Church on Cawthra Road. Those who can are invited to attend. The dates for Ordination to Diaconate and Priesthood are still to be formally announced. We rejoice with Michael and Alessandra and thank God for their vocation!
THIS WEDNESDAY - FEAST OF THE ENTRY OF THE MOTHER OF GOD IN THE TEMPLE
How will you, as a family, celebrate this feast?
Tuesday evening (20th - 7p.m). - 9:30 VIGIL (come when you can and leave when you must)
Wednesday morning 10 a.m. - Divine Liturgy followed with pot-luck brunch
At home with children: use the catechetical packages that will be distributed after Liturgy on Sunday,
Google the feast and do the readings for the day. Sing (or recite) the tropar at meal time and evening prayer.
Three services, three chances to pay your respects. Do not be negligent of your Christian obligations. Make appropriate plans in order to attend some or all of the above mentioned services. Let us gather, as did the Apostles in Gethsemane, and fittingly pay our respects at the funeral services our Mother, the Lady Theotokos!
DORMITION OF THE THEOTOKOS Vigil (eve August 14th) 7:00 pm
DIVINE LITURGY (August 15th) 10:00 am
Flowers and herbs will be blessed at the end of Divine Liturgy.
PRAISES AT THE TOMB (August 16th) 7 - 9:30 pm (see description of the service below)
August 14th, 7 - 9:30 pm - The Vigil Service. We begin the feast on the eve. The service consists of Vespers and Matins with blessing of the loaves, carrying forth of the icon, and anointing. Come for part or all of the service. If you must work on the 15th, this is your opportunity to participate in the feast and fulfill your minimal obligation.
August 15th, 10 am - Divine Liturgy. The main liturgical celebration of the feast. All are strongly encouraged to attend - bring your children! Bring flowers and herbs for blessing.
August 16 , 7 - 9:30 pm - The Praises at the Tomb. This unique and beautiful service is similar to Jerusalem Matins of Holy Saturday. We gather around the shroud of the Theotokos and praise our Holy Mother. A procession with the shroud takes place at dusk. If for good reason you cannot get to church for the above services - this is your chance to pay your respects to “the Mother of Life”.
Vespers (eve) 7:00 pm Matins 8:00 am Liturgy 10:00 am
New honey will be blessed at the end of the Divine Liturgy.