Wisdom of the Holy Fathers
"You must not wage your Christian struggle with sermons and arguments, but with true secret love. When we argue, others react. When we love people, they are moved and we win them over. When we love, we think that we offer something to others, but in reality we are the first to benefit."
BROTHER: What is purity of soul?
"A certain monk told me that when he was very sick, his mother said to his father, 'How our little boy is suffering. I would gladly give myself to be cut up into pieces if that would ease his suffering.' Such is the love of God for people. He pitied people so much that he wanted to suffer for them, like their own mother, and even more. But no one can understand this great love without the grace of the Holy Spirit."
Just a reminder that our Lenten journey will begin with Forgiveness Vespers next Sunday, March 1st, at 7:00 p.m. All should make a sincere effort to begin the Lenten season with this service and the “Mutual rite of forgiveness”. On Forgiveness Sunday, we sing of Adam’s exile from paradise. We identify ourselves with Adam, lamenting our loss of the beauty, dignity and delight of our original creation, mourning our corruption in sin. We also hear on this day the Lord’s teaching about fasting and forgiveness, and we enter the season of the fast forgiving one another so that God will forgive us. "If you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your heavenly Father forgive you your trespasses (Mt 6.14– 18).”
We will be offering the basics of Orthodoxy class during the Lenten season on Thursday evenings during the Lenten season. The class will run for six weeks beginning March 5th at 8:00 p.m. The class will be an excellent opportunity for those interested in becoming Catechumens or anyone interested in brushing up on their faith. Please See Fr. Barnabas or Thaddeus (Scott) Lewis is you have any questions.
PHILADELPHIA ORTHODOX CLERGY BROTHERHOOD MISSION VESPERS SCHEDULE
GREAT LENT 2020
ALL SERVICES ARE SCHEDULED FOR 4:00 PM
- Sunday of Orthodoxy 1st Sunday (March 08) Ss Peter and Paul, Wilmington 1406 Philadelphia Pike, 19809
- Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas 2nd Sunday (March 15) St Mark Church, Wrightstown 452 Durham Rd, 18940
- Sunday of the Precious Cross 3rd Sunday (March 22) Holy Trinity Church, Pottstown 1236 Juniper St, 19464
- Sunday of St. John of the Ladder 4th Sunday (March 29) St George Church, Upper Darby 8210 W. Chester Pike, 19082
- Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt 5th Sunday (April 05) St John Chrysostom, Philadelphia 237 N 17th Street, 19103
The “Forty Day Club” provides meals for families who have a newborn. This Spring Glory to God, we are experiencing a flood of new babies. For the first time, we will be providing meals for more than one family at a time! We really could use all the help we can get. The process is simple: sign up to bring a meal to church on Sunday, and put it in the refrigerator. (Someone else delivers it.) The meal does not have to be fancy or gourmet; simple meals will do. This is a marvelous way for St. Michaels to nurture and care for each other. Please help us! See Juliana Bunitsky to be added to the list.
St. Michael’s parish son, Archpriest John Zabinko, suffered a devastating stroke nearly 2 years ago. He continues to be wheelchair bound and transportation is a challenge. As a result, he has not been able to get out very often or get to church. A GoFundMe has been established asking for donations to help cover the cost of a “new” used handicap vehicle that has a ramp. A new Handicap vehicle is over $50,000 and a used is half that. Donations can be made online at https://www.gofundme.com/f/fund-raiser-for-father-john-zabinko
|Date||3rd Hour||6th Hour||Epistle|
|Mar 8||J. Peck||Peck||Peck|
|Mar 22||Lewis||J. Peck||Lewis|
|Date||Coffee Hour||Service Duty||Church Cleaner|
|Feb 23||C. Peck / Sulpizi / Skomorucha||Bunitsky / Morjana||Clause / Whalen|
|Mar 1||S. George / D'Orazio||Riley / Riley||Skomorucha / Lewis / M. Kiflemarian|
|Mar 8||Whalen / Clause / Gabriel||Sulpizi||S. Peck|
|Mar 15||Hamwi / Morjana||Hojnicki / Najemy||N. Carey|
|Mar 22||Najemy / Kendall||Telep / Baldychev||Baldychev / Shatley / Sylvest|
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