“We must not allow Christ to be overshadowed by any regulations, any customs, any traditions, any aesthetic consideration, or even piety.”
†St. Maria of Paris
“Prayer is food for the soul. Do not starve the soul, it is better to let the body go hungry. Do not judge anyone, forgive everyone. Consider yourself worse than everyone in the world and you will be saved. As much as possible, be more quiet.”
†St. Joseph of Optina
"By the keeping of the Commandments the soul is purified and the mind too is enlightened, and they start functioning as was intended. 'The command of the Lord gives light and enlightens the eyes' (Ps. 19:8)."
†St. Dorotheos of Gaza
(Discourses and Sayings)
'Don’t worry too much about how spiritually poor you are — God sees that, but for you it is expected to trust in God and pray to Him as best you can, never to fall into despair, and to struggle according to your strength. If you ever begin to think you are spiritually “well off”—then you can know for sure that you aren’t! True spiritual life, even on the most elementary level, is always accompanied by suffering and difficulties. Therefore you should rejoice in all your difficulties and sorrows.'
Fr. Seraphim Rose of Platina
"... when the soul recognizes - what is indeed the truth - that all its good actions for God's sake, together with all its understanding and knowledge, are to be ascribed to God alone and that everything should be attributed to Him, then God accepts this as the greatest gift that man can make, as the offering that is most precious in His eyes."
†St. Makarios of Egypt
The Philokalia Vol. 3
“Brother, do not be so fearlessly attentive to adorning your body, but be mindful of what the Apostle says: “flee also youthful lusts” (II St. Timothy 2:22). Do you not know with what kind of foe you are grappling? Are you not aware that it is a terrible thing to be a cause of scandal to another soul? Know this also, that if the outer man is adorned and handsome, but the soul within is filthy, it will not be long before physical beauty decays. But if you acquire beauty of soul, this beauty will comport with the outer man, and such beauty will endure.”
From the Evergetinos
"According to the text, 'We are the body of Christ and each of us is one of its members' (cf. I Cor. 12:27), we are said to be the body of Christ. We do not become this body through the loss of our own bodies; nor again because Christ's body passes into us hypostatically or is divided into members; but rather because we conform to the likeness of the Lord's flesh by shaking off the corruption of sin. For just as Christ in His manhood was sinless by nature both in flesh and in soul, so we too who believe in Him, and have clothed ourselves in Him through the Spirit, can be without sin in Him if we so choose."
†St. Maximos the Confessor
The Philokalia Vol. 2
There will be a Lenten choir rehearsal on Saturday, March 24th at 3:30 p.m.
Elizabeth Clause is hosting a Lenten book study on Mondays from 7:30-9 p.m. The group is reading and discussing “The Lenten Spring” by Father Thomas Hopko. All are welcome.
We'll be providing dinners and fellowship for Family Promise Monday, March 26th and Tuesday, 27th at St. Philips Lutheran Church (5320 Limestone Rd. 19808). However, on Thursday, March 29th, we will serve dinner here in St. Michael's social hall due to evening services at St. Philips. Please sign up to help on the board in the narthex and contact Ellen Gundersen with questions 610.388.0695.
We are happy to announce that His Eminence Archbishop MARK will join us this year for Holy Pascha. Archbishop MARK will spend Holy Week visiting different parishes and will be with us for Pascha night (Noctourns, Matins, Paschal Divine Liturgy). His Eminence will also be with us for our Pascha night agape & sharing of the baskets.
This past Friday evening during our potluck we were able to raise about $2,000 for the Special Olympics. We would like to thank Elizabeth Melnick for offering the Lenten potluck dinner and all of you for your generous donations and alms during this season.
We continue to ask individuals to please park in the designated areas. The parish council realizes that parking close to the church is limited, however for safety sake please do not park in the fire/ambulance lanes. We need to keep these areas open in case of any emergency. We ask that if the parking lot is full please park on the street and be sure not to block anyone in. Thank you!
Check out the library table at coffee hour; new books have been put out for this season of Lent. More titles are available downstairs in the library. If there is an additional book that you would like the bookstore to order, please see Juliana Bunitsky or Mary Anne Farrell.
On Wednesday evenings during Great Lent we will be having Lenten pot luck dinners along with a presentation on the life of a saint. All are welcome to join us. Please see Fr. Dn. James if you are interested in presenting or reading the life of a saint.
During the Lenten season, confessions will be available on Wednesday evenings at 5:30 p.m. prior to Presanctified Liturgy.
Time for confessions is also available on Saturday evenings following Great Vespers.
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