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Great Lent Began March 11 Pascha is April 28 
25/4/19, 06:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

Please note that Great Lent began this year on March 11. Let us recall that fasting is a tool given to us by God to aid us spiritually. For some it is easy to fast, for others it is difficult. However, what is most important is that we make a sincere effort to follow the fast. Why? Simply because the fast helps us to see our sins by helping us to focus spiritually. Eating light foods, or perhaps rather, abstaining from heavy foods such as meats and cheeses, allows us to be less focused on our stomachs and more focused on our souls, and of course, in this season when we undergo our journey to the Resurrection of our Lord we dearly wish to improve ourselves spiritually that we might meet the risen Christ better than we were when we began Great Lent. St. John Chrysostom writes that we abstain from meats that we might abstain from our sins. This nicely sums up the reason the Holy Church, as a loving mother, gives us the gift of fasting. Pascha is April 28 may these last few days of fasting help you to prepare for the Feast of Feasts and the Day of Days!
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Blessing Pascha Baskets 
25/4/19, 12:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

Paschal baskets will be blessed at St. Vladimir's following the Divine Liturgy on Holy Saturday as well as every subsequent Divine Service of Bright Week. It is most traditional for baskets to be blessed after the Divine Liturgy on Pascha itself, but we realize that this does not work for everyone's schedule, and thus we offer an early opportunity (after the Holy Saturday Divine Liturgy) and later opportunities (after every Divine Service of Bright Week). If you basket is blessed on Holy Saturday after Liturgy you agree that you will not partake of the non-Lenten foods until after the Divine Liturgy on Pascha night, for the fast does not end at midnight, but after the Divine Liturgy!
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Synaxarion for Holy Thursday - English and Russian 
25/4/19, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

Here we provide the Synaxarion for Holy Thursday for the edification of our readers. This week we will provide the Synaxarion for each day of Holy Week for our readers so that even if one cannot attend the Divine Services one can still remain as close to the Lord as possible during this very important week. Please join us at St. Vladimir's as your personal schedule allows!

English ~ Russian

Full Schedule Holy Week & Bright Week

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Synaxarion for Holy Wednesday - English and Russian  
24/4/19, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

Here we provide the Synaxarion for Holy Wednesday for the edification of our readers. This week we will provide the Synaxarion for each day of Holy Week for our readers so that even if one cannot attend the Divine Services one can still remain as close to the Lord as possible during this very important week. Please join us at St. Vladimir's as your personal schedule allows!

English ~ Russian

Full Schedule Holy Week & Bright Week

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Confess Early but not Often for Pascha 
23/4/19, 06:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

Those who confess beginning on Friday, April 19 and any time during Holy Week may partake of Divine Communion during any of the Holy Week & Bright Week Divine Liturgies if they have read their pre-Communion rule. Please plan to come to Confession early in the week so that your Confession will not be rushed due to long lines of others waiting for Confession. ONCE YOU HAVE CONFESSED YOU SHOULD NOT CONFESS AGAIN UNLESS YOU FALL INTO A VERY SERIOUS SIN. There are MANY who need to confess this week - literally hundreds. Please be merciful to your priests and only confess one time unless there is a very serious need to confess a second time.
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Synaxarion for Holy Tuesday - English and Russian  
23/4/19, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

Here we provide the Synaxarion for Holy Tuesday for the edification of our readers. This week we will provide the Synaxarion for each day of Holy Week for our readers so that even if one cannot attend the Divine Services one can still remain as close to the Lord as possible during this very important week. Please join us at St. Vladimir's as your personal schedule allows!

English ~ Russian

Full Schedule Holy Week & Bright Week

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Holy Week & Bright Week Schedule  
22/4/19, 06:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

The full service schedule for Holy Week & Bright Week at St. Vladimirs is available now at this link:

Holy Week & Bright Week Schedule

Please take time now to reserve in your personal schedule those services you attend every year. Then choose one more and add that one too! And if you are not a regular participant in the Holy Thursday evening services you really should be. On April 25 at 6:00 p.m. we will, God willing, execute one of the most beautiful and meaningful services of the year. Our choir works very hard to prepare for this service and we hope sincerely that NO ONE will miss this opportunity for us to be mystically present at the events surrounding the crucifixion of our Lord. There is nowhere else we should be on this evening but standing at the cross of the Lord even as the disciples flee in fear. Do not join them! Join us at the cross of Christ by participating in this beautiful Divine Service!
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Monday First Things - Teachings of the Holy Fathers 
22/4/19, 12:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

When God became known to us in the flesh, He neither received the passions of human nature, nor did the Virgin Mary suffer pain, nor was the Holy Spirit diminished in any way, nor was the power of the Most High set aside in any manner, and all this was because all was accomplished by the Holy Spirit. thus the power of the Most High was not abased, and the child was born with no damage whatsoever to the mothers virginity.

+ St. Gregory of Nyssa
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Synaxarion for Holy Monday - English and Russian  
22/4/19, 06:00 AM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

Here we provide the Synaxarion for Holy Monday for the edification of our readers. This week we will provide the Synaxarion for each day of Holy Week for our readers so that even if one cannot attend the Divine Services one can still remain as close to the Lord as possible during this very important week. Please join us at St. Vladimir's as your personal schedule allows!

English ~ Russian

Full Schedule Holy Week & Bright Week

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Scripture Reading for the Coming Week 
21/4/19, 06:00 PM
Posted by Fr. Gregory

"This is the cause of all evils: the ignorance of the Scriptures. We go into battle without arms, and how ought we to come off safe?" -St. John Chrysostom, Homily IX on Colossians.

In order to help increase the general knowledge of scripture in our parish family we present here for your edification the scripture readings for the coming week. At least one Gospel Reading and one Epistle reading are assigned for each day of the year (although during Great Lent the readings are from the Old Testament). Hearing or reading only those readings appointed for Sunday merely scratches the surface of the great spiritual wealth that the scriptures provide us. Some of the readings are easily understandable others are less so. As Orthodox Christians we do not make private interpretation of scripture, but rather consult the fathers of the Church for their explanations to aid us in our understanding. Those wishing to have access to such explanations are asked to contact Fr. Gregory or inquire in the kiosk for further reading in this regard. Bibles may also be acquired in the kiosk.

Monday: Matthew 21:18-43, Ezekiel 1:1-20, Exodus 1:1-20, Job 1:1-12, Matthew 24:3-35
Tuesday: Matthew 22:15-23:39, Ezekiel 1:21-2:1, Exodus 2:5-10, Job 1:13-22, Matthew 24:36-26:2
Wednesday: John 12:17-50, Ezekiel 2:3-3:3, Exodus 2:11-22, Job 2:1-10, Matthew 26:6-16
Thursday: Luke 22-1-39, Matthew 26:1-20, John 13:3-17, Matthew 26:21-39, Luke 22:43-45, Matthew 26:40-27:2
Friday: Please attend the Divine Services the list of readings is too long to publish here
Saturday: Romans 6:3-11 & Matthew 28:1-20

Please find below several very nice articles on how to read the scripture from an Orthodox point of view.

By St. Justin (Popovich):

http://www.orthodoxinfo.com/phronema/bible_how.aspx

By Bishop Kalistos (Ware):

http://www.orthodoxinfo.com/phronema/ware_howto.aspx

This short article explains to us not just HOW to read the scriptures, but also what our goal should be in reading the scriptures. A short read and well worth it:

http://www.chrysostompress.org/reading_scripture.html

As noted in the article above we need God's help and blessing to read and understand the scriptures correctly. What better way to entreat God's help in this regard than through prayer? Please find the prayer before reading the scriptures here:

http://www.chrysostompress.org/prayer_b ... pture.html
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