Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Greetings and blessings to all!
Fr Andrew and I are making the circuit of house blessings at this time and I encourage all of you to reach out to one of us to come bless your home.
We continue with our readings of the Pre-Lenten Sunday Gospels. Last Sunday we heard the Gospel parable of the Publican and the Pharisee – which teaches us how we must approach God with humility. This coming Sunday is the parable of the Prodigal Son – which teaches us about repentance and of the love of the Father. Then we come to the Sunday of the Dread Judgment – wherein we hear of the true criteria by which we will be judged. And finally, we arrive at Forgiveness Sunday – where the Gospel reading specifically teaches us about how to properly fast and we have the opportunity to ask forgiveness of one another before we begin the Great Fast. These are blessed and holy days of preparation during which the Church calls us to understand that Lent is so much more than a change in diet. Great Lent is a tremendous blessing given to us by the Church in which to draw closer to God… and what a privilege and joy that is! May God bless all of you as we move forward over the next several weeks.
The annual pre-Lenten Ladies’ Retreat will be held in the Church Hall on Saturday, February 18th, at 1:30pm. The topic for presentation and discussion will be ‘The Orthodox Approach and Practice of Reading the Bible’. Participants are encouraged to bring a pot-luck dish. Please RSVP to Fr Martin at email@example.com so we can anticipate how many will attend.
This week is a fast-free week… part of our spiritual and bodily preparation for the coming Great Fast.
We will not be on-line having classes this week… Wednesday Bible Study and Friday Catechism. Classes will resume the following week.
We WILL be having our usual Saturday class at 2pm in the Church Hall. We are continuing our discussion of the teachings of St Silouan the Athonite. All are invited to attend.
I pray that you all have a wonderful week. May God bless you and be with you.