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On Sunday, April 4th, there was a potential COVID-19 exposure prior to the celebration of the Divine Liturgy. While full precautions were taken to prevent exposure, and the likelihood of exposure is low, out of an abundance of caution St. John's Parish Council has decided to cancel in-person celebration of the Divine Liturgy this Sunday, April 11th. Because of this, we are rescheduling the celebration of the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts to Wednesday, April 21st. We hope and pray, as always, for the spiritual and physical health of our parishioners.
We continue to follow CDC recommendations and the guidance from the PA Department of Health with respect to cleaning and disinfecting our church.
The feast of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary comes nine months before Christmas on the twenty-fifth of March. It is the celebration of the announcing of the birth of Christ to the Virgin Mary as recorded in the Gospel of Saint Luke.
April 25th - Palm Sunday Divine Liturgy, - 10:00am
The week following the Sunday of Saint Mary of Egyptis called Palm or Branch Week. At the Tuesday services of this week the Church recalls that Jesus’ friend Lazarus has died and that the Lord is going to raise him from the dead (Jn 11). As the days continue toward Saturday, the Church, in its hymns and verses, continues to follow Christ towards Bethany to the tomb of Lazarus. On Friday evening, the eve of the celebration of the Resurrection of Lazarus, the “great and saving forty days” of Great Lent are formally brought to an end:
Having accomplished the forty days for the benefit of our souls, we pray to Thee, O Lover of Man, that we may see the holy week of Thy passion, that in it we may glorify Thy greatness and Thine unspeakable plan of salvation for our sake . . . (Vespers Hymn).
The mystery of holy unction provides both physical and spiritual healing with holy oil blessed by the Holy Spirit. It is most commonly celebrated during Holy Week on Holy Wednesday evening, but private services are also common. Everyone in the parish in good ecclesiastical standing may be anointed with the holy oil for the healing of spiritual and bodily ills. As this is one of the sacraments of the Orthodox Church, it may be administered only to Orthodox Christians.
Holy Friday -- April 30th
Matins of Holy Friday are generally celebrated on Thursday night. The main feature of this service is the reading of twelve selections from the Gospels, all of which are accounts of the passion of Christ. The first of these twelve readings is Jn 13.31–18.1. It is Christ’s long discourse with his apostles that ends with the so-called high priestly prayer. The final gospel tells of the sealing of the tomb and the setting of the watch (Mt 27.62–66).
Pascha, the Feast of Feasts, celebrations begins just before midnight with the singing of the Odes of Lamentation as the Resurrection Vespers begins with the church in complete darkness. As midnight approaches the priest taking a light from a vigil light within the altar passes the flame to the faithful for their candles while singing "Come ye and receive light from the unwaning life, and, glorify Christ, who arose from the dead." Then the priest leads the faithful out of the church in procession. After circling the church either one or three times, as the procession nears the entrance door of the church, the priest leads in the singing of the hymn of Resurrection. "Christ has risen from the dead, by death trampling upon Death, and has bestowed life upon those in the tombs!" At this point the priest and faithful enter the well-lighted church for the remaining part of Vespers and the breaking of the fast with the Divine Liturgy.
Administrative Changes announced for the Albanian Archdiocese - 02/11/2021 Metropolitan Tikhon, Locum Tenens of Boston, New England, and the Albanian Archdiocese recently announced administrative changes for the Albanian Archdiocese. Protopresbyter Arthur Liolin was appointed Chancellor Emeritus of the Albanian Archdiocese, stepping away from his daily duties as Chancellor. Igumen Nikodhim (Preston) has been appointed as interim Chancellor for the Albanian Archdiocese in his place. Click onto the following link to view Metropolitan Tikhon's announcement:
2021 Orthodox Pilgrimage to AlaskaVisit the relics of St. Herman and have the opportunity to visit Spruce Island and Monk’s Lagoon where ” Apa Herman” lived and prayed. Join the congregation in Anchorage for a special July 4th liturgy, then visit Eklutna best known for it’s iconic native orthodox cemetery. Take in the wonders of Kenai National Forest while visiting a historic village parish. And don’t forget the opportunity to see some of Alaska’s wonderful wildlife up close at the Wildlife Conservation Center.
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