Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Some announcements

Just a reminder that this week starts the pre-sanctified liturgies as well as the Akathist to the Mother of God. The pre-sanctified liturgy is every Wednesday starting at 6pm. This is a beautiful service, done in candlelight, and is one of my favorite services. Fasting for pre-sanctified starts at noon, or if you are ill or working, 3pm. Ask Father for details if you have any questions about this.

The Akathist to the Mother of God is done each Friday at 7pm, followed by a discussion by Father. The topic being discussed this Lent is about Holy week, and it's significance. The topic this Friday is the raising of Lazarus, and Christ's entry into Jerusalem.

The tradition of doing the Akathist during Lent is something unique to the Greek churches (though I'm sure other traditions do it as well), and it comes from when the citizens of Constantinople would ask the Mother of God to protect them from invading foes. We do this to ask for protection from the invisible enemies that assault us during Lent.

This Sunday is the Sunday of Orthodoxy. The vesper serivce is a pan-orthodox service that we celebrate with our brethren at All Saints of Alaska (OCA) and St. Georges Ukranian Orthodox church. This service starts at 6pm, and is hosted by our church this year.

One last thing...........please feel free to comment....it would be nice to have an idea who is reading this blog and to hear your thoughts and feelings about it!

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