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GREAT LENT RESOURCES FOR 2017
On the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee (Feb 5) the Orthodox Church begins using the Lenten Triodion, the great service book which will guide us through Lent, all the way to the end of Holy Week and the Lord's Passion.
Each of the Pre-Lenten Sundays have their own unique lessons and themes to prepare us for the Great Fast, which leads us to Pascha, the Lord's Resurrection.
In our Great Lent section, we have special pages on the unique and deeply spiritual weekday services, including the Great Canon, the Presanctified Liturgy, and the Akathist Hymn, as well as special pages for each Sunday of Lent.
We invite you to explore our extensive Great Lent Resource Section, and join us for the Lenten services on our Journey to Pascha.
CHURCH HALL RENOVATION
Work has begun on our church hall! Here are the improvements being made to the multi-purpose (main) room and stage:
- expose the original ceiling
- patch, prime, & paint the original ceiling
- patch, prime, & paint the walls
- install new suspended light fixtures from the ceiling
- install new blown in fiberglass insulation (includes the stage)
- install new HVAC system and associated electric and physical improvements
Detailed documents and updates related to this important project can be found on our Parish Corner (password protected).
SUBMIT PRAYER REQUESTS ONLINE - Our Ministries Page now has an easy to use Prayer Request Form, so you may place your prayer requests straight from our website. You can also use the form to have your email address added to our Prayer Chain.
PARISH CALENDAR SYNC — NEVER MISS ANOTHER SERVICE OR EVENT! — This is a wonderful feature of our website, as once you sync our calendar to your iPhone, iPad, Android device, PC or Mac, it will automatically update as we post our parish schedule on our pop-up calendar. Just use the provided sync buttons to enable. Our calendar is featured on our Home page and our Schedule page. Learn more here.
Orthodox Q&A Forum - Use our special online form to ask your questions about the Orthodox Faith. Anonymous questions welcome!
ORTHODOX WORLD NEWS - Headline news from around the Orthodox world, plus daily podcasts on the saints and scriptures, updated via RSS Feed.
A LENTEN BOOKLIST
From Fr Steven:
"I thought to compile a list of more-or-less Orthodox "lenten classics" that you may want to draw from as this year's Great Lent approaches...
"Each book here is quite accessible. No dry theology, but a lively approach to God and the spiritual struggles that we all face; as well as deeply-pondered wisdom to guide us in our journey toward not only our annual Pascha celebration, but in our life-long journey to the Kingdom of God..."
Explore the list, with links to order online. Select titles available in our parish library...
PARISH FARMING SCHOOL OF EUCHARISTIC DISCIPLESHIP
Open enrollment for 2017 has been announced! Openings available for both residential and commuter students.
The Parish Farming School of Eucharistic Discipleship, is located in Norwood, Ohio, and explores — from within the framework of the Christian tradition — some of the biological, ecological, economic, cultural, and theological realities that shape our understanding of what it means to bear the image of the triune God in post-industrial America.
This residential internship offers an integrated learning experience, as we study, work, make meals, pray, feast, fast, laugh, and learn together.
Application deadline for 2017 internships is March 20, 2017, with classes beginning May 2 and continuing through November 21, 2017.
Learn more and apply at the PFS website...
MEN'S PRE-LENTEN BREAKFAST
So far there has been a modest response - about five parish men - to the invitation to a Pre-Lenten Men's breakfast at First Watch in Norwood on Saturday, February 25. We will therefore go ahead and schedule the breakfast.
If you would like to join the group, please contact me ahead of time. It is always good to know who and how many will be there for planning purposes. — Fr. Steven
SANCTITY OF LIFE SUNDAY: REFLECTIONS & RESOURCES
"January 22 was Sanctity of Life Sunday in the OCA. This is a day on which we openly affirm our belief that all life is sacred, especially the lives of preborn children in the wombs of their respective mothers. The Church affirms that life has greater priority than a 'choice'."
View our special Sanctity of Life page, with Fr Steven's discussion of and links to Metropolitan Tikhon's message, plus suggested books for further reading.
PARISH CORNER - For parishioners only. Resources for the life of the parish. Password protected.