Wednesday, April 24, 2024 UTC

MAR 26: GREAT AND HOLY TUESDAY, SYNAXIS OF THE ARCHANGEL GABRIEL, AND FINAL DAY OF THE FEAST OF THE ANNUNCIATION

10-virgins01  MAR 26 – CONFESSION: 4:00 – 5:30 PM, PRE-SANCTIFIED LITURGY: 6:00 PM (LIVE-STREAMED). Note: books for PreSanctified Liturgy are in the church.

PROPERS BRIDEGROOM MATINS: Bridegroom_Matins (1)

DIVINE LITURGY OF PRESANCTIFIED GIFTS E-VERSION: PresanctifiedGifts

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Parishes live-streaming in the Diocese can be found here: https://www.eparchyofpassaic.com/directory

On Holy Tuesday we listen to the Gospel reading Matt 24:36-26:2. We read that Jesus stressed the importance of ethical preparation and wakefulness. He provides examples referring to Noah and the great flood, the parable of the Ten Virgins, and the Parable of the Talents.

On March 26th, the day after the Feast of the Annunciation, we commemorate the Lord’s messenger Gabriel.  Gabriel’s name means “hero of God.” As a hero for God, Gabriel is remembered best for being the angel who announced to Mary that she would be the mother of God’s only Son.  Thus, we remember Gabriel to help guide us in our journey to everlasting life with our Father and we can ask Gabriel to help us say “yes” to God as Mary did so many years ago.

THE HOLY LITURGY OF THE PRESANCTIFIED GIFTS ACCORDING TO BYZANTINE RITE TRADITION (from the Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh): https://archpitt.org/the-holy-liturgy-of-the-presanctified-gifts-according-to-byzantine-rite-tradition/

“The Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts is celebrated during the Great Fast, and provides the faithful with the opportunity to receive Holy Communion on those days when the Eucharistic Sacrifice is not celebrated.   The word “presanctified” indicates that the “gifts” (the Body and Blood of Christ), which are distributed at the service, are those consecrated at a previous Eucharist.” Information about the Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts from the Metropolitan Cantor Institute:  https://mci.archpitt.org/liturgy/DivineLiturgyPresanctifiedGifts.html

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