Saturday, April 13, 2024 UTC

MAR 17: 5TH SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST – ST.MARY OF EGYPT VENERABLE

St Mary      MAR 17: CONFESSION – 08:30 AM, DIVINE LITURGY OF ST. BASIL – 9:00 AM, DIVINE LITURGY OF ST. BASIL – 11:00 AM.  

Please see Father Vasyl’s Homily in todays Church Bulletin above.

 PROPERS: 03-17-24_GF5_Sunday_DL

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

On the Fifth Sunday of the Great Fast the Church commemorates our Righteous Mother Mary of Egypt. She is also commemorated on this Sunday due to her recognition by the Church as a model of repentance and to remind us that no one is so sinful that God cannot touch their hearts and bring them to repentance and salvation. St Mary of Egypt was converted from a life of sin to a life of holiness and repentance.

LIFE OF MARY OF EGYPT (from Metropolitan Cantor Institute): Life_of_Mary_of_Egypt

GOD WITH US ON-LINE – THE SUNDAY OF ST. MARY OF EGYPT (from March 26, 2023): https://godwithusonline.org/reflections/the-sunday-of-st-mary-of-egypt-ruthenian/

OUR JOURNEY TO PASCHA 2024: https://stjosaphateparchy.com/our-journey-to-pascha-2024/

Countdown to Pascha 2024 (ByziKids – for those with children): Countdown to Pascha 2024 western

This Sunday’s Gospel Reading, Mark 10:32-45, Jesus Teaches about His Passion and Resurrection for the Third Time, and then explains that the life of a disciple is a life of a servant. This is the 3rd time Jesus spoke to his disciples about His suffering, sacrifice and passion! James and John, instead, comes to Him wanting the privilege of sitting with Him in His glory. Jesus in turn asked them if they were able to “drink the cup [of suffering] I drink or be baptized with the baptism [of suffering] I am baptized with?” They were willing, but weren’t sure what this truly meant. The other disciples, after learning of this, quarreled about who among them the greatest and deserving of this honor.  Jesus settled the quarrel by stating: “whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.” Even though you know of Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection – Do you live as if you want to be first, best and greatest? What you do (and what you fail to do for others), demonstrates you putting yourself first.  Though Jesus died to forgive us for our sins, He also cared for the “last and the least,” importantly.

 

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