Monday, July 15, 2024 UTC

FEB 4: SUNDAY OF THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST (MEAT-FARE SUNDAY), PANACHIDA FOR 1ST ALL SOULS SATURDAY, MEATFARE POTLUCK, AND PRE-LENTEN READING PREPARATION

  FEB 4: CONFESSION – 8:30 AM, DIVINE LITURGY – 9:00 AM; PANACHIDA – 10:15 AM; POTLUCK MEAT DISHES TO FOLLOW DIVINE LITURGY.

PROPERS: 02-04-24_Sunday_Meatfare_DL

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

PANACHIDA: https://mci.archpitt.org/books/DL/page.html?432

Reading from the “Journey Through the Great Fast” – Sunday of Meatfare: SundayofMeatfare

Reading for Sunday of Meat Fare: PRELentenReadingSundayofMeatfare

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

GOD WITH US ONLINE CATECHETICAL RESOURCES – THE SUNDAY OF MEAT-FARE (February 12, 2023): https://godwithusonline.org/reflections/the-sunday-of-meat-fare-ruthenian/

Countdown to Great Lent 2024 (ByziKids – for those with children): https://drive.google.com/file/d/10wwM6rFRy-xRHmf0fqUlhY4srLcuP0Xg/view

Today’s Gospel is from Matthew 25: 31-46,  the Parable of The Sheep and the Goats. In the Parable , we are looking at man redeemed and saved, and man condemned and lost. The “sheep” acted charitably, giving food, drink, and clothing to the needy. The “goats” showed no charity. The core message is that God’s people will love others. Followers of Christ will treat others with kindness, serving them as if they were serving Christ Himself. The unregenerate live in the opposite manner. While “goats” can indeed perform acts of kindness and charity, their hearts are not right with God, and their actions are not for the right purpose – to honor and worship God.

“Preparation for the Great Fast

As noted during the last three weeks, the season of the Great Fast is preceded by liturgical preparation.  We are now one Sunday before the Great Fast’s beginning, during which we prepare ourselves for abstinence, prayer, and repentance. We are again reminded of our need for a “Lenten springime”, and of the spiritual pitfalls that can divert us from our goal of communion with God. This fourth Sunday before the Great Fast, is the Sunday of the Last Judgment or Sunday of Meat-fare. At Divine Liturgy we hear the Gospel account of the second coming of the Lord in glory, and of the final judgment. To prepare us for the rigors of the Fast, the Church’s traditional fasting rules call on the faithful to fast from meat this week before the Fast.  Thus, this week is called Cheesefare Week.”  From the Metropolitan Cantor Institute, Byzantine Eparchy of Pittsburgh – https://mci.archpitt.org/liturgy/Great_Fast.html

“The Panachida: The Panachida is a memorial service for the dead, which is celebrated fairly frequently in the Byzantine Catholic Church. Like all our services for the departed, it provides an opportunity to pray for the soul of the one who has died, asking God to grant them rest and forgiveness of all their sins, and also serves to comfort and console those left behind. The name comes from the Greek pannychis, meaning an all-night vigil. From the Metropolitan Cantor Institute, Byzantine Eparchy of Pittsburgh https://mci.archpitt.org/liturgy/Great_Fast.html

 

 

 

 

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