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JAN 14: SUNDAY OF ZACCHAEUS (5TH SUNDAY BEFORE THE GREAT FAST), EASTERN CHRISTIAN FORMATION DAY, PREPARATION FOR THE GREAT FAST, AND PRE-LENTEN READING PREPARATION

JAN 14: CONFESSION – 8:30 AM, DIVINE LITURGY – 9:00 AM (LIVE-STREAMED), EASTERN CHRISTIAN FORMATION DAY – 10:15 AM, DIVINE LITURGY – 11:00 AM.

PROPERS: 01-14-24_Sunday_DL

Streaming via Facebook Live.  https://www.facebook.com/saintscyrilandmethodius/

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

GOD WITH US ONLINE CATECHETICAL RESOURCES – SUNDAY OF ZACCHAEUS (from January 22, 2023) : https://godwithusonline.org/reflections/the-sunday-of-zacchaeus-ruthenian/

Reading from the “Journey Through the Great Fast” – Preface: JourneyThroughtheGreatFastPrefac

Reading from the “Journey Through the Great Fast” – The Sunday of Zacchaeus: SundayofZacchaeus

Bible Readings for Sunday of Zacchaeus: PRELentenReadingSundayofZacchaeus

Todays, Gospel Reading is Luke 19: 1-10, “Zacchaeus the Tax CollectorIn this Gospel reading, for which this Sunday is known, Jesus sees Zacchaeus. This reading was chosen to open the pre-Lenten season because of two reasons: first, Jesus’ call to Zacchaeus to come down from the tree (symbolizing his call to humility) and, second, Zacchaeus’ eventual repentance.  Christ brought salvation to this sinful man, who changed his life because he “sought to see who Jesus was” (Luke 19:3).  Zacchaeus recognized his sinfulness and promised to make restitution by giving half of his wealth to the poor, and by paying to those he had falsely accused four times as much as they had lost. By doing this, he went beyond the requirements of the Law. We are also assured of God’s mercy and compassion by Christ’s words to Zacchaeus, “Today salvation is come to this house” (Luke 19:9).

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

“Preparation for the Great Fast – From the Metropolitan Cantor Institute, Byzantine Eparchy of Pittsburgh – https://mci.archpitt.org/liturgy/Great_Fast.html

“As you prepare for the GREAT FAST, you will note that the season of the Great Fast is preceded by liturgical preparation. The first sign of the approach of the Great Fast comes five Sundays before its beginning, during which the faithful prepare themselves for abstinence, prayer, and repentance.

The Church seldom starts us on a path without providing some preliminary orientation and preparation; and the Great Fast is no exception. The four weeks leading up to the Fast (five Sundays, and the weekdays in between) remind us of our need for a “Lenten springime”, and of the spiritual pitfalls that can divert us from our goal of communion with God.

The pre-Fast preparations begin with the fifth Sunday before the start of the Fast, the Sunday of Zacchaeus. On this Sunday, we hear about the tax-collector Zacchaeus, his ardent desire to see Jesus, and how this desire was fulfilled beyond his expectations. Thus, its important we recognise our own sinfulness.

The next four Sundays are:

(1) the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee, in which the Gospel reminds us of the dangers of hypocrisy and the need for true humility in order to come close to God.

(2) the Sunday of the Prodigal Son, on which the Gospel of the Prodigal Son reminds us of repentence and acceptance, and resolve to break with our sins, return from exile, and start a new life by choosing to “return home.”  Also, this week is known as Meatfare week, and the last week to eat meat before the Great Fast.

(3) the Sunday of the Last Judgment, also called the Sunday of Meat-fare, in which we are only eight days from the start of the Great Fast.  The Gospel account is about the second coming of the Lord in glory, and of the final judgment.  We prepare for the Great Fast by obstaining from meat this week, thus this week is called Cheesefare Week.

(4)  Cheesefare Sunday, also called Forgiveness Sunday, which is the final Sunday before the start of the Great Fast and the last day for eating eggs and dairy products.  The Gospel reading focuses on our Lord’s words about forgiveness: “If you forgive men their trespasses, then your heavenly Father will forgive you.” The service for Forgiveness Vespers is solemn and followed by a ceremony of mutual forgiveness between priest and people.” (Metropolitan Cantor Institute).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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