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FEB 11: SUNDAY OF CHEESE-FARE (FORGIVENESS SUNDAY) AND VESPERS OF FORGIVENESS, AND PRE-LENTEN READING PREPARATION

FEB 11: DIVINE LITURGY – 09:00 AM; VESPERS OF FORGIVENESS – 12:00 PM. Please see Father Vasyl’s Homily in today’s Bulletin.

THE GREATEST GIFT YOU CAN OFFER YOURSELF (Sunday of Cheesefare) Deacon Magnus: The Greatest Gift You Can Offer Yourself

PROPERS: 02-11-24_Sunday_Cheesefare_DL

Vespers of Forgiveness: Lenten_Sunday_Afternoon_Vespers

Vesper Propers Supplement: PF4_Sunday_Cheesefare_Vespers_pod

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Reading from the “Journey Through the Great Fast” – Sunday of Cheese-Fare: SundayofCheeseFare

Reading for Sunday of Cheese-Fare: PRELentenReadingSundayofCheesefare

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

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

GOD WITH US ONLINE CATECHETICAL RESOURCES – SUNDAY OF CHEESE-FARE (from  February 19, 2023):  https://godwithusonline.org/reflections/the-sunday-of-cheese-fare-ruthenian/

The Gospel for this Sunday is Matthew 6: 14-21, which provides excellent instructions for the beginning of the Great Fast. Let us understand what the purpose of the Great Fast is and understand how we can learn to forgive completely. The reading puts us in the right mindset for the fast. We are to learn to become like Christ. If we know this, the Great Fast is not a somber time, but a time of joy, expectation and change.

“Preparation for the Great Fast

As noted over the last four weeks, the season of the Great Fast is preceded by liturgical preparation.  We are now at the last Sunday before its 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 last Sunday before the Great Fast, is the Sunday of Forgiveness or Sunday of Cheesefare, which we learn how to become more like Christ. At the Divine Liturgy, our Lord’s words in the Gospel speak of forgiveness: “If you forgive men their trespasses, then your heavenly Father will forgive you.” For this reason, the day is also called Forgiveness Sunday. We are reminded of our need for God’s forgiveness and to guide our hearts, minds, and spiritual efforts in return.”  From the Metropolitan Cantor Institute, Byzantine Eparchy of Pittsburgh – https://mci.archpitt.org/liturgy/Great_Fast.html

(Please see tab or post about directives for fasting.)

FORGIVENESS SUNDAY VESPERS PROPERS: 02-06-05CheesefareSundayAfternoonVespers

The service of Forgiveness Vespers on this day is especially solemn and occurs in the afternoon, and is followed by a ceremony of mutual forgiveness between priest and people. The focus is placed on the exile of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden, which shows us how we can fall into sin and be separated from God. The Vespers directs us on the path of repentance and helps us to acknowledge our need for forgiveness from God as well as seeking forgiveness from our fellow parishioners and other community members. This is the first time that the Lenten prayer of St. Ephraim accompanied by prostrations is read. At the end of the service, all approach the priest and one another asking for mutual forgiveness.

PRAYER OF ST. EPHRAEM

O Lord and Master of my life, keep from me the spirit of indifference and discouragement, lust of power, and idle chatter. (Prostration)
Instead, grant to me, your servant, the spirit of wholeness of being, humble-mindedness, patience and love. (Prostration)
O Lord and King, grant me the grace to be aware of my sins and not to judge my brother; for You are blessed, now and ever and forever. Amen. (Prostration)

 

 

 

 

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