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FEB 25: 2ND SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST – COMMEMORATION OF ST. GREGORY PALAMAS/SUNDAY OF THE PALSIED MAN, AND PANACHIDA FOR 2ND ALL SOULS SATURDAY

   FEB 25: DIVINE LITURGY OF ST. BASAL: 9:00 AM,  PANACHIDA FOR 2ND ALL SOULS SATURDAY – 10:10 AM; DIVINE LITURGY OF ST. BASAL: 11:00 AM.

NOTE: Father Vasyl’s Homily in today’s bulletin under Bulletin Tab above.

HOMILY from Fr. Dn. Magnus: Divine Soil to Cultivate Faith

PROPERS: 02-25-24_GF2_Sunday_DL

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

(Or you can find the Panachida in the Divine Liturgie book on page 432.)

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 – THE SUNDAY OF ST. GREGORY PALAMAS & THE HOLY RELICS (from March 5, 2023):  https://godwithusonline.org/reflections/the-sunday-of-st-gregory-palamas-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

The Gospel Reading for this 2nd Sunday of the Great Fast is Mark 2: 1-12, Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralyzed Man. The man on the mat was not able to walk. He had come to Jesus to be healed because he was certain that Jesus could heal him. But Jesus saw a need much greater than his paralyzed legs. He saw the man’s sinful heart. Because the man fully trusted Jesus, Jesus gave him the greatest gift; the forgiveness of his sins and thus, become a part of God’s kingdom. Note that Jesus did not forgive the man because he and his friends worked so hard to enter the home, but their faith in Jesus. Though the man helpless to help himself, he put his trust in the only One who could heal him. The teachers, on the other hand, did not understand what Jesus was doing, and accused him of blasphemy.

On the second Sunday of the Great Fast, the memory of St. Gregory Palamas, a bishop of Thessalonica who lived in the fourteenth century, is celebrated. He taught the importance of the power of the Grace of God.  He also taught the importance of fasting and prayer, particularly the practice of reciting the Jesus Prayer according to the teachings of the hesychastic Fathers. Doing so, prepares one to receive the grace-filled light of the Lord so that one can partake of divine blessedness while on earth.

“The Panachida: The Panachida is a memorial service for the dead and 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.” For guidelines on leading the singing of this service, see Singing the Panachida. “(This information is from THE METROPOLITAN CANTOR INSTITUTE).

An Explantation of the Byzantine Rite Liturgical Practice of Observing All Souls Saturdays (from the Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh): https://archpitt.org/an-explantation-of-the-byzantine-rite-liturgical-practive-of-observing-all-souls-saturdays/

All Byzantine Catholics observe All Soul Saturdays on Meatfare Saturday (Feb 3); Saturdays of the Great Fast; so the second (Feb 24 – NOTE: The Polyeleos Feast of the First and Sedond Findings of the Head of John the Baptist replaces the 2nd All Soul’s Saturday, but for Pastorial reasons a Panachida may be observed), third (Mar 2), fourth (Mar 9 – NOTE: The Polyeleos Feast of the 40 Martyrs of Sebaste replaces the 4th All Suul’s Saturday, but for Pastorial reasons a Panachida may be celebrated); and the Saturday before Pentecost (May 18).

THE DIVINE LITURGY OF OUR FATHER ST. BASIL THE GREAT ACCORDING TO BYZANTINE RITE TRADITION (From the Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh): https://archpitt.org/the-divine-liturgy-of-our-father-st-basil-the-great-according-to-byzantine-rite-tradition/

 

 

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