Friday, May 24, 2024 UTC

FEB 18: 1ST SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST – SUNDAY OF ORTHODOXY AND THE BLESSING OF ICONS AND EASTERN CHRISTIAN FORMATION DAY

sunday_of_orthodoxy01 FEB 18: CONFESSION – 08:30 AM, DIVINE LITURGY OF ST. BASIL – 9:00 AM (LIVE-STREAMED), EASTERN CHRISTIAN FORMATION – 10:15 AM; DIVINE LITURGY OF ST. BASIL – 11:00 AM. 

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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 – SUNDAY OF ORTHODOXY (from February 26, 2023):  https://godwithusonline.org/reflections/the-sunday-of-orthodoxy-ruthenian/

Today’s Gospel is John 1: 43-51 in which Jesus Calls Philip and Nathaniel.  The Gospel today teaches us a simple way to our Christian life. When Nathaniel was called, he learned the simple way to approach his doubts; and thus, this applies to our doubts and difficulties  life. We must heed the words of Philip, “Come and see!” For with God in our hearts, we are saught by the Lord, telling us to follow Him. If we do, the “greater things” that Jesus promised to Nathaniel will be ours also.

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 first Sunday of the Great Fast is called the “Sunday of Orthodoxy” or the “Sunday of the Triumph of the Holy Images.”  Thus, we commemorate “the restoration of icons, which had been banned for several decades, to their rightful liturgical use.” The English word “Orthodoxy” is rooted in the Greek word “ortodoxia” (or “thos” which means right and “doksa” which means praising), and thus signifies the true faith and the true worship of God. The “Orthodoxy” celebrated on the first Sunday of the Great Fast, was designated by the Council of Constantinople in the year 842 and decreed to be celebrated yearly and professed in the battle against the heresy of Iconoclasm or “breakers of icons.”

ICONOGRAPHY: SACRED PAINTING IN SUBCARPATHIAN RUTHENIA (From the Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh): https://archpitt.org/iconography-sacred-painting-in-subcarpathian-ruthenia/

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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