Friday, February 26, 2021 UTC

FEB 22 – 28: SECOND WEEK DAILY LENTEN READINGS

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The following is from the Melkite Greek-Catholic Eparchy of Newton, Office of Educational Services, which you may want to share with your family each week of the Great Fast: “Living with Christ – Great Lent at Home.” Second Week: GreatLentAtHomeSecondWeek

The following are meditations from the JOURNEY THROUGH THE GREAT FAST (from the Archdiocesan Catechetical Center) & the daily readings for the second week of the Great Fast (from THE HOLY BIBLE, Revised Standard Version 2nd Catholic Edition):

FEB 22: SecondMondayofGreatFast

DAILY LENTEN READING 8th DAY OF THE GREAT FAST

FEB 23: SecondTuesdayofGreatFast

DAILY LENTEN READING 9th DAY OF THE GREAT FAST

FEB 24: SecondWednesdayofGreatFast

DAILY LENTEN READING 10th DAY OF THE GREAT FAST

FEB 25: SecondThursdayofGreatFast

DAILY LENTEN READING 11th DAY OF THE GREAT FAST

FEB 26: SecondFridayofGreatFast

DAILY LENTEN READING 12th DAY OF THE GREAT FAST

FEB 27: SecondAllSoulsSaturday

DAILY LENTEN READING 13th DAY OF THE GREAT FAST

FEB 28: SecondSundayofGreatFast

DAILY LENTEN READING 2nd SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST

FEB 24: 1ST & 2ND FINDINGS OF THE HEAD OF JOHN THE BAPTIST

 FEB 24: PRESANCTIFIED LITURGY – 6:00 PM. NOTE: An Epistle and Gospel is read at the Presanctified Divine Liturgy (2 Cor 4:6-15 and Mt. 11:2-15).

DIVINE LITURGY OF THE PRESANCTIFIED GIFTS E-VERSION: PresanctifiedGifts

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Today we commemorate the 1st and 2nd Findings of the Head of John the Baptist. After the Beheading of the Holy Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John (August 29), his body was buried by disciples in the Samarian city of Sebaste, and his venerable head was hidden by Herodias in an unclean place. Saint Joanna, the wife of King Herod’s steward Chuza, secretly took the holy head and placed it into a vessel and buried it on the Mount of Olives in one of Herod’s properties. After many years, this property passed into the possession of a government official who became a monk with the name of Innocent. While digging the foundation of a new church the head in the vessel was found, preserved by Innocent & reburied upon his death. It was later found again during the days of Constantine the Great by devout Christians & monks who buried it in a cave. A church was built on this spot.

FEB 27, MAR 6 & 13: 2ND, 3RD & 4TH ALL SOULS SATURDAYS

PROPERS FOR 2ND ALL SOULS SATURDAY: All_Souls_Saturday_DL

PARASTAS: Parastas

All Souls Saturday is a day set aside for commemoration of the dead within the liturgical year of the Eastern Churches. Saturday is a traditional day for prayer for the dead, because Christ lay dead in the Tomb on Saturday.

There are several All Souls Saturdays throughout the year. These days are devoted to prayer for departed relatives and others among the faithful who might not be commemorated specifically as Saints. The Divine Services on these days have special hymns added to them to commemorate the departed.

All Byzantine Catholics observe All Soul Saturdays on Meatfare Saturday (Feb 6); Saturdays of Great Lent so the second (Feb 27), third (Mar 6), and fourth (Mar 13); and the Saturday before Pentecost (May 22).