SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH

Events

March, 2020

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1, March
Divine Liturgy - 9:30 AM Followed by Maslenitsa and Forgiveness Vespers
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2, March
GREAT FAST BEGINS
Great Compline with Canon of St. Andrew of Crete - 6:00 PM
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3, March
Great Compline with Canon of St. Andrew of Crete - 6:00 PM
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4, March
Great Compline with Canon of St. Andrew of Crete - 6:00 PM
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5, March
Great Compline with Canon of St. Andrew of Crete - 6:00 PM
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7, March
Great Vespers - 5:00 PM
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8, March
Divine Liturgy - 9:30 AM - Sunday of Orthodoxy
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11, March
Pre-Sanctified Liturgy - 6:30 PM - Confessions heard at 6:00 PM
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13, March
Akathist to the Divine Passion and Panikhida for the Departed - 6:00 PM
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14, March
Memorial Saturday
Great Vespers - 5:00 PM
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15, March
Divine Liturgy - 9:30 AM - St. Gregory Palamas
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18, March
Pre-Sanctified Liturgy - 6:30 PM - Confessions heard at 6:00 PM
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20, March
Akathist to Jesus Christ and Panikhida for the Departed - 6:00 PM
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21, March
Memorial Saturday
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22, March
Veneration of the Precious Cross
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25, March
ANNUNCIATION OF THE MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS
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28, March
Memorial Saturday
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29, March
St. John Climacus
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Divine Liturgy - 9:30 AM Followed by Maslenitsa and Forgiveness Vespers

Sunday, March 1, 2020 - 09:30 AM
Divine Liturgy followed by Maslenitsa and Forgiveness Vespers  -  Cheesefare Sunday - "For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you;  but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses."  (Matt 6:14-15)

GREAT FAST BEGINS

Monday, March 2, 2020 - 01:00 AM
Great Fast Begins.  The Lenten Spring by Father Thomas Hopko dispels any of the myths we so often associate with Great Lent while emphasizing the season as a bright, positive opportunity for renewing and refreshing our spiritual lives.

Great Compline with Canon of St. Andrew of Crete - 6:00 PM

Monday, March 2, 2020 - 06:00 PM
My soul, my soul, Arise! Why are you sleeping? The end is drawing near, and you will be confounded, awake then and be watchful that Christ our God may spare you, Who is everywhere, and fills all things.

Great Compline with Canon of St. Andrew of Crete - 6:00 PM

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 06:00 PM
He is my Helper and Protector, and has become my salvation. This is my God and I will glorify Him My  father's God and I will exalt Him.   For gloriously has He been glorified.      (Exodus 15:2, 1; Psalm 117:14)         Refrain:       Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

Great Compline with Canon of St. Andrew of Crete - 6:00 PM

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 06:00 PM
The Prophet heard of Thy coming, O Lord, and was afraid that Thou wast to be born of a Virgin and appear to men, and he said, "I have heard the report of Thee and am afraid." Glory to Thy power, O Lord.   (Habbakuk 3:2)    Refrain:     Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

Great Compline with Canon of St. Andrew of Crete - 6:00 PM

Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 06:00 PM
I cried with my whole heart to the merciful God,  and He heard me from the lowest hell and raised my  life out of corruption.   Refrain:   Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.

Great Vespers - 5:00 PM

Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 05:00 PM
Great Vespers for Sunday Divine Liturgy, Sunday of Orthodoxy - This is a historical feast commemorating the restoration of icons, which had been banned for several decades, to their rightful liturgical use in the year 843 AD.

Divine Liturgy - 9:30 AM - Sunday of Orthodoxy

Sunday, March 8, 2020 - 09:30 AM
Sunday of Orthodoxy - This is a historical feast commemorating the restoration of icons, which had been banned for several decades, to their rightful liturgical use in the year 843 AD.

Pre-Sanctified Liturgy - 6:30 PM - Confessions heard at 6:00 PM

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 06:00 PM
The Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts is one of the great masterpieces of Orthodox piety and liturgical creativity. It is one of the most beautiful and most meaningful liturgical services in the Orthodox Christian Church. (Father Thomas Hopko)    “Let my prayer arise in Thy sight as incense, and let the lifting up of my hands be an evening sacrifice. Hear me, O Lord.”  (Psalm 141:2)

Akathist to the Divine Passion and Panikhida for the Departed - 6:00 PM

Friday, March 13, 2020 - 06:00 PM
Kontakion 7 - Wishing to deliver mankind from slavery to the enemy, You did humble Yourself before Your enemies, O Jesus, and like a lamb that is dumb You were led to the slaughter, did endure wounds all over, that having healed the whole man, he might cry:   Alleluia

Memorial Saturday

Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 01:00 AM

Great Vespers - 5:00 PM

Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 05:00 PM
Tomorrow we commemorate St. Gregory Palamas -On the second Sunday of the Great Lent we celebrate the great defender of the teachings of the holy Fathers. St. Gregory Palamas (1296-1359) was the Archbishop of Thessalonica in 1347. Before he became Archbishop, he was a Hesychast monk. His teachings restated what the early Church Fathers (such as Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian and Gregory of Nyssa) had defined in the fourth century. God’s essense, God as He really is, cannot be seen by man here in this world. But things that God did and continues to do, can be seen. He stated that man can become divine through the grace of God in the Holy Spirit; and that, even in this life through prayer and fasting, human beings can become participants of the light of God’s divine glory. He defended a method of prayer for the Hesychast monks that allowed them to participate in God’s love and to experience God through His divine energies. This method of prayer is so intense that it can be accomplished only with supervision. What St. Gregory Palamas emphasized was that God can be known and is a Living God Who reveals Himself in action. This revelation is granted through the grace of the Holy Spirit

Divine Liturgy - 9:30 AM - St. Gregory Palamas

Sunday, March 15, 2020 - 09:30 AM
The second Sunday of Lent is the commemoration of St. Gregory Palamas. It was St. Gregory who bore living witness that men can become divine through the grace of God in the Holy Spirit. St. Gregory clearly teaches that by cooperating with the God who makes all things possible, we can attain eternal life.

Pre-Sanctified Liturgy - 6:30 PM - Confessions heard at 6:00 PM

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 06:00 PM
O Lord and Master of my life!  Take from me the spirit of sloth, despair, lust of power and idle talk.  (Prostration)  But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience and love to Thy servant.  (Prostration)  Yea, O Lord and King!  Grant me to see my own transgressions and not to judge my brother, for blessed art Thou, unto ages of ages.  (Prostration)

Akathist to Jesus Christ and Panikhida for the Departed - 6:00 PM

Friday, March 20, 2020 - 05:00 PM
Jesus, God before the ages. Jesus, King almighty. Jesus, Master long-suffering. Jesus, Savior most merciful. Jesus, my Guardian most kind. Jesus, be gracious unto my sins. Jesus, take away my iniquities. Jesus, pardon my unrighteousness. Jesus, my Hope, forsake me not. Jesus, my Helper, reject me not. Jesus, my Creator, forget me not. Jesus, my Shepherd, lose me not. Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on me.

Memorial Saturday

Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 01:00 AM
Memorial Saturday.

Veneration of the Precious Cross

Sunday, March 22, 2020 - 09:30 AM
 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.  (1 Cor 1:18)

ANNUNCIATION OF THE MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 09:30 AM
Vesperal Divine Liturgy

Memorial Saturday

Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 01:00 AM
Memorial Saturday.    Fourth Sunday of Lent is dedicated to St. John of the Ladder (Climacus), the author of The Ladder of Divine Ascent. This book contains thirty homilies on virtue. Each homily deals with one virtue and they raise a man up as though by means of steps unto the height of Heaven. The spiritual struggle of the Christian life is a real one. His book, The Ladder of Divine Ascent, is a guide, to those who seek salvation. It is held in such high esteem that it is universally read in its entirety in monasteries during the Great Lent.

St. John Climacus

Sunday, March 29, 2020 - 09:30 AM
Fourth Sunday of Lent is dedicated to St. John of the Ladder (Climacus), the author of The Ladder of Divine Ascent. This book contains thirty homilies on virtue. Each homily deals with one virtue and they raise a man up as though by means of steps unto the height of Heaven. The spiritual struggle of the Christian life is a real one. His book, The Ladder of Divine Ascent, is a guide, to those who seek salvation. It is held in such high esteem that it is universally read in its entirety in monasteries during the Great Lent.

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Akathist to St. John the Baptist - 9:00 AM

"And Paul said, "John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, Jesus."   (Acts 19:4-5)