SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH

News From St. John's.........

Feb 25, 2016
News From St. John's.........

The following is a very important selection taken from Fr. Igor’s message in the March Enlightener. 

 

“It is often said that life is full of sacrifices, and sometimes it is or it should be.  With the progress of modern conveniences, the sacrifice of “giving up” certain foods during Lent is all too easy considering the number of substitutes available.  Some of us can recall asking ourselves this time of the year, “what am I giving up?”  And like children we would come up with so many things – but often things that we never wanted to appear on our plates or in our life anyway.  But the idea of “giving up” certain foods and fasting is only a portion of what Lent is all about.”

 

On the other hand, often we take fasting to such an extreme that we become judgmental against others who may not be fasting to the degree that we feel is correct.  This type of negative thinking can become problematic and interferes with our spiritual growth.  Scripture constantly tells us that fasting is between God and ourselves.”

 

Since the creation of so many Lenten foods now makes this part of the “fast” so much easier, it is important for us to add other things to our spiritual life.  It is also not a time to overindulge on Lenten cuisine, under the banner that we are fasting.  Food is only part of it, but not all of it.  Are we reading Scripture?  Are we learning about the saints?  Are we teaching our children that Lent is a matter of enhancing our lives?  Are we preparing ourselves spiritually to receive the Risen Lord in our hearts?” 

 

And let us make a difference in this Lenten season.  It cannot be something to pass you by in such a quick or mundane way.  Absorb every moment of the Great and Holy Fast and allow your faith to grow.”  – Fr.Igor

 

Fr. Igor also stated that everyone should consider attending services commemorating the departed.  The first Memorial Saturday this year is on March 5 and we will have a Divine Liturgy and Panikhida at that time, and Akathists and Litya for the departed will also be on Fridays, April 1 and 8.  Now is the time to pray for all those who have fallen asleep in the Lord so add your voice to the prayer of the Church this year.   

 

During Lent, Father will be visiting our home-bound parishioners who are on his list to receive the Sacraments.  If you (or someone you know) have not been visited in the past and need to receive the Sacraments at home or residence, please call the Rectory to make arrangements.

 

Parish Confessions will be heard on Saturday, April 16, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.   Please arrive by 2:30 p.m.  Also before Divine Liturgy, from 8:30 to 8:50 a.m., however,  if you plan to come then, please let Father know the day before.  Confessions will also be heard after any Vesper or Akathist service. 

 

This year the Memorial Saturdays are:  March 5, April 2 and 9, June 18, and October 22.  Please give Father the names of those whom you wish to be included in the Memorial Prayers, by Sunday, February 28. 

 

The Liturgy of Pre-sanctified Gifts will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 23, at 6:00 p.m. at Holy Apostles Church in Saddle Brook.  Also on Wednesday, March 30, at 6:00 p.m. here at St. John’s.  Please see the calendar for all services during March. 

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