News from St. John's.......

Mar 4, 2017
News from St. John's.......

Father Igor’s message for March heralds the arrival of Great Lent:   Great Lent this year begins on February 27, and Pascha, the commemoration of our Lord’s great and glorious Resurrection will be celebrated on April 16.  We look forward to Great Lent because it is a time of spiritual renewal that leads us to the joy of Christ’s Resurrection.  It is our Lord’s Resurrection which stands at the center and heart of our Christian Faith and is the basis of our hope and joy in life.  The way to Resurrection, however, is through the Cross, through repentance. 


Father quotes Bishop Kallistos Ware where he states:  “The experience of repentance is felt with special force in the sacrament of Confession.  Once we regard Confession as fundamentally Christ’s action rather than our own, then we shall begin to understand the sacrament of repentance in a far more positive way.  It is an experience of God’s healing love and pardon, not merely of our own disintegration and weakness.”


Please read the entire article in this month’s Enlightener.  To experience Confession in a more positive way, and to experience God’s healing love and pardon, come for Confession after any Vesper or Akathist service and before the Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts at 6:00 p.m. The Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts will be at St. John’s on March 15 and April 5.  Parish Confessions will be on Saturday, April 1 at 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.  (Please arrive by 2:30 p.m.)  Confessions can also be heard before Divine Liturgy, from 8:30 to 8:50 a.m. but you must let Father Igor know the day before. 


During Lent, Father will be visiting our home-bound parishioners who are on his list to receive the Sacraments.  If you know of someone who needs to receive the Sacraments at home/residence, but has not been visited in the past, please call the Rectory and inform Father. 


The Passaic “O” Club thanks everyone who helped make our Pot Luck Lunch a success!  Many Years!


On Forgiveness Sunday, February 26, following Divine Liturgy, all our parishioners and friends gathered in the hall for a Maslenitsa hosted by Fr. Igor and Mat. Anna. Many thanks to Father Igor and Mat. Anna for the wonderful meal they arranged consisting of various blini, salads and drinks.  Following the Maslenitsa, everyone returned to the church to begin the Great Lent at Forgiveness Vespers.    Those who attended were moved by the pious prayers and beautiful singing as we heard:  “Turn not away Thy face from Thy child for I am afflicted.  Hear me speedily.  Draw near unto my soul and deliver it!”  If you missed this beautiful service, please check the calendar and join us for the many Lenten services and prepare yourself for a Blessed and Joyous Pascha.  Pictures are in the Photo Gallery.


At our Annual Meeting this month, Helen Baron, our Food Pantry Coordinator thanked everyone for their food and monetary donations.  St. Peter’s Haven in Clifton, who distributes the donations, is truly grateful for all our help. However, please continue to remember our neighbors who need assistance since the need continues throughout the year.


The next Trustees’ Meeting will be held on Sunday, March 19 at 11:30 a.m. 


For printable March calendar please click here.



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March 2018

Akathist to the Theotokos, Molieben - 6:00 p.m.

Akathist to the Theotokos, Molieben - 6:00 p.m. - The Akathist is really one great Hymn of Praise in honor of the Theotokos (or Christ, etc.).  The priest leads us in singing each verse and we answer him with the response:  "Hail, O Bride ever-virgin!"