St Mary of Egypt's life is a story of the power of God's grace and mercy as we seek true repentance. God takes us through the desert in order to purify us and prepare us for his glory of the Promised land. Each desert is unique to our woundedness and calling., but the desert is not enough, we need each other. St Zosima, a lauded monk, is taught humility and true monastic life by a woman (whom he was least expecting) and St Mary learns to reset her unhealthy relationship with men by a relationship with the holy St Zosima. God has prepared them for this moment of encounter. Come and see how God can create great beauty out of the ashes of our lives.
In order to renew our lifes we are having a retreat this Friday, Saturday and Sunday with our Dean Fr. Maxyme. This is a great chance to get confession as well as refocus on our life in Christ.
Reminder Earlier Start Time
To accommodate our host parish shorter service, we will be starting at 9:00am for the hours and 9:30am for the Liturgy of St Basil for the next two Sundays. Look forward to seeing you there!
Update on New Location
We are hoping to sign a lease very soon and be able to start Holy Week in the new location, do pay attention to announcements in the upcoming weeks about location of services. :)
Reception of Jolene and Rowan
As you may have heard, with the bishop's blessing we will be receiving Jolene and Rowan through Chrismation into the Orthodox church on St. Basil's Liturgy on Great and Holy Saturday. Prayers would be appreciated for their journey.
Thank you to Bogdan for hosting last week and Theda and Nick for hosting Akathists at your home, we are truly blessed to be able to pray and fellowship together. A continued thank you for all those that have stepped up to take care of the chapel,setup, the food, Phos, the Choir, read the services, building liturgical items, or just helping with community; we are truly blessed by gift of your time!
We need volunteers to help setup the church on Sundays about 45 minutes before the service. (ie 8:15 am on Sunday). This will hopefully alleviate the burden on Fr. and a small group that have been doing it. Please sign up here:
If you would be able to help with reading, please sign up here https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1pNJgJKwHvxUp-96M4-Q5WuIMgUefkF9NfcDhiBRPqaI/edit?usp=sharing
Does anyone have a nice icon (written or printed) at home that would be appropriate for an upcoming feast? Anyone with some icon calendar taking up space? We need it! Please talk to Subdn Michael, in particular we need:
LITURGY EPISTLES: Hebrews 6.13-20 and Ephesians 5.9-19
LITURGY GOSPELS: Mark 9.17-31 and Matthew 4.25-5.12
Troparion — Tone 1
Dweller of the desert and angel in the body, / you were shown to be a wonder-worker, our God-bearing Father John. / You did receive heavenly gifts through fasting, vigil, and prayer: / healing the sick and the souls of those drawn to you by faith. / Glory to Him who gave thee strength! / Glory to Him who granted you a crown! / Glory to Him who through you grants healing to all!
Kontakion — Tone 4
The Lord truly set youon the heights of abstinence, / to be a guiding star, showing the way to the universe, / O our Father and Teacher John.