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Weekly Newsletter: April 10 – 16


 Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him” (John 5:5). Here again is another difficulty. Was it not possible that the glory of God be shown without this man’s punishment [of blindness]. Certainly, it was possible for God’s glory to be shown without the man being blind. Yet we read, “that God’s glory should be revealed in this man.” One might ask, however, “Did he actually suffer  for the glory of God?” Tell me what wrong did he suffer from? For what if God had never willed to make him at all? But I assert that he even received benefit from his blindness! Because from it he recovered the sight of the eyes within. What were the Jews profited by their [physical] eyes? They incurred the heavier punishment, being blinded even while they saw. And what injury did this man have by his blindness? For through his blindness, he recovered his sight. Similarly, the evils of this present life are not actually evils, so neither are the good things actually good. Sin alone is evil, but blindness is not an evil…Similar to how some excellent architect may build part of a house, and leave the rest unfinished that he may prove to those who do not believe by means of finishing the remnant that he is author of the whole; so also God joins together and completes our body, as if it were a house decayed, healing the withered hand, bracing the palsied limbs, straightening the lame, cleansing the lepers, raising up the sick, making sound the crippled, recalling the dead from death, opening the eyes that were closed, or adding them where before they did not exist; all blemishes arising from the infirmity of our nature, He by correcting showed His power. – St. John Chrysostom


Church Announcements: 

  • Last Friday of Lent
    • Unction of the Sick: 1:30-3:00pm
    • Eucharistic Liturgy: 3:00-6:00pm
  • Lazarus Saturday: 8:00-10:00am
    • Palm Weaving from 1-6pm
    • Palm Sunday Vespers: 6-8pm
  • Palm Sunday:
    • Liturgy: 7-11:30pm
    • General Funeral Prayers: 11:30-1:00pm
    • Evening Pascha: 5:30-9pm.
  • Elementary Passion Day is on April 16th
  • Click for Holy Week Schedule

Saints of the Week:

  • St. John Bishop of Jerusalem – Monday, April 11
  • St. Okeen – Tuesday, April 12
  • Prophet Ezekiel – Wednesday, April 13
  • St. Mary of Egypt – Thursday, April 14
  • St. Joachim, St. Macrobius – Friday, April 15
  • Sts. Agape, Erene, Shiona– Saturday, April 16

This Week’s Schedule:

  • Monday:
    • Midnight Praises: 8:00-9:30pm
  • Tuesday:
    • Bible Study: 7:00-8:30pm (in-person and Facebook)
  • Wednesday:
    • Liturgy: 9:00-12:00pm
  • Thursday:
    • Liturgy: 9:00-12:00pm
  • Friday:
    • Liturgy: 2:30-6:00pm
  • Saturday:
    • Vespers: 6:00-8:00pm.
    • Midnight Praises: 8:00-9:30am
  • Sunday:
    • Liturgy: 7:00-11:30am
    • Funeral Prayers: 11:30-1:00pm
    • See Schedule above for Eve of Pascha

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