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The 2019 Holy Week Schedule can be downloaded here.  Print it and keep it handy as a reference.

2019 Holy Week Schedule

The 2019 Holy Week Schedule can be downloaded here.  Print it and keep it handy as a reference.

The Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem the Syrian

O Lord and Master of my life!
Take from me the spirit of sloth, meddling, lust of power and idle talk.
But give, rather, the spirit of chastity, humility, patience and love to Thy servant.
Yea, O Lord and King!
Grant me to see my own sins and not to judge my brother;
For Thou art blessed unto ages of ages.  Amen.

Of all the Lenten hymns and prayers, one short prayer can be termed the Lenten prayer.  Tradition ascribes it to one of the great teachers of spiritual life -- St. Ephrem the Syrian.

The Lenten Season

Fr. Joseph Longofono, Lent, 2013, Ss. Peter and Paul, Topeka, KS.

Once again, we continue our journey through Great Lent, on the Road to the heavenly gates of the Kingdom, in the Feast of Feasts: PASCHA! It is a journey that only you can take for yourself, for the reward you receive is based solely on the effort you put into it. Therefore, we encourage you to make the following a part of your daily and weekly experience as we continue through this Lenten season:

  1. DAILY PRAYER: Please remember your morning and evening prayers, including prayers for our bishops, our clergy and their families, your Parish Council and all parishioners, the sick and suffering, those who hate us and those who love us, those who are kind to us and minister to us, and all those in need of God’s mercy, and especially St. Ephraim’s Prayer.

  2. THE WORD OF GOD: When you come to pray, take 10 minutes and read the Word of the Lord. You can start with a few chapters each day from the Psalms, the Proverbs, the Book of Job, or the Gospel according to St. Luke. But whatever it is, READ IT, and ask questions on those areas you find difficult.

  3. THE WEEKDAY SERVICES: GOD’S GIFT OF LIFE TO YOU! 

- Presanctified Liturgy, Wednesday evening at 5:30 pm, a uniquely peaceful time of prayers, followed by a potluck Lenten meal in the church basement.

- Akathist (Madayeh) Service, Friday evening at 6:00pm, a prayer service of supplication to the Virgin Mary.

- Ninth Hour and Great Vespers, Saturday evening, 5:45 pm, in preparation for:

- Orthros and Divine Liturgy, Sunday morning 9:00 am

- Holy Week Services (Please see Weekly Bulletins and Web Site Calendar Page for the lastest information) 

The Sacrament of Confession

Written by Fr. Michael Shanbour.

 

1. What is the Sacrament of Confession?

Confession is part of the process of "repentance" -- which is the essence of the Christian life.
Repentance is a change of heart usually with corresponding changes of behavior or attitude.

Discover Orthodox Christianity

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