SCHEDULE FOR FEBRUARY AND MARCH

February
11           Sunday           12:30           Divine Liturgy. Meatfare Sunday, or Sunday of the Last Judgment
          14:30           Celebrating Shrovetide in our parish
18           Sunday           12:30           Divine Liturgy. Cheesefare Sunday. The Rite of Forgiveness
February 19 - The Lent begins
19           Monday 18:30           Canon of the St. Andrew of Crete
25      Sunday      12:30     Divine Liturgy. Triumph of Orthodoxy Sunday
     Evening:     Vespers of the Triumph of Orthodoxy (Chapel of Trinity College, University of Toronto, 6 Hoskin Avenue, Toronto M5S 1H8)
March
3      Saturday      18:30     Parent Saturday. Commemoration of the Dead
4      Sunday      12:30     Divine Liturgy. Week of St. Gregory Palamas
6      Tuesday:     18:30      Holy Unction
11      Sunday      12:30     Divine Liturgy. Veneration of the Cross week
14      Wednesday      18:30      Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts
18      Sunday      12:30     Divine Liturgy. Week of St. John of the Ladder
24      Saturday      18:30     Akathist to the Blessed Virgin Mary
25      Sunday      12:30     Divine Liturgy. Week of St. Mary of Egypt
31     Saturday:           Vespers & consecrations of willows. Resurrection of the righteous Lazarus


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THOMAS'S SUNDAY

The first Sunday after Easter is called Thomas's Sunday. The Bright (Easter) week ends with this day, which is like a replacement (repetition) of the Easter day itself, and therefore it is called Antipascha (Greek for "instead of Easter"). The divine service of this day remembers the appearance of resurrected Jesus Christ to the disciples on the "first day of the week in the evening" and the assurance of the apostle Thomas on the eighth day after Easter. Based on the Gospel reading of the feast (John 20: 19-31), the whole service of this day encourages believers to awaken from the sinful sleep, turn to the Sun of Truth, Christ, to strengthen the faith, and together with the apostle Thomas sincerely, joyfully exclaim: "My Lord and my God."

Troparion of the day
From the sealed tomb, You did shine forth O Life! / Through closed doors You did come to Your disciples, O Christ God! / Renew in us, through them, an upright spirit, / By the greatness of Your mercy, O Resurrection of all!

Kontakion of the day
Thomas touched Your life-giving side with an eager hand, O Christ God, / When You did come to Your apostles through closed doors. / He cried out with all: You are my Lord and my God!