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)
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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On this day, the Church remembers at the divine service a woman who washed Jesus's feet with precious fragrant oil and wiped them with her hair. The disciples were indignant at the woman, saying that the oil could be sold for a big sum of money and distributed to the poor. But Christ does not just accept her gift, He promises: "Truly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her.” (Matthew 26:13).

Stichera of the Great Wednesday (written by nun Cassia):
A woman who had fallen into many sins, O Lord,
when she perceived Thy divinity,
equaling herself with the myrrh-bearing women,
In tears she brought Thee myrrh before Thy burial,
Crying: “Woe is me!
For I live in the night of licentiousness,
shrouded in the dark and moonless love of sin.
But accept the fountain of my tears,
Thou Who didst gather the waters of the sea into clouds!
Bow down Thine ear to the sighing of my heart,
O Thou, Who didst bow the heavens in Thine ineffable condescension!
Once Eve heard Thy footsteps in Paradise in the cool of the day,
and in fear she ran and hid herself.
But now I will tenderly embrace those pure feet
and wipe them with the hair of my head.
Who can measure the multitude of my sins,
or the depth of Thy judgments, O Savior of my soul?//
Do not despise Thy servant in Thine immeasurable mercy!"


The Great Monday, or the Holy Monday is the Monday of Holy Week (the Passion week). On this day, the church recalls the story of the Old Testament patriarch Joseph, sold by his brothers to Egypt, as a prototype of the suffering Jesus Christ, and the Gospel narrative about Jesus' curse of a barren fig tree, symbolizing a soul that does not bring spiritual fruits i.e. true repentance, faith, prayer, and good deeds.
Troparion of the first three days of Holy Week:
Behold the Bridegroom comes at midnight, / and blessed is the servant whom he shall find watching, / and unworthy is the servant whom he shall find heedless. / Beware, therefore, oh my soul. / Do not be weighed down with sleep, / lest you be given up to death, / and lest you be shut out of the kingdom. / But rouse yourself, crying, / Holy, Holy, Holy are Thou O God. / Through the Theotokos, have mercy on us.
This troparion, being a reminiscence of the parable of the ten virgins, reminds believers of the Last Judgment and calls them to spiritual wakefulness.
Also eksapostilarion is sung three times for the first four days of Holy Week (reminiscence of the parable of the marriage feast):
I see Thy Chamber adorned, O my Savior, / and I have no wedding garment that I may enter there. / Make the robe of my soul to shine, O Giver of Light, / and save me.
The Chamber mentioned in eksapostilarion symbolizes the chamber of the Last Supper, and the worshipers are therefore invited to think about whether they are worthy to be witnesses and participants in the events of Holy Week.


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O Christ God, when we were buried with Thee in Baptism,
we became deserving of Thy Resurrection to immortal life.
Wherefore, we praise Thee, crying:
Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord.
Upborne upon the heavenly throne, and seated upon the earthly foal, O Christ our God,
receive the praises of angels and the hymns of men, exclaiming before Thee:
Blessed is He that cometh to restore Adam.


The troparion of the feast:
By raising Lazarus from the dead before Thy passion,
Thou didst confirm the universal resurrection, O Christ God!
Like the children with the branches of victory,
we cry out to Thee, O Vanquisher of Death:
Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord!


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