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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April 7 - THE ANNUNCIATION OF THE HOLY MOTHER OF GOD

SUNDAY OF THE SAINT MARY OF EGYPT

Holy mother Mary, pray to God for us!
To extinguish the flame of the passions, O Mary, thou didst ever shed rivers of tears and fire thy soul with divine love. Grant also to me, thy servant, the grace of tears.

SUNDAY OF SAINT JOHN THE CLIMACUS (JOHN OF THE LADDER)

Saint John Climacus (also known as John of the Ladder) is revered by the Holy Church as a great ascetic and author of a remarkable book called the "Ladder of the Spirit" (i.e. a ladder for spiritual ascent).

SUNDAY OF THE CROSS

The Week of the Cross marks the middle of Lent. On this Sunday the Church begins special glorification of Christ's Cross and recalls His suffering and the death of the Lord for our salvation. Without the death on the Cross, the Glorious Resurrection is impossible. The worship of the Cross strengthens the spirit of the faithful's journey through Lent and inspires them for the further effort of Lenten deeds.

THE SECOND SUNDAY OF THE LENT - WEEK OF SAINT GREGORY PALAMAS

In the second week of Lent we commemorate St Gregory Palamas, Archbishop of Thessalonica. In the second week of the Great Lent the Holy Church tells us about the mystery of the light, to which we must commune if we want to see the Resurrection of Christ. St. Gregory of Thessalonica and theological controversies in the fourteenth century associated with his name taught that the light of the Transfiguration is a light uncreated. Disproving the heresy of Western theologians, this teaching was reminiscent of the word of Scripture that God is light, and, confessing God the Father and God the Son, Light from Light, true God from true God, we believe that God the Light created another, created light , the one mentioned in the book of Genesis: "And God said, let there be light."

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