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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SUNDAY OF ORTHODOXY

The Sunday of Orthodoxy (also known as the Triumph of Orthodoxy) is celebrated on the first Sunday of Great Lent (six Sundays before Pascha). The Feast is kept in memory of the final defeat of Iconoclasm and the restoration of the icons to the churches.
After the death of the last Iconoclast emperor, Theophilos, his widow the regent Theodora and Patriarch Methodios, summoned the Synod of Constantinople in 843 to restore the icons to the Church.
After Orthros, a procession is made with icons around the church.
Once the procession arrives at the place, the Synodicon (decree of the Synod of Constantinople) is read aloud by the deacon. This Synodicon begins with the memory of certain saints, confessors and heroes of the faith, to each of whose names the people cry out: "Eternal Memory!" three times. Then follows a long list of heretics of all kinds, to each of which the answer is: "Anathema" once or thrice. These heretics comprise all the major opponents of the Orthodox Faith, Arians, Nestorians, Monophysites, Monothelites, Iconoclasts, and so on. Then comes again "Eternal Memory" to certain pious emperors, from Constantine the Great on.
The troparion of the feast:
We venerate Your most pure image, O Good One,
and ask forgiveness of our transgressions, O Christ God.
Of Your own will You were pleased to ascend the Cross in the flesh
to deliver Your creatures from bondage to the enemy.
Therefore with thanksgiving we cry aloud to You:
You have filled all with joy, O our Savior,
by coming to save the world.
Please note that this year the Pan-Orthodoxy Vespers will be held in Serbian church in Mississauga 2520 Dixie RD, Mississauga, ON L4Y 2A5, March 5 at 6pm

Forgiveness Sunday

Forgiveness Sunday, or Cheesefare Sunday, Sunday of Adam's exile from Paradise is the fourth and last of the four Sundays of preparation for Lent in Orthodox Christianity. On this day the Orthodox Christians hear the Gospel reading on the forgiveness of sins, fasting, and gathering of celestial treasures. On this day all the faithful ask forgiveness of each other - to begin the Lent with a good heart, to focus on the spiritual life, to purify the heart from sin in confession, and with a pure heart to meet the Easter, the the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
This is the last day when non-Lenten food can be eaten (but already without meat).

SCHEDULE OF SERVICES FOR LENT

February:
26 - Sun. - 12:30 - Liturgy, Forgiveness Rite.
27 - Mon. - 18:30 - The Canon of St. Andrew of Crete
March:
5 - Sun. - 12:30pm - Liturgy. Sunday of Orthodoxy
6pm - Pan-Orthodox Vespers in the Serbian Church in Mississauga 2520 Dixie RD, Mississauga, ON L4Y 2A5
11 - Sat. - 18:30 - SATURDAY. Parent Saturday (Memory of all the reposed)
12 - Sun. - 12:30 - Liturgy. St. Gregory Palamas. Lecture on Liturgy.
14 - Tue. - 18:30 - Holy Unction
19 - Sun. - 12:30 - Liturgy. Week of the Cross
22 - Wed. - 18:30 - Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts.
26 - Sun. - 12:30 - Liturgy. Sunday of St. John of the Ladder (Climacus). Screening of documentary "Planet of Orthodoxy"
April
1 - Sat. - 18:30 - Akathist to the Most Holy Theotokos
2 - Sun - 12:30 - Liturgy. Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt
7 - Fri. - 11:30 - The Annunciation. Liturgy
8 - Sat. - 18:30 - Vespers and the consecration of the willows. General confession.
9 - Sun. - 12:30 - Liturgy. Palm Sunday.
13 - Thurs. - 18:30 - 12 Gospels of the Holy Passion
14 - Fri. - 18:30 - Vespers with the deposition of Holy Shroud
15 - Sat. - 18:00 - Blessing of Easter eatables.
11.30PM Easter Vigil

MARDI GRAS FEAST


On Sunday February 19th we will celebrate Mardi Gras, the start of the Meatfare (Carnival) week in Elgin Barrow Arena at 43 Church Street South, Richmond Hill (5 minutes' walk from the Church of St. Seraphim of Sarov.). Beginning at 2pm.
Of course, there will be pancakes and music
Tickets can be purchased in our church during a service (ask at the candle box):
- For adults - $ 25.
- For children from 7 to 12 years - $ 10.
- For children up to 7 years free of charge, but you still need to get a ticket.

SCHEDULE OF SERVICES

Sunday January 1, 12:30 New Year prayer service (no liturgy)
Friday January 6, 18:30 Great Compline and Matins. CHRISTMAS EVE
Saturday January 7, 11:30 Liturgy. CHRISTMAS
Sunday January 8:
12:30 Liturgy
15:00 Christmas matinee for children (Tickets can be purchased until January 7)
Sunday January 15, 12:30 Liturgy
Wednesday January 18, 18:30 Great Compline and Matins. Great Blessing of Waters
Thursday January 19, 11:30 Liturgy. Great Blessing of the Waters - THE EPIPHANY

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