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.

OUR SUNDAY SCHOOL STARTS

Dear parents! The registration of children for our parish school for the 2015-2016 school year has started. Please fill out this form.
First day of school: Sunday, October 4, 2015. We will be glad to see you!
The classes start at noon. Please bring your children ten or fifteen minutes in advance before the first lesson.

18th All-American Council of the OCA

From 20 to 24 July 2015, XVIII American Council of the Orthodox Church in America took place in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Such councils are held every three years, and both ministers and delegates of the laity, from all the parishes of the OCA (i.e. from the United States, Canada and Mexico) participate in them. Our parish also sent a delegate to the Council.
The Council adopted a new version of the Charter of the OCA, as well as the resolution on the financial system of the OCA, and a resolution on abuse of spiritual power.
The Council was attended by Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine Onufry, Administrator of the Patriarchal parishes in the USA Ioann Bishop of Naro-Fominsk, and Vicar of the Diocese of Chernivtsi and Bukovina, Evseviy, Bishop of Khotyn.
The materials and the resolutions of the Council can be found at the OCA website: http://18aac.oca.org/

Photos from the Council:
At the plenary session. In the hall where the meetings and the Divine services took place, there was an iconostasis mounted and reliquaries with the relics of the saints placed, so the delegates could venerate them.

The delegates came to the Council from across the US, Canada and Mexico

Icon of All Saints in the America

Reliquary of St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco

Antimension that Saint Innokenty of Alaska used for Divine Services

Our patronal feast

Our feast day was held on Sunday, August 2nd.
For the time of the patronal feast our church housed relics of the Grand Duchess Elizaveta Feodorovna, renowned not only for her martyrdom, but for her righteous life given entirely to the sacrificial service to God and her neighbours.
Thanks everyone who came to pray together at the feast of St.Seraphim in the presence of the relics of the great saint who could fulfill the bidding of the holy elder: "Acquire the spirit of peace, and then thousands of souls will be saved around you!"



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PATRONAL FEAST, AUGUST 2

On Sunday, August 2, we will celebrate our feast day. This year, our ruling bishop, His Eminence Irenee, Archbishop of Ottawa and Canada, will not be able to come to us because at this time he will represent the Orthodox Church in America at the celebrations in Moscow. However, for the time of our patronal feast, Bishop Irinee sends to our church the relics of a great saint, Holy Martyr, the Grand Duchess Elizaveta Feodorovna, renowned not only for her martyrdom, but for her righteous life, given entirely to the sacrificial service to God and her neighbours.
You can read the life story of this amazing woman here.
The arrival of the relics of Saint Elizaveta to our parish of St. Seraphim of Sarov is particularly significant, given the importance that Seraphim had in Elizaveta's spiritual growth. She participated in the first recovery of Saint Seraphim's relics in 1903, and it made such a strong and lasting impression on her, that after that, in the most difficult periods of her life, she sought spiritual support from the relics of St.Seraphim. According to eyewitnesses, during the First World War, caring for the wounded, she anointed them with the holy oil from St.Seraphim.
We invite everyone to pray together at the feast of St. Seraphim in the presence of the relics of the great saint, who fulfilled the bidding of the holy elder: "Acquire the spirit of peace, and then thousands of souls will be saved around you!"

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