Great Lent

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Great Lent is the time of preparation for the Feast of the Resurrection of Christ. It is the living symbol of our own life which is to be fulfilled in our resurrection from the dead with Christ. It is a time of renewed devotion – of prayer, fasting, and alms giving. It is a time of renewal of our minds, hearts and deeds in Christ and his teachings. It is the time, most of all, for our return to the great commandments – to love God and our neighbors. We invite and encourage the faithful to take this opportunity to renew themselves with Christ.

What is different during Great Lent? The Altar curtains will close on Poon Paregentan, Sunday, February 26th at the conclusion of Divine Liturgy.  They will remain closed throughout the Forty Days of Great Lent until they are opened on Palm Sunday.  The closing of the curtains and covering of the altars in dark-colored drapery symbolizes the Expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise.

  • During Lent the Divine Liturgy (Badarak) is celebrated with the Main Altar curtain closed.
  • The Kiss of Peace is not given.
  • Holy Communion is not given.  In special circumstances, Holy Communion may be received by making arrangements with the Celebrant after the service.
  • The Gospel is not kissed at the end of Divine Liturgy.
  • Mas is distributed during Lent.

We invite parishioners to join us every Wednesday during Lent for our weekly Lenten Vigil Service.  Please see below for dates and more information.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
First Week of Great Lent

Gospel Reading – Matthew 6:1-21
Lenten Vigil Service 7 pm

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Week of Sunday of the Expulsion
Gospel Reading – Matthew 5:17-48
Lenten Vigil service 7 pm

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Week of Sunday of the Prodigal Son
Gospel Reading – Luke 15:1-32
Lenten Vigil Service 7 pm

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Week of Sunday of the Steward
Gospel Reading – Luke 16:1-31
Lenten Vigil Service 7 pm

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Week of Sunday of the Judge
Gospel Reading – Luke 17: 20-18:14
Lenten Vigil Service 7 pm

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Week of Sunday of the Advent
Gospel Reading – Matthew 22:34-23:39
Lenten Vigil service 7 pm