Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

This week I have found myself musing about one short line in the Life of St. Mary of Egypt, whom we focus on this weekend. In explaining her many years in the hostile Palestinian desert, she told the Priest-Monk Zosimas that she was fed and clothed by the Word of God. Such faith, as we find ourselves in the much more hospitable desert of Great Lent, should strike us with contrition and repentance. May our own faith grow as did that of this most remarkable woman!

1. This weekend: Tonight we will serve Pre-Sanctified Liturgy at 6:30 p.m., followed by our book study and Lenten meal. Tomorrow morning we will celebrate the Salutations to the Theotokos, in full, at 10:00 a.m. At the conclusion of the Salutations we will serve a pannakhida for John Dancsecs, Sr., the father of our own John Dancsecs. He fell asleep in the Lord on Thursday morning, and his funeral will be at St. Stephen's Orthodox Church in Hiram, Georgia, on Saturday morning. Memory Eternal! Please hold him, as well as John and his family, in prayer.

On Saturday night, at 6:00 p.m., we will have Great Vespers for the Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt, and Divine Liturgy on her day on Sunday morning at 10:00.

Next week we will offer the two final Pre-Sanctified Liturgies of this Lent on Wednesday and Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. Friday night will also see our last shared Lenten meal and book study, following Pre-sanctified Liturgy that evening.,

Also on Friday, April 19, we are asking for volunteers to come and help thoroughly clean the Church prior to Holy Week and Pascha. Several people devote many hours to keeping St. Nicholas presentable, but we want to go a little deeper. The clean up will be from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.

2. Although it is difficult to believe, I made a mistake on the Holy Week schedule. I have redone it, and a copy is attached. Other copies may be found in the narthex. Holy Week begins on the weekend following this one. We are close!

I hope to see everyone this weekend!

In Christ,

Fr. James

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Schedule of Services For Holy Week
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church

Saturday, April 20: 9:30 a.m.: Divine Liturgy for Lazarus Saturday
6:00 p.m.: Great Vespers for Palm Sunday

Sunday, April 21, 10:00 a.m.: Divine Liturgy for the Entrance of Our Lord Into Jerusalem,

Monday, April 22, 7:00 p.m.: Bridegroom Matins

Tuesday, April 23, 7:00 p.m.: Bridegroom Matins

Wednesday, April 24, 7:00 p.m.: Service of Holy Unction

Thursday, April 25: 10:00 a.m. – Vesperal Liturgy of Great and Holy Thursday

7:00 p.m. – Reading of the Twelve Passion Gospels

Friday, April 26: 9:00 a.m. – Royal Hours of Pascha

7:00 p.m. – Vespers for Great and Holy Friday (Burial Service of Our
Lord)

Saturday, April 27: 10:00 a.m. – Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil for Great and Holy Saturday

10:30 p.m. – Resurrection Matins

Midnight -- Divine Liturgy for the Resurrection of Our Lord and God and Saviour, Jesus Christ

Sunday, April 28, 4:00 p.m.: Agape Vespers for Pascha
Important Notes!

1. Following Divine Liturgy on Saturday, April 20, we will make palm crosses in the coffee hour room.

2. We need flowers with which to decorate the Lord’s tomb. Kathy Reymers is coordinating this effort. We
need donations so that we can make the Tomb as beautiful as possible. A container for that purpose is on
the table in the narthex.

3. We need volunteers to read the Psalter over the Tomb on Friday night and on Saturday morning. We are asking each volunteer to take 30 minutes to read a kathisma – normally 7 or 8 psalms. You can read in the church over the Tomb, or if you cannot get out at night or live too far away, you may read them at home during the time you signed up for.

4. After the Divine Liturgy for the Resurrection, we will bless Pascha baskets and then sit down to break the fast with a communal meal.

5. Finally, we need readers to read the Resurrection Gospel at Agape Vespers on Sunday afternoon, April 28.
We have English, Greek and Spanish covered. Do you know another language? Volunteer to read the Gospel in that language.