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  • The Trophy-Bearer A monthly publication of Saint George Greek Orthodox Church

    New Castle, Pennsylvania March 2019 Volume III, Issue 3

    Holy Fathers Slain at the Monastery of St. Savas (797 A.D.) March 20th

  • ΙΕΡΟΣ ΝΑΟΣ ΑΓΙΟΥ ΓΕΩΡΓΙΟΥ SAINT GEORGE GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH

    315 W. Englewood Avenue - New Castle, PA 16105 Church: (724) 654–8521 - www.stgeorgenewcastle.org

    Fr. Michael A. Gavrilos - Parish Priest FrMichael@stgeorgenewcastle.org

    Parish Council Members President—Helen Ritchie

    Vice-President—Artie Christou Treasurer—Nicholas Ligerakis Secretary—Deno Neofotistos

    Nik Foukas Eric Karmecy

    Service Times Please Check the Monthly Calendar for Services

    Services Times—Unless Otherwise Noted

    Sunday Orthros 8:15 a.m. Sunday Divine Liturgy 9:30 a.m. Mon-Sat Orthros & Divine Liturgy 8:30 a.m. Evening Services 6:00 p.m.

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    Fr. Michael (FrMichael@stgeorgenewcastle.org) no later than the 15th of the month.

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  • Fr. Michael’s Message Christ is in our Midst!

    On Monday March 11th, in the life of the Church, we will begin the period of Great & Holy Lent. When the average person hears the term Great Lent, they seem to have a negative feeling toward this period. And why is this? Several things come to mind. We are called to fast from meat and dairy products, we have

    more, and longer services, i.e. Great Compline, 9th Hour & Presanctified Liturgy, Salutation Services to the Theotokos, as well as the longer St. Basil Divine Liturgy on Sundays during Lent. These two things, fasting and more/longer services, is sometimes why people have a negative connotation associated with Great Lent.

    I urge us all to rather have a sense of joy for what is to happen over this Lenten Period. Lent is the perfect time for each and every one of us to focus in more and continue to improve our Orthodox Life. Lent is a time that we Orthodox Christians need to approach with respect, love, and with joy. We must be able to forgive our brothers and sisters for everything that they may have done to offend us in one way or another. In the Gospel of Matthew, there is a very powerful verse that states: “If you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” It seems pretty straightforward and simple, and there is a good reason for this - if we are unable to forgive our brothers and sisters here on earth, then we will not be forgiven by our Lord in heaven. There is no asterisk here that says you do not have to forgive other people as long as you go to Church every Sunday and feed the poor a few times a year. Those who do not forgive are not forgiven - period, end of statement, no fighting about it. If we are unable to forgive, we are willfully fleeing from the forgiveness of God for ourselves. Forgiveness towards others is one of the many things that we need to do during this Lenten period. Another thing that we must do is fast.

    When we thinking of fasting, we typically think of the food that we are eating. As we all know, during fasting periods in the Church we are to abstain from eating meat and dairy products. Fasting from foods is not something that is supposed to hurt our bodies, it is to help our souls. By fasting from certain foods, we are constantly reminding ourselves why we are doing this, we are awaiting the joy of the Resurrection in a few short weeks. We simplify our diets by eating “lighter” foods, not foods that are weighing ourselves down. With this being said, if we are eating all fasting food but stuff ourselves unto the point that we feel we are going to burst, then we are defeating the purpose of fasting. Fasting is supposed to help bring us closer to God. Throughout the Old and New Testament there are numerous examples of people fasting, usually during a time of prayer and supplication to God. Jesus himself fasted before beginning his ministry. When we fast, we are emptying ourselves of heavy foods and worldly cares, which leaves us feeling hungry, or maybe like something is missing. We need to fill this empty space with God, through prayer, reading scripture and holy books, attending extra church services, receiving the Body and Blood of Christ. Great Lent provides us with the perfect opportunity to draw as close to Christ as possible before the feast of feasts, His glorious Resurrection.

    Fasting, however, is not just from food. We also have other types of fasting. We also have to be mindful of fasting with our mouth. All throughout the year, and especially during the Lenten period, we need to be mindful of not only what goes into our mouth, but also what comes out of our mouth. We have to let out mouth fast from foul words and criticism that is unjust to everyone around us. We must let our eyes fast by being careful what we look at, what we watch and see and read. We must fast with our bodies by being careful of our actions, what we do with our bodies, how we dress, how we present ourselves. We must fast with our mind by staying humble and by not even thinking unkind and unjustly of others, foul words, lustful or prideful thoughts. We must have our ears fast by not listening to obscene music, evil talk, and the gossip that is all around us every day. As Saint John Chrysostom says “For what good is it if we abstain from birds and fishes, but bite and devour our brothers?” Fasting is a total body experience, it encompasses all of our senses, the physical and spiritual and emotional. It is a complete cleansing of all aspects of our being, more powerful and effective than any of those “detox” diets out there.

    What I want to leave everyone with is a few words to start us all on the right foot for Great Lent. We often tend to focus is on the bad things in life, and not the good things that surround us. The same goes for fasting. While we are fasting, and we might see this as very difficult, let us instead focus on the good we are trying to attain, and feast that we are all working towards, the banquet with our Lord in the Kingdom of Heaven!

    In Christ, Fr. Michael A. Gavrilos

  • March 2019

    Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

    1 2

    Saturday of Souls Orthros, Divine Liturgy, Memorials

    3

    Judgment Sunday (Meatfare) Orthros & Divine Liturgy

    4 5 6

    7 8 9

    Saturday of Souls Orthros, Divine Liturgy, Memorials

    10

    Forgiveness Sunday (Cheesefare) Orthros & Divine Liturgy

    Parish Council Meeting

    4:00 p.m. Holy Unction & Vespers

    11

    8:30 a.m. Orthros, 1st Hour, 3rd Hour, 6th Hour

    5:00 p.m. 9th Hour, Vespers, & Great Compline

    12

    6:00 p.m. Great Compline

    13

    6:00 p.m. 9th Hour & Presanctified Liturgy

    14

    6:00 p.m. Great Compline

    15

    6:00 p.m. 1st Salutations to the Theotokos

    16

    17

    Sunday of Orthodoxy Orthros & Divine Liturgy

    18

    19 20

    21 22

    6:00 p.m. 2nd Salutations to the Theotokos

    23

    24

    Sunday of St. Greogry Palamas Orthros & Divine Liturgy

    Lenten Shrimp Dinner

    6:30 p.m. Great Vespers— Annunciation Farrell

    25

    Annunciation Orthros & Divine Liturgy

    6:00 p.m. Great Compline

    26 27

    6:00 p.m. 9th Hour & Presanctified Liturgy

    28 29

    8:30 a.m. 9th Hour & Presanctified Liturgy

    6:00 p.m. 3rd Salutations to the Theotokos

    30

    31

    Sunday of the Holy Cross Orthros & Divine Liturgy

    ~~~ Fr. Michael Will be away

    from Friday March 15-

    Saturday March 23rd ~~~

    ~~~ Fr. Michael Will be away from Friday March 15-Saturday March 23rd ~~~

  • Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

    1

    6:00 p.m. Great Compline

    2 3

    6:00 p.m. 9th Hour & Presanctified Liturgy

    4 5

    8:30 a.m. 9th Hour & Presanctified Liturgy

    6:00 p.m. 4th Salutations to the Theotokos

    6

    7

    Sunday of St. John Climcaus Orthros & Divine Liturgy

    Parish Council Meeting

    8

    6:00 p.m. Great Compline

    9 10

    6:00 p.m. 9th Hour & Presanctified Liturgy

    11

    8:30 a.m. 9th Hour & Presanctified Liturgy

    6:00 p.m. Canon of St. Andrew of Crete

    12

    8:30 a.m. 9th Hour & Presanctified Liturgy

    6:00 p.m. Akathist to the Theotokos

    13

    Saturday of the Akathist 8:00 a.m. Orthros & Divine Liturgy

    14

    Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt Orthros & Divine Liturgy

    Spring