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March 28, 2020

Message from Father David

Father Alexander, David the Subdeacon and I spent several hours on Saturday Morning attempting to record a short service so everyone could view it. It went wrong. David recorded it in Zoom and we couldn't find it afterwards. We tried and we shall try again. We were using Zoom but it is more complicated than anticipated. David is working hard to work it out. We shall overcome Zoom. When we find our way round Zoom we shall send a message to everyone.

Commemoration of St. John of the Ladder (Climacus)

St. John of the Ladder was born in Constantinople about 570. He was named that because of the book he wrote called "The Ladder", a book describing the spiritual journey from earth to Heaven as thirty steps that one must ascend. It was intended for monks, but became useful to other Christians seeking instruction on how to reach Heaven. The book is still in print and still read in monasteries during Lent.

The Epistle

Letter to the Hebrews 6:13-20

The Certainty of God's Promise

13 For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself, 14 saying, "Surely I will bless you and multiply you." 15 And thus Abraham, [2] having patiently waited, obtained the promise. 16 For people swear by something greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation. 17 So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, 18 so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. 19 We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, 20 where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.

The Gospel

St. Mark 9:17-31

Jesus Heals

17 And someone from the crowd answered him, "Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a spirit that makes him mute. 18 And whenever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid. So I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able." 19 And he answered them, "O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me." 20 And they brought the boy to him. And when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. 21 And Jesus asked his father, "How long has this been happening to him?" And he said, "From childhood. 22 And it has often cast him into fire and into water, to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us." 23 And Jesus said to him, "'If you can'! All things are possible for one who believes." 24 Immediately the father of the child cried out [4] and said, "I believe; help my unbelief!" 25 And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, "You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again." 26 And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse, so that most of them said, "He is dead." 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. 28 And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, "Why could we not cast it out?" 29 And he said to them, "This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer." [5] Jesus Again Foretells Death, Resurrection 30 They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he did not want anyone to know, 31 for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, "The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him. And when he is killed, after three days he will rise."

The prayer appointed to be read at the end of the Litany of the Catechumens:

O God Almighty, Lord of heaven and earth, and of all creation visible and invisible, in thine ineffable goodness, look down upon thy people gathered in thy name. Be our helper and defender in this day of affliction. Thou knowest our weakness. Thou hearest our cry in repentance and contrition of heart. O Lord who lovest mankind deliver us from the impending threat of the corona virus. Send thine angel to watch over us and protect us. Grant health and recovery to those suffering from this virus. Guide the hands of physicians, and preserve those who are healthy that we may continue to serve thee in peace and glorify thy most honorable and majestic name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Боже Вседержителю, Господи небесе и земли, всея твари, видимыя же и невидимыя, по неизреченной благости Твоея призри на люди Твоя, к Тебе притекающия. Буди нам Помощник и Защититель в сей день скорби. Веси бо немощи наша, слышиши глас покаяния и умиления сердечнаго. Господи Человеколюбче, избави нас от напасти коронавируса на ны движимыя. Ниспосли ангела Твоего призирати на ны и избавити ны. Страждущим от болезни здравие и исцеление подаждь. Руки врачующих направи. Здравых в здравии сохрани, да в мире поработают Ти и да прославят пресвятое и великополепое имя Твое, Отца и Сына и Святаго Духа, ныне и присно, и во веки веков, аминь.

Civic Calendar with Service Schedule

Year 2020
March
 Mon  Tue  Wed  Thu  Fri  Sat  Sun 
      01
Cheesefare / Forgiveness Sunday
Hours, Liturgy, Forgiveness Vespers 10:00am
02
Great Lent
begins
Great Canon I 6:30pm
0304
Great Canon III 6:30pm
050607
Great Vespers 6:00pm
08
Orthodoxy
Sunday
Hours, Liturgy 10:00am

Celebration in St.Antonios Orthodox Church 5:30pm
091011
Presanctified Liturgy 6:30pm
121314
Great Vespers 6:00pm
15
St. Gregory
Palamas
Hours, Liturgy 10:00am
16171819202122
Adoration of the Holy Cross
23242526272829
St. John Climacus
3031     
April
 Mon  Tue  Wed  Thu  Fri  Sat  Sun 
  01020304
Great Vespers 6:00pm
05
St. Mary of Egypt
Hours, Liturgy 10:00am
0607
Annunciation
Vesperal Liturgy 6:30am
08091011
Lazarus Saturday
Vespers of Palm Sunday 6:00pm
12
Palm Sunday
Hours, Blessing of Palms, Liturgy 10:00am
13
Great and Holy Monday
14
Great and Holy Tuesday
15
Great and Holy Wednesday
Holy Anointing 6:30pm
16
Great and Holy Thursday
Hours, Liturgy of the Last Supper 10:00am
17
Great and Holy Friday
Vespers (Deposition from the Cross) 12:00pm

Epitaphios 6:30pm
18
Great and Holy Saturday
Pascha: CHRIST IS RISEN!
Burial Canon of Great Saturday, Matins of the Resurrection, Liturgy, Blessing of Food, Parish potluck 11:00pm
19
Pascha: CHRIST IS RISEN!
202122232425
Vespers 6:00pm
26
Hours, Liturgy 10:00am
27282930   

Sundays and major feasts are in red. Fast days are shaded.

March 27, 2020

On the Canadian Archdiocese website, Archbishop Irenee has given his blessing for an "All-Canada Orthodox Prayer Service" to be posted to take place tonight, March 27, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. Atlantic time. Everyone is invited to prayerfully join the service online

Please click this link to join the All-Canada Orthodox prayer service tonight at 8 p.m.

March 22, 2020

Third Sunday of Great Lent - Veneration of the Holy Cross

Message from Father David

Since we may not meet together as a parish community at this time, I remind us all to pray without ceasing. These are difficult and trying times but we must not give up hope; we must maintain our faith that God will protect us and bring us through.

These are the readings for the Sunday Liturgy, please read them.

Revised Standard Version (RSV)

EPISTLE TO THE HEBREWS 4:14 - 5:6

4:14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

5:1 For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. 2 He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness. 3 Because of this he is bound to offer sacrifice for his own sins as well as for those of the people. 4 And one does not take the honor upon himself, but he is called by God, just as Aaron was.

5 So also Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him,

"Thou art my Son,
today I have begotten thee"

6 as he says also in another place,

"Thou art a priest for ever,
after the order of Melchiz'edek."

MARK 8:34-9:1 Revised Standard Version (RSV)

8:34 And he called to him the multitude with his disciples, and said to them, "If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35 For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. 36 For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? 37 For what can a man give in return for his life? 38 For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels." 9:1 And he said to them, "Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see that the kingdom of God has come with power."

Amongst the saints we remember today are the Holy Forty Martyrs of Sebaste.

This is an incredible story of bravery. As you will see, the soldiers would not give up their faith. They were protected but eventually were disabled and then burned. Their remains were eventually gathered up by Christians and buried.

May God give us the strength to persevere and maintain our Faith during these very trying times.

Even though we are not permitted Liturgy or other services, God willing, I shall be in the church during the time that we normally serve Liturgy on Sunday morning. We are bound to pray for each other and the parish at all times, but specially as we face this very nasty virus. May God protect us all.

The following prayer is the one sent by Archbishop Irenee that we were asked to pray at the end of the Litany of the Catechumens:

O God Almighty, Lord of heaven and earth, and of all creation visible and invisible, in thine ineffable goodness, look down upon thy people gathered in thy name. Be our helper and defender in this day of affliction. Thou knowest our weakness. Thou hearest our cry in repentance and contrition of heart. O Lord who lovest mankind deliver us from the impending threat of the corona virus. Send thine angel to watch over us and protect us. Grant health and recovery to those suffering from this virus. Guide the hands of physicians, and preserve those who are healthy that we may continue to serve thee in peace and glorify thy most honorable and majestic name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Боже Вседержителю, Господи небесе и земли, всея твари, видимыя же и невидимыя, по неизреченной благости Твоея призри на люди Твоя, к Тебе притекающия. Буди нам Помощник и Защититель в сей день скорби. Веси бо немощи наша, слышиши глас покаяния и умиления сердечнаго. Господи Человеколюбче, избави нас от напасти коронавируса на ны движимыя. Ниспосли ангела Твоего призирати на ны и избавити ны. Страждущим от болезни здравие и исцеление подаждь. Руки врачующих направи. Здравых в здравии сохрани, да в мире поработают Ти и да прославят пресвятое и великополепое имя Твое, Отца и Сына и Святаго Духа, ныне и присно, и во веки веков, аминь.

Father Maximos of the Antiochian Orthodox Church of St. Antonios in Halifax is able to live stream his service on Sunday.

March 17, 2020

Archdiocese Closes All Churches until April 1, 2020

To all the Reverend Clergy, Monastics and Faithful of our Archdiocese of Canada My beloved Fathers, Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

For days we have been monitoring this crisis. Last night the Holy Synod assembled in teleconference to hear the advice of medical and legal counsels.

This is by far the most difficult decision I will probably have to make in my life. Considering that this COVID-19 virus has now begun to transmit within the community, it is essential that we abide strictly with the guidelines of our Civil and Medical authorities.

I realize that the Holy Eucharist will not harm anyone of us, but congregating in closed quarters could, therefore, I ask all our clergy to close the churches of the Archdiocese of Canada for the next two weeks, until April 1st, 2020. The situation will be reviewed then.

I ask you all to be safe and remain at home as much as possible. Clergy of the Archdiocese will do their best to accompany the faithful and keep them safe. Prayer is essential to our life. Remember to pray to the Holy Unmercenaries and Wonderworkers of Christ for help and strength in these difficult times.

Asking your prayers, in Christ our Saviour,

+AB Irenee
Archbishop of Ottawa and Canada (OCA)
and the Archdiocese of Canada

Father David adds the following message:

My Dear Friends,

This comes as no shock. I understand how the Archbishop feels as I'm sure you do and we pray for him and for the Archdiocese. I must however remind you of three things:

  1. Pray - not only for the Archbishop but for all of us.
  2. If you know of anyone in need, please let me know.
  3. Obviously, the expenses of the church continue so we must be even more aware of the necessity to give our offerings, even increase our giving to make up for some who may not receive this message.

May God bless us all.

March 14, 2020

Saturday, Mar 14 - Vespers: 6 p.m.

Sunday, Mar 15 - Liturgy: 10 a.m., 2nd Sunday of Great Lent followed by Coffee Hour.

Wednesday, Mar 18 - Presanctified Liturgy: 6:30 p.m.

Message from Father David about COVID-19

We are all aware of the situation involving other parts of Canada and the world as regards The Virus. I've had a couple of emails asking for some direction. We must not overreact nor should we panic. There has been ridiculous panic buying, as you know.

Archbishop Irenee has sent out a message on the Archdiocesan website. The Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America has also published this message.

Please read these messages at your convenience. (Father David will go over them with us on Sunday.)

In the mean time, these steps would be sensible:

  1. If you are feeling ill, then stay home but let someone know so we can pray for you and make sure you are being cared for.
  2. Since it is impossible to buy hand sanitizer at the moment (likely all across Canada), please bring enough for your family and to share with those who have none.
  3. The wine after Communion will be given in small paper cups instead of the one ladle.
  4. People will continue to take their own after Communion bread (Antidoron). We are not in the habit of having it distributed by anyone.
  5. We have access to the outside water tap on the next door neighbour's home. We shall use that as a source of water for hand washing. I'll ask David to arrange a short hose so the water soaks our property and not the neighbour's. No spraying of water after church, well not much anyway!
  6. Paper plates and mugs, as long as they are recyclable, in place of china and plastic for the time being; if one can find such these days.
  7. Instead of kissing icons, we may just bow the head and reverence that way.

March 6, 2020

Saturday, Mar 7 - Vespers: 6 p.m.

Sunday, Mar 8 - Liturgy: 10 a.m., First Sunday of Great Lent. Coffee Hour (Potluck) following the Liturgy. Please bring something (fasting food) for the Potluck if you are able to.

Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers, March 8, at St. Antonios Orthodox Church at 5:30 p.m.

Father David writes:

I hope everyone can make it to the Vespers service at St. Antonios Antiochian Church at 5.30 on Sunday evening. Father Maximos made the arrangements for this service much earlier than usual, at my request, as being unfamiliar with happenings in Halifax, I didn't know what usually happened.

This is an important occasion for several reasons: it proclaims the Triumph of Orthodoxy (the restoration of Icons in 843). It also allows us to reaffirm our visibility as a parish to the other Orthodox in Halifax and our willingness to cooperate with other Orthodox communities, but it also, and this is really important, proclaims that the Orthodox Church is one, despite the adjectives that usually precede the word Orthodox; words like Greek, Antiochian, Russian or OCA.

Please make every effort to come to the service. (I bet there will be lovely lenten goodies after the service). May God keep the Orthodox faith and Orthodox Christians unto the Ages of Ages: Amen.

Congratulations to Eric and Crystal Hyun on the arrival of their baby daughter on Mar 6, a sister for Elijah!

Click here to see the schedule of Lenten Services at St. Vladimir's. Please note that there will be Presanctified Liturgy this coming week on Wednesday, Mar 11, at 6:30 p.m.

February 29, 2020

Saturday, Feb 29 - Vespers: 6 p.m.

Sunday, Mar 1 - Liturgy: 10 a.m., Forgiveness Sunday, followed by Forgiveness Vespers. Beginning of Great Lent. Coffee Hour after Forgiveness Vespers.

Confessions: Before and after Vespers, before and during Liturgy.

Canon of St Andrew of Crete: Monday, Mar 2, at 6:30 p.m., and Wednesday, Mar 4 at 6:30 p.m.

Reminder about Orthodox Sunday evening service, March 8 at St. Antonios Orthodox Church 5 p.m.

February 20, 2020

Saturday, Feb 22 - Liturgy: 10 a.m. Commemoration of the Dead
Vespers: 6 p.m.

Sunday, Feb 23 - Hours, Liturgy: 10 a.m. Sunday of the Last Judgement (Meat-fare Sunday) followed by Coffee hour.

For the Liturgy this Saturday morning, Father David asks everyone to bring an already prepared list of names of those Orthodox departed family members or friends that you wish to be remembered.

Confessions: Confessions are before or after Vespers on Saturdays and before the Hours on Sundays; also by appointment.

Volunteering: think about it! Is there just one little thing you could manage to do to help our Church, especially as an offering to the Lord during Lent?

The ladies/men of the Church who are bravely cooking for coffee hour, cleaning the church, washing dishes, baking prosphora, bringing flowers and shoveling snow are short in number and would very much appreciate some help!

If you are available to help, please contact Crystal Hyun or Heather & Dave Decaire. Everyone is encouraged to bring a small side dish each Sunday to supplement the main dish. Or just bring something! Some bread, crackers, fruit, cookies, dessert are just a few little suggestions. Men are also needed to shovel the front stairs, put sand on icy patches around the exterior of the church, clean candle stands, empty garbage, etc.

Let's all thank those ladies/men for the work they have faithfully done and are continuing to do! May we all do whatever we are able to do for the Lord and to His glory.

Sunday of Orthodoxy, March 8 at 5 p.m: at St. Antonios Orthodox Church, corner of Chebucto and Windsor Streets, Halifax.

February 8, 2020

Saturday, Feb 8 - Vespers: 6 p.m.

Sunday, Feb 9 - Hours, Liturgy: 10 a.m., Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee

Friday, Feb 14 - Vespers: 6 p.m. The Meeting of our Lord

Please contact Father David or Father Alexander if you would like to have your house blessed.

Crystal Hyun will give a talk on Sunday after the Liturgy about the Sisterhood and volunteering: think about it! Is there just one little thing you could do to help our Church?

Father David will be away for the next 2 Sundays.

February 1, 2020

Saturday, Feb 1 - Vespers: 6 p.m.

Sunday, Feb 2 - Hours, Liturgy: 10 a.m.

The Liturgy will be followed by the Induction of the new Parish Council members, the Choir Director, the Sunday School Co-ordinator and the Webmaster.

Crystal Hyun will give a talk about the Sisterhood (Ladies' Auxiliary).

Father David will be away for the next 2 Sundays.

January 25, 2020

This Sunday is the Sunday after Theophany. Newly-blessed Holy Water is available at church. Please bring a clean container if you would like to take some home.

If you would like to have your house blessed, please contact Fr. David or Fr. Alexander.

Saturday, Jan 25 - Vespers: 6 p.m.

Sunday, Jan 26 - Liturgy: 10 a.m. followed by the Annual General Meeting of the Parish

Fr. David would like to see everyone at the meeting, which will be as short as possible, followed by refreshments. The Membership Form is attached for you to fill out and there will be copies available at church. The form is necessary in order to renew your membership and to be able to vote at the meeting. Thank you for your co-operation.

January 17, 2020

Father Maximos of the St. Antonios Antiochian Orthodox Church invites the priests and parishioners of St. Vladimir Orthodox parish to the Feast of St. Anthony the Great on Jan. 17th in the evening:

Friday, Jan 17 - Vespers: 4:30 pm, Matins: 5:30 pm and Divine Liturgy: 6:30 pm

An Agape reception for everyone will follow at the end of the Liturgy.

For the address and directions to the church, please consult https://saintantonios.ca/directions

Saturday, Jan 18 - Vespers: 6 p.m. followed by Great Blessing of the Water

Sunday, Jan 19 - Holy Theophany. Liturgy: 10 a.m. followed by the Blessing of the Ocean

Annual General Meeting of the Parish:

The AGM will take place on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020 after the Liturgy. A membership form will be sent out to everyone. Hard copies will also be available at church. Please print and fill out the membership form in order to be able to vote at the meeting. The forms are kept strictly confidential. (If you are a returning member, and there is no change of address or other information, please print and fill out the first page only.)

January 11, 2020

Saturday, Jan 11 - Vespers: 6 p.m.

Sunday, Jan 12 - Liturgy: 10 a.m. followed by Coffee hour (as usual)

Monday, Jan 13 - Vespers: 6 p.m. Circumcision of our Lord Jesus Christ and St. Basil the Great

January 3, 2020

Saturday, Jan 4: Work Bee - The Church will be open at 10 a.m. in order to clean as much as possible before the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord. Refreshments will be available. Please feel free to come and go as you are able to. The church and the basement need to be cleaned. Some clean rags or cloths would be appreciated.

Saturday, Jan 4 - Vespers: 6 p.m.

Sunday, Jan 5 - Sunday of the Holy Ancestors of Christ - Liturgy: 10 a.m.

Monday, Jan 6 - Nativity of our Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ: 9 p.m.

A shortened Matins service will begin at 9 p.m. followed by the Divine Liturgy. After the Liturgy there will be a Christmas potluck meal. All contributions to the meal are greatly appreciated. Please contact Heather Decaire at 902 440 3468 if you have any questions about what to bring for the potluck.

Confessions:

Confessions are before or after Vespers on Saturdays and before the Hours on Sundays; also by appointment. Confessions before the Feast of the Nativity are during the Matins service.

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