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Just a short note as we begin the 5th week of Great Fast. We hope that all are doing well. These are trying times but with the help of God things will get better.
As we enter the fifth week of the Great Fast, we are reminded that this week there are special services. On Wednesday we read the Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete. On Friday the Akathist to the All-holy Theotokos is served. If you do have copies of the Canon and the Akathist you should take the time to read them. Even if we don’t have them, we should increase our prayer life. If you have a prayer bracelet or rope this is a perfect time to use it more during this Lenten period. We could say the Jesus prayer:” O LORD JESUS CHRIST, THE SON OF GOD HAVE MERCY ON US” or pray to the Theotokos: “MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US”. Let us pray for our family, friends, neighbors and the whole world. We are quite sure we have extra time now that we are now in our homes most of the time.
Next Sunday, we commemorate St. Mary of Egypt. We must remember how she separated herself and lived in the dessert for many years. We should try to imitate her and her life of prayer and fasting which brought her to the eternal Kingdom of God.
We hope that we will be able to bless pussy willows on April 12. We will set up a time when those who would like to have them can come to the church or hall. Most likely it will be from 10 to noon on that day.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Fr. Vladimir or Fr. John. May God continue to bless us and grant us good health and many years.
Fr. Vladimir and Fr. John
Due to the COVID-19 Outbreak, there will be no services in our church until April 1. Please stay safe and healthy.
Read Archbishop Mark's directive here.
We hope that this note finds you in good health. We know that these times are very trying times in the world, in our country and in our homes. It is affecting our lives as never before . We must first of all turn to God keeping Him before us at all times. Archbishop Mark has ordered all churches in this diocese to close until at least April 1.
Without services in the church we should dedicate more of our time during the day to our prayer life and reading the Bible. We should remember our fellow parishioners, family, friends and neighbors in our prayers .
We also should also remember our parish. Our obligations, commitments and expenses continue regardless of the current Coronavirus crisis in our Nation and community. So, if you are able it would be greatly appreciated if you can continue with your donations to our parish. They can be sent to the St. Nicholas Church, 305 Gravity Ave., Olyphant, PA 18447.
If you need anything or have any questions, please free to contact Father Vladimir at 570-489-3891.For your information we have a Reader’s Service of Prayer for Protection from the Coronavirus available for download at the top of this letter. May the Blessings of our Lord be upon each and everyone. May His protection be upon us granting us good health and many years.
Fr. Vladimir, Fr. John and the Church Committee.
PS. There are several parishes in our diocese that will be streaming Liturgy Sunday, they are the following: Holy Trinity, Wilkes-Barre, Holy Cross, Williamsport, St. Stephen Cathedral, Philadelphia, St. Mark, Wrightstown and St. Nicholas, Bethlehem. You can find their web sites at the dioceses site doepa.org.
Troparion to St. Nicholas, Tone 4
The truth of things revealed you to your flock as a rule of faith,
an icon of meekness and a teacher of abstinence;
You thus reached the heights through humility and wealth through poverty;
O Holy Hierarch Father Nicholas, pray to Christ God for the salvation of our souls.