2021 Lenten Journey
The season of Great Lent is the time of preparation for the feast of the Resurrection of Christ. It is the living symbol of man’s entire life which is to be fulfilled in his own resurrection from the dead with Christ. It is a time of renewed devotion: of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. It is a time of repentance, a real renewal of our minds, hearts and deeds in conformity with Christ and his teachings. It is the time, most of all, of our return to the great commandments of loving God and our neighbors.
In the Orthodox Church, Great Lent is not a season of morbidity and gloominess. On the contrary, it is a time of joyfulness and purification. We are called to “anoint our faces” and to “cleanse our bodies as we cleanse our souls.” The very first hymns of the very first service of Great Lent set the proper tone of the season:
Let us begin the lenten time with delight . . . let us fast from passions as we fast from food, taking pleasure in the good words of the Spirit, that we may be granted to see the holy passion of Christ our God and his holy Pascha, spiritually rejoicing.
Thy grace has arisen upon us, O Lord, the illumination of our souls has shown forth; behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the time of repentance (Vespers Hymns).
It is our repentance that God desires, not our remorse. We sorrow for our sins, but we do so in the joy of God’s mercy. We mortify our flesh, but we do so in the joy of our resurrection into life everlasting. We make ready for the resurrection during Great Lent, both Christ’s Resurrection and our own.
Regular services are now being held at Ss. Peter & Paul Orthodox Church. All are welcome! The monthly calendar gives the type and time of services. As present civil authority regulations permit only 30 persons at any given service. It is necessary for you to register for Sunday Divine Liturgy and any Other service that is marked “registration.” To register go to signupgenuis or e-mail Maria Torrisi firstname.lastname@example.org or Father James email@example.com or leave message on the parish phone 908-685-1452. Registration deadline is Fridays evenings at 9:00p.m.
Reminder that you are required to observe social distancing and wear a mask or face covering, except for children under age of 2. For further information or clarification about the schedule or health regulations, please contact Father James Parsells.