A Psalm of Exile for the Pre-Lenten Sundays (Ps. 137)
By the waters of Babylon, there we sat down and wept, when we remembered Zion. On the willows there we hung up our lyres. For there our captors required of us songs, and our tormentors, mirth, saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!” How shall we sing the LORD’s song in a foreign land? If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand wither! Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth, if I do not remember you, if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest joy! Remember, O LORD, against the E’domites the day of Jerusalem, how they said, “Rase it, rase it! Down to its foundations!” O daughter of Babylon, you devastator! Happy shall he be who requites you with what you have done to us! Happy shall he be who takes your little ones and dashes them against the rock!
The Great Prokeimenon (from Psalm 69)
Turn not Your face away from Your child, for I am afflicted/ hear me speedily, draw near unto my soul, and deliver it!
v: Let Your salvation, O God, uphold me!
v: Let the poor see and be glad!
v: Seek God, and your soul shall live!
Today: Matins, Divine Liturgy, Enrollment into the Catechumenate, Rite of Forgiveness, Brunch
Monday: 7:00 pm Canon of St. Andrew of Crete
Tuesday: 6:00 pm Vespers & Quietude
Wednesday: 6:00 pm Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts & Confessions
Thursday: 6:00 pm Canon of St. Andrew of Crete
Friday: 6:00 pm Liturgy of the Presanctified & Confessions
Saturday: 5:00 pm Catechumen Class; 6:00 pm Vespers & Confessions
Sunday: 8:30 m Matins; 9:30 am Divine Liturgy, Brunch & Bible Study (i.e., Friday Fellowship morphed) (Pan-Orthodox Liturgy & Procession at Holy Trinity at 10:00 am)
Saturday, 2/27: 9:30 am – 1:00 pm Lenten Quiet Day of Prayer and Reflection hosted by the Fellowship of New Skete
Please note that Great Lent begins tomorrow. There are many extra divine services each week until Pascha. There are 15 evenings where Confession is scheduled. Confession can also be by appointment. Additionally, our Lenten almsgiving will focus on Gulf Coast II — helping to send a Portland team to assist the IOCC in New Orleans. As stated above, we’ll also be holding a Lenten Quiet Day of Prayer and Meditation on Saturday, February 27. Don’t forget our monthly participation at the St. Francis Dining Hall (3rd Sunday). And finally, mark your calendars for the parish-wide Work Party on Lazarus, Saturday, March 27, following Divine Liturgy. Plan to take advantage of these as part of your Lenten discipline and spirituality.
Here’s your invitation to “write” those colourfully decorated Ukrainian Easter Eggs – common to most all Slavic Peoples. See fliers in the Hall for details.