Announcements for March 6-12, 2011

Expulsion of Adam and Eve   //   The Forty Holy Martyrs of Sebaste

Today:  8:30 am Matins; 9:30 am Divine Liturgy, Reception into the Catechumenate, Rite of Forgiveness; Brunch

Monday:  7:00 pm Canon of St. Andrew

Tuesday:  7:00 pm Canon of St. Andrew

Wednesday:  6:00 pm Vespers, Presanctified & Confessions

Thursday:  Vespers & Confessions

Friday:  5:00 pm (note time change) Vespers & Presanctified (no confessions)

Saturday:  5:00 pm Catechumen Class; 5:30 Choir; 6:00 pm Vespers & Confessions

Sunday:  8:30 am Matins; 9:30 am Divine Liturgy & Brunch (Pan-Orthodox Divine Liturgy @ Holy Trinity at 10:00 am)

Please note that Lenten Offering Cans will be made available today.  Please place these on your kitchen or dining room table and make a daily offering for the good work of St. Francis Dining Hall.  We’ll be collecting them during Holy Week.  Thanks.

Expulsion of Adam and Eve (from Vespers):

When the Enemy tempted me,

I disobeyed Your command, O Lord.

I exchanged the glory of my mortal body for shame and nakedness.

Now I must wear garments of skins and fig-leaves;

I am condemned to eat the bread of bitter hardship in the sweat of my brow.

The earth is cursed and brings forth thorns and husks for me.

O Lord, You took on flesh from the Virgin in the fullness of time;

call me back and restore me to Eden!

The Forty Holy Martyrs of Sebaste (from Vespers):

The holy martyrs bravely endured their present suffering;

they rejoiced in things hoped for but not yet seen.

They said to each other:

“By stripping off our garments we have put off the old man.

The winter is cold and bitter, but Paradise will be warm and sweet.

The freezing is painful, but the reward will bring us joy.

Let us not be defeated, O brothers!

We suffer a little, but Christ will crown us with the laurel of victory.

He is our God and the Savior of our souls.”

O sacred troop!

O glorious company!

O invincible battalion!

O Flowers of the Church!

Stars that shine among the stars!

Martyrs worthy of the praise of all the centuries!

To you the doors of Paradise were opened,

And from the palaces of Heaven

The Angels, Prophets, Patriarchs and all Saints

Came out to witness your triumphal arrival.

A sight worthy of the Angelic Army!

Forty warriors in the very flower of their youth

Who have disdained this life,

Who have loved the Lord

Above parents, children, wives and relatives.

They disregarded this temporal life

That they might glorify God in their members…

(Attributed to St. Basil the Great)