Announcements for Meatfare Week (February 7-13), 2010

A Psalm of Exile (Ps. 137) for the Pre-Lenten Sundays:

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!

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Today:  Matins, Divine Liturgy, Classes, Brunch

Tuesday:  6:00 pm Vespers & Quietude 7:10 pm Theology Class “The Creation”

Thursday:  6:00 pm Vespers; 7:00 pm Choir

Saturday:  House Blessings 5:00 pm Inquirers’ Class; 6:00 pm Vespers

Sunday:  8:30 am Matins; 9:30 am Divine Liturgy, Enrollment into the Catechumenate, Rite of Forgiveness, Brunch; House Blessings conclude

Looking Ahead:

Please note that Great Lent begins Monday the 15th.  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.  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.