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Paschal Services Schedule

Holy and Great Saturday:

Saturday, April 19
Vespers & Divine Liturgy 8:00 a.m.
Acts of the Apostles 10:00 p.m.
Paschal Midnight Office 11:15 p.m.

PASCHA - THE GLORIOUS RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST:

Sunday, April 20
Matins & Divine Liturgy 12:00 a.m.
Note: Following the Divine Liturgy a Paschal meal will be hosted by the St. Xenia Sisterhood. All are invited! Please invite your friends and loved ones.

Paschal Vespers & Matins 2:00 p.m.

Full Paschal Services Schedule.



 Saturday Vigil: 6:00 p.m.
 Sunday Divine Liturgy: 10:00 a.m.

 Full Service Schedule

 

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Scripture Readings for the Coming Week 

"This is the cause of all evils: the ignorance of the Scriptures. We go into battle without arms, and how ought we to come off safe?" -St. John Chrysostom, Homily IX on Colossians.

In order to help increase the general knowledge of scripture in our parish family we present here for your edification the scripture readings for the coming week. At least one Gospel Reading and one Epistle reading are assigned for each day of the year (although during Great Lent the readings are from the Old Testament). Hearing or reading only those readings appointed for Sunday merely scratches the surface of the great spiritual wealth that the scriptures provide us. Some of the readings are easily understandable others are less so. As Orthodox Christians we do not make private interpretation of scripture, but rather consult the fathers of the Church for their explanations to aid us in our understanding. Those wishing to have access to such explanations are asked to contact Fr. Gregory or inquire in the kiosk for further reading in this regard. Bibles may also be acquired in the kiosk.

Monday: Matthew 21:18-43, Ezekiel 1:1-20, Exodus 1:1-20, Job 1:1-12, Matthew 24:3-35
Tuesday: Matthew 22:15-23:39, Ezekiel 1:21-2:1, Exodus 2:5-10, Job 1:13-22, Matthew 24:36-26:2
Wednesday: John 12:17-50, Ezekiel 2:3-3:3, Exodus 2:11-22, Job 2:1-10, Matthew 26:6-16
Thursday: Luke 22-1-39, Matthew 26:1-20, John 13:3-17, Matthew 26:21-39, Luke 22:43-45, Matthew 26:40-27:2
Friday: Please attend the Divine Services the list of readings is too long to publish here
Saturday: Romans 6:3-11 & Matthew 28:1-20

Please find below several very nice articles on how to read the scripture from an Orthodox point of view.

By St. Justin (Popovich):

http://www.orthodoxinfo.com/phronema/bible_how.aspx

By Bishop Kalistos (Ware):

http://www.orthodoxinfo.com/phronema/ware_howto.aspx

This short article explains to us not just HOW to read the scriptures, but also what our goal should be in reading the scriptures. A short read and well worth it:

http://www.chrysostompress.org/reading_scripture.html

As noted in the article above we need God's help and blessing to read and understand the scriptures correctly. What better way to entreat God's help in this regard than through prayer? Please find the prayer before reading the scriptures here:

http://www.chrysostompress.org/prayer_b ... pture.html
Weekly Bulletin Posted 

Our weekly bulletin, "Sunday Reading", has been posted at the following link:

http://www.stvladimiraami.org/SundayRea ... eading.pdf
Weekly Parish Prayer List Posted 

Please keep our parishioners, friends, and those who have asked us in our unworthiness to pray for them in your prayers this coming week. Our parish prayer list can be found here:

http://www.stvladimiraami.org/SundayRea ... erlist.pdf

PLEASE NOTE! We have removed those from the list that we believe no longer should be present there. If you requested that someone be included in this list please review it carefully to make sure we have not removed someone erroneously. If we have, please contact Fr. Gregory to have your loved one again added to the list.
Christ is Risen! 

We greet our St. Vladimir's family and all our readers with the great Feast of Feasts and Day of Days: the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ! May the light which shines forth from the tomb today enlighten your hearts today and throughout the entire year!

Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!
Synaxarion - The Pascha of our Lord 

On the Great and Holy Sunday of Pascha, we celebrate the Life-giving Resurrection of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ: Pascha, which, translated from the Hebrew, means Passover.

For this is the day on which God created the world from nothingness. On this day, He delivered the Israelites from Pharaohs hands and led them through the Red Sea. On this day, he descended from heaven and took His dwelling in the Virgins womb; now drawing forth mankind held in Hades, He raised them to heaven and brought them to the first-created honour of incorruption. While the soldiers guarded the tomb, at midnight the earth quaked, for the angel of the Lord had descended and rolled the stone from the entrance of the tomb, and the soldiers [set to guard the tomb] were so frightened that they fled. The women came to the tomb very early in the morning on the day following the Sabbath that is to say at midnight on Saturday. Therefore, late on the first day of the Resurrection, the Mother of God was there together with St Mary Magdalene, who was sitting near the tomb according to St Matthew. The Evangelists say that He first appeared to St Mary Magdalene [rather than His Mother]so that there would be no doubts or suspicions concerning the truth of the Resurrection.

It was St Mary Magdalene who saw the angel upon the stone; then bowing down, she saw the other angels inside. The angels announced the Lords Resurrection to her and said, He is risen! He is not here! Behold the place where they laid Him (Mark 16:6). Hearing this, the women turned to run and announce the Resurrection to the most fervent of the Apostles, that is, to St Peter and St John. But when they returned, they met Christ Himself, Who said to them, Rejoice (Matthew 28:9).
Great and Holy Saturday - Synaxarion 

Holy and Great Saturday is a reverent vigil at the tomb of the Son of God, slain for our sins. By anticipation, the Saturday Matins is held on Friday evening.

After the Six Psalms and the Great Litany, the Royal Doors are opened clergy come out with candles and censer. The choir sings The Lord is God and hath appeared unto us, and then the appointed troparia:

In the meantime, the priest and deacon cense the Shroud, then stand in front of it. The priest and the choir then chant the Lamentations with the verses of the 118th Psalm: Blessed are the blameless in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord. Each verse of the Psalm is followed by a verse of the Lamentations. It is like a long poem depicting the Angels in Heaven and all creatures on earth overwhelmed by the death of their Creator, and their gratitude at being freed from deaths power by Christ.

After the Lamentations, the Resurrection hymns are sung. Then, following the customary litanies, the choir chants the canon, where the note of joy and triumph is heard more and more clearly. At the end of the Great Doxology of Matins, the priest raises the Shroud, which is then taken by four pall-bearers, the deacon walks in front, the people follow, all carrying candles, accompanied by the choir chanting, Holy God, Holy and Strong, Holy and Immortal, have mercy on us. This represents the burial of Christ. Then, the prokeimenon is chanted, and the glorious prophecy of Ezekiel is read about the dry bones of Israel, out of which arose an exceeding great host quickened to life by the breath of God. Then follows Saint Pauls Epistle about Christ our Passover, and the Gospel about the sealing of Jesus tomb. Matins then ends as usual.

The Liturgy of Holy and Great Saturday is that of Saint Basil the Great. It begins with Vespers. After the entrance, the evening hymn O Gentle Light is chanted as usual. Then the Old Testament readings are recited. They tell of the most striking events and prophecies of the salvation of mankind by the death of the Son of God. The account of creation in Genesis is the first reading. The sixth reading is the story of Israels crossing of the Red Sea and Moses song of victory - over Pharaoh, with its refrain: For gloriously is He glorified. The last reading is about the Three Children in the fiery furnace of Babylon, and their song of praise with its repeated refrain: O praise ye the Lord and supremely exalt Him unto the ages. In the ancient church the catechumens were baptized during the time of these readings. The Epistle which follows speaks of how, through the death of Christ, we too shall rise to a new life. After the Epistle, the choir chants, like a call to the sleeping Christ: Arise, O Lord, Judge the earth, for Thou shalt have an inheritance among all the nations... The deacon carries out the Book of the Gospels, and reads the first message of the resurrection from Saint Matthew. Because the Vespers portion of the service belongs to the next day (Pascha) the burial hymns of Saturday are mingled with those of the resurrection, so that this service is already full of the coming Paschal joy.

After the Gospel the Liturgy proceeds as usual. Instead of the Cherubic Hymn, a special Great Entrance Hymn is chanted:

Let all mortal flesh keep silence and stand with fear and trembling, and take no thought for any earthly thing, for the King of kings and Lord of lords cometh to be slain and given as food for the faithful. Before Him go the choirs of the angels with all sovereignty and power: the many-eyed Cherubim and six-winged Seraphim, covering their faces and crying out the hymn: Alleluia, Alleluia, .Alleluia.

After the Liturgy the faithful take their meal, observing the strict fast, to strengthen them to keep watch the rest of the day and evening. This is the only Saturday of the year on which a strict fast is kept. In the monasteries and convents, the refectory meal is taken in complete silence, out of reverence for the burial of Christ. The world awaits the proclamation of His Resurrection.
Great and Holy Friday - Synaxarion 

Great Friday is the most solemn day of Holy Week. In awe and trembling, we stand before the Cross on which our Savior died and we see the image of Him dead, lying in our midst, on the Epitaphios (the Winding Sheet).

During the Service of Matins, which by anticipation is chanted on Thursday evening, we will hear some of the most awe-inspiring hymns of the ecclesiastical year. The following is but a one example:

Today there is hung upon the Tree, He that suspended the earth upon the waters. A crown of thorns is placed upon Him Who is the King of the Angels. With false purple is He wrapped about, He that wrappeth the Heavens with clouds. Buffetings did He receive, Who freed Adam in the Jordan. With nails was He affixed, He that is the Bridegroom of the Church. With a lance was He pierced, He that is the Son of the Virgin. We venerate Thy Passion, O Christ. Show also unto us Thy glorious Resurrection.

The solemn Vespers of Great Friday is celebrated in the afternoon at the time of our Lord Jesus death. Again all the readings remind us of the suffering Christ and His glory. After the entrance, lessons are read in which the Prophet Isaiah speaks of the Lamb led to the slaughter, and an Epistle of Saint Paul on the power and wisdom of the Cross; again a Gospel is read describing our Lords trial before Pilate, His Crucifixion and burial.

After the usual petitions, Let us all say ..., Vouchsafe ..., Let us complete ..., etc., the choir slowly chants the Aposticha, during which the procession exits from the Sanctuary, with the priest and deacon bearing the Shroud of Christ, their heads uncovered, proceeded by candles and censer. All kneel with head bowed low before the image of our dead Savior. A bier stands in the middle of the church, with candles lit round it. On it the Shroud is laid reverently and censed all round by the priest.

Then, after the Lords Prayer, the dismissal hymns are chanted: The noble Joseph ... and Unto the myrrh-bearing women ... followed by the prayers of dismissal.
Great and Holy Thursday - Synaxarion 

The Gospels of Holy and Great Thursday tell how our Savior and His disciples came to Jerusalem to celebrate His last feast of the Passover, how He washed their feet. They tell the account of that Mystical Supper when our Lord ordained the Mystery of His Most Holy Body and Blood for the remission of sins and life everlasting. They speak of Christs instruction to the Apostles, and how He told them that they would all forsake Him that night; they speak of Peters rash promise that he would always remain faithful; of Christs vigil in the garden; of how He was seized and led away to the high priests court; of the scene in the courtyard; of Peters three-fold denial and his grief; of the high priests mocking questions; and of how our Savior Christ God, wearing the crown of thorns, beaten and insulted by the soldiers, was led before Pilate.

The readings and hymns of Matins dwell on Judas betrayal, on the dark night which settled in his soul. We pray that we may keep ourselves from greed and deceit, and be made pure by partaking of the holy Mysteries of Christs Body and Blood. The Troparion after the Alleluia at Matins speaks of this:

When the glorious disciples were enlightened at the washing of the feet, then Judas the ungodly one was stricken and darkened with the love of silver. And unto the lawless judges did he deliver Thee, the righteous Judge. O thou lover of money, behold thou him that for the sake thereof did hang himself, flee from that insatiable soul that dared such things against the Master. O Thou Who art good unto all, Lord, glory be to Thee.

On this day the Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great is celebrated together with Vespers.

The whole narration of our Lords Passion is given at the Matins of Holy and Great Thursday. It is commonly called the Service of the Twelve Gospels. A tall Crucifix usually stands in the middle of the church with many candles lighted round it. After the Six Psalms and the Great Litany, the choir chants, Alleluia and the Troparion of Holy and Great Thursday. The priest and deacon come out of the sanctuary carrying the Book of Gospels. It is placed on a podium and the priest begins the reading. The whole story of the Passion is read from the four evangelists and is divided into twelve parts. It begins with the Gospel of the Testament and the prayer at the Mystical Supper, in Saint Johns Gospel, and continues through the four Gospels to the burial of Christ by Joseph of Arimathea. After each reading the choir chants, Glory to Thy forbearance, 0 Lord, glory to Thee. Between the readings special antiphons and hymns are chanted. They speak of Judas betrayal; of the cruelty of the Jews; of our Saviors infinite patience and meekness; of the awe of all creation when the Lord of all was nailed to the Cross between two thieves. The canon has only three odes. All recount the Passion and foretell the glory of the Resurrection. Matins ends shortly after the twelfth Gospel.
Paschal Breakfast is not Gender Based 

The entire parish family of St. Vladimir's - men and women - are welcome to participate in our Paschal Breakfast by bringing a dish (or two or three) to pass. The Paschal Breakfast will take place immediately after the Divine Liturgy on the Feast of Feasts - our Lord's Resurrection - at about 3:30 a.m. We know many people will want to bring a family favorite to share! We ask only that you coordinate this with our Head Sister, Zhanna Skalitzky, so that we have a balanced meal to offer. At least as balanced as a purely non-Lenten meal can be...

Contact Zhanna via email at zbukina<AT>yahoo.com or see her in church. Thank you in advance for contributing to this wonderful parish family tradition!
We Must Enter into Holy Week as Though We Were Participants of the Events 

This is a very nice excerpt from a sermon of Metropolitan Anthony (Bloom) regarding our approach to Holy Week. As usual, Metropolitan Anthony gets right to the point and lets us know exactly how we should approach this special, holy time. We highly recommend this reading to all:

http://www.pravmir.com/must-enter-holy- ... ts-events/
Weekly Educational Offering 

We present here a short educational offering for both children and adults. Parents are asked to review the childrens portion with their children. It is very important for us to attend the Divine Services on Sundays and whenever else we are able, but in addition it is our spiritual responsibility to educate ourselves and our families in the faith. It is our hope that this mid-week offering will be an aid in this regard. Please contact Fr. Gregory with questions or suggestions.

For Adults: the explanation of the Sunday Gospel by Blessed Theophylact:

http://chrysostompress.org/c_sixth_lent.html

For Children an activity based on last Sunday's gospel reading for various ages:

http://www.antiochian.org/sites/default ... 4-13-a.pdf
In Holy Week the Lord Himself takes our hearts into His hands 

This is an interesting article about Holy Week and about this special period of the Church Year during the Soviet period. We hope our readers find this article both edifying and interesting!

http://www.pravmir.com/archpriest-vladi ... his-hands/
A Short Explanation of Holy Week 

Below please find a link to a concise explanation of Holy Week. It is good for us to attend the services of this week, but the more we understand WHY we are going to the services - what they spiritually reenact - the easier it is for us to motivate ourselves to get to church and participate in these important events in the life of our Lord. Please contact Fr. Gregory or Fr. Michael with questions in this regard.

http://www.feastoffeasts.org/node/141
Iconography of Holy Week 

As we enter Holy Week we would like to share a photo gallery of icons from this feast with our readers. We encourage all to attend as many of the Holy Week services as possible. Services begin at St. Vladimir's tomorrow evening.

http://www.pravoslavie.ru/foto/set515.htm
Holy Week and Bright Week Schedule at St. Vladimir's 

Please find the schedule of services and activities, as well as additional information, for Holy Week and Bright Week at St. Vladimir's at the link below:

http://stvladimiraami.org/flyers/pascha ... lyer14.pdf
St. Vladimir's Youth Fund 

We have established a Youth Fund for our parish so that we can support our young people in their travels to youth conferences, on parish pilgrimages, and in other ways that edify them and prepare them for life as adult Orthodox Christians and future leaders of our parishes. Please remember the Youth Fund in your will or otherwise support this worthy undertaking through your philanthropy. More information is available from our Treasurer, Molly Martinchek, or from Fr. Gregory. Thank you for your investment in the future generations of Orthodox Christians!
Rare Opportunity to Donate Several Liturgical Items to our Parish 

We have acquired two new items for our parish that are available to be donated in memory of a departed loved one(s) or for the health of a loved one(s). The two items are a gold chalice and a liturgical bishops staff. Please contact Fr. Gregory for more information.
Flowers for Holy Week and Bright Week 

St. Vladimir Parish Family members who would like to donate flowers to decorate the tomb of our Lord for Holy Week and the Paschal Icon for Bright Week are asked to stop in the kiosk or contact Albina S. Poplavsky or Sally DeRoo to make your donation. Please be sure to provide the names of your loved ones both living and departed to be commemorated at the Holy Week and Bright Week Divine Liturgies when you make your donation. Thank you kindly for your generosity!
Paschal Open House at Fr. Gregory's is April 21 

Fr. Gregory, Matushka Elizabeth, Maria, Michael, and Natalia invite all St. Vladimirs family and friends to their Paschal Open House on Bright Monday, April 21 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at their home in Saline. Please join them as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord!
Please Confess Early for Pascha 

Please plan to come to Confession for Pascha early! All those who confess beginning on Friday, April 11 do not have to confess afterwards again in order to go to Communion on Pascha itself or for the entire Bright Week. Everyone should be planning to go to Communion on Pascha, as this is the Feast of Feasts, the most important spiritual day of the Orthodox year. Please see Fr. Gregory with questions, and PLEASE come early to Confession!
Brotherhood Work Day this Saturday! 

From our Head Brother, John Hill:

Brothers,

We need to have a work day this Saturday. Lots of things to do for the beautification and upkeep of our church and grounds. Come eager to help out and there will be important tasks to perform.

Please join us or stick around if you can after the Lazarus Saturday Liturgy ends at about 10AM. Bring a rake if you have one and dress for work. Don't forget work gloves!

John H (Head Brother)
johnwhill@hotmail.com
Please Car Pool for Palm Sunday and Pascha 

Two of the most-attended services of the year are Palm Sunday and Pascha. We urge all our parishioners to car pool for both of these feasts if at all possible. It is wonderful that so many people want to come to church, but it would be so very unfortunate if we do not have enough parking to allow everyone who wants to attend these important services to indeed attend. Carpooling will allow us to utilize our limited parking spaces to the greatest extent possible. We hope to be able to install additional parking in the early summer. We thank everyone for their cooperation!
April English Services are Set 

Friday and Saturday April 25 and 26 we will serve our monthly cycle of Divine Services in English. Friday Matins is set for 6:00 p.m. and Saturday Divine Liturgy at 8:00 a.m. NOTE THAT WE HAVE MOVED THE ENGLISH DIVINE LITURGIES TO 8:00 a.m.! This is Bright Saturday, so God willing we will also have a procession with the Artos on that day. Please mark your calendars now, invite friends, and don't miss it!
Jerusalem Collection this Sunday 

The Sunday of the Entrance of the Lord into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday) has traditionally been a day on which a special collection is taken up in all Russian Orthodox Churches to support the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem (and the entire Holy Land). Our Diocese of Chicago & Mid-America continues this tradition. The importance of this collection is that we who hope one day to visit the Holy Land to walk in the land where our Lord lived His earthly life we must support the Mission and its properties now so that they are there for us when we do visit. And further, even if we never do intend to visit, the presence of Christianity in the Holy Land is precarious and certainly we want to do our part to ensure that there is a Christian presence in the land of Christs birth, life, and death. Please plan to make your donation this Sunday at St. Vladimirs. 100% of your donations will go to support the Mission there is no administrative expense whatsoever. Thank you in advance for your generosity!
Great Lenten Resources 

As we prepare ourselves in earnest to enter the spiritual spring which is Great Lent, we provide here several resources in this regard. It is our hope that by providing our parish family these resources (so that no one need search for these) it will be much easier to utilize these, and thus for all to have a spiritually profitable fast. Part of having a profitable fast is getting off to a good start please use these resources to help you in that regard! Please direct questions about lent to Fr. Gregory or Fr. Michael.

Great Lent Liturgical Resources English:

http://www.monachos.net/content/liturgics/lent

Great Lent Daily Reading Plan English:

http://www.monachos.net/content/liturgi ... l/lent/646

Great Lent Resources Russian:

http://www.pravoslavie.ru/put/34088.htm

Readings for Every Day of Great Lent Russian:

http://www.pravoslavie.ru/put/1601.htm

Great Lenten Recipes from the St. Xenia Sisterhood English:

http://stvladimiraami.org/stxenia/glrecipes09.pdf

http://stvladimiraami.org/stxenia/glrecipes10.pdf

The Great Lenten Kitchen Russian:

http://www.pravoslavie.ru/put/1855.htm
Diocesan Young Adult Retreat - THANK YOU!!! 

Thank you to all who made the Diocesan Young Adult Retreat held over the weekend at St. Vladimir's such a success! To our guest speakers Hieromonk Seraphim and Alexander Cooley, to our organizers, to those who cooked and cleaned, to those who housed the young people, to everyone who had a kind word of welcome to those visiting, and to those who worked quietly "behind the scenes" with their work known only to the Merciful Lord we say THANK YOU SO MUCH!
After the Liturgy Our Responsibilities 

At Bishop Peters direction we ask each of our parishioners following the Divine Liturgy to listen to the Thanksgiving Prayers after Holy Communion as we come to kiss the cross and receive the blessed bread. Those who have not communed should listen to the prayers and thank God that others did have that opportunity while reflecting on when they themselves could next partake of the Holy Mysteries. Those who communed, of course, should listen very attentively to the prayers and thank God for the great gift which they have received at the Divine Liturgy. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD ANY CONVERSATIONS TAKE PLACE DURING THIS TIME except brief exchanges with the priest at the cross. The Divine Liturgy ends only when the curtain of the altar is closed after all parishioners have venerated the cross. Only after the curtain is closed should candles be blown out or conversations take place. We thank you for your attention to this important aspect of our worship. Questions in this regard should be directed to Fr. Gregory or our Starosta, Karl Meyer.
Better Understanding the Divine Services 

Recently several of our parishioners have asked about how they can better understand the Divine Services. This is an excellent question. We believe that the excerpt below, from Fr. Seraphim Slobodskoys Law of God is an excellent introduction to the Divine Services. Of course there are volumes and volumes written providing more detail, and those who are interested in learning even more are asked to contact Fr. Gregory. But for a good foundation we recommend the pamphlet below. As always, we encourage and urge you to contact Fr. Gregory or Fr. Michael with any questions about this or any other aspect of our faith.

http://www.stvladimiraami.org/pamphlets ... rvices.pdf
Parents Help Fr. Gregory Reach our Youth 

We have already begun our St. Vladimirs Twitter feed principally in hopes of reaching out more proactively to our youth. Still, there are times when we have a youth meeting or need to mobilize the youth for other activities to help them with their salvation and it is not always easy to reach them. Young people dont spend a lot of time on Face Book anymore since their parents are all there. :) Thus, we are asking parents to share the cell numbers of their young people with Fr. Gregory. Frankly speaking, SMS texting seems to be the single best way to reach our youth with important information they need so that they can be more closely engaged with the Church. These numbers will be protected very carefully and will be used very judiciously. We will not spam your children! But we do need to reach them with important information from time to time. Please contact Fr. Gregory with questions and please do provide him with your son or daughters cell phone number as soon as possible.
Coming Back to Church We Welcome You! 

Perhaps it has been some time since you came to Church maybe even since your childhood. Please know that we WELCOME you at St. Vladimirs. The Church is here for you our Lord became incarnate for the salvation of all. If you have been away for a while please consider this your invitation: we WELCOME you at St. Vladimirs! Please contact Fr. Gregory at 734-649-5746 or ogrisha@stvladimiraami.org with questions or concerns. Rest assured you will be welcome as a part of our parish family!
"Academia & Faith" Symposium at University of Michigan Co-Sponsored by St. Vladimir's 

With Bishop Peter's blessing we are pleased to sponsor, in concert with the University of Michigan department of Mathematics, the symposium entitled "Academia & Faith" on May 10, 2014. Please save the date on your calendars now! The keynote speaker will be Protodeacon Andrey Kuraev. In addition to Fr. Andrey's remarks on this topic there will be a round table of academics from our parish on the topic of "Faith and the Academic" and a question/answer/discussion period after the round table and after Fr. Andrey's remarks. More information soon to come, including a detailed schedule of the afternoon's activities. Please plan to join us!
Teen Youth Group Meets this Sunday 

This Sundays Great Lenten Lecture will cover the topic of when and how young people are most likely to lose their faith. We would like to have a discussion with our teens after the lecture to delve into this topic in detail. Given what we will have heard how can we as a parish family help our teens to persist in their faith during the turbulent teenage years? This will be a working meeting. We will scribe the discussion to capture the ideas the teens come up with and we will put plans in place to actualize these ideas to the greatest extent possible in our parish. We are relying on our teens to teach us how to help them WE ARE LISTENING! Please plan to join us for this important teen youth group meeting!
Homeless Kits Available through Friday Evening 

Thank you to those who helped build the homeless kits on Saturday, March 29! These kits will be available at St. Vladimirs through Friday evenings service. Please pick up several so that they may go to help those in need! The cost for each is about $10. If you can cover that wonderful! If you cannot (but you will use these for those in need) no problem! Take them anyway. What is most important is that these get to those who need them and help our parishioners provide aid to the homeless in a planned, practical way.
Thursday Services begin at 5:00 p.m. 

Please note that services on Thursday evening begin at 5:00 p.m. rather than 5:30 p.m. This will allow us to more easily begin the Presanctified Liturgy at 6:30 p.m. without rushing through the hours or having to skip one of the hours. Please spread the word to those you know or suspect were planning on being at church at 5:30 p.m. Thank you.
Life of St. Mary of Egypt & Canon of St. Andrew of Crete 

For those who absolutely cannot join us tomorrow evening at St. Vladimirs for the Standing of Andrew, we present here the life of St. Mary of Egypt and the Canon of St. Andrew of Crete, both of which are read in their entirety at tomorrows service. Those who are unable to attend are urged to read these at home as any prayer would be read with attentiveness standing before ones icon corner. Please contact Fr. Gregory with questions.

Life of St. Mary English:

http://www.fatheralexander.org/booklets ... pt_ext.htm

Life of St. Mary Russian:

http://www.pravoslavie.ru/put/3079.htm

Canon of St. Andrew English:

http://www.orthodox.net/greatlent/great ... -week.html

Canon of St. Andrew Russian:

http://days.pravoslavie.ru/rubrics/canon.htm
Evening Presanctified Liturgies and Meals continue this Week 

This year, with the blessing of His Grace Bishop Peter, we will celebrate the beautiful Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts throughout Great Lent on Wednesday evenings. Hours/Confessions begin at 5:30 p.m. Liturgy will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m. Following each of these services our St. Xenia Sisterhood will organize a light Lenten dinner. Please contact our Head Sister, Zhanna Skalitzky (headsister@stvladimiraami.org or see her in church) if you would like to help with the dinner. We have excellent Lenten recipes to share if youd like to try something new! Please join us for these remarkably beautiful and meaningful Lenten services and for mid-week fellowship with your parish family at the meal afterwards!

Thursday, April 3 NOTE THIS IS A THURSDAY
Wednesday, April 9
Wednesday, April 16

The Liturgical Fast for those communing begins after breakfast for the 6:30 p.m. services. In other words, you may eat breakfast, but eat or drink nothing further after that. Parents should use their best judgment regarding their children, as always. Those who confessed on the weekend prior to the Wednesday Presanctified need not confess again on/before Wednesday.
Great Lenten Prayers Addition of the Prayer of St. Ephraim 

It is understood that during Great Lent we increase the intensity of our spiritual life. We turn off the television more, read spiritual literature more, say our prayers more consistently, and attend Divine Services more often all in addition to doing our best to follow the fast and give alms. It is not easy of course, but the struggle is important in our quest to be spiritually transformed and enlightened according to the Orthodox understanding of salvation: as St. Athanasius the Great said, God became man so that man might become god. Part of our Great Lenten struggle is to add to our usual prayer rule. It is not necessary to add many, many additional prayers to our rule, and in fact this can be a temptation. As a beginning, Fr. Gregory suggests that everyone in the parish read the prayer of St. Ephraim with the standard prostrations each weekday of Great Lent. The prayer can be found here:

http://www.stvladimiraami.org/flyers/st ... prayer.pdf

If you would like to add more to your prayer rule beyond the prayer of St. Ephraim that is perfectly reasonable, but in that case it would be good to discuss this with Fr. Gregory or Fr. Michael. As Abba Dorotheus said: I know of no other fall except when a man follows his own lead. If you see a man fallen, know that he followed his own lead. Nothing is more dangerous, nothing more pernicious than this. Of course we have to make many decisions every day and there is no need to ask the blessing of the priest to tie your shoes or start your car. But when it comes to the spiritual life it is good to ask the advice of others who have received a blessing to provide spiritual guidance. May the Lord grant our entire parish family a spiritually profitable Great Lent!
Young Adult Retreat at St. Vladimirs this April 4-6! Register and Volunteer to Help! 

Please register early and often for the Diocesan Young Adult retreat to be held at St. Vladimirs the weekend of April 4-6, 2014. Those dates are coming soon! We need help too! We need help with lodging and food, as well as other logistics. If you can help please Fr. Gregory or Yulia Paramonova (info@stvladimiraami.org) To register use that same email. Dont miss it this will be a really wonderful retreat! More information at the link below:

http://stvladimiraami.org/flyers/younga ... at2014.pdf
Longest Service of the Year is this Wednesday 

This Wednesday (April 2) the Holy Church provides for us a spiritual and physical struggle, known as the Standing of St. Andrew. At this evening service we read the entire canon of St. Andrew of Crete (this was read over the course of the first four evenings of the first week of Great Lent), the life of St. Mary of Egypt, and combine all that with the Matins service in preparation for the Thursday evening Presanctified Liturgy. This is not a warning this is an invitation! Spiritual life for an Orthodox Christian is about struggle first and foremost. We must be willing to work (in concert with God) for our salvation! This service embodies the spiritual and physical struggle that is Great Lent. We should see something like this and say I dont want to miss this! Please join us. Services begin at 6:00 p.m. and will last until about 10:00 p.m. Many hands make light work and many voices will make the reading and singing light and pleasant as well. When you will have participated in the service, heard the edifying life of St. Mary of Egypt and the canon of repentance of St. Andrew, you will be reinvigorated for the second half of Great Lent and you will wish that this lengthiest service of the year was even longer so that you could be in Gods house on this evening even more than you already were. Dont miss this annual opportunity join us this year for the Standing of St. Andrew!
House Blessing Time - Until Holy Week 

Each year following the feast of the Theophany (the Lords Baptism January 19) it is a traditional and pious custom to have ones home blessed by the priest. Homes are blessed at St. Vladimirs until the beginning of Great Lent. Please consult the usual calendar (sent through the mail and available on our web site) to see the times available for house blessings. Please contact Fr. Gregory to schedule a house blessing or if the times listed do not work for you. If you live far from St. Vladimirs please consult with those other parishioners of St. Vladimirs who live near you so that you can all have your homes blessed on the same day. Congratulations to all with the feast of our Lords Baptism!
St. Vladimirian Offers Tutoring in Math and Science 

Our parish family member, Dmitri Apostolou, offers tutoring in math and science subjects via the organization he has co-founded called Teaching the World. Tutoring is free, but donations are accepted to support one scholarship awarded to a student at Washtenaw Community College each semester. Dimitri accepts students from 3:00-5:30 p.m. Mondays. Please contact him for more information: (734)-355-6981, or email: DimitriPA<AT>gmail.com.
Great Lenten Lecture Series at St. Vladimirs 

This year we are again pleased to offer a variety of lectures at St. Vladimirs during the parish meal following each Sunday Divine Liturgy during Great Lent. The full schedule of lectures (which includes one bonus non-Sunday lecture as well!) can be found at this link:

http://stvladimiraami.org/flyers/greatl ... ns2014.pdf

Please plan to join us for this lecture series and please invite friends and loved ones! All lectures will be video-taped and posted on our You Tube Channel the week following the lecture.
Great Lenten Prayers Addition of the Prayer of St. Ephraim 

It is understood that during Great Lent we increase the intensity of our spiritual life. We turn off the television more, read spiritual literature more, say our prayers more consistently, and attend Divine Services more often all in addition to doing our best to follow the fast and give alms. It is not easy of course, but the struggle is important in our quest to be spiritually transformed and enlightened according to the Orthodox understanding of salvation: as St. Athanasius the Great said, God became man so that man might become god. Part of our Great Lenten struggle is to add to our usual prayer rule. It is not necessary to add many, many additional prayers to our rule, and in fact this can be a temptation. As a beginning, Fr. Gregory suggests that everyone in the parish read the prayer of St. Ephraim with the standard prostrations each weekday of Great Lent. The prayer can be found here:

http://www.stvladimiraami.org/flyers/st ... prayer.pdf

If you would like to add more to your prayer rule beyond the prayer of St. Ephraim that is perfectly reasonable, but in that case it would be good to discuss this with Fr. Gregory or Fr. Michael. As Abba Dorotheus said: I know of no other fall except when a man follows his own lead. If you see a man fallen, know that he followed his own lead. Nothing is more dangerous, nothing more pernicious than this. Of course we have to make many decisions every day and there is no need to ask the blessing of the priest to tie your shoes or start your car. But when it comes to the spiritual life it is good to ask the advice of others who have received a blessing to provide spiritual guidance. May the Lord grant our entire parish family a spiritually profitable Great Lent!
Last Soul Saturday of Great Lent is March 29 

The Holy Church appoints several special Saturdays throughout the year on which we especially commemorate our departed friends and loved ones. At St. Vladimirs we will serve the following memorial services on the remaining dates this Great Lent:

March 29: Divine Liturgy 8:00 a.m. (Matins for the departed the evening prior at 6:00 p.m.)

Please join us for those services that you are able to and for those you are not: please assure the commemoration of your friends and loved ones at the services by emailing their names (please distinguish between Orthodox and non-Orthodox departed) to info@stvladimiraami.org or by otherwise contacting Fr. Gregory.
Full Great Lenten Cycle of Services Tomorrow 

Tomorrow morning beginning at 4:00 p.m. we are privileged to be able to serve the full cycle of Great Lenten services culminating with the Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts. We hope that many of our parishioners will take advantage of this rare opportunity. Liturgy should begin right around 6:30 p.m. This is not to imply that you should skip the services that come before the Presanctified since these are what are special about this opportunity. As a rule we always have the opportunity to serve the Presanctified we just do not have the opportunity to serve the services that are supposed to precede it every time. Please join us for the Divine Services tomorrow! Following the Divine Liturgy our parish sisterhood will offer a lenten pot luck dinner. Please bring a dish to pass, but please contact our Head Sister, Zhanna Skalitzky, so that we end up with a nice variety of soup, salad, bread, salad, sweets, etc.
Kursk Icon Thank You! 

Many thanks to all who made the visit of the Kursk Root Icon to St. Vladimir's such a success the weekend of March 15-16. As a parish family we raised $1,000 for the upkeep of the icon. We also were able, with God's help, to read akathists and other prayers before the icon all throughout the night from the end of Vigil on Saturday evening to the beginning of the Hours on Sunday morning. We were honored to have many visitors join us over the weekend. Our St. Xenia Sisterhood prepared a wonderful feast. It was just a great weekend by all measures! Thank you all!

Pictures of the icon's visit to St. Vladimir's can be found on our parish photo album (see link on the left side of our parish home page).
Evening Presanctified Liturgies and Meals begin this Week 

This year, with the blessing of His Grace Bishop Peter, we will celebrate the beautiful Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts throughout Great Lent on Wednesday evenings. Hours/Confessions begin at 5:30 p.m. Liturgy will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m. Following each of these services our St. Xenia Sisterhood will organize a light Lenten dinner. Please contact our Head Sister, Zhanna Skalitzky (headsister@stvladimiraami.org or see her in church) if you would like to help with the dinner. We have excellent Lenten recipes to share if youd like to try something new! Please join us for these remarkably beautiful and meaningful Lenten services and for mid-week fellowship with your parish family at the meal afterwards!

Wednesday, March 26
Thursday, April 3 NOTE THIS IS A THURSDAY
Wednesday, April 9
Wednesday, April 16

The Liturgical Fast for those communing begins after breakfast for the 6:30 p.m. services. In other words, you may eat breakfast, but eat or drink nothing further after that. Parents should use their best judgment regarding their children, as always. Those who confessed on the weekend prior to the Wednesday Presanctified need not confess again on/before Wednesday.
Special Lecture Thank You! 

Thank you to all who made our special Great Lenten Lecture on Thursday, March 20 such a great success! We were joined by Professor Andrei Desnitsky from Moscow for an interesting lecture on the place of the Bible in the Orthodox Church. There were many interesting questions and answers after the hour-long lecture. Many worked hard to make this special lecture so successful thank you all for pitching in to make a very special evening at St. Vladimirs!
Pan Orthodox Fellowship Weekend 2014 - Save the Date! 

Save The Date for the 2nd Annual Pan Orthodox Fellowship Weekend 2014 in Akron, Ohio (May 30-June 1, 2014)!

Come enjoy a Soccer Tournament, Cultural Dance & Music Exhibition, International Food & Drink, and much more!

Registration will be open soon for Individuals, Soccer Teams, and Dance Groups.

In Christ,

Pan Orthodox Committee

www.PanOrthodoxUnited.org

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From Fr. Gregory: Bishop Peter has informed the diocesan clergy that he intends to attend this event. It would be wonderful if we had a solid turnout from our parish. This will be a very nice - and somewhat rare - opportunity for youth from the various Orthodox Churches (Russian, Greek, etc.) in the Midwest to interact in a positive atmosphere. I STRONGLY recommend participation. More information soon to come...
Young Adult Retreat at St. Vladimirs this April 4-6! Register and Volunteer to Help! 

Please register early and often for the Diocesan Young Adult retreat to be held at St. Vladimirs the weekend of April 4-6, 2014. Those dates are coming soon! We need help too! We need help with lodging and food, as well as other logistics. If you can help please Fr. Gregory or Yulia Paramonova (info@stvladimiraami.org) To register use that same email. Dont miss it this will be a really wonderful retreat! More information at the link below:

http://stvladimiraami.org/flyers/younga ... at2014.pdf

Ann Arbor Russian Festival 2014 - SAVE THE DATE! 

Our 2nd Annual Russian Festival dates have been set for Saturday, October 4th and Sunday, October 5th, 2014. Please save these dates and spread the word. More information soon to come!
Priest Nicholas Olhovsky Elected Bishop of Manhattan 

The priest who kindly brought the Kursk Icon to our parish, Fr. Nicholas Olhovsky, has been elected Bishop of Manhattan by the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia. This election, according to the Act of Canonical Communion, has been ratified by the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church. It was the honor of our parish to have Fr. Nicholas serve his last Divine Liturgy before his official election at St. Vladimirs on Sunday, March 16. May the Lord grant Fr. Nicholas many years of fruitful ministry in His Holy Church!

English:

http://russianorthodoxchurch.ws/synod/e ... odroc.html

Russian:

http://russianorthodoxchurch.ws/synod/2 ... odroc.html
No Cell Phones in Church Please 

Please be courteous to your fellow worshipers and be sure to turn off your cell phone when entering the church, or at the very lease turn the ringer to the vibrate function. When traveling in Russia Fr. Gregory saw this sign: "Those cell phones that ring in church will be submerged in Holy Water!". We will not go that far, but we hope this helps you remember how important it is to turn off your phone...

Thank you for you attention to this important matter!
Ukraine: Important Statement by the Holy Synod 

Please read this very important statement of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church on the situation in Ukraine. As we have discussed many times in our parish, the Church rises above nationality and politics. The Holy Synod makes that entirely clear in their statement, which is important for each and every one (those on both sides of the conflict in Ukraine and those of us in the west so interested in the conflict) to read.

English:

http://russianorthodoxchurch.ws/synod/e ... ement.html

Russian:

http://russianorthodoxchurch.ws/synod/2 ... ement.html

Ukrainian:

http://www.patriarchia.ru/ua/db/text/3609035.html
Learning more about our Faith 

Our Orthodox Christian faith is a great gift given to us by our Lord and Savior Himself. As with any gift we should be grateful for this one, but realize also that it is our responsibility not just to be grateful in the abstract, but to delve into our faith, to lean about our faith, to know our faith not as an abstraction, but because it is helpful for our salvation to understand the gift that the Lord has given us. To learn more about your faith please visit the special web page we have created on our site for this express purpose. The address is found below. Please contact Fr. Gregory with questions regarding this or any spiritual topic.

http://www.stvladimiraami.org/orthodoxinfo.shtml
Vigil & Confession at Vigil: Obligatory Preparation for the Divine Liturgy 

Each Saturday evening and before each feast day evening services are held at St. Vladimirs. This is not a throwback to some bygone era or an exercise for the clergy. Rather, this is a quite obligatory preparation for the Divine Liturgy especially for those who intend to partake of the Holy Mysteries on Sunday or the feast day on the next day (but really for ALL the Orthodox Church is very much NOT a Sunday morning club, but rather a way of life meant to transform us spiritually which means we try to be in Gods house whenever possible). The Vigil is also the most educational part of the Divine Services - the verses sung and chanted at this feast teach us much about the specific commemoration and our faith in general. Those who live more than one hour drive from Ann Arbor, who are elderly, sick, or quite young need not feel obligated to attend these services, although all are of course welcome! However, if you do not fall into one of those categories you really must attend the Vigil service before communing. This is true of Confession as well. It is completely improper for those who do not live far from Ann Arbor, or who are not elderly, sick, or quite young to come to Confession on Sunday morning or the morning of feast days. Yet quite often too often the Divine Liturgy starts late because those who could have come to Confession on Saturday evening or the eve of the feast did not do so, but rather confess before the Divine Liturgy. This is not fair to anyone. If we consistently start Liturgy late this will train people to come later and later and this is wrong from an Orthodox point of view. We should come EARLY to Liturgy so we can light candles, buy prosphora, and otherwise arrange everything so that we are standing in our places when the Liturgy begins. Each person who plans to partake of Holy Communion should come to Vigil the evening before to confess and to attend as much of that service as possible.

Confessions are heard beginning at 5:00 p.m. every Saturday, during, and after Vigil. There are some parishes that do not allow Confession on Sunday mornings period. We have not gotten to that point yet, and we do not want to, but we are sadly moving in that direction. The guidelines above are not optional and they are not for someone else they are for you. Of course there are always exceptions, and you should talk with Fr. Gregory if you feel an exception is warranted in this regard. As we grow as a parish family it is especially important that we be considerate of others by following these guidelines. Thank you for your attention to this important matter!
Special Great Lenten Lecture THURSDAY March 20  

Please join us for a special Great Lenten Lecture and Lenten Pot Luck dinner on Thursday, March 20 at 6:00 p.m. at the parish church. On this evening it will be our great pleasure to host the renowned Biblical Scholar and member of the Translation Committee of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, Professor Andrei Desnitsky. The topic of the talk will be The Bible in the Life of Orthodox Christians Today. After his presentation Professor Desnitsky will take questions from those gathered for the presentation. Please do not miss this great opportunity for our parish family to speak with one of the most widely-published experts in this field. The presentation will take place in both languages translation will be available if needed, but in fact this should not be an issue as Professor Desnitsky speaks English quite well. A promotional flyer with more information can be found at this link please share broadly:

http://stvladimiraami.org/flyers/andreidesnitsky.pdf
New St. Vladimirian! 

Congratulations to Subdeacon Andrei and Yuliya Rodzianko with the birth of their second son, Seraphim, early this morning. May the Lord grant many years, much health, and salvation to Seraphim and the entire family!
Kurst Icon Visit Thank You! 

Many thanks to all who worked so hard to make the visit of the Kursk Icon so special for our parish family! The icon visited us on Saturday evening and we must thank God that He gave us the strength as a parish family to read prayers before the icon all night into the morning on Sunday. The icon departed shortly after Liturgy on Sunday but the faithful lingered long afterwards - well into the afternoon - recollecting the visit and beginning to make plans for the next visit of this wonder-working icon to our parish. Many people worked both openly and behind the scenes to make our weekend with the icon so successful. Thank you all for your diligent efforts - may the Lord reward you both in this life and the next for your care for His Church!
Great Lent Began March 3 - Pascha is April 20 

Please note that Great Lent began this year on March 3. The week previous to this is a week where all foods are allowed except for meat. During Great Lent we abstain from meat and dairy products including fish (although fish is allowed on the Annunciation April 7 & Palm Sunday April 13). Let us recall that fasting is a tool given to us by God to aid us spiritually. For some it is easy to fast, for others it is difficult. However, what is most important is that we make a sincere effort to follow the fast. Why? Simply because the fast helps us to see our sins by helping us to focus spiritually. Eating light foods, or perhaps rather, abstaining from heavy foods such as meats and cheeses, allows us to be less focused on our stomachs and more focused on our souls, and of course, in this season when we undergo our journey to the Resurrection of our Lord we dearly wish to improve ourselves spiritually that we might meet the risen Christ better than we were when we began Great Lent. St. John Chrysostom writes that we abstain from meats that we might abstain from our sins. This nicely sums up the reason the Holy Church, as a loving mother, gives us the gift of fasting. Pascha is April 20 may God grant us all a spiritually profitable Great Lent!
Presanctified Liturgies and Lenten Dinners this Great Lent 

This year, with the blessing of His Grace Bishop Peter, we will celebrate the beautiful Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts throughout Great Lent on Wednesday evenings. Hours/Confessions begin at 5:30 p.m. Liturgy will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m. Following each of these services our St. Xenia Sisterhood will organize a light Lenten dinner. Please contact our Head Sister, Zhanna Skalitzky (headsister@stvladimiraami.org or see her in church) if you would like to help with the dinner. We have excellent Lenten recipes to share if youd like to try something new! Please join us for these remarkably beautiful and meaningful Lenten services and for mid-week fellowship with your parish family at the meal afterwards!

Wednesday, March 5 8:00 a.m. NOTE THIS IS A MORNING SERVICE - NO DINNER
Wednesday, March 12 8:00 a.m. NOTE THIS IS A MORNING SERVICE - NO DINNER
Wednesday, March 26
Thursday, April 3 NOTE THIS IS A THURSDAY
Wednesday, April 9
Wednesday, April 16

The Liturgical Fast for those communing begins after breakfast for the 6:30 p.m. services. In other words, you may eat breakfast, but eat or drink nothing further after that. Parents should use their best judgment regarding their children, as always. Those who confessed on the weekend prior to the Wednesday Presanctified need not confess again on/before Wednesday.
Soul Saturdays this Great Lent at St. Vladimir's 

The Holy Church appoints several special Saturdays throughout the year on which we especially commemorate our departed friends and loved ones. At St. Vladimirs we will serve the following memorial services on the following dates this Great Lent:

February 22: Divine Liturgy 9:00 a.m. (Vespers and Matins for the departed the evening prior at 6:00 p.m.)
March 15: Divine Liturgy 8:00 a.m. (Matins for the departed the evening prior at 6:00 p.m.)
March 29: Divine Liturgy 8:00 a.m. (Matins for the departed the evening prior at 6:00 p.m.)

Please join us for those services that you are able to and for those you are not: please assure the commemoration of your friends and loved ones at the services by emailing their names (please distinguish between Orthodox and non-Orthodox departed) to info@stvladimiraami.org or by otherwise contacting Fr. Gregory.
Kursk Icon to Visit St. Vladimirs THIS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY 

With the blessing of Bishop Peter the Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God will visit St. Vladimirs March 15 and March 16. The icon will be present for Vigil on Saturday, March 15 and for Divine Liturgy on Sunday, March 16. This is a very significant event in the life of our parish. We have never hosted the Kursk icon for a Sunday Divine Liturgy before. God-willing, many people will come to venerate the icon and bring their cares, troubles, and even thanks to the Mother of God. We know from the Churchs tradition that she is the greatest intercessor before her Son on our behalf and thus there is great veneration for her among the Christian people. To learn more about the wonderworking icon that is schedule to visit our parish, please visit the links below. We will need much help from our Brotherhood and Sisterhood during the weekend of the icons visit, especially at the Divine Services. Please respond positively to appeals from our Head Brother and Head Sister to help as requested. It is expected that we will hold our monthly building fund meal on March 16 and that Priest Nicholas Olhovsky, the icons caretaker, will present the weekly lecture at that meal entitled The History of the Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God. Please join us! Please spread the word to friends and loved ones. All are welcome! We ask that all car pool to the greatest extent possible for the icons visit since our limited parking will be at a premium.

Promotional Flyer (PLEASE SHARE!):

http://stvladimiraami.org/pamphlets/kur ... er2014.pdf

Guidelines for Meeting/Hosting the Icon:

http://stvladimiraami.org/pamphlets/kur ... a-2014.pdf

Information about the Icon English:

http://stvladimiraami.org/pamphlets/kurskicon.pdf

Information about the Icon Russian:

http://stvladimiraami.org/pamphlets/kurskicon_ru.pdf
College Age/Young Adult Retreat is April 4-6 HOUSING NEEDED 

Bishop Peter has blessed our parish to host the annual Diocesan College Age/Young Adult Retreat the weekend of April 4-6. Rather than housing our guests in local hotels we would like to house them with parish families. This makes the experience much more meaningful both for those visiting and for us who are hosting. Please contact Fr. Gregory or Yulia Paramonova (info@stvladimiraami.org) if you can host a student or two for the weekend of April 4-6. Thank you for participating in our retreat by supporting the retreat participants with lodging!
Special Great Lenten Lecture THURSDAY March 20 

Please join us for a special Great Lenten Lecture and Lenten Pot Luck dinner on Thursday, March 20 at 6:00 p.m. at the parish church. On this evening it will be our great pleasure to host the renowned Biblical Scholar and member of the Translation Committee of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, Professor Andrei Desnitsky. The topic of the talk will be The Bible in the Life of Orthodox Christians Today. After his presentation Professor Desnitsky will take questions from those gathered for the presentation. Please do not miss this great opportunity for our parish family to speak with one of the most widely-published experts in this field. The presentation will take place in both languages translation will be available if needed, but in fact this should not be an issue as Professor Desnitsky speaks English quite well. A promotional flyer with more information can be found at this link please share broadly:

http://stvladimiraami.org/flyers/andreidesnitsky.pdf
100% Participation in New Building Project Why? 

For the past year or so we have been stressing the need for 100% of our parishioners to participate in the fund-raising for our new parish church and social/educational center. But, being honest now, we have not been all that good about telling you WHY we need such a high level of participation. The answer is remarkably simple. We are asking for everyone to participate in this project because this is absolutely NOT the way these things are done in most of the Orthodox world, including Russia. In most of the world churches are built by one or two wealthy families or individuals as a sort of gift to a congregation. But that congregation doesnt really own their parish church. Rather, they have no sense of ownership because they did not pay for the church themselves. Someone else did that. And thus someone else will take care of the maintenance, and someone else will take care of the clergy, etc., etc. This is a mindset we want to completely avoid as it is completely unknown to our parish family.

Bishop Peter has blessed us to seek outside support for our building project only AFTER we have reached the 100% mark. We must pay for our own project if we hope that others will support it as well. And although we can raise a lot of the $4 million needed for the project we will probably need at least a little bit of outside help. Based on several conversations we have had with those outside the parish we believe that help is waiting for us but we cannot tap into that help until we have committed to this project as a parish family each and every one of us. We encourage all our parish family and friends to join us! Learn more at the page dedicated to our building project and join us as we build the new St. Vladimirs!

New Building Project Site:

http://stvladimiraami.org/newchurch/
Wednesday Services - Please Follow Parish Inclement Weather Policy 

The weather forecast for Wednesday is for another significant winter storm. As is our usual practice we will not cancel services based solely on the weather forecast. IF WEDNESDAY SERVICES ARE CANCELED THAT ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE MADE HERE ON OUR WEB SITE AND AN EMAIL WILL BE SENT TO OUR PARISH EMAIL LIST. If no cancellation is posted, services will be held as scheduled. That is not to say that you must attend the services - we urge our parishioners only to travel in inclement weather based on their tolerance for such driving. No one should feel pressured to travel unsafely. In fact, we have a parish policy in this regard and we share this policy with you below. Please join us for the Divine Services if you can do so safely. If not - we urge you to pray at home and join us at St. Vladimir's as soon as the weather allows.

Inclement Weather Policy
Approved by St. Vladimir Church Parish Council February 21, 2005

In case of inclement weather St. Vladimirs parishioners are urged to use caution and their best judgment when deciding whether to travel to the parish church for Divine Services. If the priest is able to reach the church the Divine Services will be conducted, but if parishioners perceive the driving conditions to be dangerous they should not feel compelled to travel to church.
Bishop Peter to Lead Unction at Dormition Cathedral March 12, 2014 - THIS WEDNESDAY 

His Grace Bishop Peter of Cleveland will lead the service of General Unction at Dormition Cathedral in Ferndale the evening of March 12, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. We will not serve Unction at St. Vladimirs this year so this will be the one opportunity to participate in this sacrament for our parish family during the upcoming Great Lent. Please make plans now to participate in the service on March 12 and to car pool with others especially those who cannot drive to Ferndale so that the maximum number of our parishioners can be present and take part in this sacrament. Parking is very limited at the cathedral and thus carpooling is VERY recommended.

The general rule for partaking of the sacrament of Unction is that one should confess before the sacrament. Given March 12 is the middle of the second week of Great Lent and given we call upon all our parishioners to confess and commune during the first week of Great Lent Fr. Gregory does not anticipate a problem regarding confession. Rather, this is just one more good reason to begin Great Lent with the sacrament of Repentance (aka confession) sometime during the first week of Great Lent (note that we have services EVERY EVENING of the first week of Great Lent as well as three mornings of the first week at St. Vladimirs). Please contact Fr. Gregory or Fr. Michael with questions or concerns.

Please note that the Kursk Root icon of the Mother of God is scheduled to be present at the Unction service.
"Take possession of your stomach, before it takes possession of you" - Fasting for Children and Youth 

The quote above is taken from the words of St. John of the Ladder. The link below is to an interesting instruction from the book in Russian "How to Keep the Fast". Although the fathers call children to fast from an early age this is not the fast of an adult - but the beginning of learning that we must control our stomach so that it does not control us. Again, fasting for children is not the same as fasting for adults - but it is not nothing. If we let the weeds grow in our garden for 18 years and then expect that the next year we will find our garden free from weeds we are unlikely to find this fantastic expectation to be true. We must pull the weeds from our garden as they appear. This is true of spiritual life as well. If we expect our children to miraculously begin to fast at the age of 18 or 20 after we have never helped them to fast before this fantastic expectation is also unlikely to come to fruition. Rather, let us begin with the children early but very lightly so that they grow into fasting and understand it to be what it is: a pleasant obedience that is spiritually edifying. Those who have questions are urged to discuss this with Fr. Gregory or Fr. Michael. THE FAST FOR CHILDREN IS NOT THE SAME AS FOR ADULTS - we must stress this. Parents know their children better than anyone and must make the best choices for their children - this is understood. But let us not deprive our children of one of the two swords our Lord gives us in our battle against the Evil One ("...this kind goes out not but by prayer and fasting...").

http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/52084.htm
Three New Lenten Dishes 

We have never published these recipes and we hope that our parishioners find them useful (and tasty!). Thank you to Tamara Real for contributing these to our parish family!

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Cold Noodles in Sesame Sauce

3 tbs. soy sauce
3 tbs. peanut butter
1-1/2 tbs. red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
3/4 - 1-1/2 tsp. sugar
1-1/2 tbs. sesame seed oil
1-3 tsp chili oil
6 oz. chinese white noodles such as lo mein noodles; egg noodles or fideos make a good replacement
2-3 scallions

Mix all ingredients except noodles to make the sesame sauce.

Cook Noodles.

Mix sauce with noodles; Garnish with scallions cut into strips. Serve warm or cold.

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To Cook Quinoa (One cup dry quinoa yields about four to five cups cooked.) Add one part quinoa to two parts rapidly boiling water. Reduce the heat, cover and cook on low for about 15 minutes or until the grains are translucent. (Stir once while cooking). Fluff and serve as a side dish like rice or couscous.

Quick Quinoa Salad

1 cup quinoa
2 cups boiling water
1 carrot, cut into tiny dice
1 small red pepper, cut into tiny dice
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced
1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
1/4 cup mined scallions
1/3 cup minced parsley
3 tbsp. tamari
2 tsp. mirin
2 tbsp. rice vinegar
2 tsp. rice syrup (may be purchased at an oriental food store. )
2 tsp. minced ginger
1 tsp. minced garlic

1. Cook quinoa in boiling as per directions. Immediately transfer the cooked quinoa to a strainer and allow to cool as you prepare the remaining ingredients.

2. In a large mixing bowl, coming eh carrot, red pepper, cucumber, peas, scallions, and parsley.

3. Add the quinoa and toss to combine.

4. In a small bowl, combine the tamari, mirin, rice vinegar, rice syrup, ginger, and garlic. Mix well and pour over the quinoa.

5. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours, turning occasionally. The salad improves in flavor if left to marinate for at least 8 hours and may be prepared up to 3 days in advance.

Makes 4-6 servings.

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Roasted Ratatouille

1 mediumn zucchini, halved lengthwise and cut crosswise into 1/2- inch thick pieces
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 red onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 small eggplant (about 1 lb), cut into 1-inch cube1 1/2 tsp.freshly grated lemon zest
1/4 cup golden raisins
2 tsp. fresh lemon juice or to taste

Preheat oven to 450* F and lightly grease a large shallow baking pan.

In a large bowl, toss vegetables with oil and salt and pepper to taste. Arrange in one layer in pan. Roast vegetables, stirring occasionally, until tender and golden brown - about 30 minutes.

Stir in raisins and roast 3 minutes more. Remove from heat, put ratatouille in a bowl and toss with lemon zest and juice. Serve hot or cold.

Serves 4 as a side dish.
Theodore Saturday 

Please find below an excellent explanation of the reason the Holy Church commemorates the Great Martyr Theodore the Recruit on the first Saturday of Great Lent every year. Also appended to this explanation are many quotes from the Holy Fathers on repentance. We congratulate all with this first Saturday of Great Lent. God-willing we hope to serve Divine Liturgy every Saturday of the Great Lent at St. Vladimir's. Please consult the schedule of services for details.

http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/60297.htm
The Beginning of Great Lent - St. John of Shanghai & San Francisco 

This is a beautiful instruction - one that explains simply both the reason for the grace-filled time of Great Lent and exactly why we are given this special time - as a preparation for the Pascha of the Lord. We highly recommend the words of St. John to our readers!

http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/68861.htm
Two Types of Repentance 

Please find here a very useful instruction by Metropolitan Philaret of New York and Eastern America. In just a few words the Metropolitan helps us to understand the two types of repentance, and why it is that our life should be spent in repentance - not just a moment of that life when we come to the realization with the utmost clarity that we indeed have fallen short of our high calling as Christians. Well worth the read!

English:

http://www.pravmir.com/completing-remai ... epentance/

Russian:

http://www.holytrinitymission.org/books ... oc34280923
To Know the Sweetness of a Clean Conscience - this is Great Lent 

A word of instruction from the departed Bishop Alexander of Buenos Aires on Great Lent. This is especially helpful for those that do not consider their "everyday" sins particularly problematic or significant Very well worth the read!

http://www.pravmir.com/great-lenten-epi ... h-america/
Overcoming Envy During Great Lent 

This is a very useful sermon by Patriarch Kyrill which was delivered during the first week of Great Lent in 2012. This does not make his words on how to overcome envy dated, as the vice of pride is sadly much more ancient than just the two years past. We highly recommend this concise teaching on how best to overcome envy during this special time of spiritual struggle.

English:

http://www.pravmir.com/overcoming-envy- ... reat-lent/

Russian:

http://www.patriarchia.ru/db/text/1091624.html
Lent is not a Time of Despair - it is a Time of Grace 

This archpastoral letter from Archbishop Demetrios of the Greek Archdiocese of America sums up very nicely how we should approach Great Lent. Not as a time of punishment or despair, but as a time of grace and return to God. Quite short - but very much too the point. And a very good point at that!

http://www.pravmir.com/lent-time-despai ... son-grace/
Daylight Savings Time beings THIS SUNDAY 

Please note that this Sunday, March 9, is the beginning of Daylight Savings Time in the United States. Thus, when going to bed after attending Vigil on Saturday night we need to "spring forward" one hour or we will be late for Liturgy on Sunday. Do make sure to change your clocks after having said your prayers on Saturday night and before going to sleep.

Please spread the word to those who do not visit our site often. Most people do not think of early March as the time of year when we transition to Daylight Savings Time and thus may miss this change.
Who's Who in the Canon of St. Andrew of Crete 

Every year we read the St. Andrew of Crete twice during Great Lent. The first reading is over the first four evenings of Clean Week. The second reading is the entirety of the canon on Wednesday evening of the fifth week. There are many persons mentioned in the Great Canon, but if we do not know who these people are then the impact of the words read is greatly weakened in our hearts. Thus, we present here an explanation of who is mentioned during the Great Canon and why. Although not short this is so edifying - we highly recommend this to our readers!

http://www.pravmir.com/the-whos-who-of- ... -of-crete/
Funeral Services for George Petrowsky Tomorrow 

The funeral for our brother in Christ George will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5 at St. Vladimirs. Per Georges request he was not embalmed, so the funeral will be with a closed casket. George had no family, and thus we very strongly encourage our parishioners who are able even if you did not know George personally to attend the service. The Great Lenten Divine Services begin at 8:00 a.m. with Matins, followed by the Great Lenten Hours and Typika, and finally the beautiful Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts. There will then be a short break followed by the funeral. Burial will follow and will be in the Archbold, OH municipal cemetery per Georges wishes. We ask the prayers of our entire parish family for one of our familys most significant early members, the servant of God George. May his memory be truly eternal!
Great Lent Begins Today - Congratulations to all! 

Please note that Great Lent begins today. During Great Lent we abstain from meat and dairy products including fish (although fish is allowed on the Annunciation April 7 & Palm Sunday April 13). Let us recall that fasting is a tool given to us by God to aid us spiritually. For some it is easy to fast, for others it is difficult. However, what is most important is that we make a sincere effort to follow the fast. Why? Simply because the fast helps us to see our sins by helping us to focus spiritually. Eating light foods, or perhaps rather, abstaining from heavy foods such as meats and cheeses, allows us to be less focused on our stomachs and more focused on our souls, and of course, in this season when we undergo our journey to the Resurrection of our Lord we dearly wish to improve ourselves spiritually that we might meet the risen Christ better than we were when we began Great Lent. St. John Chrysostom writes that we abstain from meats that we might abstain from our sins. This nicely sums up the reason the Holy Church, as a loving mother, gives us the gift of fasting. Pascha is April 20 may God grant us all a spiritually profitable Great Lent!
Memory Eternal George Petrowsky! 

Today, on the Sunday of Forgiveness, a true son of the Orthodox Church fell asleep in the Lord. Our Brother in Christ George Petrowsky was one of the very earliest members of our St. Vladimir parish family. One of our founders used to call George the Godfather of St. Vladimirs and perhaps this is the highest tribute that could be paid to this quiet, pious, dedicated Christian. George came from a mixed Orthodox and Catholic family. In his early years he completed Roman Catholic seminary, and a date was set for his ordination. Yet, his Orthodox Christian Grandmother had a great influence on George and before he could be ordained a Roman Catholic priest he chose to become an Orthodox Christian. George never married and never pursued holy orders in the Orthodox Church. Rather, he worked diligently in his secular career and used what he was able to acquire in this work to support our parish and many other parishes in our Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. George was also a dedicated supporter of Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville, NY and the seminarians who studied there, especially from our Chicago and Mid-America diocese. George was a great missionary, bringing many to the Church from diverse walks of life. His ability to communicate with anyone, no matter their level of education or social class, opened to many the truths of the Orthodox Faith. Perhaps many of our present parishioners did not know George as in his later years it became more and more difficult for him to make the journey from his home in Archbold, OH to our parish church. Yet, he still managed, despite his failing eyesight, to come and join us for the Divine Services from time to time in these last few years. Funeral arrangements for the servant of God George are still pending and details will be released as soon as they are available. In the meantime we ask the prayers of our parish family for this good man who had such a positive influence on our parish, although many of us did not know or see this. May the Lord grant eternal rest in the tabernacles of the righteous to His sincere servant George!
New Staorsta to Take Oath March 2 

With the blessing of Bishop Peter our new Starosta, Nathaniel Longan, will take the special oath administered to Starostas serving in the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia following the Divine Liturgy this Sunday. We congratulate Nathan on his election and thank him for his willingness to serve our community in this capacity!
Metropolitan Onuphry Elected Locum Tenens of Kiev and All Ukraine 

Unfortunately His Beatitude Metropolitan Vladimir's health has deteriorated to such an extent that he can no longer rule the Ukrainian Church. Therefore, the Synod of the Ukrainian Church has elected a Locum Tenens to rule in his stead until he can recover his health or he leaves this life. When Fr. Gregory spoke with one of the Ukrainian priests in our diocese about Metropolitan Onuphry's election as Locum Tenens that priest stated: "this is very good - Metropolitan Onuphry can unite all the people of Ukraine!" May God grant that this indeed be the case.

Read more about Metropolitan Onuphry's election and his biography:

http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/68747.htm
Prayers for Peace in Ukraine - Request from the Metropolitan 

His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion (himself an ethnic Ukrainian) has appealed to the children of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia to redouble their prayers for peace in Ukraine during these difficult days. You may read the Metropolitans appeal at the links below.

English:

http://eadiocese.org/News/2014/feb/mhkiev.en.htm

Russian:

http://eadiocese.org/News/2014/feb/mhkiev.ru.htm
An Anthonite Monk Speaks about Technology 

This is an interesting and short interview of Hieromonk Luke of Grigoriu (one of the large monasteries on Mt. Athos). Fr. Luke speaks about the purpose of human life, modern technology, and the monastic life. Well worth your time to read!

http://www.pravmir.com/technology-spiritual-life/
February Adult Group Set for 2/27/14 - TODAY! 

Our February Adult Group meeting is set for 7:00 p.m. on THURSDAY (note the day we usually meet on Fridays), February 27 at 7:00 p.m. at Fr. Gregorys home in Saline. This may be a bit of a cheesy meeting given the time of year we are holding it, but we hope everyone will enjoy the timely topic: Great Lent: Our Efforts, Gods Blessing, Spiritual Growth, Ideal Outcomes. Please join us and please confirm your attendance so we can prepare the proper amount of non-Lenten non-meat snacks and sweets.
Annual Meeting Thank You! 

On Sunday, February 23 our parish held our annual parish meeting. At the meeting reports were heard on the following topics:

Rector's Report
Starosta's Report
Treasurer's Report
Sisterhood Report
Brotherhood Report
Youth Group Report
Church School Report
Membership Report
Building Team Report
International Orthodox Christian Charities Parish Report
New Church/Social Space Project

All reports will be available to St. Vladimirs parishioners beginning March 3, 2014. To receive a copy of the reports simply send an email to info@stvladimiraami.org.

As is always the case at the annual meeting, elections were held to fill parish offices for the coming year. The following parishioners were elected to the following offices:

Nathan Longan Starosta
Dmitry Knysh Treasurer
Mary Ann McCulloch Trustee
Jack (Alexey) Mitchell Trustee
Igor Obertas Trustee
Konstantin Poplavsky Trustee
Kurt (Seraphim) Stevens Trustee
Note please that our Head Brother (John Hill) and Head Sister (Zhanna Skalitzky) are elected by the Brotherhood and Sisterhood respectively, and according to the Normal Parish Bylaws and with Bishop Peters blessing are automatically members of the Parish Council.

Scott Gusakov Audit Committee
Natalia Kondrashova Audit Committee
Yuila Paramonova Audit Committee

Vasiliy Krivtsov Editing Committee
Karl (Mercurius) Meyer Editing Committee

Nathan Longan Russia with Love Representative
Kurt (Seraphim) Stevens Russia with Love Representative

Many thanks are due to those who have served the parish in the past year(s) in these positions and to those who have volunteered to do so this year. May the Lord reward them all for their service to His Holy Church!
This Weeks Menu No Meat 

The Holy Church, as a loving mother, helps us prepare for Great Lent by easing us into fasting. This week we may eat all foods except meat (fish is allowed beef, pork, lamb, poultry, etc., are not). The idea behind this week of half fasting is to allow us to cleanse our homes of dairy products so that a week from today, when we begin the fast, there is no ice cream or cheese to tempt us to break the fast. We encourage all our parishioners in their Great Lenten struggle! Those who are beginning to fast are asked to discuss this with Fr. Gregory or Fr. Michael so that they can be most successful in fasting both this year and in the future. And all are called to remember that we fast not for the sake of fasting, but for the sake of our spiritual health since the experience of the Church for over 2000 years shows that abstaining from meat and dairy products has spiritual benefits when added to increased prayer, increased almsgiving, and increased attendance at the Divine Services. Great Lent is our excuse to live the Christian lives we are called to live all year long to turn off the television, to pick up a spiritual book, to regularly say our prayers, and to put salvation first and foremost on our list of priorities. May the Lord grant all our parish family and friends a spiritually profitable Great Lent a Great Lent that well and truly prepares us to greet our Lord on the bright day of Pascha having sincerely been transformed spiritually by our meager struggle and Gods Grace!
Starting the Week with the Holy Fathers - On True Wisdom 

How much like an owl's eyes are those practiced in vain wisdom. The owl has sharp vision at night, but it dims as soon as the sun rises; and they have an understanding very keen for idle speculations, but darkened for the knowledge of the true light. -Saint Basil the Great

Flee the dragnets of the philosophers, who are not ashamed to account their own soul and the soul of a dog to be the same kind, and who say of themselves that they were once both trees and fish; however, I am ready to affirm with all forcefulness that when they wrote this they were more senseless than fish. -Saint Basil the Great

Wrench the sun away from the world: what will happen to the world? Wrench the heart from the body: what will happen to the body? Need one say? Wrench God's truth and Christ's away from humanity: the same thing will happen to it as to a body without a heart and to the world without the sun. -Hierarch Philaret of Moscow

In the formation of a worm and a gnat there is seen an incomparably greater artistry than in the best productions of the human mind. Many erect magnificent buildings, invent marvelous machines, build huge ships; but can the most powerful and sharp-witted of them form a creeping insect, a flying bird, a blade of grass, or even put together one grain of sand? Truly, God is great! And He Alone is great in what is both great and small upon the earth. -Hierarch Philaret of Moscow

Wisdom not justified by activity is a pledge of shame. -Venerable Isaac the Syrian

The word of God, heard from the mouth of a preacher or read in Scripture, is turned into greater harm for whomever hears it and is not corrected by it. -Hierarch Tikhon Zadonsky

If the queen of Sheba, upon her arrival in the capital of Judaea, had occupied herself with examining the precious rarities and had not paid attention to Solomon the king, who was adorned with wisdom, then how inexcusable would have been her indifference. All the more unworthy of excuse is the man who lives in this world and is occupied with all subjects, except God, the Source of every good thing and wisdom. -Hierarch Tikhon Zadonsky

Truly beneficial and, consequently, fully worthy of being known and studied by us is that which can serve for the attainment of eternal life, and not temporary comforts and joys. -Saint Ambrose of Milan

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We thank our friends at St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Washington, DC from which the above is borrowed.
Pious Behavior in Church 

Of course we should behave appropriately in church and we believe that everyone WANTS to behave appropriately, but sometimes we dont know or we forget about the special times in the Divine Service when we should not move about or other important aspects of our worship. We include below a little pamphlet which reminds us of these things, and which also outlines the schema of the lights above the royal doors at St. Vladimirs (which the outside lamps are lit we should not move about unless it is a matter of life and death). Please review this pamphlet and please see Fr. Gregory with questions. We appreciate sincerely your efforts to behave appropriately in the parish church during the Divine Services!

http://www.stvladimiraami.org/pamphlets ... church.pdf
Maslenitsa is Tomorrow at St. Vladimir's! 

Our Sisterhood offers their annual Blini Dinner this coming Sunday - TOMORROW. You wont want to miss this great event! Invite your friends and loved ones for great food and lots of fun! The promotional flyer can be found below please spread the word!

http://stvladimiraami.org/flyers/blini14.pdf
Help Fr. Gregory Serve our Russian Speaking Parishioners 

We would like to offer a weekly "mini-bulletin" with translations of the scriptures read on the weekend into Russian, as well as a short sermon on the theme of the Sunday Gospel reading in Russian. These would be available for distribution at our kiosk for those who do not understand English well. This is not a large population in our parish (almost all of our native Russian speakers also speak English fluently), but there are a few people that this mini-bulletin will benefit. If you would like to help Fr. Gregory prepare this mini-bulletin please contact him. No translation will be necessary, but a working knowledge of Russian and of MS Word or other similar word processor will be needed. Thank you in advance for assisting with this important ministry!
Welcoming Others to Church - Everyone's Job (You Too!) 

You can only make a first impression once. That is why it is so important, and the responsibility of EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US, to warmly welcome visitors to our parish. Is the visitor not acting appropriately? Assure them that all will be fine and lovingly help. Is the visitors child fussy? Assure them that we welcome children in the church and not to worry. If they ask for a place to go to quiet the child please point out the nursery do not push them out the door. Does the visitor have questions? Answer them if possible, and if not, refer them to someone who can. A smile and a welcoming word can make the difference in someones spiritual life both in this life and the next. Let us show love one to another so that people will know that we are Christs disciples! We want to be known for our warm hospitality as was Abraham but we all must work together to make our parish as welcoming as we possibly can!
Prayers for Ukraine 

As many in our parish family have noted, we have begun to pray for peace in Ukraine in the Divine Services over the last few weeks. Metropolitan Hilarion asked for these special prayers to be read, and Bishop Peter blessed their use in our diocese. However, with so many people dying over the last few days it is clearly time for us to do more than just wait until the next Divine Service to hear these prayers and be satisfied with this alone.

We have people from all different backgrounds in our parish. This is one of the real strengths of our spiritual family the unity we find in our diversity. Everyone is welcome to their own political opinion, of course (assuming this opinion does not violate our Christian beliefs), but if we as Christians allow this present crisis to descend only the level of political sides we will endanger the unity in diversity, and the Christian love, that we find in our parish. In other words, politics must always be secondary for us our Christian duties must be primary. One of our important Christian duties is not to seek help just from the powers of the world, but principally from the Lord Himself.

Some of us feel one way about the events in Ukraine other feel another. But none of us, as Christians, can ignore the death of so many people. Thus, as the Rector of our parish, Fr. Gregory is asking that all pray daily for peace in Ukraine. How that peace plays out is largely up to Gods intervention in the hearts of all those involved. Thus the necessity for us to pray for peace to pray that those involved allow the Lord to work in their souls souls involved in such a passionate struggle (on both sides). If this takes place if both sides can subordinate themselves to Gods will then certainly peace will come quickly to Ukraine and to anywhere and anyone who humbly opens himself to the Lords guidance in this way.

To this end, we present here the links to two prayers. The first is the prayer found at the end of the moleben For the Pacification of Mens Passions. To this we have appended the Prayer for Enemies, in case one of our readers has already allowed the Devil to do his work in dividing the Christian people. The second is the prayer we often read at the end of the Divine Liturgy on Sundays at our parish, the prayer to the Holy Great Prince Vladimir. He was a man of war who found peace in the Lord a peace that led him to the Heavenly Kingdom and led to the baptism of the whole land of Rus. May the prayers of St. Vladimir, who stands before the Lord in Heaven, preserve, protect, and bring peace to Kiev and to all of the lands of ancient Rus!

Prayer for the Pacification of Mens Passions (will be updated with Russian/Slavonic ASAP):

http://stvladimiraami.org/pamphlets/pra ... nemies.pdf

Prayer to the Holy Great Prince Vladimir (this one in Russian/Slavonic too):

http://stvladimiraami.org/pamphlets/pra ... adimir.pdf
English Services for February Set for Friday 2/21 and Saturday 2/22 

The next cycle of English Divine Services at St. Vladimirs will be Friday, February 21 (Vespers & Matins for the Departed) and Saturday, February 22 (Divine Liturgy for the Departed). Given this is a memorial Saturday those who cannot attend are urged to provide a list of their departed loved ones to Fr. Gregory. Please note those who are non-Orthodox. We of course pray for the non-Orthodox, but we pray for them differently than we do for the Orthodox departed.

Please mark your calendars now so that you can participate in this missionary outreach to our friends, neighbors, and loved ones. And please invite those friends, neighbors, and loved ones to join us for the Divine Services so they can be exposed to the theology in action that is the Divine Services of the Church!
Ice Cream & SOMETHING March 2! 

Its the last day before Great Lent time for our last ice cream! And well add some other event to it too! We cant skate this year theres no open skating! :( But we WILL do something else fun more to come on that

Everyone who likes to eat ice cream or have fun is welcome!

4:00 p.m.
ICE CREAM
Place: To be determined

5:30 p.m.
SOMETHING ELSE
Sledding, Epic Snow Ball Fight, or if the snow melts: something else fun!
Great Lenten Lecture Series at St. Vladimir's 

The Great Lenten Lecture Series is coming again this year! More details will be available soon, but we dont want anyone to be concerned WE WILL have a lecture each Sunday (and perhaps more often!) of Great Lent following the Divine Liturgy (during our parish meal). More information soon to come!
Forgiveness Sunday is March 2 

Each year the Holy Church helps us to prepare for our Great Lenten struggle through the various hymns sung from the Lenten Triodion and the special Gospel readings appointed for the Sundays before Great Lent begins. On the very eve of the Great Lent the Holy Church gives us one more very powerful and important opportunity to prepare ourselves - the Order of Forgiveness. Immediately following the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, March 2 we will serve Vespers for Clean Monday (the first day of Great Lent). At the end of the Vespers service (which begins as a non-Lenten service but at which all the coverings in the parish church are changed to black, as are the vestments of the clergy and servers, and which ends as a Lenten service) we will begin the ancient Order of Forgiveness as the choir sings the Paschal stichera. These stichera are sung so that those who pass on to the next life before Psacha are not deprived of the great joy of hearing these most beautiful hymns. The Lord instructs us to first forgive our brothers and sisters before we seek forgiveness from Him. Great Lent is nothing other than a radical seeking of forgiveness from God in preparation to meet Him on the great night of the Resurrection transformed into His true disciples - having thrown off the "old man" of our sinful inclinations via our struggle and God's Grace. Thus, it behooves us greatly to first ask forgiveness of our parish family - before we enter the blessed time of Great Lent. Please make time in your schedule now to join us for this very important Sunday at St. Vladimir's!
Meeting of the Lord is Tomorrow 

The Holy Church celebrates one of the twelve great feasts this Saturday, February 15: the Meeting of the Lord. Please join us for services at St. Vladimir's as your schedule allows. Tonight we serve Vigil at 6:00 p.m. with Divine Liturgy tomorrow morning at 8:00 a.m. Below we provide links to further information regarding this feast. We congratulate all with the feast of the Meeting of the Lord!

English:

http://oca.org/saints/lives/2014/02/02/ ... the-temple

Russian:

http://days.pravoslavie.ru/Life/life373.htm

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