Holy Ascension Orthodox Christian Church
West Chester, PA
Parish website: holyascension.net
Parish blog: orthodoxywestchester.wordpress.com
The Holy Saints Agapius, Publius, Timolaus, Romulus, Alexander, Alexander, Dionysius and Dionysius, at Caesarea, in Palestine, who were ”baptized by blood” in their Martyrdom
Who Shall Find a Virtuous Woman?
Proverbs 31:10-31 (LXX)
10 Who shall find a virtuous woman? for such a one is more valuable than precious stones. 11 The heart of her husband trusts in her: such a one shall stand in no need of fine spoils. 12 For she employs all her living for her husband’s good. 13 Gathering wool and flax, she makes it serviceable with her hands. 14 She is like a ship trading from a distance: so she procures her livelihood. 15 And she rises by night, and gives food to her household, and appointed tasks to her maidens. 16 She views a farm, and buys it: and with the fruit of her hands she plants and a possession. 17 She strongly girds her loins, and strengthens her arms for work. 18 And she finds by experience that working is good; and her candle goes not out all night. 19 She reaches forth her arms to needful works, and applies her hands to the spindle. 20 And she opens her hands to the needy, and reaches out fruit to the poor.
21 Her husband is not anxious about those at home when he tarries anywhere abroad: for all her household are clothed. 22 She makes for her husband clothes of double texture, and garments for herself of fine linen and scarlet. 23 And her husband becomes a distinguished person in the gates, when he sits in council with the old inhabitants of the land. 24 She makes fine linens, and sells girdles to the Chananites: she opens her mouth heedfully and with propriety, and controls her tongue. 25 She puts on strength and honour; and rejoices in the last days. 26 But she opens her mouth wisely, and according to law. 27 The ways of her household are careful, and she eats not the bread of idleness. 28 And her kindness to them sets up her children for them, and they grow rich, and her husband praises her. 29 Many daughters have obtained wealth, many have wrought valiantly; but thou hast exceeded, thou hast surpassed all. 30 Charms are false, and woman’s beauty is vain: for it is a wise woman that is blessed, and let her praise the fear the Lord. 31 Give her of the fruit of her lips; and let her husband be praised in the gates.
Pastoral Letter to Clergy and Lay People by His Holiness, Patriarch John X
March for [Traditional] Marriage, Tuesday, March 26th in D.C.
On March 26th the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the Perry case, which will determine if Proposition 8 – the citizens initiative approved by the people of California in 2008 to protect marriage – is constitutional or not. More importantly, the question of same-sex “marriage” and the right of Americans to protect marriage will be decided. We believe it is imperative that political leaders, the media, and the culture see that we care about protecting [traditional] marriage enough to stand up and march for it. – marriagemarch.org
OCMC – A Journey of Faith
St. Haralambos and the Bulgarian Tradition of the Blessing of Bees and Jars of Honey for Good Health
This Coming Sunday
March 17th is Cheese Fare or Forgiveness Sunday, the final day on which cheese, eggs, milk and all dairy products, fish, wine and oil may be eaten until Pascha. Note however that there is a relaxation of the fast, and an allowance (katalysis) for wine and oil on Saturdays and Sundays (except on Great and Holy Saturday when there is katalysis for wine), and for fish, wine and oil on Annunciation (following the festal Divine Liturgy) and on Palm Sunday.
I encourage you to remember that fasting is not an end in and of itself, but is a means towards an end. We eat less and make ourselves yearn for something more than passing satisfaction. We are striving for personal repentance and communion with God.
Upcoming Schedule for Bp. THOMAS’ Visit
Friday, March 22nd – 7:00pm Akathist to the Theotokos
Saturday, March 23rd – 9:30am Divine Liturgy for St. Theodore (Koliva) / 5:00pm Great Vespers
Sunday, March 24th – 8:30am Orthros / 9:30am Divine Liturgy, followed by the Service of Groundbreaking with His Grace, Bp. THOMAS / 12:30pm Parish meal with His Grace / 3:00pm Pan-Orthodox Vespers for Great Feast of Annunciation at Holy Ascension
Monday, March 25th – 8:30am Orthros / 9:30am Divine Liturgy for +Great Feast of Annunciation
This Week’s Schedule of Services and Events
FRI: 5:00 Vespers for the Martyr Sabinus of Egypt
SAT: 9:30am Akathist for the Departed / 5:00pm Great Vespers, Confessions follow
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