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Parish Updates, February 1-9, 2009

February 2, 2009

February 2 to 4:  Nineveh 3 Day Lent


Note from Bishop Mar Theophilos:

Nineveh fasting is one of the canonical fasts of the Church.

It is short in days, only three full days.

This year, it is Feb2-4 and 5th is the feast in the Malankara (Indian) Orthodox Church (Feb9-11 for other Orthodox).

The features of this fasting is special prayers for three days and for the noon prayer special 40 times Lord have mercy etc. an bowing to the ground (40 kumbidil).

It is also the preparation for the Great Lent.   It is our duty to fast the three days with special prayers and doing charity.

Abstain from breakfast for three days and eat only vegetarian food only.

Instead of your breakfast if possible please give to some poor people in your locality.

Prayer, fasting, and charity are the Trinitarian Virtues.  Consider this year’s fasting for those who lost their jobs and for the stability of our country.   Wish you all a blessed Nineveh fast.


Parish Updates

1. Evening prayers will be held on Monday and Tuesday evenings (February 2 and 3) at 6 PM.

2. Evening prayers will be held on Saturday (February 7) evening at 6 PM.

3. Holy Qurbana will be conducted in English language on Sunday, February 8, 2009.

4. Sunday School Midterm Exams will held on February 8, 2009 after the Holy Liturgy.

Church Days

February 1

  • 4th Sunday after Danaha (Baptism of Christ)

February 2:

February 3:

  • Feast of Mar Bersouma
  • All Departed Holy Fathers

February 5:

  • Nineveh 3 Day Lent Ends

February 8:

  • Memory of Mar Severios Patriarchs of Antioch
  • Sunday of All Departed Priests

Special thanks to Mr. Joykutty Detroit for providing the Orthodox Sabha Panchamgam.

Diocese Events

1. MGOCSM Winter Show in Philadelphia at the St. Thomas (Unrah) – will be held on Saturday, 7 February 2009.

Please contact Mr. Lijo John for tickets and information.

2. North Jersey & Rockland MGOCSM will host a Lenten Retreat on Saturday, March 7, 2009, from 10:00am – 3:00pm at 1231 Van Houten Ave,
Clifton, NJ.

3. The Annual Family & Youth Conference will be held on July 15 to July 18,2009. For more information, visit the Web site.

4. Missions Trip – MGOCSM wants you to serve on the Missions Trip for Summer 2009. You must be 18 and over to participate. For more information, please contact Asha at asha.thomas@gmail.com OR Anoop Thomas at anoopmthomas@gmail.com.

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