Message From Fr. Peter On The Start of Holy Week
It is hard to believe that the Lenten Season has come to a close and that we have embarked on the final leg of our journey to Pascha, that of Passion (Holy Week)
It has been quite a journey! With all of the joys and struggles, that one normally encounters during the Fast, we also been extremely busy with our weekly food sales and Easter Bazaar that has taxed our energy.
None the less, I have been pleased by the peaceful spirit which has permeated our parish during the Lenten Season. I have seen in the calm demeanor of so many of you the fruits of the three pillars of Lent at work in your lives, that of Prayer, Fasting and Good Works. The services have been very spiritually uplifting and our Lenten fellowship following Presanctified Liturgy and our Orthodoxy 101 discussion was very enjoyable as was our on-line book club. I hope we can continue this outside of Lent
I encourage all of us to take full advantage of the life-giving and inspiring Holy Week Services of the Church. I urge you to have the strength to attend and take part in as many, if not all, of the Holy Week Services that is humanly possible. They are of the most beautiful and meaningful of the Liturgical Year. They provide us with many opportunities for spiritual healing and finding inner peace in the knowledge that God is with and within us as we journey to paradise in this earthly life.
I urge all of you to worthily prepare to receive Holy Communion on Pascha by making a careful and thorough Confession. You will find peace and grace by doing so.
I wish all of you a blessed Holy Week and a glorious light-filled Pascha.
With Love in Christ and Prayers,