Apr. 24, 2016: Palm Sunday (Apr. 11 on Orthodox calendar)
The Children’s Lenten Retreat was held yesterday. We thank those who prepared and participated in the event: Maria Peavy, Vera Abud, Elena Curran, Kathy Callaghan, Irene Fazio, Matushka Ann Lardas, Elena Niejelow, Olga Sakharova, Inara, and Fr. Deacon Paul Giatas.
Today, Palm Sunday, is the Annual Collection for the Russian Spiritual Mission in the Holy Land.
The collection box in the middle of the church is for flowers for the Plaschanitsa and Pascha; please give a little each Sunday. We are also accepting sponsorships for the flowers.
We will need volunteers for the Plaschanitsa Watch, for the processions on Good Friday night and Pascha night and on Bright Monday, and for other things. Please contact Alex Romanwsky if you would like to help, or ask at the Candle Desk.
Pascha is one week away! Please see the schedule of services (also included in the April bulletin and posted at the candle desk). All of these services are important: they commemorate our very Salvation in Christ. All Christians have an obligation to attend these services, at least the Twelve Gospels on Thursday night, Vespers in the afternoon and the Lamentations in the evening of Good Friday, and the Paschal Vigil.
Holy Unction will be offered this week. Today, Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan will lead the service at Holy Virgin Protection Church in Nyack, NY, at 4:00 pm. Or, you may receive Unction at our St. Nicholas Church on Holy Wednesday, Apr. 27, at 6:30 pm.
Our Bright Monday service (Monday, May 2, at 10:00 am) will be a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, served by Bishop Jerome, with a procession of icons by our children. Please make every effort to attend.
Great Lent continues: we abstain from meat, eggs, dairy products and fish; on weekdays, we also abstain from wine and oil. However, for the sake of Palm Sunday, fish is permitted today, Apr. 24.