February 26, 2017: Forgiveness Sunday, Cheesefare (Feb. 13 on church calendar)
Today, Feb. 26, is Forgiveness Sunday. The first Lenten service will immediately follow the Liturgy, and all parishioners should attend. If two services are too much for you, come late to the Liturgy and stay for the Vespers of Forgiveness.
Inauguration of the Parish Council Officers was postponed until next Sunday, March 5.
The collection box in the middle of the church is for flowers for Pascha (Easter); please give a little each Sunday. Also, since spring weather has already arrived, please look for pussy willows when they bloom, and save them in a cool, dark place for Palm Sunday.
This week—the first week of Lent—there will be services at St. Nicholas Church every evening except Wednesday, when we shall go to nearby Presentation Church (see map/directions) to venerate the Kursk Root Icon and pray with Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan. The first Presanctified Liturgy will be at 7:30 am on Wednesday, March 1. See full schedule above.
The first Pan-Orthodox Lenten Vespers will be at Holy Ghost Church in Bridgeport next Sunday, March 5, at 4:00 pm (see map/directions). Note that our own St. Nicholas Church will be hosting this event a few weeks later, on March 26.
Today is Cheesefare Sunday: we may eat anything except meat. The Great Fast (Lent) begins tomorrow, Feb. 27. From then until Pascha, we abstain from meat, eggs, dairy, and fish; on weekdays we also abstain from wine and oil.
Name days: St. Vsevolod (Feb. 11/24). Many Years: Vsevolod Rakov.