Holy Week Schedule 2015

Holy Week Schedule

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Sunday, April 5th

7:30AM Entry of our Lord into Jerusalem Divine Liturgy + General Funeral After

7:30am-8:30am | The Morning Raising of Incense & the Procession

8:30am-11:30am | The Divine Liturgy

11:30am-12:30pm | Public Funeral Prayer

12:30pm Agapy

2:30PM Evening Paschal Prayers

Monday, April 6th

5:30pm- 8:00pm Evening Paschal Prayers

@The_Cross – The Cross & Forgiveness (Colossians 1:19-1:23)

Rev. Fr. Kapriel Mouradjian | Armenian Church of Holy Resurrection

Tuesday, April 7th

5:30pm- 8:00pm Evening Paschal Prayers

@The_Cross – The Cross & Fruitfulness (John 12:23-12:24, John 12:12-12:16)

Rev. Fr. Untzag Nalbandian | Armenian Church of the Holy Ascension

Wednesday, April 8th

5:30pm- 8:00pm Evening Paschal Prayers

@The_Cross – The Cross & Our Flesh (Galatians 2:20)

Rev. Fr. Gregory Varghese | St. Gregorios Malankara Syrian Orthodox Church

Thursday, April 9th

9:00am-2:00pm Covenant Thursday (Liturgy of the blessing water & The Divine Liturgy)

5:30pm-8:30pm Evening Paschal Prayers

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H.G. Bishop David | Bishop of New York & New England

Friday, April 10th

9:00am-5:30pm Good Friday

@The_Cross | Fr. Andrew Awad

Saturday, April 11th

12:00am-5:00am Apocalypse Night & Divine Liturgy of Bright Saturday

Eve of Easter Sunday Liturgy

7:00pm–8:00pm Morning raising of incense

8:00pm–9:00pm Offering of the Lamb

9:00pm–10:00pm Act of Resurrection and the Procession

10:00pm–10:30pm Gospel & Sermon

10:30pm–12:00am Divine Liturgy (Fasting for the Holy Eucharist start 3:00 PM)

Sunday, April 12th

Christ is Risen :: Truly He is Risen

SPSA Christmas Tree Cutting

christmas treeOn Saturday 12/13/2014 SPSA church will have a Liturgy from 9am to 11am (Saint Andrew’s Feast) followed by breakfast. Then we will drive to Maple Row Farm in Easton to pickup the Christmas Tree. We will be back at church to decorate the tree and do Kiahk Praises

Maple Row Farm
229 Stepney Rd, Easton, Connecticut
(203) 261-9577
http://www.mrfarm.com/

Saint Andrew’s Feast

saint_andrewSaint Andrew’s vespers will be on Friday 12/12/2014 at 6:30pm. HG Bishop David will bless us during vespers and will do the veneration for Saint Andrew’s relic.

Also the church has blessed surprise for everyone. Please come and take its blessing.

Saturday we will have liturgy from 9am to 11am

Hope to see you all there.

 

Why Do We Venerate the Relics of the Saints?

The veneration of the relics of the martyrs and saints originates from Divine Revelation through the Holy Scriptures. In the Old Testament, for example, God made the holy relics of the righteous work miracles such as the relics of Elisha which resurrected a man from the dead. From that time, the tomb and bones of the Prophet Elisha were venerated throughout Judea.

In the New Testament, the human body was elevated to sublime and divine heights through the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ. As we address Christ in the Liturgy of St. Gregory, “You blessed my nature in Yourself.” Together with the soul, the body is raised up at the Last Day and receives eternal life. This was made possible only through our Lord’s Resurrection, by which He conquered death and its power over us, and His Ascension, by which He raised the human body to the holy of holies. Thus, through His Lifegiving work, our Lord Jesus Christ truly elevated the nature of the human body. For this reason, we struggle in this world to have communion with Him so that our bodies may be temples of the Holy Spirit, the Living God, worthy of the eternal habitations.

In light of this, we venerate the bodies of the saints which served as temples of the Holy Spirit full of grace. It is not uncommon to see the fruits of a saint’s righteousness in the state of their bodies after their departure from this vale of tears. For example, the body of Abba Pishoy which came in contact with our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, lies incorrupt in his church in Wadi El Natrun. For many days, the body of the saintly patriarch, Abba Kyrillos VI, emitted a sweet and fragrant odor after his departure.

Moreover, God willed that, in many cases, not only does a saint’s body manifest Divine Grace, but also his clothing and personal articles. Thus, the handkerchiefs of St. Paul the Apostle cast out demons whereas the shadow of St. Peter healed the sick. In the Old Testament, it was the mantle of Elijah that struck and separated the waters of the Jordan River. Even after Elijah’s miraculous ascent into the heavens, his disciple, Elisha, struck the river with the very same mantle to divide the waters again.

From these examples, it is clear that our veneration of the relics of the saints is not the result of a morbid fascination with bodies and bones, but rather, an acknowledgement that these saints lived righteous lives and that God, in His ineffable love, allowed their relics to manifest the Divine Grace they struggled for in their lives.

Thus, when we venerate the relics of the saints, we worship God and contemplate the righteous example of these saints in our struggle to imitate them.

Glory to You, O Lord, now and forever, Amen.

By Fr. 

East Coast Family Convention (E.C.F.C)

ECFC2013Under the Auspices of H.H. Pope Tawadros II and his partners H.E. Metropolitan Bakhomious and

H.G. Bishop David

You are invited to

the 13th. East Coast Family Convention (E.C.F.C)


“He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much”
On May 25, 26, & 27 (Sat, Sun, & Mon)

Please go to http://familyconvention.org/ to register online.

Reservation after May 10th, please add $25.00 extra per room per night
You will receive your reservation confirmation by email.

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Sight & Sound Theaters & St. John The Beloved Monastery

Noah-Ark-Coptic-iconPeace & Love to all of you,

On March 29th we will be going to the Sight & Sound theaters to attend Noah’s 4PM show. We will drive after to St. John the Beloved Patmos located at 106 Patmos Dr. Canadensis, PA 18325. Tel: 570-481-4455 PatmosMonasteryUSA.org to spend the night and have spiritual day on Sat.

If you are interested please go to http://www.sight-sound.com/ and do your show reservation.

Sight & Sound Theatres
300 Hartman Bridge Road, Strasburg, Pennsylvania 17579
View Map · Get Directions

St. John the Beloved Patmos
106 Patmos Dr. Canadensis, PA 18325
Tel: 570-481-4455
Fax: 570-481-4456
patmosmonasteryusa.org
patmosusa@yahoo.com

Great Lent Liturgy

Great Lent

God welling St. Peter & St. Andrew church will have late Liturgy every Friday during the Great Lent from 5:30PM-8:00PM. May The Lord accept your prayers and fasting.

H.G. Bishop Aghason Visit to SPSA Church.

H.G. Bishop Aghason Visit to SPSA Church.Peace and Love to you,
On Monday February 25th 2/25. SPSA Church will be blessed by His Grace Bishop Aghason First Coptic Bishop of Brazil. His Grace will celebrate Jonah’s fast liturgy @5:30PM.
About Bishop Aghson:

His Grace Bishop Aghathon earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Special Chemistry from the College of Science from Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt. After completion of his education, His Grace worked as a Chemist. On July 16, 1988, he entered the Monastic order as a brother at St. Paul’s Monastery in the Red Sea.

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First Annual Valentine Fellowship Dinner

SPSA-Valentine-Fellowship-Flyer“Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.” (Ephesians 4:15)

All we need is love (and chocolate :))

At SPSA Church we are Happy to announce our First Annual Valentine Fellowship Dinner.

When:Thursday Feb 14th at 6:30 pm

Where: CIRCLE DINER located at 441 Post Road, Fairfield, Connecticut 06824.

It is for Adult only :). Single Young Professional are more than welcome to join. We have limited seating (30). So it will be on First Come First Serve.

RSVP with Fr. Andrew 203.455.7447

Danbury-Area Towns Host Tribute to Newtown

Sandy Hool School VigilLocal towns will host a tribute to Newtown at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the O’Neill Center of Western Connecticut State University.

Danbury Region have come together to organize a Tribute to Newtown.  The gathering will be a way for the people of Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield and Sherman to come together in this time of need.

The tribute will include various musical performances from choirs and musicians as well as remarks by community leaders including Western Connecticut State University President, Dr. James Schmotter.

Western Connecticut State University will welcome guests to this regional tribute event on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in support of Newtown, and everyone affected by the tragic school shooting last week.  A Tribute to Newtown will take place at the O’Neill Center on the Westside Campus of WCSU in Danbury, Connecticut.

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton explained, “We have all been affected by this tragic event in some way.  We are hoping that this gathering will provide solace and comfort during a time of confusion and sadness.”

New Fairfield First Selectman, John Hodge has been vital to the organization of this event; he explained, “We want individuals from the entire region to join us for an uplifting event that will enable them to move forward with a more positive outlook despite the sadness that we are all feeling.”

SPSA Church will be participating in the event. Please contact Fr. Andrew Awad 203-455-7447 for more info.

An Exclusive Interview for H.H. Pope Tawadros II by: Fr. Andrew Awad on 11/16/2012

In this interview, H.H. Pope Tawadros answers all Copticworld as well as Facebook youth questions. Discussion of the Enthronement day, Evangelism,Ecumenical talks, Seminary schools, Youth services, New bishopric and much more.

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