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Great Lent: 23 February – 11 April 2015
Great Lent is the 40-day season of spiritual preparation that comes before the most important Feast of the Christian year, Holy Pascha. The purpose of fasting is to remind us of the Scriptural teaching, “Man does not live by bread alone.” The needs of the body are nothing compared to the needs of the soul. Above all else, we need God, Who provides everything for both the body and the soul. Fasting teaches us to depend on God more fully.Read more about the fast here

Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete
February 22, Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
February 23, Monday at 6:30 p.m.
February 24, Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
February 25, Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
February 26, Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
The Great Canon of St Andrew, Bishop of Crete, is the longest canon in all of our services, and is associated with Great Lent, since the only times it is appointed to be read in church are the first four nights of Great Lent. Read more about the Great Canon here

St. Theodore Saturday
Matins:  February 27, Friday at 6:30 P.M
Liturgy: February 28, Saturday at 9:30 A.M.
On the first Saturday of Great Lent the feast of the Holy Great martyr Theodore the Tyro is celebrated in commemoration of how this saint, appearing from the other world, saved Christians from being defiled by food which, by order of the emperor Julian the Apostate, during this first week of Great Lent was sprinkled with blood which had been sacrificed to idols.

Triumph of Orthodoxy
 Matins and Confession:  February 28, Saturday at 6:00 P.M.
 Liturgy: March 1, Sunday at 10:00 A.M.
On the first Sunday of Great Lent, the Triumph of Orthodoxy is celebrated in memory of the
restoration of the veneration of the holy icons during the reign of the empress Theodora in 842.

Pannykhida. Commemoration of the departed.
March 7, Saturday at 10:00 A.M.

St. Gregory Palamas
Matins and Confession:   March 7, Saturday at 6:00 P.M.
 Liturgy: March 8, Sunday at 10:00 A.M.
On the second Sunday of Great Lent the memory of St. Gregory Palamas, archbishop of
Thessalonica is celebrated, who against the heretic Barlaam defended the teaching of the divinity
of the grace-filled light with which the Lord shone forth on Tabor, and which illuminates a man
as a result of intensified labors of prayer and fasting. This may be thought of as the feast of the
triumph of Orthodox asceticism over rationalistic false doctrines which deny the significance of the labor of fasting.

 Commemoration of the departed.
March 14, Saturday at 10:00 A.M.

Adoration of the Holy Cross
Matins and Confession:    March 14, Saturday at 6:00 P.M.
 Liturgy: March 15, Sunday at 10:00 A.M.
On the third Sunday of Great Lent a service is performed in honor of the Cross of the Lord,
which at the All-night Vigil, following the Great Doxology, is solemnly carried out to the center
of the temple for veneration, due to which, not only this Sunday, but the entire week which
follows is one "of the Veneration of the Cross." The cross is carried out in the middle of the fast
for the encouragement and strengthening of the spiritual vigor of those fasting, for the
remembrance of the passions of the Lord, undertaken for the sake of our salvation, and of the
subsequent glorious resurrection of the Lord from the dead.the labor of fasting.

 Commemoration of the departed.
March 21, Saturday at 10:00 A.M.
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