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Prayer of St. Ephrem

Lord and Master of my life,
spare me from the spirit of indifference, despair,
lust for power, and idle chatter.
Instead, bestow on me, your servant,
the spirit of integrity, humility, patience, and love.
Yes, O Lord and King, let me see my own sins
and not judge my bothers and sisters;
for you are blessed forever and ever.  Amen.

March  21 Our venerable father and confessor James, bishop of Catania, who died in the Iconoclastic persecutions. (8th century)


For my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples. Isaiah 56:7 (RSVCE)

We are a Catholic Church in full communion with the Pope of Rome His Holiness Pope Francis. If you are Roman Catholic, attending our Church fulfills your Sunday obligation for Mass. 

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~~~~Year 7527 of the Byzantine Era~~~~

Schedule of Services   
Friday March 22  Allentown 7:00 PM
Section of Liturgy                               page
Psalm 103                                 1

Friday Antiphonal Psalms       12
Psalm 140                               81
Lamp-Lighting Psalms             19
Evening Stichera              81,150
Hymn of the Evening               22
Prokeimena                             83
Solemn Evening Psalm           25
Great Entrance                      36A
Readings: Genesis 8:4-21 •  Proverbs 10:31-11:12

Saturday March 23 Palmerton Divine Liturgy   4:00 PM
Sunday March 24   Allentown  Rosary             9:30 AM
                               Allentown  Divine Liturgy 10:00 AM  
Section of Liturgy                                                  page
Hymn: Beneath Your Cross I Stand                  11  
Typical Psalms                                         16
Beatitudes                                                23
Propers Tone 3, Cross                        135, 223 
We Bow to Your Cross                           33B
Cherubic Hymn                                        42
Nicene Creed                                           53
Saint Basil Anaphora                               96
Our Father                                               70
Communion Hymn                        Psalm 34
Panachida                                              432
Closing Hymn:Beneath your compassion    454A
Readings:  Hebrews 6:13-20  •  Mark 9:17-31

Annunciation of the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary Solemn
Monday March 25 Allentown  Vigil Liturgy 7:00 PM

Section of Liturgy                                page
Vespers                                    104
Psalm 103                                109
Psalm 140 tone 4                     138
Stichera                                    325
O Joyful Light                           117
Svjatyj Boze                             30B
Prokeimen/Alleluia                   330
Cherubic Hymn                        45D
Nicene Creed                             53
Magnification/Irmos                  330
Our Father                                  74
Hymn: Rejoice, O  Virgin Theotokos  453
Readings:  Hebrews 2:11-18  •  Luke 1:24-38

Fr. Stepan is encouraging everyone to attend the Presanctified Liturgy on Friday evenings and also to arrive early to pray to Rosary before the Sunday Liturgy.

Links to changeable parts and  music archives can be found HERE.
RECORDINGS of the settings used can be found HERE
Click name of day above for the link to Propers and changeable parts of the Liturgy. 
Weekday Propers go to THIS PAGE, then click on the Menaion of the month at the top of the page.

Directives for the Great Fast
from the Office of the Bishop
The tradition of our Church is to eat no meat after Meatfare Sunday until Easter, and the tradition of our Church is to eat no dairy products after Cheesefare Sunday until Easter. The regulations here are the minimum required by our Church authorities, but everyone is encouraged to follow our tradition, except for children and women who are pregnant or nursing. The reason to have an Easter basket is to eat the foods denied during Great Lent
Fasting Regulations
All who receive Communion in the Eparchy of Passaic are required to abstain from meat on Wednesdays and Fridays of the Great Fast.
All adults who receive Communion in the Eparchy of Passaic are required to abstain from meat, eggs, and milk products on the first day of Lent, Monday, March 4, and on Great and Holy Friday, April 19.
These are the minimum requirements; however, the faithful are encouraged to do more.
Liturgical Directives
Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts
All Pastors and Administrators are encouraged to celebrate the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts on Wednesdays and Fridays of the Great Fast.
A liturgical service at which Holy Communion is distributed may be celebrated on the other weekdays of the Great Fast. We ask you to pray for peace throughout the world, and for the victims of war. Please remember in your prayers all those in the military who are serving our country throughout the world.
Pastors and Administrators may, for a just cause, grant to the individual faithful and to individual families, dispensations or commutations of the fasting rules into other pious practices

There are 5 All Souls commemorations in which we remember our deceased loved ones with a Panachida and a reading from the rolls of the deceased. If you wish to participate in these services, please submit the All Souls envelope in the collection basket. The next commemorations will be following the Liturgies on the final three weekends in March.

Pope Francis has asked the entire Catholic Church to pray at the end of each Divine Liturgy or Mass for protection during this time of danger.  He asked that we pray to St. Michael or that we say an ancient prayer to the Mother of God.  As a matter of fact, the latter prayer is the most ancient prayer to Mary that we have, besides the “Hail Mary” which is from the Gospel of St. Luke.  This prayer is found in our own pew book on page 454. Please begin singing the prayer “Beneath Your Compassion” at the end of Divine Liturgy in all of our churches. I have posted a video on the Eparchy of Passaic YouTube channel.  All of your parishioners are also welcome to view the video to learn the hymn.
May God bless the work of your hands,
+ Bishop Kurt
YouTube link to learn music:
Here is an interesting article about the history of the hymn and an ancient Egyptian papyrus of it:

As of November 4, the first Metropolitan Cantor Institute online class can be taken for free by cantors, clergy, and parishioners of Byzantine Catholic parishes in the United States. (Non-members can take the class for $75.) This class teaches the basics for singing in church – musical sound, fundamentals of singing and reading music, and how to lead basic responses used in all services. Recommended for anyone who wants to learn our plain chant!

For more information, click on this link Classes.

Church Renovation Fund

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The point is this: he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.   2 Corinthians 9:6-7 (RSVCE)

Youtube video

Gift Cards Fundraiser Retailers where you shop donate money to our church!  Physical Gift cards will be available. Simply shop with Gift Cards purchased through our church and the retailers donate money.   Anybody can join our scrip program by going to the website  www.shopwithscrip.com, click enroll, and  entering  our enrollment code 4E85BLFF48759.   See Janice Kavounas for details.

Travelling?  See Mass Times for listings of churches and times for any area.

Leaders of the heavenly armies,
although we are unworthy, we always beseech you,
to fortify us by your prayers and to shelter us beneath the wings of your sublime glory. 
Watch over us who bow to you and cry out fervently: 
Deliver us from danger, for you are the commanders of the powers on high. 
                                        – Troparion for Saint Michael and the Holy Angels

St. Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan,
and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls.  Amen.

 The Lord is at hand. Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  Philippians: 4:5-6 (RSVCE)


Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory Forever!

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