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The icon to the left is an icon of the Holy Trinity titled "The Hospitality of Abraham" and was painted by Andrei Rublev in the 15th century. Based upon Genesis 18:1-8 it depicts three angels sitting at a table. On the table, there is a cup containing the head of a calf. In the background, Rublev painted a house (supposedly Abraham's house), a tree (the Oak of Mamre), and a mountain (Mount Moriah). The figures of angels are arranged so that the lines of their bodies form a full circle. The middle angel and the one on the left bless the cup with a hand gesture. There is no action or movement in the painting. The figures gaze into eternity in the state of motionless contemplation. There are sealed traces of nails from the icon's riza (metal protective cover) on the margins, halos and around the cup.

 

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Basilian Sister Regina Adams Falls Asleep in the Lord

Basilian Sister Regina AdamsSister Regina (Claire Marie) Adams took the final steps of her journey into eternal life in the late evening of Wednesday, February 3, 2021. Entering the hospital with some health problems, she fully expected to return to her mission at St. Mary's in Wilkes-Barre. The Lord, whom she served so faithfully, however, had other plans for her and took her swiftly to Himself from there.

Sister Regina was born in Trenton, N.J., a daughter of the late Michael and Anna Anchak Adams. She entered the community from St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church in Trenton February 4, 1957, and made her Final Profession of Vows on August 26, 1962.

For about half of her religious life, Sister Regina spent her energies in teaching, and she was able to convey her love of this ministry whether her students were in the primary grades or the upper ones. Her abilities came into play as she also managed the duties of principal when necessary. Sister Regina's zeal for learning was matched by her enthusiasm for science, evidenced by her interest in the PA Jr. Academy of Science. Here, her students always placed favorably in these competitions.

Further, Sister's talent for music served her well in her later years of parish ministry when she was often called upon to cantor for the Divine Services. She had a strong voice and one that was easy to follow. Not surprisingly, sports also had a prominent place among Sister Regina's interests. Anything connected with Notre Dame or the Steelers had a special place in her heart.

After the schools where the Sisters served were closed, Sister Regina's energies then turned to parish ministry for the remainder of her life. Chief among the duties of this ministry was visiting the sick of the parishes. Her lively nature lent itself to bringing cheer to those who were homebound, in hospitals or in nursing homes. This ministry, to which she devoted herself with great dedication, was to be her last. From there it was just another step into eternity.

Read more: Basilian Sister Regina Adams Falls Asleep in the Lord

2018 Liturgical Calendar

Major Feasts and Fasts

Pascha and the 12 Great Feasts are in bold.
Includes Major Civil Holidays in the United States and Canada
January 1
Circumcision of Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ
Feast of St. Basil the Great
Sunday Before Theophany
New Year's Day (Civil)
January 6
Theophany of Our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ
January 7
Sunday After Theophany
January 14 Sunday of Zacchaeus
January 15 Martin Luther King Day (USA)
January 21 Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee
January 28 Sunday of the Prodigal Son
January 30
Synaxis of the Ecumenical Teachers and Hierarchs: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom
February 2 Encounter of Our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ with Simeon and Anna
(Presentation of Our Lord Into the Temple)
February 3 First All-Souls Saturday
February 4 Sunday of the Second Coming of Christ (Meat-Fare)
February 11 Forgiveness Sunday (Cheese-Fare)
February 12 Beginning of the Holy Forty Days Fast
February 18 First Sunday of the Great Fast (Sunday of Orthodoxy)
February 19 Washington's Birthday (President's Day) (USA)
February 24 Second All-Souls Saturday
February 25 Second Sunday of the Great Fast (St. Gregory Palamas)
March 3 Third All Souls Saturday
March 4 Third Sunday of the Great Fast (Veneration of the Cross)
March 10 Fourth All-Souls Saturday
March 11 Fourth Sunday of the Great Fast (St. John of the Ladder)
March 14 Canon of St. Andrew of Crete
March 17 Akathistos Saturday
March 18 Fifth Sunday of the Great Fast (St. Mary of Egypt)
March 24-31 Great and Holy Week
March 24 Lazarus Saturday
March 25

Annunciation to the the Mother of God, Palm (Flowery) Sunday - Entrance into Jerusalem

March 26 Great and Holy Monday
March 27 Great and Holy Tuesday
March 28 Great and Holy Wednesday
March 29 Great and Holy Thursday
March 30 Great and Holy Friday
March 31 Great and Holy Saturday
April 1
Pascha - Feast of the Resurrection of Christ (Easter Sunday)
April 1-8 Bright Week
April 8 Second Sunday of Pascha (Apostle Thomas)
April 30 Third Sunday of Pascha (Myrrh-Bearing Women)
April 22 Fourth Sunday of Pascha (Healing of the Paralytic) Feast of Saints Cyril & Methodius
April 25 Mid-Pentecost
April 29 Fifth Sunday of Pascha (Samaritan Women at the Well)
May 6 Sixth Sunday of Pascha (Man Born Blind)
May 10
Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ
May 13 Seventh Sunday of Pascha (Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council)
May 19 Fifth All-Souls Saturday
May 20
Pentecost - Descent of the Holy Spirit
May 21 Feast of the Holy Trinity, Victoria Day (Canada)
May 27 All Saints Sunday
May 28 - June 28 The Apostles' Fast
May 28 Memorial Day (USA)
June 24 Nativity of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John
June 29 The Holy Glorious and All-Praised Leaders of the Apostles, Peter & Paul
July 1 Canada Day (Canada)
July 4 Independence Day (USA)
July 15 Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Six Ecumenical Councils
July 20 Holy, Glorious Prophet Elijah
August 1-14
Dormition Fast
August 6 Transfiguration of Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ
August 15 The Dormition of our Most Holy Lady, the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary
August 29 The Beheading of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist John
September 1 Liturgical New Year (7526)
September 4 Labor Day (USA), Labour Day (Canada)
September 8 The Nativity of our Most Holy Lady, the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary
September 14 The Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross
October 1 The Protection of our Most Holy Lady the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary
October 8 Columbus Day (USA), Thanksgiving Day (Canada)
October 15 Sunday of the Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council
November 8 Synaxis of the Archangel Michael and the Other Bodiless Powers
November 11 Veterans' Day (USA), Remembrance Day (Canada)
November 15 Nativity Fast (Philip's Fast also known as Advent)
November 21 The Entry of the Most Holy Mother of God into the Temple
November 22 Thanksgiving Day (USA)
December 6 St Nicholas the Wonderworker and Archbishop of Myra in Lycia
December 9 (8) The Conception of the Most Holy Mother of God by the Righteous Anna
December 12 Our Lady of Guadalupe
December 17 Second Sunday Before Christmas (Holy Forefathers)
December 23 Sunday Before Christmas (Holy Fathers)
December 24

Christmas Eve

December 25 The Nativity of our Lord God and Savior, Jesus Christ
December 26
Synaxis of the Most Holy Mother of God
Boxing Day (Canada)
December 27 First-Martyr and Archdeacon Stephen
December 28 20,000 Martyrs of Nicomedia
December 29 14,000 Infants (the Holy Innocents) Slain by Herod at Bethlehem
December 30 Sunday after Christmas: Commemoration of the Holy Righteous David the King, Joseph the Betrothed, and James the Brother of the Lord

Note: The Byzantine liturgical year starts on September 1 and ends on August 31. The movable feasts are determined by the date of Pascha (the feast of the Resurrection). There are two systems currently in use to calculate Pascha - Gregorian (Western) and Julian (Eastern). Roman Catholics, most Byzantine Catholics in America and some Orthodox (notably those in Finland) follow the Gregorian date. Some Byzantines in America and most Byzantines and Orthodox in Canada and elsewhere follow the Julian date. In the year AD 2018 the Gregorian date is April 1 and the Julian date is April 8..

Pope Francis Names Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted As Apostolic Administrator of the Byzantine Eparchy of Phoenix

Press Release from Diocese of Phoneix:

WASHINGTON — Pope Francis has appointed the Most Reverend Thomas J. Olmsted as the Apostolic Administrator Sede Plena of the Holy Protection of Mary Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Phoenix. Bishop Olmsted will also retain his current Office as Bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix.

The announcement was publicized in Washington on August 1, 2018 by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Bishop Olmsted has served as the fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix since December 20, 2003.

Read more: Pope Francis Names Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted As Apostolic Administrator of the Byzantine Eparchy of...

2019 Liturgical Calendar

Major Feasts and Fasts

Pascha and the 12 Great Feasts are in bold.
Includes Major Civil Holidays in the United States and Canada
January 1
Circumcision of Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ
Feast of St. Basil the Great
New Year's Day (Civil)
January 6
Theophany of Our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ
January 13
Sunday After Theophany
January 21 Martin Luther King Day (USA)
January 30 Synaxis of the Ecumenical Teachers and Hierarchs: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom
February 2 Encounter of Our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ with Simeon and Anna
(Presentation of Our Lord Into the Temple)
February 3 Sunday of Zacchaeus
February 10 Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee
February 17 Sunday of the Prodigal Son
February 18 President's Day (USA)
February 23 First All-Souls Saturday
February 24 Sunday of the Second Coming of Christ (Meat-Fare)
March 3 Forgiveness Sunday (Cheese-Fare)
March 4 Beginning of the Holy Forty Days Fast
March 10 First Sunday of the Great Fast (Sunday of Orthodoxy)
March 16 Second All-Souls Saturday
March 17 Second Sunday of the Great Fast (St. Gregory Palamas)
March 23 Third All Souls Saturday
March 24 Third Sunday of the Great Fast (Veneration of the Cross)
Marcy 25 Annunciation to the Mother of God
March 20 Fourth All-Souls Saturday
March 31 Fourth Sunday of the Great Fast (St. John of the Ladder)
April 4 Canon of St. Andrew of Crete
April 6 Akathistos Saturday
April 7 Fifth Sunday of the Great Fast (St. Mary of Egypt)
April 13-20 Great and Holy Week
April 13 Lazarus Saturday
April 14

Palm (Flowery) Sunday - Entrance into Jerusalem

April 15 Great and Holy Monday
April 16 Great and Holy Tuesday
April 17 Great and Holy Wednesday
April 18 Great and Holy Thursday
April 19 Great and Holy Friday
April 20 Great and Holy Saturday
April 21
Pascha - Feast of the Resurrection of Christ (Easter Sunday)
April 21-28 Bright Week
April 28 Second Sunday of Pascha (Apostle Thomas)
May 5 Third Sunday of Pascha (Myrrh-Bearing Women)
May 12 Fourth Sunday of Pascha (Healing of the Paralytic) Feast of Saints Cyril & Methodius
May 15 Mid-Pentecost
May 19 Fifth Sunday of Pascha (Samaritan Women at the Well)
May 26 Sixth Sunday of Pascha (Man Born Blind)
May 27 Memorial Day
May 30
Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ
June 2 Seventh Sunday of Pascha (Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council)
June 8 Fifth All-Souls Saturday
June 9
Pentecost - Descent of the Holy Spirit
June 10 Feast of the Holy Trinity
June 16 All Saints Sunday
June 17-28 The Apostles' Fast
June 24 Nativity of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John
June 29 The Holy Glorious and All-Praised Leaders of the Apostles, Peter & Paul
July 1 Canada Day (Canada)
July 4 Independence Day (USA)
July 14 Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Six Ecumenical Councils
July 20 Holy, Glorious Prophet Elijah
August 1-14
Dormition Fast
August 6 Transfiguration of Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ
August 15 The Dormition of our Most Holy Lady, the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary
August 29 The Beheading of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist John
September 1 Liturgical New Year (7527)
September 4 Labor Day (USA), Labour Day (Canada)
September 8 The Nativity of our Most Holy Lady, the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary
September 14 The Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross
October 1 The Protection of our Most Holy Lady the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary
October 13 Sunday of the Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council
October 14 Columbus Day (USA), Thanksgiving Day (Canada)
November 8 Synaxis of the Archangel Michael and the Other Bodiless Powers
November 11 Veterans' Day (USA), Remembrance Day (Canada)
November 15 Nativity Fast (Philip's Fast also known as Advent)
November 21 The Entry of the Most Holy Mother of God into the Temple
November 28 Thanksgiving Day (USA)
December 6 St Nicholas the Wonderworker and Archbishop of Myra in Lycia
December 9 (8) The Conception of the Most Holy Mother of God by the Righteous Anna
December 12 Our Lady of Guadalupe
December 15 Second Sunday Before Christmas (Holy Forefathers)
December 22 Sunday Before Christmas (Holy Fathers)
December 24

Christmas Eve

December 25 The Nativity of our Lord God and Savior, Jesus Christ
December 26
Synaxis of the Most Holy Mother of God
Boxing Day (Canada)
December 27 First-Martyr and Archdeacon Stephen
December 28

20,000 Martyrs of Nicomedia

Sunday after Christmas: Commemoration of the Holy Righteous David the King, Joseph the Betrothed, and James the Brother of the Lord

December 29 14,000 Infants (the Holy Innocents) Slain by Herod at Bethlehem

Note: The Byzantine liturgical year starts on September 1 and ends on August 31. The movable feasts are determined by the date of Pascha (the feast of the Resurrection). There are two systems currently in use to calculate Pascha - Gregorian (Western) and Julian (Eastern). Roman Catholics, most Byzantine Catholics in America and some Orthodox (notably those in Finland) follow the Gregorian date. Some Byzantines in America and most Byzantines and Orthodox in Canada and elsewhere follow the Julian date. In the year AD 2019 the Gregorian date is April 21 and the Julian date is April 28.

Entrance of the Mother of God into the Temple

Today is the prelude of the goodwill of God * and the heralding of the salvation of mankind; * the Virgin appears clearly in the temple of God * and foretells Christ to all. * Let us also with a mighty voice cry out to her: * “Rejoice, O Fulfillment of the Creator’s divine plan.” (Troparion - Tone 4)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

The most pure Temple of the Savior, * the most precious Bridal-Chamber and Virgin, the sacred Treasury of the glory of God, * is brought today into the house of the Lord, * bringing with her the grace that is in the Divine Spirit. * The angels of God praise her in song: * “She is the heavenly tabernacle.” (Kontakion - Tone 4)

(November 21st)