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As you have forgiven us much, will you enable us with your strength to forgive others even more? Will you enable us through your abiding Presence among us, communally and individually, to live our lives in a manner worthy of the Name we bear? May we, through your guidance and our faithful obedience, find new avenues in ways that we have not imagined of holding the Light of your love so that it may be a Light of revelation for all people.

We thank you for your love, praise you for your Gift, ask for your continued Presence with us, and bring these petitions in the name of your Son, who has truly revealed your heart. The differences between Western and Eastern traditions relating to when Christmas and Epiphany are celebrated is a complicated issue that cannot be covered adequately here. It is largely a matter of which calendar is used to calculate dates. Most of the world today uses the Gregorian calendar [external link], introduced in the 16th century as a means to correct a slight inaccuracy in the older Julian calendar.

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This inaccuracy of about 11 minutes a year resulted in an accumulated "drift" of dates in relation to the solar year. This means that "fixed" solar dates, for example the summer and winter solstice and the spring and autumn equinox, would fall on increasingly earlier dates. Of course this would also apply to religious festivals that fall on fixed dates, such as Christmas on December The Gregorian calendar, which was approved by Pope Gregory XIII in , intended to correct the inaccuracy and stabilize this "drift" of dates.

As a result it soon became the standard civil calendar throughout the world. However, the Orthodox and Eastern churches continued to use the older Julian calendar as a religious calendar, which meant that religious holidays fell on different days in the Eastern and Western churches. However in , a synod convened by the Ecumenical Patriarch Meletius IV of Constantinople adopted a Revised Julian Calendar [external link] for the daily feasts of the year.

This revised calendar was, for all practical purposes, identical with the Gregorian calendar. The churches of Russia, Serbia, Jerusalem, and Georgia, together with the other ancient churches of the East and some conservative groups in Greece, have not adopted it and continue to use the older Julian calendar. All Orthodox churches, however, continue to celebrate Pascha Easter following calculations made according to the Julian calendar. The result of all this is that the Orthodox churches that follow the Revised Julian Calendar, which is functionally equivalent to the Western Gregorian calendar, celebrate Christmas on December 25, while those that follow the unrevised Julian Calendar celebrate it on January 7 according to the Gregorian calendar which is actually December 25 in the unrevised Julian calendar.

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Significance of Epiphany in the Church

New Additions. Symbols of Epiphany The colors of Epiphany are usually the colors of Christmas, white and gold, the colors of celebration, newness, and hope that mark the most sacred days of the church year. We are invited each year to grow deeper in our relationship with God. Prayer is key to this growth. Part of increasing our prayer should include celebrating the numerous feast days during Advent: Celebrate St. December 6th is the feast day of St.

There are so many wonderful traditions around the word about this awesome saint.

We have integrated some Eastern traditions and American traditions into our own family. The first sign of Christmas decorations in our house are put up for St. I use a little table and place St. Nick figurines and collectables. The kids will place their shoes by the table the night before his feast and wake up to chocolate coins, a candy cane, and a small present usually an ornament from St.

We then get ready and go to Divine Liturgy Mass for St. A good breakfast follows church and stories about St. Nicholas are read. We try to pray this Akathist to St. Nicholas as well.


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Nicholas who also brings them a religious gift on Christmas Day and sometimes something fun too. When the kids are old enough to know that St. One way they do this is by helping to prepare the St. Nicholas gifts for their younger siblings. Real love for this saint has grown out of these traditions. On the Western calendar, Dec. On the Eastern calendar, Dec. Anna of the Mother of God.

Lucy, St. Barbara, St. Spyridon, and St. John of the Cross for example learn about them and honor them on their feasts! There are many wonderful traditions, which are perfect for Advent, to celebrate the feast of St.

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We make no response to these words; we simply return to our pews. After we leave the church, we leave the ashes on our foreheads until they wear off naturally from the course of the day's activities. They are a public witness to those things our society does not wish to embrace: the reality of death, and the hope of resurrection in Our Lord, Jesus Christ. Ash Wednesday Mass will be at a.


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  • December 6th: St. Nicholas.
  • December 6th: St. Nicholas.

You are welcome to attend either service. Lenten Fasting and Abstinence Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of Fast and Abstinence - limit of one full meal and two smaller meals for persons 18 through 59 years of age; no meat for persons 14 years of age and older. All Fridays during Lent are days of Abstinence - no meat for persons 14 years of age and older. There is no obligation to fast during the weekdays of Lent.

Will you give something up or add something more? Please come pray and reflect on our Lord's passion and its meaning for Catholics. All are welcome. Confessions will be heard the following dates and times. On Wednesday, March 20, all parishes in the Diocese of Youngstown will participate in this special event from to p. Plan to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation as part of your Lenten journey. On this day we ask for the strength to serve Christ as Joseph did. However, since the feast day is classed as a solemnity, the requirement of abstinence from meat is technically abrogated, according to Canon Law, even if it falls on a Friday.

If the feast day falls on a Sunday, the previous Saturday March 18 is observed instead or the Monday following March 20 , and if it falls during Holy Week or Easter week, it is moved to the Monday after Low Sunday, or eight days after Easter prior to the Tuesday after Low Sunday was used as the alternate date. The second week of Passiontide is called "Holy Week. W e are invited to participate with our whole being: mind, heart, and body. During Holy Week, Christians commemorate the Passion of Christ, Who died on Good Friday in reparation for the sins of mankind, and rose on Easter Sunday to give new life to all who believe.

Thus, while Holy Week is solemn and sorrowful, it also anticipates the joy of Easter through the recognition of God's goodness in sending His Son to die for our salvation. Masses will be held at p.

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Great family prices, theme basket raffles, and children's attendance drawings are all a part of the fun. Be sure to pick up something delicious to support this group that participates in the Housing Repair Program in Appalachia each year. Tuesday, April 16, a. Mass a. Chrism Mass at St. Columba Cathedral in Youngstown Priests and interested parishioners gather at the Cathedral to celebrate the Chrism Mass.

This Mass manifests the unity of the priests with their bishop. Here the bishop blesses three oils — the oil of catechumens oleum catechumenorum or oleum sanctorum , the oil of the infirm oleum infirmorum and holy chrism sacrum chrisma — which will be used in the administration of the sacraments throughout the diocese for the year.

Wednesday, April 17, a. Holy Week Triduum trid-yoo-um, meaning 3 days Christ redeemed us all and gave perfect glory to God principally through his paschal mystery: dying he destroyed our death and rising he restored our life. Therefore, the Easter Triduum of the passion and resurrection of Christ is the culmination of the entire liturgical year.

These are not three separate liturgical celebrations but one which takes three days to celebrate. Thus, the solemnity of Easter has the same kind of preeminence in the liturgical year that Sunday has in the week. Spring flowers are needed for the Altar of Repose on Holy Thursday. You are invited to bring spring flowers from your garden, potted plants, or purchased flowers in vases when you come to Mass on Holy Thursday evening. Please place them around the designated area in the All-Purpose Room before Mass.

This is where the Blessed Sacrament will be reserved until the Easter Vigil.

Let Us Keep the Feast: Living the Church Year at Home by Michelle Allen Bychek

Thank you! Mass of the Lord's Supper p. Solemn Night Prayer p. It is the longest, the most grim, and the starkest day of the Triduum. On this day, we confront the truth that the impassible God suffered, that the ever-living God died. We confront the dark fact that He did so for our sins. Church Open for Prayer p. Celebration of the Lord's Passion at p. Holy Saturday, April 20, On this day, the Church waits at the Lord's tomb, and meditates on his passion and death, and descent to the dead.

With prayer and fasting we await His glorious Easter resurrection. Blessing of Easter Food Several ethnic groups have kept alive the tradition of blessing food on Holy Saturday. The staples for the Easter Sunday meal or, in some cultures, the Saturday vigil meal - bread, wine, the colored eggs, the ham - are all placed in a basket and brought to the church to be bless. Everyone is invited to place your food items in a basket and gather in the church at noon for the Blessing of Food on Holy Saturday. Easter Egg Hunt St. The hunt is open to all children ages Donations Needed—We are asking for donations from the PSR kids from grades PreK—3 for donations of Easter items — candy, small toys, and stuff animals especially bunnies!

Easter Vigil The high point of the liturgical year!

The Season of Epiphany

The Elect culminate their long journey to initiation in the waters of Baptism -- then, with the candidates, the newly baptized are sealed with the oil of Confirmation and share the bread and wine of the Eucharist as full members of the Roman Catholic community. Resurrection of the Lord Easter Sunday, April 21, and a. Easter Sunday is a day all about seeking. The early Christian communities gathered around the Apostles, seeking more about the life and ministry of the Lord Jesus. Saint Paul told the baptized Colossians to "seek what is above.

We come to church on Easter Sunday, seeking many things. For some of us, this is a once-a-year journey, when we seek connection with the foundations of the Christian faith. For others, this day is the culmination of a long journey of Lenten repentance. For the newly baptized, this is the first day of a new life filled with promise and expectation. Whatever it is that we seek, let us be inspired by the disciple whom Jesus loved who, when he saw the wrappings of cloth inside the empty tomb, "saw and believed.

Paluch Co. House Blessing for Easter As we continue this great Easter Season of joy and celebration, new life is all around us. Our world and lives are coming alive to Spring and so is our faith as we celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord and the gift of eternal life! Below is an Easter blessing for your home. Small containers are available near the Baptismal font. Gather your family in each room and offer the following prayer of thanksgiving to God for your family and home. Move from room to room sprinkling the holy water in each room.

The celebration of Easter begins during the Easter Vigil after nightfall on Holy Saturday, continues through Easter Sunday and into the Easter season, a full 50 days, until Pentecost the day that the Holy Spirit was given to the Church. The Great 50 Days of Easter are a wonderful opportunity to explore and celebrate Easter more fully than we can possibly squeeze into a single day.