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March 1, 2015

Holy Ascension Orthodox Church


209 South Lehigh Avenue                           Frackville, PA. 17931


V. Rev. James M. Jadick


(570) 874-3162                                                   rjmj_1hotmail.com


March 01, 2015


1st Sunday of Great Lent


Sunday of Orthodoxy. Venerable Eusebius.


 Troparion (Tone 5) (Resurrection)

Let us, the faithful, praise and worship the Word / co eternal with the Father and the Spirit / born for our salvation from the Virgin / for He willed to be lifted up on the Cross in the flesh / to endure death / and to raise the dead // by His glorious Resurrection.


Troparion (Tone 2) (Sunday of the Orthodoxy)

We venerate Thy most pure image, O Good One / and ask forgiveness of our transgressions, O Christ our God / Of Thy good will Thou wast pleased to ascend the Cross in the flesh / and deliver Thy creatures from bondage to the enemy / Therefore with thankfulness we cry aloud to Thee / Thou hast filled all with joy, O our Savior // for Thou didst come to save the world.


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


Kontakion (Tone 8) (Sunday of Orthodoxy)

No one could describe the Word of the Father / but when He took flesh from you, O Theotokos, He accepted to be described / and restored the fallen image to its former state by uniting it to divine beauty // We confess and proclaim our salvation in word and images.


Prokeimenon (Tone 4)

Blessed art Thou, O Lord God of our Fathers // and praised and glorified is Thy Name forever.

Vs. For Thou art just in all that Thou hast done for us.


Epistle Reading (Hebrews 11:24-26,32-12:2)

Brethren: By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward. And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets: who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again. Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented—of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth. And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us. Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.


Verses after the Epistle

And to your spirit. Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

Moses and Aaron were among His priests; Samuel also was among those who called on His Name.

They called to the Lord and He answered them.


Gospel Reading(John 1:43-51)

Let us attend:The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me. Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found Him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see. Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile! Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee. Nathanael answered and saith unto Him, Rabbi, Thou art the Son of God; Thou art the King of Israel. Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? thou shalt see greater things than these. And He saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.


Hymn to Theotokos (Instead of It is Truly meet) (Tone 6)

All of creation rejoices in you / O Full of Grace / the assembly of angels and the race of men / O sanctified temple and spiritual paradise / the glory of virgins / from whom God was incarnate and became a child / Our God before the ages / He made your body into a throne / and your womb He made more spacious than the Heavens / All creation rejoices in you / O Full of Grace // Glory to you


Communion Hymn

Praise the Lord from the heavens / Praise Him in the highest / Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous / Praise befits the just // Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.


Welcome to our Visitors!

A warm welcome to all our visitors and guests who have joined us in celebrating the Divine Liturgy. Please join us for our Fellowship Hour in the Church Hall . Please note: Only those Orthodox Christians that have properly prepared themselves through prayer, fasting and confession of sins may approach the Chalice and receive Holy Communion.


Schedule of Service

Wednesday, March 4        5:30 p.m. Confessions

                                           6:00 p.m Presanctified Liturgy

Friday, March 6               6:00 p.m. Akathist

Saturday, March 7          9:00 a.m. DivineLiturgy   Memorial Saturday

                                          4:00 p.m. Great Vespers

Sunday, March 8            9:10 a.m. 3rd and 6th Hours

                                         9:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy / Coffee Hour

                                           4:00 p.m. Mission Vespers – Frackville


 Altar Candles:  In memory of Father John Kuchta by Matushka Helen.

Bulletin:  In memory of Father John Kuchta by Matushka Helen.


Coffee Hour List

March 1           Carol & Mike Cuttic

March 8           Liz Wittig & Kayann Phillips

March 15         Mary Ellen & Doug Rudenko

March 22         Eva Boniscavage & Andrea Buchanan

March 29         Fr. James & Matushka Natalie


April 5             Ann & Rick Chwastiak

April 12           Pascha

April 19           Vera Timko & Pauline Zimmerman

April 26           Marie & Peter Weremedic


Please remember that it is your responsibility to find someone to cover for your turn if you cannot be there on the appointed date. Thanks to all!



The March issue of the newsletter is available in the vestibule of church. Please take one, enjoy it and then pass it on!


Choir Rehearsal

This Saturday, March 7 at 2:30 p.m.


Lenten Calendar

Please pick up your copy of the lenten calendar at the back of church. It will tell you both day and time when all the lenten services will be served. Put it on your fridge – right next to your church calendar!


Bulletin, Flowers & Candle Offerings

Please contact Vera Kleman if you would like to remember loved ones with a donation for the weekly bulletin or candles. If you wish to donate flowers for the church, please contact Matushka Natalia. For donations to cover the cost of the monthly newsletter contact, Larissa Holowaty.

Bulletins $10                   Flowers $25                   Newsletter $20  


Pizza Coupons

Coupons are available from Vera Timko! This is a fund raiser for our 100th anniversary celebration coming in September.   


Mission Vespers

Our parish will host the Mission Vespers for the Frackville Deanery on Sunday, March 8th. His Grace Bishop Mark will lead the clergy in the celebration of the lenten service. Please make a point to attend.   

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