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Parish Project Lenten Study Course
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Week 1 Topic - Forgiveness
Gospel: Matthew 6:14-21
For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Thoughts About Forgiveness
This lesson on forgiveness comes the day before Clean Monday, the first day of Great Lent. As Christians, we must forgive others and seek their forgiveness. We reaffirm this every time we pray in the Lord's Prayer, "forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us." In His ministry, Jesus makes it clear that God forgives us only if we forgive others. This Gospel passage additionally draws our attention to how we should approach the Lenten period and where our focus should be - on laying up treasures in heaven. On this Sunday, we also commemorate all the saints who excelled in ascetic living (living a spiritually disciplined life). We look to these holy ascetics as examples to inspire us toward fasting, praying, and doing acts of mercy. Today is the last day dairy products are permitted before the fast.
For Discussion & Reflections
There once lived a holy archbishop who was sought out by pilgrims because of his great spiritual insight. As his popularity and the demands on his time grew, he wished to retreat into a life of noetic prayer - ceaseless prayer of the mind and the heart. He was granted permission to move back to his native island where he lived more fully a monastic life. One day, a man desperately knocked at the monastery door; he had committed a murder and was trying to flee from the villagers seeking revenge. The man confessed his sins to the holy archbishop, now the abbot of the monastery. As he listened, the abbot realized that the person who the man had murdered was the abbot's own brother. God helped the abbot see into the heart of this man and see how sorry he was. He forgave the man who murdered his brother and read the confessional prayer of absolution. The abbot then helped the man to escape the authorities so that he could live the rest of his life in prayer and repentance at a monastery. This holy abbot is St. Dionysios of Zakynthos. He exemplifies true forgiveness.
A Closing Prayer
Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, both now and forever. Amen.
The season of the virtues now has come, and the Judge is at the door. Let us not hold back with darkened face, but let us keep the fast, offering tears, repentance, and almsgiving; and let us cry: our sins are more in number than the sands of the sea; Deliverer of all, forgive each one of us, that we may receive an incorruptible crown.
Congratulations to Ss. Constantine & Helen's Nisiotopoula Dancers and Aloha Youth Choir! The Nisiotopoula Dancers won the Founders Award in the Senior Division. Aloha Choir placed 2nd in Division II and director Stelio Scordilis won Choral Director of the Year.
The Life and Wisdom of ELDER PORPHYRIOS. Elder Porhyrios, a Greek monk and priest who died in 1991, stands in the long tradition of charismatic spiritual guides in the Eastern Church which continues from the apostolic age down to figures such as Saint Seraphim of Sarov and Staretz Silouan in modern times. In this book he tells the story of his life and, in simple, deeply reflected and profoundly wise words, he expounds the Christian faith of today. This book was compiled after his death from an archive of notes and recordings of his reminiscences, conversations and words of guidance, and was first published in Greek in 2003.
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In support of parishioner Jean Stavue Peahi. Here is her fundraising plea.
We are trying to raise money for Kaimana's medical bills and general support for his care. Our minimum goal is $5,000, but we hope to be able to raise more if possible. Kaimana was born premature at 33 weeks (6.5 weeks early) and was low birth weight at 3 pounds 8 ounces. Kaimana is considered to be below the 3rd percentile in weight, height and head circumference.
Kaimana was diagnosed with a Congenital Heart Defect and a Congenital Cystic Adenomatoid Malformation (CCAM) on his lung. His failure to thrive is due to his heart condition. Kaimana will undergo two surgeries this year. He is scheduled to have his first surgery in August, when the pediatric heart surgeon comes to Hawai'i for "heart week." If an emergency happens before that date, we will have to fly to San Diego for the procedure as there is no pediatric heart surgeon in Hawai'i. At this time we are trying to raise money to help pay for the rising hospital bills from his 5.5 week NICU stay, for the two upcoming surgeries, and for his general health care. We greatly appreciate any donation amount and are truly thankful for your love and support. You may also contribute by sharing this campaign, sending positive thoughts, prayers, and well wishes. We would not have made it this far without your love and support. Mahalo and much love! Kaimana, Lilinoe (sister), Jean (mommy) and Curtis (daddy)
Liberation through Great Lent
The leader of a Makiki church says fasting is not about obsessing over rules By Pat Gee
Honolulu Advertiser March 8, 2014
Giving up chocolate or taking on more Bible study during Lent are common sacrifices for Christians during 40 days of Sacrifices of treats and time take willpower. Still, they're a bit lightweight compared with the lenten fasting and other rigors Eastern Orthodox Christians shoulder to underscore the importance of Christ's resurrection to their faith.
Even so, the Rev. Alexander Leong, the new head of Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Pacific emphasizes that his church's strict no-meat diet "exists to liberate us and set us free, and not to restrict us."
Leong, who came from California to head the Makiki church in September, said, "Fasting is seen as a tool to bring us closer in relationship to God, to place our dependence in him, to curb the sinful impulses of the flesh, to be kind and charitable to our fellow human beings."
The Orthodox Church calls this season Great Lent, which began this week with Clean Monday (to denote a new beginning). Western churches, including the Roman Catholic and mainstream Protestant churches, began Lent with Ash Wednesday this week. Easter will fall on the same day this year — April 20 — for both churches. Eastern churches use the Julian calendar, while Western churches follow the Gregorian/international civil calendar.
Leong said in addition to not eating any animal protein, church members are asked to eliminate fish, dairy products, oil and wine. Oil and wine are permitted on Saturdays and Sundays, however. Forty days of Great Lent fasting ends April 11, right before Holy Week, but there are other kinds of fasts until Easter, he added.
"The danger of fasting is you can become too focused on the rules" and the temptation to "show off," he said, noting that fasting should be quietly personal and dependent on one's health.
Great Lent is "filled with many beautiful services," which are longer, held more frequently and stress incorporating substance and solemnity.
During the lenten season, each Sunday service follows a theme focusing on messages to pray more, give extra to charity and forgive one another, he said. Every Friday evening, the Akathist Hymn is sung while "you're standing for one hour. People love that service" because it praises the Virgin Mary, who "holds a special place in our hearts."
Prodded on by a jam-packed schedule, Leong said, "the 40 days seems to go too fast. It's a joyful celebration. I kinda miss all those services when it's over."
Leong first experienced Pascha, the church's term for Easter, as a 15-year-old and found the elaborate two-hour service enchanting.
"What struck me about the Greek Orthodox Church was the richness of the worship. All the five senses are used, and your whole being is involved in worship."
Leong continued, "What really impressed me was how we greet each other with the words, ‘Christ the Lord is risen,' and then, ‘Truly is risen' is the response," he said. The congregation also sings the hymn "Christ the Lord Is Risen," and "everybody has lit candles and we proclaim Christ's victory over death."
Leong added that so much of Orthodox liturgy language is put in the present tense, instead of the past tense, so congregation members feel like they are part of an event that is actually happening.
A favorite Easter custom shared by Western and Orthodox churches is the dyeing of eggs, the symbol of new life. But Orthodox churches dye their eggs red rather than a pastel color to recall the bloodshed of Christ on the cross. As the priest hands each person a red egg, he proclaims, "Christ is risen!" in the first hour of Easter Sunday, after the midnight service, he said. A red egg is also placed in the center of specially prepared bread.
Leong's congregation of 150 consists of members with varied roots — Greek, Russian, Serbian, Romanian, Asian and others.
He is one of few Asian priests in the Greek Orthodox Church. Before coming to Hawaii with wife Nicole and three children, Leong served at Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Vallejo, Calif., for 10 years.
Epiphany 2014 Hale Koa
Christmas Play 2013
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Nisiotopoules Dancers & Aloha Choir
Welcome back home, Nisiotopoules Dancers and Aloha Choir! We heard and read that you had a wonderful experience at FDF in Anaheim last week! Congratulations to our Aloha Choir who won “1st Place” in the Choral Competition! Well done!
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Stewardship: We Are Family
Stewardship is our response to God’s grace and it moves us from grace to gratitude. Just as we love because God first loved us from 1 John 4:14, we give because God first gave to us.
How to Schedule a Memorial Service
If you are interested in scheduling a Memorial Service for a loved one, please contact Father Alexander at the office so that he can schedule a date on the calendar.
Youth Ministry Guidelines Qualifying for Travel Funding
Please review the attached document to find out about the guidelines for children to qualify for funding from the parish to attend youth events.
If you have any questions please see Father Alexander or a member of the Parish Council.
Orthodox Study Center: Orthodoxy 101
Wedding in Hawaii?
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