A MESSAGE FROM ABBESS MELANIA
Saturday, March 25, 2023 - The Annunciation of our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary
Due to the date of Pascha this year, we finished the Week of the Veneration of the Cross at the same time that we were beginning Vespers for the Annunciation. At first glance, this seems to be the juxtaposition of a sad and somber commemoration with a joyous feast. Yet, joy and sorrow figure prominently in both. The Week of the Veneration of the Cross does, of course, remind us of the great cost of the Crucifixion to Christ, but the texts are mostly about the power of the Cross to set us free because of the One Who 'for the joy set before Him' endured it. And the Annunciation, while certainly joyful, is also the time when the Archangel Gabriel told the Theotokos that a sword would pierce her heart. Yet, she willingly accepted that sword - which was to watch the Crucifixion of her Son Who willingly accepted His Cross.
And so, as we celebrate the Annunciation and continue our journey towards Pascha, may we too accept the joy and the sorrow of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Who died and rose that we might die and rise with Him!
Credit: Icon of The Annunciation, courtesy of OCA.org
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From its home on the banks of the Napa River in Calistoga, California,
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We have a house, but we're not finished yet!
It's been AMAZING to see the new St. Nicholas House take shape over the past few months, and we are so very grateful to have secured a loan with the Orthodox Church Capital Improvement Fund (OCCIF). However, we still need a small amount of cash to pay all the bills that will come due in April, AND we need to begin the process of collecting the money that will pay off the OCCIF loan.
Once again, a small group of friends is offering a matching-donation challenge: they will match every dollar donated towards St. Nicholas House in April, up to $50,000!
The community around Holy Assumption Monastery has been incredibly supportive during this process, and the project still needs your participation. Can you finish Lent with a contribution towards St. Nicholas House? Celebrate Pascha with a donation? May the Lord send upon us His abundant mercies, as we strive to do His will.
I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.
Friday5:30 Matins12:00 Presanctified Liturgy
Saturday5:30 Matins12:15 Sixth Hour & Panikhida
5:00 VigilFast: wine & oil
Sunday10:00 Sunday Divine Liturgy5:00 Vespers & MatinsFast: wine & oil
Tuesday5:30 Matins12:15 Sixth Hour & Panikhida
Wednesday5:30 Matins12:15 Sixth Hour & Panikhida
Thursday5:30 Matins12:15 Sixth Hour & Panikhida
Friday5:30 Matins12:15 Sixth Hour & Panikhida
SaturdayDivine Liturgy (go out to local parish)5:00 VigilFast: wine & oil
SundayPALM SUNDAYSunday Divine Liturgy (go out to local parish)5:00 Vespers & MatinsFast: fish, wine, & oil
March 2023 Newsletter
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