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Week 1: Ukrainian Refugee Relief Appeal

By Charity

On Sunday, March 6, 2022 the parishioners of St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church and volunteers worked energetically to pack boxes of badly needed medical equipment, children’s medicines diapers, analgesics, personal hygiene kits, hospice care supplies and many other items for shipment to the thousand of refugees who are pouring into Poland from the ferocious fighting in Ukraine.

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Forgiveness Sunday

By Great Lent

This Sunday we commemorate Forgiveness Sunday sometimes referred to as Cheesefare Sunday. This is the last of the preparatory Sundays before the beginning of Great Lent, which begins on Monday March 7, 2022.

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Sunday of the Last Judgement

Sunday of the Last Judgement

By Spirituality

This Sunday has two names: the first is the Sunday of the Last Judgement and the second, Meatfare Sunday. The Gospel reading for this Sunday from Matthew 25:31-46, vividly describes the scene of Christ the King, the Son of God, seated on His throne separating the people like a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.

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The Calling of Zacchaeus

Sunday of Zacchaeus

By Spirituality

We have already arrived at the Sunday of Zacchaeus and hear the Gospel from the Evangelist Luke 19:1-10 which tells the story of Zacchaeus, a Jew who served as a tax collector for the hated Roman government.

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Faith of the Canaanite Woman

Mountain Moving Faith

By Spirituality

Today we are blessed to hear two very meaningful Gospels from St. Matthew the Evangelist. The first is the story of the Canaanite Women of great faith found in Matthew 15:21-28, about a Canaanite woman, not a Jew, who approached the Lord begging him to heal her daughter who was possessed.

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Christ Pantocrator

What can I do to receive eternal life?

By Spirituality

We have already traveled through the Feasts of the Nativity, Circumcision and Theophany of Our Lord and are awaiting the culmination of this Festal Season with the Feast of the Presentation of Christ into the Temple in February. Today’s gospel comes to us from the Evangelist Luke chapter 18:18-27, which tells about the rich man who asked Jesus, “What can I do to receive eternal life?” This same story is read in early September from the Gospel of St. Matthew.

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