Petitions offered up at the Augmented Litany of Divine Liturgy, during the Spread of Devastating Pestilence
- Again we pray Thee, O Lord our God, that Thou mightest mercifully protect us from the devastating pestilence stirred
up against us, and deliver Thy faithful people from spiritual and physical death; grant unto the sick healing and health,
and unto all of us Thy divine protection and help; we pray Thee, O kind-hearted Lord, quickly hearken and have mercy.
- Again we pray, that Thou mightest pacify the troubles of men and every fearful thing, compass Thy faithful about with
firm hope, and instill in our hearts quietude; we pray Thee, O Lord, hearken and have mercy.
Prayer read during the Spread of Devastating Pestilence
O Lord our God, enter not into judgement with Thy servants, and compass us about with protection from the devastating
pestilence stirred up against us. O kind-hearted Lord Who art inclined toward benevolence, have compassion on us, Thy
humble and unworthy servants, who fall down before Thee with broken hearts and hope in Thy mercy.
For Thine it is to show mercy and to save us, O our God, and unto Thee do we send up glory: to the Father, and to the
Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
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1. WE WELCOME YOU to Saints Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church! We are happy to have you visit
and worship the Lord God with us. If you would like more information about our Parish and, perhaps,
becoming a parishioner, please, see Father Basil or visit our website: www.saintspeterandpaulscranton.com , or
phone the rectory at 570 -343-8128. God Bless you!
2. SUNDAY SCHOOL classes are held each Sunday in the Center classroom following Divine Liturgy. All
students, grades pre-school through 8, are expected to faithfully attend these Orthodox religious education
classes. Parents and grandparents are asked to encourage their (grand)children to attend classes and to
supplement their religious education in the home-life with traditional, Orthodox practices of prayer and piety.
Our teachers welcome all students! God Bless!
3. WE ARE now in the season of the GREAT FAST. It is a time allotted to us for prayer and penitence, begging
the Lord God for mercy and the forgiveness of our many sins, known and unknown. We are admonished to
examine our conscience and make an humble and sincere Confession of our sins to God in the presence of His
priest in the Sacrament of Confession, and to prepare ourselves for the receiving of the Sacrament of Holy
If you are unable to come to church to receive Holy Confession and Holy Communion, please, telephone the
rectory and arrange a convenient time for Father Basil to visit and administer the Holy Mysteries. The rectory
phone number is 570-343-8128 (if no answer, let phone ring 8 times – leave a message.) God Bless!
4. “MISSION” SERVICES: Please, note – “MISSION” SERVICES HAVE BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL NEXT
YEAR. You know why. God Bless!
5. SOUP SALE: This Friday, 10 April! Our Parish is sponsoring a Soup Sale during the Great Fast. Home-made
Vegetarian Vegetable and Manhattan Clam Chowder are available. To order, stop at the candledesk, You’ll
find an order form and pick-up info. Enjoy some super soups! God Bless!
6. CHURCH CLEANING for the week of 5 April: TEAM 2: Maryann Capwell, Barbara Togher, Marie Vass,
Mary Orzolek and anyone else who can help. Please, remember to care for the Holy Icons and the main aisle
before leaving church today. Thank you.
We respectfully remind our Cleaning Teams that the assigned Team make arrangements to clean the church
more thoroughly during the week (not only on Sunday). God Bless!
I WOULD RATHER BE A DOORKEEPER IN THE HOUSE OF MY GOD,
THAN TO DWELL IN THE TENTS OF UNGODLINESS!
7. NOT HAPPENING TODAY, SUNDAY, 5 April:
In keeping with the request of the sanitary authorities and governmental orders, the regular April meeting of
the Parish Council and the Coffee Hour and 50/50 have been postponed until…
* the current practices of “social distancing” and “self-quarantine”, brought about by
current health concerns, are left to each individual parishioner’s informed discretion.
(But you already know that.)
8. LENTEN SACRIFICE: For well over seventy years our parishioners have participated in the Lenten Sacrifice
offering. We continue this tradition during the Great Fast (Lent). Lent is a time for prayer, fasting and
almsgiving. In keeping with this observance each parishioner and friend of our Parish is asked to make a
sacrificial donation to our Parish during these holy forty days. It used to be that a donation of forty ($40)
dollars was suggested (one dollar for each of the forty days of Lent). This donation was applied to help defray
the cost of insurance premiums (which have gone up more than slightly since the 1950s!). The amount of your
voluntary donation for the LENTEN SACRIFICE is up to you – give what you can.
Whatever you can give is greatly appreciated and needed. Special envelopes for the LENTEN SACRIFICE are
available in the narthex. May the Lord God Bless and reward your generosity! God Bless you!
9. THE ROOF on our church needs to be repaired/ replaced. This is an important and major project for us
which must be addressed. The estimate for the roof repair/ replacement, as accepted at the Special Parish
Meeting held on 5 August, 2018, is $43,445.00. We need your help; please, make an offering for the Roof Fund.
Thanks! God Bless! In addition, a second collection will be taken each Sunday to benefit the Roof Fund. Your
understanding and consideration are very much appreciated. Please, pray for the success of this important
work. Initial repairs have begun! Roofing materials have been delivered. Work on replacing the roof will begin
very soon! God Bless!
10. VISIT OUR new and improved parish website www.saintspeterandpaulscranton.com
Keep up with news and Divine Services, photos, links to Orthodox sites and more.
Be a website Sponsor for a donation of just $15 per month. Sponsorship forms are available in the narthex. We
need donations to keep our parish website on-line. PLEASE, favourably consider sponsoring the website for a
month or more. God Bless you!
11. THE HOLY FIRE, from the Church of the Resurrection in Jerusalem, burns brightly in the lampadas in our
church. If you wish to make a donation for the burning of the Holy Fire in the Altar (Sanctuary) or Nave (main
body) of our temple, please, stop at the candle-desk. Offering intentions may be made for the health and
salvation of family and friends, or for the blessed repose of departed Christians. A donation of $25 per month is
requested to cover the cost of candles. God Bless! [A “link” has been included on our website for more
information about the HOLY FIRE. Log-on to it when you have time.) God Bless!
12. JUST A reminder: Our annual contribution for the Cathedraticum to the Patriarchal Parishes is fifty
($50.00) dollars per parishioner per year. This is more than reasonable (only one dollar per week). Please,
actively support our Russian Orthodox Church in the USA by faithfully using your “Cathedraticum”
envelopes. God Bless!
13. LIVE-STREAMING, and encore viewing, of the Divine Liturgy is available at- www.stjohnsmayfield.org
and in living colour on the radio at 94.3 FM from Saint John’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Mayfield, -
Sunday at 9:30AM.
- www.holytrinityorthodox.com from Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, Baltimore,
(Archpriest John Vass). – Sunday at 10:00AM
This is offered for those who, for a serious reason, cannot come to church on Sunday for the celebration of the
Divine Liturgy. It is NOT a substitute for NOT attending Divine Liturgy in church on Sunday. God Bless!
Pilgrimages in 2020
From ancient times, Christians went on pilgrimages to see places connected to our Savior’s earthly life, to pray
at the Holy Sepulchre. Also, from the first centuries of Christianity, monasteries of Palestine, Egypt, Syria were
born and became places of pilgrimage for believers. As a part of the celebrations of the 50th Anniversary of the
Founding of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, we will conduct pilgrimages to the Holy Land in March 2020
and to St. Petersburg Russia in July 2020. The itineraries are posted on https://www.orthodoxpilgrimagetours.
com/. RSVP to Irina Pakhomova 215-816-8132 or email@example.com.
Informational flyers are available in the narthex.
GLORY TO GOD FOR ALL THINGS!
[A word to our Parishioners and Friends: When making your Last Will and Testament, please, be sure to include Saints Peter and Paul
Russian Orthodox Church among your beneficiaries. The Church has helped, guided and nourished you throughout your entire life.
Making a final bequest to our Parish will help you and it will help your Parish. Pray and consider this. God Bless you!]
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