Quinquagesima Sunday

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St Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church

1325 E. Queen Ave.
Spokane, WA  99207
Phone: (509) 866-6074

Sunday Mass Time: 10 a.m.

Join us in person this week for
QUINQUAGESIMA* SUNDAY
6 March A.D. 2022

MATINS

Psalm: 30-31
Old Testament Lesson: Wisdom 7:7-14
New Testament Lesson: John 15:1-17

THE MASS

Processional Hymn: Beloved, Let Us Love – Red 272
Ordinary: Missa Penitentialis
Ceremony: Asperges Me
Epistle: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 
Gospel: Luke 18:31-43
Homily: Fr. David Cook
Offertory Hymn(s):
Come Labor On – Red 278
Faith, Hope, and Charity – StN 268

  Holy Communion is received by intinction only: Only duly-prepared Orthodox Christians may receive the sacrament of Holy Communion.  Others may receive a blessing by crossing their arms and bowing their head.

Communion Hymn(s):
Let Us with Hearts Renewed – StN 342
Recessional Hymn:
Abraham, When Severely Tried – StN 115


*Wondering what that long word is? Quinquagesima (QUEEN-kway-JEH-see-mah) is the name used in our Church for the Sunday before Ash Wednesday. It was also called Quinquagesima Sunday, Quinquagesimae, Estomihi, or Shrove Sunday. The name Quinquagesima originates from Latin quinquagesimus (50th), referring to the fifty days before Easter Day using inclusive counting which counts both Sundays. Since the forty days of the Lenten fast does not include Sundays, the first day of Lent, Ash Wednesday, succeeds Quinquagesima Sunday by only three days.

The name Estomihi is derived from the beginning of the Introit for the Sunday, “Esto mihi in Deum protectorem, et in locum refugii, ut salvum me facias”, which translates in English to, “Be Thou my strong rock, and house of defense, that Thou mayest save me”, Psalms 31:3. 

It’s also called Shrove Sunday. Shrive (shrove is the past tense) means to present yourself to a priest for Confession, Penance, and Absolution. During the season of Shrovetide – which includes Shrove Monday and Shrove Tuesday (aka Mardis Gras), it is customary for us to ponder what additional Lenten sacrifices we will make during Lent. On the final day of the season, Shrove Tuesday, we should make a special point of self-examination, of considering what wrongs we need to repent, and what amendments of life or areas of spiritual growth  for which we especially need to ask God’s help. It is highly recommended for all Christians to go to Confession at the beginning of Lent and again before Easter (Pascha).


You should find time to read the scriptures daily to gain strength and draw closer to the Lord. Click the link to go to the scripture readings for Matins (morning prayer) and Vespers (evening prayer) on our website Calendar page: Calendar | St. Nicholas


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Moreover, we hope that you will join us in person to pray and fellowship together as God intended. The upcoming liturgies are:

Saturday, 5 March
*Liturgy – 10 a.m.

Sunday, 6 March
*Matins – 9:30 a.m.
*Liturgy – 10 a.m.

*Followed by Parish Council Meeting

Ash Wednesday, 9 March
*Liturgy – 7:00 p.m.

** DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME BEGINS **
Sunday, 13 March
*Matins – 9:30 a.m.
*Liturgy – 10 a.m.

Saturday, 19 March
*Liturgy – 10 a.m.

*Followed by a meeting of the Oblates of St. Benedict

Sunday, 20 March
*Matins – 9:30 a.m.
*Liturgy – 10 a.m.

Saturday, 2 April
*Liturgy – 10 a.m.

Sunday, 3 April
*Matins – 9:30 a.m.
*Liturgy – 10 a.m.


The Sacrament of Confession

A note for Pre-Lent

Christ is the Great Healer and the Church is the hospital where we come to be healed of our spiritual infirmities.  The sacrament of confession is a precious gift that our Lord has given us.  As St. John and St. James tell us: “if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.  He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.” (1 John 1-2) “And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” (James 5. 15-16)

During confession, the priest does not look down upon the person who confesses, but rather is relieved that the person acknowledges what they have done, and is willing to repent. As the Saints of the Church have said, one should never be ashamed of confessing a sin, but rather keeping it and hiding it. Remember that our sins can never outweigh God’s love towards us. Even if we should seem to have failed, we should not lose heart but confess our sins honestly; we should regret the wrongs we have done, be resolved to make amends, and receive whatever remedy our confessor should be guided to lay upon us. Most of all, one should be assured of the blessing of God which these endeavours will bring.

Call for an appointment: (509) 866-6074.


What is Orthodoxy?

by Ancient Faith Press

The Orthodox Church is the original Christian Church, the Church founded by the Lord Jesus Christ and described in the pages of the New Testament. Her history can be traced in unbroken continuity all the way back to Christ and His Twelve Apostles.

Incredible as it seems, for over twenty centuries she has continued in her undiminished and unaltered faith and practice. Today her apostolic doctrine, worship, and structure remain intact. The Orthodox Church maintains that the Church is the living Body of Jesus Christ.

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