First Sunday of Lent

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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:
THE FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT
13 March A.D. 2022

The beginning of Daylight Savings Time

MATINS
Psalm: 68
Old Testament Lesson: Ecclesiasticus 2
New Testament Lesson: Romans 7:14-end

THE MASS
Processional Hymn: Now Manifest Is Glory – StN 120
Ordinary: Missa Penitentialis
Ceremony: Asperges Me
The Epistle: 2 Corinthians 6:1-10
The Gospel: Matthew 4:1-11
Homily: Fr. David Cook
Offertory Hymn(s): I Bind unto Myself Today – Red 143
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): Almighty Father Unorginate – StN 135
Come with Us, O Blessed Jesus – Blue 211

Recessional Hymn: Pour Out Thy Spirit from on High – StN 198


We begin our Lenten journey in the desert with our Lord Jesus Christ this week. Join us as we worship, pray, sing to the Lord, resist the temptations of the world, receive our Redeemer, and spread the Good News of God’s love and forgiveness.


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


If you are unable to join us in person for an honorable reason, you can view the videos of our Liturgies at:
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We hope that you will come and join us in person to pray and fellowship together as God intended. The upcoming liturgies for March are:

13 March – First Sunday of Lent
Matins – 9:30 a.m.
Liturgy – 10 a.m.

18 March – Ember Friday
Stations of the Cross – 7 p.m.

19 March – Ember Saturday
Ember Saturday Liturgy – 10 a.m.
Followed by a meeting of the Oblates of St. Benedict

20 March – Second Sunday of Lent
Matins – 9:30 a.m.
Liturgy – 10 a.m.

25 March
Stations of the Cross – 7.p.m.

26 March
Liturgy – 10 a.m.

27 March – Third Sunday of Lent
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.


May I take communion?

For Orthodox Christians, the Holy Eucharist is the center of their Christian life (John 6:48-59). We believe that Jesus Christ is really present in a mystical way in the bread and wine of Holy Communion which are His Body and Blood (Matthew 26:28, Mark 14:22-25, I Corinthians 11:23-26). All Orthodox Christians are united with God through Christ’s offering of Himself as the great High Priest, and with all other Orthodox Christians in a common bond of faith and practice.

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Thank you! Many thanks to all of you who labor with us to beautify, strengthen, and grow our wonderful parish. May the Lord continue to bless you. If you want to find out how you can deepen your service to God, speak with Fr. David for some ideas about how to get started.
Bookstore   Several books and icons to assist you with your Lenten journey, Christian education, and prayer life are available in our parish bookstore for a suggested donation. Please make your check payable to:St. Nicholas Orthodox Christian Church

Parish website: http://www.spokaneorthodox.org/
Archdiocese website: http://www.antiochian.org

His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH
His Grace, Bishop JOHN
Father David Cook, Rector
Email: pastor@spokaneorthodox.org

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