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Sunday of the Last Judgment

February 22nd 

"Finally comes the last day [of preparation for Lent], usually called 'Forgiveness Sunday,' but whose other liturgical name must also be remembered: the 'Expulsion of Adam from the Paradise of Bliss.' This name summarizes indeed the entire preparation for Lent. By now we know that man was created for paradise, for knowledge of God and communion with Him. Man's sin has deprived him of that blessed life and his existence on earth is exile. Christ, the Savior of the world, opens the door of paradise to everyone who follows Him, and the Church, by revealing to us the beauty of the Kingdom, makes our life a pilgrimage toward our heavenly fatherland. Thus, at the beginning of Lent, we are like Adam:

Adam was expelled form paradise through food; 
Sitting, therefore, in front of it he cried: 
'Woe to me...
One commandment of God have I transgressed,
depriving myself of all that is good; 
Paradise holy! Planted for me, 
And now because of Eve closed to me; 
Pray to thy Creator and mine that I may be filled again by thy blossom.' 
Then answered the Savior to him: 
'I wish not my creation to perish; 
I desire it to be saved and to know the truth; 
For I will not turn away him who comes to Me...

Lent is the liberation of our enslavement to sin, from the prison of 'this world.' And the Gospel lesson of this last Sunday (Matt. 6:14-21) sets the conditions for that liberation. The first one is fasting-- the refusal to accept the desires and urges of our fallen nature as normal, the effort to free ourselves from the dictatorship of flesh and matter over the spirit. To be effective, however, our fast must not be hypocritical, a 'showing off.' We must 'appear not unto men to fast but to our Father who is in secret.' The second condition is forgiveness-- 'If you forgive men their trespasses, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you.' The triumph of sin, the main sign of its rule over the world, is division, opposition, separation, hatred. Therefore, the first break through this fortress of sin is forgiveness: the return to unity, solidarity, love. To forgive is to put between me and my 'enemy' the radiant forgiveness of God Himself. To forgive is to reject the hopeless 'dead-ends' of human relations and to refer them to Christ. Forgiveness is truly a 'breakthrough' of the Kingdom into this sinful and fallen world."

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We respectfully remind all visitors that Holy Communion is given only to Orthodox Christians in good standing with the Church who have prepared themselves through prayer, fasting, and confession.

Following Divine Liturgy, coffee and light refreshments are served in the attached Fellowship Hall.





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General  Schedule  of  Services

Wednesday  Daily Vespers, 7:00 pm

Saturday  Great Vespers, 6:00 pm  Confession following

Sunday

3rd & 6th Hours, 9:30 am

Divine Liturgy, 10:00 am

Church School, 11:15 am  September - May

 

On the Eve of Great Feasts (weekdays)  Great Vespers, 7:00 pm

On the Morning of Great Feasts (weekdays)  Divine Liturgy, 6:30 am

On the Morning of Great Feasts (Saturdays)  Divine Liturgy, 9:00 am

 

Wednesday Evenings during Great Lent  Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, 6:30 pm

 

Services are in English

 


 

St. Anthony the Great Orthodox Church

103 Carolina

San Antonio, TX  78210

210.533.2492

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