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Sunday Divine Liturgy - 10:00 am   Saturday Vespers - 5:00 pm.   For other service times and events, please see the weekly bulletin below or our parish calendar.

The Life of St. George

The Life of St. George

This glorious and victorious saint was born in Cappadocia the son of wealthy and virtuous parents. His father suffered for Christ and his mother then moved to Palestine. When George grew up, he entered the military, where in his twentieth year, attained the rank of a Tribune and as such was in th...

Welcome to St. George

Welcome to St. George

Saint George Cathedral is a parish of the Orthodox Church in America. Our parish traces its beginnings back to 1938 when Macedonian and Bulgarian immigrants who had come to Toledo sought to establish an Orthodox parish.The parish was formally founded in 1948 and placed under the patronage of the H...

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St. George Orthodox Cathedral
738 Glenwood Road
Rossford, Ohio 43460
His Grace, the Rt. Reverend Alexander, Bishop of Toledo & the Bulgarian Diocese of the OCA
V. Rev. Paul Gassios, Priest
Phone: (419) 662-3922
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Weekly Bulletin, April 13, 2014 Print E-mail
Our St. George Community welcomes you to today’s celebration of the Divine Liturgy. We are delighted to have you worship with us, and we pray that you will be blessed through your participation in our services. While Holy Communion may only be received by prepared Orthodox Christians, our non-Orthodox guests are welcome to join us in venerating the Cross and receiving blessed bread at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy. Literature about the Orthodox faith can be found in the vestibule. Feel free to ask questions before or after the services. Please join us for refreshments and fellowship in the social hall after Liturgy. If this is your first visit to our parish, we welcome you and invite you to return as often as you are able. For those interested in learning more about Orthodoxy, please contact Fr. Paul.
 

SCRIPTURE READINGS THIS WEEK
Apr 14th      Holy Monday: St. Martin, Pope of Rome
                     Ezekiel 1:1-10            Exodus 1:1-20          Job 1:1-12
Apr 15th      Holy Tuesday: Apostles of the 70, Aristarchus, Pudens, and Trophimus 
                     Ezekiel: 1:21-29         Exodus 2:5-10          Job 1:13-22
Apr 16th      Holy Wednesday: Virgin Martyrs Agape, Irene, & Chionia in Illyria 
                     Ezekiel 2:3-3:3           Exodus 2:11-22        Job 2:1-10
Apr 17th      Holy Thursday: Hieromartyr Simeon, Bishop in Persia & Companions 
                     1 Corinthians 11:23-32                  Matthew 26:2-20 etc.
Apr 18th      Holy Friday: New Martyr John of Epirus; St. Cosmas, Bishop of Chalcedon 
                     1 Corinthians 1:18-22                    Matthew 27:1-38 etc.
Apr 19th      Holy Saturday: Venerable John of the Caves in Palestine; St. George the Confessor   
                     Romans 6:3-11                             Matthew 28:1-20
 
Greeter: Cyril & Carol Yonov       Reader: Daniel Serdar     Serving Group: Archangel Michael

 
Holy Week Services (all services at the church except for Paschal Vespers)
Bridegroom Matins: Sunday, April 13th, 6:30 PM
Bridegroom Matins: Monday, April 14th, 6:30 PM
Presanctified Liturgy: Tuesday, April 15th, 10 AM
Bridegroom Matins: Tuesday, April 15th, 6:30 PM
Holy Unction: Wednesday, April 16th, 6:30 PM
Betrayal Matins: Wednesday, April 16th, 8:30 PM
Holy Thursday Vesperal Liturgy: April 17th, 7 AM
Holy Friday Matins w/12 Gospels: Thursday, April 17th, 6:30 PM
Royal Hours: Friday, April 18th, 9:30 AM
Holy Friday Great Vespers: April 18th, 3 pm
Holy Saturday Matins/Lamentation Hymns: Friday, April 18th, 6:30 PM
Holy Saturday Vesperal Liturgy w/ OT readings: April 19th, at 9 AM
Paschal Service/Liturgy: Saturday, April 19th, 11:30 PM; Paschal breakfast afterwards
Paschal Vespers: Sunday, April 20th, 12 Noon @ St. George/Woodley (no service in Rossford)

 
Last Sunday April 6th, 55 Adults and 17 Youth, attended Divine Liturgy.
 
 
 
The Sanctuary Lamp is burning this week for health of Evanka Dimitroff on her birthday and her sister Panka Eneff. There are May openings to sign up for the Sanctuary Lamp. 

 
At the potluck meal after the Presanctified service on 4/9, $22 was collected for those in need of food or shelter. An online donation was made to Cherry St. Mission for that amount.

 
Please remember to receive the sacrament of Confession. Father Paul is available to hear Confessions during Holy Week before or after Weekday services, through Saturday or by appointment.

 
Please pick up a flyer in the Narthex for Reverse Raffle on April 26, 2014. This is an important activity to build up our building fund. Tickets are $60 per person which includes dinner, open bar, and participation in the reverse raffle itself. For more information, speak with Stan Pentsos or a board member. Donations of desserts are needed for the Dinner served that evening.

 
Pascha and Easter items now available in the bookstore. Stop by and take a peek after services and see if there is anything you might need!
 

Paschal Breakfast on April 20th:
Breakfast will be served after Paschal services on early Sunday morning. The church will provide eggs, sausage, and potatoes; people are asked to bring breads and desserts to supplement the meal. Thanks to Steve Timofeev who will be bringing the items and hopefully be able to do the cooking. Please speak with Steve if you are able to lend him any assistance. For anyone who will be bringing Easter baskets to be blessed, bring them to hall and place them on the tables set aside for them. Our bishop or one of the priests will bless the baskets at the end of service. 

 
Women’s Guild Luncheon April 22, 2014
The St. Anna’s Women’s Guild will meet for lunch at 12 Noon at the Elephant Bar Restaurant, 5001 Monroe St., Toledo, OH  43623, 419-474-5061; please call or speak with Carol Yonov (419-472-4505, or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to make your reservation by no later than April 20th.

 
We will be celebrating the feast of our patron St. George with Paschal Vespers on Tuesday, April 22nd, at 6:30 PM, and Paschal Divine Liturgy on Wednesday, April 23rd, at 10 AM; lunch at Denny’s Restaurant afterwards. 

 
April 13, 2014 Palm Sunday by the Very Rev. Paul Lazor
Palm Sunday is the celebration of the triumphant entrance of Christ into the royal city of Jerusalem. He rode on a colt for which He Himself had sent, and He permitted the people to hail Him publicly as a king. A large crowd met Him in a manner befitting royalty, waving palm branches and placing their garments in His path. They greeted Him with these words: “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel! (John 12:13). This day together with the raising of Lazarus are signs pointing beyond themselves to the mighty deeds and events which consummate Christ’s earthly ministry. The time of fulfillment was at hand. Christ’s raising of Lazarus points to the destruction of death and the joy of resurrection which will be accessible to all through His own death and resurrection. His entrance into Jerusalem is a fulfillment of the messianic prophecies about the king who will enter his holy city to establish a final kingdom. “Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on an ass, and on a colt, the foal of an ass” (Zech 9:9). Finally, the events of these triumphant two days are but the passage to Holy Week: the “hour” of suffering and death for which Christ came. Thus the triumph in a earthly sense is extremely short-lived. Jesus enters openly into the midst of His enemies, publicly saying and doing those things which mostly enrage them. The people themselves will soon reject Him. They misread His brief earthly triumph as a sign of something else: His emergence as a political messiah who will lead them to the glories of an earthly kingdom.

 
Our Pledge
The liturgy of the Church is more than meditation or praise concerning past events. It communicates to us the eternal presence and power of the events being celebrated and makes us participants in those events. Thus the services of Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday bring us to our own moment of life and death and entrance into the Kingdom of God: a Kingdom not of this world, a Kingdom accessible in the Church through repentance and baptism. On Palm Sunday palm and willow branches are blessed in the Church. We take them in order to raise them up and greet the King and Ruler of our life: Jesus Christ. We take them in order to reaffirm our baptismal pledges. As the One who raised Lazarus and entered Jerusalem to go to His voluntary Passion stands in our midst, we are faced with the same question addressed to us at baptism: “Do you accept Christ?” We give our answer by daring to take the branch and raise it up: “I accept Him as King and God!” Thus, on the eve of Christ’s Passion, in the celebration of the joyful cycle of the triumphant days of Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday, we reunite ourselves to Christ, affirm His Lordship lover the totality of our life and express our :readiness to follow Him to His Kingdom: ... that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that if possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead (Philippians 3:10-11). Taken from: http://oca.org/saints/lives/2014/04/13/20-entry-of-our-lord-into-jerusalem-palm-sunday
 
 
Weekly Bulletin, April 6, 2014 Print E-mail
Our St. George Community welcomes you to today’s celebration of the Divine Liturgy. We are delighted to have you worship with us, and we pray that you will be blessed through your participation in our services. While Holy Communion may only be received by prepared Orthodox Christians, our non-Orthodox guests are welcome to join us in venerating the Cross and receiving blessed bread at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy. Literature about the Orthodox faith can be found in the vestibule. Feel free to ask questions before or after the services. Please join us for refreshments and fellowship in the social hall after Liturgy. If this is your first visit to our parish, we welcome you and invite you to return as often as you are able. For those interested in learning more about Orthodoxy, please contact Fr. Paul.
 
SCRIPTURE READINGS THIS WEEK
Apr 7th        Repose of St. Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow, Enlightener of North America
                     Isaiah 48:17-49:4 aaaaaaaaGenesis 27:1-41 aaaaaaaaaaaProverbs 19:16-25
Apr 8th        Herodion, Agabus, Asyncritus, Rufus, Phlegon, Hermes; Apostles of the 70 
                     Isaiah 49:6-10 aaaaaaaaaaGenesis 31:3-16 aaaaaaaaaaaProverbs 21:3-21
Apr 9th        Martyr Eupsychius of Caesarea in Cappadocia; Monk Martyr Bademus
                     Isaiah 58:1-11 aaaaaaaaaaGenesis 43:26-31; 45:1-16a aaProverbs 21:23-22:4
Apr 10th      Martyrs Terrence and Companions beheaded at Carthage 
                     Isaiah 65:8-17 aaaaaaaaaaGenesis 46:1-7 aaaaaaaaaaaaProverbs: 23:15-24:5
Apr 11th      Hieromartyr Antipas, Bishop of Pergamum; St. Callinicus of Cernica 
                     Isaiah 66:10-24 aaaaaaaaaGenesis 49:33-50:26 aaaaaaaaProverbs 31:8-31
Apr 12th      Lazarus Saturday; St. Basil the Confessor, Bishop of Parium   
                     Hebrews 12:28-13:8 aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaJohn 11:1-45
 
Greeter: Popadia Kathleen           Reader: Mikel Hill          Serving Group: Archangel Gabriel

Services this Week:
Choir Practice: Sunday, April 6th, after Divine Liturgy
Council Meeting: Tuesday, April 8th, 6:30 PM in church hall
Choir Practice: Tuesday, April 8th, 6:30 PM in the church
Presanctified Liturgy: Wednesday April 9th, 6:30 PM, at the church
Lazarus Saturday Vespers: Friday, April 11th, 6:30 PM, at the church
Lazarus Saturday Liturgy: April 12th, 9:30 AM, at the church
Palm Sunday Vespers/w Litya: Saturday, April 12th, 5 PM, at the church
Last Sunday March 30th, 41 Adults and 10 Youth, attended Divine Liturgy.
 
The Sanctuary Lamp is burning this week for health of Popadia Kathleen Biernacki. The last two Sundays of April are available to sign up for the Sanctuary Lamp.

After Liturgy on April 6th, Trisagion Prayers will be offered in memory of Stoyan and Pavunka Dimoff, the parents of James Dimoff who recently made a generous contribution to the parish in memory of his parents. James was a long term member of the parish who relocated to Texas a number of years ago. 

As Great Lent is coming to an end, please remember to receive the sacrament of Confession. Father Paul is available to hear Confessions before or after Weekday services, Saturday before or after Vespers or by appointment.
 
If you are going to receive communion at the Presanctified Liturgy on Wednesday, please fast after partaking of your noon meal. We are also taking up a collection at the pot luck meal to give to those who are in need for food. 
 
Last Sunday $102 was collected to purchase gas cards for college students. Three cards were sent to students attending UT or BGSU.

Please pick up a flyer in the Narthex for Reverse Raffle on April 26, 2014. This is an important activity to build up our building fund. Tickets are $60 per person which includes dinner, open bar, and participation in the reverse raffle itself. For more information, speak with Stan Pentsos or a board member. Donations of desserts are needed for the Dinner served that evening.

The last Pan Orthodox Lenten Service will be on Sunday, April 6th, 6 PM, at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church on 2330 N Monroe St Monroe, MI 48162 (734) 241-1169 Fr. Paul will speak on the theme “the death of Christ from the perspective of eastern and western Christianity.” Lenten Potluck will follow. Directions to the church can be found in the narthex. 

Pascha and Easter items now available in the bookstore
Stop by and take a peek after services and see if there is anything you might need!

Stay after Lazarus Saturday liturgy if you can to help with making crosses out of palms. Don’t forget also to bring a dozen red eggs with you to the Paschal service going into Sunday morning.

Women’s Guild Luncheon April 22, 2014
The St. Anna’s Women’s Guild will meet for lunch at 12 Noon at the Elephant Bar Restaurant, 5001 Monroe St., Toledo, OH  43623, 419-474-5061; please call or speak with Carol Yonov (419-472-4505, or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to make your reservation by no later than April 20th.
 
5th Sunday of Lent; St. Mary of Egypt
The biography of this wonderful saint was written by St. Sophronius, the Patriarch of Jerusalem. Once, during the Honorable Fast [Lenten Season], a certain .priest-monk (Heiromonk), the Elder Zosimus, withdrew into the wilderness beyond the Jordan, a twenty-day trek. Suddenly, he caught sight of a human being with a withered and naked body whose hair was as white as snow and who began to flee from the sight of Zosimus. The elder ran for a long while until this person crouched down in a brook and cried out: "Abba Zosimus forgive me for the sake of the Lord. I cannot face you for I am a naked woman." Zosimus then tossed his outer garment to her which she wrapped around herself and then showed herself to him. The elder was frightened upon hearing his name spoken from the mouth of this woman he did not know. Following his prolonged insistence, the woman related her life story. She was born in Egypt and at the age of twelve began to live a life of debauchery in Alexandria where she spent seventeen years in this perverted way of life. Driven by the adulterous flame of the flesh, one day she boarded a boat which was sailing for Jerusalem. Arriving at the Holy City, she wanted to enter the church in order to venerate the Honorable Cross but some invisible force restrained her and prevented her from entering the church. In great fear, she gazed upon the icon of the All-Holy Mother of God in the vestibule and prayed that she be allowed to enter the church to venerate the Honorable Cross, all the while confessing her sinfulness and uncleanness and promising that she would go wherever the All-Pure One would direct her. She was then permitted to enter the church. Having venerated the Cross she again entered the vestibule and, before the icon, gave thanks to the Mother of God. At that very moment she heard a voice saying: "If you cross over Jordan you will find real peace!" Immediately she purchased three loaves of bread and started out for the Jordan where she arrived that same evening. 

The next day she received Holy Communion in the Monastery of St. John and crossed over the Jordan river. She remained in the wilderness for forty-eight years in great torment, fear and struggle with passionate thoughts as though with wild beasts. She fed on vegetation. Afterward, when she stood for prayer, Zosimus saw her levitate in the air. She begged him to bring her Holy Communion the following year on the shore of the Jordan where she would then come to receive it. The following year, Zosimus arrived on the shore of the Jordan in the evening with Holy Communion. He wondered how this saint would cross the Jordan. At that moment, in the light of the moon, he saw her as she approached the river, made the sign of the cross over it and walked upon the water as though upon dry land.

After Zosimus administered Holy Communion to her, she begged him to come the following year to the same brook where they had first met. Zosimus came and discovered her lifeless body on that spot. Above her head in the sand was written: "Abba Zosimus, bury the body of the humble Mary on this site; render dust to dust. I died on April 1, the same night of the saving-suffering of Christ, after having received Communion of the Divine Mysteries." From this inscription Zosimus first learned her name and the other and awesome miracle was that, she, on that same night the previous year, when she received Holy Communion, arrived at this brook which took him twenty days to travel. Thus, Zosimus buried the body of this wonderful saint, Mary the Egyptian. When he returned to the monastery Zosimus related the entire history of her life and the miracles which he had personally witnessed. Thus, the Lord knows how to glorify penitent sinners. St. Mary is also commemorated on the Fifth Sunday of the Honorable Fast (Fifth Sunday in Lent). The Church holds her up as an example to the faithful during these fast days as an incentive for repentance. She died about the year 530 A.D. Taken from: http://98.131.104.126/prolog/April1.htm
 
March 1, 2014 Two Things to Remember During Great Lent Print E-mail
We begin another time of fasting to prepare us for the Holy Pascha of our Lord. The guidelines of fasting are simple; we are to eat no meat or dairy products from the beginning of Great Lent on March 3rd until Great and Holy Pascha. There are other rules to the fast such as no alcohol, oil, and fish with backbone. But to be honest with you refraining from meat and dairy products is a challenge enough for us in this culture we live in today. Finally for those who are ill and have certain medical conditions that require that you not fast as strictly, then do what the doctor says. The purpose of fasting is not to make you sick and endanger your health. Most of you know this, so there is no need to dwell on the rules. However there are two things we do need to focus on as we fast that will make a difference as to whether this is a fruitful fast for us.
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May 2, 2013 Some Thoughts on Pascha Print E-mail

What the Death and Resurrection of Christ Means to Me
Why I Believe in the Pascha of Our Lord


The mystery of Pascha has been, is, and will continue to be for me the awareness of a doorway into a reality of life that has no end; a new heavenly earth; a new creation.  Despite my struggles with pride and self-will; the baptismal mystery of dying to a human nature that has been corrupted by sin resulting in death, and being raised into a maturing new person, a real human being in Christ Jesus; tells me that all things are possible with God. Provided we strive to abide in the baptismal mystery of Pascha and seek its ongoing renewal in the Eucharistic life in the Church. When I am able to face those things lacking in me and continue the journey of repenting of them and turning to our Lord; I am convinced that our Lord Jesus does not abandon us. He continues His work to mold our life into one of love, peace, joy, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, self-control; and most importantly to continually draw us closer to His Father; through Himself (as the only mediator between God and Man), in the power of the Holy Spirit. It is only through this communion that we become truly human.

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Understanding the Holy Baptism Print E-mail
I spent several months discussing the importance of fasting and its relationship to remembering our Lord in our preparation to receive Communion. I now want to focus on another leg of the chair that constitutes the process of preparing to receive the Holy Eucharist on Sundays. Namely how does the sacrament of Confession help us to remember our Lord Jesus Christ? This will take several months for me to answer via the newsletter as I want to build on a solid foundation; I first need to talk about the importance and meaning of Baptism. Confession is nothing more than an extension of Baptism. We will never properly understand Confession if we don't understand Baptism as the Sacrament of Repentance.
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