From The Most Rev. Mark, Archbishop of Philadelphia
Dear to God,
Christ is in our midst! As we enter Great Lent, I ask your forgiveness for my sins, known and unknown. Embracing bodily fasting, let us remember that the intent of the fast is to gain control of our bodies and offer ourselves as a living sacrifice to our Lord. We are to consider the members of our bodies dead to sin, yet alive unto God. Please read the homily of Metropolitan Anthony Bloom below and hide his words deep in your heart. Read them weekly, as a reminder of why we fast. Our salvation, our forgiveness is dependent upon our ability to forgive others.
Your unworthy father in Christ,
Archbishop of Philadelphia Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania
Welcome to Our Parish!
St. Mark's Orthodox Church is a pan-orthodox parish in the Diocese of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania of the Orthodox Church in America. We are a small, but active parish with a deep love for the traditions and practices of the Eastern Orthodox faith.
Please examine our website to become acquainted, but better still come and visit us for any of our services. The About tab includes a comprehensive presentation about the Orthodox Christian Church, our Bulletin tab lets you read the most recent and immediately past editions of our Bulletin. And our Resources tab provides information for Youth, information on the Scrip program, another way of supporting the parish financially while doing our regular shopping. Additionally, an up to date Liturgical Resources page with propers for the Sunday services of the year is found in our Resources tab. This latter project is ongoing and increasingly inclusive. Our website is an ongoing and ever expanding resource, visit us often.
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Our Parish Scrip Program
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Christ is in our midst! As we prepare to enter the season of Great Lent, let us remember our dear brother in Christ, Fr. John Nightingale. Last year during Great Lent, after the Presanctified Liturgy, Fr. John was not feeling well and went out to the porch for fresh air. At some point he passed out and fell over the railing injuring his, neck, vertebrae and spinal cord. He has been in the hospital since that time receiving therapy....
As we enter the period of the Triodion in anticipation of Great Lent, let us remember that the Church challenges us to fast, not only from certain foods, but from sin as well. Traditionally, there is also a renewed focus on caring for those in need, especially from the money saved from eating more simply. As Orthodox Christians, I appeal to you to assist the Nightingale family to meet some basic human needs. While we pray for his continued recovery, we also know it is in the Lord’s hands. Therefore, let us do what we can. If we live close by, let us visit so that he does not feel forgotten or isolated. If we have nursing skills, let us offer to assist Matushka Kyra, as she cares for her parents and her husband. If we can give sacrificially to assist with the cost of the renovations and the cost of a van, let us do so.
All donations may be sent directly to the Diocesan Office at 144 St. Tikhon’s Road, Waymart, PA 18472, earmarked “Fr. John Nightingale”. Every donation will be acknowledged individually by our Office, together with an accounting of the total amount collected. Thank you for your consideration of this very worthy cause.
Your unworthy Father in Christ,
+ Mark, Archbishop of Philadelphia and the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania
Link to the full letter from His Eminence here.
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