February 22nd Moleben at Joy of All Who Sorrow

        In two weeks, Great Lent is here!  Our 26th Moleben for the Unborn is going to be held at our parish, the Joy of All Who Sorrow on 16th and North Delaware Sts. on Forgiveness Sunday, Feb. 22nd after coffee hour, around 12:30 pm.

       What a way to start Great Lent, a much needed time and deeper focus on repentance individually and as a Church.  May we all offer our prayers of repentance unto the Lord, on behalf of those who have committed violent acts against human life.  May we faithfully continue to strive to uphold the sanctity of God’s gift of Life. 

      “Open to Me the Door of Repentance,                                  O Giver of Life!

“Repentance is the renewal of baptism and is a contract with God for a fresh start in life. Repentance goes shopping for humility and is ever distrustful of bodily comfort. Repentance is critical awareness and a sure watch over oneself. Repentance is the daughter of hope and the refusal of despair. The penitent stands guilty – but undisgraced. Repentance is reconciliation with the Lord by the performance of good deeds which are the opposites of the sins. It is the purification of conscience and the voluntary endurance of affliction.”

(St. John Climacus, The Ladder of Divine Ascent, Step 5)

 

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