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A Poem for Great Lent
Quiet Lady Sarakosti Sarakosti, is a custom from long ago ago, Our yiayia’s used to make her ayia’s her, Out of flour and H20. She wears a simple nun’s dress, with a cross upon her head head, Her hands in prayer without a mouth mouth, To keep the fast with mostly bread. Her feet teach us to count count, The weeks of Lent are seven seven, We cut one off each Saturday Saturday, until Pascha and the new heaven heaven.

Lady Sarakosti Recipe
2-2 1/2 cups flour 1/2 cup salt 2-2 1/2 tsp. cinnamon water (as much as needed) * Not to be eaten! * Combine flour, salt and cinnamon in a medium sized bowl and gradually add enough water to form a stiff, but flexible dough. Roll dough out to 1/2" thickness. With a sharp knife cut out the figure as shown above. Cut out two long narrow strips for arms and join at shoulders (wet surface to which arms will be applied). Make slits in dough for fingers. Mark closed eyelids and noise with pointed object. Wipe entire figure down f with a lightly dampened cloth to make shiny. Bake in moderate oven until golden.

PRAYER OF SAINT EPHRAIM THE SYRIAN

O Lord and Master of my life, Grant not unto me a spirit of idleness, of discouragement, of lust for power, and of vain talk. But bestow upon me, Your servant, the spirit of chastity, of meekness, of patience, and of love. Yes, O Lord and King, grant that I may see my own faults, , , and not the faults of others for blessed are You others, unto ages of ages. Amen.

March 6, 2011 Sunday of Forgiveness Matthew 6:14-21 unday 6:14

March 13, 2011

Sunday of Orthodoxy John 1:43-51

March 20, 2011 Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas Mark 2:1-12

Four Friends
Can you think of and write the names of four friends from Church who would help you like in the Gospel reading?

1. 2. 3. 4.
Do you know of a friend who needs your help?

“There is no greater love than to lay down your life for a friend”. There
John 15:13

ORTHODOX BINGO FOR GREAT LENT
Say a prayer for the same person every night Give away 5 toys to an orphan Visit with an elderly person who is lonely Pick one coat from your closet to give to someone without one

Try not to eat meat

Make a handmade gift for someone special

Send a missionary a handwritten letter of encouragement

Make seven prostrations

Sing a song of praise to God

Pack a lunch to give to someone who is hungry

Try not to eat dairy today

Give a pair of shoes to a homeless shelter

Make a care package for the I.O.C.C. (www.iocc.org)

Sit with a homeless person and drink a cup of hot cocoa

Send a stuffed animal to a hospital patient

Bake cookies for a homeless shelter

Gather canned foods from people at Church to give away

Attend a weekday Church service

Play a Church CD and sing along

Color an icon of Christ for your refrigerator

Light a candle for your godparents

Thank God for 10 things today

Say a prayer for the same person each morning

Ask the Mother of God to help all the children who are sick

Visit a child with special needs

March 27, 2011

Veneration of the Cross

Mark 8:34-9:1

April 3, 2011 Sunday of St. John Climacus Mark 9:17-31

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, Have mercy on me, a sinner.

April 10, 2011

Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt

Mark 10:32-45 10:32

April 16, 2011

Raising of Lazarus

John 11, 1-45

April 17, 2011

Palm Sunday

John 12:1-18

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PARABLE OF THE 10 VIRGINS

CHRIST WASHING THE FEET OF THE DISCIPLES

April 24, 2011

Great and Holy Pascha

John 1:1-17