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Our indoor Liturgies and other Services will continue to be live-steamed at https://www.facebook.com/StAndrewRussianGreekCatholicParish/  Weekday Matins Services will be available via Zoom: if you would like to participate, please contact Father Alexei for Zoom link.    

Our weekly Sunday bulletin will continue to be distributed electronically.

   

For your convenience, our methods of online giving will continue to be available:   access Givelify  at: www.givelify.com/givenow/1.0/NjUwMDY=/selection


Or if you prefer, our parish GoFundMe account is still active at:    https://www.gofundme.com/f/st-andrew039s-church



Sun

18 Feb

 

Sunday of Orthodoxy

Divine Liturgy, 10:00 a.m. immediately followed by a processions with icons.  Everyone is invited to bring their favorite icon from home to carry in the procession.

Rabbi Mark Diamond and his Interfaith Engagement Class from Loyola Marymount University will be attending the Liturgy today.

Mon

19 Feb

 

There are no events scheduled for today

Tue

20 Feb

 

The Southern California Christian Forum invites us to participate in theirMonthly Ecumenical Bible Study, 7:00 p.m., via Zoom.  Obtain link at contact@SoCalForum.net

Wed

21 Feb

 

Feast of Venerable Timothy of Symbola

Lenten (Readers) Matins, 8:00 a.m., in-person and via Zoom. 


Thur

22 Feb

 

Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, 7:30 p.m., in-person and via livestream.

Fri

23 Feb

 

Feast of Hieromartyr Polycarp of Smyrna

Lenten (Readers) Matins, 8:00 a.m., in-person and via Zoom. 

Lenten Bible Study, 7:00 p.m., via Zoom.

Sat

24 Feb

 

Feast of the Finding of the Head of John the Baptist

Matins, 8:00 a,m,, in-person and via Zoom.

Sun

25 Feb

 

Sunday of Saint Gregory Palamas

Divine Liturgy, 10:00 a.m. immediately followed by a Panikhida for all those whose Anniversary of Falling Asleep in the Lord occurs during the month of February.

Our monthly Charity Luncheon will follow the Liturgy.  This month's beneficiary will be the Lenten Shepherd's Care Program sponsored by the Melkite Greek Catholic Eparchy of Newton.



Parish Lenten Bible Study

Parish Lenten Bible Study via Zoom.  All are welcome to attend at no cost!


Dates (Fridays)

Themes

February 9, 2024

Forgiveness & Lent

February 23, 2024

St. Gregory of Palamas

March 1, 2024

Veneration of the Cross

March 8, 2024

St. John of the Ladder

March 15, 2024

St. Mary of Egypt

March 22, 2024

Holy Week

April 5, 2024

Pascha & Bright Week

Each session will start at 7:00 p.m. PST/ 10:00 p.m. EST

Description:  We will reflect on the Scripture readings and Lenten themes for the upcoming Sunday according to the Byzantine Catholic tradition.  Zoom link and Scripture readings will be e-mailed
 to all registered participants the day before the session.  Each session will be recorded.  This series is part of a directed parish project for a theology student at the Antiochian House of Studies.  Your participation in the Bible Study helps with his project.  

To register and receive the Zoom link, email us your full name to:  standrewrussiangreekcatholic@gmail.com 



Prayer Requests

Please do not hesitate to send request for prayers to the rectory.



Restorative Tai Chi

For several years now, classes in Restorative Tai Chi have been held at our parish.  These classes are held Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings at 5:30 p.m, and on Saturdays at 12 noon.  If you would like to join, please contact Ara at (310) 333-0792.

 


Spread the Word!

Following the theft of the proceeds of our 2017 Yard Sale, which were designated to help fund the repairs to our blue cupola on the side of our church, we have established a GoFundMe account to not only recoup the stolen proceeds from the Sale but also to assist in funding the repairs.  

 
 
Saint Xenia Charitable Fund

In an effort to assist those members of our parish who are struggling financially due to the faltering economy, loss of employment or decreased retirement benefits, the parish established the Saint Xenia Charitable Fund.  Father Alexei alone administers this fund, and all disbursements and contributions are kept strictly confidential.  Since its establishment, the Saint Xenia Fund has been able to assist several of our parishioners with partial rent payments, money for food, purchase of job-related necessities, payment of utility bills and medications.

Should you wish to assist us in helping our own, please place your cash donation (Father will provide you with a receipt for tax purposes should you desire it) in an envelope marked "Saint Xenia Fund" and give it directly to Father.  Disbursements are made in cash to protect anonymity.

And who is Saint Xenia?  Well, here is her story......

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Saint Xenia lived during the eighteenth century, but little is known of her life or of her family. She passed most of her life in Petersburg during the reigns of the empresses Elizabeth and Catherine II.

Xenia Grigorievna Petrova was the wife of an army officer, Major Andrew Petrov. After the wedding, the couple lived in St Petersburg. St Xenia became a widow at the age of twenty-six when her husband suddenly died at a party. She grieved for the loss of her husband, and especially because he died without Confession or Holy Communion.

Once her earthly happiness ended, she did not look for it again. From that time forward, Xenia lost interest in the things of this world, and followed the difficult path of foolishness for the sake of Christ. The basis for this strange way of life is to be found in the first Epistle to the Corinthians (1 Cor. 1:18-24, 1 Cor. 2:14, 1 Cor. 3:18-19). The Lord strengthened her and helped her to bear sorrow and misfortune patiently for the next forty-five years.

She started wearing her husband's clothing, and insisted that she be addressed as "Andrew Feodorovich." She told people that it was she, and not her husband, who had died. In a certain sense, this was perfectly true. She abandoned her former way of life and experienced a spiritual rebirth. When she gave away her house and possessions to the poor, her relatives complained to the authorities. After speaking to Xenia, the officials were conviced that she was in her right mind and was entitled to dispose of her property as she saw fit. Soon she had nothing left for herself, so she wandered through the poor section of Petersburg with no place to lay her head. She refused all assistance from her relatives, happy to be free of worldly attachments.

When her late husband's red and green uniform wore out, she clothed herself in rags of those colors. After a while, Xenia left Petersburg for eight years. It is believed that she visited holy Elders and ascetics throughout Russia seeking instruction in the spiritual life. She may have visited St Theodore of Sanaxar (February 19), who had been a military man himself. His life changed dramatically when a young officer died at a drinking party. Perhaps this officer was St Xenia's husband. In any case, she knew St Theodore and profited from his instructions.

St Xenia eventually returned to the poor section of Petersburg, where she was mocked and insulted because of her strange behavior. When she did accept money from people it was only small amounts, which she used to help the poor. She spent her nights praying without sleep in a field outside the city. Prayer strengthened her, and in her heart's conversation with the Lord she found the support she needed on her difficult path.

When a new church was being built in the Smolensk cemetery, St Xenia brought bricks to the site. She did this in secret, during the night, so that no one would know.

Soon her great virtue and spiritual gifts began to be noticed. She prophesied future events affecting the citizens of Petersburg, and even the royal family. Against her will, she became known as someone pleasing to God, and nearly everyone loved her.They said, "Xenia does not belong to this world, she belongs to God." People regarded her visits to their homes or shops as a great blessing. St Xenia loved children, and mothers rejoiced when the childless widow would stand and pray over a baby's crib, or kiss a child. They believed that the blessed one's kiss would bring that child good fortune.

St Xenia lived about forty-five years after the death of her husband, and departed to the Lord at the age of seventy-one. The exact date and circumstances of her death are not known, but it probably took place at the end of the eighteenth century. She was buried in the Smolensk cemetery.

By the 1820s, people flocked to her grave to pray for her soul, and to ask her to intercede with God for them. So many visitors took earth from her grave that it had to be replaced every year. Later, a chapel was built over her grave.

Those who turn to St Xenia in prayer receive healing from illness, and deliverance from their afflictions. She is also known for helping people who seek jobs.