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19th All American Council

Having recently returned from the 19th All-American Council (July 23-27, 2018) in St. Louis, MO, I submit this Pastoral Reflection to our Holy Trinity community.

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The Entry of our Lord into Jerusalem was celebrated Sunday, April 1, 2018. Prior to the beginning of Divine Liturgy, palms and willow branches were blessed as the choir beautifully sang the festal troparion. The day completed the two-day festive weekend, with Lazarus Saturday being celebrated the day before (March 31) with a Divine Liturgy that began at 8:00am.

Host pastor, V. Rev. Marc Vranes, pointed out the Entrance serves as a foreshadowing on two fronts. He noted that the account of our Lord's Entrance is also detailed in the Synoptic Gospels: Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Each details that after the entrance had occurred, Jesus immediately went into the Temple where he dismissed the money-chargers, adding: his house is a house of prayer, not for a den of thieves. This image is similar to what each person will experience on the Day of Judgment.

Palm Sunday foreshadows eternal life in God's Kingdom, which is forever, and belongs to all generations. We will not journey into the Holy City as our Lord does on the Feast of the Entrance, but instead will enter into the new and Heavenly Jerusalem, a place where sin will be defeated, death will be crushed, and hell will be annihilated.

After the Divine Liturgy on Lazarus Saturday a group from Holy Trinity stayed to clean the grounds and assemble the palms and willow branches, while another crew prepared and served 94 meals at the nearby Covenant Soup Kitchen, at Saint Paul's Episcopal Church, our neighbors on Valley Street. Holy Trinity will next serve at the soup kitchen on June 9.  Anyone interested in participating in the next soup kitchen service please contact Tim Fetzko.

Thank you to the following for their gifts of stewardship offered to our church and local community yesterday on Lazarus Saturday: May God repay.
Palm & Willow Branch Assembly: Diane Krot, Dot Sinchuk, and Kathy Andrzejewski.
Church Clean-up: Barbara Lacey, Reader Stephen Bradford, Mary Ellen Junda, and Frank Kaputa.
Covenant Soup Kitchen Team: Reader Tikhon, Jason & Denise Geeza, Rachel Hanley, Leo Lavigne, and Timothy Fetzko.

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