Bahai News - Interfaith calendar Sunday, Feb. 25
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Sunday, February 25, 2001
Sunday, Feb. 25
For much of Christianity, this is the first day of Shrovetide (the last three
days before Lent). It refers to the old practice of being shriven, or
"written down" by a priest, who would hear confessions and give individual
lists of Lenten penance.
Mainline Protestant, Lutheran, Episcopalian Eighth Sunday in
Ordinary Time, Last Sunday After Epiphany.
Eastern Orthodox Cheese Fare Sunday, the last day for dairy and
fish before Clean Monday, which begins Great Lent.
Also the Sunday of Forgiveness, a day for asking and seeking forgiveness in
preparation for the Great Fast. This spiritually cleansing ritual is in
keeping with Jesus' teaching to make peace first, then offer a sacrifice.
Some churches have an evening service of forgiveness in which people and
clergy kneel one by one before each other and ask forgiveness.
Baha'i Ayyam-i-Ha holiday begins at sunset. These four "Days of Divine
Essence" are added to the Baha'i calendar to complete the solar year. The
faithful see this as a period outside normal time. The holiday is marked by
festivities, gift-giving, charitable acts, and spiritual contemplation.
Episcopalian World Mission Sunday. Churches across the country offer
special prayers, homilies and collections on behalf of mission workers.
Episcopal, Lutheran Joint communion service by St.
Philip-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church in Oreland and Grace Lutheran
Church in Wyndmoor to celebrate the recent "Called to Common Mission"
agreement between their two national church bodies. 10 a.m. at St.
Philip's, 317 Oreland Mill Rd.
Brethren in Christ Three-night Renewal Services at New Covenant
Church, 50 E. Paletown Rd., Quakertown. Today at 10 and 6:30; tomorrow
and Tuesday at 6:30.
Monday, Feb. 26
Eastern Orthodox Clean Monday, which begins the Great Fast, also
known as Great Lent. Meat, fish and animal products are to be avoided
for the seven weeks until Holy Pascha, April 15.
Tuesday, Feb. 27
Christian Shrove Tuesday, when all feasting food is eaten for the
last time before the Lenten fast. This is a traditional day for clearing
luxuries out of the house. Some churches have gatherings featuring pancakes
fried in fat, while other Christians celebrate this as "Doughnut Day."
Pre-Lenten binges of irreverence known as carnivals occur in many cultures,
including Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) in New Orleans.
Ukrainian Catholic Pontifical ceremony to install Bishop Stefan
Soroka as archbishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Archdiocese of
Philadelphia, a rank that makes him archbishop-metropolitan of the
Ukrainian Church in America. Participants will include Pope John Paul
II's U.S. ambassador, Papal Nuncio Gabriel Montalvo, and about three
dozen bishops and cardinals including Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua. 2:30
p.m., Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 833 N. Franklin St.
Wednesday, Feb. 28
Christian Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent for most of the
Christian world. It is a spiritually charged day for Catholic, Episcopal,
Lutheran and many Mainline Protestant faithful. People traditionally receive
a cross of ashes on the forehead as a symbol of purification and mortality.
An Ash Wednesday liturgy will be celebrated at 12:05 p.m. at the
Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, 18th St. and the Parkway.
Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua is celebrant and homilist.
Friday, March 2
Baha'i Start of the 19-Day Fast. 'Ala ("Loftiness"), the final month
of the Baha'i year, begins today and brings on a fasting period. People fast
from sunrise to sunset, and often gather in the evenings to eat, socialize
and pray. This is in preparation for the Baha'i new year, Naw Ruz.
Christian Ecumenical World Day of Prayer, an annual event of Church
Women United. This year's theme, written by women in Samoa, is "Informed
Prayer, Prayerful Action." Services are held in 170 countries. Local services
include: 1 p.m. at Reformed Church of the Ascension, 1700 W. Main St.,
Jeffersonville, and 1 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 356 Summit Rd.,
Muslim Jum'ah, the weekly congregational prayers, begins about noon.
Jewish Candlelighting at 5:35 p.m. begins Shabbat, the weekly
Saturday, March 3
Eastern Orthodox Blessing of kolivas. During Triodion, some
parishioners present wheat confections, known as kolivas to Greek
Orthodox, that bear the initials of loved ones. (Wheat symbolizes the
resurrection of the dead.) The kolivas are blessed by the priests
and shared with congregants.
Jewish Torah portion Terumah (in which God details the
construction of the tabernacle to Moses) is chanted aloud in synagogues.
Being the sabbath before Purim, it is also the occasion for reading
Parshat Zachor from a second scroll.
Roman Catholic Feast Day of Blessed Katharine Drexel, who was
canonized in October. Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua presides at a feast
day Mass at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul,
18th Street and the Parkway.
Sunday, March 4
Roman Catholic, Mainline Protestant, Lutheran, Episcopalian First
Sunday of Lent. Vestments purple or blue, for penitence.
Eastern Orthodox Sunday of Orthodoxy. It commemorates the
restoration of the plundered icons in the eighth century in
Constantinople. At joint vespers services, congregations from various
nationalities gather to affirm Orthodoxy.
Christian Ecumenical 12th annual Black Church Week for Healing of
AIDS begins. Locally, Deliverance Evangelistic Church, 2059 W. Glenwod
Ave., hosts a prayer service at 6 p.m.
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