Meatfare Sunday. Meeting (Presentation) of the Lord

On February 15, Meatfare Sunday and feast of the Meeting (Presentation) of the Lord, St. George parish family gathered together after a one Sunday break which was taken due to the Rector absence. This time Archpriest Igor Tarasov returned and served the Divine Liturgy. Following the Scripture lessons he preached a homily in the Russian language. In his sermon the Rector spoke about the meetings men may have with God. One such encounter will happen after our earthly life. Another will take place at the Last Judgment which is commemorated on this Sunday. And today’s feast is called the Meeting of the Lord and remembers the encounter of a man named Simeon with the Son of God, the Child Jesus in the Temple of Jerusalem. In all those three instances man encounters His Lord and Creator. Fr. Igor called the parishioners to lead spiritual life in order to meet the Lord more often. Such short meetings may occur when we participate in the life of the Church, when we receive the Sacraments, especially Holy Communion.

A Litany for the deceased was offered during the Divine Liturgy because our parish did not have any service for the departed on the Memorial Meatfare Saturday.

Upon the Liturgy dismissal the Rector and altar servers performed the rite of glorification in front of the festal icon in the middle of the church. They sang the troparion, kontakion and magnification of the Meeting of the Lord.