On April 24, on Holy and Great Wednesday, when the Church commemorates the betrayal of Judas, our Parish held a service of the last Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts in this year. It was headed by our Rector, Archpriest Igor Tarasov.
Following the dismissal of the Liturgy the Rector preached a homily about the significance of this day of the Holy Week. Referring to the Gospel lesson of this day, he pointed out that the Disciples of Christ became indignant when they witnessed a woman who washed the feet of Jesus with costly fragrant oil. They said that this oil could be sold and the costs given to the poor. But Jesus said that they were wrong. The woman did the right thing which was to be remembered by the followers of Christ and mentioned in the Gospel. Although it is very important to help the poor, we have to set our priorities in order to care about heavenly and spiritual things first. We should also be watchful about our choices, so we may not resemble Judas who betrayed Christ. We may also betray Him by our sins and ungrateful attitude.
After the service in the temple the Rector accompanied by our Warden and Choir Director, Olga Roussanow visited our sick parishioner Natalia (Dolores) Soho at her home and administered Holy Sacraments of Penance and Communion to her. Fr. Igor and Olga assured Natalia in our prayers for her recovery and in our desire to see her back in the church.