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March 26 – April 1, 2017




4th Sunday of Lent!

St. John Climacus 

4ta Nedelja Velikog Posta!



9:20am Hours

10:00am Divine Liturgy

11:15 Sunday school

12:00pm Lunch


Wednesday March 29,

  6:00pm Akatist


    Friday March 31,

9:00am Presanctified Liturgy        


Saturday April 1,

  6:00pm Vespers

Diocesan KSS 2017 Packet (2)_001

Lazareva Subota Flyer


Eastern flyer


Fasting Guidlines during Great Lent

We Orthodox Christians, in obedience to the words of our Divine Savior, and in imitation of the saints, set aside a period of intense fasting and prayer in order to purify our spiritual senses so we may see the Holy Resurrection. Following the traditions handed to us by the saints, we abstain from all meat products, all dairy products, eggs, fish and olive oil the entire period of lent. Those who believe that we fast strictly only for the first and last week err and are not in accord with the teaching of the saints. We may have olive oil on Saturdays and Sundays and any day there is a Polyeleos. We may partake of fish only on the feast of the Annunciation and Palm Sunday.

Only those who are ill or for medical reasons are unable to fast are excused form this God-pleasing struggle. And those people may discuss the matter in confession. Children also fast to their ability, again, discussed privately with the spiritual father. Married couples may not have physical relations the entire of Great Lent. Televisions should be either unplugged or severely limited with no worldly music allowed. Families should gather in prayer more frequently and attend as many church services during the week as they possibly can. Holy Communion and Confession should be observed weekly.

To break the fast is a matter for repentance and confession. To do so by accident is understandable. To knowingly break the fast with no regard or as though fasting were unimportant is definitely a sin which must be confessed.

We can always develop elaborate defenses against fasting, but in the end, if fasting were not vital for our spiritual development, the Lord and His saints would not have commanded it. Some will say that fasting is a matter for monastics. They do not speak the truth. History shows a long practice of strict fasting for all Christians. We may say that fasting is a tool, and not the goal of the spiritual life. But, what physician would perform surgery without the beneficial use of an antiseptic or without washing his hands? What carpenter would build a house with no hammer? What gardener would tend his crops without implements? What Christian would advance to the heavenly kingdom without prayer and fasting?

There are certain days of the Holy Week cycle that have special fasting rules.

  • Great and Holy Thursday (April 28, this year) is observed as a Wine and Oil Day due to the commemoration of the institution of the Eucharist.
  • Great and Holy Saturday (April 30, this year) is observed as a Strict Fast Day – the only Saturday of the year kept as a strict fast; however, wine (but not oil) is permitted.

Additional Notes:

  1. Meals for the fast should follow the dietary restrictions and be cooked simply. Portions should be smaller than usual.
  2. Fasting on the weekdays of the first week of Great Lent is especially severe. The strictest observance would be to take only two meals during this week – one on Wednesday evening and one on Friday evening after the services scheduled for those nights – keeping Pure Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday as absolute fasts (i.e., no food whatsoever). For many this is impracticable. A good starting place to work towards the strict observance is to keep the first day of Great Lent, Pure Monday, as an absolute fast and to limit meals on the other days.
  3. It is a pious practice to observe Great and Holy Friday as an absolute fast. If one does not have the strength to do this, it is good to abstain from food until after venerating the epitaphios (winding sheet) during Vespers on this day.
  4. If you have a medical condition that requires you to relax the fasting guidelines, then do so.
  5. Before you attempt to strictly follow the fasting guidelines, consult with Fr. Nicholas. It is very easy to lose sight of the fact that fasting is merely a means to an end (that is, our salvation) and not an end in itself.
  6. Generally speaking, children and elderly people are allowed to relax the fast under the guidance of their spiritual father.




Rules for Lenten Fasting in the Orthodox Church

In order to help in your Lenten Fasting, the following is a brief description of the Lenten Fast in terms of categories of food and times of abstinence of foods from the various categories. The purpose of this outline of the regulations on fasting is to help educate you on fasting and abstinence in general. This is the "letter of the law" on fasting. It is important for you and your family to participate in the "spirit of the law", working this out with your family and even your priest for your salvation.

Categories of Foods

Category I

Meat and Meat Products (includes beef, pork, chicken, etc., as well as items which have beef gelatin [such as some commercial brands of gelatin], lard [some commercial breads and crackers], etc.)

Category II

Dairy Products (includes butter, eggs, milk, cheese, etc., as well as items containing dairy whey, milk extracts, etc.)

Category III

Fish (includes sardines, tuna, bass, trout, shark, pike, etc. but not shell fish such as lobster, shrimp, crab, oysters, scallops, clams, mussels, etc.)

Category IV

Olive Oil (according to some, this would extend to all oil) and Wine (which includes all alcoholic beverages such as whiskey, beer, etc.)

Foods Permitted throughout Lent:


Shellfish (such as lobster, shrimp, crab, oysters, scallops, clams, mussels, etc.)

Vegetables and Vegetable products (including grains [rice, wheat, flour, pasta {non-egg pasta}, etc.] vegetable gelatins, etc.)


Regulations on Fasting during Great Lent

Weekdays during Lent

Abstinence of Categories I, II, III, & IV.

No Abstinence of Shellfish, Fruit, Vegetables and Vegetable products.

During this period, we should regulate both the amount of food we consume as well as the frequency of eating. No food should be eaten between meals, and at meal times smaller quantities than normal should be eaten.

Saturdays and Sundays during Lent (*except Great Saturday on which a strict fast is kept)

Abstinence of Categories I, II & III.

No abstinence of Category IV or of Shellfish, Fruit, Vegetables and Vegetable products. On Saturdays* and Sundays during the Great Fast, the quantity and frequency of meals is not restricted.

Feast of the Annunciation (March 25) and Palm Sunday

Abstinence of Categories I, II.

No abstinence of Category III & IV or of Shellfish, Fruit, Vegetables and Vegetable products. On these Great Feasts of the Church, the quantity and frequency of meals is not restricted.

The Orthodox Church has set aside the following prescribed fasts:

  • Every Wednesday and Friday unless some important feastday takes precedence over the fast.
  • Great Lent
  • Holy Week
  • The Christmas Fast (November 15 through December 24)
  • The Fast of the Theotokos (August 1 through August 14)
  • The Fast of the Holy Apostles (Monday after All Saints Day through June 28)
  • The Elevation of the Holy Cross (September 14)
  • The Eve of Theophany (January 5)
  • The Beheading of St. John the Baptist (August 29)

Fasting is not an end in itself but a means to an end. For a Christian there is no food that is ritually clean or unclean. Jesus said, "The things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these are the things that make a person ritually unclean" (Mt. 15:18).










Welcome to Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Serbian Orthodox Church. We are glad to have you as part of the congregation and look forward to getting to know you better. This page is to help you become better acquainted with us.

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Blessed is a congregation of Western American Diocese of Serbian church in USA , under the spiritual guidance of His Grace Bishop Maxim.

Today the congregation is composed of descendants of the original Serbian settlers in Sacramento, together with Orthodox Christians from many different backgrounds including Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Bulgaria, Romania, India, Ethiopia, and Palestine (Israel). In addition, a large and growing percentage of our members are Americans of various religious backgrounds who have come to the Orthodox faith as adults.

Today the primary language of worship at our church is English and Serbian with some of the hymns sung in their original Church Slovanik.  Sunday School classes for children of all ages meet following the Divine Liturgy, with youth activities and adult Bible-study on Wednesdays and/or other nights. A coffee hour follows the Divine Liturgy, and is a time to get acquainted with the members of the parish.  A bookstore is also available, for books, gifts and Orthodox literature.

We value your presence and invite you to take part in the activities of our parish. Ask us about youth activities; KSS circle of Serbian Sisters; the choir; pledging for the financial support of the church.

As your priest I look forward to visiting with you in your home or in my office.  Please feel free to call upon me anytime if I can be of help to you.

Yours in Christ,

+Fr. Dane Popovic & Fr. Bill Weir


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