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Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee

Sunday, February 21st 
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Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee

The parable in today's Gospel (Luke 18:9-14) sheds some light on our attitude in offering prayers to God. The Pharisee, a righteous man in the eyes of the community, and a tax collector, a self-confessed wicked and sinful man, go to the Temple to offer their prayers to God...

In preparation for the holy season of Great Lent we have entered the ecclesiastical season of the Triodion.  Over the next four weeks we will have the opportunity to build our spiritual strength so that we may truly enter Great Lent with the hope that it will be a pilgrimage that leads us to the life in Jesus Christ our Risen Lord, God and Savior.  There are three steps that will need to be taken by each of us and these steps begin today! 
1.) Pursue truth of God and contemplate His meaning in your life
2) Pursue truth of neighbor and you will find compassion
3) Pursue truth of self and you will find humility. 

If we can truly take these three steps, our prayers and our entire lives will become more real, more Christian, more one with God.  Amen!

Dear Faithful of Annunciation,
As we continue to worship while still adhering to COVID-19 precautions and safety measures, please remember that regular social distancing and wearing of masks will be closely followed on our parish grounds.

Late Friday evening, February 6th, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the South Bay United Pentecost Church v. Gavin Newsom, Governor of California, stating that California can no longer continue with a ban on indoor church services. This is the second ruling in the past few months in which the Supreme Court has upheld the constitutional right of religious freedom.  While the ruling was in favor of Churches in the State of California, the state can limit worship to 25% occupancy, which is at least at par with similar businesses/infrastructures. 

With this ruling as our legal protection, and with the number of cases decreasing in the Greater Sacramento area, we are excited to welcome you back into our physical church building to pray and worship.  

It was wonderful to see you in church, and to hear your voices as we prayed to Christ, our Immortal King and God!  Please join us to pray the Small Paraklesis to the Theotokos, every Wednesday at 6:00 pm.  

If you are able, healthy, and comfortable, we invite you to pray and celebrate with us, in person, in church.  Masks, contact tracing, and social distancing protocols will, of course, be in place. 
As always, our services will continue to be broadcast via our live-stream.

We look forward to praying and celebrating with you in person this week, as well as this Sunday, February 21st for the Divine Liturgy and the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee (the first day of the Triodion period)
With love in Christ,
Fr. James Retelas 
Presiding Priest

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