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Newsletter for March, 2002

Dear Friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

Greetings once more in the Grace and Peace of our Lord Jesus Christ!

Once more we stand together on the verge of the Season of Great and Holy Lent. Every year a sense of wonder touches our hearts as we take part in these days guiding us up to Lent. In anticipation, our hearts begin to set aside worldly thoughts and our activities (as best we are able) become more oriented to fasting, prayer, and alms-giving. The time of preparation begins with the Sunday of the Pharisee and the Publican and is followed by the Sunday of the Prodigal Son which is one week before the Sunday of Forgiveness — the beginning of Lent. I have brought together the familiar hymns of these two Sundays of preparation to help to prepare us for this new Season.

SUNDAY OF THE
PHARISEE AND
THE PUBLICAN

Like the Publican, in sorrow,
Let us cry to Christ in need;
Let us fall, repentant sinners,
At the Master's holy feet.

He desires the full salvation
Of the humble race of man;
By His grace He grants forgiveness
To His creatures who repent.

For our sake He took our nature,
Lived as man in human flesh;
Yet remaining God eternal,
With the Father, Ever-Blest.

SUNDAY OF THE
PRODIGAL SON

In foolishness I squandered
Your gift and presence, Lord,
And in my sin I wasted
The wealth of Your reward;
Now crying out in sorrow,
As did the Prodigal,
I cry to You, O Father,
My sin surpasses all.

O All-compassionate Father,
Against whom I have sinned,
Accept me in repentance,
And cleanse my soul within;
Forgive my careless living,
O good and gracious Lord,
And make me as Your servant,
I ask for nothing more.

THE CORRESPONDENCE STUDIES PROGRAM
For the new year, we have added a new course to the Correspondence Studies Program — one we reference as:

CTHS 340: ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY — A SURVEY
The goal of this course is to provide the student with a grasp of the fundamental basis of Orthodox Christian Theology. Theology is defined within the context of what the word itself suggests: a study of God's words and works, as well as His intent in creating mankind and His ultimate goal for each of us - our redemption and eternal salvation in His Kingdom to Come.

Our Correspondence Program continues to grow, with new students added each month — in fact, even weekly at times. Students hear about us from all sorts of sources, and we regularly get students who sign up through our website. Let us know if you have any questions.

THE ORTHODOX STUDY BIBLE: OLD TESTAMENT PROJECT
We are very close having in our headquarters all of the first drafts of translations, studynotes, and articles for the Orthodox Study Bible: Old Testament Project. Already we are doing first level editing in anticipation of our upcoming meeting of the Editors this summer. This first meeting will include just the four general editors as we carefully map out our progress. We ask for and need your assistance and gifts for this to come together.

We, at St. Athanasius Academy, like Orthodox Christians everywhere, are constantly called upon to help those we serve come ever closer to the fullness of the Faith offered to all by God within His Church. Please help us to continue in this mission and may our work always make you proud to be a member of our team. And always know, we are most appreciative of the prayers and the gifts that you, our friends, provide. Thank you for your continued loyalty.

In Christ our Lord,

Fr. Jack

P.S. As we approach Lent, who better to help prepare us than the true model of Martyrdom for Christ, St. Ignatius.

St. Ignatius, FOR CHRIST AND THE CHURCH
See your enclosed Coupon to order this booklet - for yourself and your friends.

Keep the Light within Shining Outward
for all to Witness and be Joyful!

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