The paschal season of the Church is preceded by the season of Great Lent, which is also preceded by its own liturgical preparation. The first sign of the approach of Great Lent comes five Sundays before its beginning. On this Sunday the Gospel reading is about Zacchaeus the tax-collector. It tells how Christ brought salvation to the sinful man, and how his life was changed simply because he "sought to see who Jesus was" (Luke 19:3). The desire and effort to see Jesus begins the entire movement through Lent towards Pascha. It is the first movement of salvation.
St. Melany’s is an Eastern Catholic Church of the ancient Byzantine tradition. Our liturgy, spirituality, discipline and theology are Orthodox in practice. Our church is in full communion with the Bishop of Rome and is under the jurisdiction of the Most Reverend Gerald N. Dino, Bishop of the Eparchy of Phoenix. All Catholics may fulfill their Sunday obligation by participating in our Divine Liturgy.