Cheese Fare/Forgiveness Sunday

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sunday of Forgiveness (Cheese Fare)

Uncovering of the Seven Martyrs’ Relics at the Gate of Eugenios in Constantinople;

Martyr Anthusa and Her Twelve Servants

Plan now to attend Forgiveness Vespers tonight at 5:00

as Clean Monday approaches and the Great Lenten Journey begins with prayers and alms.

Welcome, Visitors. We are blessed to greet you in the Name of our Lord.

Let us pray to the Lord: “For the suffering Christians of Syria, Palestine, Iraq, & all of the Middle East, and for those suffering in the Ukraine.”

Nourishment of the Soul: “Brethren, let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual up-building. Do not, for the sake of food, destroy the work of God. Everything is indeed clean, but it is wrong for anyone to make others fall by what he eats; it is right not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that makes your brother stumble or be upset or be weakened.” Epistle Reading for Cheese Fare Week on Saturday – Romans 14:20-21

Today’s Fundraiser is Planned to Off-set Summer Camp Costs for 7 Campers:

SOYO has prepared a meal today on Cheese Fare. Please plan to attend and donate generously.  Each camper’s fee is $650 if paid before March 1st.  After that date it is $700.  Consider how this effects the budget of a family with one or more campers! Last week’s collection totaled $588.25.

Lenten Meals/Teaching Time commence this Wednesday following the Presanctified Liturgy.  Myrrh Bearers will coordinate the meals following the service. Look in the hallway for the Signup Sheet.

Sunday School: Little Lambs and Charles’ class will meet today, but teens will be hosting the lunch.

 Boxes for Knitted Caps and Mittens/Gloves will be available throughout the winter to collect your donations for local school children.


Starting Monday, consult your All Saints Annual Calendar for Fasting Allowances during Great Lent

 Monday, February 23: The Canon of St. Andrew (A Canon of Repentance) at 6:00

Tuesday, February 24: The Canon of St. Andrew at 6:00

Wednesday, February 25: Presanctified Liturgy at 6:00 followed by Orthodoxy 101 at 7:30 “Communication in Church, Marriage and Friendship” with Dn. Seraphim Moslener as presenter

Thursday, February 26: The Canon of St. Andrew at 6:00

Friday, February 27: Akathist Hymn at 6:00 with SOYO participating and meeting afterward.

Saturday, February 28: Great Vespers at 5:00

Sunday, March 1: Sunday of Orthodoxy Matins at 8:50; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 – Bring your icons on Sunday. Children will hold their icons at the head of the procession.

March 1: Sunday of Orthodoxy Great Vespers at St. George, 10748 E.116th St. in Fishers at 5:00 p.m.


Throughout March there will be a Presanctified Liturgy each Wednesday followed by Orthodoxy 101 and a light meal, with the Akathist Hymn each Friday at 6:00.  


Happy Birthday: Averi Vicion (22nd); Blake & Casey Heil (27th); Christopher Stroguiludis (27th); Mezy Alexander (28th); Mary Barger (28th)

Name Day Blessings: St. Photini -26th – Mezy Alexander; Lilly Blair; Shirley Richardson

Memory Eternal: Kh. Marianne (20th); Bob Dye (26th); Landon; Janice (1st); Regina Marie (Deborah’s mother)

Prayer List: Fr. Gordon & Kh. Mary Sue Walker (both in ill health); Paoli victims Melissa & Children; Jean Foley & Laham family (lung cancer – friends of Lloyd & Barbara George); Bill Bauer (heart surgery); Hoppe & Moore Families (OCMC Missionaries); Peter Rozow (Pancreatic cancer); Dye Family; Vivian Orfanos; Fr. Athanasius Wilson; Natalie; Senior Saints; Ioana; Patricia; Marianne (Stephanie’s friend); Dee Haney; Galina; John G; Nicetas; Barb; Shirley; Metropolitan Paul, Archbishop John; Kh. Loretta; Fr. John Koen; Archpriests Roman, George & Stephen; Krystal & Jason; Adrian, Catherine & Marah; Heather (Charles’ daughter); Susan; Gabriella & Matt; Sara; Shelley; Fr. Moses Berry; Geni; Frank & Becky Hrisomalos; Those with child: (Kh. Kristina, Mary, Kathleen; Brooke; and Elizabeth);  Kh. Marilyn; Noah; Emily D; Emma; Kim; Nancy; Neal; Lyuda; Bob R; Alex; John; Leanne; Beth; Lillian; Julie; Roger; Virginia McCallister; Marilyn; Eric; Cheryl; Lori; Pam; Debbie; Natasha; Michael & Shelley:  Gabriel; Mary; Doug; Janet; Kelly; Matushka Raisa; John C; Marty; Charles; Eileen; Mary; Marvin, Alice; Katie; Deborah; Ruth; Steve; Kevin; Romaine; Derek, Claire & Micah; Tim; Preston; Sharon; Sherri; Dianna; Michael and Diane; Aaron; Brent; Jennifer; Brigid; Caleb; Dennis & Joyce; Ethan; Lena, Dean; Gayle; Thomas; Amy; Heidi; Gene & Connie; Cathi, family of Eddie Shoemaker (drowning victim)

 Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings                                           

 Prokeimenon: “O chant ye unto our God, chant ye.”

Verse: “Clap your hands, all ye nations! Psalm 46:6,1

Epistle: The Reading is from Saint Paul’s Epistle to the Romans. (13:11-14:4)

BRETHREN, now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.  The night is far spent, the day is at hand.  Let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.  Let us walk becomingly, as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in chambering and licentiousness, not in strife and jealousy.  But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh to fulfill its lusts.

But as for the one who is weak in faith, receive him, but not for disputes over opinions.  For one believes he may eat anything; but the weak person eats herbs.  Let not him who eats  despise him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him who eats; for God has received him.  Who are you to be the judge over the servant of a stranger?  To his own master he either stands or falls; but he will be made to stand; for God is able to make him stand.                  

Gospel: The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (6:14-21)

THE LORD SAID TO HIS DISCIPLES, “If you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.  And when you fast do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men.  Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.  But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by men but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father Who sees in secret will reward you.  Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

Divine Liturgy Variables

Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 4

Having learned the joyful message of the Resurrection from the angel, the women disciples of the Lord cast from them their parental condemnation. And proudly broke the news to the Disciples, saying: Death hath been spoiled; Christ God is risen, granting the world Great Mercy.

Kontakion for Forgiveness Sunday – Tone 6

O Thou Who guides to wisdom, and givest understanding and intelligence, the Instructor of the ignorant, and Helper of the poor, strengthen my heart and grant it understanding, O Master. Give me word, O Word of the Father; for behold, I shall not refrain my lips from crying to Thee, O merciful One, have mercy upon me who am fallen..

Holy Communion

Communion: We invite you to receive the Holy Eucharist if you are an Orthodox Christian who has prepared yourself through fasting, prayer, and recent confession.  If you are not Orthodox, or are Orthodox but have not prepared, we invite you to receive a piece of the blessed bread in the wooden bowls held by the altar servers at the front of the church.

Communion Line: The choir goes first in both lines so members may continue ministering through music during communion. Little Lambs Sunday School follows. The ushers then assist each row from front to back.  Those in the overflow behind the choir may follow adjacent rows.