February 11-12, 2017 – Weekend with His Grace Bp. ANTHONY

 Saturday Events

Saturday, February 11: Building Committee Meeting with His Grace at 2:15

Saturday, February 11: Parish Council Meeting with His Grace at 3:15

Saturday, February 11: Great Vespers at 4:30

Saturday, February 11: Following Great Vespers,  Banquet with His Grace and Fr. Nabil, visiting clergy, parishioners and friends as we honor Fr. Peter Jon’s 10th year as our priest and the 11th year since his ordination.

 Sunday, February 12, 2017

Sunday of the Prodigal Son

Meletios, archbishop of Antioch; New-martyr Christos of Constantinople;

Alexis, metropolitan of Moscow

Today we welcome His Grace Bishop ANTHONY.

Nourishment of the Soul: “Man’s chief aim should be to find God.  In finding God, he finds true happiness.”- Elder Joseph the Hesychast

Notes from the Choir: The choir  would  appreciate those needing to enter or exit the nave during liturgy, not to do so through the curtains into the kitchen and thus through the choir. In addition, the choir will approach the chalice, first in line followed by the children in the pre-school class. Thank you..

Coffee Hour Donors for Sundays in February: Feb. 12th Taste of All Saints pitch-in; Feb. 19th Youth Campers; Feb. 26th I-Z (by first letter of Last Name).

House Blessings: Contact Fr. Peter Jon, or visit the sign-up sheet in the hallway before Great Lent.

Basket Collection on the last Sunday of the month supports  the Antiochian Women’s Annual Project. See the insert to learn all the ways this project benefits so many.

Doctoral Recital: I would like to invite the church family to a concert that I’m conducting on Wednesday, Feb. 15th, at 8pm  in Auer Hall on IU’s campus. This is my final doctoral recital at IU.  I’ll be conducting Gabriel Faure’s Requiem (Latin Mass for the departed). It’s a 40-minute long work with 150 singers, baritone and soprano soloists, and an orchestra.  It promises to be an exciting performance! –  Caleb Lewis

Fundraiser Next Sunday: Those planning to attend Antiochian Village Summer Camp will favor us with a meal during Social Hour.  Camp fees are due in early March if the $50 discount for each camper is deducted from the $750 fee for two weeks. Please support our youth in this experience that affects their lives in many positive ways.

Orthodoxy 101 on Wednesday, February 15th: Fr. Peter Jon’s topic will be ‘Great Lent: an Overview & the Prayer of Manasseh.’

Saturday of Souls: Next Saturday (Feb 18th) is the Saturday of Souls, when we gather at a liturgy to remember and pray for our beloved ones departed this life. Please email Fr. Peter Jon (by Friday the 17th at 5:00 p.m.) your list of departed family and friends broken into categories of “Orthodox” or “non-Orthodox.” You may also fill out a remembrance sheet and leave it on the memorial table at the front of the church.


Tuesday, February 14: Bible Study at Kh. Marilyn’s home 7pm-9pm

Wednesday, February 15:  Daily Vespers at 6:00 – O101 follows.

Thursday, February 16: Bedford-Mitchell, St. John of Kronstadt Fellowship at the Haney’s – 10am-Noon

Thursday, February16: Bible Study at Becky Hrisomalos’s home with Kh. Marilyn leading  3-5p.m.

Saturday, February 18:Saturday of Souls Liturgy at 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, February 18: Great Vespers at 5:00

Sunday, February 19: Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 – Teen Camper fundraiser meal provided.


February 24: Akathist to the Protection of the Theotokos at 6:00

February 26: Antiochian Women’s Project Collection – “Strengthening the Ministries of Our Church”

February 26: Forgiveness Vespers on Sunday evening at 5:00


Birthday Greetings: Deb D (12th); Jan G (13th); Alicia Barrett (16th); Ayris F (18th); Abe L (18th)

Blessed Name Day: Marcia B (St. Priscilla – 13th)

Memory Eternal:  Greg; Dennis (12th);  Edgar;  Norma; Florence; Mat. Juliana Schmemann

Prayer List : “For the suffering Christians of Syria, Palestine, Iraq, & all of the Middle East, and for those suffering in Ukraine.” Alex John; Fr. Steven Rudy (cancer); Finley (infant girl child with stroke and spasms); Subdn. Daniel; Fr. Basil; Fr. Philip;  Grant (Leukemia); Chris; Doug & Dorothy Barrett; Eileen & Olga & Michael; the Tabbals; Mary Ann & Jen; Dee and Don;  Kh.Kristina; Betsy and Hannah; Leslie (paralysis); Jasmine; Deborah & Thomas; James; Becky H; Tom; Annie; Catherine; Janett;  Julian; Kh. Mary Sue Walker; Vicki; Hoppes &  Jesse Brandow (Missionaries); Vivian; Natalie; Senior Saints; Patricia; Nicetas; Barb; Shirley; Metropolitan Paul, Archbishop John; Fr. John Koen; Archpriest George; Adrian; Heather; Susan; Gabriella & Matt; Sara; Shelley; Geni; Emily D; Emma; Nancy; Neal; Bob R;  Leanne; Beth; Lillian; Julie; Roger; Virginia; Marilyn; Eric; Cheryl; Lori; Pam; Debbie; Natasha; Michael & Shelley: Gabriel; Mary; Janet; Kelly; Matushka Raisa; Marty; Charles; Mary; Marvin, Alice; Katie; Ruth; Steve; Romaine; Derek, Claire & Micah; Tim; Sharon; Sherri; Dianna; Michael and Diane; Aaron; Brent; Jennifer; Brigid; Ethan; Lena, Dean; Gayle; Thomas; Amy; Heidi; Gene & Connie, Caleb D; Megan & Colin; Bill & Sandy; Sabrina.

Receiving the Eucharist: 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.

        Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings

Prokeimenon: “Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us.”

Verse: “Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous!  Psalm 32:22, 1

Epistle: The Reading is from St. Paul’s First  Epistle to the Corinthians. (6:12-20)

            Brethren, all things are lawful for me, but not all things are expedient.  All Things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the authority of anything.  Foods are for the belly, and the belly for foods; but God will destroy both it and them.  Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body; and God both raised up the Lord, and will also raise us up through His power.  Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ?  Shall I therefore take away the members of Christ, and make them members of a harlot?  God forbid!  Or, do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her?  For, “The two,” He says, “shall become one flesh.” But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit.  Flee fornications!  Every sin that a person commits is outside the body, but whoever commits fornications sins against his own body.  Or, do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit with you, whom you have received from God, and that you are not your own?  For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.

Gospel: The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (15:11-32)

The Lord spoke this parable: “There was a man who had two sons; and the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that falls to me.’ And he divided his living between them. Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took his journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in loose living. And when he had spent everything, a great famine arose in that country, and he began to be in want. So he went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would gladly have fed on the pods that the swine ate; and no one gave him anything.

But when he came to himself he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, but I perish here with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired servants.”’

And he arose and came to his father. But while he was yet at a distance, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet; and bring the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry; for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to make merry.

Now his elder son was in the field; and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called one of the servants and asked what this meant. And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has received him safe and sound.’ But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, but he answered his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command; yet you never gave me a kid that I might make merry with my friends. But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your living with harlots, you killed for him the fatted calf!’ And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. It was fitting to make merry and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.’”

Divine Liturgy Variables

Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 1

While the stone was sealed by the Jews, and the soldiers were guarding Thy most pure body, Thou didst arise on the third day, O Savior, granting life to the world.  For which cause the heavenly powers cried aloud unto Thee, O Giver of Life. Glory to Thy Resurrection, O Christ; Glory to Thy Kingdom,; Glory to Thy Providence, O Thou Who alone art the lover of mankind.

Kontakion for the Prodigal Son – Tone 3

Foolishly I sprang away * from Thy great fatherly glory, * and dispersed in wicked deeds * the riches that Thou didst give me. * With the Prodigal I therefore * cry unto Thee now: * I have sinned against Thee, O compassionate Father. * But receive me in repentance; * make me as one of * Thy hired servants, O Lord.

Hierarchical Trisagion- Holy God: Enjoy the beautiful antiphonal variations of the clergy and the choir.


The Antiochian Women are excited to announce the theme of our 2017 Project:
“Strengthening the Ministries of our Church.” This theme is a distillation of the sweeping vision which Metropolitan Joseph readily shared with us at the summer meetings in July, 2016. His Eminence spoke with farsighted boldness and passion about the many challenges and opportunities which lay before our God-protected Archdiocese. His vision is of a vigorous Church actively proclaiming our faith in Jesus Christ and lovingly ministering to the broken world around us. This is already a description of the ministries in many of our parishes, but to keep moving forward while broadening our active ministries, we must reinforce and strengthen our foundations.

(Note to all parishes: Please send the money you collect for the 2017 Project to your Antiochian Women diocesan treasurer by June 1, 2017… 

           This year’s Project gives us an opportunity to make a significant contribution to strengthen the fundamental ministries of our Archdiocese…The funds we raise this year will go to strengthen the following ministries in our Archdiocese: planning senior housing projects; founding missions; supporting seminarians; encouraging youth ministries; protecting the unborn; teaching the Faith; caring for the elderly and those in prisons, nursing homes and hospitals; helping to feed, house, and clothe the poor; and inspiring monastic vocations.

As the quote from Isaiah assures us, it is God’s strength which will enable us to “make firm” the foundation of His Church. (Ephesians 2:19–20) His Eminence has given us perhaps the most far-reaching and wide-ranging challenge of any Project to date. It is a tremendous challenge. God has inspired Sayidna Joseph with this vision; God will strengthen us to do our part. Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory forever!