February 8 — Sunday of the Prodigal

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Sunday of the Prodigal

After-Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord into the Temple

Great-martyr Theodore the General (‘Stratelates’); Prophet Zachariah; Sabbas the Second, archbishop of Serbia; the Holy and Righteous Mothers of the Three Hierarchs Emmelia, Nona and Anthousa.

Visitors, we are blessed by your joining us in worship and fellowship.

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: “Do not establish your previously committed sins in your soul by thinking about them so that they not be repeated in you. Be assured that they were forgiven you from the time that you gave yourself to God and to repentance. In that, do not doubt.” –  St. Anthony the Great

Fundraisers Planned to Off-set Summer Camp Costs: Myrrh Bearers will prepare a meal next Sunday, February 15 on Meat Fare, and SOYO campers will prepare one on Cheese Fare, February 22nd. 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 what this is for a family with one or more campers! This is just the beginning of camp expense and does not include travel expenses or purchases made at camp. According to the website, the camp is filling up fast with some sessions full.

Sunday School for those in Grades One through 12 meets after Divine Liturgy.

 HOUSE BLESSINGS — 1 WEEK LEFT! Choose a time on the sign-up sheet in the hall, or contact Father Peter Jon directly if these times will not work with your schedule.  He hopes to bless every home in the parish before Great Lent begins.

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

Saturday of Souls lists should be emailed or handed to Father Peter Jon by Friday, February 13. Please indicate Orthodox and Non-Orthodox with your lists.


 Tuesday, February 10: Bible Study with Kh. Marilyn at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 11: Daily Vespers at 6:00 – Orthodoxy 101 at 7:00 “Orthdoxy and Other Religions” with Dr. John Craton as presenter

Thursday, February 12: Bedford-Mitchell Fellowship 10:00 –  Noon at the Haney’s home

Thursday, February 12: Skating with All Saints skaters at Western Skateland on West 17th Street, 6:30 to 8:30: Admission cost is $4 for skaters and watchers! Stephanie is the contact person

Friday, February 13: SOYO at 6:00 with Compline at 7:30

Saturday, February 14: Saturday of Souls Liturgy at 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, February14: Great Vespers at 5:00

Sunday, February 15: Matins at 8:50; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 – Parish Council and Meat Fare Fundraising meal for our 7 or more Antiochian Village campers.


 Saturday, February 21: Adult Discussion group meets with Deacon Seraphim.

Sunday, February 22: Fundraiser meal on Cheese Fare to support our Antiochian Village campers.

Sunday, February 22: Forgiveness Vespers at 5 p.m.

Monday, February 23: Great Lenten Journey begins.

 Happy Birthday: Jad Labban (8th); Deb Dye (12th);Jan Gudaitis (13th)

Name Day Blessings: Rachel Leininger (8th – St. Emmelia); Marcia Baldwin (13th – St Priscilla);

Memory Eternal: Marianne Dye (26th); Anthony (28th); Korene (9th); Ann Freije (9th); Daniel Berg (10th); Kh. Marianne (20th);  Bob Dye (26th); Landon; Janice (1st)

Prayer List: Fr. Athanasius Wilson; Natalie; Ioana; Patricia; Marianne (Stephanie’s friend); Dye Family; 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: “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 Saint 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 fornication! Every sin that a person commits is outside the body, but whoever commits fornication sins against his own body.  Or, do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within 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 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 2

When Thou didst submit thyself unto death, O Thou deathless and Immortal One, then Thou didst destroy hell with Thy Godly power.  And when Thou didst raise the dead from beneath the earth, all the powers of Heaven did cry aloud unto Thee: O Christ, Thou giver of life, glory to Thee.

Apolytikion of the Presentation – Tone 1

Rejoice, O virgin Theotokos, full of grace, for from thee arose the Sun of justice, Christ our God, lighting those who are in darkness,  Rejoice and be glad, O righteous elder, carrying in thine arms the Deliverer of our souls, Who granteth us Resurrection..

Kontakion of the Presentation of Christ – Tone 1

Thou, O Christ God, Who by Thy birth, didst sanctify the Virgin’s womb, and, as is meet, didst bless Simeon’s arms, and didst also come to save us; preserve Thy fold in wars, and confirm them whom Thou didst love, for Thou alone art the Lover of mankind..

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.