Forgiveness Sunday and Week One of Great Lent

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Sunday of Forgiveness (Cheese Fare)

Tonight’s Forgiveness Vespers will begin at 5:00.

Watch local weather forecasts for possible changes to schedules.

We commemorate today Martyr Hesychios the Senator; Theodotos, bishop of Cyrene in Cyprus;

Virgin-martyr Euthalia of Sicily; and Arsenios, bishop of Tver.

 Visitors, you are honored guests at All Saints.  Please stay for the social hour.


Nourishment of the Soul: “Fasting is an admirable thing, but it is more admirable to forgive insults. Through fasting a man is preparing for charity, but by forgiving insults, a man shows charity. Fasting precedes forgiveness, but fasting alone does  not, save without forgiveness.”  St. Nicholai of Zica

Choir Practice begins today for the Sunday of Orthodoxy and for Holy Pascha. Singers, if you are not on Director Linda Barrett’s email, please notify her.

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 follow. The ushers then assist each row from front to back.  Those seated in the over-flow may follow an adjacent row.

Confession: Confessions are heard Wednesday and Saturday evenings half an hour before services or by appointment during the week.

Orthodoxy 101 on Wednesday: Did you know that the teaching of our archdiocese is that every communicant in good standing should go to confession a minimum of four times per year? Did you know that every Orthodox Christian is expected to confess their sins during great Lent? Do you know how to properly confess?  This week at Orthodoxy 101, following the Presanctified Gifts Liturgy, Father Peter Jon will speak about confession and work to answer all of your questions on that subject.


House Blessings continue by request.


Enclosed in today’s bulletin is an important directive by His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP: In short, after Holy Unction services, priests will no longer send home bottles of blessed oil as done in the past.  Since holy unction is a sacrament, only priests should administer the healing oil both in the services and in homes.


Last week’s Fundraiser for Syrian Orphans: The Myrrh Bearers would like to thank all of the parishioners who donated money.  Your generosity netted $2,479.00.  If you were not here last Sunday and would like to donate, designate Syrian Orphan Fund on the memo line of your check to All Saints and drop it in the collection basket any time during the Lenten season. Also, we offer a big thank you to Alicia Barrett for preparing the dinner and to all who helped serving and cleaning-up. Jan Gudaitis, Myrrh Bearer treasurer


March is Women’s Month in our archdiocese.

Myrrh Bearers will serve by reading the epistle and passing the collection trays.

Monday, March 3: Great Lent begins with the Canon of St. Andrew at 6:00

Tuesday, March 4: Canon of St. Andrew at 6:00

Wednesday, March 5: Presanctified Liturgy at 6:00; 0rthodoxy 101 at 7:40

Thursday, March 6:Canon of St. Andrew at 6:00

Friday, March 7: Akathist Hymn (Madayeh) at 6:00

Saturday, March 8: Great Vespers at 5:00

Sunday, March 9: Matins at 8:50; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 –Sunday of Orthodoxy- Children’s Procession with Icons – Men’s Group meets.

Sunday, March 9: Sunday of Orthodoxy Lenten Vespers – Holy Trinity – 5:00 + Fellowship


The complete Lenten Vespers flyer is in the hall.

March 9: Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers at Holy TrinityAll Saints provides 2 gallons of  hummus.

March 11: Women’s Bible Study at Kh. Marilyn’s home – 7:00 p.m.

March 13: Bedford Mitchell Fellowship – 10:00 a.m. to noon

March 23: Lenten Vespers at All Saints at 5 p.m. (We provide a fellowship meal.) 

Happy BirthdayDeacon Lawrence (3rd); Polina Mullis (5th); Alice Piercefield (6th)


Memory Eternal: Dorothy (catechumen Aaron’s grandmother); Dolly (Feb.1st)

Prayer List: Vicki Gans; Alex (Albert) Alexander; Deacon Lawrence; Metropolitan Paul, Archbishop John, Mother Pelagia and her nuns and orphans, Danica D’Onofrio; Kh. Loretta Wilson; Chad & Connie; Beth; Jeffry Ellis; Lillian Miller; Dee; Julie; Roger; Stephanie; Virginia McCallister; Marilyn; Eric; Marna; Cheryl; Lori; Pam; Debbie; Natasha; Ioana; Geni Gritton; Michael & Shelley: Leanne; Jill Patterson; Gabriel; Mary; Alex; Doug; Janet; Kelly; Pete; Phillip; Patricia; Matushka Raisa; John C; Marty; John; Charles; Fr. John Koen; Archpriests Alexander and Roman; Eileen; Mary; Marvin, Alice; Katie; Bob R; Deborah; Ruth; Steve; Kevin; Romaine; Steven; Mary; Derek, Claire & Micah; Tim; Preston; Sharon; Sherri; Dianna; Victor; Aaron; Brent; Christy; Jennifer; Brigid; Caleb; Korene.

Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings 

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

Verse:Clap your hands, all ye nation!” Psalm 46:6, 1

Epistle: The Reading is from St. 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 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.