Sunday, April 07, 2024

Third Sunday of Great Lent

Veneration of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross

Martyr Kalliopios of Cilicia; repose of Tikhon, patriarch of Moscow and Enlightener of North America 

**Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great**

Thought for Today“When you stand in church, be careful not to look here and there, or curiously examine how each one of the brethren stands or sings. Rather, pay attention only to yourself and to the chanting and to your sins.” – St. Symeon the New Theologian


Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 3

Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad, for the Lord hath done a mighty act with His own arm. He hath trampled down death by death, and become the first-born from the dead. He hath delivered us from the depths of Hades, granting the world the Great Mercy.

Apolytikion for the Holy Cross Tone-1

O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance, granting to Thy people victory over all their enemies, and by the power of Thy Cross preserving Thy commonwealth.

Kontakion for Sundays in Great Lent (and Akathist Saturday) – Tone 8

To thee, the Champion Leader, do I offer thanks of victory, O Theotokos, thou who hast delivered me from terror; but as thou that hast that power invincible, O Theotokos, thou alone can set me free: from all forms of danger free me and deliver me, that I may cry unto thee: Hail, O Bride without Bridegroom.


The Epistle

O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance.

Unto Thee, O Lord, will I cry, O my God!

The Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Hebrews. (4:14-5:6)

Brethren, since we have a great High Priest, Who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast the confession. For we do not have a High Priest Who is unable to sympathize with our infirmities, but one Who in every respect has been tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. For every high priest, chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness. Because of this he is bound to offer sacrifice for his own sins as well as for those of the people. And one does not take the honor upon himself, but he is called by God, just as Aaron was. So also Christ did not exalt Himself to be made a High Priest, but was appointed by Him who said to Him,  “Thou art My Son, today I have begotten Thee.”  As He says also in another place, “Thou art a Priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek.”

The Gospel 

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark. (8:34-9:1)

The Lord said, “If any man would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” And Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God come with power.”

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.

Sunday Lenten Vespers 

Today, April 7: St. Stephen, speaker Fr. Zachariah Trent.

Sunday, April 14: John the Forerunner, speaker Fr. Peter Cox.

Sunday, April 21: St. Mary of Egypt, speaker Fr. Dragan Petrovic. 


Today, Sunday: Myrrh Bearers will meet following Divine Liturgy.

Pascha choir will be practicing today at 1:00 pm for 90 minutes.

Monday, April 83rd Hour Prayers at 9:00 am; All of you are invited for a Lenten cookout on the occasion of the total eclipse, 12 noon-4:00

pm. The Church will provide veggie burgers and you are welcome to bring sides to share!

Tuesday, April 9: 3rd Hour Prayers at 9:00 am; OCF dinner and discussion, 6:30pm at the Webb’s home.

Wednesday, April 106th Hour Prayers at12:00 noon; Presanctified Liturgy at 6:00 pm (followed by teaching).

Thursday, April 113rd Hour Prayers at9:00 am.

FridayApril 12: Presanctified Liturgy at 9:00 am; Akathist Service at 6:00 pm.

Saturday, April 13: Bible Study at the Webb’s home, 9:00 am; Great Vespers at 5:00 pm; (followed by Ask Abouna); Jr. SOYO at 3:30pm; SOYO at 6:30pm.

 Sunday, April 14Matins at9:00 am,Divine Liturgy at10:00 am;


 Birthday CelebrationJames Van Cleave (9th); Zachary Nicholas Platter (11th).

Anniversary CelebrationAurelian and Lucia Bidulescu (9th).

Memory EternalFr. Jorge; Steve; Sarah; Patriarch Neophytos (Bulgarian Patriarchate); Doug

Prayer ListCharlie;Shirley; Jim;Jan; Don and Dee; those suffering the war in Ukraine, and the Middle East; Peace talks; our nation and all nations’ leaders; schools: children, youth and personnel across the nation; Mat. Raisa; Mary Ann; Emma; Bob & Bonnie Thelen; Megan (lymphoma); Josiah; Fr. Athanasius; Jack; Christopher; Fr. Jerome; Fr. Basil; Catherine; Wadia; Jayci; Patricia; Marvin; Alice; Kitsa; Apthrodite; Kim; Kristy; Vicki;Kenzie; Dusty; Cari; Betsy; Josh; Allison; Andrew; Isaac; Leanne; Heather; Nancy; Sharon Catherine; Michael, Olga, Eileen, Soren, Kathy Lexi, Ross and Vivian; Theo; Jeremy; Dn. Lawrence, Marcia; Elias; Waded; Seraphima; Lilly’s family; Jennifer; Christy; Megan; John; Stanley; Macrina with child; Anne; Allen; Linda; Mary Barger; Allison and children; Nino with child, Kip, Erica with child, Stephanie with child, Mary with child, Meaghan with child, Alexis with child.

An excellent documentary film titled, “Sacred Alaska” will be shown at the Old National Public Theater in Evansville, IN on Sunday, April 14.  There are two showings: 1:30pm and 4:30pm.  RSVP to attend at: 


For a list of upcoming screenings around the U.S.:

To view the trailer:

 Coffee Hour Host: Melissa Barabarick with Parishioners A-B.

Next week HostWendy Carter with Parishioners C-G.

Giving Opportunities:

Our In-House Food PantryThank you for the generous support to theFood Pantry. The pantry is available to parish members as well as families and individuals in the greater Bloomington community. Donations of nonperishable items of pasta, marinara sauce, peanut

butter, canned chicken and Tuna, canned vegetables, canned fruit and soups are always welcome.

Mission Donations: We send monthly support to two missionary units in Albania, the Hoppe family and Hannah Valentine. We welcome and encourage you to contribute to their ongoing support. 

Benevolence FundDonations may be made to this fund throughout the year, and are mainly used to support families in need of help with rent and utilities payments.

Donations to the church are being made online at and by U.S mail.  Many thanks to all who continue supporting All Saints.