Sunday, April 10, 2016
Fourth Sunday of Great Lent
Commemoration of John Climacus, Author of “The Ladder”
Martyrs Terence and Pompey of Carthage and those with them; New-hieromartyr Gregory V, patriarch of Constantinople; New-martyr Demas of Smyrna
Nourishment of the Soul: “When you pray, see to it that you have a peaceful disposition. It is the most important precondition for fruitful prayer.” – Elder Efstatios of Glinsk
Fr. Radoslav Filipovich will serve today during Matins and Divine Liturgy in Fr. Peter Jon’s absence.
Supper following Presanctified Liturgies: We need one additional volunteer for Thursday, April 14th and for Wednesday, April 20th. Please note that Wednesday and Thursday evening services this week differ from the usual schedule.
Thursday’s O101:”The Mystery of Holy Unction,” taught by Fr. Peter Jon, follows the Presanctified Liturgy.
Prison Ministry: The Orthodox inmates at the prison in Carlisle, IN would like 3 Orthodox Study Bibles for their small library and could also use select other titles. If you would like to contribute to this effort as part of your Lenten offering, please make checks payable to All Saints with “Prison Ministry” in the memo.
Tonight, Lenten Vespers will be at St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church at 5 pm. This year’s theme is “The Church as the Ark of Our Salvation.” Fr. Zachariah Trent is the homilist. A fellowship hour follows.
Refugee Packet Donations through OCMC: Please put donations in the hallway. You may select from the following list, either all items or a few. Hand towel, washcloth, comb, metal nail file or clipper, bar of soap in original wrapping, toothbrush, band-aids. April Blair is the contact person.
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.
We warmly welcome you to All Saints.
Choir Practice is scheduled for today to practice music for Great and Holy Pascha.
Those planning to sing at Pascha should attend all meetings.
THIS Busy WEEK
Father and his family return Monday evening.
Fasting from Meat, Meat Products, and Dairy continues throughout Great Lent.
Tuesday, April 12: Women’s Bible Study at 7:00 at the home of Kh. Marilyn
Wednesday, April 13: The Life of St. Mary within the Canon of St. Andrew at 6:00
Thursday Morning, April 14: Bedford-Mitchell Fellowship at 10:00 at the Haney’s home
Thursday Afternoon, April 14: Women’s Bible Study 3-5pm at Becky Hrisomalos’ home
Thursday Evening, April 14: Presanctified Liturgy at 6:00 – Orthodoxy 101 follows around 8:00.
Friday, April 15: Akathist to the Mother of God at 6:00
Saturday, April 16: Great Vespers at 5:00
Sunday, April 17: Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 – Choir Practice
…April 22-23: Lazarus Eve and Lazarus Saturday morning baptism and chrismations followed by indoor/outdoor clean up day in preparation for Holy Week
…April 24: Palm Sunday and first service of Holy Week in the evening
…April 25-30: Holy Week
…April 30 (May 1): Holy Pascha
…May 1-8: Turn in donations to Food for Hungry People, payable to All Saints.
Anniversary Blessings: Dan and Gala M (14th)
Birthday Greetings: Subdn Jon (Jeff) W (14th); Marvin P (15th)
Name Day Blessing: Subdeacon Jon (St. John of Vilna – 14th); Ayris F (St. Anastasia – 16th)
Memory Eternal: Kh. Jedonne Rhudy (21st); Elizabeta (March11th); Hendrix Steele (23rd); Shaylyn (22nd); Cathy (27th); Nassif Saliba (30th)-Brother of Met. Philip of Blessed Memory)
Prayer List : “For the suffering Christians of Syria, Palestine, Iraq, & all of the Middle East, and for those suffering in the Ukraine.” Leslie (paralysis); Jasmine; Deborah & Thomas; Amal; Iva.; John G; Anastasiya Dudar’s family in Australia; James; Alex John; Jason; Steve D; Dee; Becky H.; Alexis T. ;Tom; Jake; Annie; Catherine; Janett; Jill; Kh. Kristina; Angie; Julian; Kh. Mary Sue Walker; Vicki; Hoppes in Albania, Jesse Brandow in Guatemala (OCMC Missionaries); Vivian; Natalie; Senior Saints; Patricia; Dee H; Nicetas; Barb; Shirley; Metropolitan Paul, Archbishop John; Kh. Loretta; Fr. John Koen; Archpriests George & Stephen; Adrian; Heather; Susan; Gabriella & Matt; Sara; Shelley; Geni; Those with child: Rachel B, Jessica with twins, Anastasia Hope, and Anastasiya D; Emily D; Emma; Kim; Nancy; Neal; Lyuda; Bob R; Leanne; Beth; Lillian; Julie; Roger; Virginia; 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
Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings
Prokeimenon: The Lord will give strength to His people.”
Verse: “Bring unto the Lord, ye sons of God; Bring unto the Lord glory and honor!”
Epistle: The Reading is from St. Paul’s Epistle to the Hebrews. (6:13-20)
Brethren, when God made a promise to Abraham, since He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, “Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.” And thus, having patiently endured, he obtained the promise. For people indeed swear by what is greater, and in every dispute of theirs the oath is final for confirmation.
So when God, being minded to show more abundantly to the heirs of the promise the immutability of His counsel, He interposed it with an oath, that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, we, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope that is set before us; a hope, which we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and entering into “that which is within the veil,” where Jesus entered as a Forerunner on our behalf, having become a High Priest “forever according to the order of Melchizedek.”
Gospel: The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark. (9:16-30)
At that time, a man came to Jesus, kneeling down and saying unto him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a dumb spirit. And wherever it seizes him, it dashes him down; and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid; and I asked Thy Disciples to cast it out, and they were not able.” And Jesus answered them, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to Me.” And they brought the boy to Him; and when the spirit saw Jesus, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth.
And Jesus asked his father, “How long has he had this?” And he said, “From childhood. And it has often cast him into the fire and into the water, to destroy him; but if Thou canst do anything, have pity on us and help us.” And Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You dumb and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him, and never enter him again.” And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse; so that most of them said, “He is dead.” But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose.
And when Jesus had entered the house, His Disciples asked Him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” And Jesus said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting.”
They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And Jesus would not have anyone know it; for He was teaching His Disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man will be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill Him; and after He is killed, He will rise on the third day.”
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.
Apolytikion of St. John Climacus – Tone 8
The barren wilderness thou didst make fertile with the streams of thy tears; and by thy deep sighing thou hast given fruit through thy struggles a hundredfold. Accordingly, thou hast become a star for the universe, sparkling with miracles. Therefore, O righteous Father John Climacus, intercede with Christ God to save our souls.
Kontakion for the Great Lent – Tone 8 (O Victorious Leader)
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.
St. Basil’s Megalynarion (instead of It is Truly Meet – (Text will vary from that printed here.)
In thee rejoiceth, O full of grace, all creation: the angelic hosts, and the race of men, O hallowed Temple and noetic paradise, glory of Virgins, of whom God was incarnate and became a little child, even our God Who is before all the ages; for He made thy womb a throne, and thy body He made more spacious than the heavens. In thee rejoiceth, O full of grace, all creation; and it glorifieth thee.