Sunday, April 2, 2017

Friday Evening Reminders

The final Akathiston of Great Lent at 6:00.

 An Invitation: The Webbs invite you to join the OCF students at a showing of the movie “Ostrov” (The Island) in their home on Friday March 31, following the Akathist prayers.  “Somewhere in Northern Russia in a small Russian Orthodox monastery lives an unusual man whose bizarre conduct confuses his fellow monks, while others who visit the island believe that the man has the power to heal, exorcise demons and foretell the future.” It is in Russian with English subtitles, and has won many awards, including best feature film in Russian in 2007. It is challenging spiritually and is beautifully crafted.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Fifth Sunday of Great Lent

Commemoration of our Righteous Mother Mary of Egypt

Venerable Titus the wonderworker; Virgin-martyr Theodora of Palestine;

Martyrs Amphianos and Aidesios of Lydia

Visitors, you are always welcome here.

 Nourishment of the Soul: “I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy.  I woke and I saw that life is all service; I served and I saw that service is joy.”- Kahlil Gibran

Tonight at 5:00:  Sunday, April 2: Lenten Vespers will be at St. Stephen’s in Indy, 1435 N. Medford.

Confession: Orthodox Christians come to confession during Great Lent. If you haven’t taken the opportunity for this Mystery of Healing yet this season, please contact Fr. Peter Jon to setup a time this week. Holy Week is very busy with services morning and night, so please plan to confess before Palm Sunday. If you need help preparing, father is happy to assist.

O101: The last O101 of the spring is on Wednesday.

Coffee Hour Foods: Contributors this Sunday are those whose last names start with A-Ba.

Food for Hungry People Program: Make checks payable to All Saints, and we will send one check after Holy Pascha.


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.

Choir News: Today, April 2 is the last practice before Palm Sunday and Holy Week. Attendance is vital for those singing at Pascha.


 Wednesday, April 5:  Presanctified Liturgy at 6:00 – O101 follows.

Thursday, April 6: Bible Study at Becky’s home with Kh. Marilyn leading –  3-5:00 pm

Friday, April 7:  Canon to St. Lazarus at 6:00

Saturday, April 8: Chrismation/ Liturgy at 10 am – Workday follows to prepare for Palm Sunday and  Holy Week . A light lunch is being provided.

Saturday, April 8: Great Vespers at 5:00

Sunday, April 9: Palm Sunday Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 – Procession with Palms/Branches

Sunday, April 9: The First Bridegroom Service of Holy Week at 5:00


 April 10-14: Holy Week -Sunday through  Friday-  there are services at 9am each morning and at

6 pm each evening, with the Friday afternoon service at 3pm.

April 15: Vesperal Liturgy at 9am with HOLY PASCHA service beginning at 10pm with meal around 1am

April 16: Pascha Day – Agape Great Vespers Service at Noon with procession, egg hunt, and festal meal


 Birthday Greetings: Brian O (2nd); Irene V-W (3rd); Jennifer R (5th)

Name Day Blessings: Zane N (St. Nicetas – 3rd); Pola M (St. Appolinaria 4th)

Memory Eternal:  Kristina (Feb.28th); Danny; David

 Prayer List: Hal, Alex John; Stephanie; Adrian (Olga’s brother);  “For the suffering Christians of Syria, Palestine, Iraq, & all of the Middle East, and for those suffering in Ukraine.”; Fr. Steven Rudy (cancer); Finley (infant girl child with stroke and spasms-Improved); Fr. Basil; Fr. Philip;  Grant (Leukemia); Chris; Doug & Dorothy Barrett; Eileen; 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; 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; Christy O.   

Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings

Prokeimenon: “Make your vows to the Lord our God, and perform them.”

Verse: “God is known in Judah; His Name is great in Israel.” Psalm 75:11,1

Epistle: The Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Hebrews. (9:11-14)

Brethren, when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation), He entered once for all into the Holy Place, taking not the blood of goats and calves but His own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. For if the sprinkling of defiled persons with the blood of goats and bulls and with the ashes of a heifer sanctifies for the purification of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, Who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, purify your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

Gospel: The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark. (10:32-45)

At that time, Jesus took His twelve Disciples, and began to tell them what was to happen to Him, saying, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem. And the Son of man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn Him to death, and deliver Him to the Gentiles.  And they will mock Him, and scourge Him, and spit upon Him, and kill Him; and after three days He will rise.” And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to Him, and said to Him, “Teacher, we would that thou shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall desire” And Jesus said to them, “What do you want Me to do for you?” And they said to Him, “Grant us to sit, one at Thy right hand and one at Thy left, in Thy glory.” But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?” And they said to Him, “We are able.” And Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized. But to sit at My right hand or at My left is not Mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.” And when the ten heard it, they began to be indignant at James and John. And Jesus called them to Him and said to them, “You know that those who are supposed to rule over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be servant of all. For the Son of man also came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”

Divine Liturgy Variables

Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 8

From the heights Thou didst descend, O Compassionate One, and Thou didst submit to the three-day burial, that Thou might deliver us from passion; Thou art our life and our Resurrection, O Lord, glory to Thee.

Apolytikion of  St. Mary of Egypt –  Tone 8

Through thee, the divine likeness was securely preserved, O mother Mary; for thou didst carry the cross and follow Christ. By example and precept thou didst teach us to ignore the body, because it is perishable, and to attend to the concerns of the undying soul. Therefore, doth thy soul rejoice with the angels.

Kontakion for Ordinary Sundays – Tone 2

O Undisputed intercessor of Christians, O Mediatrix who is unrejected by the Creator; turn not away from the voice of our petitions, though we be sinners.  Come to us with aid in time, who cry unto thee in faith, for thou art good. Hasten to us with intercessions, O Theotokos, who didst ever intercede for those who honor thee.