Awanda Michael Burge’s 40-Day Memorial will be prayed before 5pm Great Vespers on Saturday, April 2nd.
Fourth Sunday of Great Lent
Commemoration of John Climacus, Author of “The Ladder” Abbot Nikitas the Confessor of Medikion; Venerable Joseph the Hymnographer; New-martyr Paul the Russian
This evening: Sunday Lenten Vespers at St. George in Fishers at 5pm.
Next Sunday, April 10 : Sunday Lenten Vespers at St. Mary of Egypt Greenwood.
Thought for Today: “He who is peaceful with himself, is peaceful with his neighbor, and is also peaceful with God. Such a man is full of sanctification because God Himself dwells in him.” + St. Nektarios of Aegina
Today’s Coffee Hour: Hosts: Melissa and Casey Barbarick and Parishioners A-B
Next Week (Sunday, April 10): Hosts: Glen and Wendy Carter family and Parishioners C-G
Myrrh Bearers meet today during coffee hour.
Wednesday, April 6: Presanctified Liturgy at 6:00 – Orthodoxy 101
Howard’s topic is “The Harrowing of Hades.“
Thursday, April 7: Little Compline and the Full Canon of St. Andrew of Crete at 6:00
Friday, April 8: Akathist Hymn at 6:00
Saturday, April 9: Parish Workday 10:00
Saturday, April 9: at 5:00 – Ask Abouna; Jr. SOYO at 4:00; Sr. SOYO at 6:00
Sunday, April 10: Matins at 8:50; Divine Liturgy at 10:00
April 9: LENTEN PARISH WORKDAY starting at 10am. Inside kitchen, windows, altar ware etc. Also outdoor grounds clean up, weather permitting.
April 14: OCF’s Dinner and Discussion at Howard and Rhonda’s home 6:00-8:00
April 16: Lazarus Saturday Liturgy and Reception for the newly illumined baptized and chrismated.
April 17: Palm Sunday followed by Bridegroom Vespers and Holy Week.
May 27-30: Pilgrimage to Holy Dormition Monastery
If you would like to join the Webbs on a pilgrimage to Holy Dormition Monastery over Memorial Day weekend, please see the information and Sign up NOW on the Sheet on the Bulletin Board by the kitchen door. First come, first served, as there are limited spaces available. There will be a waiting list in case plans change for some people. + Thanks, Rhonda
EPISTLE and GOSPEL READINGS
The Reading is from St. Paul’s Epistle to the Hebrews. (6:13-20)
The Lord will give strength to His people.
Bring unto the Lord, ye sons of God, bring unto the Lord glory and honor.
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.”
The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according St. Mark. (9:17-31)
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 for CHOIR and PARISH
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. 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 Sundays in Great Lent – 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.
Megalynarion of St. Basil’s Liturgy
All creation rejoiceth in thee, O thou who art full of grace: the angelic hosts and the race of men. O hallowed temple and spiritual 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 more spacious than the heavens. All creation rejoiceth in thee, O thou who art full of grace. Glory to thee.
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Coffee Hour Reminders: First Sunday A-B; Second Sunday C-G; Third Sunday H-R; Fourth Sunday S-Z; Fifth Sunday All Pitch-in.
Anniversary Memories: Aurelian & Lucia (9th)
Birthday Celebrations: Irene Vlachos; Jennifer R (5th); Cora B (6th)
Blessed Name Day: Polina M (St. Appolinaria – 4th)
Memory Eternal: Awanda Michael Burge; James; Merle; Justin; Christopher Ryan
Prayer List: Josiah (young child hospitalized with life-threatening condition); Displaced Ukrainian refugees and those who remain in their war-torn country; Peace talks; our nation and all nations’ leaders; Vicki;Vicki’s granddaughter with pre-term baby’s death;Petroulla’s mother hospitalized with kidney failure (Cyprus); Hermione with child;Arianna Vician; Rhonda’s sister-in-law Judee with a kidney tumor;Wendy Elizabeth’s Aunt Helen (Covid-Pneumonia) and Uncle Bobby;Awanda’s family; Mary Ann; Emma, Mary Ann’s granddaughter Emma,recovering from a serious surgery; Fred with pneumonia; Linda; Steve Crandall; Adrian and Marah Polit; Fr. Athanasius Wilson; Jack;Christopher; schools: school children, youth and personnel across the nation; Nancy Jones; Don and Dee; Vicki; Fr. Jerome; Catherine; Anastasia with child; Bonnie Thelen; Wadia; Jayci; Patricia, Marvin, Alice; Michael; Olga; Eileen; Soren; Kitsa; Apthrodite and Angelos; Kim; Kristy, Dusty, Cari; Betsy, Josh; Allison; Andrew and Isaac (Korea/military); Leanne; Heather; Nancy; Sharon Catherine; Lexi, Ross and Vivian; Theo; Doug; Jeremy; Marcia & Deacon; Elias; Waded; Seraphima; Lilly’s family; Jennifer; Christy