Sunday, February 1, 2015

Sunday of the Pharisee and the Publican

Pre-Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord into the Temple

Martyr Tryphon of Syria; Martyr Perpetua of Carthage and her four companions; Basil the Confessor, Archbishop of Thessalonika; New-martyr Anastasios of Anaplos; Venerable David and Simeon; Venerable Bridget of Ireland.

Visitors, we are blessed by your joining us in worship and fellowship.

Let us pray to the Lord: “For the suffering Christians of Syria, Palestine, Iraq, & all of the Middle East, and for those suffering in the Ukraine.”

 Nourishment of the Soul: “Our requests are necessary expressly to strengthen our faith, through which alone we can be saved. ‘By grace are we saved through faith’ (Ephesians 2:8) ‘O woman, great is your faith’ (Mt. 15:28). For this reason the Lord made the woman to pray earnestly, in order to awaken her faith and to strengthen it. – St. John of Kronstadt

Sunday School for those in Grades One through 12 meets after Divine Liturgy.

 HOUSE BLESSINGS — 2 WEEKS LEFT! Choose a time on the sign-up sheet in the hall, or contact Father Peter Jon directly if these times will not work with your schedule.  He hopes to bless every home in the parish before Great Lent begins.

 Boxes for Knitted Caps and Mittens/Gloves will be available throughout the winter to collect your donations for local school children

FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO STAY IN TOUCH WITH READER TIKHON: If you would like to be added to an email list to receive notes and pictures, please contact Marcia at (I am sending the current letter to everyone on the church email list.)

Myrrh Bearers meet today to discuss and finalize plans for the Sunday of Orthodoxy (March 1st), Meat Fare (February 15th), Cheese fare (February 22nd), Lenten dates (starting Wednesday, February 25th), and fundraising.


The Triodion begins today.

 Monday, February 2: Presentation of Our Lord into the Temple – Divine Liturgy at 9:00 am

Wednesday, February 4: Daily Vespers at 6:00 – Orthodoxy 101 at 7:00

Saturday, February 7: Great Vespers at 5:00

Sunday, February 8: Matins at 8:50; Divine Liturgy at 10:00


 Tuesday, February 10: Bible Study with Kh. Marilyn

Thursday, February 12: Skating with All Saints skaters at Western Skateland on West 17th Street, 6:30 to 8:30: Admission cost is $4 for skaters and watchers! Stephanie is the contact person

Thursday, February 13: SOYO and Compline

Saturday, February 14: Saturday of Souls Liturgy

 Happy Birthday: Dee Haney (2nd); Karen Tabbal (3rd); Dan Dillard (4th)

Anniversary Remembrances: Father Peter Jon’s Ordination (2nd)

Name Day Blessings: Amber Smith (St. Anna the Prophetess – 3rd)

Memory Eternal: Marianne Dye (26th); Anthony (28th); Korene (9th); Ann Freije (9th); Daniel Berg (10th); Kh. Marianne (20th);  Bob Dye (27th)

Prayer List: Fr. Athanasius Wilson; Ioana; Patricia; Marianne (Stephanie’s friend); Dye Family; Dee Haney; Galina; John G; Nicetas; Barb; Shirley; Metropolitan Paul, Archbishop John; Kh. Loretta; Fr. John Koen; Archpriests Roman, George & Stephen; Krystal & Jason; Adrian, Catherine & Marah; Heather (Charles’ daughter); Susan; Gabriella & Matt; Sara; Shelley; Fr. Moses Berry; Geni; Frank & Becky Hrisomalos; Those with child: Kh. Kristina, Mary, Kathleen; Brooke; Kh. Marilyn; Noah; Emily D; Emma; Kim; Nancy; Neal; Lyuda; Bob R; Alex; John; Leanne; Beth; Lillian; Julie; Roger; Virginia McCallister; 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; Cathi, family of Eddie Shoemaker (drowning victim)

 Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings                                           

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

Verse: “God is known in Judea; His Name is great in Israel!” Psalm 75:10, 1

Epistle: The Reading is from Saint Paul’s Second Epistle to St. Timothy . (3:10-15)

MY CHILD TIMOTHY, you have followed my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, patience, persecutions, sufferings, what things befell me at Antioch, Iconium, and at Lystra.  What persecutions I endured!  And out of them all the Lord delivered me.  Indeed all who would live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.  But people who are wicked and deceivers will proceed from worse to worse, deceiving and being deceived.  But as for you, continue in the things which you have learned and have been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and how from infancy you have known the sacred temple writings which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.               

Gospel: The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (18:10-14)

THE LORD SPOKE THIS PARABLE: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.  The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank Thee that I am not like other men, extortionists, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.  I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to Heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”





Divine Liturgy Variables

Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 1

While the stone was sealed by the Jews, and the soldiers were guarding Thy most pure body, Thou didst arise on the third day, O Savior, granting life to the world.  For which cause the heavenly powers cried aloud unto Thee, O Giver of Life.  Glory to Thy Resurrection, O Christ, Glory to Thy Kingdom, Glory to Thy Providence, O Thou Who alone art the Lover of Mankind.

Apolytikion of the Fore-feast of the Presentation – Tone 1

The Heavens’ choir looked down from the vaults of the heavens, and gazing on the earth, they beheld with amazement the First-born of all creation brought forth as a suckling babe to the Temple by a pure and virginal mother; and with us, they now do sing a hymn for the Fore-feast, astonished and full of awe.

Kontakion of the Fore-feast of the  Presentation of Christ – Tone 4

On this day in purest thought with hearts embrace Him as in arms receive the Lord, as He maketh now His sojourn, O ye the faithful and bring to Him in songs your offerings of pre-festal praises.

Holy Communion

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 Sunday School follows. The ushers then assist each row from front to back.  Those in the overflow behind the choir may follow adjacent rows.