Sunday, February 11, 2018
Sunday of the Last Judgment (Meat Fare)
Hieromartyr Blaise, bishop of Sebastia and companions; Theodora the empress;
New-martyr George of Serbia; Vsevolod, prince and wonderworker of Pskov
Nourishment of the Soul: “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” – 1 Corinthians 10:31
All Saints Taco Bar – Today!
Annual Fundraiser for Myrrh Bearers
Please be generous in your donations
All money provides assistance to youth camper fund
and/or to other benevolent works by our women’s group
Meat Fare Letter from His Eminence The Most Reverend Metropolitan JOSEPH is enclosed in today’s printed bulletin. It initiates the Food for Hungry Program for 2018.Coin boxes are in the hallway.
Summer Youth Camp: Parents, please let Marcia know your plans for camp so the church can also plan for that important event. So far, 7 campers are registering for an enriching experience in their young lives.
*Women’s Month: The month of March, designated as Antiochian Women Month by His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, is a time when the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Women of North America encourage their sisters in Christ to participate in the Liturgy and minister in their parishes and their communities. In our parish, women of all ages will be reading the Epistle, passing the collection trays, and serving as ushers. Please contact Rhonda Webb or Marcia to be added to the schedule for March 4, 11, 18 or 25th. We have a reader for March 18th.
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.
Please note that Matins
now begins 10 minutes earlier than usual at 8:50.
Tuesday, February 13: OCF at the Webb’s home 6:00 – 8:00
Wednesday, February 14: Daily Vespers at 6:00
Thursday, February 15: St. John Fellowship at the Haneys in Mitchell 10:00-Noon
Thursday, February 15: Bible Study at the Webb’s home 7:00-8:30
Saturday, February 17: Great Vespers at 5:00 – Orthodoxy 101 follows: “The Church and Human Sexuality” – Dr. John Craton, presenter
Sunday, February 18: Matins at 8:50; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 – Cheese Fare
Sunday, February 18: Forgiveness Vespers at 5:00
Monday, February 19: Great Lent begins.
…Thursdays through March 29th (excluding February 22nd): Bible Study on the Gospel of John at the Webb’s home – 7:00-8:30 at 3960 E. Fenbrook Lane, Bloomington, IN 47401; 314-313-275; firstname.lastname@example.org.
…February 19th: Great Lent begins with the Canon of St. Andrew on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; Presanctified Liturgy on Wednesday, and Little Compline & Akathist to the Mother of God on Friday.
…Bible Study at Becky’s is planned for February 22nd, and will continue with the usual schedule in March.
… Sunday of Orthodoxy (Feb.25th) – St. George in Fishers: Sunday Evening Lenten Great Vespers schedule begins.
…March is Women’s Month*
…March 3-4th: Myrrh Bearers Retreat with Mother Nektaria Veloff of St Paul Skete, Grand Junction, Tennessee. Details will be published as we approach the end of February!
Birthday Blessings: Tabitha B (6th); Deb D (12th); Jan G (13th); Alicia B (16th); Ben S (16th)
Name Day Remembrance: Marcia B (St. Priscilla -13th)
Memory Eternal: Jack (9th); Alexis (15th)
Prayer List: Marvin & Alice; Cathy; Kh. Kristina; Sitto; Elias; Waded; Neva; Bill; Lonnie; Fr. George R.; Iva Lee; Jennifer A’s family; Rigsby family; those suffering in the drug crisis in the USA
Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings
Prokeimenon: “The Lord is my strength and my song.”
Verse: “The Lord chastising hath chastised me, but He hath not delivered me over to death.”
Epistle: The Reading is from St. Paul’s First Letter the Corinthians. (8:8-9:2)
(For Sunday of the Last Judgment)
Brethren, food will not commend us to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. Only take care, lest this liberty of yours somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. For if any one sees you—a man of knowledge—at table in an idol’s temple, might he not be encouraged, if his conscience is weak, to eat food offered to idols? And so by your knowledge this weak man is destroyed, the brother for whom Christ died. Thus, sinning against your brethren and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if food is a cause of my brother’s falling, I will never eat meat, lest I cause my brother to fall. Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are not you my workmanship in the Lord? If to others I am not an apostle, at least I am to you; for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.
Gospel: The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (25:31-46)
(For Sunday of the Last Judgment)
The Lord said, “When the Son of man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. Before Him will be gathered all the nations, and He will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and He will place the sheep at His right hand, but the goats at the left. Then the King will say to those at His right hand, ‘Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave Me food, I was thirsty and you gave Me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed Me, I was naked and you clothed Me, I was sick and you visited Me, I was in prison and you came to Me.’ Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see Thee hungry and feed Thee, or thirsty and give Thee drink? And when did we see Thee a stranger and welcome Thee, or naked and clothe Thee? And when did we see Thee sick or in prison and visit Thee?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ Then He will say to those at his left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave Me no food, I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome Me, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’ Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see Thee hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to Thee?’ Then He will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to Me.’ And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
Divine Liturgy Variables
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.
Kontakion for the Sunday of Last Judgment – Tone 1
When Thou comest, O God, to earth with glory, and all creatures tremble before Thee, and the river of fire floweth before the Altar, and the books are opened and sins revealed, deliver me then from that unquenchable fire, and make me worthy to stand at Thy right hand, O righteous Judge.