Sunday, February 14, 2016
Seventeenth Sunday of Matthew
Venerable Auxentios the Priest of Bithynia; Venerable Abraham and Maron of Syria; New-Martyrs Nicholas of Corinth and George the Tailor of Mitylene; Venerable Cyril, Equal-to-the-Apostles and Enlightener of the Slavs
We warmly welcome you to All Saints
in the Name of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ!
Nourishment of the Soul: “All the stars in the heavens could be more easily counted than all the miracles worked on earth by prayer.” — St. Nicholai of Zica
TODAY, Sunday, February 14, Valentine’s Day: SOYO, along with campers and their parents, will sponsor a social hour fundraiser to help off-set camp expenses. Early Bird camp fees of $700 per child must be paid before March 1st. After that time the fee is $750. Please invest and show your support of our youth with your donation. The kids come back from Antiochian Village Camp energized in the faith, and their zeal is contagious
Pledge forms for 2016. Have we received your pledge form?.
Ladies of the Church, please gather with the Myrrh Bearers for an evening of food and fun, starting at 6:00 on next Tuesday, February 16th. Look for an e-mail if the forecasted storm might change plans.
News from Erik Wallace: He is now teaching in Oneonta, New York at SUNY Oneonta. He has been offered a postdoc at the University of Connecticut. As you can see, he is busy, but if plans do not change he may be in Bloomington in late summer to share photos of his time in the Middle East.
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.
Bread Bakers Needed: Have you ever wondered who bakes the Holy Bread? Currently three bakers in the Barrett family donate many hours to bake the majority of the bread for the Eucharist. We need MORE BAKERS. If you want to learn, let them know. A minimum of 9-15 loaves will be used the next 3 weeks in February. Great Lent and Holy Week require even more! Your bread can be stored in your home freezer or brought to the church’s freezer. If you bake fresh bread, it needs to be here on Saturday night. Thank you to our existing and new bakers for using your talents to serve Christ and His Holy Church.
O101: Dr. John Craton will speak on Christian Ethics at Orthodoxy 101, Wednesday, February 17 at 6:45 after Daily Vespers.
House Blessings: There are 2 weeks left of the house blessing season. Sign up now.
Wednesday, February 17: Daily Vespers at 6:00–Orthodoxy 101 follows.
Thursday, February 18: Bedford-Mitchell Fellowship at the Haneys – 10:00 – Noon
Saturday, February 20: Great Vespers at 5:00
Sunday, February 21: Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 – Parish Council meets.
March 6 & March 13: Myrrh Bearers will prepare fundraiser meals on Meatfare and Cheesefare Sundays to raise funds for Metropolitan JOSEPH’s Antiochian Women’s Project — Hungry Children at Home and Abroad’. This project is different from ‘Feed the Hungry People during Great Lent. (More details will follow as March draws near.)
Birthday Blessings: Alicia B (16th); Ayris F (18th); Abe L (18th)
Memory Eternal: Marilyn (16th); Doris H; Peg R (18th); Jake (3rd); Virginia (Brian Owen’s mother)
Prayer List : “For the suffering Christians of Syria, Palestine, Iraq, & all of the Middle East, and for those suffering in the Ukraine.” Archpriest Athanasius; Deborah; 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: Ashley, Rachel B, Jessica with twin and Anastasiya; 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: “Make your vows and pay them to the Lord our God.”
Verse: “God is known in Judaea; His Name is great in Israel!”
Epistle: The Reading is from St. Paul’s Second Epistle to the Corinthians. (6:16-7:1)
Brethren, you are a temple of the living God, even as God has said: “I will dwell in them, and walk among them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” “Therefore come out from among them, and be separate,’ says the Lord, ‘and touch nothing unclean; and I will receive you, and I will be a Father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me,’ says the Lord Almighty.” Having therefore these promises, O beloved ones, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
Gospel: The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (15:21-28)
At That Time: Jesus went to the district of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and cried, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely possessed by a demon.” But He did not answer her one word. And His disciples came and begged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she is crying after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But she came and knelt before Him, saying, “Lord, help me.” And He answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.” Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly.
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.
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.