Sunday the Last Judgment (Meat Fare)
Apostle Onesimos of the Seventy; Venerable Eusebios of Syria;
Martyr Major of Gaza; Venerable Dalmatos of Siberia
Welcome, Visitors. We are blessed to greet you in the Name of our Lord.
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: “All who continue to wallow in sin and who through their sins are languishing and suffering as slaves to the devil are deeply unhappy, for they cannot find moral satisfaction, which is the only thing that can give a man happiness in life.” — Archbishop Averky of Syracuse
Today’s Fundraiser is Planned to Off-set Summer Camp Costs for 8 Campers:
Myrrh Bearers have prepared a meal today on Meat Fare Sunday, and SOYO campers will prepare one on Cheese Fare, February 22nd. Please plan to attend and donate generously. Each camper’s fee is $650 if paid before March 1st. After that date it is $700. Consider how this effect the budget of a family with one or more campers! $650 is just the beginning of camp expense and does not include travel expenses or purchases made at camp.
Congratulations to Adrian and Catherine Polit as the judge granted them custody of Marah with adoption scheduled for April. Glory to God for answered prayers.
Sunday School for those in Grades One through 12 meets after Divine Liturgy.
Boxes for Knitted Caps and Mittens/Gloves will be available throughout the winter to collect your donations for local school children.
Parish Council meets today in Father’s office around Noon.
Wednesday, February 18: Daily Vespers at 6:00 – Orthodoxy 101 at 7:00 – “Spirituality and the Spiritual Father” with Fr. Peter Jon as presenter
Saturday, February 21: Great Vespers at 5:00
Saturday, February 21: Adult Discussion Group meets with Deacon Seraphim 6:00 – 7:30
Sunday, February 22: Matins at 8:50; Divine Liturgy at 10:00
Sunday, February 22: Fundraiser meal on Cheese Fare Sunday to support our 8 Antiochian Village campers.
Sunday, February 22: Forgiveness Vespers at 5 p.m.
Monday, February 23: Great Lenten Journey begins.
March 1: Sunday of Orthodoxy at All Saints — Bring your icons for the procession.
March 1: Sunday of Orthodoxy Great Vespers at St. George in Indianapolis at 5:00 p.m.
Happy Birthday: Alicia Barrett (16th); Ayris Finchum (18th); Abe Leininger (18th); Marcia Baldwin (21st); Christian Gettelfinger (21st)
Memory Eternal:; Korene (9th); Ann Freije (9th); Daniel Berg (10th); Kh. Marianne (20th); Bob Dye (26th); Landon; Janice (1st); Regina Marie (Deborah’s mother)
Prayer List: Fr. Gordon & Kh. Mary Sue Walker (very ill health); Paoli victims Melissa & Children; Jean Foley & Laham family (lung cancer – friends of Lloyd & Barbara George); Bill Bauer (heart surgery); Hoppe & Moore Families (OCMC Missionaries); Peter Rozow (Pancreatic cancer); Dye Family; Vivian Orfanos; Fr. Athanasius Wilson; Natalie; Senior Saints; Ioana; Patricia; Marianne (Stephanie’s friend); 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; and Elizabeth); 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: “The Lord is my strength and my song.”
Verse: “With chastisement has the Lord chastened me! Psalm 117:14, 18
Epistle: The Reading is from Saint Paul’s First Epistle to the Corinthians. (8:8-9:2)
BRETHREN, food will not bring us closer to God; for neither if we eat, are we the better, nor if we do not eat, are we the worse. But take heed lest by any means this authority of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak. For if any one sees you, as someone who has knowledge, reclining at a table in an idol’s temple, will not the conscience of the one who is weak be emboldened to eat of the things sacrificed to idols, and through your knowledge the weak brother perishes, for whom Christ died? And thus, sinning against the brethren, and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if food causes my brother to stumble, I will not eat meat forever, lest I cause my brother to stumble.
Am I not an apostle? Am I not free? Have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? Are not you my work in the Lord? If to others I am not an apostle, yet at least I am to you; for the seal of my apostleship are you in the Lord.
Gospel: The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (25:31-46)
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 clothes 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 became 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.
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.