Sunday, February 16, 2020

Sunday of the Prodigal Son

Martyr Pamphilos, Priest of Caesarea in Palestine and his companions;

Venerable Flavian the Hermit; Venerable-martyr Romanos from Solovak of Carpenision

You are always welcome here at All Saints.

Nourishment for the Soul: “If every soul knew the Lord, and how deeply He loves us, no one would despair or murmur against his lot.” – St. Silouan the Athonite

The Parish Council meets today after Divine Liturgy.

Orthodoxy 102 follows Daily Vespers on Wednesday.

Saturday of Souls: If you want your departed loved ones remembered in the prayers, please email Fr. Peter Jon or leave a list on his desk.  He needs all of the lists by Friday at 5pm, February 21st so the departed may be commemorated during the proskomedia before the Divine Liturgy.

Pre-Lenten Spiritual Retreat: We are pleased to have Fr. John Oliver join us for a Pre-Lenten retreat next weekend. He will be speaking to us on the topic of his upcoming book:  The Nourishing Dark: Dealing with Difficult Emotions in the Light of Christwhich will be coming out this summer.  There is no charge, and lunch will be provided.  Please feel free to invite friends and family. 

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. Approach to the cup starts at the front rows with the choir and preschool going first.


Monday, February 17: Compline & Fellowship at the Haneys’ home at 7:00

Wednesday, February 19: Daily Vespers at 6:00; Orthodoxy 102 follows.

Thursday, February 20: St. John’s Fellowship in Mitchell 10:00 – Noon

Thursday, February 20: Bible Study at Becky’s home 3:00 – 5:00

Friday, February 21: Pre-Lenten Retreat – Session 1 begins at 7:00pm

Saturday Morning, February 22: Saturday of Souls Liturgy at 9:00

Saturday, following Divine Liturgy: Fellowship Meal at 11:00

Saturday, February 22: Session 2 of the Retreat with Fr. John Oliver’s presentation

Saturday: February 22: Prior to Great Vespers – 40-Day Memorial – Fr. Patrick Kinder

Saturday, February 22: Great Vespers at 5:00; SOYO 6:00 – 8:00

Sunday, February 23: Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 – Myrrh Bearers meet.


  • February 23: Meatfare Sunday
  • March 1: Cheesefare/Forgiveness Sunday – Myrrh Bearers hold their annual fundraiser meal to support their ministry: Youth Summer Camp is one.
  • March 2: Great Lent begins with the Canon of St. Andrew of Crete
  • March 8: Sunday of Orthodoxy – Daylight Savings begins.
  • May 1-3 : Holy Dormition Monastery Pilgrimage to Rives Junction, Michigan: Rhonda is the contact person. Your response is needed to secure housing at the monastery on a busy weekend.

Divine Liturgy Variables for Choir and Parish

Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 2

When Thou didst submit Thyself unto death, O Thou deathless and immortal One, then Thou didst destroy hell with Thy Godly power.  And when Thou didst raise the dead from beneath the earth, all the powers of Heaven did cry aloud unto Thee; O Christ, Thou giver of life, glory to Thee.

Kontakion for the Prodigal Son – Tone 3

Foolishly I sprang away * from Thy great fatherly glory, * and dispersed in wicked deeds * the riches that Thou didst give me. * With the Prodigal I therefore * cry unto Thee now: * I have sinned against Thee, O compassionate Father. * But receive me in repentance; * make me as one of * Thy hired servants, O Lord.

Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings

Epistle: The Reading is from St. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians. (6:12-20)

            Brethren, all things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be enslaved by anything. Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food; but God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by His power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I therefore take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! Do you not know that he who joins himself to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two shall become one flesh.” But he who is united to the Lord becomes one spirit with Him. Shun immorality. Every other sin which a man commits is outside the body; but the immoral man sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

Gospel: The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (15:11-32)

            The Lord spoke this parable: “There was a man who had two sons; and the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that falls to me.’ And he divided his living between them. Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took his journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in loose living. And when he had spent everything, a great famine arose in that country, and he began to be in want. So he went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would gladly have fed on the pods that the swine ate; and no one gave him anything. But when he came to himself he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, but I perish here with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired servants.”’ And he arose and came to his father. But while he was yet at a distance, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet; and bring the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry; for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to make merry. Now his elder son was in the field; and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called one of the servants and asked what this meant. And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has received him safe and sound.’ But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, but he answered his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command; yet you never gave me a kid that I might make merry with my friends. But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your living with harlots, you killed for him the fatted calf!’ And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. It was fitting to make merry and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.’”


  • House Blessings:  If you have not received a call or  email from Fr. Peter Jon or Fr. Seraphim, Contact Them!  House blessings are rapidly coming to an end as Great Lent approaches.
  • Coffee Hour: Parishioners whose last names begin with C-G will serve and clean today.
  • The Pantry is OVERFLOWING:  Thanks for your donations, but we have no more storage space at this time! Just a note: both parishioners and people from the Bloomington community are invited to visit the pantry as needed.

Birthday Greetings: Alicia B (16th); Ben S (16th); Ayris F (18th); Marcia B (21st); Christian Get (21st) Averi V (22nd)

Memory Eternal: Lois; Fr. Patrick Kinder (14th); Jill Patterson; Darlene; Lotfy Hanna; Beverly (Bob Rogers’s mother)

Prayer List: Kim (Linda’s colleague); Dusty (Vicki’s son); Betsy (Cathy’s friend); Allison (Hal’s great-niece); Doris Finchum; Mary Ann; Vicki; Johanna and infant Jonathan; Mat. Raisa; Kaylie and infant Oliver; Rebekah with child; Amanda Hermione with child; Isaac in Air Force; Fr. Marc; Kh.Vanessa & Anthony Kinder; Fr. George; Fr. Basil & Kh. Cana; Judith; George; Dee; Catherine (not in this parish); Michael & Olga;  Eileen; Leanne; Heather;Nancy; Sharon Catherine; Alice & Marvin; Kh. Kristina; Bonnie; Emma; Patricia; Mary & Robert;Shirley; Rose; Lexi, Ross & Vivian; Theo; Doug Barrett;Jeremy; Charles; Grayson; Cleo; Marcia & Deacon; Nick;Bruce; Joanna & Demetrios;Ashlee W; Paul; Cathy; Sitto; Elias; Waded; Neva; Bill; Lonnie; Nancy & Shalayna; Seraphima; Lilly’s family; Jennifer & Regina; those suffering in the drug crisis, with fire devastation in Australia, with flood damage, and earthquake damage; those suffering in the Middle East; our nation.