Sunday, February 17, 2019
The Triodion Begins.
Sunday of the Pharisee and the Publican
The Holy Great-Martyr Theodore the Soldier (‘Tyro’); Emperor Marcian & Empress Pulcheria of Constantinople
Welcome to All Saints!
Nourishment of the Soul: “Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit, in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which abides forever….” 1 Peter 1:22-23
Parish Council meets today.
February 28th, 6:30: Discussion group at the Webb’s. This is the first of a series of discussions on various topics (many to be supplied by those attending). The first discussion will be a history of philosophy leading up to Post-Modernism, drawing ideas from Franz Brentano and Francis Schaeffer. All are welcome. Contact Howard Webb for details.
Wednesday, February 20: Daily Vespers at 6:00
Thursday, February 21: St. John Fellowship at 10:00
Thursday, February 21: Bible Study at Becky’s home at 3:00
Thursday, February 21: OCF Dinner & Discussion at the Webb’s home at 6:00
Friday, February 22: Akathist to the Protection of the Theotokos at 6:00
Saturday, February 23: Great Vespers at 5:00 – O101 and SOYO at 6:00
Sunday, February 24: Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 – Myrrh Bearers meet.
Prayer List: Shirley, mother & sisters; Lexi Orfanos-Pangere; Theo; Heather; Doug Barrett;Amber Smith;Jeremy P; Charles; Vicki; Alice & Marvin Grayson; Laura; Sue and Elmo; Nancy; Nick;Bruce; Joanna Zaharako; Dee; Mary Ann;Alexanders; Emilija and her newborn daughter; Kristina (Weber) and newborn son; Hannah with child; Sharon Catherine; Lillian Purcell; Eileen; Leanne; Ashlee W; Kh. Kristina; Vivian; Paul; Cathy; Sitto; Elias; Waded; Neva; Bill; Lonnie; Fr. George; Fr. Basil; Iva Lee; Nancy & Shalayna; Seraphima; Lilly’s family; Jennifer & Regina; those suffering in the drug crisis, with fire devastation, with flood damage in the USA; those suffering in Syria and the Middle East; safety in public places, in our schools and on our southern border; Metropolitan Paul; Archbishop John; our church and our nation.
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; the choir and preschool go first.
Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings
Epistle: The Reading is from St. Paul’s Second Letter to St. Timothy. (3:10-15)
Timothy my son, you have observed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions, and my sufferings; and what befell me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra. What persecutions I endured; yet from them all, the Lord rescued me. Indeed all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceivers and deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings which are able to instruct you 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 for Choir and Parish
Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 5
Let us believers praise and worship the Word; co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit, born of the Virgin for our salvation. For, He took pleasure in ascending the Cross in the flesh to suffer death; and to raise the dead by His glorious Resurrection.
Kontakion of the Pharisee and the Publican – Tone 4
Let us flee the Pharisee’s * conceited vaunting; * let us learn the Publican’s * humility, and cry with groans * unto the Savior: Thou Who alone * art swiftly reconciled, be gracious unto us.
Evening Retreat Tuesday, February 26: Fr. Seraphim Aldea, founder of All Celtic Saints Monastery in Scotland, will be our guest. Vespers at 5:00; Dinner at 6:00; Presentation at 6:30. Invite your friends.
March 2: Saturday of Souls
March 2-3: Trip to Holy Dormition Monastery in Rives Junction on Meat Fare weekend.
March 10: Women’s fundraiser for outreach and summer camp donations on Cheese Fare Sunday.
March 11: Great Lent begins with the Canon of St. Andrew (M,T,TH), Presanctified Liturgy on Wednesday followed by Orthodoxy 101, and Akathist on Friday.
Happy Birthday: Ayris F (18th); Abe L (18th); Marcia B (21st); Christian Gett.. (21st); Averi V (22nd)
Coffee Hour: Scheduled contributors and cleaners for today are those with last names beginning H-P.
A Reminder about Coffee Hour: Someone has to clean up! Plan to stay until about 12:45 and do kitchen duty! You may select any week, but an easy one to choose is the week you bring food to the serving table.
Reminder about online donations: If you are prevented from attending Liturgy but still want to fulfill your pledge, go to the church website. If you have never tried, it is simple at www.allsaintsbloomington.org. Click Donation and follow the prompts.