Sunday, February 18, 2018

Sunday, February 18, 2018
Sunday of Forgiveness (Cheese Fare)
Leo the Great, pope of Rome; Agapitos the Confessor, bishop of Synnada in Phrygia;
Venerable Colman, bishop of Lindisfarne

Nourishment of the Soul: “He who loves God will certainly love his neighbor as well.”
St. Maximos, the Confessor

Parish Council meets today around noon.

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: 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.

Myrrh Bearers’ Fundraiser last Sunday: Thank you for your donation of $595.

Lest we forget that Almsgiving is part of the Lenten Fast: The Food for Hungry People Campaign has begun. Pick up a coin box in the hallway, if you want to support the program in this way. Or, make a donation during Great Lent, and the church will send one check after Holy Pascha.

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.

Forgiveness Vespers is at 5:00 tonight!

Monday, February 19: Canon of St. Andrew at 6:00
Tuesday, February 20: Canon of St. Andrew at 6:00
Wednesday, February 21: Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts at 6:00
Thursday, February 22: Bible Study at Becky’s 3:00-5:00
Thursday, February 22: Canon of St. Andrew at 6:00
Friday, February 23: Little Compline and Akathist Hymn at 6:00
Saturday, February 24: Great Vespers at 5:00 – Orthodoxy 101 follows: “Confession: Who, Why, and How?” – Fr. Peter Jon, presenter
Sunday, February 25: Matins at 8:50; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 – Sunday of Orthodoxy
Sunday Evening, February 25: Sunday of Orthodoxy Great Vespers at 5:00 – St. George in Fishers
with guest speaker, Bishop Gregory – social hour follows. (This year’s theme “The Orthodox Christian Family”)


…Choir News: If you want to sing at Pascha with the choir, plan now to meet 4 Sundays in March.
… Bible Study: Gospel of John at the Webb’s home – Thursdays through March 29th – 7:00-8:30 at 3960 E. Fenbrook Lane, Bloomington, IN 47401; 314-313-275;

Saturday March 3
• 1:00 – 5:00 – Women’s Retreat with Mother Nektaria.
• 5:00 – Great Vespers followed by a Lenten meal – All are welcome.
• 6:30 – Mother Nektaria will speak to the entire All Saints Community.
Sunday March 4
• 12:00 – 1:00 – Mother Nektaria will speak about the monastic life


Birthday Blessings: Ayris F (18th); Abe L (18th); Marcia B (21st); Christian G (21st); Averi V (22nd)
Memory Eternal: Alexis (15th); Victims in Florida school tragedy
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: “Sing praises to our God, sing praises. Sing praises to our King, sing praises.”
Verse: “O clap your hands, all ye nations.” Psalm 46:6,1

Epistle: The Reading is from St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans. (13:11-14:4)
(For Sunday of Forgiveness)

Brethren, salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed; the night is far gone, the day is at hand. Let us then cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us conduct ourselves becomingly as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. As for the man who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not for disputes over opinions. One believes he may eat anything, while the weak man eats only vegetables. Let not him who eats despise him who abstains, and let not him who abstains pass judgment on him who eats; for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Master is able to make him stand.

Gospel: The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (6:14-21)
(For Sunday of Forgiveness)

The Lord said to His Disciples: If you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. And when you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by men but by your Father Who is in secret; and your Father Who sees in secret will reward you. Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

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 Forgiveness Sunday – Tone 6
O Thou Who guidest to wisdom, and givest understanding and intelligence, the Instructor of the ignorant, and Helper of the poor, strengthen my heart and grant it understanding, O Master. Give me word, O Word of the Father; for behold, I shall not refrain my lips from crying to Thee, O merciful One, have mercy upon me who am fallen.