Sunday, February 25, 2024

  Sunday of the Pharisee and Publican

Tarasios the confessor, archbishop of Constantinople;

Hieromartyr Markellos, bishop of Apamea in Syria

Thought for Today“Try to fill your soul with Christ so as not to have it empty. Your soul is like a cistern full of water. If you channel the water to the flowers, that is, the virtues, you will experience true joy and all the thorns of evil will wither away. But if you channel the water to the weeds, these will grow and choke you and all the flowers will wither.”

-St. Porohyrios of Kavsokalyvia-

The Lenten Triodion Begins Today: Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee


Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 5

Let us believers praise and worship the Word; coeternal 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 for the Pharisee and Publican in 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.

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.


The Epistle

Thou, O Lord, shalt preserve us and keep us from this generation.

Save me, O Lord, for the godly man hath disappeared.

The Reading from the Second Epistle of St. Paul to St. Timothy. (3:10-15)

            My son Timothy, you have followed my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, patience, persecutions, sufferings, what things befell me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra. What persecutions I endured! And out of them all the Lord delivered me. Indeed all who would live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. But people who are wicked and deceivers will proceed from worse to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in the things which you have learned and have been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and how from infancy you have known the sacred temple writings which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

The Gospel 

The Reading 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.”


No Fasting Allowed:  Because this is the week of the Publican and the Pharisee, fasting is not permitted. Spend a little time pondering the reason for this as you enjoy your meat and/or dairy on Wednesday and Friday.

Monday, February 266th Hour Prayers at 12 noon.

Tuesday, February 27:  3rd Hour Prayers at 9:00 am.

Wednesday, February 286th Hour Prayers at 12 noon. Daily Vespers at 6:00 pm (followed by Orthodoxy 101). 40 day Memorial for Robert Rogers.

Thursday, February 29Divine Liturgy at 9:00 am.

FridayMarch 1: Divine Liturgy at 9:00 am.

Saturday, March 2: Bible Study, 9:00 am at Webb’s home; Great Vespers at 5:00 pm; (followed by Ask Abouna); Jr. SOYO at 3:30pm; SOYO at 6:30pm.

 Sunday, March 3 Matins at9:00 am,Divine Liturgy at10:00 am. Sunday of the Prodigal son. Myrrh Bearers will meet following Divine Liturgy.

Building Committee Update

On February 7 the Monroe County Board of Zoning approved a variance allowing our future Temple to be built on the area directly north of our current building, which contains a 15-degree slope. The slope was created by us at the time of the construction of our current building. The variance also combined multiple lots of the property into a single lot. This variance is not time-bound but is a covenant running with the land. This is another important hurdle cleared for our building project.
Theatreworks of Bloomington Presents Paul Bunyan:  Come and see some of our very own young actors starring in this woodsy romantic comedy. Performances will be Monday (2/26) at 4pm and Tuesday (2/27) at 6pm at the Monroe County Public Library auditorium (downtown). Admission if free but parking is limited, so come early.


Saturday, March 2, All Saints the Journey to Orthodoxy in Bloomington, Indiana, 90-minute feature length documentary 11am Doors open, Whittenberger Auditorium at IU’s Memorial Union. RSVP (404) 754-8575 or 


Names Day CelebrationsMezy Alexander, Hannah Noor Gillquist, Shirley Richardson;

St. Photini (26th).

Birthday CelebrationChris Stuguiludis (27th);Mezy Alexander, Adrian Polit, Mary Barger (28th); Nina Gillquist (1st).

Memory EternalBujour; Fr. Moses; Shahadey; Kh. Sally; Marilyn; Mo; Elizabeth; Becky; Shirley; Debbie; Zoe; Ocean; Robert Paul; Genevieve; Ace; Fr. Jorge.

Prayer ListMichael, Olga, Eileen, Soren, Kathy;Jan; Don and Dee; those suffering the war of Ukraine, and the Middle East; Peace talks; our nation and all nations’ leaders; schools: children, youth and personnel across the nation; Mat. Raisa; Mary Ann; Emma (Mary Ann’s granddaughter); Bob & Bonnie Thelen;  Wes (infant with brittle bone disorder); Wes’s grandfather; Megan (lymphoma); Mark (CHF) and (caregiver) Barbara;Josiah; Vicki;Vicki’s granddaughter; Steve Crandall; Fr. Athanasius; Jack; Christopher; Fr. Jerome; Fr. Basil; Catherine; Wadia; Jayci; Patricia; Marvin; Alice; Kitsa; Apthrodite; Kim; Kristy; Dusty; Cari; Betsy; Josh; Allison; Andrew (Texas/military); Isaac (Germany/military); Leanne; Heather; Nancy; Sharon Catherine; Lexi, Ross and Vivian; Theo; Doug; Dee; Jeremy; Dn. Lawrence, Marcia; Elias; Waded; Seraphima; Lilly’s family; Jennifer; Christy; Megan; John; Stanley; Macrina;; Anne; Allen; Linda; Mary Barger; Allison and children; Nino with child, Kip, Taylor with child, Erica with child, Stephanie with child, Mary with child, Meaghan with child, Alexis with child.

Giving Opportunities:

Our In-House Food Pantry is in NEEDThe Food Pantry is in need of marinara sauce, peanut butter, canned chicken and Tuna, canned vegetables, fruit and soups. The pantry is available to parish members as well as families and individuals in the greater Bloomington community. Thank you for your continued support

Mission Donations: We send monthly support to two missionary units in Albania, the Hoppe family and Hannah Valentine. We welcome and encourage you to contribute to their ongoing support. 

Benevolence FundDonations may be made to this fund throughout the year, and are mainly used to support families in need of help with rent and utilities payments.

 Coffee Hour Host: Rhonda Webb with Parishioners S-Z.

Next week HostMelissa Barbarick with Parishioners A-B.

Donations to the church are being made online at and by U.S mail.  Many thanks to all who continue supporting All Saints.

Want to go deeper into Scripture, with an Orthodox point of view?  Join us Saturday mornings 9:00 – 10:45 am as we continue our study of the Gospel of St. John the Evangelist.  We enjoy a time of fellowship and a light breakfast together, then delve into the words and meaning of the Gospel.  We are led by Mr. Ross Caton, with input from Howard Webb and others as we consider what God is telling us. We conclude by praying for one another.   All adults are welcome, Orthodox Christians as well as those inquiring into the Orthodox faith.  We meet at the Webb’s home: 3960 E Fenbrook Ln 47401.  For more information, contact Rhonda at 314-313-4275 or