Sunday of Forgiveness (Cheese Fare)
Porphyrios, bishop of Gaza; Great-martyr Photini the Samaritan Woman and those with her
Thought for Today: “If you have anything against any man, forgive it: you come here to receive forgiveness of sins, and thou also must forgive him that has sinned against you.”
+ St. Cyril of Jerusalem+
VARIABLE for CHOIR and PARISH
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.
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.
EPISTLE and GOSPEL READINGS
O chant unto our God, chant ye. Clap your hands, all ye nations!
The Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Romans. (13:11-14:4)
Brethren, now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk becomingly, as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in chambering and licentiousness, not in strife and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh to fulfill its lusts. But as for the one who is weak in faith, receive him, but not for disputes over opinions. For one believes he may eat anything; but the weak person eats herbs. Let not him who eats despise him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him who eats; for God has received him. Who are you to be the judge over the servant of a stranger? To his own master he either stands or falls; but he will be made to stand; for God is able to make him stand.
The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (6:14-21)
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.
Junior SOYO and Teen SOYO will meet at their usual times this weekend.
Metropolitan Saba: AXIOS! He is worthy! His Beatitude Patriarch John X and the Holy Synod of Antioch have elected Metropolitan Saba as the new Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of All North America. We will begin commemorating His Eminence when he is officially enthroned as Metropolitan in the near future.
March is Women’s Month
The women of the parish will be reading the Epistle during Divine Liturgy, assisting with ushering and holding the Prosphora bowl during Holy Eucharist.
Earthquake Relief: Today is the final scheduled collection for earthquake relief. Funds may be given in cash or check at the church or by credit/debit card through our church website. Thank you for helping to relieve the suffering of our brothers and sisters in Turkey and Syria.
So far, we sent $4,116.79 toward the relief effort.
Real Opportunity! One of our beloved IU students, Sarah Richardson, will participate in Real Break in May. Her group will travel throughout Egypt visiting the monasteries of St. Anthony, St. Paisios the Great, St. Moses of Ethiopian, St. Marcius the Great, and St. Menas the Wonderworker. They will also have the opportunity to venerate the relics of St. Mark the Evangelist and St. Athanasius the Great. Sarah will host a fast-friendly bake sale at coffee hour next Sunday, March 5, to raise funds for her pilgrimage.
House Blessings: Father Peter Jon continues to bless homes and will contact you in the coming weeks to schedule a date. If you prefer, you may also reach out to him by email.
Today, Sunday February 26: Forgiveness Vespers, at 5:00 pm.
Monday, February 27: Cannon of Repentance St. Andrew of Crete, at 6:00 pm.
Tuesday, February 28: Cannon of Repentance St. Andrew of Crete, at 6:00 pm.
Wednesday, March 1: Presanctified Liturgy, 6:00 pm followed by Orthodoxy 101.
Thursday, March 2: Cannon of Repentance St. Andrew of Crete, at 6:00 pm.
Friday, March 3: Akathist Hymn, at 6:00 pm.
Saturday, March 4: Digging into Romans: Our Saturday morning Bible Study has begun to dig into St. Paul’s letter to the Romans – this is the perfect time to join us as we go deeper into this important epistle, verse by verse. Howard Webb is leading this study which meets Saturdays 9:00-10:30 at the Webbs home at 3960 E Fenbrook Lane, 47401. Feel free to come whenever you can for lively discussion and fellowship. Be sure to bring your Bible!
Saturday, March 4: Great Vespers at 5:00 pm; Jr SOYO at 3:30 pm; Teen SOYO at 6:00 pm.
Sunday, March 5: Matins at 9:00 am, Divine Liturgy at 10:00 am. Sunday of Orthodoxy.
Names Day Celebration: Mezy Alexander, Hannah Noor Gillquist, Shirley Richardson, Great Martyr Photini (26th).
Birthday Celebrations: Chris Stroguiludis(27th); Mezy Alexander (28th); Mary Barger (28th); Adrian Polit (28th); Nina Gillquist (1st); Dn. Lawrence Baldwin (3rd).
Memory Eternal: Ruperto, Caren, Priest Slobodon, Susan, Rhea, Nicko.
Prayer List: Michael, Olga, Eileen, Soren, Kathy; Toni;Jan; Don and Dee; those suffering the war of Ukraine; Peace talks; our nation and all nations’ leaders; Earthquake victims and relief efforts in Syria and Turkey; schools: school 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); Megan (lymphoma); Mark (CHF) and (caregiver) Barbara; Wes’s grandfather;Josiah; Vicki;Vicki’s granddaughter; Arianna; Linda; Steve Crandall; Fr. Athanasius; Fr.Gabriel;Jack;Christopher; Nancy; Fr. Jerome Mother Nektaria; Catherine; Wadia; Jayci; Patricia, Marvin, Alice; Kitsa; Apthrodite and Angelos; Kim; Kristy, Dusty, Cari; Betsy, Josh; Allison; Andrew (Texas/military); Isaac (Germany/military); Leanne; Heather; Nancy; Sharon Catherine; Lexi, Ross and Vivian; Theo; Doug; Jeremy; Marcia & Deacon; Elias; Waded; Seraphima; Lilly’s family; Jennifer; Christy; Megan; John; Stanley; Anna with child (Coran’s friend); Malory with child (Reed’s sister); Megan and child born of her; Paulina with child; Macrina with child, Anne; Allen; Linda; Marilyn; Mary Barger; Norma; Allison and children.
The Benevolence Fund: Donations 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. Thank you for your ongoing generosity.
Our In-House Food Pantry needs canned vegetables, soups, meats, tuna, salmon, smoked oysters, sardines, chicken, spaghetti sauce and peanut butter. We have an abundance of pasta.
Coffee Hour Host: Rhonda Webb with Parishioners S-Z (Cheesefare).
Next week Host: Melissa Barbarick with Parishioners A-B.
Donations to the church are being made online at www.allsaintsbloomington.org and by U.S mail. Many thanks to all who continue supporting All Saints.