Sunday, February 6, 2022

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Seventeenth Sunday of Matthew

After-feast of the Presentation (Meeting) of Christ

The Martyr and Healer Julian of Homs

Boukolos, Bishop of Smyrna; Photios the Great, Patriarch of Constantinople

Thought for Today“All the saints wrote many praises to our Panagia. But I, the poor one, have found no words more elegant or sweet to describe her, than to cry out to her at every moment: “My dear Mother! My dear, sweet Mother! When my soul departs, may it come into your hands, and through them may it be given to its Creator, your Only-begotten Son.”

+ St. Joseph the Hesychast

House Blessings: Please expect to be contacted by Father Peter Jon in the coming days and weeks to schedule your house blessing, or feel free to email him directly to request a particular date.

Myrrh Bearers meet today during coffee hour.

February 19: 2:00 to 4:00 Class: an Orthodox Ending: Practical information and materials designed to assist Orthodox Christians in making end-of-life decisions will be covered. Presented by Fr. Peter Jon  and Wendy Elizabeth Carter (RN) and sponsored by the Myrrh Bearers. Pre-register at


Wednesday, February 9: Daily Vespers at 6:00  Orthodoxy 101 resumes.

Saturday, February 12: Adult Bible Study at the Webb’s home – 9:00 – 10:30

(3960 E Fenbrook Lane, Bloomington, 47401) Contact Rhonda for more information in person or at 314-313-4275

Saturday, February 12: Great Vespers at 5:00; Jr. SOYO at 4:00; Sr. SOYO at 6:00

Sunday, February 13: Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00


February 19:  An Orthodox Ending class

February 25:  Akathist for the Protection of the Theotokos (OCLife)

February 26:  Saturday of Souls

March 7:  Great Lent Begins.

March 19: OCLife Retreat at St George with Frederica Mathewes-Green as the speaker

March 21: — ONE NIGHT ONLY — Man Of God: The Life of Saint Nectarios of Aegina will play on the big screen at AMC 11 in Bloomington. For more information, visit 


The Reading is from St. Paul’s Second Epistle to the Corinthians. (6:16-7:1)

Make your vows to the Lord our God and perform them.

God is known in Judah; His Name is great in Israel.

Brethren, you are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will live in them and move among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Therefore, come out from them, and be separate from them,” says the Lord, “and touch nothing unclean; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters,” says the Lord Almighty. Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, and make holiness perfect in the fear of God.

The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (15:21-28)

At that time, Jesus went to the district of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and cried, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely possessed by a demon.” But He did not answer her one word. And His disciples came and begged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she is crying after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But she came and knelt before Him, saying, “Lord, help me.” And He answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.” Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly.

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.


Refrain of the Second Antiphon: Save us, O Son of God, Who wast borne in the arms of righteous Simeon; who sing to Thee. Alleluia.

Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 8

From the heights Thou didst descend, O compassionate One, and Thou didst submit to the three-day burial, that Thou might deliver us from passion; Thou art our life and our Resurrection, O Lord, glory to Thee.

Apolytikion of the Presentation of Christ – Tone 1

Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos, full of grace, for from thee arose the Sun of justice, Christ our God, lighting those who are in darkness. Rejoice and be glad, O righteous elder, carrying in thine arms the Deliverer of our souls, Who granteth us Resurrection.

Apolytikion for St. Julian of Homs – Tone 3

O holy passion-bearer and healing physician Julian, intercede with the merciful God that He grant unto our souls forgiveness of sins.

Kontakion of the Presentation of Christ – Tone 1

Thou, O Christ God, Who by Thy Birth, didst sanctify the Virgin’s womb, and, as is meet, didst bless Simeon’s arms, and didst also come to save us; preserve Thy fold in wars, and confirm them whom Thou didst love, for Thou alone art the Lover of mankind.

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.


Free to a Good Home: Matushka Raisa has moved into an assisted living apartment and has a few items to gift to her parish family.  If you have need of a wooden dining room set, comfy livingroom chair or kitchen items, among other things, please contact Fr Peter Jon ASAP.

Life Insurance: If you are considering purchasing life insurance, either for your surviving family or as a gift to the church after your death, Thomas Przybyla can help. 812-929-1766

Collections of warm mittens, gloves, hats and scarves continue.

Mat. Raisa Strelnizki: Bell Trace Rehab – Rm. 124 -B, 725 Bell Trace Circle, 47408

Mary Ann G: 725 Bell Trace Circle – Rehab Room 122, 47408

Birthday Celebrations: Daniel Ivanitski (6th); Deb Dye (12th)

Memory Eternal: Bobby; Tate; Tony; Byron; Fr. James Roselli

Prayer List: Mary Ann (Rehab at Bell Trace); Mat. Raisa; Steve Crandall; Immimk family ; Adrian and Marah Polit; Megan after her pre-term baby’s death;  Fr. Athanasius Wilson; Jack;Christopher; Tornado victims; Covid-19 resurgence; refugees  and immigrants; our nation and nation’s leaders at all levels of government; schools: school children, youth and personnel across the nation; Nancy Jones; April; Don; Vicki; Ingrid, Fr. Jerome; Catherine; Awanda  Michael; Anastasia with child; Bonnie Thelen; Wadia; Jayci; Dee, Patricia, Marvin, Alice; Michael; Olga; Eileen; Soren; Kitsa; Apthrodite and Angelos; Kim; Dusty, Cari; Betsy, Josh; Allison;  Andrew and Isaac (Korea/military); Leanne; Heather; Nancy; Sharon Catherine; Emma; Lexi, Ross and Vivian; Theo; Doug; Jeremy; Marcia & Deacon; Elias; Waded; Seraphima; Lilly’s family; Jennifer; Christy

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