Pre-Lenten Retreat (February 21-22nd) notice is at the end of this document.
Fifteenth Sunday of Luke (“Zacchaeus”)
Venerable Xenophon, his wife, Mary, and their two sons, Arkadios and John, of Constantinople;
Translation of the relics of Venerable Theodore the Studite
You are always welcome here at All Saints.
Nourishment for the Soul: “Have you stumbled? Arise. Have you sinned? Cease. Do not stand in the way of sinners, but spring away.” – St. Basil the Great
Myrrh Bearers meet today.
House Blessings are in full swing. Please expect a call or email from Fr. Peter Jon or Fr. Seraphim in the coming days/weeks.
Benevolence Opportunity: If you have a loveseat, comfortable chairs or twin mattress set in good condition that you would like to donate to a good cause, please contact Fr Peter Jon.
Monday, January 27: Compline and Fellowship at the Haneys’ at 7:00
Wednesday, January 29: Daily Vespers at 6:00
Thursday, January 30: Bible Study at Becky’s home 3:00 – 5:00
Thursday, January 30: OCF dinner and discussion at the Webb’s home at 6:00
Friday, January 31: Akathist for the Protection of the Theotokos at 6:00
Saturday, February 1: Great Vespers at 5:00; SOYO 6:00 – 8:00
Sunday, February 2: Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 – The Presentation of our Lord
Blessing of the Candles is done this day, so plan to bring your candles from home.
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 with the choir and preschool going first.
Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings
Epistle: The Reading is from St. Paul’s First Letter to St. Timothy. (4:9-15)
Timothy, my son, the saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance. For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, Who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe. Command and teach these things. Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. Until I come, attend to the public reading of scripture, to preaching, to teaching. Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophetic utterance when the council of elders laid their hands upon you. Practice these duties; devote yourself to them, so that all may see your progress.
Gospel: The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (19:1-10)
At that time, Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. And there was a man named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector, and rich. And he sought to see Who Jesus was, but could not, on account of the crowd, because he was small of stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Jesus, for He was to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down; for I must stay at your house today.” So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully. And when they saw it they all murmured, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham; for the Son of man came to seek and to save the lost.”
Divine Liturgy Variables for Choir and Parish
Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 7
Thou didst shatter death by Thy Cross; Thou didst open paradise to the thief; Thou didst turn the sadness of the ointment-bearing women into joy. And didst bid Thine Apostles proclaim a warning, that Thou hast risen, O Christ, granting to the world the Great Mercy.
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.
- Monthly Men’s Fellowship meetings begin on February 11th at the church – 7pm. Contact Father Seraphim for more information.
- Pre-Lenten Retreat February 21-22 with Fr. John Oliver, noted author and speaker. Details below.
- Mary Ann is at Meadowood for rehab. Her address is on the hall bulletin board.
- Meal Train for the Hsu Family: Contact Rhonda if you want to send a meal.
- Coffee Hour: Parishioners whose last names begin with R-Z will serve and clean today.
- The Pantry is OVERFLOWING: Thanks a bunch, but we have no storage space at this time!
Birthday Greetings: David P (26th); Ashley P (27th); Michael S (30th)
Name Day Blessings: Ephraim A (Ephraim the Syrian – 28th); Reed H (Ephraim the Syrian – 28th); Rhonda W (Perpetua – 1st); Shannon R (Brigid -1st); Felicity A(Brigid – 1st)
Memory Eternal: Lois; Fr. Patrick Kinder (14th); Jill Patterson; Darlene; Fr. Nabil’s father
Prayer List: Doris Finchum; Mary Ann; Vicki; Johanna and infant Jonathan; Mat. Raisa; Kaylie and infant Oliver; Rebekah with child; Amanda with child; Isaac in Air Force; Fr. Marc; Kh.Vanessa & Anthony Kinder; Fr. George; Fr. Basil & Kh. Cana; Judith; George; Dee; Dusty; Catherine (not in this parish); Michael & Olga; Eileen; Leanne; Heather;Nancy; Sharon Catherine; Alice & Marvin; Kh. Kristina; Bonnie; Emma; Patricia; Mary & Robert;Shirley; Rose; Lexi, Ross & Vivian; Theo; Doug Barrett;Jeremy; Charles; Grayson; Cleo; Marcia & Deacon; Nick;Bruce; Joanna & Demetrios;Ashlee W; Paul; Cathy; Sitto; Elias; Waded; Neva; Bill; Lonnie; Nancy & Shalayna; Seraphima; Lilly’s family; Jennifer & Regina; those suffering in the drug crisis, with fire devastation in Australia, with flood damage, and earthquake damage in Puerto Rico; those suffering in the Middle East.
Lenten Retreat: We are pleased to have Fr. John Oliver join us for a Pre-Lenten retreat on Friday, February 21 at 7:00 pm and Saturday, February 22 at noon, following a Divine Liturgy for the Saturday of the Souls. There is no charge, and lunch will be provided. Please feel free to invite friends and family.
Fr. John Oliver is the priest of St Elizabeth Orthodox Christian Church, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He is the author of numerous articles and essays, and of Touching Heaven: Discovering Orthodox Christianity on the Island of Valaam, published by Ancient Faith Press, and Giver of Life: The Holy Spirit in the Orthodox Christian Tradition which is published by Paraclete Press.
He will be speaking to us on the topic of his upcoming book: The Nourishing Dark: Dealing with Difficult Emotions in the Light of Christ, which will be coming out this summer. A graduate of St Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, he joined the faculty as instructor in Old and New Testament and American Religious History. He and his wife Lara have three daughters and two sons.
Follow Fr. John on his podcast, Heats and Minds on Ancient Faith radio https://www.ancientfaith.com/podcasts/hearts_and_minds.