Sunday, March 16, 2014
Second Sunday of Great Lent
Commemoration of Gregory Palamas, archbishop of Thessalonica
Martyr Sabinos of Egypt; Venerable Christodoulos the wonderworker of Patmos
**Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great**
Visitors, you are honored guests at All Saints
and welcome at all services.
Nourishment of the Soul: “The value of fasting consists not in abstinence only from food, but in a relinquishment of sinful practices, since he who limits his fasting only to an abstinence from meat is he who especially disparages it. The change in our way of life during these blessed days will help us to gain holiness. Therefore, we should let our soul rejoice during the fast.” — St. John Chrysostom
Communion: 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.
Communion Line: The choir goes first in both lines so members may continue ministering through music during communion. Little Lambs follow. The ushers then assist each row from front to back. Those seated in the over-flow may follow an adjacent row.
Confession: Confessions are heard Wednesday and Saturday evenings half an hour before services or by appointment during the week.
Orthodoxy 101 on Wednesday: This week at Orthodoxy 101, following the Presanctified Gifts Liturgy, Reader Tikhon’s topic will be “Mary the Theotokos.”
Presanctified Meal Donations: Please sign up in the hallway to donate soup, spaghetti or other main dishes and bread for a light supper on Wednesdays following the Presanctified Liturgy.
House Blessings continue by request.
Food for Hungry People has begun the 2014 campaign. Donations to All Saints will be sent after Pascha. This Archdiocesan charity feeds the hungry in the United States and around the world.
The fundraiser for Syrian Orphans netted $2,479.00. You may continue to donate throughout Great Lent by designating Syrian Orphan Fund on the memo line of your check.
Urgent Choir Practices: The Choir will practice each Sunday in March for Pascha. It is not too late to join the practices.
Parish Council meeting scheduled for today has been cancelled. Updates will be sent by e-mail.
Tonight, Lenten Vespers are at St. Stephen’s Orthodox Church in Indy at 5:00. The theme for this year’s Lenten Vespers Series is “Blessed are those who are persecuted…”
March is Women’s Month in our archdiocese.
Sign-up sheets for Lenten donations and service are in the hallway.
Myrrh Bearers will serve by reading the epistle and passing the collection trays.
Wednesday, March 19: Presanctified Liturgy at 6:00; 0rthodoxy 101 at 7:40
Friday, March 21: Akathist Hymn (Madayeh) at 6:00
Saturday, March 22: Great Vespers at 5:00
Sunday, March 23: Matins at 8:50; Divine Liturgy at 10:00
March 23: Sunday evening, Lenten Vespers at All Saints at 5 p.m. (We provide a fellowship meal.)
April 6: Chris and Jen Moore, OCMC missionaries to Mongolia will be with us during coffee hour to update us on the work there. They have added a member to their family since their last visit.
Happy Birthday: Adam Shahadey (16th); Kh. Kristina Gillquist (18th); Lilly Blair (20th ); Saraquel Hsu (21st); Ghada Tabbal Labban (21st); Georges Tabbal (21st)
Blessed Name Day: David Patterson (17th – St. Patrick); Mezy Alexander (20th – St. Photini)
Memory Eternal: Metaxia (Craig’s grandmother on the 5th year memorial); Victor (Galina’s brother in Alberta, Canada-March 9th)
Prayer List: Vicki Gans; Alex (Albert) Alexander; Deacon Lawrence; Metropolitan Paul, Archbishop John, Syrian Orphans, Danica D’Onofrio; Kh. Loretta Wilson; Chad & Connie; Beth; Jeffry Ellis; Lillian Miller; Dee; Julie; Roger; Stephanie; Virginia McCallister; Marilyn; Eric; Marna; Cheryl; Lori; Pam; Debbie; Natasha; Ioana; Geni Gritton; Michael & Shelley: Leanne; Jill Patterson; Gabriel; Mary; Alex; Doug; Janet; Kelly; Pete; Phillip; Patricia; Matushka Raisa; John C; Marty; John; Charles; Fr. John Koen; Archpriests Alexander and Roman; Eileen; Mary; Marvin, Alice; Katie; Bob R; Deborah; Ruth; Steve; Kevin; Romaine; Steven; Mary; Derek, Claire & Micah; Tim; Preston; Sharon; Sherri; Dianna; Michael and Diane; Aaron; Brent; Christy; Jennifer; Brigid; Caleb; Korene.
Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings
Prokeimenon: “Thou, O Lord, shalt keep us and preserve us.”
Verse: “Save me, O Lord, for the godly man is no more!” Psalm 11:7, 1
Epistle: The Reading is from St. Paul’s Epistle to the Hebrews. (1:10-2:3)
Thou, “O Lord, in the beginning didst lay the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the works of Thy hands; they will perish; but Thou remainest; and they will all grow old like a garment, and like a mantle Thou wilt roll them up, and they shall be changed. But Thou art the same, and Thy years will not fail.” But of which of the angels did He say at any time, “Sit on My right hand, till I make thine enemies a footstool for thy feet?” Are they not all spirits for liturgical ministry, sent forth to minister for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?
Therefore, we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things that were heard, lest at any time we drift away from them. For if the word spoken through angels was confirmed, and every transgression and disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape, if we neglect so great a salvation, which having at first been spoken through the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard?
Gospel: The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark. (2:1-12)
At that time, when Jesus returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that He was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room for them, not even about the door; and He was preaching the Word to them. And they came, bringing to Jesus a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above Him; and when they had made an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic lay. And when Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” Now, some of the scribes were sitting there, reasoning in their hearts, “Why does this man speak thus? It is blasphemy! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” And immediately Jesus, perceiving in His spirit that they thus reasoned within themselves, said to them, “Why do you reason thus in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, take up your pallet and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins” – He said to the paralytic – “I say to you, rise, take up your pallet and go home.” And he rose, and immediately took up the pallet and went out before them all. So that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”