Sunday, March 20, 2022

Second Sunday of Great Lent

Commemoration of Gregory Palamas, Archbishop of Thessalonica; The Holy Fathers slain at the monastery of Mar Sabbas; New-martyr Myron of Crete

This evening: Sunday Lenten Vespers at Holy Transfiguration, Crawfordsville, at 5pm. This year’s theme is “Iconography and the Incarnation.”

Thought for Today: “Whoever does not believe in God and in the life to come, remains inconsolable and condemns his eternal soul.” + St. Paisios the Athonite

New Information about theMan Of God Film. This film is reportedly no longer scheduled to be shown in Bloomington. Those wanting to see it in a theatre should look to Indianapolis.  

Parish Council meets today.

House Blessings: Father Peter Jon will continue to bless homes in the coming days and weeks. He will contact you to schedule a house blessing, but you may also choose to email him directly to request a particular date.

Grant Opportunity for Women: The Antiochian Women are inviting applications for $500 grants for women 26 years of age or older, who are members in good standing in our parish and are actively involved in the sacraments and life of the parish, who are applying for or registered in an academic or trade study program, and who have a financial need.  The applications are on the parish bulletin board, and must be received by the committee by June 1, 2022.  They must be accompanied by an essay and a priest’s recommendation.

Today’s  Coffee Hour: Hostess Nina Rogers with Parishioners H-R

Next Week (Sunday, March 27): Hosts: The Webbs and Parishioners S-Z


Wednesday, March 23Presanctified Liturgy at 6:00 – Orthodoxy 101

April Blair’s topic is “The Life of the Theotokos”

Thursday, March 24: Great Vespers for the Annunciation at 6:00

Thursday, March 24: OCF meets at the church for Festal Vespers followed by a meal and discussion with the Webbs in the Fellowship Hall

Friday, March 25: Festal Orthros at 9:00;  Divine Liturgy for the Annunciation at 10:00

Friday, March 25: Vespers for the Leave-taking of Annunciation with Akathist verses

Saturday, March 26: Adult Bible Study at the Webbs  9:00 – 10:30 am

Saturday, March 26:  Great Vespers at 5:00 – Ask Abouna;  Jr. SOYO at 4:00; Sr. SOYO at 6:00

Sunday, March 27: Matins at 8:50; Divine Liturgy at 10:00Adoration of the Holy Cross


March 27: Sunday Lenten Vespers at St. John the Forerunner at 5pm.


Resurrection Apolytikion – Tone 6

When Mary stood at Thy grave, looking for Thy sacred body, angelic powers shone above Thy revered tomb. And the soldiers who were to keep guard became as dead men. Thou led Hades captive and wast not tempted thereby. Thou didst meet the Virgin and didst give life to the world, O Thou, Who art risen from the dead, O Lord, glory to Thee.

Apolytikion for St. Gregory Palamas – Tone 8

O Star of Orthodoxy, support of the Church and its teacher, O comeliness of ascetics, and incontestable champion of those who speak in theology, Gregory the wonder-worker, the pride of Thessalonica and preacher of grace, implore thou constantly for the salvation of our souls.

Kontakion for Sundays in Great Lent  – Tone 8

To thee, the Champion Leader, do I offer thanks of victory, O Theotokos, thou who hast delivered me from terror; but as thou that hast that power invincible, O Theotokos, thou alone can set me free: from all forms of danger free me and deliver me, that I may cry unto thee: Hail, O Bride without Bridegroom.

Megalynarion of St. Basil’s Liturgy

All creation rejoiceth in thee, O thou who art full of grace: the angelic hosts and the race of men. O hallowed temple and spiritual paradise, glory of virgins, of whom God was incarnate and became a little child, even our God who is before all the ages; for he made thy womb a throne, and thy body more spacious than the heavens. All creation rejoiceth in thee, O thou who art full of grace. Glory to thee.


The Reading is from St. Paul’s Epistle to the Hebrews. (1:10-2:3)

Thou, O Lord, shalt keep us and shalt preserve us.

Save me, O Lord, for the godly man is no more!

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 to which of the angels did He say at any time, “Sit on My right hand, until 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?

The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according 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!”


Pantry Needs: Everything is needed except spaghetti and rice and canned vegetables.

Coffee Hour Reminders: First Sunday A-B; Second Sunday C-G; Third Sunday H-R; Fourth Sunday S-Z; Fifth Sunday All Pitch-in.

Birthday Celebrations: Lilly B (20th); Saraqael H (21st); Georges T (21st); Ghada L (21st); Marija K (23rd); Tristan R (26th); Matthew C (26th)

Blessed Name Day: St. Photini – 20th (Mezy A, Hannah G, Shirley R); Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel – 26th (Gabriella C, Gabe S, Randal S

Memory Eternal: Fr. James Roselli; Awanda Michael Burge

Prayer List: Arianna Vician; Josiah, a young child friend of the Gillquists; Rhonda’s sister-in-law Judee with a kidney tumor;Wendy Elizabeth’s Aunt Helen (Covid-Pneumonia) and Uncle Bobby;Awanda’s family; Mary Ann; Emma, Mary Ann’s granddaughter recovering from a serious surgery; Linda; Steve Crandall; Adrian and Marah Polit; Megan after her pre-term baby’s death;  Fr. Athanasius Wilson; Jack;Christopher; 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; Fr. Jerome; Catherine; 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