Sunday, March 22, 2020

Third Sunday of Great Lent

Veneration of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross

Nourishment for the Soul:  “Fear not,  for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you — Yes, I will help you…” (Isaiah 41:10)

LIVE- STREAMING SERVICES: Our talented technical team continues to work out the kinks with live streaming services If things work as planned this weekend, your will be able to gather with us in prayer for the Akathist at 6pm tonight (Friday) and at 9am Sunday for Matins and Divine Liturgy. If there are technical problems, we will simply post a video of the services after their conclusion.

Fr. Peter Jon’s Daily Videos:  During this crisis, Fr. Peter Jon plans to post short, encouraging videos on most days when there aren’t services. Let’s stay connected as a community! 


Directives are in place due to Covid19 Outbreak

The Metropolitan’s directives can be read:

Wednesday, March 25: Live-streaming at the Feast of the Annunciation (Only clergy, appointed altar servers and chanters may attend.)

Friday, March 27: Live-streaming of The Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos (Only clergy, appointed altar servers and chanters may attend.)

Sunday, March 29: Live-streaming of Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 on the Sunday of St. John Climacus (Only clergy, appointed altar servers and chanters may attend.)


  • Donations to the church can be made on our web site at or by U.S. mail.
  • May 1-3 : Holy Dormition Monastery Pilgrimage to Rives Junction, Michigan: Rhonda is the contact person. Your response is needed to secure housing at the monastery on a busy weekend.

Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings

Epistle: The Reading is from St. Paul’s  Letter to the Hebrews. (4:14-5:6)

O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance.  To Thee, O Lord, have I cried, O my God.

Brethren, since we have a High Priest, Who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One Who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness. Because of this he is bound to offer sacrifice for his own sins as well as for those of the people. And one does not take the honor upon himself, but he is called by God, just as Aaron was. So also Christ did not exalt Himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by Him Who said to Him, “Thou art My Son, today I have begotten Thee”; as He says also in another place, “Thou art a priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek.”

Gospel: The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark. (8:34-9:1)

The Lord said, “If any man would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for My sake and the Gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” And Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Kingdom of God come with power.”

Divine Liturgy Variables

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.

Apolytikion for The Holy Cross – Tone 1

O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance, granting to Thy people victory over all their enemies, and by the power of Thy Cross preserving Thy commonwealth.

Kontakion for Sundays of 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.

The Anti-Trisagion Hymn

Before Thy Cross we bow down in worship, Master, and Thy Holy Resurrection we glorify.

St. Basil’s Liturgy – The Megalynarion

In thee rejoiceth, O full of grace, all creation: the angelic hosts, and the race of men, O hallowed Temple and noetic 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 He made more spacious than the heavens. In thee rejoiceth, O full of grace, all creation; and it glorifieth thee.

Koinonikon (Communion Hymn) for the Third Sunday of Great Lent

The light of Thy countenance, O Lord, hath been signed upon us. Alleluia.


The Pantry: Everything is needed except pasta and peanut butter.

Birthday Greetings: Tristan R (26th); Matthew C (26th)

Name Day Blessings: Galina Mc (23rd);

 Synaxis of the Archangel Gabrie l-  26th: Gabriella C; Gabe S

Memory Eternal: Beverly; Lois; DL; Julia; James

Prayer List: Kim; Dusty; Betsy; Allison; Robin; Doris Finchum; Mary Ann; Vicki;  Mat. Raisa; Kaylie and infant Oliver; Catherine with child; Rebekah with child; Amanda Hermione with child; Nikki with child;  Isaac in Air Force; Fr. Marc; Kh.Vanessa & Anthony Kinder; Fr. George; Fr. Basil & Kh. Cana; Judith Ann; George; Dee; 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, flood damage, and earthquake damage; those suffering in the Middle East; our nation; world-wide coronavirus outbreak.