Sunday, March 27, 2022
Third Sunday of Great Lent
Veneration of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross
Martyr Matrona of Thessalonica; Martyrs Philetos the Senator, his wife Lydia of Rome and those with them; Paul, Bishop of Corinth
This evening: Sunday Lenten Vespers at St. John the Forerunner, Indianapolis, at 5pm. This year’s theme is “Iconography and the Incarnation.”
Thought for Today: “Do not despair. God is omnipresent and loves humanity.” +St. Paisios the Athonite
Today’s Coffee Hour: Hosts: Rhonda and Howard Webb and Parishioners S-Z
Next Week (Sunday, April 3): Hosts: Melissa and Casey Barbarick and Parishioners
Wednesday, March 30: Presanctified Liturgy at 6:00 – Orthodoxy 101
Father’s topic is “Holy Unction.“
Friday, April 1: Akathist Hymn at 6:00
Saturday, April 2: Adult Bible Study at the Webbs 9:00 – 10:30 am
Saturday, April 2: Great Vespers at 5:00 – Ask Abouna; Jr. SOYO at 4:00; Sr. SOYO at 6:00
Sunday, April 3: Matins at 8:50; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 – Myrrh Bearers meet.
April 3 : Sunday Lenten Vespers at St. George, Fishers at 5pm.
April 17: Palm Sunday followed by Holy Week.
EPISTLE and GOSPEL READINGS
The Reading is from St. Paul’s Epistle to the Hebrews. (4:14-5:6)
(For the Third Sunday of Great Lent)
O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance.
Unto Thee, O Lord, will I cry, O my God!
Brethren, since we have a great High Priest, Who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast the confession. For we do not have a High Priest Who is unable to sympathize with our infirmities, but one Who has been in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore draw near with boldness to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy, and may find grace to help in time of need. For every high priest, being taken from among the people, is appointed on behalf of the people in things pertaining to God, that he may offer up both gifts and sacrifices for sins; who can have compassion on the ignorant and on those who are erring, since he himself also is encompassed with infirmity. Because of this he is bound, as for the people so also for himself, to offer up for sins. And no one takes the honor upon himself, but as being called by God, as was Aaron. So Christ also did not glorify Himself to become a High Priest, but it was by the One saying to Him, “Thou art My Son, today I have begotten Thee.” As He says also in another place, “Thou art a Priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.”
The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according St. Mark. (8:34-9:1)
(For the Third Sunday of Great Lent)
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 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.
Apolytikion for the Holy Cross – Tone 1
O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance, granting to Thy people victory over all their adversaries, and by the power of Thy Cross preserving Thine estate.
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.
The Anti-Trisagion Hymn (Instead of HOLY GOD)
Before Thy Cross we bow down in worship, Master, and Thy Holy Resurrection we glorify.
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.
Koinonikon (Communion Hymn) for the Third Sunday of Great Lent
The light of Thy countenance, O Lord, hath been signed upon us. Alleluia.
Pantry Needs: Canned meat/fish is needed and also mac/cheese.
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: Nina R (29th); Darryl J (29th); Wendy C (April 2nd); Brian O (2nd)
Blessed Name Day: Molly A (April 1st)
Memory Eternal: Awanda Michael Burge; James; Merle; Justin; Christopher Ryan
Prayer List: Displaced Ukrainian refugees and those who remain in their war-torn country; Peace talks; our nation and all nations’ leaders; Vicki; Vicki’s granddaughter with pre-term baby’s death;Petroulla’s mother hospitalized with kidney failure (Cyprus); Hermione with child; 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; Fr. Athanasius Wilson; Jack;Christopher; 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