Sunday, March 31, 2019 Life-Giving Cross

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Third Sunday of Great Lent

Veneration of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross

Welcome to All Saints!

Lenten Nourishment:  “Whoever gives a hand to help his neighbor is helped by God’s own hand.”

St. Isaac the Syrian

This evening,  Lenten Great Vespers will be at St. John the Forerunner in Indianapolis at 5:00.

Coffee Hour: Scheduled contributors and cleaners for today are those with last names beginning R-Z.

Food Pantry:  Many families continue to be blessed weekly by your donations!  Take an occasional peak in Marcia’s office to see what’s needed. Paper goods would be appreciated.

Presanctified Liturgy OpportunityThere will be no service at All Saints this Wednesday, as Father Peter will be out of town. However, Fr. Jerome Sanderson has extended a warm invitation for our parishioners to celebrate the Presanctified Liturgy Wednesday with the faithful of Christ the Savior Bulgarian Orthodox Mission in downtown Nashville. Howard Webb will drive the Saints van, leaving at 4:15 to arrive in time for the 5:00 service.  Please note that the service is at 5pm, not 6pm.  See Howard or Rhonda to reserve a seat in the van.

Meal Relief for the Arthurs: You have likely received an email about Elizabeth’s automobile accident. Thanks be to God for her safety and that of Joel and Felicity. As she recovers, your offerings will help her and Cody focus on healing instead of meal preparation. Leave your meatless donations in the church refrigerator, labeled and if possible in non-return containers. There is a sign-up sheet in the hall.

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; the choir and preschool go first.

Father Peter Jon will be out of town this week; however services continue as usual  on Saturday and Sunday with  Fr. Isaac Gillette of Missouri at the altar.

Texting the Priest: Fr. Peter has requested that, in lieu of texting, parishioners email him at  All are welcome to call him on his cell phone and, if he is not immediately available, to leave a voicemail. If there is a life-and-death emergency, please call and text.


During Great Lent, we will observe the fast during meal and snack times.

Wednesday, April 3: Presanctified Liturgy at 5:00 at Nashville

Thursday, April 4: Afternoon Bible Study at Becky’s home at 3:00; OCF at the Webb’s home 6:00

Friday, April 5: Akathist Hymn at 6:00

Saturday, April 6: Great Vespers at 5:00 – SOYO at 6:00

Sunday, April 7:  Matins at 8:50; Divine Liturgy at 10:00; 5pm Lenten Vespers : St. George in Fishers

Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings

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

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 for Choir and Parish

Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 3

Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad, for the Lord hath done a mighty act with His own arm.  He hath trampled down death by death, and become the first-born from the dead. He hath delivered us from the depths of Hades, granting 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 (and the Akathist to the Theotokos) – 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 (instead of Holy God…)

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

Megalynarion – St. Basil”s  Liturgy (instead of It is Truly Meet…)

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

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


  • Presanctified Liturgy each Wednesday is followed by teaching and a light meal (April 3rd cancelled)
  • The Akathist to the Holy Theotokos will be chanted each Friday.
  • Each Sunday Evening Lenten Vespers will be at a different church at 5:00. [April 7th – St. George , Indy; April 14th – All Saints]


Prayer List: Elizabeth; Patricia;Hannah, Ty, & baby Alice; Mary & Robert;Shirley; Rose; Lexi; Theo; Heather; Doug Barrett;Amber Smith;Jeremy P; Charles; Vicki; Alice & Marvin Grayson; Laura Sue and Elmo; Nancy; Nick;Bruce; Joanna Zaharako; Dee; Mary Ann;Alexanders; Emilija and her newborn daughter; Kristina (Weber) and newborn son;; Sharon Catherine; Lillian Purcell; Eileen; Leanne; Ashlee W; Kh. Kristina; Vivian; Paul; Cathy; Sitto; Elias; Waded; Neva; Bill; Lonnie; Fr. George; Fr. Basil; Iva Lee; Nancy & Shalayna; Seraphima; Lilly’s family; Jennifer & Regina; those suffering in the drug crisis, with fire devastation, with flood damage in the USA; those suffering in Syria and the Middle East; safety in public places, in our schools and on our southern borderMetropolitan Paul; Archbishop John; our church and our nation.

Blessed Name Day: Molly A (St. Mary of Egypt – 1st); Zane N (St. Nicetas – 3rd); Polina M (St. Appolinaria – 4th)

Memory Eternal:  Agnes (February 28th); Maggie (March 13th)

Happy Birthday: Brian O (2nd); Irene W (3rd); Jennifer R (5th)