Sunday, March 31, 2024

Second Sunday of Great Lent

Commemoration of Gregory Palamas, Archbishop of Thessalonica

Hypatios the wonderworker, Aishop of Gangra; Prophet Joel

Thought for Today“True fasting lies in rejecting evil, holding one’s tongue, suppressing one’s hatred, and banishing one’s lust, evil words, lying and betrayal of vows”

+ St. Basil the Great           


Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 2

When Thou didst submit Thyself unto death, O Thou deathless and immortal One, then Thou didst destroy hell with Thy Godly power. And when Thou didst raise the dead from beneath the earth, all the powers of Heaven did cry aloud unto Thee: O Christ, Thou giver of life, 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 Sunday Sundays in Great Lent (and Akathist Saturday) – 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 Epistle

The Lord is my strength and my song. The Lord has chastened me severely.

The Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Hebrews. (1:10-14; 2:1-3)

In the beginning, “you O Lord,  didst found the earth, and the heavens are the works of Thy hands; they will perish; but Thou remainest; they will all grow old like a garment, like a mantle Thou wilt roll them up, and they shall be changed. But Thou art the same, and Thy years will never end.” But to what angels has He said “Sit at My right hand, til I make thy enemies a footstool for thy feet?” Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to serve, for the sake of those who are to obtain salvation? Therefore, we must pay closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. For if the message declared by angels was valid and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape if we neglect such great a salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to those who heard him. 

The Gospel 

The Reading 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!” 

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.


Today, SundayPascha choir will begin practicing today at 1:00 pm for 90 minutes. Practices will be held on the following Sunday as well; April 7, 14, and 21. Lenten Vespers at 5:00 pm; St. Nicholas speaker Fr. David Wey.

Monday, April 13rd Hour Prayers at 9:00 am.

Tuesday, April 2: 3rd Hour Prayers at 9:00 am.

Wednesday, April 36th Hour Prayers at12:00 noon; Presanctified Liturgy at 6:00 pm (followed by teaching).

Thursday, April 43rd Hour Prayers at9:00 am; OCF dinner and discussion, 6:30pm at the Webb’s home.

FridayApril 5: Presanctified Liturgy at 9:00 am; Akathist Service at 6:00 pm.

Saturday, April 6: Bible Study at the Webb’s home, 9:00 am; Great Vespers at 5:00 pm; (followed by Ask Abouna); Jr. SOYO at 3:30pm; SOYO at 6:30pm.

 Sunday, April 7Matins at9:00 am,Divine Liturgy at10:00 am; Adoration of the Cross. Lenten Vespers at 5:00 pm; St. Stephen speaker Fr. Zachariah Trent.


Names Day CelebrationJoel Arthur,Prophel Joel (31st); Nolan ArnoldSt. Gregory Palamas (31st); Molly Alexander, St. Mary of Egypt (1st); Polina Mullis, St. Apollinara (4th).

Birthday CelebrationWendy Elizabeth Carter (2nd); Irene Weber (3rd); John Kozak (4th); Jennifer Rigsby (5th); Cora Bidulescu (6th).

Memory EternalFr. Jorge, Steve, Sarah, Patriarch Neophytos (Bulgarian Patriarchate); Douglas Barrett (Subdeacon Dan’s brother).

Prayer ListCharlie;Shirley; Jim;Jan; Don and Dee; those suffering the war of Ukraine, and the Middle East; Peace talks; our nation and all nations’ leaders; schools: children, youth and personnel across the nation; Mat. Raisa; Mary Ann; Emma (Mary Ann’s granddaughter); Bob & Bonnie Thelen;  Wes (infant with brittle bone disorder); Wes’s grandfather; Megan (lymphoma); Mark (CHF) and (caregiver) Barbara;Josiah; Vicki;Vicki’s granddaughter; Steve Crandall; Fr. Athanasius; Jack; Christopher; Fr. Jerome; Fr. Basil; Catherine; Wadia; Jayci; Patricia; Marvin; Alice; Kitsa; Apthrodite; Kim; Kristy; Dusty; Cari; Betsy; Josh; Allison; Andrew (Texas/military); Isaac (Germany/military); Leanne; Heather; Nancy; Sharon Catherine; Michael, Olga, Eileen, Soren, Kathy Lexi, Ross and Vivian; Theo; Doug; Dee; Jeremy; Dn. Lawrence, Marcia; Elias; Waded; Seraphima; Lilly’s family; Jennifer; Christy; Megan; John; Stanley; Macrina with child; Anne; Allen; Linda; Mary Barger; Allison and children; Nino with child, Kip, Erica with child, Stephanie with child, Mary with child, Meaghan with child, Alexis with child.

An excellent documentary film titled, “Sacred Alaska” will be shown at the Old National Public Theater in Evansville, IN on Sunday, April 14.  There are two showings: 1:30pm and 4:30pm.  RSVP to attend at: 

For a list of upcoming screenings around the U.S.:

To view the trailer:

 Coffee Hour Host: 5th Sunday all are encouraged to participate.

Next week HostMelissa Barabarick with Parishioners A-B.

Giving Opportunities:

Our In-House Food PantryThank you for the generous support to theFood Pantry. The pantry is available to parish members as well as families and individuals in the greater Bloomington community. Donations of nonperishable items of pasta, marinara sauce, peanut

butter, canned chicken and Tuna, canned vegetables, canned fruit and soups are always welcome.

Mission Donations: We send monthly support to two missionary units in Albania, the Hoppe family and Hannah Valentine. We welcome and encourage you to contribute to their ongoing support. 

Benevolence FundDonations may be made to this fund throughout the year, and are mainly used to support families in need of help with rent and utilities payments.

Donations to the church are being made online at and by U.S mail.  Many thanks to all who continue supporting All Saints.