First Sunday of Great Lent (Sunday of Orthodoxy)
Translation of the relics of Nikephoros, Patriarch of Constantinople; Bishops Poplias and Marios
**Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great**
There will be a Procession with icons on this Sunday of Orthodoxy following “Blessed be the Name of the Lord” near the end of today’s Divine Liturgy as we celebrate the Triumph of Orthodoxy. The Confession of Faith will be recited. (end of the bulletin)
This evening, Lenten Vespers is presented by the Presbyters of Central Indiana at Holy Trinity in Carmel at 5pm. This year’s theme is “Iconography and the Incarnation.”
Thought for Today: “Let this always be the aim of your conduct: to be courteous and respectful to all.” +St. Isaac the Syrian
A Warm Welcome to a Special Visitor: Fr. John Parker, Dean of St. Tikhon Orthodox Theological Seminary in Eastern Pennsylvania, will be with us this weekend. Let us welcome him with open arms and open hearts on this first Sunday of Great Lent!
Ask Abouna: During Great Lent, Ask Abouna will be moved from Wednesdays to Saturdays, following Great Vespers.
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.
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.
Join the All Saints Myrrh Bearers who are reading through the Psalms/Psalter during Great Lent through Palm Sunday. Details are in the hallway, or contact Wendy Elizabeth Carter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today’s Coffee Hour: Hosts – the Carter Family with Parishioners C-G
Next Week (Sunday, March 20): Hostess – Nina Rogers with Parishioners H-R
Wednesday, March 16: Presanctified Liturgy at 6:00 – Orthodoxy 101
Howard Webb’s topic is “Apophatic Theology.”
Friday, March 18: Akathist Hymn at 6:00
Saturday, March 19: Adult Bible Study at the Webbs 9:00 – 10:30 am
Saturday, March 19: Great Vespers at 5:00 – Ask Abouna; Jr. SOYO at 4:00; Sr. SOYO at 6:00
Sunday, March 20: Matins at 8:50; Divine Liturgy at 10:00
March is Women’s month in our Archdiocese.
- March 19: OCLife Retreat at St George with Frederica Mathewes-Green as keynote speaker (RSVP required, see flyer at the Church)
- March 20: Sunday Lenten Vespers at Holy Transfiguration at 5pm. This year’s theme is “Iconography and the Incarnation.”
- New Information about the new Movie Man Of God: The Life of Saint Nectarios of Aegina: AMC11 is planning to reopen their doors March 20 and is planning to show the film on March 21 & 28. Ticket sales should open this week. Get yours before they’re gone!
- March 25: The Annunciation
DIVINE LITURGY VARIABLES for CHOIR and PARISH
Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 5
Let us believers praise and worship the Word; coeternal with the Father and the Spirit, born of the Virgin for our salvation. For, He took pleasure in ascending the Cross in the flesh to suffer death; and to raise the dead by His glorious Resurrection.
Apolytikion of the First Sunday of Great Lent – Tone 2
Thy pure image do we venerate, O good One, asking forgiveness of our sins, O Christ our God; for by Thine own will Thou didst ascend the Cross in Thy body, to save Thy creatures from the bondage of the enemy. Wherefore, with thankfulness we cry aloud to thee: Thou hast verily filled all with joy, since Thou didst come, O our Savior, to save the world.
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.
EPISTLE and GOSPEL READINGS
The Reading is from St. Paul’s Epistle to the Hebrews. (11:24-26, 32-40)
Blessed art Thou, O Lord, the God of our fathers.
For Thou art just in all that Thou hast done for us.
Brethren, by faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; choosing rather to share ill-treatment with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; esteeming the reproach of the Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he looked to the recompense of reward. And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me if I tell of Gideon, Barak, Sampson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and all the prophets, who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, became mighty in war, and turned to flight armies of the aliens. Women received their dead by resurrection, and others were tortured, not accepting their deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. And others suffered mocking and scourging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, they were tempted, they were slain with the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, being destitute, afflicted, tormented (of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. And all these, having obtained a witness through their faith, did not receive the promise, since God had foreseen something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.
The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. John. (1:43-51)
At that time, Jesus decided to go to Galilee. And He found Philip and said to him, “Follow Me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael, and said to him, “We have found Him of Whom Moses in the Law and also the Prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” Jesus saw Nathanael coming to Him, and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!” Nathanael said to Jesus, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” Nathanael answered Him, “Rabbi, Thou art the Son of God! Thou art the King of Israel!” Jesus answered him, “Because I said to you, I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You shall see greater things than these.” And Jesus said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.”
Pantry Needs: Everything is needed except spaghetti and rice.
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: Amber (Anna) S (13th); Adam S (16th); Khouria Kristina G (18th); Marah P (19th)
Blessed Name Day: David Patterson (St. Patrick the Enlightener of Ireland – 17th)
Memory Eternal: Fr. James Roselli; Awanda Michael Burge
Prayer List: Arianna Vician (Sharon Catherine’s granddaughter – surgery/broken leg);Josaih gravely ill child, friend of the Gillquists; Wendy’s Uncle Bobby with severe pain; Rhonda’s Sister-in-law Judee with kidney tumor; Wendy Elizabeth’s Aunt Helen (Covid-Pneumonia); 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
Confession of Faith: As the prophets beheld, as the Apostles have taught,…as the Church has received…as the teachers have dogmatized,…as the Universe has agreed,…as Grace has shown forth,… as Truth has revealed,…as falsehood has been dissolved,…as Wisdom has presented, …as Christ awarded,…thus we declare,…thus we assert,…thus we preach Christ our true God, and honor as Saints in words, in writings, in thoughts, in sacrifices, in churches, in Holy Icons; on the one hand worshipping and reverencing Christ as God and Lord; and on the other hand honoring as true servants of the same Lord of all and accordingly offering them veneration.
(LOUDER) This is the Faith of the Apostles, this is the Faith of the Fathers, this is the Faith of the Orthodox, this is the Faith which has established the Universe.
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.