Sunday of Orthodoxy, March 20, 2016

Children (and adults) are asked to bring an icon from home for the procession on Sunday.

 Sunday, March 20, 2016

First Sunday of Great Lent (Sunday of Orthodoxy)

The Holy Fathers slain at the Monastery of Mar Sabbas; New-martyr Myron of Crete;

St. Photini, the Samaritan Woman

 We warmly welcome you to All Saints during the Great Lenten Journey.

Nourishment of the Soul: “You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” — Kahlil Gibran

O101: April Blair’s topic for Orthodoxy 101 on Wednesday, March 23rd  will be “The Life of the Theotokos” in anticipation of the Feast of the Annunciation next Friday. Notice that O101 starts later than usual after the Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts.

Harold Sabbagh (Hal) will present  a lecture on Orthodox Music next Sunday (27th) during coffee hour. He will include information on services during Great Lent as well as an overview.

 Hungry Children at Home and Abroad   Fundraiser totaled  $1,393. Thanks be to God who placed it in your hearts to support this effort of the Antiochian Women (Myrrh Bearers) at the direction of His Eminence Met. JOSEPH.

Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers is at St. George in Fishers at 5:00. A fellowship hour follows.

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.

Presanctified Liturgies each Wednesday are followed by a light meal.   Please sign up with Marcia or on the hall bulletin board to host with a pot of soup and bread or a main dish such as spaghetti. Dessert is optional.

Parish Council meets today around Noon.

Preparing for Great Pascha’s  Choir: During April, Father will suspend all meetings on Sundays so the Choir can Practice Pascha Music. Those planning to sing at Pascha should attend all 3 meetings in April.


March is Women’s Month.

Epistle Reader – April or Abby Blair; Ushers -Jennifer, Nina, Stephanie

Fasting from Meat, Meat Products, and Dairy continues throughout Great Lent.

Our Church pictorial calendar gives guidelines. is another source.

Wednesday, March 23: Presanctified Liturgy at 6:00–Orthodoxy 101 follows around 8:00.

Thursday, March 24: Annunciation Evening Liturgy at 6:00

Friday, March 25: Akathist to the Mother of God at 6:00

Saturday, March 26:  Great Vespers at 5:00

Sunday, March 27: Matins at 9:00;  Divine Liturgy at 10:00 – Hal’s presentation follows.

Sunday, March 27: Western Easter & Sunday  Lenten Vespers is at Greenwood Mission at 5 pm. The Parish invites you to worship with them. This year’s theme is “The Church as the Ark of Our Salvation.” Father Stevan Bauman is the homilist.


 March 31:  Women’s Bible Study led by Kh. Marilyn at Becky Hrisomalos’s  home, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

April 23: Lazarus Saturday clean up day in preparation for Holy Week

April 30 (May 1): Holy Pascha

 Birthday Greetings: Lilly B (20th); Saraqael H (21st); George T (21st); Ghada L (21st); Tristan R (26th)

Name Day Blessing: Mezy Alexander (St.Photini – 20th); Hannah Noor Gillquist (St.Photini – 20th); Shirley Richardson (St.Photini – 20th); Galina McLaws (23rd); Gabby Crandall (26th); Gabe Stant (26th)

Memory Eternal: Virginia (12th); Kh. Jedonne Rhudy (21st); Elizabeta (March11th)

Prayer List : “For the suffering Christians of Syria, Palestine, Iraq, & all of the Middle East, and for those suffering in the Ukraine.”  Archpriest Athanasius; Leslie (paralysis); Jasmine; Deborah & Thomas; Amal; Iva.; John G; Anastasiya  Dudar’s family in Australia; James; Alex John;  Jason; Steve D;  Dee; Becky H.; Alexis T. ;Tom;  Jake; Annie; Catherine; Janett; Jill; Kh. Kristina; Angie; Julian; Kh. Mary Sue Walker; Vicki; Hoppes in Albania,  Jesse Brandow in Guatemala (OCMC Missionaries); Vivian; Natalie; Senior Saints; Patricia; Dee H; Nicetas; Barb; Shirley; Metropolitan Paul, Archbishop John; Kh. Loretta; Fr. John Koen; Archpriests  George & Stephen; Adrian; Heather; Susan; Gabriella & Matt; Sara; Shelley; Geni; Those with child: Rachel B, Jessica with twins, Anastasia Hope, and Anastasiya D; Emily D; Emma; Kim; Nancy; Neal; Lyuda; Bob R;  Leanne; Beth; Lillian; Julie; Roger; Virginia; Marilyn; Eric; Cheryl; Lori; Pam; Debbie; Natasha; Michael & Shelley:  Gabriel; Mary; Doug; Janet; Kelly; Matushka Raisa; John C; Marty; Charles; Eileen; Mary; Marvin, Alice; Katie; Deborah; Ruth; Steve; Kevin; Romaine; Derek, Claire & Micah; Tim; Preston; Sharon; Sherri; Dianna; Michael and Diane; Aaron; Brent; Jennifer; Brigid; Caleb; Dennis & Joyce; Ethan; Lena, Dean; Gayle; Thomas; Amy; Heidi; Gene & Connie  

Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings                                

Prokeimenon: “Blessed art Thou, O Lord, the God of our Fathers.”

Verse: ” For Thou art just in all that Thou hast done for us!” Daniel 3:26,7 OSB

Epistle: The Reading is from St. Paul’s Epistle to the Hebrews.  (11:24-26, 32-40)

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 time would fail me if I tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, 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.

Gospel: 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.”





Divine Liturgy Variables


Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 1

While the stone was sealed by the Jews, and the soldiers were guarding Thy most pure body, Thou didst arise on the third day, O Savior, granting life to the world.  For which cause the heavenly powers cried aloud unto Thee, O Giver of Life. Glory to Thy Resurrection, O Christ; Glory to Thy Kingdom,; Glory to Thy Providence, O Thou Who alone art the lover of mankind.


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. Thou hast verily filled all with joy, since Thou didst come, O our Savior, to save the world.


Kontakion for the Annunciation and 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.


St. Basil’s Megalynarion (instead of It is Truly Meet – (Text will vary from that printed here.)

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.



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 has awarded: thus we declare, thus we assert, thus we preach Christ our true God, and honor His Saints in words, in writings, in thoughts, in sacrifices, in churches, in Holy Icons; on the one hand worshiping 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.


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!