Sunday of Orthodoxy – March 9

First Sunday of Great Lent (Sunday of Orthodoxy)

Sunday of the Holy and Great Forty Martyrs of Sebastia

Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great 

Visitors, you are honored guests at All Saints.  Please stay for the social hour.

On the back of the Readings page, you will find the Confession of Faith declared by the clergy and the faithful on this Sunday of Orthodoxy.


Nourishment of the Soul: “”Of course it would be easier to get to paradise with a full stomach, all snuggled up in a soft feather-bed, but what is required is to carry one’s cross along the way, for the Kingdom of God is not attained by enduring one or two troubles, but many!” — Elder Anthony of Optina

Communion: 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.

Communion Line: The choir goes first in both lines so members may continue ministering through music during communion. Little Lambs follow. The ushers then assist each row from front to back.  Those seated in the over-flow may follow an adjacent row.

Confession: Confessions are heard Wednesday and Saturday evenings half an hour before services or by appointment during the week.

Orthodoxy 101 on Wednesday: This week at Orthodoxy 101, following the Presanctified Gifts Liturgy, Father Peter Jon’s topic will be “The Healing of Soul and Body: The Mystery of Holy Unction.”

Presanctified Meal Donations: Please sign up in the hallway to donate soup, spaghetti or other main dishes and bread for a light supper on Wednesdays following the Presanctified Liturgy.


House Blessings continue by request.


Food for Hungry People has begun the 2014 campaign.  We will send all contributions after Pascha.  The Archdiocesan charity feeds the hungry in the United States and around the world.


The fundraiser for Syrian Orphans netted $2,479.00.  You may continue to donate throughout Great Lent by designating Syrian Orphan Fund on the memo line of your check.

Children’s Procession with Icons on this Sunday, the Sunday of Orthodoxy. Encourage your child to bring icons from home, or the altar servers will take one from the wall for them.

 Men’s Group meets today for those not in choir.


Two Urgent Choir Practices: Sunday of Orthodoxy music practice at 9:15 Sunday morning before Divine Liturgy as well as practice for Holy Pascha after Divine Liturgy. Please address questions to our director, Linda Barrett.

Tonight, Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers are at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church at 5:00.


Daylight Time Change: Spring forward one hour before today’s Liturgy, Sunday, March 9th!


March is Women’s Month in our archdiocese.

Barb Grinder will have a sign-up sheet in the hallway.

Myrrh Bearers will serve by reading the epistle and passing the collection trays.

Tuesday, March 11: Women’s Bible Study at 7:00 p.m. – Home of Kh. Marilyn

Wednesday, March 12: Presanctified Liturgy at 6:00; 0rthodoxy 101 at 7:40

Thursday, March 13:Bedford Mitchell Fellowship – 10:00 to Noon

Friday, March 14: Akathist Hymn (Madayeh) at 6:00

Saturday, March 15: Great Vespers at 5:00

Sunday, March 16: Matins at 8:50; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 – Parish Council meets after Liturgy.




The complete Lenten Vespers flyer is in the hall.

March 23: Lenten Vespers at All Saints at 5 p.m. (We provide a fellowship meal.)

Happy BirthdayIoana Frecus (97 on the10th); Rachel Leininger (11th); Amber Smith (13th)

Blessed Name Day: Daniel Mullis (St. Symeon the New Theologian – 12th); Patricia Finchum (St. Patricia – 13th)

Memory Eternal: Dorothy (catechumen Aaron’s grandmother); Dolly (Feb.1st)

 Prayer List: Vicki Gans; Alex (Albert) Alexander; Deacon Lawrence; Metropolitan Paul, Archbishop John, Mother Pelagia and her nuns and orphans, Danica D’Onofrio; Kh. Loretta Wilson; Chad & Connie; Beth; Jeffry Ellis; Lillian Miller; Dee; Julie; Roger; Stephanie; Virginia McCallister; Marilyn; Eric; Marna; Cheryl; Lori; Pam; Debbie; Natasha; Ioana; Geni Gritton; Michael & Shelley: Leanne; Jill Patterson; Gabriel; Mary; Alex; Doug; Janet; Kelly; Pete; Phillip; Patricia; Matushka Raisa; John C; Marty; John; Charles; Fr. John Koen; Archpriests Alexander and Roman; Eileen; Mary; Marvin, Alice; Katie; Bob R; Deborah; Ruth; Steve; Kevin; Romaine; Steven; Mary; Derek, Claire & Micah; Tim; Preston; Sharon; Sherri; Dianna; Victor; Aaron; Brent; Christy; Jennifer; Brigid; Caleb; Korene.

  Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings

Prokeimenon: “Thou, O Lord, shalt keep us and preserve us.”

Verse: “Save me, O Lord, for the godly man is no more!” Psalm 11:7, 1

 Epistle: The Reading is from St. Paul’s Epistle to the Hebrews. (12:1-10)

 Brethren, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and sin which does so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the Author and Perfecter of our faith, Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the Cross, despising the shame, and was seated at the right hand on the throne of God. For consider Him who patiently endured from sinners such a transgression against Himself, that you should not grow weary, fainting in your souls. 

While striving against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood. And you have forgotten the exhortation which reasons with you as with sons, saying, “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when you are admonished by Him; for whom the Lord loves, He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.”  If you patiently endure ‘chastening,’ God will deal with you as with ‘sons’; for what son is there whom his father does not ‘chasten? But if you are left apart from ‘chastening,’ in which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not ‘sons.’ 

Furthermore, we had the fathers of our flesh to chasten us, and we gave them reverence; shall we not much rather be in subjection to the Father of spirits, and live?  For they indeed for a few days chastened us according to what seemed appropriate to them; but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness.

 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.”