Sunday of Orthodoxy

Sunday, March 1, 2015

First Sunday of Great Lent – Sunday of Orthodoxy

Venerable-martyr Eudokia of Heliopolis; Venerable Domnina of Syria; Martyrs Markellos and Anthony of Pamphylia; Venerable Agapios of  Vatopedi Monastery on Athos;

Venerable David of Wales, bishop of Menevia.

Sunday of Orthodoxy Great Vespers at 5:00 p.m. tonight at St. George Orthodox Church, 10748 E.116th St. in Fishers with fellowship following.

Welcome, Visitors. We are blessed to have you with us during our Lenten Journey.

Let us pray to the Lord: “For the suffering Christians of Syria, Palestine, Iraq, & all of the Middle East, and for those suffering in the Ukraine.”

Nourishment of the Soul: “Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His, and give thanks at the remembrance of His Holy Name. For His anger is but for a moment; His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for  a night, but joy comes in the morning.” – Psalm 30: 4-5 NKJ

Thanks to all who supported those planning to attend Summer Camp at Antiochian Village with donations of food and money. The two meals raised $1,662 that has been divided among our campers. Parents and campers are appreciative and send their thanks to you all.

 Reading materials have been stocked in the church bookstore for your Lenten reading needs. Please pay a visit during coffee hour and see Father Peter Jon with any questions.

Lenten Meals/Teaching Time commence this Wednesday following the Presanctified Liturgy.  Myrrh Bearers will coordinate the meals following the service. Look in the hallway for the Signup Sheet.

Sunday School for those in Grades One through 12 will meet after Divine Liturgy.

 Boxes for Knitted Caps and Mittens/Gloves will be available throughout the winter to collect your donations for local school children.


Women will usher and read the Epistle during March.

Consult your All Saints Annual Calendar for Fasting Allowances during Great Lent.

 Wednesday, March 4: Presanctified Liturgy at 6:00 followed by Orthodoxy 101 at 7:45

“The Eucharist” with Fr. Peter Jon as presenter.

Friday,  March 6: Akathist Hymn at 6:00

Saturday, March 7: Great Vespers at 5:00

Sunday, March 8: Matins at 8:50; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 –CHOIR practices after Liturgy.


March 10: Women’s Bible Study at Kh. Marilyn’s home at 7:00.

March 12-14: Father is a guest speaker at Antiochian Village Conference. Axios!

March 15: Veneration of the Holy Cross Sunday with an outdoor Procession, weather permitting.

March 17: Movie Night is being planned by Charles on St Patrick’s Day

March 21: Adult Discussion Group with Dn. Seraphim at 6:00

March 25: Annunciation Liturgy with Fish allowed to celebrate the feast

March 31: Skate Night at Western Skateland


Happy Birthday: Nina Gillquist (1st); Deacon Lawrence (3rd); Polina Mullis (5th); Alice Piercefield (6th)

Memory Eternal:  Bob Dye (26th); Landon; Janice (1st); Regina Marie

 Prayer List: Fr. Gordon & Kh. Mary Sue Walker (both in ill health); Vicki (surgery March 19); Kh. Marilyn (surgery March 22);Paoli victims Melissa & Children; Jean Foley & Laham family (lung cancer – friends of Lloyd & Barbara George); Bill Bauer (heart surgery); Hoppe & Moore Families (OCMC Missionaries); Peter Rozow (Pancreatic cancer); Dye Family; Vivian Orfanos; Fr. Athanasius Wilson; Natalie; Senior Saints; Ioana; Patricia; Marianne (Stephanie’s friend); Dee Haney; Galina; John G; Nicetas; Barb; Shirley; Metropolitan Paul, Archbishop John; Kh. Loretta; Fr. John Koen; Archpriests Roman, George & Stephen; Krystal & Jason; Adrian, Catherine & Marah; Heather (Charles’ daughter); Susan; Gabriella & Matt; Sara; Shelley; Fr. Moses Berry; Geni; Frank & Becky Hrisomalos; Those with child: (Kh. Kristina, Mary, Kathleen; Brooke(Theckla); and Elizabeth);  Kh. Marilyn; Noah; Emily D; Emma; Kim; Nancy; Neal; Lyuda; Bob R; Alex; John; Leanne; Beth; Lillian; Julie; Roger; Virginia McCallister; 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; Cathi, family of Eddie Shoemaker (drowning victim)

 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 to us! Daniel 3:26-27

Epistle: The Reading is from Saint 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 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.                

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 to 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 5

Let us believers praise and worship the Word; co-eternal 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.  Thou hast verily filled all with joy, since Thou didst come, O our Savior, to save the world.

Kontakion for Annunciation (and Great Lent) – Tone 8

O Victorious Leader of triumphant Hosts, we your servants who have been delivered from evil, sing our  grateful thanks to You, O Theotokos; as you possess invincible might, set us free from every calamity, that we may cry out to you:: Hail, O Bride without Bridegroom.

Megalynarian (instead of It Is Truly Meet)

All of creation rejoices in thee, O Full of Grace, the assembly of angels and the race of man. O sanctified Temple and Spiritual Paradise, the glory of virgins, from whom God was incarnate, and became a child, Our God before the ages.  He  made thy body into a throne, and He made thy womb more spacious than the heavens.  All of Creation rejoices in Thee, O Full of Grace, glory to Thee.

Holy Communion

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 Sunday School follows. The ushers then assist each row from front to back.  Those in the overflow behind the choir may follow adjacent rows.

Confession of Faith is used near the end of today’s service

 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 His 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.