Sunday of the Prodigal February 4, 2018

Sunday, February 04, 2018
Sunday of the Prodigal Son
After-feast of Presentation (Meeting) of Christ

Nourishment of the Soul: “The one who sits in solitude and is quiet has escaped from three wars: hearing, speaking, seeing: yet against one thing shall he continually battle: that is, his own heart.”
St. Anthony the Great

Saturday of Souls: Next Saturday morning at 9:00 there is a liturgy with the reading of the many names of our departed loved ones. Father Peter Jon needs your list, divided into Orthodox and Non-Orthodox, by Friday evening at the latest. You may pick up a form today, or email him. You may ask why Father needs the list before Saturday morning. The answer: during the prayers of the proskomedia, prior to the liturgy, names are included that will also be read during the liturgy.

Summer Youth Camp: Parents, please let Marcia know your plans for camp so we can also plan for that important event.

OCforLife: The total received last Sunday for the Women’s Care Center was $630! Thanks to all who participated in the Chili Fundraiser Cook-off, whether through donation of food or money!

All Saints Taco Bar – Sunday February 11
Annual Fundraiser for Myrrh Bearers
Please be generous in your donations
All money raised provides assistance to youth camper fund
and/or to other benevolent works by our women’s group

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.


Please note that during the Triodion and Great Lent, Matins
will begin 10 minutes earlier than usual at 8:50.

Tuesday, February 6: OCF at the Webb’s home 6:00 – 8:00
Wednesday, February 7: Daily Vespers at 6:00
Thursday February 8: Bible Study at the Webb’s home 7:00-8:30
Saturday, February 10: Saturday of Souls Liturgy at 9:00
Saturday, February 10: Great Vespers at 5:00 – Orthodoxy 101 follows.
Sunday, February 11: Matins at 8:50; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 – Meat Fare Annual Fundraiser by the Myrrh Bearers


…Thursdays through March 29th (excluding February 22nd): Bible Study on the Gospel of John at the Webb’s home – 7:00-8:30 at 3960 E. Fenbrook Lane, Bloomington, IN 47401; 314-313-275;

…Meat Fare (Feb. 11th); Cheese Fare – Judgment Sunday with Forgiveness Vespers (Feb. 18th)

…February 19th: Great Lent begins with the Canon of St. Andrew, Presanctified Liturgy, and Akathist to the Mother of God in the first week!

…Bible Study at Becky’s is planned for February 22nd, and will continue with the usual schedule in March.

… Sunday of Orthodoxy (Feb.25th) – St. George in Fishers: Sunday Evening Lenten Great Vespers schedule begins.

…March is Women’s Month so our ladies including college students will read the epistle and serve as ushers. Let Rhonda or Marcia know your availability to serve.

…March 3-4th: Myrrh Bearers Retreat with Mother Nektaria Veloff of St Paul Skete, Grand Junction, Tennessee. Details will be published as we approach the end of February!


Birthday Blessings: Nolan A (4th)
Memory Eternal: Jack (9th); Alexis (15th); Kay; Betty
Prayer List: Marvin & Alice; Cathy; Kh. Kristina; Sitto; Elias; Waded; Neva; Bill; Lonnie; Fr. George R.; Iva Lee; Jennifer A’s family; Jeri R.; Rigsby family.

Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings

Prokeimenon: “Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us.”
Verse: “Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous.” Psalm 32:22,1

Epistle: The Reading is from St. Paul’s First Letter the Corinthians. (6:12-20)
(For Sunday of the Prodigal Son)

Brethren, all things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be enslaved by anything. Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food; but God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by His power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I therefore take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! Do you not know that he who joins himself to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two shall become one flesh.” But he who is united to the Lord becomes one spirit with Him. Shun immorality. Every other sin which a man commits is outside the body; but the immoral man sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

Gospel: The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (15:11-32)
(For Sunday of the Prodigal Son)

The Lord spoke this parable: “There was a man who had two sons; and the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that falls to me.’ And he divided his living between them. Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took his journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in loose living. And when he had spent everything, a great famine arose in that country, and he began to be in want. So he went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would gladly have fed on the pods that the swine ate; and no one gave him anything. But when he came to himself he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, but I perish here with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired servants.”’ And he arose and came to his father. But while he was yet at a distance, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet; and bring the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry; for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to make merry. Now his elder son was in the field; and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called one of the servants and asked what this meant. And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has received him safe and sound.’ But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, but he answered his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command; yet you never gave me a kid that I might make merry with my friends. But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your living with harlots, you killed for him the fatted calf!’ And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. It was fitting to make merry and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.’”

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 Presentation Christ – Tone 1
Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos, full of grace, for from thee arose the Sun of justice, Christ our God, lighting those who are in darkness. Rejoice and be glad, O righteous elder, carrying in thine arms the Deliverer of our souls, Who granteth us Resurrection.

Kontakion of the Presentation of Christ – Tone 1
Thou, O Christ God, Who by Thy Birth, didst sanctify the Virgin’s womb, and, as is meet, didst bless Simeon’s arms, and didst also come to save us; preserve Thy fold in wars, and confirm them whom Thou didst love, for Thou alone art the Lover of mankind.