March 17, 2019, Sunday of Orthodoxy

Sunday, March 17, 2019

First Sunday of Great Lent (Sunday of Orthodoxy)

Venerable Alexios the ‘Man of God;’ Patrick, bishop of Armagh and enlightener of Ireland;

Venerable Theosteriktos the Confessor of Pelecete Monastery; Venerable Makarios of Kalyazin

**Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great**

Welcome to All Saints!

Bring your icons for the  Procession of Icons around the church on the Sunday of Orthodoxy. This follows  “Blessed be the Name of the Lord” near the end of  Divine Liturgy.

Lenten Nourishment:  “Of course it would be easier to get to paradise with a full stomach, all snuggled up in a soft featherbed, 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

His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH’s Sunday of Orthodoxy letter is attached to the printed bulletin.

This Evening:  Sunday of Orthodoxy,  Pan-Orthodox Great Vespers at Holy Trinity in Carmel at 5:00For those interested in attending, Howard Webb will be driving the All Saints van, leaving  the All Saints parking lot at 3:20 pm Sharp!  We will stay after the service for the meal, and so likely will not return to Bloomington before 8:30 pm.  We have room for 5 more.   First come first served! Check with the Webbs.

Coffee Hour: Scheduled contributors and cleaners for today are those with last names beginning C-G.

Food Pantry:  Please remember the third leg of the spiritual stool (acts of charity), and generously give to our food pantry to help feed those in need. Many families continue to be blessed weekly by your donations!  Take an occasional peak in Marcia’s office to see what’s needed.

Discussion Group: The next meeting is at the Webb’s home on Friday, March 22nd at 7:30 after the Akathist.  The topic is “Christian Epistemology and Assumptions of Christian thinking.”

Annunciation Liturgy: The Great Feast of the Annunciation falls on Monday this year, and therefore the festal liturgy will take place at 10am, Monday, March 25th. Fish, wine and oil are permitted to celebrate this great feast in the midst of the Great Fast.

Confession of Faith on the Sunday of Orthodoxy

 (Please join the clergy in reciting the confession at the end of the 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 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.

Parish Council meets today.

THIS WEEK

During Great Lent, we will observe the fast during meal and snack times.

Tuesday, March 19: Evening Bible Study at Kh. Marilyn’s home at 7:00

Wednesday, March 20: Presanctified Liturgy at 6:00followed by a light meal and teaching

Thursday, March 21: St. John’s Fellowship at the Haney’s home at 10:00

Thursday, March 21: Afternoon Bible Study at Becky’s home at 3:00) ; OCF at the Webb’s home at 6:00

Friday, March 22: Akathist Hymn at 6:00

Saturday, March 23: Great Vespers at 5:00 – SOYO at 6:00

Sunday, March 24:  Matins at 8:50; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 – 5pm Lenten Vespers at Ss. Constantine & Elena

DURING GREAT LENT

  • Wednesday’s Presanctified Liturgy  is a beautifully ancient form of Great Vespers with communion to strengthen us for the fast. An edifying teaching with soup supper will follow each week — a cherished time of fellowship for many in our community. Refrain from eating or drinking after lunchtime in preparation for Holy Communion.
  • The Akathist to the Holy Theotokos will be chanted each Friday.
  • Each Sunday Evening Lenten Vespers will be at a different church at 5:00. [March 31st – St. John the Forerunner; April 7th – St. George , Indy; April 14th – All Saints]

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. Approach to the cup starts at the front rows; the choir and preschool go first.

Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings

Epistle: The Reading is from St. Paul’s  Letter  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 fleeting pleasures of sin. And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets; who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, received promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, and put foreign armies to flight. Women received their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release that they might rise again to a better life. Others suffered mocking and scourging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, ill-treated—of whom the world was not worthy—wandering over deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. And all these, though well attested by their faith, did not receive what was promised, 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 for Choir and Parish

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.

Kontakion for Sundays in Great Lent (and the Akathist to the Theotokos) – 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 – St. Basil”s  Liturgy (instead of It is Truly Meet…)

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.

FAMILY NOTES

Prayer List: Hannah (Deacon & Marcia’s granddaughter) with newborn daughter (8 weeks premature); Mary & Robert;Shirley; Rose; Lexi; Theo; Heather; Doug Barrett;Amber Smith;Jeremy P; Charles; Vicki; Alice & Marvin Grayson; Laura Sue and Elmo; Nancy; Nick;Bruce; Joanna Zaharako; Dee; Mary Ann;Alexanders; Emilija and her newborn daughter; Kristina (Weber) and newborn son;; Sharon Catherine; Lillian Purcell; Eileen; Leanne; Ashlee W; Kh. Kristina; Vivian; Paul; Cathy; Sitto; Elias; Waded; Neva; Bill; Lonnie; Fr. George; Fr. Basil; Iva Lee; Nancy & Shalayna; Seraphima; Lilly’s family; Jennifer & Regina; those suffering in the drug crisis, with fire devastation, with flood damage in the USA; those suffering in Syria and the Middle East; safety in public places, in our schools and on our southern borderMetropolitan Paul; Archbishop John; our church and our nation.

Blessed Name Day: David Patterson (St. Patrick – 17th); Galina McLaws (23rd)

Memory Eternal: Justin (22); Agnes (Feb 28th, godmother of the Webbs); Maggie (March 13th, Deacon’s 100 year old aunt)

Happy Birthday: Marah Polit (19th); Lilly Blair (20th); Saraqael Hsu (21st); Georges Tabbal (21st); Ghada Labban (21st); Heidi Swakopf (21st)

Sunday, March 10, 2019 Forgiveness Sunday (Cheese Fare)

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Sunday of Forgiveness (Cheese Fare)

Martyr Kodratos of Corinth and his five companions; Anastasia the patrician of Alexandria; New-martyr Michael of Thessalonica

Welcome to All Saints!

Daylight Savings Time has started!

Lenten Nourishment:  “It was revealed to Saint Anthony the Great in his desert that there was one who was his equal in the city. He was a doctor by profession and whatever he had beyond his needs he gave to the poor, and every day he sang ‘holy, holy, holy’ with the angels.”   — Sayings of the Desert Fathers

Food Pantry: GREAT LENT IS UPON US. Please remember the third leg of the spiritual stool (acts of charity), and generously give to our food pantry to help feed those in need. The following will be appreciated: peanut butter, peanuts, canned chicken and beef, canned fruit,  applesauce cups, frozen ground beef and chicken, marinara sauce, salsa, and your ideas.  

Forgiveness Vespers TONIGHT:  An ancient tradition of the Holy Church is for the faithful to ask one another’s forgiveness as their first action of the Great Fast. This formally occurs at Forgiveness Vespers, which is held at 5pm this (Sunday) evening.  It is a good and holy thing for every man, woman and child to attend. Forgiveness transforms the soul.

Wednesdays during Great Lent: Please plan to attend Presanctified Liturgies on Wednesdays at 6pm during Great Lent. This service is a beautifully ancient form of Great Vespers with communion to strengthen us for the fast. An edifying teaching with soup supper will follow each week — a cherished time of fellowship for many in our community. Refrain from eating or drinking after lunchtime in preparation for Holy Communion.

The Myrrh Bearers will be hosting a Deluxe Breakfast Fundraiser during social hour with many of your favorites: Quiche, Deviled eggs, Fresh fruit salad, Cheesecake, Dessert Crepes,  Donuts, Creme puffs, Ice cream treats, and more!  Plan to donate generously to our support of the children who attend church camps and for various charitable and outreach activities. 

THIS WEEK

Great Lent  begins.

Monday, March 11: Canon of St. Andrew at 6:00

Tuesday, March 12: Canon of St. Andrew at 6:00

Wednesday, March 13: Presanctified Liturgy at 6:00followed by a light meal and teaching

Thursday, March 14: Canon of St. Andrew at 6:00 (Bible Study at Becky’s home at 3:00)

Friday, March 15: Akathist Hymn at 6:00

Saturday, March 16: Great Vespers at 5:00 – SOYO at 6:00

Sunday, March 17:  Matins at 8:50; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 – Sunday of Orthodoxy

Sunday, March 17: Sunday of Orthodoxy Great Vespers at Holy Trinity in Carmel at 5:00

Prayer List: Hannah with newborn daughter (8 weeks premature); Mary & Robert;Shirley; Rose; Lexi; Theo; Heather; Doug Barrett;Amber Smith;Jeremy P; Charles; Vicki; Alice & Marvin Grayson; Laura Sue and Elmo; Nancy; Nick;Bruce; Joanna Zaharako; Dee; Mary Ann;Alexanders; Emilija and her newborn daughter; Kristina (Weber) and newborn son;; Sharon Catherine; Lillian Purcell; Eileen; Leanne; Ashlee W; Kh. Kristina; Vivian; Paul; Cathy; Sitto; Elias; Waded; Neva; Bill; Lonnie; Fr. George; Fr. Basil; Iva Lee; Nancy & Shalayna; Seraphima; Lilly’s family; Jennifer & Regina; those suffering in the drug crisis, with fire devastation, with flood damage in the USA; those suffering in Syria and the Middle East; safety in public places, in our schools and on our southern borderMetropolitan Paul; Archbishop John; our church and our nation.

Memory Eternal: Justin – 22nd; Agnes -28th (The Webb’s godmother)

LOOKING AHEAD

During Great Lent

…Orthodoxy 101 follows each Wednesday’s Presanctified Liturgy.

…The Akathist to the Holy Theotokos will be chanted each Friday.

…Each Sunday Evening Lenten Vespers will be at a different church at 5:00.

[March 24th – Ss. Constantine & Elena; March 31st – St. John the Forerunner; April 7th

– St. George , Indy; April 14th – All Saints]

FAMILY NOTES

Prayer List: Hannah (Deacon & Marcia’s granddaughter) with newborn daughter (8 weeks premature); Mary & Robert;Shirley; Rose; Lexi; Theo; Heather; Doug Barrett;Amber Smith;Jeremy P; Charles; Vicki; Alice & Marvin Grayson; Laura Sue and Elmo; Nancy; Nick;Bruce; Joanna Zaharako; Dee; Mary Ann;Alexanders; Emilija and her newborn daughter; Kristina (Weber) and newborn son;; Sharon Catherine; Lillian Purcell; Eileen; Leanne; Ashlee W; Kh. Kristina; Vivian; Paul; Cathy; Sitto; Elias; Waded; Neva; Bill; Lonnie; Fr. George; Fr. Basil; Iva Lee; Nancy & Shalayna; Seraphima; Lilly’s family; Jennifer & Regina; those suffering in the drug crisis, with fire devastation, with flood damage in the USA; those suffering in Syria and the Middle East; safety in public places, in our schools and on our southern borderMetropolitan Paul; Archbishop John; our church and our nation.

Blessed Name Day: Daniel M (St. Simeon, the New Theologian – 12th)

Memory Eternal: Justin (22); Agnes (Feb 28th, godmother of the Webbs)

Happy Birthday: Johanna Hannan (11th); Amber Anna S (13th); Adam S (16th)

  Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings

Epistle: The Reading is from St. Paul’s  Letter  to the Romans. (13:11-14:4)

                (For Sunday of Forgiveness)

                Brethren, salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed; the night is far gone, the day is at hand. Let us then cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us conduct ourselves becomingly as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. As for the man who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not for disputes over opinions. One believes he may eat anything, while the weak man eats only vegetables. Let not him who eats despise him who abstains, and let not him who abstains pass judgment on him who eats; for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Master is able to make him stand.

Gospel: The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (6:14-21)

 (For Sunday of Forgiveness)

The Lord said to His Disciples: If you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. And when you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by men but by your Father Who is in secret; and your Father Who sees in secret will reward you. Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Divine Liturgy Variables for Choir and Parish

Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 8

From the heights Thou didst descend, O Compassionate One, and Thou didst submit to the three-day burial, that Thou might deliver us from passion; Thou art our life and our Resurrection, O Lord, glory to Thee.

Kontakion for the Forgiveness Sunday – Tone 6

O Thou Who guidest to wisdom, and givest understanding and intelligence, the Instructor of the ignorant, and Helper of the poor, strengthen my heart and grant it understanding, O Master. Give me word, O Word of the Father; for behold, I shall not refrain my lips from crying to Thee, O merciful One, have mercy upon me who am fallen.

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. Approach to the cup starts at the front rows; the choir and preschool go first.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Sunday, March 03, 2019

Sunday of the Last Judgment (Meat Fare)

Martyrs Eutropios, Kleonikos, and Basilikos of Amasea; Hieromartyr Theodoretos of Antioch

Welcome to All Saints!

Nourishment for the Soul: “Do you know that, as there are evildoers, there is a countless multitude of good and pure people, a great army of the Saints of God? They are worth the world, that among the hundreds of thousands of evil men, might shine the tens of millions of sons of God, sons of grace. Because of this the Lord endures. He endures that the sheaves of the Garden of Christ might be numbered.” – St. Luke of Simferopol

Evening Retreat: Last Tuesday, Father Seraphim gave an inspirational message of encouragement in the walk a Christian makes in the community and as an  individual. If you were unable to attend, ask someone who did, or email Fr. Peter Jon for a link to hear the recorded message.

Pantry needs: Last week we began to receive many items. Thanks be to all. However the following will be appreciated: peanut butter, peanuts, canned chicken and beef, canned fruit, simple and fancy soup, applesauce cups, frozen ground beef and chicken, marinara sauce, salsa, and your ideas.

The Myrrh Bearers will be hosting a Deluxe Breakfast Fundraiser next Sunday with many of your favorites: Quiche, Deviled eggs, Fresh fruit salad, Cheesecake, Dessert Crepes,  Donuts, Creme puffs, Ice cream treats, and more!  Plan to donate generously to our support of the children who attend church camps and for various charitable and outreach activities. 

 Holy Dormition Monastery Pilgrims: A group of parishioners are in Rives Junction this weekend. Please keep them in your prayers as they travel.

THIS WEEK

Wednesday, March 6: Daily Vespers at 6:00

Thursday, March 7: OCF  at Rhonda and Howard’s home at 6:00 (There is no Bible Study at Becky’s home.)

Saturday, March 9: Great Vespers at 5:00 – SOYO at 6:00 – Daylight Savings Time starts tonight!

Sunday, March 10:  Matins at 8:50; Divine Liturgy at 10:00; Cheese Fare Sunday – Fundraiser Meal

Sunday, March 10: Forgiveness Great Vespers at 5:00

  Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings

Epistle: The Reading is from St. Paul’s First Letter  the Corinthians. (8:8-9:2)

                (For Sunday of the Last Judgment)

                Brethren, food will not commend us to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. Only take care, lest this liberty of yours somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. For if any one sees you—a man of knowledge—at table in an idol’s temple, might he not be encouraged, if his conscience is weak, to eat food offered to idols? And so by your knowledge this weak man is destroyed, the brother for whom Christ died. Thus, sinning against your brethren and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if food is a cause of my brother’s falling, I will never eat meat, lest I cause my brother to fall. Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are not you my workmanship in the Lord? If to others I am not an apostle, at least I am to you; for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.

Gospel: The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St Luke. (15:11-32)

 (For Sunday of the Last Judgment)

The Lord said, “When the Son of man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. Before Him will be gathered all the nations, and He will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and He will place the sheep at His right hand, but the goats at the left. Then the King will say to those at His right hand, ‘Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave Me food, I was thirsty and you gave Me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed Me, I was naked and you clothed Me, I was sick and you visited Me, I was in prison and you came to Me.’ Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see Thee hungry and feed Thee, or thirsty and give Thee drink? And when did we see Thee a stranger and welcome Thee, or naked and clothe Thee? And when did we see Thee sick or in prison and visit Thee?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ Then He will say to those at his left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave Me no food, I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome Me, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’ Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see Thee hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to Thee?’ Then He will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to Me.’ And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

Divine Liturgy Variables for Choir and Parish

Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 7

Thou didst shatter death by Thy Cross; Thou didst open paradise to the thief; Thou didst turn the sadness of the ointment-bearing women into joy. And didst bid Thine Apostles proclaim a warning, that Thou hast risen, O Christ, granting to the world the Great Mercy.

Kontakion for the Sunday of Last Judgment – Tone 1

When Thou comest, O God, to earth with glory, and all creatures tremble before Thee, and the river of fire floweth before the Altar, and the books are opened and sins revealed, deliver me then from that unquenchable fire, and make me worthy to stand at Thy right hand, O righteous Judge.

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. Approach to the cup starts at the front rows; the choir and preschool go first.

Prayer List: Mary & Robert;Shirley; Rose; Lexi; Theo; Heather; Doug Barrett;Amber Smith;Jeremy P; Charles; Vicki; Alice & Marvin Grayson; Laura Sue and Elmo; Nancy; Nick;Bruce; Joanna Zaharako; Dee; Mary Ann;Alexanders; Emilija and her newborn daughter; Kristina (Weber) and newborn son; Hannah with child; Sharon Catherine; Lillian Purcell; Eileen; Leanne; Ashlee W; Kh. Kristina; Vivian; Paul; Cathy; Sitto; Elias; Waded; Neva; Bill; Lonnie; Fr. George; Fr. Basil; Iva Lee; Nancy & Shalayna; Seraphima; Lilly’s family; Jennifer & Regina; those suffering in the drug crisis, with fire devastation, with flood damage in the USA; those suffering in Syria and the Middle East; safety in public places, in our schools and on our southern borderMetropolitan Paul; Archbishop John; our church and our nation.

Memory Eternal: Justin (2-22)

LOOKING AHEAD

March 11: Great Lent begins with the Canon of St. Andrew (M,T,TH), Presanctified Liturgy on Wednesday followed by Orthodoxy 101, and Akathist on Friday.

March 17: Sunday of Orthodoxy  Vespers at 5:00 will be at Holy Trinity in Carmel.

FAMILY NOTES

Happy Birthday: Deacon Lawrence (3rd); Cathy M (4th); Polina M (5th); Alice P (6th)

Blessed Name Day: Nolan A (St. Gregory Palamas -4th)

Coffee Hour: Scheduled contributors and cleaners for today are those with last names beginning A-B.

Thanks to those who are staying to help clean up after the coffee hour!

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Sunday, February 24, 2019

First and Second Discoveries of the Forerunner’s Honorable Head

& Sunday of the Prodigal Son

Welcome to All Saints!

Nourishment for the Soul: “And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all, just as we do to you, so that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints.” – 1 Thessalonians 3:12-13

Nourishment for the Soul: “It is of great significance if there is a person who truly prays in a family. Prayer attracts God’s grace and all the members of the family feel it, even those whose hearts have grown cold. Pray always.” –  Elder Thaddeus

Saturday of Souls is this Saturday, March 2:  E-mail Father or fill out a paper from the memorial table. List the names you would like to be commemorated, separating the Orthodox from the Non-Orthodox. All will be remembered. Names must be submitted by 5pm Friday, March 1st, to be included. 

Evening Retreat Tuesday featuring Father Seraphim Aldea, founder of All Celtic Saints monastery on Mull Island in Scotland. This promises to be a very special event, and all are encouraged to invite friends and neighbors! Great Vespers is at 5pm with Dinner at 6pm. Presentation begins at 6:30. There is NO COST for the evening, though a collection will be taken to help support the monastery. 

Thursday, February 28th at 6:30: You are invited to a discussion group at the Webb’s.  This is the first of a series of discussions on various topics (many to be supplied by those attending).  The first discussion will be a history of philosophy leading up to Post-Modernism, drawing ideas from Franz Brentano and  Francis Schaeffer.  All are welcome.  Contact Howard Webb for details.

Old Mother Hubbard found the cupboard is almost bare! We need everything in the pantry except corn and green beans! Suggestions along with your ideas include: peanut butter, jelly, tuna, canned chicken and beef, canned fruit, simple and fancy soup, applesauce cups, frozen ground beef and chicken, ravioli, marinara sauce, salsa, pasta.

Myrrh Bearers (All ladies who attend All Saints) meet today around noon.

THIS WEEK

Tuesday, February 26: See the detailed invitation above.

Wednesday, February 27: Daily Vespers at 6:00

Thursday, February 28: Bible Study at Becky’s home at 3:00

Thursday, February 28: Discussion Group at the Webb’s home at 6:30

Saturday, March 2: Saturday of Souls Liturgy at 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, March 2: Great Vespers at 5:00 – SOYO at 6:00

Sunday, March 3:  Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 Meat Fare Sunday

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. Approach to the cup starts at the front rows; the choir and preschool go first.

Prayer List: Shirley; Rose; Lexi; Theo; Heather; Doug Barrett;Amber Smith;Jeremy P; Charles; Vicki; Alice & Marvin Grayson; Laura Sue and Elmo; Nancy; Nick;Bruce; Joanna Zaharako; Dee; Mary Ann;Alexanders; Emilija and her newborn daughter; Kristina (Weber) and newborn son; Hannah with child; Sharon Catherine; Lillian Purcell; Eileen; Leanne; Ashlee W; Kh. Kristina; Vivian; Paul; Cathy; Sitto; Elias; Waded; Neva; Bill; Lonnie; Fr. George; Fr. Basil; Iva Lee; Nancy & Shalayna; Seraphima; Lilly’s family; Jennifer & Regina; those suffering in the drug crisis, with fire devastation, with flood damage in the USA; those suffering in Syria and the Middle East; safety in public places, in our schools and on our southern borderMetropolitan Paul; Archbishop John; our church and our nation.

Divine Liturgy Variables for Choir and Parish

Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 6

When Mary stood at Thy grave, looking for Thy sacred body, angelic powers shone above Thy revered tomb; and the soldiers who were to keep guard became as dead men. Thou led Hades captive and wast not tempted thereby.  Thou didst meet the Virgin and didst give life to the world, O Thou, Who art risen from the dead, O Lord, glory to Thee.

Apolytikion for St. John the Baptist – Tone 4

The Forerunner’s sacred head, having dawned forth from the earth, * doth send incorruption’s rays unto the faithful, whereby they find healings of their ills. * From on high he gathereth the choirs of the Angels * and on earth he summoneth the whole race of mankind, * that they with one voice might send up glory to Christ our God.

Kontakion for the Prodigal Son – Tone 3

Foolishly I sprang away * from Thy great fatherly glory, * and dispersed in wicked deeds * the riches that Thou didst give me. * With the Prodigal I therefore * cry unto Thee now: * I have sinned against Thee, O compassionate Father. * But receive me in repentance; * make me as one of * Thy hired servants, O Lord.

     Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings

Epistle: The Reading is from St. Paul’s Second Letter  the Corinthians. (4:6-15)

                (For the Discovery of the Forerunner’s Honorable Head)

                Brethren, it is the God Who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” Who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, to show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. While we live we are always being given up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you. Since we have the same spirit of faith as he had who wrote, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we too believe, and so we speak, knowing that He Who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into His presence. For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.

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.’”

LOOKING AHEAD

  March 1-3: Trip to Holy Dormition Monastery in Rives Junction on Meat Fare weekend.  Check with Rhonda and Howard if you plan to ride in the church van.

March 10: Women’s fundraiser for outreach and summer camp donations on Cheese Fare Sunday.

March 11: Great Lent begins with the Canon of St. Andrew (M,T,TH), Presanctified Liturgy on Wednesday followed by Orthodoxy 101, and Akathist on Friday.

FAMILY NOTES

Happy Birthday: Christopher S (27th); Mezy A (28th); Mary B (28th); Nina G (March 1st)

Blessed Name Day: St. Photeini the Samaritan Woman – 26th: Mezy A; Hannah G; Shirley R

Coffee Hour: Scheduled contributors and cleaners for today are those with last names beginning R-Z.

Thanks to those who are staying to help clean up after the coffee hour!

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Sunday, February 17, 2019

The Triodion Begins.

Sunday of the Pharisee and the Publican

The Holy Great-Martyr Theodore the Soldier (‘Tyro’); Emperor Marcian & Empress Pulcheria of Constantinople

Welcome to All Saints!

Nourishment of the Soul: “Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit, in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which abides forever….” 1 Peter 1:22-23

Parish Council meets today.

February 28th, 6:30: Discussion group at the Webb’s.  This is the first of a series of discussions on various topics (many to be supplied by those attending).  The first discussion will be a history of philosophy leading up to Post-Modernism, drawing ideas from Franz Brentano and  Francis Schaeffer.  All are welcome.  Contact Howard Webb for details.

THIS WEEK

Wednesday, February 20: Daily Vespers at 6:00

Thursday, February 21: St. John Fellowship at 10:00

Thursday, February 21: Bible Study at Becky’s home at 3:00

Thursday, February 21: OCF Dinner & Discussion at the Webb’s home at 6:00

Friday, February 22: Akathist to the Protection of the Theotokos at 6:00

Saturday, February 23: Great Vespers at 5:00 – O101 and SOYO at 6:00

Sunday, February 24:  Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 – Myrrh Bearers meet.

Prayer List: Shirley, mother & sisters; Lexi Orfanos-Pangere; Theo; Heather; Doug Barrett;Amber Smith;Jeremy P; Charles; Vicki; Alice & Marvin Grayson; Laura; Sue and Elmo; Nancy; Nick;Bruce; Joanna Zaharako; Dee; Mary Ann;Alexanders; Emilija and her newborn daughter; Kristina (Weber) and newborn son; Hannah with child; Sharon Catherine; Lillian Purcell; Eileen; Leanne; Ashlee W; Kh. Kristina; Vivian; Paul; Cathy; Sitto; Elias; Waded; Neva; Bill; Lonnie; Fr. George; Fr. Basil; Iva Lee; Nancy & Shalayna; Seraphima; Lilly’s family; Jennifer & Regina; those suffering in the drug crisis, with fire devastation, with flood damage in the USA; those suffering in Syria and the Middle East; safety in public places, in our schools and on our southern borderMetropolitan Paul; Archbishop John; our church and our nation.

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. Approach to the cup starts at the front rows; the choir and preschool go first.

    Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings

Epistle: The Reading is from St. Paul’s Second Letter  to St. Timothy. (3:10-15)

                Timothy my son, you have observed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions, and my sufferings; and what befell me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra. What persecutions I endured; yet from them all, the Lord rescued me. Indeed all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceivers and deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings which are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

Gospel: The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St Luke. (18:10-14)

The Lord spoke this parable: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank Thee that I am not like other men, extortionists, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to Heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Divine Liturgy Variables for Choir and Parish

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.

Kontakion of the Pharisee and the Publican – Tone 4

Let us flee the Pharisee’s * conceited vaunting; * let us learn the Publican’s * humility, and cry with groans * unto the Savior: Thou Who alone * art swiftly reconciled, be gracious unto us.

LOOKING AHEAD

  Evening Retreat Tuesday, February 26: Fr. Seraphim Aldea, founder  of All Celtic Saints Monastery   in Scotland, will be our guest. Vespers at 5:00; Dinner at 6:00; Presentation at 6:30.  Invite your friends.

March 2: Saturday of Souls

March 2-3: Trip to Holy Dormition Monastery in Rives Junction on Meat Fare weekend.

March 10: Women’s fundraiser for outreach and summer camp donations on Cheese Fare Sunday.

March 11: Great Lent begins with the Canon of St. Andrew (M,T,TH), Presanctified Liturgy on Wednesday followed by Orthodoxy 101, and Akathist on Friday.

FAMILY NOTES

Happy Birthday: Ayris F (18th); Abe L (18th); Marcia B (21st); Christian Gett.. (21st); Averi V (22nd)

Coffee Hour: Scheduled contributors and cleaners for today are those with last names beginning H-P.

A Reminder about Coffee Hour: Someone has to clean up! Plan to stay until about 12:45 and do kitchen duty! You may select any week, but an easy one to choose is the week you bring food to the serving table.

Reminder about online donations: If you are prevented from attending Liturgy but still want to fulfill your pledge, go to the church website. If you have never tried, it is simple at www.allsaintsbloomington.org. Click Donation and follow the prompts.