March 10, 2013

Schedule of Divine Services

EVERYONE WELCOME, REGARDLESS.

EVERYONE WELCOME, REGARDLESS.

Pre-Lenten Sunday

MEATFARE SUNDAY

Sunday of the Last Judgment – Tone 7

Saturday, March 9 

  • 5:00 P  Great Vespers and Confessions

Sunday, March 10

  • 9:45 A  Hours – Subdeacon Terrence Bilas
  • 10:00 A  Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

Epistle Reader – Anastasia Bohush

EPISTLE: 1 Cor. 8:8-9:2 GOSPEL: Matt. 25:31-46

Meatfare Sunday: We begin fasting from meat and all meat products on Monday, March 11, until Pascha, May 5

4th Pre-Lenten Sunday

CHEESEFARE SUNDAY

Tone 8 – The Expulsion of Adam from Paradise, Saint Patrick, Enlightener of Ireland

Saturday, March 16

  • 5:00 P  Great Vespers and Confessions

Sunday, March 17

  • 9:45 A  Hours – Reader Aaron Gray
  • 10:00 A  Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

Epistle Reader – Reader Aaron Gray

EPISTLE: Rom. 13:11-14:4   GOSPEL: Matt. 6:14-21

  • 5:00 P Vespers of Forgiveness Sunday Evening
  • Mutual Forgiveness Service

 

Vol. 29 No. 10

SCHEDULE OF DIVINE SERVICES

Let us remember our Faithful who are serving in the Armed Forces:usa_flag

  • Anthony Freude, son of Fr. Don and Popadia Donna Freude
  • Egor Cravcenco, son of Serghei and Ludmila Cavcenco

 

Let us remember our Faithful who are sick or shut-in:

You are in our prayers.

You are in our prayers.

  • Mickey Stokich
  • Tom Hagerman

  • Leonora Evancho
  • Bessie Alexandrovich
  • Larissa Freude
  • Christina Paluch Collins
  • Anastasia Haymon
  • Nicholas Dimoff
  • Veronica Dameff
  • Joseph Boyle, Sr. (father of Kathy Gray)
  • Joseph Boyle, brother of Kathy Gray (Ann Arbor, Michigan)

 

 

 

Special thanks to Michele Lambo for today's Prosphora Offering.

Special thanks to Michele Lambo for today’s Prosphora Offering.

 

Today's coffee hour is provided by Mary Magensky.  Thank you from your fellow parishioners!

Today’s coffee hour is provided by Mary Magensky. Thank you from your fellow parishioners!

 

Thank you to Florence Lambo for the Memorial Saturday Panakhida Wheat offering.

Thank you to Florence Lambo for the Memorial Saturday Panakhida Wheat offering.

 

UPPER ROOM WEEKLY REFLECTION:

“ YES, Jesus loves me.”

Reflections from the Upper Room...

Reflections from the Upper Room…

 

 

This Week's Feast Days & Scripture Readings

This Week’s Feast Days & Scripture Readings

Monday, March 11 – St. Sophronius, Patriarch of Jerusalem – Meat Fast
3 John 1:1-14 Luke 19:29-40, 22:7-39

Tuesday, March 12 – Venerable Theophanes the Confessor – Meat Fast
Jude 1:1-10 Luke 22:39-42, 45-23:1
Wednesday, March 13 – Translation of the Relics of St.Nicephorus – Meat Fast
No Liturgy – 6th Hour: Joel 2:12-26 Vespers: Joel 3:12-21

Thursday, March 14 – Venerable Benedict of Nursia – Meat Fast
Jude 1:11-25 Luke 23:2-34, 44-56

Friday, March 15 – Martyrs Agapius, Publius, Timolaus, Romulus, two named
Dionysius, two named Alexander at Caesarea in Palestine – Meat Fast
No Liturgy – 6th Hour: Zechariah 8:7-17 Vespers – Zechariah 8:19-23

Saturday, March 16 – Saturday of Cheesefare. Holy Righetous Monastics.
Martyr Sabinas of Egypt
Romans 14:19-26 Matthew 6:10-13

 

Sunday of Meatfare of the Last Judgment

Sunday’s Gospel reading is Matthew 25:31-46, the parable of the Last Judgment.
It reminds us that while trusting in Christ’s love and mercy, we must not forget His
righteous judgment when He comes again in glory. If our hearts remain hardened and
unrepentant, we should not expect the Lord to overlook our transgressions simply
because He is a good and loving God. Although He does not desire the death of a
sinner, He also expects us to turn from our wickedness and live (Ezek. 33:11). This
same idea is expressed in the prayer read by the priest after the penitent has confessed
his or her sins (Slavic practice).

The time for repentance and forgiveness is now, in the present life. At the Second
Coming, Christ will appear as the righteous Judge, Who will render to every man
according to his deeds” (Rom. 2:6). Then the time for entreating God’s mercy and
forgiveness will have passed.

As Father Alexander Schmemann reminds us in his book GREAT LENT (Ch. 1:4), sin
is the absence of love, it is separation and isolation. When Christ comes to judge the
world, His criterion for judgment will be love. Christian love entails seeing Christ in
other people, our family, our friends, and everyone else we may encounter in our lives.
We shall be judged on whether we have loved, or not loved, our neighbor. We show
Christian love when we feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked,

visit those who are sick or in prison. If we did such things for the least of Christ’s
brethren, then we also did them for Christ (Mt.25:40). If we did not do such things for
the least of the brethren, neither did we do them for Christ (Mt.25:45).

Today is the last day for eating meat and meat products until Pascha, though eggs and
dairy products are permitted every day during the coming week. This limited fasting
prepares us gradually for the more intense fasting of Great Lent.

 

“If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love
him and we will come unto him and make our abode with him.” (John
14:23) Let us make this Lent a real Lent!”

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SUNDAY OF ORTHODOXY

Our Greater Orthodox Akron Community will gather for the Vespers of the Sunday of Orthodoxy and the Feast of the Annunciation on Sunday evening, March 24th at 5 P at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church.  Our Guest Homilist is Fr. Dr. Radu Bordeianu, Associate Professor at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. Pa. (Fr. Brodeianu was a Doctoral Student of our Bishop Alexander at Marquette University).  For donations in support of the Sunday of Orthodoxy, please give your donations to Michele Lambo, President of the Christian Orthodox Council of Akron TODAY.

Benefactors: $50   Supporters: $25    Patrons: $10    Sponsors: $5

 

MONASTERY SPRING PILGRIMAGE

The annual Spring Pilgrimage of St. Gregory Palamas Monastery in Hayesville, Ohio will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2013, the second Saturday of the Great Fast.  The 3rd and 6th Hours will be read at 9:45 am followed by the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy served by His Eminence, Metropolitan Savas of the Greek Metropolis of Pittsburgh.  A Lenten Meal will be served in the new trapeza following the Divine Liturgy.

TEEN LENTEN RETREAT

A Lenten Retreat for teens, sponsored by our diocesan St. Paul Cathedral in Dearborn Heights Michigan, will be held at Dormition of the Mother of God Monastery, Rives Junction, Michigan, April 5 – 7, 2013.  

ARRIVAL on Friday, April 5 – between 5 PM – 8 PM. Dinner will be at 6 PM and Mother Gabriella will give a welcoming talk at 8 PM. Lights out at 11 PM.

Saturday, April 6 – Divine Liturgy at 9 AM followed by lunch and Retreat Sessions.  Our Father and Bishop Alexander will be speaking during the day. Weather permitting, a discussion around a bonfire will be at 7:30 PM

Sunday, April 7 – Services at 10 AM followed by lunch and departure for home.

Donations:

Teenagers $60 includes room and meals.

Adults $100 includes room and meals.

Saturday only:

$25 for teens and adults.

Please speak to Popadia Donna for more ionformation!

 

MEMORY ETERNAL

May their memory be eternal.

May Pierre’s memory be eternal.

Let us remember in our prayers Pierre Theodore who fell asleep

in the Lord on Sunday, March 3, 2013. Grant rest eternal in blessed

repose, O Lord, to the soul of Thy servant Pierre who has departed

this life and make his Memory Eternal. Vecnaja Pamjat!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Wisdom of Jude

This weekly bulletin insert complements the curriculum published by the Department of Christian Education of the Orthodox Church in America. This and many other Christian Education resources are available at http://dce.oca.org.
The Bible readings for March 12 and 14 include the entire Letter of Jude, the second-last book of the New Testament.Consisting of a single chapter with 24 verses, this letter has a powerful impact for so brief a document. It was inspired by a crisis, and is not the kind of letter the author had intended to write before the crisis arose. Jude states that he had planned to write about “our common salvation.”In other words, the letter was to be a general description of the beliefs that all Christians hold. He says that he was “very eager” to send such a letter. So it must have been quite a crisis that compelled him to write in an altogether different way, urging his fellow believers to “contend for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.”He then names the cause of the crisis: There are false teachers who have made their way, secretly, into the Church. These are not enemies from outside, putting forth theories about life and salvation that are different from those of the Church. These are people who are living, working and teaching among the believers and who “deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.”Jude offers three examples of what happens to those who “pervert the grace of God” as these false teachers do. First he describes those who were saved out of the land of Egypt in Moses’ time. That deliverance was no guarantee of eternal salvation for people if they did not continue in faithfulness; Jude writes that God “afterward destroyed those who did not believe.”Next he describes angels who rebelled against God. They fell from their lofty position and now await a fearful judgment in the “nether gloom.”

The third example is Sodom and Gomorrah, where immorality and unnatural lust led people to actions worthy of “a punishment of eternal fire.”

 

Jude sees the false teachers’ arrogant behavior as being just as dangerous as the rebellion and immorality he has described. He writes that the Archangel Michael, when disputing with the devil, didn’t presume to pronounce a “reviling judgment” on him, but left it to God. Unlike the archangel, these men “dare to revile whatever they do not understand.” At the Eucharistic feast, they carouse and look after themselves rather than being peaceful and showing consideration for everyone.

This letter contains harsh condemnations. But Jude has seen the terrible effects of rebellion against God among his own people, in the churches established by the apostles. He calls on church members to be loving: to convince, save, or have mercy on anyone they encounter. But they must also take care for their own salvation through prayer, building on their foundation of faith, keeping themselves in God’s love, and waiting patiently for Christ’s mercy.

This path to salvation is open to anyone; those who rebel are freely choosing not to take it and they know the consequences. Jude uses strong language and powerful images to help his readers choose to stay on the path.

 

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