March 24, 2013







Saturday, March 23

  • 5:00PM  Great Vespers and Confessions

Sunday, March 24

  • 9:45AM  Hours – Reader Michael Luc
  • 10:00AM  Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great

Epistle Reader – Reader Michael Luc

EPISTLE: Heb.11:24-26,32-12:2   

GOSPEL: John 1:43-51

  • 5:00PM  Sunday of Orthodoxy, Great Vespers of the Annunciation @ Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church


Monday, March 25

  • 6:00PM  Vesperal Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom  @ St. Elia

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

  • 6:00PM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

Friday, March 29, 2013

  • 6:00PM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts with our Bishop Alexander

We also welcome the Faithful of the new Mission of St. Nikolai in Alliance, OH
A Lenten Covered Dish Dinner will follow in the Church Hall

"Oh taste and see how good the Lord is!"

Thank you, Michele Lambo, for today’s Prosphora Offering

Everyone is welcome to come down and fellowship!

Today’s coffee hour is provided by the Gray Family. Thank you from your fellow parishioners!



THIRD WEEK of GREAT LENT – 2ND SUNDAY OF GREAT LENT – Tone 2 – St. Gregory Palamas

Repose of St. Innocent, Enlightener of the Aleuts & Apostle to the Americas

Saturday, March 30

†5:00PM Great Vespers & Confessions

Sunday, March 31

†9:45AM Hours – Bud Graham
†10:00AM Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

Epistle Reader – Bud Graham
EPISTLE: Hebrews 1:10-2:3; Hebrews 7:26-8:2
GOSPEL: Mark 2:1-12; John 10:9-16

†5:00PM Lenten Vespers at Presentation of Our Lord Orthodox Church


You are in our prayers!

You are in our prayers!

Remember those serving in the armed forces:

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


Remember those 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)


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.


 “This Lent, do not worry what others will think.  

Worry what God will think.”

Reflections from the Upper Room...

Reflections from the Upper Room…



This Week's Feast Days & Scripture Readings

This Week’s Feast Days & Scripture Readings

MON, March 25– Annunciantion of the Theotokos – Fast Day Hebrews2:11-18 Luke 1:24-38

TUE, March 26– Leave-taking of the Annunciation. Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel– Fast Day.

6th Hour: Isaiah 5:7-16 Vespers: Genesis 4:8-15; Proverbs 5:1-15

WED, March 27– Martyr Matrona of Thesssalonica – Strict Fast.

6th Hour: Isaiah 5:16-25 Vespers: Genesis 4:16-26 Proverbs 5:15-6:3

THU, Mar 28– Venerable Hilarion the new, Abbot of Pelecete – Strict Fast.

6th Hour: Isaiah 6:1-12 Vespers: Genesis 5:1-24; Proverbs 6:3-20

FRIMarch 29– Hieromartyr Mark, Bishop of Arethusa – Strict Fast.

6th Hour: Isaiah 7:1-15 Vespers: Genesis 5:32-6:8 Proverbs 6:20-7:1

SAT, March 30–Venerable John Climacus of Sinai – Strict Fast. Hebrews 3:12–16 Mark 1:35-44


Annunciation of our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary – 3/25

Vesperal Divine Liturgy 3.25.13 @ 6P


The Feast of the Annunciation is one of the earliest Christian feasts, and was already being celebrated in the fourth century. There is a painting of the Annunciation in the catacomb of Priscilla in Rome dating from the second century. The Council of Toledo in 656 mentions the Feast, and the Council in Trullo in 692 says that the Annunciation was celebrated during Great Lent.

The Greek and Slavonic names for the Feast may be translated as “good tidings.” This, of course, refers to the Incarnation of the Son of God and the salvation He brings. The background of the Annunciation is found in the Gospel of St Luke (1:26-38). The troparion describes this as the “beginning of our salvation, and the revelation of the eternal mystery,” for on this day the Son of God became the Son of Man.

There are two main components to the Annunciation: the message itself, and the response of the Virgin. The message fulfills God’s promise to send a Redeemer (Genesis 3:15): “I will put enmity between you and the woman, between your seed and her seed; he shall crush your head, and you shall lie in wait for his heel.” The Fathers of the Church understand “her seed” to refer to Christ. The prophets hinted at
His coming, which they saw dimly, but the Archangel Gabriel now proclaims that the promise is about to be fulfilled.

We see this echoed in the Liturgy of St Basil, as well: “When man disobeyed Thee, the only true God who had created him, and was deceived by the guile of the serpent, becoming subject to death by his own transgressions, Thou, O God, in Thy righteous judgment, didst send him forth from Paradise into this world, returning him to the earth from which he was taken, yet providing for him the salvation of regeneration in Thy Christ Himself.”

The Archangel Gabriel was sent by God to Nazareth in Galilee. There he spoke to the undefiled Virgin who was betrothed to St Joseph: “Hail, thou who art highly favored, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever
and of his kingdom there shall be no end.”

In contrast to Eve, who was readily deceived by the serpent, the Virgin did not immediately accept the Angel’s message. In her humility, she did not think she was deserving of such words, but was actually troubled by them. The fact that she asked for an explanation reveals her sobriety and prudence. She did not disbelieve the words of the angel, but could not understand how they would be fulfilled, for they spoke of something which was beyond nature.

Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?” (Luke1:34).“And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Spirit shall come upon you, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow you: therefore also that which shall be born of you shall be called the Son of God. And, behold, your cousin Elisabeth hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with
her, who was called barren. For with God nothing shall be impossible.’ And Mary said, ‘Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.’ And theangel departed from her” (Luke 1: 35-38).”

In his Sermon 23 on the day of the Annunciation, St Philaret of Moscow boldly stated that “the word of the creature brought the Creator down into the world.” He explains that salvation is not merely an act of God’s will, but also involves the Virgin’s free will. She could have refused, but she accepted God’s will and chose to cooperate without complaint or further questions.

The icon of the Feast shows the Archangel with a staff in his left hand, indicating his role as a messenger. Sometimes one wing is upraised, as if to show his swift descent from heaven. His right hand is stretched toward the holy Virgin as he delivers his message.

The Virgin is depicted either standing or sitting, usually holding yarn in her left hand. Sometimes she is shown holding a scroll. Her right hand may be raised to indicate her surprise at the message she is hearing. Her head is bowed, showing her consent and obedience. The descent of the Holy Spirit upon her is depicted by a ray of light issuing from a small sphere at the top of the icon, which symbolizes heaven. In a famous icon from Sinai, a white dove is shown in the ray of light.

The Annunciation falls during Lent, but it is always celebrated with great joy. The Liturgy of St Basil or St John Chrysostom is served, even on the weekdays of Lent. It is one of the two days of Great Lent on which the fast is relaxed and fish is permitted while Palm Sunday is the other.


Good Disobedience and Bad Disobedience  

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On March 30 we read Mark 1: 35-44. The passage shows that while He was doing great miracles on earth, Jesus Christ still remained obedient to His Father.

The passage begins in the very early morning. During the previous evening, Jesus has healed a great number of people and cast out demons, forbidding them even to speak. Now, well before the sun is up, He goes out alone to pray. Jesus never depends on His own power to heal and subdue demons. He constantly prays and submits Himself to His Father’s will.

Another passage read on this day encourages us to pray often, and to help each other be faithful and obedient to God, as Jesus is to His Father: “But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called ‘today,’ that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we share in Christ, if only we hold our first confidence firm to the end…” (Hebrews 3: 13-14). We need to pray constantly and renew our faith and our commitment to it.

Jesus, in the passage from Mark, is given little time for His private prayers. Very soon, Simon Peter and the others “pursue” Him, and find Him. Again He is obedient, leaving His remote place to go among the people and preach to them, as He came to do.

We soon see a reason why Jesus needs to renew His strength in prayer—because even those who receive great blessings from Him do not always listen to Him. A leper begs Him for healing, and Jesus grants it. But when Jesus “sternly charges” him not to say anything to anyone except the priests, the man promptly goes out to “spread the news.” As a result of this disobedience, Jesus can “no longer enter a town.” Yet His own obedience to His Father never wavers; He has come to preach and to save, and He will continue to do so.

On March 28 we remember Saint Hilarion the New, who gives us an example of good disobedience. He lived peacefully in the early 9th century as leader of the Dalmatus monastery until the imperial government was taken over by iconoclasts—those who fiercely opposed the veneration of icons, partly because they misinterpreted the Old Testament’s prohibition of graven images. Hilarion revered icons, and fearlessly accused the emperor of heresy. He was quickly imprisoned.

Kontakion – Tone 4 Righteous Hilarion,
like a fruitful olive tree that has blossomed,
with your oil you mystically make radiant
those who sing to you:
“Rejoice, unwavering rule of the righteous.”

Hilarion’s monks successfully begged for his release, promising to adhere to the law against honoring icons. But once back in their monastery, they resumed veneration of the holy images. The emperor soon discovered Hilarion’s disobedience, having assigned men to watch him closely. Once again Hilarion was imprisoned, and tortured.

Freed by the next emperor, Hilarion lived quietly at the monastery until his death in 845. His life shows that there is such a thing as good disobedience, because sometimes it is actually obedience to God’s will, like the obedience of His Son—the Son who came in the flesh and thus allowed us to depict Him in icons.


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