Weekly Bulletin February: 17, 2013

37th  SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST – Tone 4 – SUNDAY OF ZACCHAEUS & The Holy Great Martyr Theodore the Recruit (Tyro)

SCHEDULE OF DIVINE SERVICES

Saturday, February 16
  • Great Vespers & Confessions 

Sunday, February 17

  • 9:45 A – Hours by Reader Michael Luc 
  • 10:00 A –  Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom 

Epistle Reader – Reader Michael Luc

EPISTLE:  1 Timothy 4:9-15    GOSPEL:  Luke 19:1-10

 

 

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BEGINNING OF THE LENTEN TRIODION

1st Pre-Lenten Sunday

SUNDAY OF THE PUBLICAN AND PHARISEE – Tone 5

First & Second Finding of the Honorable Head of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner John the Baptist

Saturday, February 23  

  • 5:00 P Great Vespers & Confessions

Sunday, February 24

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

Epistle Reader –   Bud Graham

EPISTLE: 2 Timothy 3:10-15    GOSPEL: Luke 18:10-14

Parish Council Meeting this Thursday, Feb. 21 @7P

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
Thursday, Feb. 21 @7:00P

 

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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 OUR SICK AND SHUT-INS

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Mickey StokichTom Hagerman
Leonora Evancho
Pierre Theodore
Bessie Alexandrovich
Larissa Freude
Christina Paluch Collins
Anastasia Haymon
Joseph Boyle, brother of Kathy Gray
Joseph Boyle Sr., father of Kathy Gray
Nicholas Dimoff
Veronica Dameff

For Your Information!

For Your Information!

 

Confidential information such as addresses or phone numbers of our friends and family listed above will NEVER be published in a digital format.  Please call the church office @ 330.724.7009  should you need any information or assistance visiting someone, sending a greeting card or making a phone call to one of  the faithful who are not feeling well.

 

 

 

Special thanks to Michele Lambo for today's Prosphora Offering

Special thanks to Michele Lambo for today’s Prosphora Offering

 

✔ 2013 OFFERING ENVELOPES   If you have not already, please pick up your box of envelopes in  the Church vestibule and use them in making your donations.

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✔ PARISH MEMBERSHIP   A new Membership Form has been put into place by the Parish Council and available for 2013.  Membership numbers established by completed forms shall be used to establish voting eligibility and meeting quorums.    Please fill out the form on both sides and give it to Father Don or a member of the Parish Council.

Thank you kindly!

Thank you kindly!

✔ CHURCH SCHOOL2012 – 2013 

Church School classes are held on Sunday mornings.  Following  the celebration of Divine Liturgy, the children proceed to their classes in the  Church Hall.goodshepherd

The theme for this year is Jesus, the Good Shepherd.  A shepherd takes care of  his sheep.  The sheep knows the Shepherd’s voice, and they follow where he leads them.  “Jesus said, ‘I am the good shepherd.  The good shepherd gives his life for his sheep.’”  John 10:11

The adults of our community remain in Church during the Church School time for a special session of Q & A – Questions and Answers. Please remember that the time our children have in Church School is very precious.  During the their class time, please do not be in the Church Hall visiting and conversing.  This is distracting for the teachers and children.

This Week's Feast Days & Scripture Reading

This Week’s Feast Days & Scripture Reading

 

Monday, February 18 – St. Leo the Great, Pope of Rome

1 Peter 2:21-3:9   Mark 12:13-17

Tuesday, February 19 – Apostles of the Seventy Archippus and Philemon, Martyr Apphia

1 Peter 3:10-22   Mark 12:18-27

Wednesday, February 20 – St. Leo, Bishop of Catania in Sicily –  Fast Day

1 Peter 4:1-11      Mark 12:28-37

Thursday, February 21 – Venerable Timothy of Symbola in Bithynia

 1 Peter 4:12-5:5    Mark 12:38-44

Friday, February 22 – Uncovering the Relics of Holy Martyrs at the Gate of Eugenius in Constantinople– Fast Day

  2 Peter 11-10    Mark 13:1-8

Saturday, February 23 – Hieromartyr Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna

  2 Timothy 2:11-19    Luke 18:2-8

 

            

 

 

 UPPER ROOM WEEKLY REFLECTION:

“Love what you have. Need what you want.

Accept what you receive. Give what you can.”

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Prepare for Pascha by Praying the Psalms!

 

The Goal       

To draw nearer to Christ and one another during this Lenten Fast by praying the Psalms together as a community, as we journey together toward holy Pascha.

 

How It Works

The Orthodox Church has divided the book of Psalms into 20 sections. In our St. Elia prayer group, we will all be praying a new section each day throughout the 40 days of the fast, beginning on March 18, so that we all will pray through the entire book of Psalms twice during the course of the fast.

 

Added Bonus

As we all join together in prayer, we can use this opportunity to pray for one another, for our parish, and for any special intentions that any of us may have. If you have an e-mail address, we will be able to share prayer requests with one another via e-mail. (However, if you don’t, we can still use good old-fashioned word of mouth!)

What You Need

Nothing more than a Bible and a little bit of time to set aside each day.

 

How Do I Join?

Anytime before the beginning of the fast, write your name on the sign-up sheet at church or go to www.saintelia.com/sign-up-for-the-lenten-prayer-group on the web and fill in the online form. On the Sunday before Great Lent begins, printouts will be available at church and an e-mail will be sent out with a schedule of which Psalms to pray each day, and the names of everyone else who is participating in the prayer group, so that we can remember one another in our daily prayers.

 

Spread the Word!

This does not need to be limited only to members of St. Elia. Pass along this information to friends and relatives elsewhere and have them get in touch to join.

 

One Last Thing

May God bless us as we pray the Psalms together, and may He draw us nearer to Himself and to one another during this Lent. Have a blessed 40 days!

SUNDAY OF ZACCHAEUS – ANNOUNCEMNT OF GREAT LENT

February 17, 2013

Saint Zaccheus

The holy, glorious and all-laudible Apostle Zaccheus was an apostle of the Seventy.

The paschal season of the Church is preceded by the season of Great Lent, which is also preceded by its own liturgical preparation. The first sign of the approach of Great Lent comes five Sundays before its beginning. On this Sunday the Gospel reading is about Zacchaeus the tax-collector. It tells how Christ brought salvation to the sinful man, and how his life was changed simply because he “sought to see who Jesus was” (Luke 19:3). The desire and effort to see Jesus begins the entire movement through Lent towards Pascha. It is the first movement of salvation.

Our lenten journey begins with a recognition of our own sinfulness, just as Zacchaeus recognized his. He promised to make restitution by giving half of his wealth to the poor, and by paying to those he had falsely accused four times as much as they had lost. In this, he went beyond the requirements of the Law (Ex. 22:3-12).

The example of Zacchaeus teaches us that we should turn away from our sins, and atone for them. The real proof of our sorrow and repentance is not just a verbal apology, but when we correct ourselves and try to make amends for the consequences of our evil actions.

We are also assured of God’s mercy and compassion by Christ’s words to Zacchaeus, “Today salvation is come to this house” (Luke 19:9). After the Great Doxology at Sunday Matins (when the Tone of the week is Tone 1, 3, 5, 7) we sing the Dismissal Hymn of the Resurrection “Today salvation has come to the world,” which echoes the Lord’s words to Zacchaeus.

Zacchaeus was short, so he climbed a tree in order to see the Lord. All of us have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23). We are also short in our spiritual stature, therefore we must climb the ladder of the virtues. In other words, we must prepare for spiritual effort and growth.

St Zacchaeus is also commemorated on April 20.

THE HOLY GREAT MARTYR THEODORE THE RECRUIT

Commemorated on February 17

The Holy Great Martyr Theodore the Recruit (Tyro)

The Holy Great Martyr Theodore the Recruit (Tyro)


The Holy Great Martyr Theodore the Recruit (Tyro) was a soldier in the city of Alasium of the Pontine district (northeast province of Asia Minor, stretching along the coast of the Euxine, i.e. the Black Sea), under the command of a certain Brincus. They commanded him to offer sacrifice to idols. St Theodore firmly confessed his faith in Christ the Savior in a loud voice. The commander gave him several days to think it over, during which time St Theodore prayed.

They charged him with setting a pagan temple on fire, and threw him into prison to be starved to death. The Lord Jesus Christ appeared to him there, comforting and encouraging him. Brought to the governor, St Theodore boldly and fearlessly confessed his faith, for which he was subjected to new torments and condemned to burning. The martyr Theodore climbed onto the fire without hesitation, and with prayer and gave up his holy soul to God.

This occurred in about the year 306 under the Roman emperor Galerius (305-311). Unharmed by the fire, the body of St Theodore was buried in the city of Euchaita, not far from Amasium. His relics were afterwards transferred to Constantinople, to a church dedicated to him. His head is in Italy, in the city of Gaeto.

Later on, fifty years after the death of St Theodore, the emperor Julian the Apostate (361-363), wanting to commit an outrage upon the Christians, commanded the city-commander of Constantinople during the first week of Great Lent to sprinkle all the food provisions in the marketplaces with the blood offered to idols. St Theodore appeared in a dream to Archbishop Eudoxius, ordering him to inform all the Christians that no one should buy anything at the marketplaces, but rather to eat cooked wheat with honey (kolyva).

In memory of this occurrence, the Orthodox Church annually celebrates the holy Great Martyr Theodore the Recruit on the first Saturday of Great Lent. On Friday evening, at the Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts following the prayer at the ambo, the Canon to the holy Great Martyr Theodore, composed by St John of Damascus, is sung. After this, kolyva is blessed and distributed to the faithful. The celebration of the Great Martyr Theodore on the first Saturday of Great Lent was set by the Patriarch Nectarius of Constantinople (381-397).

We pray to St Theodore for the recovery of stolen articles.

 

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