Weekly Bulletin: Sunday, February 19, 2012

WEEKLY BULLETIN for SAINT ELIA THE PROPHET ORTHODOX CHURCH, AKRON, OHIO
February 19, 2012        Vol. 28 No. 8

SCHEDULE OF DIVINE SERVICES

Lenten Triodion

last judgement iconSUNDAY OF MEATFARE – Tone 3 – Sunday of the Last Judgment
Saturday, February 18 – 5:00 pm
Great Vespers and Confessions, Panakhida for All the Faithful Departed
Sunday, February 19
9:45 am – Hours – Reader Michael Luc
10:00 am – Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom
Epistle Reader – Reader Michael Luc
EPISTLE: 1 Corinthians 8:8-9:2 GOSPEL: Matthew 25:31-46
Panakhida (40th day) for the repose of the soul of +Matushka Joanna Pianovich as requested by her grandson John Bohush and Family

Monday, February 20 – We begin Fasting for meat and meat products

SUNDAY OF CHEESEFARE – Tone 4 – The Expulsion of Adam From Paradise FORGIVENESS SUNDAY
Saturday, February 25 – 5:00 pm – Great Vespers and Confessions
Sunday, February 26
9:45 am – Hours – Reader Aaron Gray
10:00 am – Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom
Epistle Reader –Reader Aaron Gray
EPISTLE: Romans 13:11-14:4 GOSPEL: Matthew 6:14-21
5:00 pm – Forgiveness Vespers – Mutual Forgiveness Service

REMEMBER THOSE SERVING IN THE ARMED FORCE

Anthony Freude, son of Fr. Don and Popadia Donna Freude

REMEMBER OUR SICK AND SHUT-INS

Mickey Stokich, Tom Hagerman, Leonora Evancho, Pierre Theodore, Bessie Alexandrovich, Larissa Freude, Christina Paluch Collins.   *Please contact Fr. Don for addresses for our sick and shut-ins.

PROSPHORA OFFERING:

For today – Michele Lambo

COFFEE HOUR:

February – Lambo Family

CHURCH SCHOOL 2011-2012

Theme for the year: Warmth of the faith: full of the Holy Spirit
Church School classes are held on Sunday mornings following the Divine Liturgy.

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 our children’s time in Church School is very precious. During the Children’s class time, please do not be in the Church Hall visiting and conversing. This is distracting for the teachers and children.

2012 OFFERING ENVELOPES

Please pick up in Church Vestibule

Stewardship

Our Stewardship: February 12, 2012
Sunday: $754.00
Candles: $25.00
Intention Donations: $20.00
Improvement Fund: $25.00
TOTAL: $824.00

The question the Psalmist asks: “What shall I give to the Lord in return for all His benefits towards me?” (Psalm 116:12)

This question is answered in the Divine Liturgy when the priest invites us to “offer ourselves and our whole life to Christ our God.”

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SUNDAY OF ORTHODOXY

Our Greater Akron Community will gather together for the Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers on Sunday evening, March 4, 2012, 7:00 pm, at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Mogadore.

Our Speaker will be Archimandrite Alexander Golitzin, the Bishop-elect of our Bulgarian Diocese of Toledo, Orthodox Church in America. Fr. Alexander will be with us at St. Elia for Saturday Vespers and on Sunday morning for the Divine Liturgy. He will preach at the Vespers at 7:00 pm at St .Nicholas Church in Mogadore, Ohio.

For donations in support of the Sunday of Orthodoxy, please give your name and amount to Michele Lambo by next Sunday, February 19, in order to be published in the Sunday of Orthodoxy Booklet.
Benefactors: $50.00 Supporter: $25.00 Patrons: $10.00 Sponsors: $5.00

SPRING BAKE SALE — APRIL 7, 2012

Please see the list of needed items to be donated, and also the work schedule where your help is needed. It is time to get the orders from your family members, co-workers and friends. For more information see Rose Marie Vronick or Mary Magensky.

PREPARE FOR PASHCHA BY PRAYING THE PSALMS

Join the Lenten Psalm Prayer Group to draw nearer to Christ and one another, as fellow Orthodox Christians, during this Lenten Fast by praying the Psalms together, as we journey toward holy Pascha. Click here to learn more about the prayer group and how to get involved.

GREATER AKRON AREA LENTEN MISSION VESPERS

Sunday, March 4, 5:00 pm – St. Nicholas Orthodox Church
Sunday, March 11, 5:00 pm – St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
Sunday, March 18, 5:00 pm – St. Elia the Prophet Orthodox Church
Saturday, March 24, (TBA) – Annunciation Vespers – Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
Sunday, April 1, 5:00 pm – (TBA)
Wednesday, April 4, (TBA) – Presanctified Liturgy – Presentation of Our Lord Orthodox Church

CONSECRATION OF BISHOP-ELECT ARCHIMANDRITE ALEXANDER

Our Diocese will be celebrating the consecration of Archimandrite Alexander (Golitzin) as Bishop of Toledo, Bulgarian Diocese, OCA, the weekend of May 4-6 at St. George Orthodox Cathedral, Rossford. On Friday evening, May 4, Bishop-Elect Alexander will make his profession of faith in preparation for his consecration. Saturday, May 5, he will be consecrated bishop at a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah, and other members of the OCA Holy Synod of Bishops. His installation as Bishop of the Diocese will take place on Sunday, May 6. Rooms may be booked for the weekend at the Holiday Inn French Quarter, 10630 Fremont Pike, in Perrysburg, OH. To book a room at the special rate of $89.00 per night, please call the hotel at 888-874-2592 and ask for the rate for the Bulgarian Diocese.

SUNDAY EPISTLE READING – 1 Corinthians 8:8-9:2

8:8. But food does not commend us to God; for neither if we eat are we better, nor if we do not eat are we the worse.
9. But beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak.
10. For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol’s temple, will not the conscience of him who is weak be emboldened to eat those things offered to idols?
11. And because of your knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?
12. But when you sin against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ.
13. Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never again eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.
9:1. Am I not an apostle? Am I not free? Have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? Are you not my work in the Lord?
2. If I am not an apostle to others, yet doubtless, I am to you. For you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.

SUNDAY GOSPEL READING – Matthew 25:31-46

Jesus said:
31. “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory.
32. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.
33. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.
34. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
35. For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and your took Me in;
36. I was naked and your clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’
37. Then the righteous will answer Him saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink?
38. When did we see you a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You?
39. Or when did we see You sick or in prison, and come to You?’
40. And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of My brethren, you did it to Me.’
41. Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me you cursed, into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:
42. ‘For I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink;
43. I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.
44. Then they will also answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’
45. Then He will answer them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it t one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’
46. And these will go into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

THIS WEEK’S FEAST DAYS AND SCRIPTURE READINGS

Monday, February 20 – St. Leo, Bishop of Catania in Sicily – Meat Fast — 3 John 1:1-15 Luke 19:29-40, 22:7-39
Tuesday, February 21 – Venerable Timothy of Symbola in Bithynia – Meat Fast — Jude 1:1-10 Luke 22:39-42, 45-23:1
Wednesday, February 22 – Uncovering of the Relics of the Holy Martyrs at the Gate of Eugenius at Constantinople – Meat Fast — 6th Hour: Joel 2:12-26 Vespers: Joel 3:12-21
Thursday, February 23 – Hieromartyr Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna – Meat Fast — Jude 1:11-25 Luke 23:1-31,33,44-56
Friday- February 24 — First and Second Finding of the Venerable Head of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner, John the Baptist –Meat Fast — 6th Hour: Zechariah 8:7-17 Vespers: Zechariah 8:19-23
Saturday, February 25 – St. Tarasius, Archbishop of Constantinople- Meat Fast — Romans 19:14-26 Matthew 6:1-13

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