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March 13, 2016

Cheese Fare Sunday

Forgiveness Sunday

Yes, it is that time again. Lent begins on Monday, March 14th, but we begin the preparations for the journey of “bright-sadness” by especially dealing with our hearts and our spiritual condition. In her wisdom the Church is a great aid to us, for the four Sundays before Lent carry special themes that enable us to examine ourselves.

The theme of the Sunday before Lent is FORGIVENESS (cheese fare) and the Gospel lesson is Matthew 6:14-21 which teaches us both of forgiveness and of fasting. “To forgive is to put between me and my enemy the radiant forgiveness of God Himself. To forgive is to reject the hopeless dead-ends of human relations and to refer them to Christ. Forgiveness is truly a breakthrough of the Kingdom into this sinful and fallen world” (Great Lent, Page 28). And to fast is to first fast before God and not men so as to curb the desires and cravings of our fallen nature. This effort can help free us from the dictatorship of the flesh over our spirit, so we can more fully love and forgive.

Romans 13:11-14:4: As we read from his letter to the Romans, St Paul encourages us to walk in the light and put aside the deeds of darkness, knowing that the time of salvation is near at hand. He also encourages us to accept those who are weak in faith and not to make personal judgments.

Matthew 6:14-21: The Lord Jesus in this portion of the Sermon on the Mount gives us instructions on forgiving others, on fasting, and on laying up treasures in our hearts.

Troparion of the Resurrection: O compassionate One, thou didst descend from the heights; 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.

Troparion of the Chains of St. Peter: O Holy Apostle, Peter, thou dost preside over the Apostles by the precious chains which thou didst bear. We venerate them with faith and beseech thee that by thine intercessions we be granted the great mercy.

Kontakion of Cheese Fare Sunday: 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.

CALENDAR

Sunday, March 13 (Cheesefare Sunday)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

12:00 p.m. — Teen’s Annual Fundraising Meal

6:30 p.m. — Forgiveness Vespers

Monday, March 14 (Clean Monday)

Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off

6:30 p.m. — Canon of St. Andrew of Crete

Tuesday, March 15

6:00 a.m. — Lenten Orthros

6:30 pm. — Canon of St. Andrew of Crete

Wednesday, March 16 (Christodoulos the Wonder-worker of Patmos)

6:30 p.m. — Presanctified Liturgy followed by Soup Supper

Thursday, March 17

6:00 a.m. –Lenten Orthros

6:30 p.m. — Canon of St. Andrew of Crete

Friday, March 18

6:30 p.m. — Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos

Saturday, March 19

5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers

Sunday, March 20 (Sunday of Orthodoxy)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

6:00 p.m. — Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers at Holy Resurrection

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Hendersons for the Divine Liturgy this morning.

Please be reminded that the Sacristy/Vestry which is adjacent to and behind the altar in our church is considered by the Orthodox Church to be part of the Sanctuary (Altar area) and should not be entered without the blessing of the priest for a specific purpose. If you need to speak with a member of the clergy while they are in the Sanctuary, please ask them to come to you in the nave.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

March 13 Henderson TEEN’S FUNDRAISER MEAL

March 20 Algood Algood/Lasseter

March 24 (Thur. p.m.) Katool Christina Katool

(Feast of the Annunciation)

March 27 Schelver R. Root/Habeeb

Schedule for Epistle Readers – Page numbers refer to the Apostolos (book of the Epistles) located on the front pew. Please be sure to use this book when you read.

Reader Reading Page#

March 13 Warren Strain Rom. 13:11-14:4 279

March 20 Mildred Morris Heb. 11:24-26, 32-40 281

March 24 (Thur. p.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows Heb. 2:11-18 376

March 27 Phillip Lasseter Heb. 1:10-2:3 283

Continue to pray for Metropolitan Paul (who is also the brother of our Patriarch) and the Syriac Archbishop John of Aleppo who were abducted while on a humanitarian mission in Syria.

Please be reminded of the following:

Be very careful with the Blessed Bread when you take it after communion. Because this bread has been blessed, we should take care not to let crumbs fall on the floor. Parents, especially, please help your children to choose a small piece and treat it carefully.

Also, at the end of the liturgy, maintain a prayerful disposition during the veneration of the cross as the prayers of thanksgiving after communion are still underway. Please exchange your greetings with each other in the Fellowship Hall during Coffee Hour.

Please remember the following in your prayers: Steve, Sheryl and Stephen Chamblee; Amy and Brantley Oliver; Aidan Milnor, the Milnor family; Sam and Lamia Dabit and Sammie; Georgia Buchanan, George Johns (Georgia’s grandson) and his family; Mary Greene (Lee and Kh. Sharon’s sister); Fr. Stephen Tewfik; Sh. Gail Shannon; Dn. Sidney and Sh. Mary Elliot;

Walt and Charlotte Wood and their family; Tom and Jennifer Skirtech and their family; Tom and Kathy Willingham; Athena and Anthony Zouboukos and their family; Elias and Olga Karam (Simon’s parents) as well as Simon and Rola Karam; Lynda Costas.

Please continue to pray for the health of His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN.

Please remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle, and their daughter Abigail, in your prayers.

Calendar Items:

* The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month.

* The Ladies of St. Peter will meet at 10:00 a.m. on the second Saturday of the month to pray the Akathist to the Mother of God, Nurturer of Children. Those who are able will go out for lunch and fellowship afterwards.

* The men of the parish will meet at the church once each quarter for a Saturday morning Father-Son Prayer Breakfast.

* The Teens will be hosting their annual Cheesefare Fundraising Meal following the Divine Liturgy TODAY.

* Great Lent begins on Clean Monday, March 14th. The schedule of services for the first week will be as follows:

Sunday, March 13th — Forgiveness Vespers, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Monday, March 14th — Canon of St. Andrew of Crete, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 15th — Canon of St. Andrew of Crete, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 16th — Presanctified Liturgy followed by Soup Supper, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 17th — Canon of St. Andrew of Crete, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, March 18th — Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 20th — Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Clinton, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

* On the first Saturday of April (2nd), the Ladies will hold a garage sale to raise money for their charitable projects. More information will be available in the near future.

* His Grace, Bishop THOMAS will be with us August 12-15th. Be sure to mark your calendars now.

Lenten Almsgiving Project: Sunnybrook Children’s Home is a residential group home for children who have been abused and neglected and, thereby, taken from their parents through the court system as well as those children whose guardians choose to place them there voluntarily. They have requested donations for their annual food drive and the Parish Council has decided to support their efforts. We will approach this in a manner similar to the Angel Tree with those wishing to participate providing items on the list they have supplied. The list and cover letter are located on the Bulletin Board in the Fellowship Hall and also may be found on our website.

Fasting Discipline for March

The traditional fasting (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on Wednesday and Friday this week. Following Meatfare Sunday (March 6th) meat will not be eaten again until Pascha. March 13th is Cheesefare Sunday, the last day that dairy and wine are permitted. Monday, March 14th is Clean Monday, the first day of Great Lent when the traditional fasting discipline is observed on all days of the week until Pashca (except the Feast of the Annunciation on March 25th and Palm Sunday on April 24th, when fish, wine and oil are permitted).

Major Commemorations for March

March 13 Cheesefare Sunday

March 14 Clean Monday

March 16 Christodoulos the Wonder-worker of Patmos

March 20 1st Sunday of Lent; Sunday of Orthodoxy

March 25 Feast of the Annunciation

March 26 Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel

March 27 2nd Sunday of Lent; Gregory of Palamas

Quotable: “In the Gospel of St. Luke we are told that the prodigal son ‘came to himself’ and said, ‘I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son’ (Luke 15:18-19). This is a wondrous moment, a momentous event in the spiritual world. Suffering, affliction, and the menacing famine of a ‘far country’ compel the man to look within himself. But a single movement of divine grace is enough to convert the energy of his misfortune into great boldness, and he is enabled to see his heart and all the deadness from which he is suffering. Now, with prophetic knowledge, he boldly confesses that ‘his days are consumed in vanity’ (cf. Ps. 78:33). In pain of soul, he discovers that his whole life until then consists of a series of failures and betrayals of God’s commandments, and that he has done no good deed upon earth that can withstand the unbearable gaze of the Eternal Judge. He sees his plight and, like the much-afflicted Job, cries out, ‘Hades is my house’ (cf. Job 17:13).”

The Hidden Man of the Heart

by Archimandrite Zacharias

Worship: Sunday, March 20, 2016 (Sunday of Orthodoxy; First Sunday of Great Lent)

Scripture: Hebrews 11:24-26, 32-40; John 1:43-51

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Mildred Morris

Prosphora: Algood

Coffee Hour: Algood/Lasseter