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March 11, 2018

Third Sunday of Lent

Veneration of the Precious and Life-giving Cross

In the middle of Lent, the church sets before us the Cross of Christ. On two other occasions during the year, September 14 and August 1, the cross is presented for our remembrance and veneration. Both these feasts link the Adoration of the Cross to historic events. However, the remembrance of the cross on the third Sunday in Lent prepares us for the commemoration of the crucifixion which is soon to follow in Holy Week, and at the same time, it reminds us that the whole of Lent is a period when we are crucified with Christ. The dominant note on this Sunday, as on the two Sundays preceding, is one of joy and triumph. No separation is made between Christ’s death and His resurrection, but the cross is regarded as an emblem of victory on Calvary as seen in light of the Empty Tomb.

Hebrews 4:14-5:6: After describing the all-seeing power of Jesus Christ, the writer of Hebrews re­veals Him as the great high priest who perfectly identifies with us in our weakness.

Mark 8:34-9:1: In our reading from the gospel of Mark we hear our Lord tell His disciples that self-denial is required for true spirituality.

Troparion of the Resurrection: Thou didst shatter death by thy Cross; thou didst open paradise to the thief; thou didst turn the mourning of the ointment-bearing women into joy, and didst bid thine Apostles proclaim warning that thou hast risen, O Christ, granting the world Great Mercy.

Troparion of the Holy Cross: O Lord, save thy people and bless thine inheritance, granting to thy people victory over all their enemies, and by the power of thy Cross preserving thy kingdom.

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 the Sundays of Lent: To thee the champion leader, I thy servant offer thanks for victory, O Theotokos, thou who hast delivered me form terror. As thou hast power invincible, free me from every danger that I may cry unto thee: Rejoice, O bride without bridegroom.


Sunday, March 11 (Adoration of the Holy Cross)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, March 12

Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, March 13

6:00 a.m. — Lenten Orthros

Wednesday, March 14

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

Thursday, March 15

6:00 a.m. — Lenten Orthros

Friday, March 16 (Christodoulos, Wonder-worker of Patmos)

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

Saturday, March 17 (Saturday of the Souls)

9:00 a.m. — Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy

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

Sunday, March 18 (Fourth Sunday of Lent; St. John Climacus)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy


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

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

March 11 Jones Henderson/Baker/Lockhart

March 17 (Sat. a.m.) Henderson Brenda Baker

(Saturday of the Souls) Koliva: Karen Cooper

March 18 Meadows Stewart/Turner/Waites

March 25 Davis POT LUCK MEAL

(Feast of the Annunciation) (set-up: Pigott/Lavric/Alaeetawi)

March 31 (Sat. a.m.) D. Root Kh. Sharon Meadows

(Lazarus Saturday)

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 11 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver Heb. 4:14-5:6 285

March 17 (Sat. a.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows I Cor. 10:23-26 271

March 18 Brenda Baker Heb. 6:13-20 287

March 25 Sh. Charlotte Algood Heb. 2:11-18 376

March 31 (Sat. a.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows Heb. 12:28-13:8 291

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

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 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.

Please remember the following in your prayers: Steve, Sheryl Chamblee; Aidan Milnor, the Milnor family; Sam and Lamia Dabit and Sammie; Mary Greene (Lee and Kh. Sharon’s sister); Fr. Stephen Tewfik; Lynda Costas; Fr. Nicholas, Kh. Jan and Angelina Speier; Peggy (David Turner’s paternal aunt) who is suffering from cancer and related complications; and David Morris and his family; Vernie Meadows, Fr. James and Kh. Sharon and their family; Walt and Charlotte Wood and their family; Dr. Herman (Tristan) Englehardt.

Please keep Fr. John Morris and Kh. Cheryl in your prayers. They have both been ill recently.

We have established a Seminary Fund for Phillip Lasseter. If you would like to make a contribution, please make a note on your check that it is for the Seminary Fund.

Calendar Items:

* The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month. However, in April they will meet on the second Thursday since the first week of the month is Holy Week.

* 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.

* The Ladies of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the last Tuesday of the month.

* We will celebrate Saturday of the Souls THIS Saturday (March 17th) morning with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy. (Rescheduled from February 10th)

* The dates for serving meals at the Stewpot are March 24th and November 10th.

* We will celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation with a Pot Luck Meal following the Divine Liturgy on Sunday morning, March 25th.

Fasting Discipline for March

Monday, February 19th was Clean Monday, the first day of Great Lent when the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all days of the week until Pascha (except the Feast of the Annunciation on March 25th and Palm Sunday on April 1st, when fish, wine and oil are permitted).

Major Commemorations for March

March 11 Third Sunday of Lent; Adoration of the Holy Cross

March 16 Christodoulos, Wonder-worker of Patmos

March 17 Saturday of Souls

March 18 Fourth Sunday of Lent; John Climacus

March 25 Feast of the Annunciation

Fifth Sunday of Lent; Mary of Egypt

March 31 Lazarus Saturday

If you are the last to leave, please make sure that the doors in the Fellowship Hall, the kitchen and the hallway are all locked.

Parents of Young Children: Please make sure that your children are supervised if they are in the Nursery during Coffee Hour, just as they are supervised if out on the Playground. The Nursery is being left in a mess on Sunday mornings following Coffee Hour and the clean-up is falling on the same people (i.e. those who teach Sunday School classes in that room). If you leave and there are still children using the room, please make sure that your children pick up the things with which they have been playing.

Quotable: “However, there was a time when the Heavenly King Himself, the King of all the world, the unoriginate God, the Creator of heaven and earth, the King of all the earthly kings appeared on earth and lived among men, wandering from city to city, from one village to the next. What joy, what bliss it was to see the Heavenly King Himself; those most lucent, vigilant eyes looking at the entire universe; that gaze, which brings joy to angels and strikes fear in demons, and to hear, from his most sweet lips, a word that grants life, rest, joy, comfort to every sincere, upright soul! You may be jealous of those fortunate people who lived during the stay of Jesus Christ on earth. Don’t be.”

Father John of Kronstadt, Season of Repentance

Worship: Sunday, March 18, 2018 (Fourth Sunday of Lent; Commemoration of St. John Climacus)

Scripture: Hebrews 6:13-20; Mark 9:17-31

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Brenda Baker

Prosphora: Meadows

Coffee Hour: Stewart/Turner/Waites