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March 11, 2018

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Commemoration of John Climacus

Self-denial for self-glory is equally as vain as any endeavor not directed toward divine love and the glory of God. In St. John Climacus, seventh-century hermit and ascetic, we have a model of sacrifice directed to the love of fellow men. St. John knew that emptying himself of the things of this world was the act of renouncing his own efforts and accepting God’s grace and mercy as true sustenance. The season of prayer and fasting is a time of true humility and complete submission to the Father’s will. We proceed to the Great Feast, following a path of reconciliation and contemplation, seeking the adoration of the Son and His sacrifice, and emphasizing leaving the things of this world to attain perfect submission.

Hebrews 6:13-end: In his letter to the Hebrews, the Apostle reminds us that the promise of God to Abraham was fulfilled when Jesus Christ entered through the veil as a priest according to the order of Melchizedek, and that He is our hope and the anchor of our souls.

Mark 9:16-30: Our Lord casts a demon out of a young boy and in so doing show that faith is essen­tial for actions to bear good fruit. He then gives a prophecy of His coming death and resurrection.

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 St. John of the Ladder: The barren wilderness thou didst make fertile with the streams of thy tears; and by thy deep sighing thou hast given fruit through thy struggles a hundredfold. Accordingly, thou hast become a star for the universe, sparkling with miracles. Therefore, O righteous Father John Climacus, intercede with Christ God to save our souls.

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.

CALENDAR

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

Monday, March 19

Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, March 20

6:00 a.m. — Lenten Orthros

Wednesday, March 21

6:30 p.m. — Canon of St. Andrew of Crete with the Life of St. Mary of Egypt

Thursday, March 22

6:00 a.m. — Lenten Orthros

Friday, March 23

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

Saturday, March 24

8:30 a.m. — Workday at the Church

11:30 a.m. — Serving a Meal at Stewpot

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

Sunday, March 25 (Feast of the Annunciation)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

12:00 p.m. — Pot Luck Meal

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Hendersons for the Saturday of the Souls liturgy yesterday and by the Daniel Roots for the Divine Liturgy this morning. The Koliva for Saturday of the Souls was provided by Karen Cooper.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

March 18 D. Root Stewart/Turner/Waites

March 25 Davis POT LUCK MEAL

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

March 31 (Sat. a.m.) Meadows 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 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 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 remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle, and their daughter Abigail, in your prayers.

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

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.

* 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.

For Parents: Children in the nursery during Coffee Hour MUST be supervised just as they are on the playground. This room is used for Sunday School each week. Children who are unsupervised create disarray and use materials set aside for the teaching of Christian Education. This creates extra work for the Sunday School teachers who have to come in and set the room in order before class or who find supplies depleted unexpectedly. A parent must be in the room with their children at all times. Please help us with this! — Fr. John

The memorial for Tatyana and Caroline will be held on Sunday, April 22nd. We need to get beyond Thomas Sunday to do it. They were both remembered during the Saturday of the Souls liturgy yesterday.

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.

This year Agape Vespers will be held at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Clinton on Sunday, April 8th, beginning at 4:00 p.m. Father Paul will let us know if we need to bring any food and he will determine the need for readers in other languages. More information will be forthcoming in the future.

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 18 Fourth Sunday of Lent; John Climacus

March 25 Feast of the Annunciation

Fifth Sunday of Lent; Mary of Egypt

March 31 Lazarus Saturday

Quotable: “He is also with us now continually through His Divinity. His grace, His life-giving Mysteries, His divine Body and Most-Pure Blood; in this respect we are in no way resentful of the contemporaries of Jesus Christ, for we are not deprived of anything; in fact, we have received more than they have, because they did not have the bliss to taste His life-giving Body and Blood, whereas we taste them and become deified.”

Father John of Kronstadt, Season of Repentance

Worship: Sunday, March 25, 2018 (Feast of the Annunciation; Fifth Sunday of Lent; Commemoration of St. Mary of Egypt)

Scripture: Hebrews 2:11-18; Luke 1:24-38

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Sh. Charlotte Algood

Prosphora: Davis

Coffee Hour: POT LUCK MEAL

(Set-up: Pigott/Lavric/Alaeetawi)