March 3, 2019
Sunday of the Last Judgment
Sunday of Meatfare
The theme of the second Sunday before Lent is THE LAST JUDGEMENT (meat fare) and the Gospel lesson is Matthew 25:31-46 in which Christ describes the last judgement. It is a lesson about Christian love. For we all need love and each have been given the gift and grace of Christ’s love. Thus, on whether or not we have accepted this responsibility (of Christ’s gift), and on whether we have loved or refused to love, shall we be judged. For “inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto Me….”
I Corinthians 8:8-9:2: St Paul, writing to the Corinthians, uses the situation about eating meat that had been sacrificed to idols to encourage them and us that we should be aware of our actions and how they affect others in their quest for holiness.
Matthew 25:31-46: In describing the judgment of the nations, the Lord Jesus tells us that the righteous will receive eternal blessings, while the unrighteous shall receive eternal punishment.
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 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 Meat Fare Sunday: When thou comest, O God, to earth with glory, and all creatures tremble before thee, and the river of fire floweth before the Altar, and the books are opened and sins revealed, deliver me then from that unquenchable fire, and make me worthy to stand at thy right hand, O righteous Judge.
Sunday, March 3 (Sunday of Meatfare)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Monday, March 4
Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, March 5
NO Daily Orthros
Wednesday, March 6
6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers followed by presentation by Sister Olga from
St. Elizabeth Convent in Minsk, Belarus
Thursday, March 7
NO Daily Orthros
11:30 a.m. — Men’s Lunch
Friday, March 8
Saturday, March 9 (Forty Martyrs of Sebaste)
10:00 a.m. — Ladies meet for Akathist
5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, March 10 (Sunday of Cheesefare)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
12:00 p.m. — Pot Luck Meal
6:30 p.m. — Forgiveness Vespers
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Daniel Roots for the Saturday of the Souls liturgy yesterday morning and by the Karams for the Divine Liturgy this morning. The Koliva for yesterday’s liturgy was prepared by Sh. Margaret Root and by Anastasia Jones.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
March 3 Karam Katool/Davis/Staursky
March 10 Brock POT LUCK MEAL
March 17 Baker Algood/Jones/Turner
March 24 R. Root Ellis/Zouboukos/Waites
March 25 (Mon. a.m.) Henderson Kh. Sharon Meadows
(Feast of the Annunciation)
March 31 Algood R. Root/Habeeb/Cooper
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 3 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver I Cor. 8:8-9:2 273
March 10 Brenda Baker Rom. 13:11-14:4 279
March 17 Sh. Charlotte Algood Heb. 11:24-26; 32-40 281
March 24 Mildred Morris Heb. 1:10-2:3 283
March 25 (Mon. a.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows Heb. 2:11-18 376
March 31 Kh. Sharon Meadows Heb. 4:14-5:6 285
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.
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 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); Lynda Costas; Fr. Nicholas, Kh. Jan and Angelina Speier; David Morris and his family; Vernie Meadows, Fr. James and Kh. Sharon and their family; Walt and Charlotte Wood and their family; Lou Turner’s cousin Amy and her husband John; Noah and Beth Ann (Baker) Pappas, the Reader Basil and Brenda and all of the Baker family; Chris and Rebecca Dansereau and their daughters; Fr. Leo and Kh. Be’Be’ and their family.
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.
Sister Olga from the convent of St. Elizabeth in Minsk, Belarus will be giving a presentation on their convent following daily vespers this Wednesday evening. The Convent of St. Elizabeth has a strong ministry to children without parental support and to patients in the nearby psychiatric hospital. Sr. Olga will have icons and other items for sale and all proceeds go toward new construction at the convent. Please make plans to attend.
* The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month.
* The Ladies of St. Peter 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 the Saturday of the Souls liturgy on Saturday morning, March 2nd, beginning at 9:00 a.m.
* Our next date for serving at the Stewpot is Saturday, March 9th. Our remaining date for the year will be Saturday, September 28th.
* We will have Forgiveness Vespers on Sunday evening, March 10th, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
* Great Lent begins on Clean Monday, March 11th.
* We will pray the Canon of St. Andrew of Crete on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings during the first week of Lent.
* We will celebrate the Presanctified Liturgy on Wednesday evenings in place of Daily Vespers during Lent, beginning at 6:30 p.m..
* On Friday evenings of the Great Lent we will pray the Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
* On the morning of Saturday, March the 16th, beginning at 9:00 a.m. there will be a Creative Arts Festival work-time for the children for their entries for the Parish Life Conference.
* Vacation Church School will be held again this year in July on the 11th,12th, and 13th. More information will be available later.
March is Ladies Month in our Archdiocese when we give special attention to the role of women in our parish. Ladies will be reading the Epistle this month. Also, please allow the women to go first for communion during this time.
Unsupervised children in the Kitchen: For health and safety concerns children are not to be allowed in the kitchen unless accompanied by a parent. Please get ice for your children and do NOT allow them to use the icemaker themselves.
Fasting Discipline for March
Following Meatfare Sunday (March 3rd) meat will no longer be eaten until Pascha. During the week following Meatfare Sunday dairy products (milk, cheese, eggs, etc.) are permitted, even on Wednesday and Friday. March 10th is Cheesefare Sunday, the last day that dairy and wine are permitted. Monday, March 11th is 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 21st, when fish, wine and oil are permitted).
Major Commemorations for March
March 3 Meatfare Sunday
March 9 Forty Martyrs of Sebaste
March 10 Cheesefare Sunday
March 16 Christodoulos, Wonder-worker of Pamos
March 17 1st Sunday of Lent; Sunday of Orthodoxy
March 24 2nd Sunday of Lent; Gregory Palamas
March 25 Feast of the Annunciation
March 26 Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel
March 31 3rd Sunday of Lent; Adoration of the Holy Cross
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
Happy Anniversaries in March:
March 10 — Fr. James and Kh. Sharon Meadows (#46!)
March 13 — Warren and Sandra Strain (#25!)
March 15 — Dn. Richard and Sh. Margaret Root (#44!)
March 27 — Sam and Anne Habeeb (#15!)
Happy Birthdays in March:
March 6 — Amy Surratt
March 9 — Ian Jones
March 12 — Alexa Zouboukos
— Gabriella Alaeetawi (#16!)
March 17 — Cliff Stewart
March 20 — Charlotte Wood
March 24 — Brenden Skirtech (#15!)
March 26 — Katherine Habeeb (#11!)
March 29 — Sophie Dansereau (#8!)
— Hazel Dansereau (#2!)
March 30 — Aidan Milnor (#13!)
ead of ManHead of Maonasteries
Quotable: “What is to be done? Be patient, they say, and go on working. Patience and labour are exercised, but all within remains the same. At last someone of experience is found who explains that all is inwardly in disorder because the forces within are divided: mind and heart each go their own way. Mind and heart must be united; then wandering of thoughts will cease, and you will gain a rudder to steer the ship of your soul, a lever by which to set in movement all your inner world. But how can one unite mind and heart? Acquire the habit of praying these words with the mind in the heart, ‘Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy upon me’. And this prayer, when you learn to perform it properly, or rather when it comes to be grafted to the heart, will lead you to the end which you desire. It will unite your mind with your heart, it will cut off your wandering thoughts, and give you the power to govern the movements of your soul.”
St. Theophan the Recluse
Worship: Sunday, March 10, 2019 (Sunday of Cheese Fare; Sunday of Forgiveness)
Scripture: Romans 13:11-14:4; Matthew 6:14-21
Celebrant: Father John
Epistle Reader: Brenda Baker
Coffee Hour: POT LUCK MEAL