February 25 Schedule & Bulletin


T, Th.            9 am          lenten matins

Tuesday      1 pm           Adult Study

Wednesday  6 pm           Pre-Sanctified Liturgy-followed by lenten pot-luck

Friday         11 am         Choir practice

9-1             Iconography Class

6 pm           Akathist/Salutations-Theotokos

Saturday     5 pm          Great Vespers

First Sunday of Great Lent-Sunday of Orthodoxy

Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great       

 Tone 5-Troparion of the Resurrection

Let us, the faithful, praise and worship the Word, co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit, born for our salvation from the Virgin; for He willed to be lifted up on the Cross in the flesh, to endure death, and to raise the dead by His glorious Resurrection.

Tone 8-Troparion of Pentecost

Blessed art Thou, O Christ our God, who hast revealed the fishermen as most wise by sending down upon them the Holy Spirit – through them Thou didst draw the world into Thy net. O Lover of all Mankind, glory to Thee!

Tone 2-Troparion of Orthodoxy Sunday

We venerate Thy most pure image, O Good One; and ask forgiveness of our transgressions, O Christ our God. Of Thy good will Thou wast pleased to ascend the Cross in the flesh and deliver Thy creatures from bondage to the Enemy. Therefore with thankfulness we cry aloud to Thee: “Thou hast filled all with joy, O our Savior, for Thou alone hast come to save the world.”

Tone 5-Kontakion of The Resurrection

My Savior and Redeemer, as God rose from the tomb and delivered the earth-born from their chains. He has shattered the gates of hell, and as Master, He has risen on the third day!

Tone 1-Kontakion of Pentecost

When the Most High came down and confused the tongues, He divided all the nations; but when He distributed the tongues of fire, He called all mankind to unity. Therefore, with one voice we glorify the Holy Spirit.

Tone 8 -Kontakion of Orthodoxy Sunday

No one could describe the Word of the Father; but when He took flesh from thee, O Theotokos, He accepted to be described, and restored the fallen image to its former state by uniting it to divine beauty. We confess and proclaim our salvation in words and images.

Tone 2-Kontakion of Ordinary Sundays

Steadfast protection of Christians, constant advocate before the Creator, despise not the entreating cries of us sinners; but in your goodness come speedily to help those who call on you in faith: hasten to hear our petition and to intercede for us, O Theotokos, for you always protect those who honor Thee.

The Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Hebrews.

 Brethren, by faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to share ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. And what more shall I say?

For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets; who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, received promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, and put foreign armies to flight. Women received their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release that they might rise again to a better life. Others suffered mocking and scourging, and even chains and imprisonment.

They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, ill-treated—of whom the world was not worthy—wandering over deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. And all these, though well attested by their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had foreseen something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.

 The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John. (1:43-51)

At that time, Jesus decided to go to Galilee. And He found Philip and said to him, “Follow Me.”  Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael, and said to him, “We have found Him of Whom Moses in the Law and also the Prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”

Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” Jesus saw Nathanael coming to Him, and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!” Nathanael said to Jesus, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.”

Nathanael answered Him, “Rabbi, Thou art the Son of God! Thou art the King of Israel!” Jesus answered him, “Because I said to you, I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You shall see greater things than these.” And Jesus said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.”


Lenten Retreat

The weekend of March 2-3 we will be hosting our annual Lenten Retreat. This year we have a very important speaker, Archimandrite Sergius, Abbot of St. Tikhon’s Monastery in PA. Please make plans now to attend Friday evening and Saturday.

Pascha Alert

Saturday, April 7 at 7 pm- Procession and Matins/Orthros

Sunday, April 8 at 9 am- Paschal Divine Liturgy and blessing of Pascha Baskets

Sunday, April 8 at Noon- Agape Vespers with the Gospel in various languages, then to Gulf Pines Memorial Park cemetery in Englewood.

What is a Pascha Basket? This long standing tradition is how we break the fast in preparation for Pascha. The basket basically contains the food you have abstained from during the fast. The baskets are blessed and shared as we break the fast following the Paschal Divine Liturgy.

Often the basket is covered with special covers. On that day there will not be a traditional coffee hour. Everyone will bring a basket and we all share our meats, eggs, cheeses and special foods and drinks with one another, following the teaching of St. John Chrysostom in his Paschal homily.

Urgent Need

We are in need of an assistant treasurer. The assistant treasurer must be a year-round resident and member of our church. No accountant experience necessary, just a willingness to work a little each week with paying bills, keeping records, etc. Please, someone, help us out.

Orthodoxy Sunday

The Sunday of the Triumph of Orthodoxy is celebrated on the first Sunday of Great Lent. It is the celebration of the victory of the iconodules over the iconoclasts by the decision of the Seventh Ecumenical Council. Therefore, the service is to commemorate the restoration of icons for use in services and private devotional life of Christians.

Orthodoxy Sunday Vespers

Orthodoxy Sunday Vespers with a procession of icons will take place tonight at 5 pm at Holy Cross Orthodox Church, at 2365 South Olga Drive, Ft. Myers, 33905. All are welcome, bring an icon. The service will be followed by a lenten supper.

Electronic and Online Giving Encouraged

Giving does not have to be done with a check or cash. You don’t need to remember an envelope. Download the Tithe.ly app on your Android or Apple phone, put in your info, find our church and donate. Or go to the internet to tithe.ly.com and give online. It is secure, easy and creates an instant paper trail and it is deposited directly into our SunTrust account. Give it a try or ask for help.

Prosphora Ministry

The bread we use for communion is made by people in the parish. Would you like to make some? Would you like to learn more about this important ministry? Please speak with Fr. Stephen about this opportunity for you to serve our holy parish.

Falafel Lunch

Next Sunday is our falafel lunch for coffee hour. Tickets are $12 for adults, children are free. This fund raiser helps support our parish ministries. We appreciate your support and thank you. So far this year we have taken in over $1500 on lunch fund raisers! See Shirley for your tickets.