Week of Mar. 18-Schedule & Bulletin


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

Thursday      7 am          Baking

Friday           11 am         Choir practice

9-1             Iconography Class

6 pm           Akathist/Salutations-Theotokos

Saturday     5 pm          Great Vespers

Fourth Sunday of Great Lent-Sunday of St. John Climacus

Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great

 Tone 8-Troparion of the Resurrection

Thou didst descend from on high, O Merciful One! Thou didst accept the three day burial to free us from our sufferings! O Lord, our Life and Resurrection, glory to Thee!

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 1-Troparion for St John Climacus

O dweller of the wilderness and angel in the body, thou wast a wonderworker, O our God-bearing Father John. Thou didst receive heavenly gifts through fasting, vigil, and prayer, healing the sick and the souls of those drawn to thee by faith. Glory to Him Who gave thee strength! Glory to Him Who granted you a crown! Glory to Him Who grants healing to all!

Tone 4 -Kontakion for St John Climacus

The Lord truly set thee on the heights of abstinence, to be a guiding star, showing the way to the universe, O our father and teacher John.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit

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.

Now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

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. 6:13-20

Brethren, when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore to himself, saying, “Surely I will bless you and multiply you.” And thus Abraham, having patiently endured, obtained the promise. Men indeed swear by a greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation.

So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he interposed with an oath, so that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible that God should prove false, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to seize the hope set before us.

We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner shrine behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark. 9:17-31

At that time, a man came to Jesus kneeling and saying: “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a dumb spirit; and wherever it seizes him it dashes him down; and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid; and I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able.” And he answered them, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me.”

And they brought the boy to him; and when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. And Jesus asked his father, “How long has he had this?” And he said, “From childhood. And it has often cast him into the fire and into the water, to destroy him; but if you can do anything, have pity on us and help us.” And Jesus said to him, “If you can! All things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”

And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You dumb and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him, and never enter him again.” And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse; so that most of them said, “He is dead.” But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?”

And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting.” They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he would not have any one know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of man will be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him; and when he is killed, after three days he will rise.”

We do not sing, “It is truly meet instead we sing:

Hymn to the Theotokos

All of creation rejoices in thee, O Full of Grace: the assembly of Angels and the race of men. O sanctified temple and spiritual paradise, the glory of virgins, from whom God was incarnate and became a Child: our God before the ages. He made thy body into a throne, and thy womb He made more spacious than the heavens. All of creation rejoiceth in thee, O Full of Grace. Glory to thee!

For the prayers for the Liturgy of St. Basil, turn to page 67 in the Service Book


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.

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. No kidding.

Sacrament of Repentance and Confession

Each Orthodox Christian is privileged to receive the Holy Mysteries of the  One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church; by virtue of the great grace received in Baptism and Chrismation, and in living a life of continual repentance.

No person is “entitled” to the Holy Mysteries, often called The Sacraments. If one is not living a life of continual turning to God in humility, confessing ones sins and asking for forgiveness, one becomes farther away from God and may lose his salvation.

We are all exiles and need to return to the Father. We return to the Father by acknowledging our sins and confessing them to our spiritual father, he in turn grants forgiveness and absolution.

Luke 15:18 “I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired servants.”‘

To make this a rule or obligation is to reduce repentance to a legal requirement, which really violates the entire point of repentance, the realization that we need God and shouldn’t need to be coerced into seeking Him.

Do not hesitate, but come freely to confession that your sins may be washed away. That which is confessed with a sincere heart is released and is gone. 1 John 1:9; “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Fr. Stephen will hear confessions after services, especially Great Vespers, or by appointment.

Second Offering Today

The third Sunday of every month we take up a second offering that is for missions and charities. Today is the day. Please give generously.

Palm Sunday Dinner

On April 1, Palm Sunday, the church is giving a baked fish dinner to celebrate the day. We be served by Popi’s Place Catering. Along with the baked fish we will have green beans, rice pilaf, rolls and lenten dessert. We are not selling tickets, donations will be gratefully accepted.

Thank You!

To our parish council who voted to donate $100 from Missions and Charities from 2017 and also the second collection from January 2018 to aid those in Puerto Rico and to Fr. Stephen for his direction. Thanks to all the generous parishioners we had a total of $348, and were able to send 82 lbs. of food stuffs and other products they are in need of. (postage is expensive too) Special thanks to Nicole Smith, who played such a big role in getting it all done! May our collective efforts to help those in need be pleasing to God!

In Christ, Doug Babb

Thanks to Doug for making all this happen!