March 19 Bulletin


Tuesday      1 pm           Bible Study

Wed.            5 pm           Pre-Sanctified Liturgy followed by Lenten Pot Luck

Thursday    7 am           Baking Rolls

Friday         11 am          Choir Practice

                       5 pm         Great Vespers for Annunciation with 4th Stasis of the Akathist Hymn, and Litia

Saturday     9 am           Divine Liturgy for the Feast of The Annunciation

                       No Vespers

Sunday, March 19- Third Sunday of Great Lent/Holy Cross-The Divine Liturgy of St. Basil The Great

Tone 6Troparion of the Resurrection

The Angelic Powers were at Thy tomb; the guards became as dead men. Mary stood by Thy grave, seeking Thy most pure body. Thou didst capture hell not being tempted by it. Thou didst come to the Virgin, granting life.//O Lord, Who didst rise from the dead, glory to Thee.

Tone 8-Troparion of Pentecost

Blessed art Thou, O Christ our God, Who has 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 1Troparion

O Lord, save Thy people, and bless Thine inheritance! Grant victories to the Orthodox Christians over their adversaries; and by virtue of Thy Cross,//preserve Thy habitation!

Tone 8-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.

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

Tone 7Kontakion

Now the flaming sword no longer guards the gates of Eden; it has been mysteriously quenched by the wood of the Cross. The sting of death and the victory of hell have been vanquished; for You, O my Savior, hast come and cried to those in hell://Enter again into Paradise!

now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

 Kontakion of Ordinary Sundays

Steadfast protectress of Christians, constant advocate before the creator, despise not the entreating cry of us sinners; but in your goodness come speedily to help us 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 you.

The Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Hebrews. (4:14-5:6)

 Brethren, since we have a High Priest, Who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One Who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness.

Because of this he is bound to offer sacrifice for his own sins as well as for those of the people. And one does not take the honor upon himself, but he is called by God, just as Aaron was. So also Christ did not exalt Himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by Him Who said to Him, “Thou art My Son, today I have begotten Thee”; as He says also in another place, “Thou art a priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek.”

 The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark. (8:34-9:1)

 The Lord said, “If any man would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for My sake and the Gospel’s will save it.

For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”

And Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Kingdom of God come with power.” And he rose, and immediately took up the pallet and went out before them all.  So that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”

In place of the Trisagion, we sing:

Before Thy Cross, we bow down in worship, O Master, and Thy holy Resurrection, we glorify.

Instead of “It is truly meet…,” we sing the following Hymn to the Theotokos

All of creation rejoices in you, 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 your body into a throne, and your womb He made more spacious than the heavens. All of creation rejoices in you, O Full of Grace. Glory to you!

And the rest of the Divine Liturgy of St. Basil as usual.

 Order Your Tickets Now:

On Palm Sunday we will be having a fish dinner to commemorate the Entry of Our Lord Into Jerusalem to undergo His Suffering for us. Tickets will be $15.

Tickets are available now during coffee hour. Only on two days during Great Lent are we allowed fish, Annunciation and Palm Sunday. This home cooked meal will be a great way to celebrate this Feast.

Many Thanks

Jack and Barbara Green— thank you for all of your help in the church office, organizing, filing, sorting. Magnificent work! Thank you so much.

Also, many thanks to the Audit Committee that recently completed their work. Harold Cipwnyk, Charlie Arnold, Olga Dove and Kathy Iola did a wonderful job of putting our bookkeeping on a better track and offered many suggestions which the Parish Council voted to implement in total. We are very thankful that we have such talented people who are willing to help. God bless all of you.

More Volunteer Opportunities Available

There might be a place for you to help with the growth of our holy parish. We have needs for volunteers in several areas, none of which are full time headaches. If you have some time and would like to volunteer your time and talent speak to Fr. Stephen or one of the parish council members.

Alaska Cruise/Pilgrimage/Conference

A Pilgrimage-conference cruise to Alaska which is scheduled to sail from Seattle in September of this year. It offers to many Orthodox Christians a unique opportunity not only to have great fellowship and a pilgrimage to meaningful places (St. Nicholas in Juneau, St. Michael’s and the bishops house in Sitka) but also to have a rich schedule of spiritual lectures throughout the day.

Lent is in fact a good time for our parishioners to make plans like this. I would be very grateful if you would be willing to let your parish know about this opportunity.

Respectfully in Christ Jesus,
Unworthy presbyter Laurent Cleenewerck, Rector
St Innocent Orthodox Church, Eureka, CA (OCA – DOW)

If you are interested in more information, ask Fr. Stephen

Orthodox Travel

There are brochures for other trips on the bulletin board to Greece, Russia and Romania.


Abba Isidore said, “If you fast regularly, do not be inflated with pride, but if you think highly of yourself because of it, then you had better eat meat.  It is better for a man to eat meat than to be inflated with pride and to glorify himself.”

Sayings of the Desert Fathers

A brother who had sinned was turned out of the church by the priest.  Abba Bessarion got up and went out with him, saying, “I, too, am a sinner”.

Sayings of the Desert Fathers

‘Whoever hammers a lump of iron, first decides what he is going to make of it, a scythe, a sword, or an axe. Even so we ought to make up our minds what kind of virtue we want to forge or we labor in vain.’

Abba Anthony- The Sayings of the Desert Father

It was revealed to Abba Anthony in his desert that there was one who was his equal in the city. He was a doctor by profession and whatever he had beyond his needs he gave to the poor, and every day he sang the Holy, Holy, Holy with the angels.

Abba Anthony- The Sayings of the Desert Father

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