Prosfora: D. Federinko
Altar Servers: V. Weis & D. Holobeny
Greeter(s): D. Short, M. Brausch
Epistle: R. Barone
Donut Sponsor(s): Helferich
Chapel Vacuum: T. Jacobs
Candle care: J. Elash
Counters: B. Garber, J. Elash
9:00am Hours: M. Pearson
9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
Chrismation of Jacob Sims
11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 2
11:45am Church School/Youth Group
Hymns & Readings:
Tone 4 Troparion (Resurrection)
When the women Disciples of the Lord learned from the Angel the joyous message of the Resurrection, they cast away the ancestral curse and elatedly told the Apostles: “Death is overthrown! Christ God is risen, granting the world great mercy!”
Hymn of St. Paul
O blessed and Holy Paul the Apostle, Enlightener of the Nations; Your preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, has brought salvation to the ends of the earth. Never cease to intercede for us your children, that within us the Love of God may abide, bringing great joy to our neighbors and for us the salvation of our souls!
Tone 4 Hymn for Zacchæus:
The fallen man ascends the tree of life, prefiguring the passion on Golgotha’s tree. There he heard the Word of Life and he joyfully received the Lover of Humanity. Let us embrace Him whose hands were nailed upon the wood, for He has come to seek the lost.
Tone 4 Kontakion (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 4 Prokeimenon
O Lord, how manifold are Your works; in wisdom have You made them all.
Epistle: 1 Timothy 4:9-15
This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance. For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe. These things command and teach. Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership. Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.
Gospel: Luke 19:1-10
Then Jesus entered and passed through Jericho.Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature. So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was going to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully. But when they saw it, they all complained, saying, “He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner.” Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
For Further Reading:
Renouncing the Passions
The patristic tradition, as well as contemporary psychology, has identified the restraints to perfect love. From an Orthodox perspective, if love is union with God, and the pursuit of love is the acquisition of the Holy Spirit then those things that separate us from God - sin, the passions, death, and the devil all represent restraints to perfect love. Our own self centered, egocentric orientation, our fallen nature represent the biggest restraints to love. “When we speak of all the passions together, we call them ‘the world.’ So when Christians speak of renouncing the world, they mean renouncing the passions.” (Philip Mamalakis, “The Spiritual Life and How to be Married in it,” Raising Lazarus, p. 223)
The Spirituality of the Body
But in rendering the body spiritual, we do not thereby dematerialize it, depriving it of its character as a physical entity. The ‘spiritual’ is not to be equated with the non-material, neither is the ‘fleshly’ or carnal to be equated with the non-material, neither is the ‘fleshly’ or carnal to be equated with the bodily. In St. Paul’s usage, ‘flesh’ denotes the totality of man, soul and body together, in so far as he is fallen and separated from God; and in the same way, ‘spirit’ denotes the totality of man, soul and body together, in so far as he is redeemed and divinized by grace. Thus the soul as well as the body can become carnal and fleshly, and the body as well as the soul can become spiritual. When St. Paul enumerates the ‘works of the flesh’ (Gal. 5:19-21), he includes such things as sedition, heresy and envy, which involve the soul much more than the body. In making our body spiritual, then, the Lenten fast does not suppress the physical aspect of our human nature, but makes our materiality once more as God intended to be. (The Lenten Triodion, p. 24)
Seeing One’s Own Sins
If, during service, your brother does anything irregularly, or somewhat negligently, do not become irritated, either inwardly or outwardly with him, but be generously indulgent to his fault, remembering that during your life you yourself commit many, many faults, that you yourself are a man with all infirmities, that God is longsuffering and most merciful, and that he forgives you and all of us our iniquities an innumerable multitude of times. Remember the words of the Lord’s prayer: “And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us..” These words should always remind us that we ourselves at all times are great trespassers, great sinners before God, and that, remembering this, we should be humble in the depths of our hearts, and not be very severe to the faults of our brethren, weak like ourselves; that as we do not judge ourselves severely, we must not judge others severely, for our brethren are - our members just like ourselves. Irritability of temper proceeds from want of self-knowledge, from pride, and also from fact that we do not consider the great corruption of our nature, and know but little the meek and humble Jesus. (St. John of Kronstadt, My Life in Christ, p. 118)
The Lord had said to the Pharisees, “But rather give alms of such things as ye have; and behold, all things are clean unto you” (Luke 11:41). So now, showing His approval of such actions and finding in them a defence against those who murmured against Him, He says, “This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as Zacchaeus also is a son of Abraham” (Luke 19:9), as he has now become faithful, righteous, hospitable and a lover of the poor. “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). He was actually saying to the fault-finders, “I went in to be the guest of a sinner, but in order to transform and save him, showing him to be a lover of God instead of a lover of money, just instead of unjust, welcoming instead of inhospitable, and merciful instead of unsympathetic, such as you can see him becoming even now.” Do you see how Zacchaeus loved and sought, and was loved, summoned and made Christ’s own? (St. Gregory Palamas, The Homilies, p. 58).
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Wednesday Adult Discussion Group
Our Wednesday morning discussion will be meeting February 13 at 11am to begin discussing “The Didache.” Please join us in discussing this 2nd Century Christian document where we get insight into what the earliest Christians thought was most important for Christians to know and do. We have a few copies of the document available for those who want to join the discussion - see Fr. Ted. We will be discussing the Didache for a couple of weeks and then will begin discussing Metropolitan Kallistos Ware’s book How Are We Saved? Fr. Ted has ordered a few copies of the book - the cost will be about $20. See him if you want to get a copy or order your copy online.
We will again do one Memorial Liturgy - Saturday, March 2 at 9:30am. You can bring to the Liturgy a written list of the names of your deceased family and friends whom you want prayed for, and we will pray by name for them during the Liturgy. Fr. Ted will also be available to hear confessions immediately following the Divine Liturgy on that Saturday morning from about 11am-Noon.
Great Lent - Time for Confession
The time for repentance is at hand! Next Sunday is the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee, which marks the beginning of the Lenten Triodion (the book which has the hymns for the days of Great Lent). Now is the time also to come to Confession, so that you can use the entirety of Great Lent as a time of repentance. We do pray that we might "spend the remaining time of our life in peace and repentance" - at a minimum we should spend the 6 weeks of Lent in repentance following our confession. Fr Ted is encouraging members of the parish to do their confession early - even in the Pre-Lenten period. There is only one of him to hear your confessions, so please don't wait until the last weeks of Lent. Prepare yourself now and come to confession. The times when Fr. Ted is at the church for Confession is listed in the weekly schedule. Coming to the sacrament of Confession to receive Christ’s forgiveness is something we all are to do every year as part of our Christian discipline. We do Confession for our own salvation, for in our sins being forgiven, we are united to Christ and we are given eternal life.
Souperbowl Sunday Thank You!
The Youth Group would like to thank you for your participation in the 20th International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) Souper Bowl of Caring. Your generosity helped us to raise $282 for the IOCC. Please continue to support our food drive through the end of the month in order to gather supplies for the St. Vincent de Paul food kitchen by bringing in canned goods and other non-perishable items. Today we will announce the winner of the prediction of the game.
St. Paul Prayer Team
If you would like to submit prayer requests for the prayer team, forms can be found on the greeter’s table. Please place requests in the box on the greeter table or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to be a part of praying with the team - and pray daily for others in the parish, or if you have further questions please contact Mark Pearson.
This month our charity is being given to our sister parish of St. Stephen’s in Lima as they continue to pray for a priest to be their pastor. Bishop Paul is looking to find a “tent-maker” priest, one who can find a full time secular job so that he can support himself while also working to build up the parish. Please remember our Orthodox missions and mission priests in your prayers.
This Week’s Schedule:
Monday, February 11
8:30am Matins 9am Office Hours
Tuesday, February 12
Wednesday, February 13
8:30am Matins 9am Office Hours 11am Discussion Group 6-7pm Confession
Thursday, February 14
Friday, February 15
8:30am Matins 9am Office Hours
Saturday, February 16
Sunday, February 17
Prosfora: A, Makris
Altar Servers: Brian Garber, G. Coons
Greeter(s): D. Helferich, M. Jobst
Epistle: L. Short
Donut Sponsor(s): Smith
Chapel Vacuum: J. Cunningham
Candle care: R. Helferich
Counters: J. Wiese, Michaela Topalov
9:00am Hours: Need volunteer
9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 3
11:45am Church School/Youth Group
Upcoming Dates to Remember:
February 19 Parish Council Planning Meeting 6pm
March 2 Memorial Saturday Liturgy 9:30am
March 8-9 Pysanky Workshop
March 11 Great Lent Begins
March 25 Feast of the Annunciation
April 20 Baptism of Jarrett, Vera & Max Sainz
April 28 Pascha