St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church

Sunday Bulletin

Schedule for tonight, 2/23/18

Presanctified Liturgy with lenten potluck, 6pm

Sunday, February 25, 2018    Tone 5

First Sunday of Lent/Sunday of Orthodoxy

St. Tarasius, Archbishop of Constantinople (806)

Today’s Schedule:

Prosfora: S. Pacak

Altar Servers: D. Abshear, Brian Garber

Greeter(s): D. Federinko, B. Edwards

Epistle: S. Pacak

Donut Sponsor(s): need sponsor

Chapel Vacuum: V. Weis

Candle care: need volunteer

Counters: K. Henry, M. Brausch

9:00am Hours: S. Pacak

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. Basil

11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 4

11:45am Youth Group/Church School 

Hymns & Readings:


Tone 5 Troparion (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 2 Troparion (Sunday of Orthodoxy)

We venerate Your most pure image, O Good One; and ask forgiveness of our transgressions, O Christ our God. Of Your good will You were pleased to ascend the cross in the flesh and deliver Your creatures from bondage to the Enemy. Therefore with thankfulness we cry aloud to You:

“You have filled all with joy, O our Savior, for You alone have come to save the world.”


Tone 8 Kontakion (from the Lenten Triodion)

No one could describe the Word of the Father; but when He took flesh from you, 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 4 Prokimenon (Song of the Fathers)

Blessed are You, O Lord God of our Fathers: and praised and glorified is Your Name forever!


Epistle: Hebrews 11:24-26, 32-12:2

By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward. And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets: who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again. Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented-of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth. And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us. Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.


Gospel: John 1:43-51

The following day Jesus wanted 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.” And Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!” Nathanael said to Him, “How do You know me?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” Nathanael answered and said to Him, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered and said to him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” And He said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”


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!


Communion Hymns

Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest! Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous; praise befits the just! Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia! 

For Further Reading:

The Sunday of Orthodoxy

The orthodoxy that we celebrate today is not fulfilled by having the right answers to particular questions, nor by preserving the traditions for the sake of their antiquity or particular practices because we think that they will make us better Christians. No. The orthodoxy that we celebrate today is that of having our attention captivated by, our gaze fixed upon, our ears opened to, and our hearts enthralled with our Lord Jesus Christ. He is for us the beginning and the end of all things; he is the one who began our faith, and he is the one who will bring it to fulfillment.

            For the joy that was set before him, he endured the Passion, and only by having his joy before us are we able to set our hearts on high, above the things of this world, focused on the upward call of God in Christ Jesus, so that he can conform us to his image. (Fr. John Behr, The Cross Stands While the World Turns, p. 80)


A History of Icons

Compared to metal and mosaic icons, the painted wooden icon is perhaps the longest lived subcategory of the Byzantine artistic medium of portable devotional icons. The earliest collection of wooden painted icons is found at St. Catherine Monastery in Sinai: some twenty-seven pieces dated to the sixth through seventh centuries. They are all painted in encaustic (pigment and wax) and tempera (pigment and egg yolk).

            In terms of style, the portable icons follow the Late Antique commemorative portraits and imperial lavrata. Thematically, they employ scenes and figures from the Old and New Testaments. These icons were introduced into church as votive donations and remained in use for extra liturgical or individual devotional purposes.

            During the tenth and eleventh centuries, when art was well linked to a more standardized liturgy, the portable icons begin to reflect the new trend by depicting various subjects of liturgical feasts. The liturgical appropriation of the portable icons may be detected in their moving from being stored in the aisles unto the emerging templon (the screen separating the altar from the nave) and the proskynetarion (the icon stand in front of the templon). The eleventh through twelfth century portable icons are characterized by a high degree of creativity within the liturgical framework. The climactic point for the proliferation of portable icons occurred in the fourteenth century during the Palaeologan period. This is the time when the templon becomes the high iconostasis found in most Eastern Orthodox Churches today. (Eugen J. Pentiuc, The Old Testament in Eastern Orthodox Tradition, pp. 282-283)



I beg and entreat that each one of you reckon up in his conscience the results of his fasting. If he discovers that he has gained much, let him reckon it to his hard work; but if he has gained nothing, let him use the remaining time to gain goods through diligent fasting. As long as the festival lasts, let us not leave before we have exerted ourselves and acquired great gain, so we will not leave with empty hands. In this way we shall not forsake the reward of fasting, since we have endured the toil of fasting. For it is possible to endure even the toil of fasting and not receive the reward of fasting. How? When we abstain from food but do not abstain from sins; when we do not eat meat but devour the homes of the poor; when we do not get drunk from wine but become intoxicated by wicked desire; when we continue without food for the entire day but pass all of it a wonton spectacles. Recognize that we can endure the toil of fasting but not receive the recompense of fasting, when we attend the theaters of lawlessness.


What does the divine law say? “You have heard that God said to the ancients, ‘You shall not commit adultery!’ But I say to you that everyone who looks lustfully at a woman has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Have you seen an adulterer perform? Have you seen a sin fulfilled? And worse yet, the adulterer who is not convicted and condemned by a human court for his adultery is held accountable by the divine tribunal, whose retributions are eternal. “Everyone who looks lustfully at a woman has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Fasting eradicates not only the disease but also the root of the disease, and the root of adultery is wonton desire. For this reason, Scripture punishes not only the adultery but also the desire, the mother of adultery. (St. John Chrysostom, The Fathers of the Church: St. John Chrysostom on Repentance and Almsgiving, p. 70 & 73)


Confession not Concealment

May the infinite love and mercy of the Lord triumph, in consequence of our sincere recognition and confession of our sins; and may the sinful flattery of the Devil, teaching us to conceal our sins and not to acknowledge them, be covered with shame! May all the snares and bonds of the Devil be torn asunder by our repentance, like a cobweb! The Devil seeks that we should conceal our sins, and thus give ourselves up to them in secret still more and more easily; but let us even here destroy his snares and wiles; let us confess our sins, in order that we ourselves and all others may see to what abomination we are giving ourselves up or have given ourselves up, and that thus, by recognizing this abomination, we may more easily amend. “Tell,” it is said, “all thine iniquities,” and do not be silent about them, “that thou mayst be justified.” (St. John of Kronstadt, My Life in Christ, p. 284)


Recent Posts on Fr. Ted’s Blog:



Sunday of Orthodoxy Children’s Procession

The church school students will be participating in the Sunday of Orthodoxy procession today. They are carrying their own icons from their homes. All the students are to sit in church as a group in the first couple of pews on the left side by the icon of the Theotokos and will be dismissed to sit with their parents after the procession for the rest of liturgy. The next procession of the church school students will be on Palm Sunday, April 1.


Children’s Choir

Children's choir will sing TODAY during the preparation before communion.


Church School Teacher Meeting 

There will be a teacher meeting on Sunday, March 4 immediately following church school.


Youth Group Food Drive

The Youth Group is doing a food drive through the end of the month of February. Any food items brought in will be donated to a local food bank. There is a box in the coat closet to put the food items into.



The time for repentance is at hand! Great Lent begins this week. The times when Fr. Ted is at the church for Confession is listed in the weekly schedule. Coming 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.   


Tuesday Meet-Up

The next Tuesday morning meet-up for moms/kids/anyone who wants to join is THIS Tuesday, February 27, at 9:30am. Join us for an informal time of fellowship.


Wednesday Bible Study

Throughout Great Lent we will be discussing on Wednesday mornings the Epistle and Gospel readings for the Saturdays and Sundays of Great Lent. Please join us to consider these essential Scripture lessons and to share what value these readings have had in your spiritual life. This Wednesday, February 28, we will discuss the readings for the second weekend of Great Lent: Hebrews 3:12-16, Mark 1:35-44 and Hebrews 1:10-2:3, Mark 2:1-12. Please join your fellow Orthodox in discussing these Scriptures as part of your Lenten effort this year.


Memorial Liturgy

We will again do one Memorial Liturgy during Great Lent -  this coming Saturday, March 3 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.


Pysanky Egg Decorating Workshop

The Pysanky Easter Egg Workshop is scheduled for the second full weekend in March: Friday, March 9, 2018 (10 am to 4 pm and 5 pm to 9 pm) and Saturday, March 10, 2018 (10 am to 3 pm). Please check the bulletin board for reservation sign-up and additional information. Due to some problems that have occurred in the past, please do not announce the workshop on social media.


Spirituality Class

Those in the Diocesan St. Macrina program will be starting their next class, Spirituality, on Saturday, March 17 from 2-4:30pm. The class will be open for those who want to audit the course as well. Other details will be forthcoming.


Lenten Retreat at Christ the Savior/Holy Spirit in Cincinnati

Christ the Savior/Holy Spirit Orthodox Church is sponsoring a Lenten Retreat on March 17 with guest speaker Krista West. She’ll be speaking on “Envisioning the Kingdom: the Way and How of Beauty in the Orthodox Church.” For more information, visit their website:


Orthodox Summer Camp

St. Paul has set aside funds to assist families who wish to send their kids to orthodox camp programs. If you are interested in sending a kid to camp and want to make use of these scholarship funds please see Kerrie Wiese. St. John’s Camp in Indiana is the closest OCA camp. Their early registration prices end 3/31.


Pascha Flowers/Lilies 

St. Paul members have the opportunity to sponsor a Pascha lily to honor or commemorate the memory of a loved one. The names of those honored will be included in the Pascha bulletin. The cost for each pot is $9.50 from Furst Florist. Those sponsoring lilies will then be able to take the lilies home after the Pascha liturgy on April 8 to plant and remind them of their loved one and the resurrection every spring.

            Donations can also be made to help cover the cost of the other flower arrangements that will decorate the Tomb of Christ and be placed over the icons and around the church.

            If you are paying by check please note “Easter Lily” and/or “Pascha Flowers” in the memo line. If you would like to pay by cash, please see Father Ted or Erin Caldwell.


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 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.


February Charity  

Our monthly charity is being split this month. Part will be given to a family of 4 children whose father and breadwinner suffered a crippling accident and is on a long road to recovery. The other will be given to help our sister parish of St. Stephen’s in Lima as they work toward getting a priest for the parish and prepare for the expenses of moving a priest to Lima.



Birthdays: Bill Turri, Paul Topalov, Josiah DeLong, Anne Rusen, Chris Crooks, Erik Young

God grant you many years! 

This Week’s Schedule:

Monday, February 26

St. Porphyrius, Bishop of Gaza (420)

Readings: Isaiah 4:2-5:7, Genesis 3:21-4:7, Proverbs 3:34-4:22

8:30am Matins            9:00am Confession               9:30am Office Hours


Tuesday, February 27

Repose of St. Raphael, Bishop of Brooklyn (1915)

Readings: Isaiah 5:7-16, Genesis 4:8-15, Proverbs 5:1-15


Wednesday, February 28

Ven. Marina (Marana), Cyra (Kira) and Domnica (Domnina), of Syria (ca. 450)

Readings: Isaiah 5:16-25, Genesis 4:16-26, Proverbs 5:15-6:3

8:30am Matins            9:00am Confession               9:30am Office Hours

11am Adult Discussion:  The New Testament Readings of Great Lent

6pm Presanctified Liturgy followed by lenten potluck            7:15pm Confession


Thursday, March 1

Martyr Eudoxia of Heliopolis (ca. 160-170)

Readings: Isaiah 6:1-12, Genesis 5:1-24, Proverbs 6:3-20

5:30pm Confession                6:30pm Catechism/Inquirer’s Class: Session 5


Friday, March 2

Virgin Martyr Euthalia of Sicily (257)

Readings: Isaiah 7:1-15, Genesis 5:32-6:8, Proverbs 6:20-7:1

8:30am Matins            9:00am Confession               9:30am Office Hours

5pm Confession         6pm Confession                     6:30pm Vespers


Saturday, March 3

Second Saturday of Lent — Memorial Saturday. Martyr Eutropius of Amasea, and with him Martyrs Cleonicus and Basiliscus (ca. 308).

Readings: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17, John 5:24-30

9:30am Memorial Liturgy

11am-Noon   Confession

4pm Confession         5pm Vespers              5:45pm Confession


Sunday, March 4

SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT — Tone 6. St. Gregory Palamas. Synaxis of the Venerable Fathers of the Kiev Caves Lavra.

Readings: Hebrews 1:10-2:3, Mark 2:1-12

Prosfora: Need volunteer

Altar Servers: M. Caldwell, D. Beleny

Greeter(s): MK Smith, M. Adrian

Epistle: M. Pearson

Donut Sponsor(s): Topalov

Chapel Vacuum: J. Cunningham

Candle care: J. Elash

Counters: B. Lootens, R. Wagner

9:00am Hours: M. Pearson

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. Basil

11:30am Fellowship Hour: Potluck

11:45am Youth Group/Church School

12:15pm Church School Teacher Meeting


Upcoming Dates to Remember

March 7          Presanctified liturgy

March 9-10     Pysanky Workshop

March 14        Presanctified liturgy

March 21        Presanctified liturgy

March 30        Presanctified liturgy