St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church
Sunday, March 10, 2019
Sunday of the Expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise
Tone 8. Martyr Quadratus and those with him. (258)
Prosfora: D. Federinko
Altar Servers: V. Weis, D. Holobeny
Greeter(s): D. Short, M. Brausch
Epistle: L. Short
Donut Sponsor(s): Turri
Chapel Vacuum: T. Jacobs
Candle care: V. Weis
Counters: B. Garber, J. Elash
9:00am Hours: L. Short
9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 2
11:45am Church School/Youth Group
5pm Forgiveness Vespers
Hymns & Readings:
Tone 8 Troparion (Resurrection)
You descended from on high, O Merciful One! You accepted the three day burial to free us from our sufferings! O Lord, our Life and Resurrection, glory to You!
Hymn of St. Paul
Facing danger at sea and fearful persecution, you became a chosen vessel of the savior, with your sermons you enlightened the nations, and to the Athenians you revealed the unknown God, teacher of the nations St. Paul the apostle, protector of us all. Keep us who honor you safe from every trial and danger!
Tone 8 Kontakion (Resurrection)
By rising from the tomb, You raised the dead and resurrected Adam. Eve exults in Your Resurrection, and the world celebrates Your rising from the dead, O greatly Merciful One!
Tone 6 Kontakion (Triodion)
O Master, Teacher of wisdom, Bestower of virtue, Who teach the thoughtless and protect the poor, strengthen and enlighten my heart! O Word of the Father, let me not restrain my mouth from crying to You: “Have mercy on me, a transgressor, O merciful Lord!”
Tone 8 Prokeimenon
Pray and make your vows before the Lord, our God!
Epistle: Romans 13:11-14:4
And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. Receive one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things. For one believes he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables. Let not him who eats despise him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him who eats; for God has received him. Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.
Gospel: Matthew 6:14-21
For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
For Further Reading:
Forgiveness is the Peace from Above
Consider the forgiveness of your debtors in these things as a work of righteousness.Then you will see peace exult in your mind from two sides: namely when you are above propriety and justice in your way and you yield to freedom in all things. (St. Isaac of Nineveh, On Ascetical Life, p. 65)
The second theme, that of forgiveness, is emphasized in the Gospel reading for this Sunday (Matthew 6:14-21) and in the special ceremony of mutual forgiveness at the end of Vespers on Sunday evening. Before we enter the Lenten fast, we are reminded that there can be no true fast, no genuine repentance, no reconciliation with God, unless we are at the same time reconciled with one another. A fast without mutual love is the fast of demons. As the commemoration of the ascetic saints on the previous Saturday has just made clear to us, we do not travel the road of Lent as isolated individuals but as members of a family. Our asceticism and fasting should not separate us from our fellow men but link us to them with ever stronger bonds. The Lenten ascetic is called to be a man for others. (The Lenten Triodion, p. 47)
The Salvation of the Body
This glory of the body, however, does not belong only to the End but is foreshadowed at various moments throughout salvation history. Before the fall the bodies of Adam and Eve shone with light in Paradise , and they were “covered with God’s glory in place of clothing” (H. 12:8). Once they had fallen into sin, this robe of glory was taken away from them and they were left naked (cf. Genesis 3:7). Then at Moses’ descent from Mount Sinai, after the giving of the Law, the final restoration of our bodily glory was briefly anticipated when his face shone so brightly that he had to cover it with a veil (cf. Exodus 34:29–35): “He went up as a mere man; he descended, carrying God with him....The Word of God was his food and he had a glory shining on his countenance” (H. 12:14). A far more significant foretaste of the eschatological glory came at Christ’s own transfiguration: “As the body of the Lord was glorified when he climbed the mount and was transfigured into the divine glory and into infinite light, so also the bodies of the saints are glorified and shine like lightning” (H. 15:38). What happened then to the Savior will happen to all true Christians in the age to come:
In so far as anyone, through faith and zeal, has been deemed worthy to receive the Holy Spirit, to that degree his body also will be glorified in that day. What the soul now stores up within shall then be revealed as a treasure and displayed externally in the body.... The glory of the Holy Spirit rises up from within, covering and warming the bodies of the saints. This is the glory they interiorly had before, hidden in their souls. For what they now have, that same then pours out externally into the body (H. 5:8–9). (Kallistos Ware, from Pseudo-Macarius: The Fifty Spiritual Homilies and the Great Letter, p. XVI-XV)
Because the coming redemption of men and women is the defining feature of the Lenten season, the elaboration of the sin of Adam and Eve is never meant to lead to despair. Quite the opposite; it underscores the audacious mercy shown toward mankind. In light of Christ, the sin of Adam leads to exaltation, not condemnation. Another key concept to bear in mind is that crucifixion is not a one-time event limited to the figure of Jesus of Nazareth; in the liturgy of Easter, it is continually reappropriated in the life of the Church. Paul says that baptism is our participation in the glory of the cross, gloria crucis - “Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism unto death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead...so we too might walk in newness of life.” (Rom. 6:3-4). (Gary A. Anderson, In Dominico Eloquio - In Lordly Eloquence, pp. 29-30)
Recent Posts on Fr Ted’s Blog
Fellowship Hour Reminders
Thank you to all who regularly contribute to fellowship hour. The food and fellowship is appreciated by all. As a reminder, foods brought to the fellowship hour during Lent should be fasting food.
Wednesday Adult Discussion Group
Our Wednesday morning discussion is meeting on March 13 at 11am to continue 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 will be discussing the Didache for the next couple of weeks and then will begin a new discussion: Metropolitan Kallistos Ware’s book How Are We Saved? You can order your copy online.
Great Lent - Time for Confession
The time for repentance is at hand! Now is the time 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. 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. We confess our sins to empty our hearts of the burden of sin, to make room for Christ our God to enter our hearts and abide in us.
Prosphora Baking Workshop
Led by Dot & Audrey, our annual prosphora baking workshop will be March 16 from 10am-12pm at the church. Anyone interested in learning to make prosphora and maybe some of the significance behind the seal is invited. See Erin Caldwell with questions.
Sunday of Orthodoxy Procession
Sunday, March 17 is the Sunday of Orthodoxy where we celebrate 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. We will have an outdoor (weather dependant) procession where everyone is welcome to bring an icon to carry during the procession.
Sunday Lenten Book Discussion
Interested in joining a book discussion on four Sundays during Great Lent? We will be discussing the book TIME AND DESPONDENCY on Sundays March 17, 24, 31 and April 7. This discussion is open to all who would like to add a spiritual study to their Lenten discipline this year. We will meet for about 45 minutes each time starting about Noon. We need to know how many will attend, so please tell Fr. Ted or David Abshear if you will attend. You can purchase the book online and it is available as an ebook.
The Feast of the Annunciation
We are invited to celebrate the Feast at our sister parish of the Annunciation for their Patronal Feast Day. Vespers will be celebrated at 6pm on Sunday evening, March 24. Divine Liturgy will be on Monday, March 25 beginning at 9:30am at Annunciation Church. Please plan to come and celebrate the Feast with your fellow Orthodox Christians of Dayton.
St. Vincent DePaul Service Day & Cookie Baking Day
Serve others during this lenten season! Our parish is serving at St Vincent de Paul on Saturday March 30. If you are interested we all gather at the St Vincent Gateway shelter for women and families on Apple St. in the kitchen at 9:15am and make subs for the guests lunch meal. If you would like to join us please contact Matthew Jobst so he knows how many will be helping.
St. Vincent Cookie baking day: come make cookies for the shelter families to be served Saturday, March 30th. Inspired by Irene Snodgrass who, when she volunteered at the shelter, would bring enough cookies to put on each tray (over one hundred). I thought this would also be a way for others who cannot come to the shelter maybe because of small children or work conflicts to still give to those in need. The exact time of the bake day is to be determined but during the week of March 25-30. The church will provide the ingredients, you just come mix and bake and fellowship. Please see Matthew’s contact info above to express interest and discuss possible dates.
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.
As we enter into Great Lent, a time of food fasting and giving to the poor, we will be giving our charity funds to help local families in need through the area food banks. Please do remember the working poor in your prayers and give to those in need as part of your own Lenten discipline. Jesus said: “‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you . . . for I was hungry and you gave Me food. . . . inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.”
This Week’s Schedule:
Monday, March 11 (Great Lent Fast)
10am Office Hours
6pm Canon of St. Andrew
Tuesday, March 12 (Great Lent Fast)
Wednesday, March 13 (Great Lent Fast)
9am Office Hours
11am Discussion Group
6pm Canon of St. Andrew of Crete
Thursday, March 14 (Great Lent Fast)
Friday, March 15 (Great Lent Fast)
10am Office Hours
6:30 pm Confession
Saturday, March 16 (Great Lent Fast)
Sunday, March 17(Great Lent Fast)
Prosfora: D. Federinko
Altar Servers: B. Garber, G. Coons
Greeter(s): D. Helferich, M. Jobst
Epistle: R Barone
Donut Sponsor(s): Muzzy
Chapel Vacuum: J. Cunningham
Candle care: Helferich
Counters: J. Wiese, M. Topalov
9:00am Hours: M. Pearson
9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great
11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 3
11:45am Church School/Youth Group
12pm Book study
Upcoming Dates to Remember:
March 11 Great Lent Begins
March 16 Prosphora Workshop
March 17 Book Study Begins after Fellowship Hour
March 24 Vespers at Annunciation Greek Church 6pm
March 25 Feast of the Annunciation at Annunciation Greek Church 9:30am
April 19 Last Day of Great Lent
April 20 Baptisms of Jarret, Vera & Max Sainz, Thomas, Jessica, Layla & Josie Ryan
April 21 Palm Sunday
April 27 Holy Saturday Chrismation of Marlee Pederson
April 28 Pascha