St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church

Sunday Bulletin

Sunday, March 4, 2018      Tone 6

Second Sunday of Lent/St. Gregory Palamas

Synaxis of the Venerable Fathers of the Kiev Caves Lavra.

Today’s Schedule:

Prosfora: Nikki G.

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


Hymns & Readings:


Tone 6 Troparion (Resurrection)

 Let us, the faithful, praise and worship the Word, coeternal 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 8 Troparion (St. Gregory Palamas): O Light of Orthodoxy, teacher of the Church, its confirmation! O ideal of monks and invincible champion of theologians! O wonder-working Gregory, glory of Thessalonica and preacher of grace! Always intercede before the Lord that our souls may be saved!


Tone 4 Troparion (from the Triodion): Now is the time for action! Judgment is at the doors! So let us rise and fast, offering alms with tears of compunction and crying: "Our sins are more in number than the sands of the sea; but forgive us, O Master of all, so that we may receive the incorruptible crowns."


Tone 8 Kontakion (St. Gregory Palamas): Holy and divine instrument of wisdom, joyful trumpet of theology, together we sing your praises, O God-inspired Gregory. Since you  now stand before the Original Mind, guide our minds to Him, O Father, so that we may sing to you: “Rejoice, preacher of grace!”


Tone 5 Prokeimenon: You, O Lord, shall protect us and preserve us from this generation forever!


Epistle: Hebrews 1:10-2:3

Brothers and sisters, To the Son God says: “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.” And: “You, LORD, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands. They will perish, but You remain; and they will all grow old like a garment; like a cloak You will fold them up, and they will be changed. But You are the same, and Your years will not fail.” But to which of the angels has He ever said: “Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool”? Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation? Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him?


Gospel: Mark 2:1-12

And again He entered Capernaum after some days, and it was heard that He was in the house.

Immediately many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And He preached the word to them. Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.” And some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, “Why does this Man speak blasphemies like this? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” But immediately, when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they reasoned thus within themselves, He said to them, “Why do you reason about these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise, take up your bed and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins” – He said to the paralytic, “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all, so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”


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:

If Christ is Not Risen

A tremendous task faces us of correlating our theology with the gospel, for “If Christ is not risen, our faith is in vain.” The world was converted to Christianity not by the subtleties of the Palamite controversy, but by this impossible, unheard-of affirmation that “death has been trampled down by death.” Whose death? Christ’s death. How could he? Because he is the Son of God. Why “Son of God”? Because he was obedient to his Father. We are back to the Trinity, to Christology. (Alexander Schmemman, The Liturgy of Death, pp. 153-154)


Repentance is Truth Telling

Our tendency is to conceal and minimize our sins, thinking that God’s compassion means that He will “go easy on us” and understand that “we’re only human.” This section of the Canon [of Repentance of  St. Andrew of Crete] invites us to a different view: that all our sins are very serious (even those we don’t know about), and yet God is abundant in mercy. He already knows all about our sins, and is ready to rush toward us in compassion. All that is necessary is for us to admit we need his compassion. Repentance is truth telling, and “the truth will make you free” (John 8:32). What hidden sins can you begin to admit, and allow God to take away? (Frederica Mathewes-Green, Firstfruits of Prayer, p. 14)


The Paralytic 

Those who carried the paralytic offer another example of how to overcome obstacles (Mark 2.1-11). It would have been very easy for these people to make excuses to the paralytic, telling him that they could neither help him nor take him to Jesus. The house where Jesus was staying was full of people and very crowded. All the paths were blocked, there was no outlet nor entrance, and no way to get to the Lord. But they did not shrink from these obstacles, because their love of doing good was stronger than the obstacles. They carried the paralytic on a stretcher, uncovered the roof of the house and let down the sick person in front of the Lord to cure him. How great is this charitable intention, how powerful this will! Truly, as the saying goes, where there is a will, there is a way.

            The strong heart finds a hundred ways for the thing it wishes to do. The fathers said, “Virtue asks you to desire only it, and nothing else.” It is enough for you to desire. You will find that grace will open every door which closed before you. The Holy Spirit of God will strengthen you, and the spirits of the angels and the saints will surround you. Therefore do not let obstacles be an excuse, but think correctly about how to overcome them. (Pope Shenouda, The Life of Repentance and Purity, p. 124)


Salvation as Deification

We should note, in the above text from the Demonstratio, the use of the expression “to see the Logos of God”. For St. Irenaeus not only made his own the special expressions of Johannine mysticism, but assimilated them in a very personal way, as this other beautiful text indicates:


In His wonderful greatness and glory, “no man can see God and live”, for the Father is incomprehensible; but in His love and His humanity, and because He can do all things, He has granted even this to those who love Him: to see God, as the prophets foretold it. For “what is impossible to men is possible to God”. Of himself, indeed, man cannot see God. But He, when He wills it, is seen by men, by those He wills, when He wills it and how He wills it. For God has power to do anything: seen in a prophetic way through the Spirit, He is seen through the Son, adoptively, and He will be seen paternally in the kingdom of heaven--the Spirit preparing man for the Son of God, the Son leading him to the Father, and the Father giving him incorruptibility for eternal life, which comes to each one from the fact that he sees God. 


In the same spirit of Johannine mysticism, Irenaeus has us go on from the vision of God to the divine life that is communicated:


Just as those who see the light are in the light and share in its splendour, so those who see God are in God, participating in His splendour. But the splendour gives them life: thus they participate in life, those who see God. And it is because of this that He who is incomprehensible and intangible and invisible gives Himself to be seen, to be understood, to be grasped, so as to give life to those who grasp and see Him by faith. For, just as His greatness is unfathomable, so His goodness is ineffable, the goodness by which, being seen, He gives life to those who see Him. Since to live without life is impossible, the possibility (huparxis) of life comes from participation in God, and participation in God is to know Him and to enjoy His goodness. Thus men see God in such a way that they live, made immortal by the sight and truly attaining God. (Louis Bouyer, The Spirituality of the New Testament and the Fathers, pp. 229-230)


Recent Posts on Fr. Ted’s Blog:



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. Please note: Two weeks of Lent have already gone by. If you intended to go to confession during Great Lent, there are only four weeks left. Remember, Fr. Ted will not be hearing confessions during Holy Week.


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, March 7, we will discuss the readings for the third weekend of Great Lent: Hebrews 10:32-38, Mark 2:14-17 and Hebrews 4:14-5:6, Mark 8:34-9:1. Please join your fellow Orthodox in discussing these Scriptures as part of your Lenten effort this year.


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.


Parish Council

Parish Council meets Tuesday, March 20 at 6pm.


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.


March Charity

This month we are donating our charity fund to the Oasis House which helps women who are victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Please pray for women and children who are victimized by the sex trade. Stop purchasing pornography and instead give your money to agencies which help the victims of sexual trafficking and exploitation. Help women and children get out of sexual slavery - don’t enslave them by purchasing pornography. Mary of Egypt, whom we commemorate during Great Lent, is a well known saint of the church who got out of prostitution and sexual exploitation in order to follow Christ. Ask her to pray for women and children who are victimized by sexual exploitation and ask her to pray that you might be healed of your own addiction to pornography.



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


God grant you many years! 

This Week’s Schedule:

Monday, March 5 (Great Lent Fast)

Martyr Conon of Isauria (1st c.)

Readings: Isaiah 8:13-9:7, Genesis 6:9-22, Proverbs 8:1-21

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


Tuesday, March 6 (Great Lent Fast)

The 42 Martyrs of Ammoria in Phrygia, including: Constantine, Aetitus, Theophilus, Theodore, Melissenus, Callistus, Basoës and others (ca. 845)

Readings: Isaiah 9:9-10:4, Genesis 7:1-15, Proverbs 8:32-9:11


Wednesday, March 7 (Great Lent Fast)

The Holy Hieromartyrs of Cherson: Basil, Ephraim, Capito, Eugene, Aetherius, Elpidius, and Agathodorus (4th c.)

Readings: Isaiah 10:12-20, Genesis 7:6-9, Proverbs 9:12-18

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 8 (Great Lent Fast)

St. Theophylactus, Bishop of Nicomedia (842-845)

Readings: Isaiah 11:10-12:2, Genesis 7:11-8:3, Proverbs 10:1-22

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


Friday, March 9 (Great Lent Fast)

The Holy Forty Martyrs of Sebaste (ca. 320).

Readings: Isaiah 13:2-13, Genesis 8:4-21, Proverbs 10:31-11:12

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

Pysanky Egg Workshop, 10am-4pm & 5pm-9pm


Saturday, March 10 (Great Lent Fast--W, O)

Third Saturday of Lent. Martyr Quadratus and those with him at Corinth (258, 267-268).

Readings: Hebrews 10:32-38, Mark 2:14-17

10am-12pm Confession

Pysanky Egg Workshop, 10am-3pm

 4pm Confession         5pm Vespers              5:45pm Confession 

Sunday, March 11 (Great Lent Fast--W, O)

THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT — Tone 7. Veneration of the Cross. St. Sophronius, Patriarch of Jerusalem (638-644)

Readings: Hebrews 4:14-5:6, Mark 8:34-9:1

Prosfora: Need volunteer

Altar Servers: V. Weis, J. Fencik

Greeter(s): M. Jobst, M. Brausch

Epistle: A. McLarnan

Donut Sponsor(s): Need sponsor

Chapel Vacuum: Tatiana Jacobs

Candle care: Janine Elash

Counters: B. Garber, P. Friesel

9:00am Hours: A. McLarnan

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. Basil

11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 2

11:45am Youth Group/Church School


Upcoming Dates to Remember

March 14        Presanctified liturgy

March 21        Presanctified liturgy

March 30        Presanctified liturgy

March 31        Lazarus Saturday/Spring Church Cleaning