Our St. George Community welcomes you to today’s celebration of the Divine Liturgy. We are delighted to have you worship with us, and we pray that you will be blessed through your participation in our services. While Holy Communion may only be received by prepared Orthodox Christians, our non-Orthodox guests are welcome to join us in venerating the Cross and receiving blessed bread at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy. Literature about the Orthodox faith can be found in the vestibule. Feel free to ask questions before or after the services. Please join us for refreshments and fellowship in the social hall after Liturgy. If this is your first visit to our parish, we welcome you and invite you to return as often as you are able. For those interested in learning more about Orthodoxy, please contact Fr. Paul.
SCRIPTURE READINGS THIS WEEK
Mar 10th Martyr Quadratus & Company; St. Anastasia the Patrician of Alexandria
Isaiah 4:2-7 Genesis 3:21-4:7 000Proverbs 3:34-4:22
Mar 11th St. Sophronius, Patriarch of Jerusalem; St. Sophronii, Bishop of Vracha
Isaiah 5:7-16 Genesis 4:8-15---------Proverbs 5:1-15
Mar 12th Venerable Theophanes the Confessor; St. Gregory Dialogus, Pope of Rome
Isaiah 5:16-25 Genesis 4:16-26 ------Proverbs 5:15-6:3
Mar 13th Martyr Christina of Persia; Martyr Alexander of Macedonia
Isaiah 6:1-12 Genesis 5:1-24 ---------Proverbs: 6:3-20
Mar 14th Venerable Benedict of Nursia; St. Theognostus, Metropolitan of Kiev
Isaiah 7:1-15 Genesis 5:32-6:8 ------Proverbs 6:20-7:1
Mar 15th 2nd Saturday of Lent; Martyrs Agapius, Publius, Timolaus & Romulus
Hebrews 3:12-16 Mark 1:35-44
Greeter: Keith Haddad Reader: Mikel Hill Serving Group: Archangel Gabriel
Services this Week:
Pan Orthodox Sunday Vespers: Sunday, March 9th, 6 PM, @ St. George/Woodley St
Council Meeting: Tuesday, 6:30 PM, at the church
Presanctified Liturgy: Wednesday, March 12th, 6:30 PM, at the church, Lenten potluck follows
Compline/Akathist to Theotokos: Friday, March 14th, 6:30 PM, at the church
Great Vespers/Confession: Saturday, March 15th, 5 PM, at the church
Last Sunday March 2nd, 19 Adults and 13 Youth, attended Divine Liturgy.
The Sanctuary Lamp is burning this week for the health of Keith Haddad’s grandson Luke celebrating his birthday. The next Sanctuary Lamp openings are on March 30th into April.
Next week March 16th, Trisagion Prayers will be offered in memory of Elias Pappas after Divine Liturgy; in addition, prayers will be offered in memory of John, Mary, and Priscilla Chupinsky. We also wish to thank the Pappas family for providing the Lenten luncheon in memory of Pando’s father Elias after social hour on March 16th.
With the start of Great Lent please remember to receive the sacrament of Confession. Father Paul is available to hear Confessions before or after Weekday services, Saturday before or after Vespers or by appointment.
The second Presanctified Liturgy is this Wednesday, March 12th. Please bring a non-meat, non-dairy dish to share after the service. If you plan on receiving communion, fast after having eaten your noon meal. At the Presanctified on March 5th, Bishop Alexander requested that during the potluck, a basket be put out for donations to be made to those in need. $52 was collected that day, and an online donation was made to Cherry St. Mission in Toledo. We will continue this practice throughout Lent.
In the event that Mary Gresko is not here on Sundays to oversee bookstore purchases, please speak with either Cyril Yonov or Sarah Allen if you wish to purchase something from the bookstore. Now that the bookstore doesn’t need to be packed up due to hall rentals, it should be open every Sunday for people to check out items for possible purchase.
The St. Anna’s Women’s Guild will meet next on Sunday, March 9th, after Divine Liturgy during social hour.
Heartbeat of Toledo could use diapers in sizes 3, 4, 5, and 6 and Similac and Isomil formulas. Also need gently used strollers, high chairs, bathtubs, bouncers, pack and plays, etc. Those go so quickly--really almost as soon as they come in. Baby bath, baby shampoo, and diaper rash ointment too. Particularly need 0-6 months onesies, sleepers, and outfits. We are also having a giving tree so we need toys--mostly for 0-2 year olds, but could use some for older children as well, perhaps up to age 6. Our East Toledo office will be opening in January so we will need items for there as well. Bring your donations to the church and place in the bin behind the Bishop’s throne.
Please pick up a flyer in the Narthex for Reverse Raffle on April 26, 2014. This is an important activity to build up our building fund. Tickets are $60 per person which includes dinner, open bar, and participation in the reverse raffle itself. For more information, speak with Stan Pentsos or a board member.
The first Pan Orthodox Vespers service will take place on March 9th, 6PM at St. George Orthodox Cathedral on Woodley Street; Fr. Basil Koory will speak on "The Death of Christ from the perspective of Iconography"; a Lenten potluck sponsored by the parish will take place afterwards in the church hall. St. George in Rossford is hosting the 3/16 service.
An excerpt from Great Lent, by Alexander Schmemann Chapter 4: The Lenten Journey
Each Sunday in Lent has two themes, two meanings. On the one hand, each belongs to a sequence in which the rhythm and spiritual "dialectics" of Lent are revealed. On the other hand, in the course of the Church's historical development almost each lenten Sunday has acquired a second theme. Thus on the first Sunday the Church celebrates the "Triumph of Orthodoxy"-- commemorating the victory over Iconoclasm and the restoration of the veneration of icons in Constantinople in 843. The connection of this celebration with Lent is purely historical: the first "triumph of Orthodoxy" took place on this particular Sunday. The same is true of the commemoration on the second Sunday of Lent of St. Gregory Palamas. The condemnation of his enemies and the vindication of his teachings by the Church in the 14th Century was acclaimed as a second triumph of Orthodoxy and for this reason its annual celebration was prescribed for the second Sunday of Lent. Meaningful and important as they are in themselves, these commemorations are independent from Lent as such and we can leave them outside the scope of this essay....
As to the first and essential theme of lenten Sundays, it also is primarily revealed in the scriptural lessons. To understand their sequence, we must once more remember the original connection between Lent and Baptism-- Lent's meaning as preparation for Baptism. These lessons are therefore an integral part of the early Christian catechesis; they explain and summarize the preparation of the catachumen for the Paschal mystery of Baptism. Baptism is the entrance into the new life inaugurated by Christ. To the catechumen, this new life is as yet only announced and promised, and he accepts it by faith. He is like one of the men of the Old Testament who lived by their faith in a promise whose fulfillment they did not see. This is the theme of the first Sunday. After having mentioned the righteous men of the Old Testament, the Epistle (Heb. 11:24-26; 32-40; 12-2) concludes:
...and these all, though well attested by their faith, did not receive what was promised since God has foreseen something better for us.
What is it? The answer is given in the Gospel lesson of the first Sunday (John 1:43-51):
...you shall see greater things than these... truly, truly I say unto you, you will see heaven open and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.
This means: you catechumens, you who believe in Christ, you who want to be baptized, who are preparing yourselves for Pascha-- you shall see the inauguration of the new age, the fulfillment of all promises, the manifestation of the Kingdom. But you shall see it only if you believe and repent, if you change your mind, if you have the desire, if you accept the effort.
Of this we are reminded in the lesson of the second Sunday (Heb. 1:10-2:3):
...therefore, we must pay close attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it... How shall we escape if we neglect such salvation?