Weekly Bulletin

February 22nd-28th

Feb 28th: Sunday of the Prodigal Son


The Sunday after the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee is the Sunday of the Prodigal Son. This parable of God’s forgiveness calls us to “come to ourselves” as did the prodigal son, to see ourselves as being “in a far country” far from the Father’s house, and to make the journey of return to God. We are given every assurance by the Master that our heavenly Father will receive us with joy and gladness. We must only “arise and go,” confessing our self-inflicted and sinful separation from that “home” where we truly belong (Luke 15:11-24).


Services:

Saturday, February 27th @5pm - Great Vespers

Sunday, February 28th @10am - Divine Liturgy- Sunday of the Prodigal Son


Upcoming Services:

Saturday, March 6th @5pm - Great Vespers

Sunday, March 7th @10am - Divine Liturgy- Judgement Sunday (Meatfare Sunday)

Announcements:

Calendars: Annual calendars are HERE!! $10 donation is recommended. They are located in the foyer.

Youth Event (Date Change): The youth event at Greystone Tubing has been moved from Feb 20th to March 6th. Please contact Cindy Heise ASAP if you would like to attend! Adult tickets are $25 and the youth will be covered by the Parish.


Adult Education Classes: Several people have asked about an Orthodox book club to be held during Lent, which is a wonderful way to learn more about the faith and the saints of our Church during the time of the Great Fast. I imagine we would gather on Zoom one night in the evening and share our thoughts about the reading and how it applies to our spiritual lives.

I have 2 suggestions for books. The first is Harlots of the Desert, a collection of stories about women and repentance. The accounts in these books can be difficult to read as a modern audience but offer great insight into repentance and the spiritual life. The second is On Prayer by Archimandrite Sophrony, which depicts what prayer is and how it shapes us as we seek the Lord. This is not exactly “light reading” but Fr. Sophrony beautifully depicts the life of prayer and the theology we express in it.

If a book club sounds appealing, please let me know and feel free to suggest other books! This might be the motivation for some of us (me especially) to read or reread the books that led us to the Orthodox faith.


New Parish Website: It's here! Check out the new Parish website www.sjoca.org. There will be more resources added to the website in the upcoming months. If you have any recommendations for information you would like to see, please send to secretary@stjohnthebaptistorthodox.org.


Prayer Requests:

Diane D. Bill C.

Kelly Marge C.

Birthdays:

Feb 26th- Jane Wargo, Joan Kuyon, Roberta Dyryanka

Memory Eternal:

Garsevan Bekauri (Birthday: 2/26)


Grant, O Lord, a prosperous and peaceful life, health, salvation, and furtherance in all good things, unto Thy servants Jane, Joan, and Roberta who are celebrating their birthdays, and preserve them for many years!


Epistle Reading: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20

12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

13 Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.

14 And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power.

15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.

16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.

17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.

18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.

19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

Gospel Reading: Luke 15:11-32


11 And he said, A certain man had two sons:

12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.

13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.

14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.

15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.

16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.

17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!

18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,

19 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.

20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.

21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.

22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:

23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:

24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.

25 Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing.

26 And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant.

27 And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.

28 And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him.

29 And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends:

30 But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.

31 And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.

32 It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.

Saints Commemorated this Sunday

Saint Basil the Confessor was a monk and suffered during the reign of the iconoclast emperor Leo the Isaurian (717-741). When a persecution started against those who venerated holy icons, Saint Basil and his companion Saint Procopius of Decapolis (February 27) were subjected to much torture and locked up in prison. Here both martyrs languished for a long while, until the death of the impious emperor.

When the holy Confessors Basil and Procopius were set free along with other venerators of holy icons, they continued in their monastic struggles, instructing many in the Orthodox Faith and the virtuous life. Saint Basil died peacefully in the year 750.