Bulletin - St. Ignatius Orthodox Church

THE SPECIFIC CONTEXT OF THE JESUS PRAYER
“Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.”
The essential point in the Jesus Prayer is not the act of repetition in itself, not how we sit or breathe,
but to whom we speak. . . .The Jesus Prayer is not just a device to help us concentrate or relax. It is not
simply a piece of “Christian Yoga,” a type of “Transcendental Meditation,” or a “Christian mantra.” . . .
It is, on the contrary, an invocation specifically addressed to another person—to God made man, Jesus
Christ, our personal Savior and Redeemer. The context of the Jesus Prayer is first of all one of faith.
The invocation of the Name presupposes that the one who says the prayer believes in Jesus Christ as
Son of God and Savior. . . .Secondly, the context of the Jesus Prayer is one of community. We do not
invoke the Name as separate individuals . . . but as members of the community of the Church.”
—from The Power of the Name by Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia (b. 1934)
ST. IGNATIUS of ANTIOCH
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church
Mesa, Arizona
Tone 1, Eothinon 1
February 1, 2015
SUNDAY OF THE PHARISEE AND PUBLICAN
TRANSFER OF THE FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION OF CHRIST
Troparion for the Resurrection
ST. IGNATIUS of ANTIOCH
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church
5515 East Redmont Circle
Mesa, Arizona 85215-0806
Pastor
Very Rev. Fr. James Coles frjames@cox.net
Deacon
Rev. Dn. Christopher Purdef gjakonig@gmail.com
Phone
(480) 892-6224
Website saintig.org
Calendar saintig.org/community/calendar
Map
tinyurl.com/saintig
Services Saturday Great Vespers 5:00 p.m.
Sunday Orthros 7:55 a.m.
Sunday Divine Litur gy 9:00 a.m.
Parish Council
Chair Mike Naddour mnaddour@usagymaz.com
Vice Chair Elias Mousa emousa@cox.net
Treasurer Clay Workman clayandjanet@cox.net
Secretary Margaret Putman margaretaputman@yahoo.com
Members at Large
Maria Kreta-Dillon mkretadillon@gmail.com
Bob Foster robertmfoster@icloud.com
Dn. Christopher Purdef gjakonig@gmail.com
Choir Director Clay Workman
Sunday School Coordinator Holly Benza
Youth Director Maria Kreta-Dillon
Head Usher John Benza
Bulletin Editor Rowe Sergent rowe.sergent@cox.net
GREETER
Marc Skocypec
EPISTLE READER
Marc Skocypec
COLLECTORS
Today’s
Chad & Molly Lawton
Michael & Patricia Malouf
COFFEE HOUR HOSTS
Maria & Del “Ozark” Dillon
GOD GRANT YOU MANY YEARS!
BIRTHDAYS
Feb 1
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Feb 18
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Feb 19
Feb 22
Alice Jasmer
Emma Skocypec
Benjamin Beckstead
Nikki Cartwright
Ryan Gould
Margaret Putman
Lenore Wilkison
Oliver Silberschlag
Brandy Torrez
Matt Wisniewski
Patrick Phillips
Chad Lawton
Laura Ritchie
Riley Sheriff
Zaharenia Tsikopoulos
Susan Roscoe
ANNIVERSARY
Feb 20 Bob & Sarah Foster
• in Tone 1
While the stone was sealed by the Jews, and the soldiers were guarding Thy most pure body, Thou didst
arise on the third day, O Savior, granting life to the world. For which cause the heavenly powers cried
aloud unto Thee, O giver of life. Glory to Thy Resurrection O Christ, glory to Thy kingdom, glory to Thy
providence, O Thou Who alone art the lover of mankind.
Troparion for the Presentation of Christ
• in Tone 1
Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos, full of grace, for from thee arose the Sun of justice, Christ our God, lighting
those who are in darkness. Rejoice and be glad, O righteous elder, carrying in thine arms the Deliverer of
our souls, Who granteth us Resurrection.
Kontakion for the Presentation of Christ
• in Tone 1
Thou, O Christ God, Who by Thy Birth, didst sanctify the Virgin’s womb, and, as is meet, didst bless
Simeon’s arms, and didst also come to save us; preserve Thy fold in wars, and confirm them whom Thou
didst love, for Thou alone art the Lover of mankind.
The Epistle
My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.
For He hath regarded the humility of His servant.
The Reading is from St. Paul’s Epistle to the Hebrews (7:7-17)
Brethren, it is beyond dispute that the inferior is blessed by the superior. Here tithes are received by
mortal men; there, by one of whom it is testified that he lives. One might even say that Levi himself, who
receives tithes, paid tithes through Abraham, for he was still in the loins of his ancestor when
Melchizedek met him. Now if perfection had been attainable through the Levitical priesthood (for under it
the people received the law), what further need would there have been for another priest to arise after
the order of Melchizedek, rather than one named after the order of Aaron? For when there is a change in
the priesthood, there is necessarily a change in the law as well. For the one of whom these things are
spoken belonged to another tribe, from which no one has ever served at the altar. For it is evident that
our Lord was descended from Judah, and in connection with that tribe Moses said nothing about priests.
This becomes even more evident when another priest arises in the likeness of Melchizedek, who has
become a priest, not according to a legal requirement concerning bodily descent but by the power of an
indestructible life. For it is witnessed of him, “Thou art a priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek.”
ANNOUNCEMENTS
The Gospel
The Reading is from the Holy Gospel According to St. Luke (18:10-14)
The Lord spoke this parable: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a
tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank Thee that I am not like
other men, extortionists, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give
tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to Heaven,
but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house
justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles
himself will be exalted.”
THE INFIRMITY OF OTHERS IS NOT A FIT SUBJECT
FOR PRAISE FOR THOSE IN GOOD HEALTH
“God, I thank Thee that I am not like…this tax collector” (Luke 18:11).
What profit is there in fasting twice in the week if it serves only as a pretext for ignorance and
vanity and makes you proud, haughty and selfish? You tithe your possessions and boast
about it. In another way, you provoke God’s anger by condemning and accusing other people
because of this. You are puffed up, although not crowned by the divine decree for
righteousness. On the contrary, you heap praises on yourself. He says, “I am not as the rest of
humankind.” Moderate yourself, O Pharisee. Put a door and lock on your tongue. You speak
to God who knows all things. Wait for the decree of the judge. No one who is skilled in
wrestling ever crowns himself. No one also receives the crown from himself but waits for the
summons of the referee. Lower your pride, because arrogance is accursed and hated by God.
It is foreign to the mind that fears God. Christ even said, “Do not judge, and you shall not be
judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned.” One of his disciples also said,
“There is one lawgiver and judge. Why then do you judge your neighbor?” No one who is in
good health ridicules one who is sick for being laid up and bedridden. He is rather afraid, for
perhaps he may become the victim of similar sufferings. A person in battle, because another
has fallen, does not praise himself for having escaped from misfortune. The weakness of
others is not a suitable subject for praise for those who are in health.
— from Commentary on Luke, Homily 120 by St. Cyril of Alexandria (c. 376-444)
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OUR HOLY FATHER POLYEUCTUS, PATRIARCH OF CONSTANTINOPLE • Thursday, February 5
Born in Constantinople, he was made a eunuch in childhood by his parents, who hoped that he would
go into the Byzantine civil service. But he became a monk, and so distinguished himself for his
holiness and learning that in 956 he was made Patriarch of Constantinople by the Emperor
Constantine VII Porphyrogenitos. In his own day he was called “the Second Chrysostom” for the
power of his preaching and his zeal for the Orthodox faith.
In 957, St Polyeuctus baptized the Russian princess St Olga in Constantinople; at her baptism,
he spoke these prophetic words: “Blessed are you among all the women of Russia, for you have
rejected darkness and desired the light. Moreover, the children of the Russian land will bless you in
every generation.” He fell asleep in peace in 970.
TODAY, Sunday, February 1
7:55 am Orthros
9:00 am Divine Liturgy
10:15-ish Sunday School
10:30 am Coffee Hour
11:00 am !ORTHODOXY 101 CLASS in the nave
#4 of 5: Original Sin, the Fall, Salvation, & Deification
BUY COOKIES TODAY!
"#$
!! NO SOYO party at Skocypecs’ home … party CANCELED.
FUNERAL SCHEDULE for DEACON DAVID DAUMIT:
Thursday, February 5
5:00—7:00 pm !VIEWING & TRISAGION PRAYERS at St. George
Friday, February 6
10:00 am !FUNERAL at St. George
Followed by !INTERMENT at Paradise Memorial Gardens
Followed by !MEAL of MERCY in Legacy Ballroom (St. George)
Saturday, February 7
4:30 pm Confession
5:00 pm Great Vespers
6:15 pm !ALL- CHURCH BBQ & PICNIC
7:00 pm !MEN’S CLUB MEETING at church
NEXT Sunday, February 8
7:55 am Orthros
9:00 am Divine Liturgy
10:15-ish Sunday School
10:30 am Coffee Hour
11:00 am !ORTHODOXY 101 CLASS
#5 of 5: Prayer, Fasting, & Almsgiving
Saturdayday, February 14
3:00 pm !WEDDING at ST. IGNATIUS of
CHELSEA BLACK & JESSE ROBINSON
Monday, February 23
!GREAT FAST BEGINS
Sunday, April 12
!HOLY PASCHA
!GREAT FAST ENDS
“An unfulfilled promise is just like a
good tree without fruit.”
—St. Ambrose of Optina (1812-1891)
• Spend your money!
• Support the Girl Scouts!!
• Support capitalism!!!
• Make Marx, Engels, Lenin
& Stalin roll over in
their graves!!!!
Well, HERE is a news flash for you:
EVERYONE IS INVITED
to next Saturday’s (February 7th)
BBQ- Potluck-Picnic
The Men’s Club provides the meat—
YOU provide the REST.
★ SIGN UP TODAY ! ★
See Sdn. John Benza
Surely
you have
to be
pulling
my leg.
No, it’s true!
All the
women and
kids now
get to
attend the
BBQ
Potluck.
And please
stop calling
me Shirley.