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 firstname.lastname@example.org Deacon Rev. Dn. Christopher Purdef email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org Vice Chair Elias Mousa email@example.com Treasurer Clay Workman firstname.lastname@example.org Secretary Margaret Putman email@example.com Members at Large Maria Kreta-Dillon firstname.lastname@example.org Bob Foster email@example.com Dn. Christopher Purdef firstname.lastname@example.org Choir Director Clay Workman Sunday School Coordinator Holly Benza Youth Director Maria Kreta-Dillon Head Usher John Benza Bulletin Editor Rowe Sergent email@example.com 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 Feb 2 Feb 3 Feb 4 Feb 6 Feb 7 Feb 7 Feb 7 Feb 9 Feb 9 Feb 11 Feb 15 Feb 18 Feb 18 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) ! ! ! ! ! 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.
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