Today’s Readings:

Epistle: 1 Timothy 4:9-15

Gospel: Luke 19:1-10

 

Schedule of Services: 

-Saturday, February 12th, Great Vespers at 4pm.

-Sunday, February 13th, Divine Liturgy at 10am.  Hours begin at 9:40am.

 

Reminder for February:

-On Saturday, February 26th, we will celebrate a Memorial Divine Liturgy (Soul Saturday) for departed loved ones and parishioners at 10am.  

 

Announcements:

-Memory eternal to Subdeacon Michael Zolar and his wife, Mary,—two former faithful members of St. Gregory’s who passed away on February 10th 1993 and 1994, respectively, one year apart from one another.

-Self-serve coffee will be available today.

-We will hold a council meeting after Divine Liturgy next Sunday.

-Open Cupboard Pantry acknowledged that St. Gregory Palamas church donated: 1090 lbs. of groceries; $245 of gift card donations; $145 in cash/check donations in 2021. Well done! I am sure we helped many a hungry family. Let's keep up the work! The three letters are posted on the bulletin board.

-Following is a note from the Cohen family who our parish supported through the FOCA Seminarian Project:  "Hi! My name is Matushka Katie Cohen. My husband, Fr Silouan, is in his third year at St Vladimir's seminary, and I wanted to reach out to thank your community for their support. We have received Christmas gifts through FOCA for our 4 children from members of the St Gregory congregation every year, and we have been blown away by your generosity.  My hope for the future is that, wherever God places us to serve His Holy Church, we will have the ability to show the same generosity to others that you have shown to us. May God bless you in 2022 as you continue to be a blessing to others!”

 

Great Lent is Approaching

This Sunday is the Last Sunday before we begin to prepare for Great Lent by opening the book of the Lenten Triodion.  The Lenten Triodion is the book we have in the Orthodox Church that maps out the hymns and readings of the Orthodox Church that begins three weeks before Great Lent actually starts.  Because of this, we are called to prepare ourselves for the Church’s prescriptions of prayer, fasting, almsgiving, and confession.  When we go to the doctor, the doctor gives us prescriptions when we need them, in order to help us achieve bodily health in this world.  Indeed, God blesses bodily health, so we can all have more time in this world to come to true spiritual health—the most important thing.  In the Church, the Church gives us prescriptions too.  The Church prescribes us to pray, to fast, to give, and 

to repent.  This is the medicine that the Church, in Christ, offers to us as we are so willing to partake of it, in order that we may be able to stand on our own two feet, in good spiritual health, to walk into the eternal kingdom of heaven.  May we not deprive ourselves of the new opportunity our Lord gives us this year to take the medicine of the kingdom of heaven, so we can attain blessed spiritual health and grow in the love of our Lord and love towards one another.

 

Please pray for:  

Living: Stella, Melissa, Helen, John, Darlette,     Departed: Michael, Mary

Steven, Janet, Teresa, Irina, Leonty, Alla, Jeffery  Donna      

 

Words for the Day

If at some time you show mercy to someone, mercy will be shown to you.

If you show compassion to one who is suffering (and of course, this is not a great deed) you will be numbered among the martyrs.

If you forgive one who has insulted you, then not only will all your sins be forgiven, but you will be a child of the Heavenly Father.

If you pray from all your heart for salvation - even a little - you will be saved.

If you rebuke yourself, accuse yourself, and judge yourself before God for your sins, with a sensitive conscience, even for this you will be justified.

 

 

If you are sorrowful for your sins, or you weep, or sigh, your sigh will not be hidden from Him and, as St. John Chrysostom says, "If you only lament for your sins, then He will receive this for your salvation."

(St. Moses of Optina)

 

Next Week’s Readings:

Epistle: 2 Timothy 3:10-15. You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra—which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

Gospel: Luke 18:10-14.“Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, 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 the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”