Sts. Theodore Orthodox Church!
96 Los Robles St., Williamsville NY 14221 Tel: 716-634-6712
Rev. Peter Jackson, Rector
We are a parish of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, and all are welcome to worship with us! Our services are in English. Please join us at our coffee hour downstairs after the service.
Saturday Vigil 5:00pm
Sunday Divine Liturgy 9:30am
Sunday School after Liturgy
Sunday Bible Study after coffee hour
Wednesday Akathist 6:30pm
February 6/19, 2012Sunday Troparion, Tone 3:
Sunday of the Last Judgment
Afterfeast of the Meeting of the Lord
Let the heavens be glad; let earthly things rejoice; * for the Lord hath wrought might with His arm. * He hath trampled down death by death; * the first-born of the dead hath He become. * From the belly of Hades hath He delivered us * and Hath granted to the world great mercy. Troparion of the Meeting of the Lord, Tone 1
: Rejoice, thou who art full of grace, O Virgin Theotokos, * for from thee hath risen the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, * enlightening those in darkness. * Rejoice, thou also, O righteous Elder, * as thou receivest in thine arms the Redeemer of our souls, * Who also granteth unto us the Resurrection.Kontakion of the Last Judgment, Tone 1
: When Thou, O God, shalt come to earth with glory, * and all things tremble, * and the river of fire floweth before the Judgment Seat * and the books are opened, and the hidden things made public, * then deliver me from the unquenchable fire * and deem me worthy to stand at Thy right hand, O most righteous Judge.Kontakion of the Meeting of the Lord, Tone 1
: Thou Who didst sanctify the Virgin’s womb by Thy birth, * and didst bless Symeon’s hands as was meet, * by anticipation didst even now save us, O Christ God. * But grant peace in the midst of wars unto Thy commonwealth, * and strengthen Orthodox Christians * whom Thou hast loved, O only Lover of mankind.
Epistle: 1st Corinthians 8:8-9:2
Gospel: Matthew 25:31-46
Instead of “It is truly meet…” we chant the Irmos of the 9th Ode of the Canon of the feast, Third Tone:
Refrain: O Virgin Theotokos, thou hope of Christians: * Do thou protect, preserve, and save those that hope in thee.
Irmos: In the shadow and the letter of the Law, * let us, the faithful, discern a figure: * every male child that opens the womb * shall be sanctified to God. * Therefore do we magnify the firstborn Word and Son of the Father without beginning, * the firstborn Child of a Mother * who hath not known a man.Parish News
Today at the end of Divine Liturgy Ivan Hallmark will be awarded the Cub Scout St. George Medal. Congratulations!
Today is “Meatfare” – no more meat until Pascha, unless you have a blessing otherwise. This week is Cheesefare, which means that one may eat eggs, dairy and fish every day, including Wednesday and Friday.
Please remember on Wednesday and Friday of this week to recite the Prayer of St. Ephraim at your morning and evening prayers.
Cheesefare Movie Night: This Friday at 6:00pm Reader John will be screening “Quo Vadis” .
Next Sunday is Forgiveness Sunday. Vespers with the Rite of Forgiveness will begin immediately after Divine Liturgy.
The Sisterhood will have a meeting on March 4.
Please remember in your prayers those traveling: Galina Bahanovich, Silouan Dudley, Keenan (Harry) Elliff, Macarius (Mack) Elliff, Larissa Grebenchtchikova, Valentina Jaffri, and Vadim Zharkoff.
Alas, black soul!
How long wilt thou continue in evil? How long wilt thou lie in idleness?
Why dost thou not think of the fearful hour of death?
Why dost thou not tremble at the dread judgment seat of the Savior? What defense then wilt thou make, or what wilt thou answer?
Thy works will be there to accuse thee;
Thine actions will reproach thee and condemn thee.
O my soul, the time is near at hand;
Make haste before it is too late, and cry aloud in faith:
I have sinned, O Lord, I have sinned against Thee;
But I know Thy love for man and Thy compassion.
O good Shepherd, deprive me not of a place at Thy right hand in Thy great mercy.
(Apostikhon at Vespers) If you are visiting today: There are service books underneath the candle stand that you may borrow and follow along in. If you get lost, ask your neighbor to help you find the page. As you can see, we stand for most of the service. If you are not accustomed to this, please feel free to sit if you feel the need. No one will mind! You should still stand during the Scripture readings and when the priest comes through. In the Orthodox tradition, women cover their heads in church, and extra scarves can be borrowed from the candle stand at the entrance. You will see people making the sign of the cross and bowing. Feel free to follow suit or not, however you are comfortable. Again, no one will mind either way. Feel free to venerate (kiss) the icons and purchase a candle to light. Commemoration slips for Orthodox, living and reposed may be placed on the tray by the candle stand. Please write down how many prosphora you would like (suggested donation: $1/ea.) At the end of the service, you may come forward to venerate the hand-cross if you wish. At our parish we do not pass a collection plate. Gifts are voluntary and can be left at the candle stand. Anyone who wishes to receive Holy Communion must be an Orthodox Christian and make their Confession beforehand. Please speak with Fr. Peter for more information.Confessions are heard at every evening service.