Publish-header
St. John The Baptist Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2017-03-26
Bulletin Contents
Climicus
Organization Icon
St. John The Baptist Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (817) 283-2291
  • Fax:
  • (817) 545-0302
  • Street Address:

  • 303 Cullum Drive

  • Euless, TX 76040


Contact Information





Services Schedule

Small Paraklesis - Wednesday 6:00PM

Great Vespers - Saturday 5:00PM

Matins - Sunday 8:30AM

Divine Liturgy - Sunday 9:30 AM

Confessions - Saturday after Vespers or upon request


Past Bulletins


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Grave Mode

Thou didst abolish death by Thy Cross; Thou didst open Paradise to the thief; Thou didst transform the myrrh-bearers' lamentation, and didst bid Thine Apostles to preach that Thou art risen, O Christ God, granting great mercy to the world.

Apolytikion for Annunciation of the Theotokos in the Fourth Mode

Today is the fountainhead of our salvation and the manifestation of the mystery which was from eternity. The Son of God becometh the Virgin's Son, and Gabriel announceth the good tidings of grace; for this cause, let us cry to the Mother of God with him: Rejoice, thou who art full of grace, the Lord is with thee.

Apolytikion of the Synaxis of John the Forerunner in the Second Mode

The memory of the just is celebrated with hymns of praise * but the Lord's testimony is sufficient for thee, O Forerunner, * for thou wast proved to be truly more wonderful than the Prophets * since thou wast granted to baptize in the running waters * Him Whom they proclaim. * Wherefore having contested for the Truth, * thou didst rejoice to announce, even to those in Hades * that God has appeared in the flesh * taking away the sin of the world * and granting us great mercy.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal Fourth Mode

To you, Theotokos, invincible Defender, having been delivered from peril, I, your city, dedicate the victory festival as a thank offering. In your irresistible might, keep me safe from all trials, that I may call out to you: "Hail, unwedded bride!"
BACK TO TOP

Saints and Feasts

Climicus
March 26

Sunday of St. John Climacus

The memory of this Saint is celebrated on March 30, where his biography may be found. He is celebrated today because his book, The Ladder of Divine Ascent, is a sure guide to the ascetic life, written by a great man of prayer experienced in all forms of the monastic polity; it teaches the seeker after salvation how to lay a sound foundation for his struggles, how to detect and war against each of the passions, how to avoid the snares laid by the demons, and how to rise from the rudimental virtues to the heights of Godlike love and humility. It is held in such high esteem that it is universally read in its entirety in monasteries during the Great Fast.

This Saint gave himself over to the ascetical life from his early youth. Experienced both in the solitary life of the hermit and in the communal life of cenobitic monasticism, he was appointed Abbot of the Monastery at Mount Sinai and wrote a book containing thirty homilies on virtue. Each homily deals with one virtue, and progressing from those that deal with holy and righteous activity (praxis) unto those that deal with divine vision (theoria), they raise a man up as though by means of steps unto the height of Heaven. For this cause his work is called "The Ladder of Divine Ascent." The day he was made Abbot of Sinai, the Prophet Moses was seen giving commands to those who served at table. Saint John reposed in 603, at eighty years of age. See also the Fourth Sunday of the Fast.


Gabriel1
March 26

Synaxis in honor of the Archangel Gabriel

This festive Synaxis is celebrated to the glory of the Archangel Gabriel, since he ministered to the marvelous mystery of God's incarnate dispensation.


Vmakthst
April 01

5th Saturday of Lent: The Akathist Hymn

About the year 626, the Persians, Avars, and Slavs came with a great host and besieged the imperial city of Constantinople while the Emperor Heraclius and the main body of the Byzantine army were absent in the East. Enemy ships filled the sea, especially the Golden Horn, and on land the adversaries were ready for attack with foot-soldiers, horses, and engines of war. Though the citizens courageously withstood them, yet they were few in number and would be unable to repulse the attack of such a great host. Hence, they could not count on any other means of salvation, except the protection of the Theotokos. And truly, suddenly a violent tempest broke up all the ships and submerged them, and the bodies of the invaders were cast out near the Blachernae quarter of the city where the famous Church of the Theotokos stood. Taking courage from this, the people went forth from the city and repulsed the remaining forces, who fled out of fear. In 673, the city was miraculously delivered yet again, this time from an invasion of the Arabs. Then in 717-718, led by the Saracen general Maslamah, the Arab fleet laid siege once more to the city. The numerical superiority of the enemy was so overwhelming that the fall of the Imperial City seemed imminent. But then the Mother of God, together with a multitude of the angelic hosts, appeared suddenly over the city walls. The enemy forces, struck with terror and thrown into a panic at this apparition, fled in disarray. Soon after this, the Arab fleet was utterly destroyed by a terrible storm in the Aegean Sea on the eve of the Annunciation, March 24, 718. Thenceforth, a special "feast of victory and of thanksgiving" was dedicated to celebrate and commemorate these benefactions. In this magnificent service, the Akathist Hymn is prominent and holds the place of honour. It appears that even before the occasion of the enemy assaults mentioned above, the Akathist Hymn was already in use as the prescribed Service for the Feast of the Annunciation, together with the kontakion, "When the bodiless one learned the secret command," which has the Annunciation as its theme. It was only on the occasion of the great miracle wrought for the Christian populace of the Imperial City on the eve of the Annunciation in 718 that the hymn "To thee, the Champion Leader" was composed, most likely by Saint Germanus, Patriarch of Constantinople.

Historians have ascribed the Akathist Hymn to Patriarch Sergius of Constantinople (638), to Saint George the Confessor, Bishop of Pisidia (818), or even to Saint Photius the Great (891), all of whom lived either at the time of or after the above-mentioned sieges. However, it appears most likely from its language, content, and style that the true composer of the Akathist Hymn is Saint Romanus the Melodist (6th century).


01_mary2
April 01

Mary of Egypt

When Mary was only twelve years old, she left her parents and departed to Alexandria, where she lived a depraved life for seventeen years. Then, moved by curiosity, she went with many pilgrims to Jerusalem, that she might see the Exaltation of the venerable Cross. Even in the Holy City she gave herself over to every kind of licentiousness and drew many into the depth of perdition. Desiring to go into the church on the day of the Exaltation of the Cross, time and again she perceived a certain invisible power preventing her entrance, whereas the multitude of people about her entered unhindered. Therefore, wounded in heart by this, she decided to change her way of life and reconcile herself to God by means of repentance. Invoking our Lady the Theotokos as her protectress, she asked her to open the way for her to worship the Cross, and vowed that she would renounce the world. And thus, returning once again to the church, she entered easily. When she had worshipped the precious Wood, she departed that same day from Jerusalem and passed over the Jordan. She went into the inner wilderness and for forty-seven years lived a most harsh manner of life, surpassing human strength; alone, she prayed to God alone. Toward the end of her life, she met a certain hermit named Zosimas, and she related to him her life from the beginning. She requested of him to bring her the immaculate Mysteries that she might partake of them. According to her request, he did this the following year on Holy and Great Thursday. One year after this, Zosimas again went thither and found her dead, laid upon the ground, and letters written in the sand near her which said: "Abba Zosimas, bury here the body of wretched Mary. I died on the very day I partook of the immaculate Mysteries. Pray for me." Her death is reckoned by some to have taken place in 378, by some, in 437, and by others, in 522. She is commemorated also on the Fifth Sunday of Great Lent. Her life was recorded by Saint Sophronius of Jerusalem.


BACK TO TOP

From The Metropolis of Denver

News from Denver Metropolis

Click the link below for  Metropolitan Isaiah's Nativity message

http://denver.goarch.org/documents/32140/4336116/2016+Christmas+Greeting.pdf/cad27641-a701-4605-9d8c-34107fe46ddf

Support our Metropolis by participating in our Advocates 1000 program. More info at the link below

http://denver.goarch.org/advocates-support-for-the-metropolis-


BACK TO TOP

Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Seventh Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from John 20:1-10

At that time, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. So she ran, and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him." Peter then came out with the other disciple, and they went toward the tomb. They both ran, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first; and stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; he saw the linen cloths lying, and the napkin, which had been on his head, not lying with the linen cloths but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not know the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples went back to their homes.


Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Grave Mode. Psalm 28.11,1.
The Lord will give strength to his people.
Verse: Bring to the Lord, O sons of God, bring to the Lord honor and glory.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 6:13-20.

BRETHREN, when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore to himself, saying, "Surely I will bless you and multiply you." And thus Abraham, having patiently endured, obtained the promise. Men indeed swear by a greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation. So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he interposed with an oath, so that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible that God should prove false, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to seize the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner shrine behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.


Gospel Reading

Sunday of St. John Climacus
The Reading is from Mark 9:17-31

At that time, a man came to Jesus kneeling and saying: "Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a dumb spirit; and wherever it seizes him it dashes him down; and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid; and I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able." And he answered them, "O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me." And they brought the boy to him; and when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. And Jesus asked his father, "How long has he had this?" And he said, "From childhood. And it has often cast him into the fire and into the water, to destroy him; but if you can do anything, have pity on us and help us." And Jesus said to him, "If you can! All things are possible to him who believes." Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, "I believe; help my unbelief!" And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, "You dumb and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him, and never enter him again." And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse; so that most of them said, "He is dead." But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, "Why could we not cast it out?" And he said to them, "This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting." They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he would not have any one know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, "The Son of man will be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him; and when he is killed, after three days he will rise."


BACK TO TOP

Information about Holy Communion

Information about Holy Communion

Orthodox faithful are encouraged to participate regularly in the Eucharist.  Yet, for our spiritual development, we need to examine ourselves responsibly before coming in front of the Holy Chalice (I Cor. 11:28).  Please remember that Holy Communion should be received only by the Orthodox Faithful in good ecclesiastical standing that have prepared as prescribed by the Canons of the Church through fasting, prayer and regular Confession, and attend the entire Divine Liturgy.


Pre-Sanctified Liturgies

To take Holy Communion during Pre-sanctified Liturgies that take place in the afternoon, one needs to fast from the morning or, if not possible because of health reasons, fast at least 6 hours before the beginning of Divine Liturgy.


BACK TO TOP

Wisdom of the Fathers

Seest thou how He now proceeds to lay beforehand in them the foundation of His doctrine about fasting? ... See, at any rate, how many blessings spring from them both. For he that is praying as he ought, and fasting, hath not many wants, and he that hath not many wants, cannot be covetous; ...
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 57 on Matthew 17,4,5. B#54, pp.355,356., 4th Century

... he that is not covetous, will be also more disposed for almsgiving. He that fasts is light, and winged, and prays with wakefulness, and quenches his wicked lusts, and propitiates God, and humbles his soul when lifted up. Therefore even the apostles were almost always fasting.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 57 on Matthew 17,4,5. B#54, pp.355,356., 4th Century

He that prays with fasting hath his wings double, and lighter than the very winds. ... For nothing is mightier than a man who prays sincerely. ... But if thy body be too weak to fast continually, still it is not too weak for prayer, nor without vigor for contempt of the belly. For although thou canst not fast, yet canst thou avoid luxurious living.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 57 on Matthew 17,4,5. B#54, pp.355,356., 4th Century

BACK TO TOP

Calendar

  • The Weekly Calendar of St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church

    March 26 to April 2, 2017

    Sunday, March 26

    8:30AM Orthros

    9:30AM Divine Liturgy

    11:30AM Catechism Class

    11:30AM SPRING GENERAL ASSEMBLY

    12:00PM Chi-Rho Program for 4th & 5th grade Orthodox Scouts

    6:00PM Pan-Orthodox Vespers - St. Demitrios Greek Orthodox Church - Fort Worth

    Monday, March 27

    6:00PM Great Compline

    Wednesday, March 29

    6:00PM Presanctified Liturgy

    7:30PM Book and Soup for the Soul

    Thursday, March 30

    6:00PM Great Canon of St. Andrew

    Friday, March 31

    6:00PM Akathist Hymn

    7:00PM Soup Suppers

    Saturday, April 1

    9:00AM PARISH WORK PARTY

    5:00PM Great Vespers

    Sunday, April 2

    Due Date for Submiting the Philoptochos Scholarships Applications

    8:30AM Orthros

    9:30AM Divine Liturgy

    12:00PM Chi-Rho Program for 4th & 5th grade Orthodox Scouts

    12:30PM Catechism Class

    6:00PM Pan-Orthodox Vespers - St. Seraphim Cathedral - Dallas


BACK TO TOP

Parish Activities

Inquirers/ Faith Enrichment Classes

Our New Cathechism class started on September 25th,  2016. The program is open for non-Orthodox as well as for Orthodox Christians. Join us on Sundays after Divine Liturgy to learn more about the Orthodox Faith and don't forget to bring a friend. See Fr. Vasile if you like to join


CURRENT FORERUNNER

You can read our current Forerunner here:

http://issuu.com/stjohndfw


TODAY EVENTS

Special services:  none

 

This Sunday’s Coffee Hour is offered by Fei and Nicholas Stanosheck & Sunny and Christopher Cook families. 

 

We need volunteers to host coffee hour on:

-          April 9  (NO MEAT, NO Dairy allowed; Fish OK)

-          April 23  (Fast Free)

PLEASE SIGN UP! Check the sign-up sheet in the hall or call / text Connie Rafailedes at (817) 994 – 7077!

 

STEWARDSHIP 2017 info as of 3/26/2017:

 - Goal to cover expenses:      $355,337

 - Pledged:                                $260,356

 - Short:                                    $  94,981

 - No. of stewards: 115

 

BOOKSTORE: The Ladder of Divine Ascent - by  St John Climacus ($35)

 

 TODAY, AFTER SERVICE:

-          Spring General Assembly! Please attend!

-          The Chi-Rho Program : in the 3rd & 4th Grade classrooms.

-          Philoptochos Scholarshipapplications Due date: April 2.

-          Philoptochos Easter Bake Sale. Please see the forms in the hall!  Order pick up on the 9th of April.

-          Youth Ministry - “Pascha Luminaries” project: Please join us in honoring someone you love, living or departed, orthodox or non-orthodox! All of these special persons will have their names honored with a luminary that will line the walkway around the church for the Lamentations and Resurrection Services and will be commemorated by Fr. Vasile during the Lamentation procession! Please see the flier in the narthex or complete the online form here: http://bit.ly/paschaluminaries


UPCOMING EVENTS

-          Wednesday, Mar 29: “Book and Soup for the Soul” – POTLUCK. Please bring a Lenten dish!  Featured book: A Night in the Dessert of the Holy Mountainby Metrop. Hierotheos. Current reading: chapters 7 and  8

-          Friday, Mar 31: The last Soup Supper- after the Akathist service. $5/person, to benefit Holy Cross seminary’s students.

-          Saturday, April 1: Parish Clean Up. Please come to help!

-          Saturday April 8: Sunday School Lenten Retreat (10 am - 1pm). All ages are invited to help make the palm crosses and luminaries! Confession for all Students aged 7 and up!

-          Sunday, April 16, at 1:30pm:  Agape Dinner (Pascha Luncheon). Reservations today in the hall or contact Leo Alexander at (972) 765-2119  / leoalexander427@gmail.com. Tickets: $25/person; children age 12 and under eat Free.  

-          Saturday, Apr 29: FESTIVAL OF TABLES – 11- 2pm at Texas Star Golf Course and Conference Center in Euless. Luncheon, Fashion show, Silent auction. $45/ pers. Please consider hosting a table and inviting friends and family. For more info, please contact Margaret Chokas at (817)917-4771 or hrh.madge@gmail.com


FEAST ICONS DEDICATIONS

We are starting a small, longer term project to replace the plastic, low quality portable Feasts and Saints icons we use during the ecclesiastical year with proper ones, executed in the traditional high quality egg tempera/burnished gold technique. 

You have probably already seen the first batch of icons that are already in the Church, all icons will be done by the same hands. 

See the attached list with icons that are available for dedications and let the church office know which one you are interested in sponsoring. 

The icons will be ordered as the funds become available, we hope to finish this project withn a year or so. Please do not wait until the last minute since the icons will be dedicated on a first come, first served basis.

Thank you all for participating in this beautiful project. 

 -          No. of Dedicated icons: 52


Book and Soup for the Soul 2017

During Great Lent we will start reading together a new book “A night in the Desert of the Holy mountain" - Discussion with a Hermit on the Jesus Prayer by  Metropolitan of Nafpaktos Hierotheos Vlachos. The book is available soon at our church's bookstore ($20) and library.

Next Meeting:  March 29th, after Presanctified Liturgy.  

We are having Potluck! Please bring a Lenten dish! 

Current reading: chapters 7 and 8

 

 


BACK TO TOP

Announcements and Forms for Various Activities

    Sunday of St. John Climacus - Family Connections (Letter)

    Sunday of St. John Climacus - Family Connections (Letter)

    Bulletin Insert in letter format on the Sunday of St. John Climacus with Resources for Couples and Families provided by the Center for Family Care of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

    Insert shared from Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America until April 05, 2017.


    PASCHA LUMINARIES - Youth Ministry Project

    PASCHA LUMINARIES - Youth Ministry Project

    Please join us in honoring someone you love, living or departed, orthodox or non-orthodox! All of these special persons will have their names honored with a luminary that will line the walkway around the church for the Lamentations and Resurrection Services and will be commemorated by Fr. Vasile during the Lamentation procession! Please see the flier in the narthex or complete the online form here: http://bit.ly/paschaluminaries


    FESTIVAL OF TABLES

    FESTIVAL OF TABLES

    Saturday, Apr 29: FESTIVAL OF TABLES – 11- 2pm at Texas Star Golf Course and Conference Center in Euless. Luncheon, Fashion show, Silent auction. $45/ pers. Please consider hosting a table and inviting friends and family. For more info, please contact Margaret Chokas at (817)917-4771


    2017 STEWARDSHIP CARD

    2017 STEWARDSHIP CARD

    Click on the link bellow or see attached the 2017 Stewardship Form. Right click on the link, save it on your computer, open it, fill in the information and save it on your computer again with your name in the title. For example if your name is John Baptist save it as John_Baptist_2017.pdf. Once done, mail the completed form to us at 


    FEAST ICONS DEDICATIONS

    FEAST ICONS DEDICATIONS

    See the list with icons that are available for dedications and let the church office know which one you are interested in sponsoring. - No. of Dedicated icons: 52


     FUNDS NEEDED TO RESTORE THE MONASTERY OF ST. NINIAN AND ST. CUTHBERT ON THE ISLE OF MULL, SCOTLAND

    FUNDS NEEDED TO RESTORE THE MONASTERY OF ST. NINIAN AND ST. CUTHBERT ON THE ISLE OF MULL, SCOTLAND

    Fr. Serafim Aldea is a Hieromonk from UK and he is opening a monastery in the Island of Mull, dedicated to All the Celtic Saints. He is currently doing a tour in the USA to gather some necessary construction funds for the monastery. (Please see the attached flier)


BACK TO TOP

BACK TO TOP

BACK TO TOP