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FEBRUARY 2018

Presentation of Christ February 2


Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

February 2018

From the Desk of Fr. Matthew

My brothers and sisters in Christ, This month, on Monday, February 19, we begin our journey through Great and Holy Lent, a time set aside for prayer, fasting, and almsgiving as we prepare for the celebration of our Lord’s glorious resurrection from the dead to be celebrated on Sunday, April 8. Our real Lenten Journey actually starts much earlier on Sunday, January 28, when the Orthodox Church begins the Triodion. The Triodion is the Liturgical book that contains all of the services and hymnology for the four Sundays before Great Lent; the five Sundays of Great Lent; and Palm Sunday and all of Holy Week. The Triodion becomes one of the primary texts for our faith during this important period of our spiritual lives. Each of the four Sundays prior to the beginning of Great and Holy Lent helps us to prepare for the seriousness of the fast. The first Sunday is the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee (Luke 18:10-24). The Gospel on this Sunday reminds us of the importance of humility and repentance. The Pharisee, a well-educated Jewish leader, goes into the Temple to pray, and thanks God that he is better than others. The Publican, a tax collector and sinner, overwhelmed with his sinfulness, cannot even look up toward heaven. He cries, “God be merciful to me a sinner!” Christ calls us to be humble, not to think too highly of ourselves, and to have repentance in our hearts. The second Sunday is the Sunday of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32). In this parable, a father has two sons, and the younger son asks his father

for his inheritance now, before his father dies. This younger son wastes all of his father’s money on sinfulness, and in a moment of despair, realizes his mistake and returns home to be accepted into his father’s house as a servant. When his father sees him, he rejoices at his son’s return and celebrates. Here, we are reminded that even though we may stray away from God in our own lives, he is always ready to receive us when we realize our mistakes and repent. The third Sunday is the Sunday of Judgment (Matthew 25:31-46). In another parable, Christ teaches us that we cannot enter the Kingdom of heaven if we do not offer help to those less fortunate than we are. When we help others, we are truly ministering and allowing Christ to work through us. We will be judged on how we treat those who are poor and suffering. The fourth Sunday is the Sunday of Forgiveness (Matthew 6:14-21). Our most important lesson before Great Lent begins: God is merciful and compassionate and forgiving. If we forgive others, God will forgive us. If we do not forgive others, God will not forgive us. We are also reminded that we must fast in such a way as not to look artificially sorrowful. When we fast, we should be mindful of others around us who are not fasting and present ourselves in a positive manner. May our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ bless all of us as we begin the Triodion, and may we all realize true repentance and forgiveness that can only come from God.


Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

ALTAR BOYS CO-CAPTAINS Zachary Verzwyvelt Zachary Whisler Jayden Arredondo Christopher Astudillo Jackson Barrineau Christos Bithos Alexios Carter Garrett Cole Jonathon Thames Joshua White

All young men, 2nd grade through 12th grade, are encouraged to join our Altar Boy Team. Please call Philip Brown, Altar Boy Director, if you are interested in joining. Altar Boys should arrive to Church no later than 9:50am on Sunday mornings so they have time to receive a blessing from Fr. Matthew before the beginning of the Divine Liturgy.

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February 2018 Friday, February 2, Presentation of our Lord 8:30 am Orthros 9:30 am Divine Liturgy Sunday, February 4 - Sunday of the Prodigal Son 8:45 am Orthros 10:00 am Divine Liturgy Thrusday, February 8 - St. Theodore the General 8:30 am Orthros 9:30 am Divine Liturgy Saturday, February 10 - Saturday of Souls 8:30 am Orthros 9:30 am Divine Liturgy Sunday, February 11 - Judgment Sunday 8:45 am Orthros 10:00 am Divine Liturgy Saturday, February 17 - Saturday of Souls 8:30 am Orthros 9:30 am Divine Liturgy Sunday, February 18 - Forgiveness Sunday 8:45 am Orthros 10:00 am Divine Liturgy Monday, February 19 - Great Lent Begins 5:30 pm Great Compline Wednesday, February 21 5:30 pm PreSanctified Divine Liturgy Friday, February 23 5:30 pm Salutations to the Theotokos Saturday, February 24 - Saturday of Souls 8:30 am Orthros 9:30 am Divine Liturgy Sunday, February 25 - Sunday of Orthodoxy 8:30 am Orthros 9:30 am Divine Liturgy

Procession of Icons Monday, February 26 5:30 pm Great Compline Wednesday, February 28 5:30 pm PreSanctified Divine Liturgy


Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

February 2018

Philoptochos

Sunday Church School

First of all, I would like to thank Sissy W., Heidi S., Sophia K., Mahi F., and Tina V., for baking the beautiful Vasilopitas for the annual St. Basil service. Congratulations to all those who received the special St. Basil coins. Many of you had requested additional coins, so at some point in the near future I will be placing an order for more coins. Please let me know if anyone would like me to order one for you. I have spoken with several individuals already about the number they would like to order.

All classes: Sunday, February 25 is the Sunday of Orthodoxy with the procession of icons. All children should bring an icon from home on February 25 for the procession. Thank you! 3rd to 5th Grade: As we begin our second semester, the 3rd - 5th grade class has been blessed by two parishioners who have provided snacks and water bottle for our growing youngsters. We have enough snacks and water to last until May 20th, our last day of Sunday School. It is amazing how a simple snack and some water helps our students concentrate on their Sunday School lessons. Thank you again for the generosity of our Parish Family! With appreciation, Paula Maria Brown

February 18th will be Godparent/Godchild Sunday. This is a great time to reach out and spend time with your Godchild/Godparents. Philoptochos will have donation baskets at the refreshment table for donations going toward our Holy Week seminarian that we will be sponsoring. There will be a general Philoptochos meeting on Saturday, February 10 directly following the Divine Liturgy.

Godparent/Godchild Sunday

Oratorical Festival

Our parish level St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival for 7th - 12th graders will be held on Sunday, March 4. Please see Panayota Whisler for more information.

We will have our annual Godparent/Godchild celebration on Sunday, February 18. Philoptochos will have donation baskets setup during coffee hour. All proceeds will go to sponsoring a visiting seminarian for Holy Week. Please contact your Godparents and Godchildren and invite them to Church!

The 7th - 12th grade parish finalists will advance to the District (Western Conference) Oratorical Festival which will be held on Saturday, April 21 at Annunciation in Mobile, AL.

Scout Sunday

Youth Service Project

The Boy Scouts of America sets aside the Sunday before February 8 (which is the Boy Scouts’ birthday) as Scout Sunday. This year it is on Sunday, February 4. We encourage all active Scouts to wear their uniforms to the Divine Liturgy on February 4. We will have a special presentation at the end of the Divine Liturgy in recognition of Scout Sunday.

On Saturday, February 17, we will have a youth service project after the Divine Liturgy for Saturday of Souls. All children (Pre-K - 12th grade) and their families are invited to assist with cleaning graves at St. John’s Cemetery. We will finish the service project by 1:00 pm. Lunch will be provided. Please contact the Church office if your family will be attending so we can plan for lunch. Thank you!


Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

February 2018

Choir Appreciation Sunday On Sunday, January 14, we celebrated our Choir Appreciation Sunday. Thank you to our choir leadership - our choir director, Vangie Anastopoulo, and our assistant choir director, Eli Pagonis; our organist, Tina Varvouris; the men and women of our Annunciation choir; and our chanters, lead by Stelios Vatsolakis, as well as our many readers. Bravo!

Our Sympathy We extend our sympathy to the family of Helen Adamapoulos, who fell asleep in the Lord on December 22, 2017. May her memory be eternal!

Praying for the Servants of God William Adamopoulos George Alexakos Perry Baniakas Gregory Gill

40 Day Prayer List Zoe Liollio Dean Peterson Mandy Miller Katherine Petrelis Tom Miller Helen Sakalarios Patricia Pappas Adam Sanders

Sia Stanton Anastasia Ta Rene Thames Sava Varazo

To keep or add a loved one to our prayer list after 40 days, please contact Jonathon via email (office@annunciationgoc.org) or call 850-433-2662 by Wednesdays at 2:00 pm.


february 2018 SUNDAY

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FEED THE HUNGRY Please bring non-perishable items to the food donation basket located in the Narthex. Thank you!

THURSDAY

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2 Presentation of Christ 8:30 am Orthros 9:30 am Divine Liturgy

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4 8:45 am Orthros 10:00 am Divine Liturgy Scouting Sunday

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8 St. Theodore Stratelates 8:30 am Orthros 9:30 am Divine Liturgy

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10 Saturday of Souls 8:30 am Orthros 9:30 am Divine Liturgy

11 Judgment Sunday (Meatfare) 8:45 am Orthros 10:00 am Divine Liturgy

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17 Saturday of Souls 8:30 am Orthros 9:30 am Divine Liturgy 11:00 am Youth Service Project- St. John’s Cemetery

18 Forgiveness Sunday (Cheesefare) 8:45 am Orthros 10:00 am Divine Liturgy Godparent/Godchild reception

19 Great Lent Begins Clean Monday

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24 Saturday of Souls 8:30 am Orthros 9:30 am Divine Liturgy

25 Sunday of Orthodoxy 8:45 am Orthros 10:00 am Divine Liturgy

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5:30 pm Great Compline

5:30 pm Great Compline

5:30 pm PreSanctified Liturgy

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28 5:30 pm PreSanctified Liturgy

5:30 pm Salutations to the Theotokos


Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church 1720 West Garden Street Pensacola, FL 32502

Apolytikion of the Annunciation Today is the beginning of our salvation. And the revelation of a mystery which was hidden from eternity. The Son of God becomes the Virgin’s Son. And Gabriel announces the grace of this good news. Let us also join with him, calling to the Theotokos: Rejoice, O woman full of grace. The Lord is with you.

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