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St. Nectarios Mission Church
Publish Date: 2017-02-26
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St. Nectarios Mission Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (509) 547-3968
  • Fax:
  • (509)547-9097
  • Street Address:

  • 627 West Bonneville Street

  • Pasco, WA 99301
  • Mailing Address:

  • 627 West Bonneville Street

  • Pasco, WA 99301


Services Schedule

    ORTHROS - 9:00am
    DIVINE LITURGY - 10:00am

or

    TYPICA Reader Service - 10:00am


Past Bulletins


Divine Liturgy

Proistamenos Rev. Fr. John P Angelis

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Message from Father John

Let us Love and Forgive Each Other

Dear Parishioners and Friends,
We come and desire to find forgiveness in the Temple, in the Church,  of God, as we enter expectantly Great Lent.  Enabled with the grace of God, we offer our love and forgiveness to each other: “Forgive  me and may God forgive you,” we say to each other.  Each one of us addresses the other in a friendly, forgiving voice.
With reverence we stand inside our beautiful Church of God:  You can hear in whisper the spirit of love and forgiveness, as it touches and heals softly  everyone’s burdened heart;
Like the prayer of the publican, who was beseeching God,  with humility, repentance and inner sighs we softly speak to each other -- not in a pharisaic way.  The Church atmosphere becomes tranquil with God’s merciful blessing,  as we enjoy  the gift of His Grace.  We delve deeply into our conscience with sincere self-knowledge;  no one criticizes the other.  We all appeal to the mercy  of God. I
In this Godly Spirit of humility and loving forgiveness,  we  prepare ourselves to travel the period of Great Lent:  To cleanse our unruly passions with fasting, as everyone can; to faithfully read the Bible, the written loving letter  of God to us; to show compassion to others, to participate in the Holy Sacraments and to pray regularly.
May this spirit of forgiveness and divine reconciliation become dominant in our everyday life, in our world  and bring peace to all.  May the love of God become manifest in deeds with compassion to help the needy around us.
The hymns of the Lenten Book, Triodion, express this spirit.  Holy, inspired hymnologists composed these hymns for the glory of God;  their purpose was to inspire and teach  us how to live our daily life to acquire divine virtues.
All the Saints of our Church practiced them in a prayerful spirit through the ages. Let us also imitate their example.
A BLESSED LENT TO ALL!    ΚΑΛΗ ΣΑΡΑΚΟΣΤΗ!
With love,
Fr. John P. Angelis


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Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Third Tone

Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad, for the Lord by His Might, has created a Dominion. He has conquered death by death, and become the first-born of the dead. He has delivered us from the depths of Hades, and has granted the world great mercy.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal Second Tone

O Master, Prudence, Guide of Wisdom, Instruction to the foolish and Defender of the poor, strengthen my heart and grant it discernment. Give me words, Word of the Father, for behold, I shall not keep my lips from crying out to You, "O Merciful One, have mercy on me who has fallen."
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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal Fourth Tone. Psalm 75.11,1.
Make your vows to the Lord our God and perform them.
Verse: God is known in Judah; his name is great in Israel.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Romans 13:11-14; 14:1-4.

Brethren, salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed; the night is far gone, the day is at hand. Let us then cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us conduct ourselves becomingly as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

As for the man who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not for disputes over opinions. One believes he may eat anything, while the weak man eats only vegetables. Let not him who eats despise him who abstains, and let not him who abstains pass judgment on him who eats; for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for God is able to make him stand.


Gospel Reading

Forgiveness Sunday
The Reading is from Matthew 6:14-21

The Lord said, "If you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

"And when you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by men but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."


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Parish News and Notes

 

Clergy at St. Nectarios: Father John Angelis has returned to St. Nectarios Church. His plan in the near term is to serve at St. Nectarios on one or two selected Sundays each month. Father John can be reached at the St. Nectarios Church at (509) 547-3968, on his personal phone at (206)-678-6360, or by email at FrJohn@Angelis.net

Sacrament of Holy Confession:  The Sacrament of Holy Confession is available to all of you.  Please call Fr. John at 206 678-6360 to make your personal appointment for the weekends that he is scheduled to be here.

 

Visitation of the Shut-ins:  Father John Angelis plans (mainly on Saturdays) on visiting members of our local Orthodox Parish whose situation makes it difficult for them to attend services.  If you know someone who would appreciate such a visit, or you would like to accompany Father John on his visits, please contact the Church or Father John. 

 

 Email Distribution: To be added to the St. Nectarios email distribution list, please send an email request to tricityorthodox@aol.com.

 

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Saints and Feasts

Eden
February 26

Forgiveness Sunday

The Holy Fathers have appointed the commemoration of Adam's exile from the Paradise of delight here, on the eve of the holy Forty-day Fast, demonstrating to us not by simple words, but by actual deeds, how beneficial fasting is for man, and how harmful and destructive are insatiety and the transgressing of the divine commandments. For the first commandment that God gave to man was that of fasting, which the first-fashioned received but did not keep; and not only did they not become gods, as they had imagined, but they lost even that blessed life which they had, and they fell into corruption and death, and transmitted these and innumerable other evils to all of mankind. The God-bearing Fathers set these things before us today, that by bringing to mind what we have fallen from, and what we have suffered because of the insatiety and disobedience of the first-fashioned, we might be diligent to return again to that ancient bliss and glory by means of fasting and obedience to all the divine commands. Taking occasion from today's Gospel (Matt. 6:14-21) to begin the Fast unencumbered by enmity, we also ask forgiveness this day, first from God, then from one another and all creation.


Allsaint
February 26

Porphyrius, Bishop of Gaza

Saint Porphyrius had Thessalonica as his homeland. He became a monk in Scete of Egypt, where he lived for five years. He went on pilgrimage to Jerusalem, after which he spent five years in much affliction in a cave near the Jordan. Stricken with a disease of the liver, he departed to Jerusalem, where he was ordained presbyter and appointed Keeper of the Cross at the age of 45. Three years later he was made Bishop of Gaza. He suffered much from the rulers and pagans of Gaza; but with the friendship of Saint John Chrysostom, and the patronage of the Empress Eudoxia, he razed the temple of the idol Marnas in Gaza and built a great church to the glory of God. He reposed in 450.


Photini
February 26

The Holy Great Martyr Photine, the Samaritan Women

Saint Photine was the Samaritan Woman who encountered Christ our Saviour at Jacob's Well (John 4:1-42). Afterwards she laboured in the spread of the Gospel in various places, and finally received the crown of martyrdom in Rome with her two sons and five sisters, during the persecutions under the Emperor Nero.


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Wisdom of the Fathers

Henceforward then we must be free from our listlessness; "for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed."[*] You see how he puts the Resurrection now close by them. For as the time advances, he means, the season of our present life is wasting away, and that of the life to come waxes nearer. If then thou be prepared, and hast done all whatsoever He hath commanded, the day is salvation to thee...Yes, for the day is calling us to battle-array, and to the fight. Yet fear not at hearing of array and arms. For in the case of the visible suit of armor, to put it on is a heavy and abhorred task. But here it is desirable, and worth being prayed for. For it is of Light the arms are! Hence they will set thee forth brighter than the sunbeam, and giving out a great glistening, and they place thee in security: for they are arms, and glittering do they make thee: for arms of light are they!...It is the deadly kind of passions then that he is for extinguishing, lust, namely, and anger. Wherefore it is not themselves only, but even the sources of them that he removes. For there is nothing that so kindles lust, and inflames wrath, as drunkenness, and sitting long at the wine...
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 25 on Romans 13, 4th Century

Here it were well to sigh aloud, and to wail bitterly: for not only do we imitate the hypocrites, but we have even surpassed them.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 20 on Matthew 6, 4th Century

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