The Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee / St. Xenia of Petersburg
There is a general dispensation from fasting throughout the coming week.
Triodion Hymns of Repentance (sung at Sunday Matins through the 5th Sunday of Lent):
Open the gates of repentance to me, O Giver of Life, for my spirit rises early in the morning to your holy temple, bearing a temple of the body all defiled. But as you are full of pity, cleanse it by your compassionate mercy.
Guide me to paths of salvation, Mother of God, for I have befouled my soul with shameful sins and have squandered all my life in sloth. By your intercessions deliver me from all uncleanness.
Have mercy on me, O God, in accordance with your great mercy. According to the multitude of your compassion blot out my offences.
As I ponder the multitudes of dreadful things that I have done, wretch that I am, I tremble for the fearful day of judgment. But confident in your merciful compassion, like David I cry to you, ‘Have mercy upon me, O God, in accordance with your great mercy.’
Today: Matins, Liturgy, Classes, Brunch; House Blessings
Monday: 7:15 pm Church History Class (18th – 21st centuries)
Tuesday: 6:00 pm Vespers & Quietude
Thursday: 6:00 pm Vespers; 7:00 pm Choir
Friday: 7:00 pm IOCC Benefit Concert @ HTC
Saturday: 5:00 pm Inquirers’ Class; 6:00 pm Vespers
Sunday: 8:30 am Matins; 9:30 am Liturgy; Annual Parish Meeting; Pot-Luck Brunch; House Blessings
Friday, January 29 @ 7:00 pm: IOCC Benefit Concert & Reception at Holy Trinity GOC
Pre-purchase tickets: www.iocc.org/portland
(Tickets are also being sold in the parish hall every Sunday during Brunch.)
Sunday, January 31: Annual Parish Meeting — Agenda: Roll, Minutes from last year; Reports, Election of the Parish Council Class of 2013; Old Business; New Business; Adjournment
Additionally, Paschalis Papouris from the IOCC will be with us at St. Nicholas that day. He’ll be speaking in lieu of the homily.