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                                    ORATORICAL FESTIVAL

  8:15 a.m.                    Orthros  

  9:30 a.m.                    Divine Liturgy

Memorials:                 Anthony Dallianis, Peter Fiflis, Zoe Fiflis, Diane Kallos, George Katsaros, Milton Kentes, Popi Kouropoulou, Constantina Mansueto, Steven Sfondilias, Mary Stepina, George P. Verros, Dimitrios Vlahos, Nick Zaharopoulos, Dennis Zontos

Fellowship Hour

MONDAY                   MARCH 19

12:00 p.m.                   Sixth Hour

  6:30 p.m.                   Great Compline

TUESDAY                  MARCH 20

  4:30 p.m.                   Greek School

  6:15 p.m.                   The Way

  7:00 p.m.                   Philoptochos Board Meeting

WEDNESDAY            MARCH 21

12:00 p.m.                   Sixth Hour

  1:00 p.m.                   Adult Fellowship and Bible Study

  5:30 p.m.                   Ninth Hour

  6:00 p.m.                   Presanctified Liturgy

  7:30 p.m.                   Lenten Dinner and Presentation of the African Mission

THURSDAY               MARCH 22

  6:00 p.m.                   Greek School Independence Day Program

  7:30 p.m.                   Parish Council Meeting

  FRIDAY                   MARCH 23

12:00 p.m.                   Sixth Hour

  4:30 p.m.                   Adventure Theater

  7:00 p.m.                   Akathist Hymn

                                    Communing with the Saints

                                    Choir Rehearsal

SATURDAY               MARCH 24

11:00 a.m.                    Enthronement of Metropolitan Nathanael at Annunciation Cathedral


  9:30 a.m.                    Divine Liturgy


Epistle Reading: Heb 6: 13-20 -- Gospel Reading: Mk 9: 17-31 – Reader: Vanessa Clohessy

 Fellowship Hour is hosted today by the Stamatis Family in loving memory.

 The Akathist Hymn...is a profound, devotional poem chant, which sings the praises of the Holy Mother and Ever-Virgin Mary. It is chanted in all Orthodox Churches during the five Fridays in the Great Lent, and constitutes a very concrete spiritual preparation for the Holy Week and Easter Services.

The majority of the hymn is made up of praises directed to Panagia, always beginning with the salutation of the Archangel Gabriel: "Rejoice." In each of the hymns, all the events related to our Lord's incarnation pass before us for our contemplation.

Each generation of Orthodox, and all that have prayed the Akathist, have found in this hymn an inspired means of expressing gratitude and praise to the Mother of God for what she has accomplished for their salvation.

 Donations are Needed…for flowers placed at the Icons during the Salutation and Easter Services. When donations are offered in memory of a loved one the priest prays for the names behind the altar.  Please contact the office if you wish to share this love offering.

 Enthronement Details of our New Metropolitan of Chicago... This coming Saturday, March 24, we will celebrate the enthronement of Metropolitan Nathanael of Chicago at 11:00 a.m. at the Annunciation Cathedral in Chicago. Holy Apostles Church has reserved two tables for the luncheon following the enthronement of our New Metropolitan. If you would like to attend, please contact the church office. A donation of $125 is requested per person.

 Help is Needed for Palm Sunday Preparations...The church requests the help of a few parishioners to prepare this year’s bay leaf palms that will be passed out to the people and will decorate the icons and the doors of our church on Palm Sunday. The activity will take place on Thursday, March 29. Please call the church office if you want to be part of this pious activity.


Easter Candles Sales...Decorated candles for Pascha are now available to purchase on Sundays after Liturgy in the multi-purpose room. These candles are all handmade by our Philoptochos members and make great gifts for Godparents to give to their Godchildren.  

Easter Bake Sale...Our annual Easter Bake Sake featuring tsourekia, koulouria, red Easter egg dye, and other sweets will be held Palm Sunday weekend.  If you would like to provide sweets for the bake sale, please contact Aleka Ernst at (630) 561-1660 or alekaernst@aol.com.

 St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival…is today! Following Divine Liturgy, please come and listen to our Oratorical presenters present their speeches, poems, and essays in Rooms 205-206. The heart and zeal of our youth for our Faith will inspire you!