Regular Schedule 

 (see   HYPERLINK ""  for updates and festal services)

Wed Vespers 7PM

Thu  Liturgy 	time varies

Sat  Confession 4PM ; Vigil 5 PM

Sun Hours&Liturgy 9:40 AM, followed by a community meal open to all	St.
Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church: McKinney, Texas   


February 2009

	Pastor: Fr. Seraphim Holland 

Rectory: (972) 529-2754      

Mobile: (972) 658-5433


708 S. Chestnut McKinney, Texas 75071

Mailing Address: 

PO Box 37, McKinney, TX 75070

Sunday	Monday	Tuesday	Wednesday	Thursday	Friday	Saturday

Jan 19/Feb 1  T8 MG11 33SAP

Zacchaeus Sunday/ St. Macarius the Great of Egypt/St. Mark of Ephesus

iTim 4:9-15;Lk19:1-10

10AM Liturgy, then public meal

	Jan 20/Feb 2  

St Euthymius the Great

I Pet 2:21-3:9; Mk 12:13-17 

	Jan 21/Feb 3  

St. Maximus the Confessor

M Neophytus; VM Agnes of Rome; St. Maximus the Greek

I Pet 3:10-22; Mk 12:18-27

	Jan 22/Feb 4 Wine&Oil

Ap. Timothy of the 70 

I Pet 4:1-11; Mk 12:28-37 

7 PM Vespers	Jan 23/Feb 5 

HM Clement, bp of Ancyra

IPet 4:12-5:5; Mk 12:38-44

9 AM v Children-s Liturgy with meal and teaching for children following

	Jan 24/Feb 6   FAST

Bl. Xenia of St. Petersburg, St. Xenia of Rome 

2Pet 1:1-10; Mk 13:1-8

	Jan 25/Feb 7 

St. Gregory the Theologion

2Tim 2:11-19;Luk 18:2-8 

4 PM Confession

5 PM Vigil

Jan 26/Feb 8 T1 MG1         

Publican and Pharisee

NMM & Confessors of Russia 

Lit:2Ti 3:10-15; Luk 18:10-14 & NMM: Rom 8:28-39 Lk 21:12-29

10AM Liturgy, then public meal		Jan 27/Feb 9. 

Trans Relics of St. John Chrysostom

Lit: 2 Pet 1:20-2:9; Mk 13:9-13 

	Jan 28/Feb 10 

St. Ephraim the Syrian, St. Isaac the Syrian

2 Pet 2:9-22; Mk 13:14-23 

	Jan 29/Feb 11 NO FASTING

HM Ignatius the Godbearer

2 Pet 3:1-18; Mk 13:24-31 

7 PM Vespers

	Jan 30/Feb 12 

Synaxis of the Three Hierarchs

1Jo 1:8-2:6, Mk 13:31-14:2 (read Wed)

SS: Heb 13:7-16 Mt 5:14-19

6 AM Liturgy Rdr:Nicholas	Jan 31/Feb 13 

Holy Unmercenaries Cyrus & John 

1 Jn 2:7-17; Mk 14:3-9 

	Feb 1/14 

Forefeast of the Meeting; St. Bridget of Ireland; M Tryphon 

2Ti 3:1-9; Luk 20:45-21:4 

4 PM Confession

5 PM Vigil

Feb 2/15 T2 MG2           

Meeting of the Lord/Prodigal Son

Mat:Luk 2:25-32 LIT: Feast: Heb 7:7-17; Luk 2:22-40; Prodigal Son: 1Co
6:12-20; Luk 15:11-32

10AM Liturgy, then public meal


AT 12:30 PM

	Feb 3/16 

St. Nicholas of Japan/SS Symeon and Anna 

1 Jn 2:18-3:10; Mk 11:1-11

	Feb 4/17  

St. Isidore of Pelusium 

1 Jn 3:11-20; Mk 14:10-42

	Feb 5/18       FAST  

VM Agatha

1 Jn 3:21-4:6; Mk 14:43-15:1

7 PM Vespers	Feb 6/19 

St. Photius, Pat. of Constantinople St. Bucolus, bp of Smyrna

1 Jn 4:20-5:21; Mk 15:1-15

9 AM v Children-s Liturgy with meal and teaching for children following

	Feb 7/20 FAST

SS Parthenius & Luke/ Apodosis of the Meeeting 

2 Jn 1:1-13; Mk 15:22-25, 33-41

	Feb 8/21 


GM Theodore Stratelites

1Co 10:23-28; Luk 21:8-9, 25-27,33-36; & For The Dead:1Thes 4:13-17; Jn

9 AM Requiem Matins & Liturgy

4 PM Confession  5 PM Vigil

Feb 9/22 T3 MG3           

Meatfare/ Sun of the Last Judgment

1Co 8:8-9:2; Mat 25:31-46


10AM Liturgy, then public meal


	Feb 10/ 23  NO MEAT

HM Charalampius 

3Jn 1:1-15; Luk 19:29-40; 22:7-39

	Feb 11/24   NO MEAT

HM Blaise, bp of Sebaste 

M George of Sofia

Jude 1:1-10; Luk 22:39-42, 45-23:1 

	Feb 12/25    NO MEAT

St. Alexis, met of Moscow

St. Meletius the Great of Antioch

6th Hour:Joel 2:12-26; VES:Joel 3:12-21 


7 PM Vespers	Feb 13/26   NO MEAT

St. Martinian, monk of Caesaria

Jude 1:11-25; Luk 23:2-34, 44-56 

9 AM Liturgy Rdr:Raissa

	Feb 14/27  NO MEAT

St. Auxentius, monk of Bithynia

6th Hour:Zech 8:7-17; VES:Zech 8:19-23 


	Feb 15/28   NO MEAT

Comm of the ascetics/ Ap Onesimus of the 70

LIT:Rom 14:19-23; 16:25-27; Mat 6:1-13 & Ascetics:Gal 5:22-6:2; Mat

4 PM Confession

5 PM Vigil

February this year has two unique weeks regarding fasting. 

The Second week, we have NO FASTING on any day. 

The last week, on all days, we fast only from meat, but all other foods
(cheese, eggs, etc) are allowed.  	There 4 Saturdays when the Dead are
especially remembered during the Triodion period: 

Sat before Sunday of the Last Judgment (Meatfare)

2nd, 3rd and 4th Saturdays of Great Lent

	Commemoration of the Dead

?Saturday of Souls¦

Orthodox Christians should attend the Matins/Liturgy on Saturday to
remember their departed loved ones. They submit their names before the
liturgy, and these names are read aloud several times during the

The Requiem matins is like a long Panikhida service.  It features the
reading of  ?The Blameless¦ (Psalm 118) in 2 parts, similar to the
funeral service. Everybody should come at least once to this service
each year!

	Troparion for the departed, Tone VIII:

O Thou Who by the depth of Thy wisdom dost provide all things out of
love for man, / and grantest unto all that which is profitable, O only
Creator: / Grant rest, O Lord, to the souls of Thy servants; // for in
Thee have they placed their hope, O our Creator and Fashioner and God.

	Kontakion for the departed, Tone VIII, special melody:

With the saints give rest, / O Christ, / to the souls of Thy servants, /
where there is neither sickness, nor sorrow, / nor sighing, // but life
everlasting.	Fasting Cannibals. 

We must fast from sins as well as meat.  If we only abstain from meat
but not sin, we make ourselves to be more like the devil, who never
eats. or perhaps, we are a "fasting cannibal" who refrains from meat,
but devours his fellow man with judgment and anger and all sorts of
other sins that proceed from the dark recesses of our hearts.

ALL SERVICES: at our old location (3617 Abrams) until our new temple is
built in McKinney (Apr or May, 2009)   HYPERLINK "See Our Building Fund
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