All Saints Sunday, June 11, 2017

Sunday, June 11, 2017

First Sunday after Pentecost: All Saints Sunday

Holy, Glorious Apostles Barnabas and Bartholomew; Barnabas of Basa in Cyprus and Barnabas of Vetluga; Commemoration of the appearance of the Archangel Gabriel to a monk on Athos and the revelation of the hymn “It is truly meet”

 Visitors, we warmly welcome you to all services of the church.

 Nourishment of the Soul: “The souls of the righteous are in the hands of God, and there shall no torment touch them.  In the sight of the unwise, they seemed to die, and their departure is taken for misery, and their going from us to be utter destruction, but they are in peace….They that put their trust in Him shall understand the truth; and such as be faithful in love shall abide with Him; for grace and mercy is in His Saints, and visitation among His elect.” — Wisdom of Solomon (3:1-9)

All Saints Members in the Local Newspaper: A long article now posted on the bulletin board recounts the many ways Athena (Becky) Hrisomalos has served our city. Taylor Shahadey’s awards as a graduating senior at BHSN were published as well.  Brian Owen was pictured on the front page with the mayor and a personal friend. Check out the bulletin board for details on Taylor and Becky. Axios!


Disposal of food products and papers during the week,  Monday – Friday: Good fragrances have been happening! Thanks for continuing.

Women of the Church and Your Friends: St. Mark’s United Methodist Church will be hosting a Fellowship Fashion & Tea Annual Interfaith Celebration on Thursday, June 28th at 2pm. You’re all invited. A few of our women attended this event a few years ago. Reservations are needed. Please check your email from the Myrrh Bearers or the notice on the hall bulletin board for details.

Today, June 11th, we will celebrate our patronal feast day with a pitch-in. Bring your favorite foods to share; perhaps some dishes will reflect a cultural heritage.


 Monday , June 12: Apostles Fast begins.

Wednesday, June 14: Daily Vespers at 6:00

Thursday, June 15: St. John Fellowship meets at the Haney’s home in Mitchell 10:00-Noon

Saturday, June 17: Great Vespers at 5:00

Sunday, June 18: Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 – Father’s Day


Happy Birthday: Valerie A (9th); Mary Ann G (13th); Toni B (15th); Sophia B (15th); Steve B (16th); Annie P (17th)

Many Years on Your Anniversary: James & Patricia F (16th)

Memory Eternal: Lavonne; Amanda


…June 12: Apostles Fast – 12th – 28/29th

…June 18: Father’s Day

…June 20-25th –  Midwest Parish Life Conference – Father attends.

… June 28: Festal Evening Liturgy for Ss. Peter & Paul, marking the end of the Apostles  Fast

…June 28: Interfaith Tea and Fashion Fellowship at St. Mark’s Methodist at 2pm

…June 30: Akathist to the Protection of the Theotokos

… July 3:  (Monday) Annual Independence Day BBQ and Fireworks 

Prayer List: Matthew &  family; Adrian (Olga’s brother); Cathy;“For the suffering Christians of Egypt, Syria, Palestine, Iraq, & all of the Middle East, and for those suffering in Ukraine.”; Fr. Steven Rudy (cancer); Finley (infant girl child-Improved); Fr. Basil; Fr. Philip;  Grant (Leukemia); Chris; Doug & Dorothy Barrett; Eileen; the Tabbals; Mary Ann & Jen; Dee and Don;  Kh.Kristina; Betsy and Hannah; Leslie (paralysis); Jasmine; Deborah & Thomas; James; Becky H; Tom; Annie; Catherine; Janett;  Julian; Kh. Mary Sue Walker; Vicki; Hoppes &  Jesse Brandow (Missionaries); Vivian; Natalie; Senior Saints; Patricia; Nicetas; Barb; Shirley; Metropolitan Paul, Archbishop John; Fr. John Koen; Archpriest George; Heather; Susan; Gabriella & Matt; Sara; Shelley; Geni; Emily D; Emma; Nancy; Neal; Bob R;  Leanne; Beth; Lillian; Julie; Roger; Virginia; Marilyn; Eric; Cheryl; Lori; Pam; Debbie; Natasha; Michael & Shelley: Gabriel; Mary; Janet; Kelly; Matushka Raisa; Marty; Charles; Mary; Marvin, Alice; Katie; Ruth; Steve; Romaine; Derek, Claire & Micah; Tim; Sharon; Sherri; Dianna; Michael and Diane; Aaron; Brent; Jennifer; Brigid; Ethan; Lena, Dean; Gayle; Thomas; Amy; Heidi; Gene & Connie, Caleb D; Megan & Colin; Bill & Sandy; Sabrina; Christy; Pete; Tammy K.; Terry Lee Pope

Receiving the Eucharist: We invite you to receive the Holy Eucharist if you are an Orthodox Christian who has prepared yourself through fasting, prayer, and recent confession.  If you are not Orthodox, or are Orthodox but  have not prepared, we invite you to receive a piece of the blessed bread in the wooden bowls held by the altar servers at the front of the church.

  Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings

Prokeimenon: “God is wonderful among His saints.”

Verse:  “Bless God in the congregations!” –  Psalm  67:35,26

Epistle: The Reading is from St. Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews. (11:33-12:2)

Brethren, all the saints through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, received promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.  Women received their dead by resurrection.  Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life.  Others suffered mocking and scourging, and even chains and imprisonment.  They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were killed with the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, ill-treated—of whom the world was not worthy—wandering over deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.  And all these, though well attested by their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had foreseen something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.  Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfection of our faith.

Gospel: The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to  St. Matthew.

(10:32-33, 37-38; 19:27-30)

The Lord said to His disciples, “Everyone who acknowledges Me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father Who is in heaven; but whoever denies Me before men, I also will deny before My Father Who is in heaven.  He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who does not take his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me.”  Then Peter said in reply, “Lo, we have left everything and followed Thee.  What then shall we have?”  Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, in the New World, when the Son of Man shall sit on His glorious throne, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.  And every one who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My Name’s sake, will receive a hundred fold, and inherit eternal life.  But many that are first will be last, and the last first.”

Divine Liturgy Variables

Do you Know: There are times we do not make the sign of the cross. We refrain before asking the blessing of the Bishop or Priest; at the Chalice; or when the Priest or Bishop blesses us with the wordsPeace be to all.’ (Church Tradition and Etiquette)

Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 8

From the heights Thou didst descend, O Compassionate One, and Thou didst submit to the three-day burial, that Thou might deliver us from passion; Thou art our life and our Resurrection, O Lord, glory to Thee.

Kontakion of All Saints – Tone 8

As first-fruits of our nature to the Planter of created things, * the world presenteth the God-bearing martyred Saints in offering unto Thee, O Lord. * Through their earnest entreaties, * keep Thy Church in deep peace and divine tranquility, * through the pure Theotokos, O Thou Who art greatly merciful.

Koinonikon (Communion Hymn) for All Saints – Tone 8

Rejoice in the Lord, O ye just; praise becometh the upright. Alleluia.