Sunday, June 23, 2019
First Sunday after Pentecost
All Saints Sunday
Martyr Agrippina of Rome; Hieromartyrs Aristocles the Presbyter,
Demetrios the Deacon, and Athanasius the Reader, of Cyprus
Welcome to All Saints!
A day for remembering all the anonymous saints who served our Lord.
Nourishment for the Soul: Vigils and fasts and acts of mercy are the methods advocated by saints to attain the spiritual life. But, they must not stand alone, nor must the Christian put his trust in them. Humility must have faith for its principle and fasting be combined with charity: that is, to feed the hungry, to give water to the thirsty, and to clothe the naked.” – St. Basil the Great
Parish Feast Day: Today our patronal feast day begins with Festal Matins (Othros) and finishes with fellowship around a great pitch-in meal with gyros as the main entree. Join us now on this 22nd anniversary of All Saints moving from being a mission church to being recognized as a ‘church.’
Monday, June 24: Apostles Fast – Monday through Friday
Wednesday, June 26: Daily Vespers at 6:00
Thursday, June 27: Bible Study at Becky’s home at 3:00
Friday, June 28: Evening Liturgy at 6:00 on the Eve of Ss. Peter & Paul Feast Day
Saturday, June 29: Great Vespers at 5:00 with SOYO at 6:00
Sunday, June 30: Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 – Memorial for Archpriest Peter
- Apostles’ Fast…June 24th – 29th (Vesperal Liturgy on the 28th)
- Seven-year Memorial for Archpriest Peter at the outdoor Resurrection Shrine – Sunday, June 30th
- All Saint’s annual 4th of July barbeque and fireworks – July 3rd
- Caleb & Tabitha’s Wedding…July 14th
Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings
Epistle: The Reading is from of 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 is 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.”
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. Approach to the cup starts at the front rows; the choir and preschool go first.
Divine Liturgy Variables for Choir and Parish
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.
Apolytikion of All Saints
“Throughout the World…”
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 off’ring 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.
Megalynarian for the Feast – Tone 7
O Mother that hath known no man, thou didst conceive, not experiencing corruption, lending a body to the Word, the Creator of all, becoming a receptacle to thine insupportable Creator, a dwelling place to thine incomprehensible Maker. Wherefore, O virgin Theotokos, thee do we magnify.
Koinonikon (Communion Hymn) of All Saints – Tone 8
Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous; praise is meet for the upright. Alleluia.
To all women: We have been invited to join in a High Tea and Style Show event at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church at 100 N State Rd 46 at 2:00 pm Wednesday July 10th. This event is free but offerings will be taken to support Monroe County United Ministries and My Sister’s Closet. Call Carolyn Collins at 812-339-3349 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for your ticket if you would like to attend. It should be a good time of food and fellowship with our neighbors.
Coffee Hour: Scheduled contributors and cleaners for today are all who volunteer for the pitch-in meal.
Food Pantry Needs: All items are welcome.
Anniversary Memories: Mark & Shirley R (24th)
Birthday Blessings: Max W (23rd)
Name Day Celebrations: Elise A (Elizabeth, the New Martyr of Russia – 28th); SS. Peter or Paul – 29th: Robert R; Petroula L; Paul B; Andrew Paul; Arthur Paul B; Fr. Peter Jon
Prayer List: Heather’s mother Julia and father Clarence;Judy & Doris; Vicki; Emma; Patricia;Hannah, Ty, & infant Alice; Mary & Robert;Shirley; Rose; Lexi & Vivian; Theo; Heather; Doug Barrett;Jeremy P; Charles; Alice & Marvin; Grayson; Cleo; Marcia; Nancy; Nick;Bruce; Joanna Zaharako; Dee; Mary Ann;Emilija and infant daughter; Sharon Catherine; Lillian Purcell; Eileen; Leanne; Ashlee W; Kh. Kristina; Paul; Cathy; Sitto; Elias; Waded; Neva; Bill; Lonnie; Fr. George; Fr. Basil; Iva Lee; Nancy & Shalayna; Seraphima; Lilly’s family; Jennifer & Regina; those suffering in the drug crisis, with fire devastation, with flood damage in the USA; those suffering in Syria and the Middle East; safety in public places, in our schools and on our southern border;
Metropolitan Paul; Archbishop John; our church and our nation.