July 3, 2016 & July 4, 2016

 Sunday, July 3, 2016

Second Sunday after Pentecost

Commemorations: Martyr Hyacinth the Chamberlain of Caesarea in Cappadocia;

Anatolios, Patriarch of Constantinople;

Venerable Martyr Gerasimos the New of Carpenision;

Translation of the relics of Philip the Wonderworker, Metropolitan of Moscow;

Venerable Nikodemos of Kozhe Lake; All Saints of North America

 To our Visitors: We are blessed by your presence.

Nourishment of the Soul: “God loves us more than a father, mother, friend, or anyone else could love us, and even more than we are able to love ourselves.” St. John Chrysostom

 Thank you for your donation of  $740 to the Midwest Mission Council. Today will be the last day to make a contribution before we send it all.

Annual July 4th Parish Picnic: We will light the grill at 6:00 p.m., with the church providing meats to go with your side dishes.  A live band will take the stage around 7:00 with square dancing, fun, and lawn games.  (In case of inclement weather, dancing and music will move to the fellowship hall.) As the sky darkens (around 9:30), the fireworks begin. Last year was an awesome celebration – we expect even more this year.  Bring a friend or two!

 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.


Campers Lilly Blair and Ava Rigsby and camp volunteer Jennifer Rigsby have returned home. Ask them about their time at Antiochian Village. Three Alexander kids left today for two weeks at AV.


Monday, July 4: We celebrate together starting at 6:00

Wednesday, July 6: Daily Vespers at 6:00

Saturday, July 9:  Great Vespers at 5:00

Sunday, July 10: Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00


Bible Study at Kh. Marilyn’s home and at Becky Hrisomalos’ home will not meet during July, but will resume in early August. 

July 18-22 –Clergy Symposium at Antiochian Village–Father attends.

July 30 — After Great Vespers, Rdr Tikhon ( Erik Wallace) will present a slide show of his travels in the Holy Land.



Birthday Greetings: April B (3rd); Matthew C (4th)

Memory Eternal: John (7th); twin infants Michael and Isaiah (10th); Brennely Grace (26th)

Prayer List : “For the suffering Christians of Syria, Palestine, Iraq, & all of the Middle East, and for those suffering in Ukraine.”  John Griggs; Kh. Loretta; Amal H; Dee and Don;  Kh.Kristina; Betsy and Hannah (suffering depression); Leslie (paralysis); Jasmine; Deborah & Thomas; Iva.; James; Alex John;  Jason; Steve D;   Becky H.; Alexis T. ;Tom;  Jake; Annie; Catherine; Janett; Jill; Angie; Julian; Kh. Mary Sue Walker; Vicki; Hoppes on leave from Albania;  Jesse Brandow in Guatemala (OCMC Missionaries); Vivian; Natalie; Senior Saints; Patricia; Nicetas; Barb; Shirley; Metropolitan Paul, Archbishop John; Fr. John Koen; Archpriests  George & Stephen; Adrian; Heather; Susan; Gabriella & Matt; Sara; Shelley; Geni; Rachel B with child; Emily D; Emma; Kim; Nancy; Neal; Lyuda; Bob R;  Leanne; Beth; Lillian; Julie; Roger; Virginia; Marilyn; Eric; Cheryl; Lori; Pam; Debbie; Natasha; Michael & Shelley:  Gabriel; Mary; Doug; Janet; Kelly; Matushka Raisa; John C; Marty; Charles; Eileen; Mary; Marvin, Alice; Katie; Deborah; Ruth; Steve; Kevin; Romaine; Derek, Claire & Micah; Tim; Preston; Sharon; Sherri; Dianna; Michael and Diane; Aaron; Brent; Jennifer; Brigid; Caleb; Dennis & Joyce; Ethan; Lena, Dean; Gayle; Thomas; Amy; Heidi; Gene & Connie, Myrna.

     Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings

 Prokeimenon: “Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us.”

Verse: “Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous!”  Psalm 32:22,1

 Epistle: The Reading is from Saint Paul’s Epistle to the Romans. (2:10-16)


Brethren, glory and honor and peace to everyone who does good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek; for there is no respect of persons with God.  For as many as have sinned without the Law will also perish without the Law; and as many as have sinned under the Law will be judged by the Law (for it is not the hearers of the Law who are just before God but the doers  of the Law are justified. For when the nations who do not have the Law do by nature the things contained in the Law, these then, in spite of not having the Law, are a law to themselves, in that they show the work of the Law written in their hearts, and their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or perhaps excuse them) in the day when God judges the secrets of persons, according to my gospel, through Jesus Christ.

Gospel: The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to  St. Matthew. (4:18-23)

At that time, as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen.  And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”  Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.  And going on from there He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and He called them.  Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.  And He went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the Kingdom and healing every disease and every infirmity among the people.

Divine Liturgy Variables

Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 1

While the stone was sealed by the Jews, and the soldiers were guarding Thy most pure body, Thou didst arise on the third day, O Savior, granting life to the world.  For which cause the heavenly powers cried aloud unto Thee, O Giver of Life. Glory to Thy Resurrection, O Christ; Glory to Thy Kingdom,; Glory to Thy Providence, O Thou Who alone art the lover of mankind.

Kontakion for Ordinary Sundays – Tone 2

O Undisputed intercessor of Christians, O Mediatrix who is unrejected by the Creator; turn not away from the voice of our petitions, though we be sinners.  Come to us with aid in time, who cry unto thee in faith, for thou art good. Hasten to us with intercessions, O Theotokos, who didst ever intercede for those who honor