New Year’s Day, January 1, 2017

Sunday, January 01, 2017
Feasts of Circumcision of Christ & Basil the Great
New-martyr Peter of the Peloponnesos
**Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great**

Nourishment of the Soul: “Love of God is not something that can be taught. We did not learn from someone else how to rejoice in light or want to live, or to love our parents or guardians. It is the same–perhaps even more — with our love for God: it does not come by another’s teaching. As soon as the living creature (that is, man) comes to be, a power of reason is implanted in us like a seed, containing within it the ability and the need to love. When the school of God’s law admits this power of reason, it cultivates it diligently, skillfully nurtures it, and with God’s help brings it to perfection.” – St. Basil the Great

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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.

Coffee Hour Donors for Sundays in January: Jan. 1st… A-Ba; Jan. 8th… Be-F; Jan. 15th… G-H; Jan. 22nd… I-Z; Jan. 29th is an open date. While you may donate to the coffee hour on any date, the above designations by first letter of your last name are just an attempt to have something on the table each Sunday and to have some helpers to clean up on the same day.

Everyone is invited to our 12th Night Party (Friday, January 6th/Epiphany). We will be reading Shakespeare’s play 12th Night. Location: the Webb’s – 3960 E Fenbrook Ln
Doors open at 6, the play starts at 6:30 — Text available at: — Feel free to bring leftover Christmas cookies and nibbles. Regards, Howard and Rhonda

Check the year recorded on your checks – 2017

Wednesday, January 4: Daily Vespers at 6:00
Thursday, January 5: Royal Hours of Theophany at 9:00 a.m.
Thursday, January 5: Vesperal Liturgy of Theophany and Blessing of the Waters at 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 7: Great Vespers at 5:00
Sunday, January 8: Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00

February 2: Feast of the Presentation
February 11-12: Bp. ANTHONY’s Annual Pastoral Visit

Happy Anniversary: Nancy & Darryl J (4th); Missy & Michael S (7th)
Birthday Greetings: Lina T (1st); John A (5th)
Name Day Blessings: Genevieve C (St. Genevieve – 3rd); Jennifer R (St. Genevieve – 3rd); Johanna H (St. Emmelia – 3rd); Rachel L (St. Emmelia – 3rd); John A (St. John the Forerunner – 7th); John L (St. John the Forerunner – 7th)
Memory Eternal: Justin (Neumann’s grandfather – 11/18); Phyllis Morgan (11/30); Fr. Paul Doyle (12/25)

Prayer List : “For the suffering Christians of Syria, Palestine, Iraq, & all of the Middle East, and for those suffering in Ukraine.” Alex John; Fr. Steven Rudy (cancer); Subdn. Daniel; Fr. Basil; Fr. Philip; Grant (Leukemia); Chris; Doug & Dorothy Barrett; Eileen & Olga & Michael; the Tabbals; Mary Ann; Dee and Don; Kh.Kristina; Betsy and Hannah; Leslie (paralysis); Jasmine; Deborah & Thomas; Iva; James; Becky H.; Alexis T; Tom; Annie; Catherine; Janett; Julian; Kh. Mary Sue Walker; Vicki; Hoppes & Jesse Brandow (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; 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; Dennis (struggling with alcoholism and infection); Ethan; Lena, Dean; Gayle; Thomas; Amy; Heidi; Gene & Connie, Caleb D; Megan & Colin; Bill & Sandy.

Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings

Prokeimenon: “My mouth shall speak wisdom, and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.”
Verse: “Hear this all ye nations!” Psalm 48:3,1

Epistle: The Reading from St. Paul’s Epistle to the Colossians. (2:8-12)

Brethren, take heed lest anyone spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, according to human tradition, according to the rudiments of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily, and you are completed in Him, Who is the Head of every principality and authority, in Whom you were also circumcised with a circumcision not made with hands, but by the putting off of the body of the sins of the flesh, in the circumcision of Christ, having been buried together with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised with Him through faith of the operation of God, Who raised Him from the dead.

Gospel: The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (2:20-21, 40-52)

And it came to pass that the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. And at the end of eight days, when He was circumcised, He was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb. And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon Him. Now His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the Passover. And when He was twelve years old, they went up according to custom; and when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it, but supposing Him to be in the company they went a day’s journey, and they sought Him among their kinsfolk and acquaintances; and when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking Him. After three days they found Him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions; and all who heard Him were amazed at His understanding and His answers. And when they saw Him they were astonished; and His mother said to Him, “Son, why hast Thou treated us so? Behold, Thy father and I have been looking for Thee anxiously.” And Jesus said to them, “How is it that you sought Me? Did you not know that I must be in My Father’s house?” And they did not understand the saying which He spoke to them. And He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and His mother kept all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and man.

Divine Liturgy Variables

The Second Antiphon
Refrain: Save us, O Son of God, Who wast circumcised in the flesh; who sing to Thee. Alleluia.

Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 3
Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad, for the Lord hath done a mighty act with His own arm. He hath trampled down death by death, and become the first-born from the dead. He hath delivered us from the depths of Hades, granting the world the Great Mercy.

Apolytikion of the Circumcision of Christ – Tone 1
Our human form hast Thou taken on Thyself without change, * O greatly-compassionate Master, though being God by nature; * fulfilling the Law, Thou willingly * receivest circumcision in the flesh,* that Thou mightest end the shadow and roll away * the veil of our sinful passions. * Glory be to Thy goodness unto us. * Glory be to Thy compassion. * Glory, O Word, to Thine inexpressible condescension.

Apolytikion of St. Basil the Great – Tone 1
In all the earth that received thy sayings, thy melody did resound, O righteous father, through which thou didst go about and proclaim, as worthy of God, the nature of creatures, cultivating the character of mankind, O thou of kingly Priesthood, Basil. Wherefore, plead thou with Christ God to save our souls.

Kontakion of the Circumcision of Christ – Tone 3

Now the Lord of all that is * doth undergo circumcision, * in His goodness cutting off * the sins and failings of mortals. * He this day doth give salvation * unto the whole world; * and the hierarch and bright daystar of the Creator * now rejoiceth in the highest, * Basil the wise and * divine initiate of Christ.

St. Basil’s Megalynarion
In thee rejoiceth all creation, O thou who art full of grace: the hierarchy of the angels, and all mankind, O consecrated temple and paradise endowed with speech; glory of virginity, of whom God, Who is our God before the ages, was incarnate and became a little child. For He made thy womb a throne, and thy belly did He make more spacious than the heavens. In thee doth all creation rejoice, O thou who art full of grace, and it glorifieth thee.