Sunday, August 06, 2023

The Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Thought for Today“What does God seek of men, and what does He give them? He seeks repentamce and gives forgiveness of sin. He seeks little and gives all. Men have only to repent of the committing of sin and stop sinning, and they will receive all from God, all indeed! Not only that which their hearts are able to desire, but more, much more. All is promised to the sinless. The sinless will be inheritors of the Kingdom of God, sons of God, children of light, children of immortality, companions of the angels, brothers of Christ. The sinless will have abundant life, abundant peace, wisdom, power and joy. The sinless will have all, for all is promised to them. – St. Nikolai Velimirovich –

Dormition Fast August 1st-15


The Eisodikon (Entrance Hymn) of the Feast

For in Thee is the fountain of life, and in Thy light shall we see light. Save us, O Son of God, Who wast transfigured on Mount Tabor, who sing to Thee. Alleluia.

Apolytikion of the Transfiguration – Tone 7

When, O Christ our God, Thou wast transfigured on the mountain, Thou didst reveal Thy glory to Thy Disciples in proportion as they could bear it. Let Thine everlasting light also enlighten us sinners, through the intercessions of the Theotokos. O Thou Bestower of light, glory to Thee.

Kontakion of the Transfiguration – Tone 7

Thou wast transfigured on the mount, and Thy Disciples, in so far as they were able, beheld Thy glory, O Christ our God; so that, when they should see Thee crucified, they would remember that all Thy suffering was voluntary, and could declare to all the world that Thou art truly the effulgent Splendor of the Father.


The Epistle 

O Lord, how manifold are Thy works; in wisdom hast Thou made them all.Bless the Lord, O my soul. 

The Reading from the Second Epistle of St. Peter. (1:10-19)

Brethren, be the more zealous to confirm your call and election, for if you do this you will never fall; so there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Therefore, I intend always to remind you of these things, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have. I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to arouse you by way of reminder, since I know that the putting off of my body will be soon, as our Lord Jesus Christ showed me. And I will see to it that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things. For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For when He received honor and glory from God the Father and the voice was borne to Him by the Majestic Glory, “This is My beloved Son, with Whom I am well pleased,” we heard this voice borne from heaven, for we were with Him on the holy mountain. And we have the prophetic word made surer. You will do well to pay attention to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.

The Gospel 

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (17:1-9)

At that time, Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain apart. And He was transfigured before them, and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became white as light. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with Him. And Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is well that we are here; if Thou wilt, I will make three booths here, one for Thee and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” He was still speaking, when lo, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is My beloved Son, with Whom I am well pleased; hear Him.” When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces, and were filled with awe. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and have no fear.” And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only. And as they were coming down the mountain, Jesus commanded them, “Tell no one the vision, until the Son of man is risen from the dead.” 

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.

WelcomeMaya (Mary) Ramly, received in Holy Baptism Saturday, August 5th at 11am. We also extend a warm welcome to her parents, Edmond and Claudia, and Maya’s big brother, Peter, who are new to Bloomington and to our parish. Welcome home! 

And we welcome Elizabeth Jane Robertson, received in Holy Baptism this morning. Congratulations Valentine and Macrina. May God grant them many years!


Today, SundayMyrrh Bearers will meet after Divine Liturgy.

Monday, August 7: Divine Liturgy, at 9:00 am.

Tuesday, August 8: Divine Liturgy, at 9:00am; Paraklesis to the Most Holy Theotokos

at 6:00 pm. 

Wednesday, August 9: Divine Liturgy for Saint Herman of Alaska at 9:00am; There will be no 6th hour prayers; Daily Vespers, at 6:00pm; followed by Ask Abouna.

Thursday, August 10: Divine Liturgy, at 9:00 am. Memorial for Lois Arthur: All are warmly welcome to join us for memorial prayers at the outdoor Resurrection Shrine for Cody Arthur’s mother at 11am on Thursday, August 10. A mercy meal will follow. May her memory be eternal!

FridayAugust 11: 6th Hour Prayers at 12:00 noon; Paraklesis to the Most Holy Theotokos at 6:00 pm with anointing.

Saturday, August 12: Bible Study at the Webb’s home, 9:00 am; Great Vespers at 5:00 pm; jr.SOYO at 3:30pm; SOYO at 6:30pm.

Sunday, August 13Matins at 9:00am; Divine Liturgy at 10:00am.


Names Day CelebrationAaron Hsu; Wyatt Crandall, St. Herman (9th); Dn. Lawrence Baldwin, St. Laurence (10th); Jan Gudiatis, St. Susanna (11th).

Anniversary CelebrationSteve and April Blair (6th); Dan and Jennifer Rigsby (9th).

Birthday Celebrations: John Craton; Gary Gettelfinger; Emili Skinner (6th);

Vivian Gartlett (12th).

Memory Eternal: Lois, Mary, Emmalyn, Paul; Ernestine; Natalie; Archpriest Raphael.

Prayer ListMichael, Olga, Eileen, Soren, Kathy; Toni;Jan; Don and Dee; those suffering the war of Ukraine; Peace talks; our nation and all nations’ leaders; Earthquake victims and relief efforts in Syria and Turkey; schools: school children, youth and personnel across the nation; Mat. Raisa; Mary Ann; Emma (Mary Ann’s granddaughter); Bob & Bonnie Thelen;  Wes (infant with brittle bone disorder); Wes’s grandfather; Megan (lymphoma); Mark (CHF) and (caregiver) Barbara;Josiah; Vicki;Vicki’s granddaughter; Steve Crandall; Fr. Athanasius; Jack; Christopher; Fr. Jerome; Mother Nektaria; Catherine; Wadia; Jayci; Patricia; Marvin; Alice; Kitsa; Apthrodite; Kim; Kristy; Dusty; Cari; Betsy; Josh; Allison; Andrew (Texas/military); Isaac (Germany/military); Leanne; Heather; Nancy; Sharon Catherine; Lexi, Ross and Vivian; Theo; Doug; Jeremy; Dn. Lawrence, Marcia; Elias; Waded; Seraphima; Lilly’s family; Jennifer; Christy; Megan; John; Stanley; Anna and child; Macrina and child Elizabeth born of her; Emilia with child; Amanda with child; Anne; Allen; Linda; Marilyn; Mary Barger; Allison and children; Nino with child.  

Coffee Hour Host: Melissa Barbarick with Parishioners A-B.

Next week Host: Wendy Carter with Parishioners C-G.

Giving Opportunities:

Mission Donations: We send monthly support to two missionary units in Albania, the Hoppe family and Hannah Valentine. We welcome and encourage you to contribute to their ongoing support. 

Benevolence FundDonations may be made to this fund throughout the year, and are mainly used to support families in need of help with rent and utilities payments

In-House Food Pantry: Non-perishable food items are always welcome! The Food Pantry is available to parish members as well as families and individuals in the greater Bloomington community. Thank you for your continued support. 

Donations to the church are being made online at and by U.S mail.  Many thanks to all who continue supporting All Saints