Sunday, August 2, 2020

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Relics Translation of Proto-martyr Stephen the Archdeacon

Venerable Photeini, the Wonderworker of Carpasia in Cyprus;

Blessed Basil the Fool-for-Christ, Wonderworker of Moscow

Please note the change of date for blessing kids returning to school and changes in mask wearing directive in Monroe County for those attending worship service outside in the parking lot.

Nourishment of the Soul: “To be negative and critical is no good, whether it comes from the clergy or the people. Let us be at peace at all times, in whatever we do and say. The Church needs to become a holy place where God is.” – His Eminence, metropolitan JOSEPH

Father Peter Jon continues to post short videos daily at to connect with us, inspire us and inform us. At the home page, scroll down to find the current postings under the “Videos from Father Peter” heading. Father is in the middle of a series titled “Saints Who Served the Poor and Needy.”

Father will  bless K-High School students and staff on August 9th. Please note the change from last week’s announcement. 

Trek Missions: August 9 through September 14–Attention Trekkers & Pledgers – we need you!  Especially pledgers – our goal is to raise $2000 for Orthodox mission work throughout the world through YOUR support of those of us who are trekking – three are signed up so far and we have $275 already donated! If you would like to be a “trekker” please take a form (by the All Saints icon at the candle stand) and if you would like to make a pledge (either a one-time donation or a per-mile pledge) let Rhonda Webb know – or 314-313-4275 (cell/text). Thanks so much for your generous support of Orthodox missionaries and mission priests.  

Journey of Fear and Joy: Father Peter Jon is excited to announce the release of the second edition of Dr. John (Oswin) Craton’s book, Journey of Fear and Joy!  This edition is revised and expanded, including the text of the original book along with the companion volume Apologia. This work is FULL of well-thought out answers to very important questions that will inform and enliven our faith. Pick up a copy at our bookstore or online at

Safety Practices:

…Teen SOYO will gather outdoors after Great Vespers each Saturday while respecting social distancing practices. 

…If you wish to attend Sunday Matins & Divine Liturgy, please respond in the positive to the email from Fr. Peter that you will find in your inbox. 

…All are welcome to attend Wednesday and Saturday Vespers services without signing up. Face masks and safety precautions are in place.

The Monroe County Health Department now requires masks to be worn by those worshipping outdoors, except when receiving communion, and except when a medical condition prohibits the wearing of a mask.


Wednesday, August 5: Streamed  Reader Vespers at 6:00

Thursday, August 6: Holy Transfiguration Festal Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00

Friday, August 7: Paraklesis at 6:00

Saturday, August 8: Streamed  Great Vespers at 5:00: SOYO at 6:00

Sunday, August 9: Streamed  Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00

Epistle and Gospel Readings for Sunday

The Reading from the First Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians. (1:10-17)

The Lord will give strength to His people.

Ascribe to the Lord, O sons of God, ascribe to the Lord honor and glory.

Brethren, I appeal to you, by the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree and that there be no dissension among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.  For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there is quarreling among you, my brethren.  What I mean is that each one of you says, “I belong to Paul,” or “I belong to Apollos,” or “I belong to Cephas,” or “I belong to Christ.”  Is Christ divided?  Was Paul crucified for you?  Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?  I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispos and Gaius; lest anyone should say that you were baptized in my name.  (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas.  Beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.)  For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the Gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (14:14-22)

At that time, when Jesus went ashore he saw a great throng; and he had compassion on them, and healed their sick.  When it was evening, the disciples came to Him and said, “This is a lonely place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves.”  Jesus said, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.”  They said to Him, “We have only five loaves here and two fish.”  And He said, “Bring them here to Me.”  Then He ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass; and taking the five loaves and the two fish He looked up to Heaven, and blessed, and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.  And they all ate and were satisfied.  And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over.  And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.  Then Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He dismissed the crowds.

Divine Liturgy Variables for Choir and Parish

Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 6

When Mary stood at Thy grave, looking for Thy sacred body, angelic powers shone above Thy revered tomb; and the soldiers who were to keep guard became as dead men. Thou led Hades captive and wast not tempted thereby.  Thou didst meet the Virgin and didst give life to the world, O Thou, Who art risen from the dead, O Lord, glory to Thee.

Apolytikion of St. Stephen, the Archdeacon – Tone 4

The crown of the Kingdom hath adorned the brow of thy head * because of the contests that thou hast endured for Christ God, thou first of the martyred Saints; * for when thou hadst censured the Jews’ madness, thou sawest * Christ thy Savior standing at the right hand of the Father. * O Stephen, ever pray Him for us, that He would save our souls.

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.

 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.



August 1st- August 15: The Dormition Fast.


August 14th: Paraklesis Friday 6pm

August 15th: Holy Dormition Festal Matins/Liturgy 9am Saturday

August 29th: Beheading of John the Baptist Liturgy 9am Saturday

August 30th: BLESSING OF IU STUDENTS at Sunday Liturgy

Donations to the church are being made online at and by U.S. mail.  Thank  you for continuing to support the church.


Blessed Anniversary: Marvin & Alice P (5th)

Happy Birthday: Galina (Gala) M (4th); John C (6th); Gary G (6th); Emili S (6th)

Name Day Blessings: Nancy J (St. Lydia – 3rd)

Prayer List: Dee, Patricia, Marvin A, Benedict, Judith Ann, Cleo, Michael I.; Kitsa Wiersteiner (Gabriella’s godmother); Steven Sajkich (improving from Corona virus); Aphrodite and son Angelos in Greece; Eileen; Violet; Kim; Dusty; Betsy; Allison; Robin & Janet; Mary Ann; Vicki;  Mat. Raisa; Kathleen with child; Taylor with child; Amanda Hermione with child; Isaac in Air Force; Andrew for education decisions;  Fr. Marc; Kh.Vanessa & Anthony Kinder; Fr. George; Fr. Basil & Kh. Cana; George; Catherine (not in this parish); Michael & Olga; Leanne; Heather;Nancy; Sharon Catherine; Alice & Marvin; Kh. Kristina; Bonnie; Emma; Patricia; Mary & Robert;Shirley; Rose; Lexi, Ross & Vivian; Theo; Doug Barrett;Jeremy; Charles; Grayson; Marcia & Deacon; Nick;Bruce; Joanna & Demetrios;Ashlee W; Paul; Cathy; Sitto; Elias; Waded; Neva; Bill; Lonnie; Nancy & Shalana; Seraphima; Lilly’s family; Jennifer & Regina; those suffering in the drug crisis, with fire devastation, flood damage, and earthquake damage; those suffering in the Middle East; our nation and our nation’s leaders at all levels of government; world-wide pandemic; schools across the nation.