Sunday, August 6, 2017 Holy Transfiguration

Sunday, August 6, 2017

The Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ

 Visitors, we are blessed by your presence.

 Nourishment of the Soul: “Do not think about or do anything without a spiritual purpose, whereby it is done for God.  For if you travel without purpose, you shall labor in vain.” – St. Mark the Ascetic

Do You Know that grapes are blessed and distributed at the end of the Transfiguration Liturgy? The church will provide grapes, but you are also invited to add to the ‘harvest’ on the memorial table.

St. Mary Orthodox Church invites you all to their Annual Bake Sale and Rummage Sale on Friday and Saturday from 8am-6pm each day, August 18th and 19th. You can find them at 102 E. Broadway in Greenwood and get a taste of home baked goods, fresh sandwiches along with good quality goods.

Today,  On the Feast of Holy Transfiguration, students and teachers, grades PreK-12 receive a blessing as the new school year begins. This group includes those enrolled in  home school, Sunday school, and Christian school,  public school, and day care settings.

Today, there is a Festival Planning Meeting after Divine Liturgy. Curious? Come and see what is being planned and consider how you can help. The Festival is the second Saturday in October. While the festival remains the same in general, there are always new ideas proposed for the current year.

Coffee Hour: Contributors this Sunday are those whose last names start with A-Ba. The Fast of the Dormition is being observed.

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.

Eliot Ames Woodward  arrived on Sunday morning, July 9th. Parents Lisa and Phil are overjoyed and thankful. Congratulations to this beloved family in Valparaiso, Indiana.

Safety First: If you walk into the construction area for the expansion, please watch your step since the floor may be strewn with wire and other hazardous materials.  No children should enter unattended.

St. George Orthodox Church in Terre Haute is planning its 90th Parish Anniversary for Labor Day weekend. See the announcement in the hall for details.


The Dormition Fast ends August 15th.

 Tuesday, August 8: Women’s Bible Study at Kh. Marilyn’s at 7:00 pm

Wednesday, August 9:  Daily Vespers at 6:00

Friday, August 11: Paraklesis to the Mother of God at 6:00

Saturday, August 12: Great Vespers at 5:00

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


 Anniversary Memories: Dan & Jennifer R (9th)

Happy Birthday: John C (6th); Gary G (6th); Martin G (10th); Barb G (12th)

Blessed Name Day: Martin G (St. Herman – 9th); Aaron H (St. Herman – 9th); Deacon Lawrence (Archdeacon Lawrence of Rome – 10th); Jan G (St. Susanna – 11th)

Memory Eternal: Met. Paul; Kh. Stefanie Yazge; Abigal and Joshua; Evan; Dn. Gregory; Terry


August 14: Evening Liturgy of the Dormition of the Theotokos at 6:00 (Monday Evening)

August 17: St. John of Kronstadt Fellowship at the Haney’s in Mitchell

August 20: Students return to IU for classes on August 21st  and receive a blessing as the semester begins.

August 24 and 31: Bible Study at Becky Hrisomalos’s home resumes.

August 26: Noon Day Birthday Luncheon for Amal at All Saints. All are invited! Look for a sign-up sheet to add  dishes to the planned meal.  No gifts are requested, but a card shower is a blessing to give or  to receive.

August 29: Father will bless the Jordan River at IU with OCF, but all are invited – 4:00

Prayer List: Adrian (Olga’s brother); Cathy;“For the suffering Christians of Egypt, Syria, Palestine, Iraq, & all of the Middle East, and for those suffering in Ukraine.”; Fr. Steven Rudy (cancer); Finley (infant girl); Fr. Basil; Fr. Philip;  Grant (Leukemia); Chris; Doug & Dorothy Barrett; Eileen; Mary Ann & Jen; Dee and Don;  Kh. Kristina; Betsy and Hannah; Leslie (paralysis); Jasmine; Deborah & Thomas; James; Becky H; Tom; Annie; Catherine; Janett;  Julian; Kh. Mary Sue Walker; Vicki; Hoppes &  Jesse Brandow (Missionaries); Vivian; Natalie; Senior Saints; Patricia; Nicetas; Barb; Shirley; Metropolitan Paul, Archbishop John; Fr. John Koen; Archpriest George; 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; Ethan; Lena, Dean; Gayle; Thomas; Amy; Heidi; Gene & Connie, Caleb D; Megan & Colin; Bill & Sandy; Sabrina; Christy; Pete; Phil & Barb; Tammy K

Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings

Prokeimenon: “O Lord, how manifold are Thy works; in Wisdom hast Thou made them all .”

Verse: “Bless the Lord, O my soul!” – Psalm 103: 24,1

Epistle: The Reading is from St. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians. (1:10-17)

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. 

Gospel: The Reading is  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.”

Divine Liturgy Variables

Response for Second Antiphon: Save us, O Son of God, Who wast transfigured on Mount Tabor…

Entrance Hymn: Save us, O Son of God, Who wast transfigured on Mount Tabor, who sing to Thee. Alleluia.

Apolytikion of 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 for 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.

Megalynarion for the Feast – Tone 8

Now hath been heard that which hath never been heard before; for the Son, Who is from the Virgin without father, hath been testified to in glory by the voice of the Father; for He Himself is God and Man together unto the end of the ages.

Koinonikon (Communion Hymn) for the Transfiguration – Tone 8

O Lord, in the light of the glory of Thy face shall we walk, and in Thy Name shall we rejoice forever. Alleluia.