Sunday, August 7, 2016

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

After-Feast of the Transfiguration of Christ

Martyrs Dometios of Persia; Sozon of Nicomedia; Hieromartyr Narcissos, patriarch of Jerusalem; Venerable Theodosios the New of the Peloponnesos;

Nikanor the wonderworker of Mt. Kalistratos

 To our Visitors: We are blessed by your presence.

 Nourishment of the Soul: “If a man suppresses his stomach and his tongue, then he will be able to rule over himself.” — St. Poemen

Today,  Father Peter Jon will bless K-12 students and teachers;  he will bless  college and university students when the fall semester begins.

Myrrh Bearers will meet to vote at Kh. Marilyn’s before Bible Study with a short agenda and to vote on a slate of officers. Myrrh Bearers’ meetings have been preempted for many months due to a busy s church schedule on the last  Sunday of the month, the regular  meeting time.

Orthodox Christians for LifePatricia Finchum, has been appointed by Fr. Peter Jon to organize a Bloomington chapter of Orthodox Christians for Life, the national pan-Orthodox pro-life group. Patricia hopes to have a core of volunteers to help in the ministry, so please see her if you would like more information on this outreach of love.  We are looking forward to hosting the Indianapolis OCL on September 30th, the eve of the Feast of the Protection of the Theotokos.

They Don’t Vacation: Our parish operating expenses do not take the summer off;  so please do your best to keep your tithes and offerings current, and add a little extra if you have been blessed to do so. Thank you.


Festival Committee Meeting Today:  Everyone who is able is encouraged to come to the meeting. Be part of the committee entrusted with preparing our annual festival, at which we will welcome hundreds of visitors to this holy ground. This is a great honor and an even greater responsibility.


The Dormition Fast continues through August 15th.

Tuesday, August 9: Kh. Marilyn’s home–Myrrh Bearers meeting 6:30; Bible Study 7:00

Wednesday, August 10: Daily Vespers at 6:00

Thursday, August 11: Bedford-Mitchell Fellowship – 10:00 – Noon

Thursday, August 11: Bible Study at Becky Hrisomalos’ home 3:00-5:00 — All are welcome.

Friday, August 12: Paraklesis at 6:00 (Hymns during the Dormition)

Saturday, August 13:: Great Vespers  

Sunday, August 14: Matins at 9:00; Dormition Divine Liturgy at 10:00Churching of  Juliana (Rachel & Luke Barber’s daughter);


St. Mary’s Annual Bake Sale and Rummage Sale, August 19-20th

Akathist to the Protection of the Theotokos at 6:00, the last Friday of each month.

…October 8: Annual Festival on Fairfax


Anniversary Memories: Dan & Jennifer R (9th)

Birthday Greetings: Barb G (12th)

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

Memory Eternal: Matthew (Neumann’s friend); Kathleen Young (July 16th); Infants Zoe and Anastasia(1st)

Prayer List : “For the suffering Christians of Syria, Palestine, Iraq, & all of the Middle East, and for those suffering in Ukraine.”  Tabbals (major house fire); John Griggs; Kh. Loretta; Amal H; Dee and Don;  Kh.Kristina with child; Betsy and Hannah; 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 and Juliana; Anastasyia (Dudar) and baby Nicholas; 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.

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.

     Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings

Prokeimenon: “ O Lord, save Thy people, and bless Thine inheritance.”

Verse:  ” Until Thee, O Lord, will I cry, O my God!”  – Psalm (27:9,1)

Epistle: The Reading from  St. Paul’s Epistle to the Romans.  (15:1-7)

Brethren, we who are strong ought to bear  the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for that which is good for his edification.,  For Christ also did not please Himself; but, as it is written: “The reproaches of those who reproached Thee fell on Me.”  For whatever was written beforehand was written for our learning that we might have hope, through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures.  Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be of the same mind with one another, according to Christ Jesus, that with one accord and one mouth you may glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore receive one another, even as Christ has also received you, to the glory of God.

Gospel: The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to  St. Matthew. (9:27-35)

At that time, as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed him, crying aloud: “Have mercy on us, Son of David.” When He entered the house, the blind men came to Him; and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.” Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith be it done to you.” And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly charged them, “See that no one knows it.” But they went away and spread His fame through all that district. As they were going away, behold, a dumb demoniac was brought to Him. And when the demon had been cast out, the dumb man spoke; and the crowds marveled, saying, “Never was anything like this seen in Israel.” But the Pharisees said, “He casts out demons by the prince of demons.” And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every infirmity.

Liturgy Variables

Second Antiphon

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

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 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.