Sunday, December 3, 2017
Twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost
The Holy Prophet Zephaniah; Martyrs Agapios, Seleukos and Mamas; Venerable Theodoulos, Eparch of Constantinople; Hieromartyr Gabriel, bishop of Ganos and Prusa; New-martyr Angelis of Chios;
Venerable Cosmas of St. Anne Skete on Athos
Visitors are honored guests at All Saints.
Nourishment of the Soul: “Hear, my son, the instruction of your father, that you may become wise in your last days. There are many thoughts in the heart of a man, but the counsel of the Lord abides forever.” – Proverbs 19:20-21
Food Pantry: Thanks to all who have so generously filled the shelves. We are overflowing at this time without room for more. We will keep you posted when shelves are starting to empty.
Social Hour: Scheduled contributors this Sunday are those whose last names begin with A- Ba; however you may contribute whenever you find it convenient.
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.
Donate gift cards for the Giving Tree and school children ‘warmies’.
Wednesday, December 13th: Divine Liturgy for St. Herman of Alaska at 6:00
Royal Hours of the Nativity and Typika are served on Friday morning, December 22nd.
Great Vespers and Sunday Matins and Divine Liturgy are served as usual December 23rd and 24th.
Festal Orthros and Festal Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great are served Sunday night, December 24 commencing at 9:00
Nativity Fast continues until Christmas. Fasting Foods are served during social hour.
Tonight, we will have Great Vespers for St. Barbara and St. John of Damascus at 5:00.(Sunday, December 3rd)
Wednesday, December 6: Daily Vespers at 6:00
Saturday, December 9: Great Vespers at 5:00
Sunday, December 10: Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 – Visit by St. Lucia
Address Change: Geni Gritton has moved to Texas to live near her daughter and son-in-law. Contact information in the directory will be updated.
Name Day Remembrance: Abe L (St. John of Damascus – 4th); Nicholas A (St. Nicholas of Myra – 6th); Nicholas S (St. Nicholas of Myra – 6th)
Memory Eternal: Joseph Alexander (John’s father October 28th); Chester Przybyla (November 14th)
Please Note that the Prayer List Needs Updates. At the beginning of the new year, we will erase all but the current NEW entries and start over.
Prayer List: Amal; Maria; Vivian; Walter; Becky; Greg; Wilber; Emilija; Adrian (Olga’s brother); Bosa; Cathy;”For the suffering Christians of Egypt, Syria, Palestine, Iraq, & all of the Middle East, and for those suffering in Ukraine and victims of recent hurricanes, earthquakes, and attacks; Fr. Steven Rudy (cancer); Finley (infant girl); Fr. Basil; Fr. Philip; Grant (Leukemia); Chris; Doug & Dorothy Barrett; Eileen; Dee and Don; Kh. Kristina; Betsy and Hannah; Leslie (paralysis); Jasmine; Deborah & Thomas; James; Tom; Annie; Catherine; Janett; Julian; Vicki; Hoppes & Jesse Brandow (Missionaries); Natalie; Senior Saints; Patricia; Nicetas; Barb; Shirley; Metropolitan Paul, Archbishop John; Fr. John Koen; Archpriest George; Heather; Susan; Gabriella & Matt; Sara; Shelley; 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 C; Brigid; Ethan; Lena, Dean; Gayle; Thomas; Amy; Heidi; Gene & Connie, Caleb D; Megan & Colin; Bill & Sandy; Sabrina; Christy; Pete; Phil & Barb; Tammy K; Jennifer A.
Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings
Prokeimenon: “Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us.”
Verse: “Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous.” Psalm 32:22,1
Epistle: The Reading is from St. Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians. (5:8-19)
Brethren, walk as children of light—for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true—and try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is a shame even to speak of the things that they do in secret; but when anything is exposed by the light it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore, it is said, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light.” Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart.
Gospel: The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (18:35-43)
At that time, when Jesus drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging; and hearing a multitude going by, he inquired what this meant. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” And he cried, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” And Jesus stopped, and commanded him to be brought to him; and when he came near, Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, let me receive my sight.” And Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, glorifying God; and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.
Divine Liturgy Variables
Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 1
While the stone was sealed by the Jews, and the soldiers were guarding Thy most pure body, Thou didst arise on the third day, O Savior, granting life to the world. For which cause the heavenly powers cried aloud unto Thee, O Giver of Life. Glory to Thy Resurrection, O Christ; Glory to Thy Kingdom,; Glory to Thy Providence, O Thou Who alone art the lover of mankind.
Kontakion of the Preparation of Christ’s Nativity – Tone 3
Today the Virgin cometh to the cave where she will give birth in an ineffable manner to the Word Who is before all the ages. Rejoice, therefore, O universe, when thou hearest it heralded: Glorify Him, with the angels and the shepherds, Who chose to be seen as a new-born babe, the God Who is before all the ages. (word order may vary)