Sunday, December 6, 2015

Reminder: St. Nicholas Great Vespers (6:00) followed by St. Nicholas Night Activities.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Nicholas the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia

Nicholas, Bishop of Patara; New-Martyr Nicholas of Karamania in Asia Minor

At All Saints, we warmly welcome our visitors as honored guests.

 Nourishment of the Soul:  “He who busies himself with the sins of others, or judges his brother on suspicion, has not yet even begun to repent or to examine himself so as to discover his own sins.”

St. Maximos the Confessor

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.

Orthodoxy 101 continues on Wednesday , December 9th after Daily Vespers with Dn. Seraphim Moslener presenting his final installation in his series on “The Virtues.”

The 40 day memorial for our beloved Ioana Frecus will be served Wednesday following Vespers.


Gift Cards: ‘Tis the season to adorn the St. Nicholas Tree with gift cards for those who need a boost this Christmas!  Please bring a gift card of any amount for a store of your choice and place it on the small tree in the fellowship hall within the next week.  The cards will be distributed to families and individuals who need them between now and Christmas. Thank you for answering this annual call in the name of Christ and in the spirit of St. Nicholas!

Thespina Christulides will be having her 1st Masters Voice Recital on Friday, December 11th at 5:00pm in Ford Hall (IU’s campus, Jacob’s School of Music, Simon Building.  200 S Jordan Ave. The event is free. She would also like to thank everyone for their prayers this past year for healing her larynx and restoring her singing voice.

We’ve learned that Geni Gritton is now living in Indianapolis after a long stay in a Greenwood nursing home: 7462 Woodshire Place, Indy 46217 (Her birthday was yesterday.)


Nativity Fast

Fish is permitted each day except Wednesday and Friday with wine permitted Friday.

 Monday, December 7: Visitation for Dr. Frank at 10:00  followed by the Orthodox Funeral Service at noon – Sherwood Oaks Christian Church Auditorium – May his memory be eternal.

Tuesday, December 8: Women’s Bible Study at Kh. Marilyn’s home – 7:00 – 8:30

Wednesday, December 9: Daily Vespers/at 6:00; 40Dday Memorial; Orthodoxy 101 from 7:00 – 9:00

Thursday, December 10: Bedford-Mitchell Fellowship 10:00 – Noon at the Haneys in Mitchell

Thursday, December 10: SOYO 6:00 – 7:00

Saturday, December 12:  Great Vespers at 5:00

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




  • Ignatius Evening Liturgy on Friday, December 18th at 6:00
  • Lucia with her crown of lights returns on Sunday December 20th/ Parish Council meeting
  • Christmas Eve Day Services – 9:00 am Royal Hours followed by the Vesperal Liturgy (10:30); 9:00 pm Orthros of the Nativity followed by the Christmas Liturgy (10:15) with a celebration following
  • New Year’s Eve Liturgy to bring in the New Year with Feast of the Circumcision of Christ and Commemoration of St. Basil the Great at 6:00 pm

Name Day Blessings: Nicholas Alexander (6th); Nicholas Shirley (6th)

Happy Birthday: Zane N (10th)

Memory Eternal: Ioana Frecus (Oct. 31st); Linda (Nov. 8th); Nadeem (Nov. 12); Infant Athena (25th);Dr. Frank Hrisomalos ((2nd)

Let us pray to the Lord: “For the suffering Christians of Syria, Palestine, Iraq, & all of the Middle East, and for those suffering in the Ukraine.”

Prayer List: Archpriest Athanasius; James; Alex John;  Jason; Steve D;  Dee; Frank & Becky; Amal; Alexis T. ;Tom;  Jake; Annie; Catherine; Janett; Jill; Kh. Kristina; Angie; Julian; Kh. Mary Sue Walker; Vicki; Hoppes in Albania,  Jesse Brandow  in Guatemala (OCMC Missionaries); Vivian; Natalie; Senior Saints; Patricia; Dee H.; John G; Nicetas; Barb; Shirley; Metropolitan Paul, Archbishop John; Kh. Loretta; Fr. John Koen; Archpriests  George & Stephen; Adrian; Heather; Susan; Gabriella & Matt; Sara; Shelley; Geni; Those with child: Laura, Megan. Ashley); 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; Cathi

      Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings                        

Prokeimenon: “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His Saints.”

Verse: “What shall we render unto the Lord  for all that He has given us?  Psalm 115:6,31

Epistle: The Reading is from Saint Paul’s  Epistle to the Hebrews. (13:17-21)

             Brethren, be obedient to those who preside over you, and submit yourselves to them, for they watch over your souls with vigilance, as those who will give account, in order that they may do this with joy, and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.

Pray for us; for we are persuaded that we have a good conscience, in all things willing to conduct ourselves honorably.  But I exhort you the more exceedingly to do this, that I may be restored to you the sooner.  Now may the God of Peace, who brought again from the dead the great “Shepherd of the Sheep” by the “the Blood of the Everlasting Covenant,” even our Lord Jesus, perfect you in every good work to do His will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to Whom be the glory unto ages of ages. Amen.


Gospel: The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (13:10-17)

            At That Time, Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath.  And there was a woman who had had a spirit of infirmity for eighteen years; she was bent over and could not fully straighten herself.  And when Jesus saw her, He called her and said to her, “Woman, you are freed from your infirmity.”  And He laid His hands upon her, and immediately she was made straight, and she praised God.  But the ruler of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, said to the people, “There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be healed, and not on the Sabbath day.” Then the Lord answered him, “You hypocrite! Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his ass from the manger, and lead it away to water it? and ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?” As Jesus said this, all His adversaries were put to shame; and all the people rejoiced at all the glorious things that were done by Him.


Divine Liturgy Variables

 Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 2

When Thou didst submit Thyself unto death, O Thou deathless and immortal One, then Thou didst destroy hell with Thy Godly power.  And when Thou didst raise the dead from beneath the earth, all the powers of Heaven did cry aloud unto Thee; O Christ, Thou giver of life, glory to Thee.


Apolytikion of St. Nicholas – Tone 4

The work of justice did reveal thee to thy community as a canon of faith, the likeness of humility and the teacher of abstinence, O thou Father and great Bishop Nicholas. Wherefore, by humility thou didst achieve exaltation, and by thy meekness wealth.  Intercede, therefore, intercede with Christ that He will save our souls.

 Kontakion of Preparation of Christ’s Nativity – Tone 3

The Virgin cometh today to the cave to give birth, ineffably to bring forth the Word Eternal. Therefore, rejoice, O earth at the message with the angels and shepherds give glory to Him who shall appear by His own will as a young child, He Who is from eternity God.