Sunday, December 8, 2013

Lost Camera: If you attended the Thanksgiving Feast at the church, did you by chance take home the wrong camera or did you see one lying somewhere? The Morfas’s grandmother lost hers.

Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Venerable Patapios of Thebes; Forefeast of the Conception of the Theotokos;Sophronios, bishop of Cyprus; Apostles Sosthenes, Apollos, Crispos, Caesar & Epaphroditos of the Seventy; Martyr Parthenios of Chios

 Visitors, you are always welcome at All Saints.

Nourishment of the Soul:  “You need only set foot on the threshold of a church, and at once you are liberated from the cares of daily life. Go on into the church, and a spiritual dew will envelop your soul. The stillness there moves you to awe and teaches you how to live spiritually.” – St. John Chrysostom

The Nativity Fast is divided into two periods. The first period is November 15 through December 19 when the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, poultry, eggs, dairy, fish, wine and oil) is observed with katalysis for wine and oil on Tuesday and Thursday, and for fish, wine and oil on Saturday and Sunday. The second period is December 20 through 24 when the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, poultry, eggs, dairy, fish, wine and oil) is observed Monday through Friday, but with katalysis for wine and oil on Saturday and Sunday. [Katalysis is Greek, meaning “relaxation”.]

Communion: 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.


Communion Line: The choir goes first in both lines so members may continue ministering through music during communion. Little Lambs follow. The ushers then assist each row from front to back.  Those seated in the over-flow may follow an adjacent row.

Thank you for your continued respect at the reading of the Prayers after Communion during the final dismissal line.

Confession: Confessions are heard Wednesday and Saturday evenings half an hour before services or by appointment during the week.

Aunt Ruth’s Toffee: Vicki Gans is taking orders for Christmas candies to be delivered December 15th.

The Men’s Group has its usual monthly meeting today.

Christmas Cheer: Gift cards are still needed to decorate the tree in the social hall.  Cards may be of any denomination and for stores that those in need would usually visit – Walmart, Kmart, Kroger, Marsh, College Mall, Big Lots, Dollar General, Speedway for example.

Orthodoxy 101, Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.:  Kh. Marilyn will speak on “Contentedness.”



Tuesday, December 10: Women’s Bible Study at 7:00 – home of Kh. Marilyn

Wednesday, December 11:  Vespers at 6:00 followed by Orthodoxy 101

Thursday, December 12: Bedford-Mitchell Fellowship at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, December 12: Liturgy, Commemorating St. Herman of Alaska at 6:00

Saturday, December 14: Women are invited to the open house at Dee Haney’s in Mitchell, 11:30-2:30; lunch will be served; a message will be given; and good fellowship will abound.

Saturday, December 14: Great Vespers at 5:00

Sunday, December 15: Matins at 8:50; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 (St. Lucia visits & Parish Council meets.)


Memory Eternal: Betty; Daniel (October 25th); Ginny Kapellas (25th); Bill Haynes (29th); Lonnie Tatlock (13th); Cleo (Rdr. Tikhon’s grandmother 13th); John (13th); Kh. Katherine (Nov.29th)

 Prayer List: Vivian Orfanos (at Meadow Wood Rehab); Danica D’Onofrio; Kh. Loretta Wilson; Chad & Connie; Beth; Jeffry Ellis; Vicki; Lillian Miller; Dee; Julie; Roger; Stephanie; Virginia McCallister; Abducted Bishops Met. Paul and Mar Gregorios; Dolly Seek; Marilyn; Eric; Marna; Cheryl; Lori; Pam; Debbie; Natasha; Ioana; Geni Gritton; Michael & Shelley: Leanne; Jill Patterson; Roy; Gabriel; Mary; Alex; Doug; Janet; Kelly; Pete; Phillip; Patricia; Matushka Raisa; John C; Marty; John; Charles; Fr. John Koen; Archpriests Alexander and Roman; Eileen; Mary; Marvin, Alice; Katie; Bob R; Deborah; Ruth; Steve; Kevin; Romaine; Steven; Mary; Derek, Claire & Micah; Tim; Preston; Sharon; Sherri; Dianna; Victor; Aaron; Brent; Christy; Jennifer; Brigid

                                       Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings


Prokeimenon: “The Lord will give strength unto His people.”

Verse: “Bring unto the Lord, ye sons of God; Bring unto the Lord glory and honor!” Psalm 28: 11, 1

 Epistle: The Reading is from St. Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians. (2:14-22)

 Brethren, Christ is our peace, Who made both one, and broke down the middle wall of partition, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances, that He might create in Himself of the two one new man, thus making peace, and might reconcile them both to God in one body through the Cross, thereby having slain the enmity in Himself; and He came and preached peace to you, to those who were far off and to those who were near, for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father.

Now therefore you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; being built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief Cornerstone, in Whom the whole structure, fitly framed together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in Whom you also are built together for a habitation of God in the Spirit.


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.