Sunday, December 8, 2019

Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost

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

Welcome to All Saints!

Nourishment for the Soul: “Be modest, pure and chaste in your deeds, words and thoughts. Do not imitate the perverse. Do not take their example, and avoid any closeness to them. Without need, have nothing to do with unbelievers–unbelief is contagious. Observe modesty and decency always and everywhere; don’t become infected with the shameless customs of our days.” – St. Philaret of New York (1903-1985)

St. Lucia with her crown of candles visits us during coffee hour.

Choir and Chanter Appreciation Day: Let’s show them appreciation for their dedication to this important ministry in the church.


Monday, December 9: Compline and Fellowship at the Haneys’  home at 7:00

Tuesday, December 10: OCF Dinner and Discussion at the Webbs’ home at 6:00

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

Wednesday, December 11: Daily Vespers at 6:00 followed by O102 with Fr. Seraphim

Thursday, December 12:  Bible Study at Becky’s home at 3:00

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

Saturday, December 14: Great Vespers at 5:00; SOYO 6:00-8:00

Sunday, December 15: Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00Parish Council meets.

Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings

Epistle: The Reading is from of St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians. (4:1-7)

Brethren, I, a prisoner for the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all lowliness and meekness, with patience, forbearing one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.  There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all, Who is above all and through all and in all.  But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

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.


  • December 10: Registration opens for Summer Camp at Antiochian Village. Early registration secures a place for your child!
  • Christmas Eve Services (morning and evening) Royal Hours begin at 9am, followed by St. Basil’s Vesperal Liturgy around 10:30 am; Orthros begins at 9pm, followed by the Nativity Liturgy at 10pm – A light meal of celebration follows.
  • December 31: Evening Liturgy – Circumcision of Christ and Basil the Great at 6pm

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.

Divine Liturgy Variables for Choir and Parish

Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 8

From the heights Thou didst descend, O Compassionate One, and Thou didst submit to the three-day burial, that Thou might deliver us from passion; Thou art our life and our Resurrection, O Lord, glory to Thee.

Kontakion of the 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.


Congratulations: David and Kaylie at the birth of their son Oliver.

Coffee Hour: Parishioners whose last names begin with C-G will serve and clean today.  All who join the family fellowship hour appreciate these donations.

Warm Mittens, Gloves, Hats and Scarves: Please bring your donations to the church and look for the colorful bags in the hallway and in the narthex.

The Pantry welcomes all donations.  Basically EVERYTHING is needed, but this list may help: paper goods; snack packs; soup; ravioli, canned meat, tuna.  (NOT needed: peanut butter, jelly, canned vegetables, Cheerios.) Thanks!

Memory Eternal:  Khouria Anastasia

Birthday Blessings: Zane N (10th); Rhonda W (11th); Andrew H (13th); Herman H (13th)

Name Day Blessings: Subdeacon Dan B (Daniel the Stylite – 11th); Lucia T (St. Lucia – 13th); Wyatt C ( St. Herman – 13th); Aaron H (St. Herman – 13th); Herman H (St. Herman -13th)

Prayer List: Kaylie and infant Oliver; Rebekah with child; Isaac in Air Force; Fr. Marc; Fr. Patrick & Kh. Vanessa; Fr. George; Fr. Basil & Kh. Cana; Judith; George; Dee; Mary Ann; Vicki; Dusty; Catherine (not in this parish); Michael & Olga;  Eileen; LeanneIrina; Heather;Nancy; Sharon Catherine; Alice & Marvin; Kh. Kristina; Bonnie; Emma; Patricia; Mary & Robert;Shirley; Rose; Lexi, Ross & Vivian; Theo; Doug Barrett;Jeremy; Charles; Grayson; Cleo; Marcia & Deacon; Nick;Bruce; Joanna & Demetrios;Ashlee W; Paul; Cathy; Sitto; Elias; Waded; Neva; Bill; Lonnie; Nancy & Shalayna; Seraphima; Lilly’s family; Jennifer & Regina; Christy, Isaac & Andrew; those suffering in the drug crisis, with fire devastation, with flood damage, and earthquake damage in the USA; those suffering in Syria and the Middle East.