Sunday, January 10, 2016

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Sunday after the Theophany of Christ

Gregory, Bishop of Nyssa; Marcian the Priest of Constantinople; Dometian, Bishop of Melitene; Venerable Paul, of Obnora and Makarios of Pisma; Bishop Theophan the Recluse

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

 Nourishment of the Soul:  “A brother came to Abba Theodore and spent three days begging him to say a word to him without getting any reply.  So he went away grieved.  Then the old man’s disciple said to him, ‘Abba, why did you not say a word to him?  See, he has gone away grieved.’ The old man said to him, ‘I did not speak to him, for he is a trafficker who seeks to glorify himself through the words of others.'” – The Sayings of the Desert Fathers

House Blessings have begun. Visit the sign-up sheet in the hallway. If no time fits your schedule, email Father Peter Jon. Make sure also that he has your current home address and phone number.

Annual Church Calendars are ready for pickup. These are a gift to you from the Church and feature photos by Darryl Jones.


Missing Green Vespers books: Please check your shelves at home to see if by chance some of the Green Camp books used at Vespers are there.  We have lost  a great many. Thank you.

 Pledge forms for 2016 are available.  It is always good to review our offering history and adjust it to reflect our income.

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.

Remember to date your checks with the new year 2016!


Tuesday, January 12: Women’s  Bible Study at Kh. Marilyn’s home at 7:00

Wednesday, January 13: Vesperal Liturgy at 6:00 – St. Nina of Georgia

Thursday, January 14: Bedford-Mitchell Fellowship 10:00-Noon at  the Haneys

Saturday, January 16:  Great Vespers at 5:00

Sunday,  January 17:  Matins at 9:00;  Divine Liturgy at 10:00 – Parish Council


  • January 20: Vesperal Liturgy for St. Maximus
  • January 23: Altar Servers Meeting
  • January 26: Gathering in the Gazebo (in the social hall)– Myrrh Bearers will play games!
  • February 1 & 2: Archpastora Visit by Bishop ANTHONY 

 at the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple

 Name Day RemembranceGregory G (St. Gregory of Nyssa  – 10th); Nina G and Nina R (St. Nina of Georgia – 14th)

Memory Eternal: Steve (6th); Marilyn (16th)

 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; Becky H.; 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: Megan. Ashley, Rachel B, Jessica with twins.; 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     

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 Second Epistle to  the Ephesians.  (4:7-13)

                 Brethren, to each one of us is given the grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.  Therefore He says, “When He ascended up on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men.”  (In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that He also descended into the lower parts of the earth?  The One who descended is the same also Who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)  And He gave some to be apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfection of the saints, for the work of ministry, for the building up of the Body of Christ, until we all arrive at the unity of the faith, and the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, toward the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,.

Gospel: The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (4:12-17)

                At That Time, when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, He withdrew into Galilee; and leaving Nazareth, He went and dwelt in Capernaum by the Sea, in the territory of Zebulon and Naphtali, so that what was spoken by the Prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: “The Land of Zebulon and the Land of Naphtali, toward the Sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles–the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death, Light has dawned.”  From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”

 Divine Liturgy Variables

2nd Antiphon

Save us, O Son of God, Who wast baptized by John in the Jordan


Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 7

Thou didst shatter death by Thy Cross; Thou didst open paradise to the thief; Thou didst turn the sadness of the ointment-bearing women into joy. And didst bid Thine Apostles proclaim a warning, that Thou hast risen, O Christ, granting to the world the Great Mercy.

Apolytikion for the Theophany of Christ – Tone 4

When Thou, O Lord, wast baptized in the Jordan, worship of the Trinity was made manifest; for the voice of the Father bore witness to Thee, calling Thee His beloved Son.  And the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the truth of His word. O, Christ our God, Who hath appeared and enlightened the world, glory to Thee.

 Kontakion of the Theophany of Christ – Tone 4

Today Thou hast appeared to the universe, O Lord, and Thy Light hath been shed upon us, who praise Thee with knowledge, saying, Thou hast come and appeared, O Unapproachable Light.