Sunday, January 18, 2015

Right to Life Sunday

St. Athanasius and Cyril, Patriarchs of Alexandria;

Martyr Theodoula of Anazarbus and her companions; Maximos, Serbian Ruler

Visitors, we are blessed by your joining us in worship and for fellowship.

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.”

 Nourishment of the Soul: “Prayer is the test of everything. If prayer is right, everything is right.” — St. Theophan the Recluse

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 Sunday School follows. The ushers then assist each row from front to back.  Those in the overflow behind the choir may follow adjacent rows.

Sunday School for those in Grades One through 12 meets after Divine Liturgy.

 Boxes for Knitted Caps and Mittens/Gloves will be available throughout the winter to collect your donations for local school children.

House Blessings until Great Lent: Choose a time on the sign-up sheet in the hall, or contact Father Peter Jon.

 SOYO will not meet this week.

 Myrrh Bearers will not meet on January 25th, but rather on February 1st to discuss Sunday of Orthodoxy, Meat fare, Cheese fare and Lenten dates.

 Tuesday, January 20: Skating with All Saints skaters at Western Skateland on West 17th Street, 6:30 to 8:30: Admission cost is for skaters and watchers! Stephanie is the contact person.

 March for Life Rally will be on the Court House square at 2:00.

 Parish Council meets in Father’s office around noon today.


 Tuesday, January 20: Skating Party at Western Skateland (See notice above.)

Wednesday, January 21: Divine Liturgy at 6:00 — St. Maximus, the Confessor

Saturday, January 24: Great Vespers at 5:00

Sunday, January 25: Matins at 8:50; Divine Liturgy at 10:00


 Sunday, February 1: The Triodion begins.

Wednesday, February 4: Orthodoxy 101 resumes.

Happy Birthday: Cody Arthur (20th); Chris Leininger (20th); Lydia Finchum (23rd)

Blessed Name Day: Cody Arthur (20th-St. Euthymius); Amanda Alexander (21st- St. Agnes);

Max Williams (21st – St. Maximus); Laura Crandall (24th – St. Xenia); Jennifer Tatlock

(24th – St. Xenia)

Memory Eternal: Jolee (Dec. 10th); Priscilla (15th); Nick (18th); Kh. Chinnu (Dec.19th); Marianne  Dye (26th); Anthony (28th); Korene (9th); Ann Freije (9th); Daniel Berg (10th)

Prayer List: Fr. Athanasius Wilson-shoulder surgery; Ioana; Patricia; Dee Haney; Galina; John G; Nicetas; Barb; Shirley; Metropolitan Paul, Archbishop John; Kh. Loretta; Fr. John Koen; Archpriests Roman, George & Stephen; Krystal & Jason; Adrian, Catherine & Marah; Heather (Charles’ daughter); Susan; Gabriella & Matt; Sara; Shelley; Fr. Moses Berry; Geni; Frank & Becky Hrisomalos; Those with child: Kh. Kristina, Mary, Kathleen; Brooke; Kh. Marilyn; Noah; Emily D; Emma; Kim; Nancy; Neal; Lyuda; Bob R; Alex; John; Leanne; Beth; Lillian; Julie; Roger; Virginia McCallister; 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: “Blessed art Thou, O Lord, the God of our Fathers.”

Verse: “For Thou art just in all that Thou hast done to us.” Daniel 3:26-27

Epistle: The Reading is from Saint Paul’s Epistle to the Hebrews. (13: 7-16)

 BRETHREN, remember those who preside over you, who have spoken to you the word of God; and considering the outcome of their life, imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.  Do not be carried away by diverse and strange doctrines.  For it is a good thing for  the heart to be confirmed by grace, not by foods which have not profited those who occupied themselves with them.

We have an altar from which those serving the tabernacle have no authority to eat.  For the animals whose blood ‘is brought into the sanctuary’ by the high priest ‘as an offering for sin,’ their bodies are burned outside the camp.  For this reason  Jesus also suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through His own blood.

Let us therefore go forth to Him ‘outside the camp,’ bearing His reproach; for here we do not have a lasting city in here, but we seek the one which is to come.  Through Him therefore ‘let us offer up a sacrifice of praise’ to God always, that is, the ‘fruit of lips’ that confess His Name. do not forget to do good and to share, for God is well pleased with such sacrifices.                

Gospel: The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (17:12-19)

AT THAT TIME, as Jesus entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.”  When He saw them He said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed.  Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving Him thanks.  Now he was a Samaritan.  Then Jesus said, “Were not ten cleansed?  Where are the nine?  Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?”  And He said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.







Divine Liturgy Variables

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 of Ss. Athanasius and Cyril – Tone 3

With work of Orthodoxy, ye shone forth and extinguished wicked opinion, becoming triumphant and clothed with victory. And having enriched all with true worship and adorned the Church with great adornment, Athanasius and wise Cyril, ye worthily found Christ God, granting to all, through your prayers, the Great Mercy.

Kontakion of the Presentation of Christ – Tone 1

Thou, O Christ God, Who by Thy Birth, didst sanctify the Virgin’s womb, and, as is meet, didst bless Simeon’s arms, and didst also come to save us; preserve Thy fold in wars, and confirm them whom Thou didst love, for Thou alone art the Lover of mankind.