Sunday, January 25, 2015

St. Gregory the Theologian, Archbishop of Constantinople

Venerable Demetrios the Sacristan; New-martyr Auxentios of Constantinople

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: “In the beginning, passion and pain were not created together with the body; nor forgetfulness and ignorance together with the soul; nor the ever-changing impressions in the shape of events with the mind. All these things were brought about in man by his disobedience.”  – St. Maximos the Confessor

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.

Myrrh Bearers have postponed today’s meeting. They will meet next Sunday, February 1st  to discuss and finalize plans for the Sunday of Orthodoxy, Meat fare, Cheese fare,  Lenten dates, and fundraising.


 Wednesday, January 28: Daily Vespers at 6:00

Saturday, January 31: Great Vespers at 5:00

Sunday, February 1: Matins at 8:50; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 – Myrrh Bearers meet.


 Sunday, February 1: The Triodion begins.

Wednesday, February 4: Orthodoxy 101 resumes.

Tuesday, February 10: Bible Study with Kh. Marilyn

Thursday, February 12: Skating with All Saints skaters at Western Skateland on West 17th Street, 6:30 to 8:30: Admission cost is $4 for skaters and watchers! Stephanie is the contact person

Thursday, February 13: SOYO and Compline

Saturday, February 14: Saturday of Souls Liturgy

 Happy Birthday: David Patterson (26th); Michael Shahadey (30th)

Memory Eternal: Priscilla (15th); Nick (18th); Kh. Chinnu (Dec.19th); Marianne  Dye (26th); Anthony (28th); Korene (9th); Ann Freije (9th); Daniel Berg (10th); Kh. Marianne (St. Michael’s-20th)

Prayer List: Fr. Athanasius Wilson; Ioana; Patricia (recovering from a medical procedure); Marianne (Stephanie’s friend); 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, family of Eddie Shoemaker (drowning victim)


Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings                                           

 Prokeimenon: “My mouth shall speak wisdom, and the meditation of my heart shall be understanding.”

Verse: “Hear this, all ye nations!” Psalm 48:3,1

Epistle: The Reading is from Saint Paul’s Epistle to the Hebrews. (7:26-8:2)

 BRETHREN, it was most fitting that we should have such a High Priest, holy, guileless, undefiled, separated from sinners, and more exalted than the heavens, Who has no need, like those high priests, to offer up sacrifices daily, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people; for this He did once for all, when He offered up Himself. For the Law appoints men in their weakness as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came after the Law, appoints a Son, perfected for evermore.  Now in the things which we are saying the chief point is this: We have such a High Priest, Who sat down at the right hand on the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, a liturgical minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which was pitched “by the Lord,” and not by a human.


Gospel: The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (19:1-10)

AT THAT TIME, Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through.  And there was a man named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector, and rich.  And he sought to see Who Jesus was, but could not, on account of the crowd, because he was small of stature.  So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Jesus, for He was to pass that way.  And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down; for I must stay at your house today.” So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully.  And when they saw it they all murmured, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.”  And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.”  And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham; for the Son of man came to seek and to save the lost.

Divine Liturgy Variables

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.

Apolytikion of St. Gregory the Theologian – Tone 1

The pastoral psalter of thy discourse in theology triumphed over the trumpets of orators and overcame it; for having sought the depth of the Spirit, there was also vouchsafed to thee excellence of speech, O Father Gregory.  Wherefore, intercede with Christ God to save our souls.

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.