Sunday, January 29, 2023

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Translation of relics of Ignatius the God-bearer of Antioch

New-martyr Demetrios of Chios

Thought for Today: “If we seek the things that are perfect, the secondary things will follow. The Lord says, ‘Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.’ What sort of person do you think the children of such parents will be? What kind of persons are all the others who associate with them? Will they not eventually be the recipients of countless blessings as well? For generally the children acquire the character of their parents, are formed in the mold of their parents’ temperament, love the same things their parents love, talk in the same fashion and work for the same ends. If we order our lives in this way and diligently study the Scriptures, we will find lessons to guide us in everything we need.”

 + St. John Chrysostrom +


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. Ignatius of Antioch – Tone 4

By choosing the Apostles’ way of life, thou hast succeeded to their throne. Inspired by God, thou didst find the way to divine contemplation through the practice of virtue. After teaching the Word of Truth without error, thou didst defend the Faith to the very shedding of thy blood, O Holy Martyr among bishops Ignatius. Entreat the Lord our 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.


The Epistle

Make your vows to the Lord your God, and perform them.

In Judah God is known; His Name is great in Israel.

The Reading from the Second Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians. (6:16-7:1)

Brethren, you are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will live in them and move among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore, come out from them, and be separate from them,” says the Lord, “and touch nothing unclean; then I will welcome you, and I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters,” says the Lord Almighty. Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, and make holiness perfect in the fear of God.

The Gospel

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (15:21-28)

At that time, Jesus went to the district of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and cried, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely possessed by a demon.” But He did not answer her a word. And His disciples came and begged him, saying, “Send her away, for she is crying after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But she came and knelt before Him, saying, “Lord, help me.” And He answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.” Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly.

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.

House Blessing: Father Peter Jon will be contacting you in the coming weeks to schedule a house blessing.

Today, Sunday: Installation of the Parish Council will be held following Divine Liturgy.

Council members are Cathy Alexander, Glen Carter, Charles Coats, Don Haney, Johanna Hsu,

Daniel Mullis, Dan Rigsby, Jacob Stemper, Lina Tabbal.

Pledge of Support for the Parish Council

We, the Parishioners of All Saints Orthodox Christian Church as members of this one body in Christ, do now commit ourselves to the support of you, our leaders, chosen by the Holy Spirit in our annual assembly to guide us in the coming year.

We pledge our love in Christ to each of you, to support you with our prayers and our ready response when called upon, as we, led by you, work for the greater Glory of God.

We pledge to commit ourselves anew to the task of becoming One Body in Christ, with One Lord, One Spirit, One God and Father, Who is above all, through all and in all of us. Amen.


Tuesday, January 31: OCF dinner and discussion 6:30 pm at the Webb’s house.

Wednesday, February 1: 6:00 pm Vesperal Divine Liturgy for the Great Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple. This is the end of the greater 40-day cycle of the Christmas season (and the anniversary of Fr. Peter Jon’s ordination to the Holy Priesthood). Candles will be blessed at the end of the Liturgy.

Blessing the Candles:  Bring your beeswax candles (or other candles which will be used in your home for prayers) to be blessed during the Liturgy for the Presentation on the evening of February 1st at 6:00 p.m. 

Saturday, February 4: Digging into Romans: Howard Webb is leading this study which meets Saturdays 9:00-10:30 at the Webb’s home at 3960 E Fenbrook Lane, 47401.  Feel free to come whenever you can for lively discussion and fellowship. Be sure to bring your Bible!

Saturday, February 4: Great Vespers at 5:00pm; Jr SOYO at 3:30pm; Teen SOYO at 6:00pm.

Sunday, February 5: Matins at 9:00 am, Divine Liturgy at 10:00 am.


Birthday Celebrations: Michael Shahadey (30th); Don Haney (2nd); Karen Tabbal (3rd); Nolan Arnold (4th); Ben Carter (5th).

Names Day Celebration: Rhonda Webb, Pertetua (1st); Felicity Arthur, Felicity (1st); Shannon Richardson, Bridgid; Bridgid Kozak, Bridgid (1st); Perry Sampanis, Panagiotis(2nd); Amber Smith, Anna (3rd).

Anniversary Celebrations: Fr. Peter Jon’s Ordination (2nd); Perry and Mae Sampanis (4th).

Memory Eternal: Nelson, Ruperto.

Prayer List: Michael, Olga, Eileen, Soren, Kathy; Toni;Jan; Don and Dee; those suffering the war of Ukraine; Peace talks; our nation and all nations’ leaders; schools: school children, youth and personnel across the nation; Mat. Raisa; Mary Ann; Emma (Mary Ann’s granddaughter); Bob & Bonnie Thelen; Wes (infant with brittle bone disorder); Megan (lymphoma); Mark (CHF) and (caregiver) Barbara; Wes’s grandfather;Josiah; Vicki;Vicki’s granddaughter; Arianna;

Linda; Steve Crandall; Fr. AthanasiusFr. Gabriel;Jack;Christopher; Nancy; Fr. Jerome Mother Nektaria; Catherine; Wadia; Jayci; Patricia, Marvin, Alice; Kitsa; Apthrodite and Angelos; Kim; Kristy, Dusty, Cari; Betsy, Josh; Allison; Andrew and Isaac (Korea/military);

Leanne; Heather; Nancy; Sharon Catherine; Lexi, Ross and Vivian; Theo; Doug; Jeremy;  Marcia & Deacon; Elias; Waded; Seraphima; Lilly’s family; Jennifer; Christy; Megan; Rhea and John; Stanley; Anna with child (Coran’s friend); Malory with child (Reed’s sister);

Megan with child; Brigida with child; Paulina with child; Macrina with child, Ashley and infant Charlotte; Anne; Allen; Linda; Marilyn; Mary Barger; Norma; Allison and children.

Giving Opportunities:

The Benevolence Fund Thank you to all who generously responded to our plea for the benevolence fund.  Donations may be made to this fund throughout the year, and are mainly used to support families in need of help with rent and utilities payments.

Our In-House Food Pantry needs canned vegetables, meats, tuna, salmon, smoked oysters, sardines, chicken, black and pinto beans, spaghetti sauce and peanut butter.  We have an abundance of pasta.

Coffee Hour Host: 5th Sunday, Open to all for Coffee Hour donations.

Next week Host: Rhonda Webb’s with Parishioner S-Z.

Donations to the church are being made online at and by U.S mail.  Many thanks to all who continue supporting All Saints.