Sunday, January 8, 2017

Sunday, January 08, 2017
Sunday after the Theophany of Christ

Righteous Mother Domnica of Constantinople and her companions;
Venerable George the Chozebite

Nourishment of the Soul:
“Faith consists not only in being baptized into Christ, but in fulfilling His commandments.” – St. Mark the Ascetic

House Blessings begin now: Either contact Fr. Peter Jon, or visit the sign-up sheet.

Online Giving at is easy! Give it a try!

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.

Coffee Hour Donors for Sundays in January: Jan. 8th… Be-F; Jan. 15th… G-H; Jan. 22nd… I-Z; Jan. 29th is an open date. While you may donate to the coffee hour on any date, the above designations by first letter of your last name are just an attempt to have something on the table each Sunday and to have some helpers to clean up on the same day.

Sunday Soup Donation Sign-up: April Blair will post a sheet for volunteers to provide soup for coffee hour. If she get lots of volunteers, this could mean you would donate once between now and Pascha!

Check the date recorded on your checks – 201

Wednesday, January 11: Daily Vespers at 6:00
Thursday, January 12: Bedford-Mitchell Fellowship – 10:00 -Noon at the Haney’s home
Friday, January 13: Vesperal Liturgy at 6:00 – St. Nina of Georgia
Saturday, January 14: Great Vespers at 5:00
Sunday, January 15: Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 — Parish Council at Noon

January 27: Akathist to the Protection of the Theotokos at 6 pm
January 28: Altar Servers Meeting (time to be announced)
February 2: Feast of the Presentation
February 11-12: Bp. ANTHONY’s Annual Pastoral Visit

Phone Directories and Annual Calendars are now available.

Birthday Greetings: Charles C (8th); Luke B (9th); Hal S (9th); Aidan G (14th); Rachel B (14th)
Name Day Blessings: Gregory G (St. Gregory of Nyssa – 10th); Nina R (St. Nina -14th); Nina G (St. Nina – 14th); Amanda A (St. Agnes – 14th); April B (St. Macrina (14th)
Memory Eternal: Phyllis Morgan (11/30); Fr. Paul Doyle (12/25)

Prayer List : “For the suffering Christians of Syria, Palestine, Iraq, & all of the Middle East, and for those suffering in Ukraine.” Alex John; Fr. Steven Rudy (cancer); Subdn. Daniel; Fr. Basil; Fr. Philip; Grant (Leukemia); Chris; Doug & Dorothy Barrett; Eileen & Olga & Michael; the Tabbals; Mary Ann; Dee and Don; Kh.Kristina; Betsy and Hannah; Leslie (paralysis); Jasmine; Deborah & Thomas; Iva; James; Becky H.; Alexis T; Tom; Annie; Catherine; Janett; Julian; Kh. Mary Sue Walker; Vicki; Hoppes & Jesse Brandow (OCMC Missionaries); Vivian; Natalie; Senior Saints; Patricia; Nicetas; Barb; Shirley; Metropolitan Paul, Archbishop John; Fr. John Koen; Archpriests George & Stephen; Adrian; Heather; Susan; Gabriella & Matt; Sara; Shelley; Geni; Emily D; Emma; Nancy; Neal; Bob R; Leanne; Beth; Lillian; Julie; Roger; Virginia; Marilyn; Eric; Cheryl; Lori; Pam; Debbie; Natasha; Michael & Shelley: Gabriel; Mary; Janet; Kelly; Matushka Raisa; Marty; Charles; Mary; Marvin, Alice; Katie; Ruth; Steve; Romaine; Derek, Claire & Micah; Tim; Sharon; Sherri; Dianna; Michael and Diane; Aaron; Brent; Jennifer; Brigid; Dennis (struggling with alcoholism and infection); Ethan; Lena, Dean; Gayle; Thomas; Amy; Heidi; Gene & Connie, Caleb D; Megan & Colin; Bill & Sandy.

Readings for Sunday

Prokeimenon: “Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us.”
Verse: “Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous!” Psalm 32:22,1

Epistle: The Reading from St. Paul’s 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 perfecting 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

Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 4
Having learned the joyful message of the Resurrection from the angel, the women disciples of the Lord cast from them their parental condemnation. And proudly broke the news to the Disciples, saying: Death hath been spoiled; Christ God is risen, granting the world Great Mercy.

Apolytikion of the Theophany of Christ – Tone 1
When Thou, O Lord, wast baptized in the Jordan, worship of the Trinity wast 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
On this day Thou hast appeared * unto the whole world, * and Thy light, O Sovereign Lord, * is signed on us who sing Thy praise * and chant with knowledge: Thou hast now come, * Thou hast appeared, O Thou Light unapproachable.