Sunday after the Theophany of Christ
Righteous Mother Domnica of Constantinople and her companions;
Venerable George the Chozebite
Thought for Today: “In a society where each one sees himself as the first no one makes any progress. If, however, one always considers oneself to be the last, meeting someone else becomes each time the opportunity for spiritual profit and progress. So it is best to be the last. If I am the forst, life is infernally tiresome. If I am the last, life is a continual joy, because I am always learning something useful. + St. Sophrony of Essex +
VARIABLE for CHOIR and PARISH
Resurrectional Apolytikion Tone – 5
Let us believers praise and worship the Word; coeternal with the Father and the Spirit, born of the Virgin for our salvation. For, He took pleasure in ascending the Cross in the flesh to suffer death; and to raise the dead by His glorious Resurrection.
Apoytikion 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 likeness of a dove confirmed the truth of His word. O Christ our God, Who hast 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.
EPISTLE and GOSPEL READINGS
Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us. Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous.
The Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Ephesians. (4:7-13)
Brethren, grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore, it is said, “When He ascended on high He led a host of captives, and He gave gifts to men.” (In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that He had also descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is He who also ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.) And His gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
The reading 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.”
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.
Special Convention: Father Peter Jon travels to Texas for the Special Convention to nominate a new Metropolitan Archbishop January 11-14.
All-parish Annual Meeting: Sunday, January 22.
Summer Camp: Antiochian Village; registration for All Summer Camp Programs 2023 opens Saturday, January 7. www.avcamp.org
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 meats, tuna, salmon, smoked oysters, sardines, chicken, black and pinto beans, spaghetti sauce and peanut butter. We have an abundance of pasta.
Wednesday, January 11: Reader’s Vespers at 6:00 pm; There will be no Ask Abouna this week.
Saturday, January 14: Digging into Romans: Howard Webb is leading this study which meets Saturdays 9:00-10:30 at the Webbs 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, January 14: Reader’s Vespers at 5:00pm; Jr SOYO at 3:30pm; Teen SOYO at 6:00pm.
Sunday, January 15: Matins at 9:00 am, Divine Liturgy at 10:00 am.
Birthday Celebrations: Charles Coats (8th); Tyson Schulz (8th); Hal Sabbagh (9th); Sarah Carter (13th); Rachel Barber (14th).
Names Day Celebration: Gregory Gillquist Gregory of Nyssa (10th); Sarah Carter Tatiana (12th); Nina Gillquist, Nina Rogers Nina (14th).
Memory Eternal: Chris, David, David, David, Drew, Robert, Nelson.
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. Athanasius; Fr. 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; Anne; Allen; Linda; Marilyn; Mary Barger; Norma; Allison and children .
Coffee Hour Host: Wendy Carter’s Team with Parishioners C-G.
Next week Host: Nina Rogers’ Team with Parishioners H-R
Donations to the church are being made online at www.allsaintsbloomington.org and by U.S mail. Many thanks to all who continue supporting All Saints.