Sunday, January 9, 2022

News from Mat. Raisa Strelnizki

After suffering a fall on Christmas Day, our dear Matushka was briefly hospitalized and then transferred to Bell Trace for rehabilitation.  She is doing well, but the date of her release is unsure. If anyone would like to send a note of encouragement to our beloved 102 sister in Christ, here is her contact information:





Sunday after the Theophany of Christ

Martyr Polyeuktos of Armenia; Venerable Eustratios the Wonderworker;

New-martyr Parthenas; Philip, Metropolitan of Moscow

Thought for Today“Let us be satisfied simply with what sustains our present life, not with what pampers it.” + St. Maximos the Confessor

Junior SOYO Performance: The children of Junior SOYO will perform a riveting Nativity play on Sunday during coffee hour. All are welcome to attend. Parents, please bring your young thespians to the church by 3 o’clock on Saturday for rehearsal.

New Offering Envelopes are available: You may continue using old ones if you choose.

2022 Church Calendars!

The new church calendars are complete and available in the hallway at church. The calendars are absolutely beautiful, thanks to the work of Darryl Jones and Marcia Baldwin (and to others who contributed photos). 

Warm Mittens, gloves, hats and scarves can find their first home in the big box in the hallway. Cathy Alexander will then take them during the cold winter months to local schools for distribution to needy children. Please donate as you are able.


Wednesday, January 12: Daily Vespers at 6:00      

Saturday, January 15: Adult Bible Study at the Webb’s home – 9:00 – 10:30

(3960 E Fenbrook Lane, Bloomington, 47401) Contact Rhonda for more information in person or at 314-313-4275

Saturday, January 15: Great Vespers at 5:00; Jr. SOYO at 3:00; Sr. SOYO at 6:00

Sunday, January 16: Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00  – Annual Meeting follows.


House Blessings

January 16th: Annual business meeting.

Everyone is invited to attend, but voting for council selection is reserved

for members-in-good-standing age 18 and older.

Orthodoxy 101 will resume  in mid-January.


The Reading is from St. Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians. (4:7-13)

 (For the Sunday after Theophany of Christ)

Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us. Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous.

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 is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (4:12-17)

 (For the Sunday after Theophany of Christ)

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.”


Second Antiphon

Refrain: Save us, O Son of God, Who wast baptized by John in the Jordan;

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 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.


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.

Birthday Celebrations: Luke B (9th); Hal S (9th); Jeremy P (12th); Sarah C – 13th); Rachel Barber (14th)

Name Day Prayers: Gregory G (St. Gregory of Nyssa – 10th); Sarah C (St. Tatiana – 12th); Amanda S (St. Agnes – 14th); April B (St. Macrina – 14th); Nina G (St. Nina – 14th); Nina R (St. Nina – 14th)

Memory Eternal: Catherine; Bobby (Max’s uncle); Tate; Geni Gritton, Tony, Byron (Ian’s twin brother)

Prayer List: Steve Crandall (Matt’s father); Adrian and Marah Polit;Jake Immimk;  Fr. Athanasius Wilson; Jack;Christopher; Tornado victims; Covid-19 resurgence; refugees  and immigrants; our nation and nation’s leaders at all levels of government; schools: school children, youth and personnel across the nation; Nancy; April; Don; Vicki; Mat. Raisa; Ingrid, Fr. Jerome; Catherine; Awanda  Michael; Anastasia with child; Bonnie Thelen; Wadia; Jayci; Dee, Patricia, Marvin, Alice; Michael; Olga; Eileen; Soren; Kitsa; Apthrodite and Angelos; Kim; Dusty, Cari; Betsy, Josh; Allison;  Andrew and Isaac (Korea/military); Leanne; Heather; Nancy; Sharon Catherine; Emma; Lexi, Ross and Vivian; Theo; Doug; Jeremy; Marcia & Deacon; Elias; Waded; Seraphima; Lilly’s family; Jennifer; Christy

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