Sunday, July 19, 2015
Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the Fourth Ecumenical Council
Venerable Macrina, Sister of Basil the Great; Venerable Dios of Antioch; Theodore, Archbishop of Edessa; Uncovering of the Relics of Venerable Seraphim of Sarov; Holy Stephen Lazarevic, Serbian Prince and Holy Militsa His Mother
Visitors, you are welcome at all services and social events at All Saints.
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: “Give your children a solid spiritual foundation, and they will be content with whatever they have. Deprive them of a life in Christ, and they will be miserable even in the midst of great wealth.” — His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH
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.
Give Me a Word has arrived at the bookstore. It is an alphabetical anthology of the sayings of the Desert Fathers and would be a benefit to anyone’s soul. Get your copy today!
Social Hour Table: Parishioners whose last names begin with the letters G-H will prepare the table for social hour. However, any who feel led to contribute are welcome to do so.
Going Away Meal Planned: Next Sunday, July 26th, we say good-bye to Michael Ewing who is entering Holy Transfiguration Monastery and Lisa and Phil Woodward who are relocating to northern Indiana for Phil’s job assignment. The church will provide a Chinese meal; parishioner pitch-in items are welcome. Let us shower them with cards for both a joyful and a sad farewell: just a note to say Michael cannot receive gift cards, just ‘plenty’ of chocolate chip cookies! These brothers and sister will be missed. Both Lisa and Michael have served on the parish council.
Have you ever needed to visit Fairy World to rescue your kidnapped parents? No? Well, in four days, you can see a small group of kids do just that as members of “The Hero Club”. This Thursday, July 23rd, the play “The Hero Club,” written by Nina Gillquist, will premier at the Monroe County Public Library auditorium. The all-star 8-member cast features our own Molly Alexander and Nina and Gregory Gillquist. Curtains will open at 3:30pm (courtesy of First Curtain Puller, Hannah Gillquist). Although this 40-minute performance is admission-worthy, it is admission FREE. Please join us!
Dn. Seraphim’s monthly visit is through July 23rd. (Note this update to the July calendar.)
Father Peter Jon will attend the convention during the first part of next week.
The Parish Council meets today around noon.
Wednesday, July 22: Daily Vespers at 6:00 — with Dn. Seraphim leading Bible Study 7:00-8:30.
Thursday, July 23: Vesperal Liturgy at 6:00 – St. Christina the Great Martyr
Saturday, July 25: Great Vespers at 5:00
Sunday, July 26: – Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 – Good-bye Meal follows.
- July 19-26: 52nd Archdiocesan Convention in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
- July 28: Gathering in the Gazebo for Women in the Church — food and fun
- July 28: Fact-finding meeting about a new pictorial directory at 1:30
- October 10: Annual Festival on Fairfax
Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings
Prokeimenon: “Blessed art Thou, O Lord, the God of our Fathers.”
Verse: “For Thou art just in all that Thou hast done to us!” Daniel 3:26-27
Epistle: The Reading is from Saint Paul’s Epistle to St. Titus. (3:8-15)
My Child Titus, faithful is the saying, and concerning these things I desire you to affirm confidently, that those who have believed in God may be thoughtful of how to preside in honorable occupations. These things are good and profitable to men. But avoid foolish disputes, and genealogies, and contentions, and controversies about the Law; for they are unprofitable and vain. A man who is a heretic after the first and second admonition reject, knowing that such a one is subverted, and sins, being self-condemned. When I send Artemas to you, or Tychicos, give diligence to come to me to Nicopolis; for I have determined to winter there. Set forward Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey diligently, that they may be lacking in nothing. And let our people also learn how to preside in honorable occupations, so as to help in cases of urgent need, that they should not be unfruitful. All who are with me salute you. Salute those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.
Gospel: The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (5:14-19)
The Lord said to His Disciples:“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father Who is in heaven. Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them, but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”
Divine Liturgy Variables
Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 6
When Mary stood at Thy grave, looking for Thy sacred body, angelic powers shone above Thy revered tomb; and the soldiers who were to keep guard became as dead men. Thou led Hades captive and wast not tempted thereby. Thou didst meet the Virgin and didst give life to the world, O Thou, Who art risen from the dead, O Lord, glory to Thee.
Apolytikion of the Holy Fathers – Tone 8
Thou, O Christ, art our God of exceeding praise Who didst establish our Holy Fathers as luminous stars upon earth, and through them didst guide us unto the true Faith, O most merciful One, glory to Thee.
Kontakion for Ordinary Sundays – Tone 2
O Undisputed intercessor of Christians, O Mediatrix who is unrejected by the Creator; turn not away from the voice of our petitions, though we be sinners. Come to us with aid in time, who cry unto thee in faith, for thou art good. Hasten to us with intercessions, O Theotokos, who didst ever intercede for those who honor thee.