Sunday, July 2, 2017

Sunday, July 02, 2017

The Placing of the Theotokos’ Robe in Blachernae

Juvenaly, archbishop of Jerusalem; the New-martyrs of Samothrace; repose of Job, first patriarch of Moscow; Archbishop John Maximovitch of Shanghai and San Francisco

 All Saints Parish is blessed by our many visitors. Please feel welcome each time you visit.

 Nourishment of the Soul: “What are the ‘Acts of the Apostles’?” he asks.  They are the acts of Christ, which the Holy Apostles do by the power of Christ, or better still: they do them by Christ Who is in them and acts through them. “And what are the ‘Lives of the Saints’?” They are nothing else but a certain kind of continuation of the ‘Acts of the Apostles.’ In them is found the same Gospel, the same life, the same truth, the same righteousness, the same love, the same faith, the same eternity, the same ‘power from on high,’ the same God and Lord.  For the Lord Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever (Heb.13:8): the same for all peoples of all times, distributing the same gifts and the same Divine Energies to all who believe in Him.  St. Justin Popovich of Chelije

Coffee Hour Foods: Contributors this Sunday are those whose last names start with A-Ba.


Do you Know as we approach the Holy Cup, we are reverently focused on what we are about to receive, looking neither to the left nor the right, not visiting with others along the way.  We cross our arms, right over left.  Some kiss the Chalice gently while others do not.  We await the final words of the priest or deacon at the time we have received the Holy Eucharist, “…unto the forgiveness of sins and unto life everlasting.”  We accept blessed bread from the altar servers and return to stand in the presence of Christ.  It is good to offer blessed bread to those who have not received the Eucharist.

 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.

Women’s Care Center:  Donations of items for babies age 1 year and younger and for their mothers can be brought to the church. Patricia Finchum (representing Orthodox Christians for Life) will get them to the center to help women who might otherwise have aborted their babies.

Tomorrow on Monday, July 3: Those who are able will  begin gathering at 7:00 for the Annual Independence Day BBQ and Fireworks. The church will provide meat for the grill, but side dishes and desserts should be donated by those attending. Fireworks will light up the sky as darkness approaches. Friends of your family are invited too.


Monday, July 3: Annual Independence Day Picnic starting at 7:00 pm

Wednesday, July 5: Daily Vespers at 6:00

Saturday, July 8: Great Vespers at 5:00

Sunday, July 9: Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00


Happy Birthday: Shirley R (1st); Olivia G (1st); April B (3rd); Matthew C (4th); Elise A (6th)

Blessed Name Day: Presbytera Stacey Christensen (5th)

Many Years on Your Anniversary: Aaron & Johanna H (6th)

Memory Eternal: Met. ANTONIO; Lavonne; Amanda; Khouria Stefanie Yazge


Festival Planning Meeting is scheduled for July 30th. Now is the time to consider what role each of us can fill for the Festival on Fairfax, Saturday,  October 14th.

Prayer List: Matthew &  family; Adrian (Olga’s brother); Cathy;“For the suffering Christians of Egypt, Syria, Palestine, Iraq, & all of the Middle East, and for those suffering in Ukraine.”; Fr. Steven Rudy (cancer); Finley (infant girl child-Improved); Fr. Basil; Fr. Philip;  Grant (Leukemia); Chris; Doug & Dorothy Barrett; Eileen; the Tabbals; Mary Ann & Jen; Dee and Don;  Kh.Kristina; Betsy and Hannah; Leslie (paralysis); Jasmine; Deborah & Thomas; James; Becky H; Tom; Annie; Catherine; Janett;  Julian; Kh. Mary Sue Walker; Vicki; Hoppes &  Jesse Brandow (Missionaries); Vivian; Natalie; Senior Saints; Patricia; Nicetas; Barb; Shirley; Metropolitan Paul, Archbishop John; Fr. John Koen; Archpriest George; 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; Ethan; Lena, Dean; Gayle; Thomas; Amy; Heidi; Gene & Connie, Caleb D; Megan & Colin; Bill & Sandy; Sabrina; Christy; Pete; Tammy K.; Terry Lee Pope & Susan

 Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings

Prokeimenon: “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.”

Verse:  “For He has regarded the humility of His servant.”  Luke 1:46,48

Epistle: The Reading from St. Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews. (9:1-7)

  (For the Theotokos’ Robe)

Brethren, even the first covenant had regulations for worship and an earthly sanctuary. For a tent was prepared, the outer one, in which were the lamp stand and the table and the bread of the Presence; it is called the Holy Place. Behind the second curtain stood a tent called the Holy of Holies, having the golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold, which contained a golden urn holding the manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant; above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat. Of these things we cannot now speak in detail. These preparations having thus been made, the priests go continually into the outer tent, performing their ritual duties; but into the second only the high priest goes, and he but once a year, and not without taking blood which he offers for himself and for the errors of the people.

Gospel: The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (8:5-13) 

At that time, as Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, beseeching Him and saying, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, in terrible distress.” And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.” But the centurion answered Him, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard him, He marveled, and said to those who followed him, “Truly, I say to you, not even in Israel have I found such faith. I tell you, many will come from east and west and sit at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the Kingdom of Heaven, while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.” And to the centurion Jesus said, “Go; be it done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed at that very moment.

Divine Liturgy Variables

Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 3

Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad, for the Lord hath done a mighty act with His own arm.  He hath trampled down death by death, and become the first-born from the dead. He hath delivered us from the depths of Hades, granting the world the Great Mercy.

Apolytikion for the Placing of the Theotokos’ Robe – Tone 8

O Ever-Virgin Theotokos, shelter of mankind, thou hast bestowed upon thy people a mighty investure, even thine immaculate body’s raiment and sash, which by thy seedless childbirth have remained incorrupt; for in thee, nature and time are made new. Wherefore, we implore thee to grant peace to the world, and Great Mercy to our souls.

Kontakion for the Placing of the Theotokos’ Robe – Tone 4

O godly shelter that dost cover all mankind, * the sacred robe that covered thy sacred body * hast thou bestowed on all the faithful graciously, * O pure Virgin, as a robe * of divine incorruption. * As we celebrate with love * its august deposition, * we cry to thee with faith, O graced of God: * Rejoice, O Lady, thou boast of the Christian race.