Sunday, July 5, 2020

Venerable Athanasius of Athos

Venerable Lampados of Irenoupolis; Hieromartyr Cyprian of Mount Athos;

Synaxis of the 23 Martyrs of Lesvos; Uncovering of Relics of Sergios the Wonderworker of Radonezh

Nourishment of the Soul: “The principle and source of the virtues is a good disposition of the will: that is to say, an aspiration for goodness and beauty. God is the source and ground of all supernal goodness. Thus the principle of goodness and beauty is faith or, rather, it is Christ, the Rock of Faith, Who is principle and foundation of all virtues.” – St. Gregory of Sinai

Father continues to post short videos on allsaintsbloomington,org  to connect with us, to inspire us, and to inform us. On the opening page, scroll to the bottom and find the current postings under the “Videos from Father Peter” heading. Father is currently doing a two week series on the lives of the saints of America.

Safety Practices:

…Teen SOYO will gather outdoors after Great Vespers each Saturday, respecting social distancing practices. 

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…All are welcome to attend Wednesday and Saturday Vespers services without signing up. Face masks and safety precautions are in place.


Wednesday, July 8: Streamed Daily Vespers at 6:00

Saturday, July 11: Streamed  Great Vespers at 5:00: SOYO at 6:00

Sunday, July 12: Streamed  Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00

Sunday’s Epistle and Gospel Readings

The Reading is from  St. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians. (5:22-6:2)

 (For St. Athanasius)

The saints shall boast in glory, and they shall rejoice upon their beds.

Sing unto the Lord a new song; His praise is in the church of the saints.

Brethren, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. Let us have no self-conceit, no provocation of one another, no envy of one another. Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Look to yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

The Reading is 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 for Choir and Parish

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 of St. Athanasius, the Athonite – Tone 3  (**Awed by the beauty**)

The Angels’ ranks were awed by thy life in the flesh, * how, though corporeal, and clad with earthly clay, * thou didst set forth with courage to invisible wars and wrestlings * and didst boldly smite the hordes * of the demons with mortal wounds. * Wherefore, Christ rewarded thee * with abundant gifts in return. * Entreat Him that our souls find salvation, * O most renowned Father Athanasius.


The Wednesday Bible Study on the Book of James is scheduled for July 15, 22,and 29.  Those attending vespers are welcome to remain for the study.   Those viewing from home should remain for the streamed class  Opportunities for brief comments or questions can be offered by calling Fr. Seraphim at 724-494-7215  at the conclusion of the study time.  The Orthodox Study Bible will be used which is printed with the New King James Version of the Bible.

Major Saints in July: Olga of Kiev, 11th; Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel – 13th; Seraphim of Sarov – 19th; Great Martyr Christina – 24th; St. Anna’s Dormition 25th; St. Paraskeva –  26th

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Anniversary Blessings: Aaron & Johanna H (6th)

Happy Birthday: Elise A (6th); Wyatt C (10th)

Name Day Blessings: St. Olga of Kiev: Olga I (11th); Vicki G (11th)

Memory Eternal: Bill Griggs (11th)

Prayer List: Kitsa Wiersteiner (Gabriella’s godmother); Steven Sajkich (Corona virus); Aphrodite and son Angelos in Greece; Eileen; Violet; Kim; Dusty; Betsy; Allison; Robin & Janet; Mary Ann; Vicki;  Mat. Raisa; Kathleen with child; Rebekah with Opal; Taylor with child; Amanda Hermione with child; Isaac in Air Force; Andrew for education decisions;  Fr. Marc; Kh.Vanessa & Anthony Kinder; Fr. George; Fr. Basil & Kh. Cana; Judith Ann; George; Dee; Catherine (not in this parish); Michael & Olga; Leanne; Heather;Nancy; Sharon Catherine; Alice & Marvin; Kh. Kristina; Bonnie; Emma; Patricia; Mary & Robert;Shirley; Rose; Lexi, Ross & Vivian; Theo; Doug Barrett;Jeremy; Charles; Grayson; Cleo; Marcia & Deacon; Nick;Bruce; Joanna & Demetrios;Ashlee W; Paul; Cathy; Sitto; Elias; Waded; Neva; Bill; Lonnie; Nancy & Shalana; Seraphima; Lilly’s family; Jennifer & Regina; those suffering in the drug crisis, with fire devastation, flood damage, and earthquake damage; those suffering in the Middle East; our nation and our nation’s leaders at all levels of government; world-wide pandemic.