Sunday, June 21, 2020

Second Sunday after Pentecost

Martyr Julian of Tarsus; Martyr Aphrodisius of Cilicia

Father’s Day

Nourishment of the Soul: “With all the people you meet on the path of life, behave as you would like them to behave with you” – St. Nikon of Optina

Teen SOYO continues meeting via ZOOM at 6 PM Saturday evenings.

The Wednesday Bible Study on the Book of James will be held each Wednesday at 7:00 PM following Daily Vespers. There are 4 more sessions:  June 24, July 15, 22,and 29.  Those attending vespers are welcome to remain for the study.   Those viewing from home should remain on the website used to view services  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.


Today – June 29 – The Apostles’ Fast

Wednesday, June 24: Streamed Daily Vespers at 6:00

Wednesday, June 24: Streamed Summer Bible Study at 7:00

Saturday, June 27: Streamed  Great Vespers at 5:00: SOYO on Zoom at 6:00

Sunday, June 28: Streamed  Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00

Donations to the church are being made online at and by U.S. mail.  We have not had a financial squeeze, thank to you for continuing to support the church.

Sunday’s Epistle and Gospel Readings

The Reading is from  St. Paul’s Letter to Romans. (2:10-16).

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

Brethren, glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek.  For God shows no partiality.  All who have sinned without the Law will also perish without the Law, and all who have sinned under the Law will be judged by the Law.  For it is not the hearers of the Law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the Law who will be justified.  When Gentiles who have not the Law do by nature what the Law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the Law.  They show that what the Law requires is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness and their conflicting thoughts accuse or perhaps excuse them on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.

The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (4:18-23)

At that time, as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen.  And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”  Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.  And going on from there He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and He called them.  Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.  And He went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the Kingdom and healing every disease and every infirmity among the people.

Divine Liturgy Variables for Choir and Parish

Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 1

While the stone was sealed by the Jews, and the soldiers were guarding Thy most pure body, Thou didst arise on the third day, O Savior, granting life to the world.  For which cause the heavenly powers cried aloud unto Thee, O Giver of Life. Glory to Thy Resurrection, O Christ; Glory to Thy Kingdom,; Glory to Thy Providence, O Thou Who alone art the lover of mankind.

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.


June 29: The Feast Day of Ss. Peter and Paul


Anniversary Blessings: Mark & Shirley Richardson (24th)

Happy Birthday: Seavor R (21st-Don & Dee’s grandson); James F (22nd); Max W (23rd)

Memory Eternal: Fr. Paul Lazor; Fr. Elias Bitar; Fr. John Winfrey

Prayer List: 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, born of her; 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.