Sunday, June 25, 2023

Third Sunday after Pentecost

Apodosis (Leave-Taking) of the Forerunner’s Nativity

Venerable Martyr Febronia of Nisibis; Venerable Prokopios of the Iviron skete on Athos 

Thought for Today: “The evil one cannot comprehend the joy we receive from the spiritual life; for this reason he is jealous of us and sets traps for us, and we become grieved and fall. We must struggle, because without struggles we do not obtain virtues. – St. Maximos the Confessor-


June 12-29 


Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 2

When Thou didst submit Thyself unto death, O Thou deathless and immortal One, then Thou didst destroy hell with Thy Godly power. And when Thou didst raise the dead from beneath the earth, all the powers of Heaven did cry aloud unto Thee: O Christ, Thou giver of life, glory to Thee.

Apolytikion of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist – Tone 4

O prophet and Forerunner of Christ God’s coming to us, * all we who with longing now extol thee are at a loss to honor thee worthily. * For thy mother’s barrenness and father’s long silence, * by thine all-renowned and hallowed birth, were both ended, * and the Incarnation of the Son of God is preached unto all the world.

Kontakion –Tone 2

O undisputed intercessor of Christians, the 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 dost.


The Epistle

The Lord is my strength and my song.  The Lord has chastened me sorely.

The Reading from the Epistle St. Paul to the Romans. (5:1-10)

Brethren, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through Him we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in our hope of sharing the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us. While we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Why, one will hardly die for a righteous man—though perhaps for a good man one will dare even to die. But God shows His love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we are now justified by His blood, much more shall we be saved by Him from the wrath of God.  For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. Not only so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received our reconciliation.

The Gospel 

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (6:22-33)

The Lord said, “The eye is the lamp of the body.  So, if your eye is sound, your whole body will be full of light; but if your eye is evil, your whole body will be full of darkness.  If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!  No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.  You cannot serve God and mammon.  Therefore, I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; nor about your body, what you shall put on.  Is not the soul more than food, and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of heaven: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not of more value than they?  And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his stature?  And why are you anxious about clothing?  Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon himself in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O men of little faith?  Therefore, do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.  But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.”

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.


Parish Life ConferenceFr. Peter Jon, will be traveling and attending PLC; June 28 – July 1.

Monday, July 3: Mark your calendar for our annual Vespers & Fr. Peter E. memorial followed by BBQ and stellar fireworks!


Today, SundayParish Council will meet.

Monday, June 26: Divine Liturgy, at 9:00 am.

Tuesday, June 27: Divine Liturgy, at 9:00am.

Wednesday, June 26: 6th Hour Prayers, at 12:00 noon; Readers Vespers, at 6:00pm.

Thursday, June 29:  3rd Hour Prayers; Akathist to Saints Peter and Paul, at 9:00 am.

FridayJune 30: 6th Hour Prayers at 12:00 noon.

Saturday, July 1: Bible Study at the Webb’s home, 9:00 am; Readers Vespers, at 5:00 pm; No SOYO this weekend.

Sunday, July 2Matins at 9:00am; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 am; Myrrh Bearers will meet following Divine Liturgy. American Saints celebrated St. John of San Francisco; St. Juvenaly of Alaska.


Names Day CelebrationPetroula Lambrou,Father Peter Jon, St. Peter, (29th)Paul Blair, Paul Barber, Robert Rogers, Andrew Paul, St. Paul (29th).

Anniversary CelebrationFr. Peter and Kh. Kristina (30th).

Birthday Celebrations: Nicholas Van Cleave (26th); Zephaniah Gill (28th); Glen Carter (29th); Shirley Richardson (1st); Gary Gettelfinger (1st).

Memory Eternal: Joe; Norma; Steven; Don; LeRoy; Timothy, Anna.

Prayer ListMichael, Olga, Eileen, Soren, Kathy; Toni;Jan; Don and Dee; those suffering the war of Ukraine; Peace talks; our nation and all nations’ leaders; Earthquake victims and relief efforts in Syria and Turkey; schools: school children, youth and personnel across the nation; Mat. Raisa; Mary Ann; Emma (Mary Ann’s granddaughter); Bob & Bonnie Thelen;  Wes (infant with brittle bone disorder); Wes’s grandfather; Megan (lymphoma); Mark (CHF) and (caregiver) Barbara;Josiah; Vicki;Vicki’s granddaughter; Arianna; Linda; Steve Crandall; Fr. Athanasius; jack; Christopher; Nancy; Fr. Jerome; Mother Nektaria; Catherine; Wadia; Jayci; Patricia; Marvin; Alice; Kitsa; Apthrodite; Kim; Kristy; Dusty; Cari; Betsy; Josh; Allison; Andrew (Texas/military); Isaac (Germany/military); Leanne; Heather; Nancy; Sharon Catherine; Lexi, Ross and Vivian; Theo; Doug; Jeremy; Dn. Lawrence, Marcia; Elias; Waded; Seraphima; Lilly’s family; Jennifer; Christy; Megan; John; Stanley; Anna and child; Macrina with child; Emilia with child; Amanda with child; Anne; Allen; Linda; Marilyn; Mary Barger; Allison and children; Nino with child.  

Coffee Hour HostRhonda Webb with Parishioners S-Z.

Next week Host: Melissa Barbarick with Parishioners A-B.

Giving Opportunities:

The Benevolence Fund: Donations may be made to this fund throughout the year, and are mainly used to support families in need of help with rent and utilities payments. Thank you for your ongoing generosity.

Our In-House Food Pantry: Non-perishable food items are always welcome, thank you for your continued support. The Food Pantry is available to parish member as well as families in the community.

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