Sunday, June 28, 2020

Third Sunday after Pentecost

Recovery of the relics of Cyrus & John the Unmercenaries; Martyr Papios;

Paul the Physician of Corinth; Venerable Moses the Anchorite;

Venerable Sergios and Herman, Wonderworking Abbots of Valaam

Nourishment of the Soul: Be sober; be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.  Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.”

 1 Peter 5:8-11

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Teen SOYO will meet 6pm outdoors at the Church this Saturday, June 27th, following Great Vespers. Dinner, cold drinks and bug spray will be provided.


Until June 29 – The Apostles’ Fast

Monday, June 29:  Streamed Festal Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 – Ss. Peter & Paul

Wednesday, July 1: Streamed Daily Vespers at 6:00

Saturday, July 4: Streamed  Great Vespers at 5:00; SOYO – 4th of July

Sunday, July 5: Streamed  Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00

Please continue to email Or frpeterjon@allsaintsbloominton,org to inform Father Peter Jon  of your intention to attend.

Sunday’s Epistle and Gospel Readings

The Reading is from  St. Paul’s Letter to 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.

The Reading is 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.”

Divine Liturgy Variables for Choir and Parish

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.

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.


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 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.

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Anniversary Blessings: Fr. Peter Jon & Kh. Kristina (30th)

Happy Birthday: Shirley R (1st); Olivia G (1st); April Blair (3rd); Matthew C (4th)

Name Day Blessings: Elise A (Elizabeth, the New Martyr of Russia-28th); Ss. Peter & Paul – 28th:Fr. Peter Jon; Robert R; Paul Blair; Petroulla; Paul B; Andrew Paul

Memory Eternal: Fr. John Winfrey

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.