Sunday, June 9, 2019

Sunday, June 09, 2019

Sunday of the After-feast of the Ascension

Commemoration of the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council

Cyril, Archbishop of Alexandria; Pelagia and the three Virgin-martyrs of Chios;

Venerable Cyril of Belozersk; Venerable Columba, Enlightener of Scotland

Welcome to All Saints!

Nourishment for the Soul:“Material treasures will serve us for a time and fade away. It is sharing ourselves and our time that creates authentic value; it enriches life with lasting expressions of gratitude and indelible memories. Giving opens our spiritual eyes to the many small blessings before us each moment.” – Steve Brunkhorst

Memorial Invitation: The Alexander family is having a one-year memorial for Nicholas on Saturday, June 15 at 1:00pm, here at the church. They are planning to have a pitch-in meal afterwards. Everyone is welcome.


Tuesday, June 11: Bible Study at Kh. Marilyn’s home at 7:00

Wednesday, June 12: Daily Vespers  at 6:00

Thursday, June 13: Bible Study at Becky’s home at 3:00

Saturday, June 15 Great Vespers at 5:00 with SOYO at 6:00

Sunday, June 16: Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 on Holy Pentecost Kneeling Vespers following the Divine Liturgy  (Father’s Day)


  • Crafting Workshop…June 15th at 3:00
  • Holy Pentecost…June 16th with Kneeling Vespers
  • Midwest Parish Life Conference in Champaign-Urbana…19th-23rd
  • All Saints Day…June 23rd –  our Patronal Feast Day Celebration
  • Apostles’ Fast…June 24th – 29th (Vesperal Liturgy on the 28th)
  • Caleb & Tabitha’s Wedding…July 14th

Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings

Epistle: The Reading is from the Acts of the Apostles.  (20:16-18, 28-36)

In those days, Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus, so that he might not have to spend time in Asia; for he was hastening to be at Jerusalem, if possible, on the day of Pentecost.  And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called to him the elders of the church.  And when they came to him, he said to them: “Take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God which he obtained with the blood of his own Son.  I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them. Therefore, be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish everyone with tears.  And now I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.  I coveted no one’s silver or gold or apparel.  You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities, and to those who were with me.  In all things I have shown you that by so toiling one must help the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, how He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”  And when he had spoken thus, he knelt down and prayed with them all.

Gospel: The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. John. (17:1-13)

At that time, Jesus lifted up His eyes to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Thy Son that the Son may glorify Thee, since Thou hast given Him power over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom Thou hast given Him.  And this is eternal life, that they know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ Whom Thou hast sent.  I glorified Thee on earth, having accomplished the work which Thou gavest Me to do; and now, Father, glorify Thou Me in Thy own presence with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was made. I have manifested Thy Name to the men whom Thou gavest Me out of the world; Thine they were, and Thou gavest them to Me, and they have kept Thy word.  Now they know that everything that Thou hast given Me is from Thee; for I have given them the words which Thou gavest Me, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from Thee; and they have believed that Thou didst send Me.  I am praying for them; I am not praying for the world but for those whom Thou hast given Me, for they are Thine; all Mine are Thine, and Thine are Mine, and I am glorified in them.  And now I am no more in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to Thee.  Holy Father, keep them in Thy Name, which Thou hast given Me, that they may be one, even as We are one.  While I was with them, I kept them in Thy Name, which Thou have given Me; I have guarded them, and none of them is lost but the son of perdition, that the scripture might be fulfilled.  But now I am coming to Thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.”

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. Approach to the cup starts at the front rows; the choir and preschool go first.

Divine Liturgy Variables for Choir and Parish

Second Antiphon

Refrain: Save us, O Son of God, Who didst rise from us in glory to the heavens; who sing to Thee. Alleluia.

Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 6

When Mary stood at Thy grave, looking for Thy sacred body, angelic powers shone above Thy revered tomb; and the soldiers who were to keep guard became as dead men. Thou led Hades captive and wast not tempted thereby.  Thou didst meet the Virgin and didst give life to the world, O Thou, Who art risen from the dead, O Lord, glory to Thee.

Apolytikion of the Holy Fathers – Tone 8

Thou, O Christ, art our God of exceeding praise Who didst establish our holy Fathers as luminous stars upon earth, and through them didst guide us unto the true Faith, O most merciful One, glory to Thee.

“Throughout the World.”

Kontakion of the Ascension – Tone 6

When Thou didst fulfill Thy dispensation for our sakes, uniting the terrestrials with the celestials, Thou didst ascend in glory, O Christ our God, inseparable in space, but constant without separation, and crying unto Thy beloved: I am with you, and no one shall be against you.


Coffee Hour: Scheduled contributors and cleaners for today are those with last names beginning C-G.

Food Pantry Needs: Canned tuna; sandwich spread like Miracle Whip or Mayo; paper products

Name Day Remembrances: Howard W (St. Columba – 9th)

Anniversary Memories: Andrew & Amanda H (10th)

Birthday Blessings: Valerie A (9th); Mary Ann G (13th)

Prayer List: Judy & Doris; Vicki; Emma; Patricia;Hannah, Ty, & tiny infant Alice; Mary & Robert;Shirley; Rose; Lexi & Vivian; Theo; Heather; Doug Barrett;Jeremy P; Charles; Alice & Marvin; Grayson; Cleo; Marcia; Nancy; Nick;Bruce; Joanna Zaharako; Dee; Mary Ann;Emilija and infant daughter; Sharon Catherine; Lillian Purcell; Eileen; Leanne; Ashlee W; Kh. Kristina; Paul; Cathy; Sitto; Elias; Waded; Neva; Bill; Lonnie; Fr. George; Fr. Basil; Iva Lee; Nancy & Shalayna; Seraphima; Lilly’s family; Jennifer & Regina; those suffering in the drug crisis, with fire devastation, with flood damage in the USA; those suffering in Syria and the Middle East; safety in public places, in our schools and on our southern borderMetropolitan Paul; Archbishop John; our church and our nation.