Sunday, November 19, 2023

Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost

The Holy Prophet Obadiah; Martyr Barlaam of Antioch;

Martyr Azi the wonderworker of Isauria in Asia Minor and 150 soldiers with him

Thought for Today“Share tears with your neighbor to ease his grief. Share the joy in order to strengthen the joy, to strengthen love, and to benefit from it yourself later, because through crying you will become merciful, and through joy you will be cleansed of envy and hostility.” + St. John Chysostom


Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 7

Thou didst shatter death by Thy Cross, Thou didst open paradise to the thief; Thou didst turn the sadness of the ointment-bearing women into joy. And didst bid Thine Apostles proclaim a warning, that Thou hast risen O Christ, granting to the world the Great Mercy.

Apolytikion  of All Saints – Tone 4

Throughout the world, Thy Church, O Christ our God, is adorned with the blood of Thy Martyrs, as with purple and fine linen.  Through them she cries unto Thee: send down Thy pity upon Thy people, to Thy community give peace, and to our souls the Great Mercy.

Kontakion of the Entrance of the Theotokos- Tone 4

The sacred treasury of God’s holy glory, * the greatly precious bridal chamber and Virgin, * the Savior’s most pure temple, free of stain and undefiled, * into the House of the Lord * on this day is brought forward * and bringeth with herself the grace * of the Most Divine Spirit; * her do God’s Angels hymn with songs of praise, * for she is truly the heavenly tabernacle.

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. 


The Epistle 

The Lord will give strength to His people.

Ascribe to the Lord, O sons of God, ascribe to the Lord honor and glory.

The Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Ephesians. (2:14-22)

Brethren, Christ is our peace, Who has made us both one, and has broken down the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in His flesh the law of commandments and ordinances, that He might create in Himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the Cross, thereby bringing the hostility to an end. And He came and preached peace to you, who were far off, and peace to those who were near; for through Him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone, in Whom the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in Whom you also are built into it for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. 

The Gospel 

The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (12:16-21)

The Lord spoke this parable: “The land of a rich man brought forth plentifully; and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ And he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns, and build larger ones; and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, be merry.’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you; and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” As He said this, Jesus called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” 

Nativity Fast Began Wednesday, November 15a journey to Bethlehem for the Nativity of Christ 

All Saints Thanksgiving Feast Come and join the festivities Thanksgiving Day at 2:00pm.

Everyone is welcome to join us! The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board in the hallway.

Lending Library: Enjoy these two new works by St. Maximus the Confessor in the Church library: Two Hundred Chapters on Theology and Difficulties in Sacred Scripture.


Today (Sunday)Parish Council will meet following Divine Liturgy.

Monday, November 206th hour Prayers at 12 noon. Vesperal Divine Liturgy for the Entrance of the Theotokos at 6:00 pm.

 Tuesday, November 21: No Services

Wednesday, November 226th Hour Prayers at 12:00 noon; Akathist of Thanksgiving at 6:00 pm.

 Thursday, November 23: All Saints Thanksgiving Celebration at 2:00 pm

FridayNovember 24: No Services

Saturday, November 25:  Bible Study at the Webb’s home, 9:00 am; Reader Vespers at 5:00 pm; No SOYO Today

 Sunday, November 26Matins at9:00 amDivine Liturgy at 10:00 am. Fr. Paul Coats, Assistant Priest at Ss. Constantine and Helen, will be our guest priest today. Welcome!


Names Day CelebrationMary Ann Griggs, Kh. Marilyn Gillquist, Mary Barger, Mae Sampanis, Alice Marie Piercefield, Nanette Maria Plaza Mary, the Theotokos (21st); Cathy Alexander, Katie Alexander, Catherine Cowen, Rachel Barber, Mallory Finchum, Sharon Catherine Gill, Karen Hrismolas, Lina Tabbal, Charlotte Wakefield St. Katherine the Great (25th).

Birthday CelebrationsPaul Barber (19th); Logan Skinner (20th); Lisa Alexander (21st); Mae Sampanis (23rd).

Memory Eternal: Pat, Greg, Linda, Toni, Dillon. Marjie (Victoria Martine’s Aunt).

Prayer ListMichael, Olga, Eileen, Soren, Kathy;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; Steve Crandall; Fr. Athanasius; Jack; Christopher; Fr. Jerome; 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; Macrina; Amanda with child; Anne; Allen; Linda; Marilyn; Mary Barger; Allison and children; Nino with child, Kip, Taylor with child, Erica with child.

Coffee Hour Host: Nina Rogers with Parishioners H-R.

Next week Host: Rhonda Webb with Parishioners S-Z.

Giving Opportunities:

Mission Donations: We send monthly support to two missionary units in Albania, the Hoppe family and Hannah Valentine. We welcome and encourage you to contribute to their ongoing support. 

Benevolence FundDonations 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.

In-House Food PantryThe Food Pantry is in need of marinara sauce, peanut butter, canned vegetables, fruit, and soups. The pantry is available to parish members as well as families and individuals in the greater Bloomington community. Thank you for your continued support

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