Sunday, November 21, 2021

Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos

Nativity Fast

Thought for Today: “While fasting, let us purify our hearts, sanctify our souls, and trample down all vices.” – St. Theodore the Studite

Greetings from Wisconsin!

This weekend we welcome Fr. Daniel and Khouria Lee Morton from Missouri.  Fr. Daniel will celebrate the Divine Services on Saturday and Sunday while Fr. Peter Jon and Khouria Marilyn are in Wisconsin for the funeral of Lois Switala, Khouria’s sister and Father’s aunt.

Last Sunday’s Parish Vote: The amendment to our parish constitution to change the date of the annual meeting from November to January was unanimously approved.

Teen SOYO Diaper Drive:  Please place donations for Newborn and sizes 1 and 2 in the box in the social hall.  The Women’s Care Center will distribute them to families in need.

Welcome to Junior SOYO!  Junior SOYO will meet at All Saints from 4 – 5 p.m. each Saturday.  Children ages 6 – 12 are welcomed and encouraged to attend.  

Thanksgiving Dinner at All Saints:  All are welcome to come for a special dinner at All Saints on Thanksgiving day at 2pm. Please RSVP to Charles Coats if you would like to attend. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board at the church where you may indicate what you plan to bring to share.

The Nativity Fast: The first period is November 15 through December 19 when the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, poultry, eggs, dairy, fish, wine and oil) is observed with katalysis for wine and oil on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and for fish, wine and oil on Saturdays and Sundays. The second period is December 20 through 24 when the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, poultry, eggs, dairy, fish, wine and oil) is observed with katalysis for wine and oil only on Saturday and Sunday. There is a dispensation from fasting at Thanksgiving.


Wednesday, November 24: Akathist of Thanksgiving for All Things at 6:00

Saturday, November 20:The Adult Bible Study, continuing the study of the Book of Jonah,

will meet at the Webb’s from 9:00 to  10:30 am.

Saturday, November 27: Great Vespers at 5:00; Jr. SOYO at 4:00; Teen SOYO at 6:00

Sunday, November28: Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00  


Saturday, December 4: Divine Liturgy for Ss. Barbara and John of Damascus at 9am.


The Reading is from St. Paul’s Epistle to the Hebrews. (9:1-7)

My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.

He hath regarded the lowliness of His servant.

Brethren, the first tabernacle had ordinances of the divine services and an earthly sanctuary. For the first tabernacle was prepared, in which were the candlestick, and the table, and the bread of the offering, which is called the Sanctuary. And behind the second veil stood the tabernacle which is called the Holy of Holies; having a golden altar of incense, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round  about with gold, which contained a golden jar holding the manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded, and the two tablets of the covenant; and above it the two Cherubim of glory overshadowing the Ark’s lid; of these things, we cannot now speak in particular. Now these things having been thus prepared, the priests go in continually into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the divine services; but into the second the high priest enters alone, once in the year, not without blood, which he offers for himself, and for the ignorances of the people.

The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (10:38-42; 11:27-28)

At that time, Jesus entered a certain village; and a woman named Martha received Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to His teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving; and she went to Him and said, “Lord, dost Thou not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things; one thing is needful. Mary has chosen the good portion, which shall not be taken away from her.” As He said this, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, “Blessed is the womb that bore Thee, and the breasts that Thou didst suck!” But He said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”

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.


Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 5

Let us believers praise and worship the Word; coeternal with the Father and the Spirit, born of the Virgin for our salvation. For, He took pleasure in ascending the Cross in the flesh to suffer death; and to raise the dead by His glorious Resurrection.

Apolytikion  of the Entrance of the Theotokos – Tone 4

Today the Virgin is the foreshadowing of the pleasure of God, and the beginning of the preaching of the salvation of mankind. Thou hast appeared in the Temple of God openly and hast gone before, preaching Christ to all. Let us shout with one thrilling voice, saying: Rejoice, O thou who art the fulfillment of the Creator’s dispensation.

Kontakion of the Entrance of the Theotokos in the Temple – 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.

Megalynarion of the Entrance – Tone 4

Since thou art a living temple of God, O Theotokos, no impure hand shall touch thee. But the lips of believers, let them ceaselessly laud thee, crying unto thee joyfully with the voice of the angels: Verily, O undefiled Virgin, thou art more exalted than all creatures.

Koinonikon (Communion Hymn) for the Entrance – Tone 8

I will take the cup of salvation, and I will call upon the Name of the Lord. Alleluia.


PANTRY NEEDS: NEEDED are the following: marinara (spaghetti sauce); canned meat; vegetables; canned soups. We DO NOT NEED rice or spaghetti pasta. Take a look in Marcia’s office, and you may see something else that would fill the shelves!

Meals for the Cowan Family: If you have not had the opportunity to sign up to bring a meal for Lance, Catherine and little Abigail Joy, please click the following link to do so:

Birthday Celebrations: Lisa A (21st); Mae S (23rd)

Name Day Blessings: The Entrance of the Theotokos (21st):Mary Ann G; Kh. Marilyn; Mary B; Alice Marie P.

Memory Eternal: Lois; Richard

Prayer List: Catherine Polit (hospice) and her family;Jake Immimk (hospitalized); Fr. Athanasius Wilson; Jack;Christopher:Catherine, Lance, Abigail; Covid-19 resurgence; refugees  and immigrants; our nation and nation’s leaders at all levels of government; schools: school children, youth and personnel across the nation; Nancy; April; Don; Vicki; Mat. Raisa;; Ingrid, Fr. Jerome; Catherine;; Anastasia with child; Bonnie Thelen; Wadia; Jayci; Dee, Patricia, Marvin, Alice; Michael; Olga; Eileen; Soren; Kitsa; Apthrodite and Angelos; Kim; Dusty, Cari; Betsy, Josh; Allison;  Andrew and Isaac (    Korea/military); Leanne; Heather; Nancy; Sharon Catherine; Emma; Lexi, Ross and Vivian; Theo; Doug; Jeremy; Marcia & Deacon; Elias; Waded; Seraphima; Lilly’s family; Jennifer; Christy