Friday, November 20th at 6:00 pm: Vesperal Liturgy
of the Presentation of the Theotokos in the Temple
Sunday, November 22, 2020
Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost
After-feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos
Apostles Philemon, Apphia, Archippos and Onesimos of the Seventy; Clement, Bishop of Ochrid and Enlightener of Bulgaria; Martyr Cecilia of Rome and those with her; Venerable Kallistos Xanthopoulos of Athos; Martyr Michael, Prince of Tver; Venerable Iakovos of Evia
Nourishment of the Soul: “The Holy Scriptures lead us to God and open the path to the knowledge of God.” – St. John Chrysostom
Congratulations to the newly added members of the Parish Council: Don H, Dan M, Lina T and Lucia T. They will be installed today along with the continuing members: Elizabeth A, Marcia B, Steve B, Barb G, Johanna H, Heidi N, Dan R, Nina R and Rhonda W. The council will then meet to elect officers for the coming year.
Father Peter Jon continues to post short videos daily at www.allsaintsbloomington.org to connect with, inspire and inform us. On the home page, find the current postings under “Videos from Father Peter.”
**SPECIAL NOTE ON THE NATIVITY FAST**
On November 15, we begin, with God’s help, the forty-day NATIVITY FAST in preparation for the feast of the Nativity of Christ on December 25. The Nativity Fast is divided into two periods. 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.
Wednesday, November 25: Live-Streamed Akathist of Thanksgiving -‘Glory to God for All Things’
Saturday, November 28: Live-Streamed Great Vespers at 5:00: SOYO at 6:00 – 8:00
Sunday, November 29: Live-Streamed Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00
Nativity Fast – November 15 – December 24
Thanksgiving – November 26th
November 30 – Fr. Seraphim and Kh. Paraskeva return for a few weeks.
EPISTLE and GOSPEL READINGS
The Reading is from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Ephesians. (2:14-22)
The Lord will give strength to His people.
Ascribe to the Lord, O sons of God, ascribe to the Lord honor and glory.
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 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.”
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.
Divine Liturgy Variables for Choir and Parish
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 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 – 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.
Aunt Ruth’s Toffee for Christmas: Order now this popular candy, made here at All Saints! Contact our candy maker at firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, November 25th (the day before Thanksgiving) to help her determine how much to prepare in the coming days. (More information is on the hall bulletin board.)
The Pantry: The shelves are being filled again. Take a peek when you are at church to see what might be used.
Coffee Hour Procedures: Safety directives are being followed. Rhonda, serving as chair of the Myrrh Bearers, is the point person. Please contact her to volunteer donations.
Name Day Blessings: St. Katherine – 25th: Cathy Alexander, Katie Alexander, Mallory Finchum, Catherine Cowan, Karen H, Sharon G, Rachel B, Kelly S, Lina T; Karen T
Memory Eternal: Zach; James; Metropolitan Theodosius
Prayer List: Sandy (lingering illness);Immimk family with Covid;Fr. Dragan; Fr. Jerome; Fr. Seraphim Aldea; our nation and our nation’s leaders at all levels of government; world-wide pandemic; schools, school children, youth and personnel across the nation. The People of Beirut; Bonnie Thelen (awaiting kidney transplant); Wadia; Jayci; Dee, Patricia, Marvin A, Benedict, Judith Ann, Cleo, Michael; Olga, Eileen; Kitsa Wiersteiner; Steven Sajkich; Aphrodite and son Angelos in Greece; Violet; Kim; Dusty; Betsy; Allison; Robin & Janet; Mary Ann; Vicki; Mat. Raisa; Isaac in Air Force; Andrew for education decisions; Fr. Marc; Fr. George; Fr. Basil & Kh. Cana; George; Catherine (not in this parish); 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; 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
…The Monroe County Health Department requires masks to be worn by those worshipping outdoors when social distancing (6 feet apart) cannot be observed. All are still required to wear masks indoors unless a medical condition prevents them from safely doing so, or unless one is a designated chanter/server.
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…Teen SOYO gather after Great Vespers each Saturday while respecting social distancing practices.
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