Sunday, November 24, 2019

Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost

After-Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos

Clement, Bishop of Rome; Hieromartyr Peter, Bishop of Alexandria; Hermogenes, Bishop of Agrigentum; Martyrs Philoumenos and Christopher; Martyr Alexander of Corinth

Welcome to All Saints!

Nourishment for the Soul: “To be a Christian is to affirm God as Creator of the universe; and when a Christian looks at the beauty and glory of what God has made, praise and thanksgiving pour from the lips.” – St. John Chrysostom

Parish Council Officers are Dan Rigsby (chair); Barb Grinder (Vice-Chair); Elizabeth Arthur (Secretary); and Marcia Baldwin (Treasurer).

Men’s Group: Fr. Seraphim urges all men to fill in the survey and return it by today.

Myrrh Bearers meet at noon today.


Monday, November 25: Compline and Fellowship at the Haneys’  home at 7:00

Wednesday, November 27:  Akathist of Thanksgiving – Glory to God for All Things at 6:00

Thursday, November 28:  Thanksgiving Day with pitch-in meal at 2:00. The sign-up sheet is on the  hall bulletin board. You and your friends are invited.

Friday, November 29: Akathist of the Protection of the Theotokos at 6:00

Saturday, November 30:  Great Vespers at 5:00; SOYO at 6:00

Sunday, December 1: Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00  

Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings

Epistle: The Reading is from of St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians. (2:4-10)

Brethren, God, Who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and made us sit with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the coming ages He might show the immeasurable riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.  For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God—not because of works, lest any man should boast.  For, we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Gospel: The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (18:18-27)

At that time, a man came testing Jesus and asking, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”  And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good?  No one is good but God alone.  You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery. Do not kill. Do not steal. Do not bear false witness. Honor your father and mother.’”  And the man said, “All these I have observed from my youth.”  And when Jesus heard it, he said to him, “One thing you still lack.  Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”  But when the man heard this he became sad, for he was very rich.  Jesus, seeing him sad, said, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!  For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”  Those who heard it said, “Then who can be saved?”  Jesus said, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.”


  • December 7: St. Nicholas Night with Vespers, fellowship and celebration is scheduled.
  • Myrrh Bearers’ party – January 4th at Rhonda’s home.

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

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 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.


Coffee Hour: Parishioners whose last names begin with R-Z will serve and clean today.  All who join the family fellowship appreciate these donations.

Warm Mittens, Gloves, Hats and Scarves: Catherine Alexander is continuing this ministry started by her husband Alex to help children in area schools with the greatest need. Please bring your donations to the church and look for the colorful bags in the hallway and in the narthex.

The Pantry welcomes all donations.  Basically EVERYTHING is needed, but this list may help: applesauce, paper goods; snack packs; soup; ravioli, canned meat, mac and cheese and toothpaste.  Thanks!

Memory Eternal:  Khouria Anastasia

Birthday Blessings: Fr. Lucas (27th); Dan M (30th)

Name Day Blessings: St. Katherine (25th): Cathy A; Katie A; Rachel B; Mallory F; Catherine G; Karen H; Sharon Catherine K; Kelly S; Lina T

Prayer List: Fr. Marc; Fr. Patrick & Kh. Vanessa; Fr. George; Fr. Basil & Kh. Cana; Judith; George; Dee; Mary Ann; Vicki; Dusty; Michael & Olga;  Eileen; Leanne;  Irina; 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 & Shalayna; Seraphima; Lilly’s family; Jennifer & Regina; Isaac in Air Force; Andrew in college; those suffering in the drug crisis, with fire devastation, with flood damage, and earthquake damage in the USA; those suffering in Syria and the Middle East; safety in public places, in our schools and on our southern border; Metropolitan Paul; Archbishop John; our church and our nation.