Sunday, November 29, 2015
Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Martyr Paramonos and the 370 Martyrs in Bithynia; Martyr Philoumenos of Ancyra;
Venerable Akakios of Sinai; Hieromartyr Dionysios, Bishop of Corinth;
Urban, Bishop of Macedonia; Nicholas, Archbishop of Thessalonica
At All Saints, we warmly welcome our visitors as honored guests.
Nourishment of the Soul: “Abba Joseph said to Abba Nisterus, ‘What should I do about my tongue, for I cannot control it?’ The old man said to him, ‘When you speak, do you find peace?’ He replied ‘No.’ The old man said, ‘If you do not find peace, why do you speak? Be silent and when a conversation takes place, it is better to listen than to speak.” ‘The Sayings of the Desert Fathers
Thanks to all who participated in the Thanksgiving meal whether in the preparation or in the dinner itself. It is good to see the family gathered together around the table in fellowship.
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.
Father will make an announcement about St. Nicholas Night when we come together for Great Vespers and the celebration focused on children, but enjoyed by those of us older ones who are children in heart.
Card Shower today: Myrrh Bearers have planned a card or gift shower for Cody and Elizabeth Arthur as we celebrate with them the baptism of their infant daughter, Felicity Grace. Welcome, Felicity Grace, as you receive today the Holy Eucharist for the first time.
Orthodoxy 101 continues on Wednesday, December 2nd after Daily Vespers with Khouria Marilyn Gillquist presenting the topic: “Journey to Orthodoxy.”
Fish is permitted each day except Wednesday and Friday with wine permitted Friday.
Wednesday, December 2: Daily Vespers/at 6:00; Orthodoxy 101 from 7:00 – 9:00
Saturday, December 5: Great Vespers at 5:00 – St. Nicholas Celebration follows.
Sunday, December 6: Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00
- Collection of gift cards for the Christmas Tree in the social hall
- December 5: Dee Haney’s Open House for Women – 11:00- 2:00 in Mitchell
- December 10: Bedford-Mitchell Fellowship 10:00 – Noon
- December 11: Hrisomalos Bible Study 5:00 – 7:00
Name Day Blessings: Andrew L (30th); Don H (30th – St. Andrew)
Happy Birthday: Daniel M (30th); Gregory Gt (Dec. 2nd); Micah F (5th); Geni G (5th)
Memory Eternal: Ioana Frecus (Oct. 31st); Linda (Nov. 8th); Nadeem (Nov. 12)
Let us pray to the Lord: “For the suffering Christians of Syria, Palestine, Iraq, & all of the Middle East, and for those suffering in the Ukraine.”
Prayer List: Archpriest Athanasius; James; Alex John; Jason; Dee; Frank & Becky; Amal; Alexis T. ;Tom; Jake; Annie; Catherine; Janett; Jill; Kh. Kristina; Angie; Julian; Kh. Mary Sue Walker; Vicki; Hoppes in Albania, Jesse Brandow in Guatemala (OCMC Missionaries); Vivian; Natalie; Senior Saints; Patricia; Dee H.; John G; Nicetas; Barb; Shirley; Metropolitan Paul, Archbishop John; Kh. Loretta; Fr. John Koen; Archpriests George & Stephen; Adrian; Heather; Susan; Gabriella & Matt; Sara; Shelley; Geni; Those with child: Laura, Megan. Ashley); Emily D; Emma; Kim; Nancy; Neal; Lyuda; Bob R; Leanne; Beth; Lillian; Julie; Roger; Virginia; Marilyn; Eric; Cheryl; Lori; Pam; Debbie; Natasha; Michael & Shelley: Gabriel; Mary; Doug; Janet; Kelly; Matushka Raisa; John C; Marty; Charles; Eileen; Mary; Marvin, Alice; Katie; Deborah; Ruth; Steve; Kevin; Romaine; Derek, Claire & Micah; Tim; Preston; Sharon; Sherri; Dianna; Michael and Diane; Aaron; Brent; Jennifer; Brigid; Caleb; Dennis & Joyce; Ethan; Lena, Dean; Gayle; Thomas; Amy; Heidi; Gene & Connie; Cathi
Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings
Prokeimenon: “Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us.”
Verse: “Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous! Psalm 32:22,1
Epistle: The Reading is from Saint Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians. (5:8-19)
Brethren, walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth), proving what is acceptable to the Lord; and have no communion with the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them; for it is a shame even to speak of the things which they do in secret. But all things when they are exposed are made manifest by the light, for everything that is made manifest is light. Therefore he says: “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine upon thee.”
See then that you walk circumspectly, not as unwise, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit; speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and chanting in your heart to the Lord.
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 hear 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.”
Divine Liturgy Variables
Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 1
While the stone was sealed by the Jews, and the soldiers were guarding Thy most pure body, Thou didst arise on the third day, O Savior, granting life to the world. For which cause the heavenly powers cried aloud unto Thee, O Giver of Life. Glory to Thy Resurrection, O Christ; Glory to Thy Kingdom,; Glory to Thy Providence, O Thou Who alone art the lover of mankind.
Kontakion of Preparation of Christ’s Nativity – Tone 3
The Virgin cometh today to the cave to give birth, ineffably to bring forth the Word Eternal. Therefore, rejoice, O earth at the message with the angels and shepherds give glory to Him who shall appear by His own will as a young child, He Who is from eternity God.