Sunday, October 01, 2023

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Apostle Ananias of the Seventy, first bishop of Damascus

& Righteous Father Romanos the Melodist 



Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 8

From the heights Thou didst descend, O compassionate One, and Thou didst submit to the three-day burial, that Thou might deliver us from passion; Thou art our life and our Resurrection, O Lord, glory to Thee.

Apolytikion of St. Ananias – Tone 3

O holy Apostle Ananias, intercede with our merciful God to grant our souls forgiveness of sins.

Apolytikion of St. Romanos – Tone 8

Through thee, the divine likeness was securely preserved, O father Romanos; for thou didst carry the cross and follow Christ. By example and precept thou didst teach us to ignore the body, because it is perishable, and to attend to the concerns of the undying soul. Therefore, doth thy soul rejoice with the angels.

Ordinary Kontakion – Tone 2

O undisputed intercessor of Christians, the Mediatrix, who is unrejected by the Creator. Turn not away from the voice of our petitions, though we be sinners. Come to us with aid in time, who cry unto thee in faith, for thou art good. Hasten to us with intercessions, O Theotokos, who dost ever intercede for those who honor thee. 

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 

Make your vows to the Lord our God and perform them.

God is known in Judah; His Name is great in Israel.

The Reading from the Second Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians. (6:16-7:1)

Brethren, we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will live in them and move among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Therefore, come out from them, and be separate from them,” says the Lord, “and touch nothing unclean; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”  Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, and make holiness perfect in the fear of God. 

The Gospel 

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (6:31-36)

The Lord said: “As you wish that men would do to you, do so to them.  If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?  For even sinners love those who love them.  And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you?  For even sinners do the same.  And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you?  Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again.  But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He is kind to the ungrateful and the selfish.  Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.”

Thought for Today“If a poor man comes to you asking for bread, there is no end of complaints and reproaches and charges of idleness; you upbraid him, insult him, jeer at him. You fail to realize that you too are idle and yet God grants you gifts. Now don’t tell me that you actually work hard. If you call earning money, making business deals, and caring for your possessions “work” I say, “NO, that is not work. But alms, prayers, the protection of the injured and the like- these are genuine work.” You charge the poor with idleness; I charge you with corrupt behavior.”

+ St. John Chrysostom+

Second Thought“Remember that the Lord is in every Christian. When your neighbor comes to you, always have great respect for him, because the Lord is in him, and often expresses His will through him. ‘It is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.’ Therefore do not grudge anything to your brother, but do unto him as unto the Lord; especially as you do not know in whom the Lord will come and visit you; be impartial to all, be kind to all, sincere and hospitable. Remember that sometimes God speaks even through unbelievers, or disposes their hearts towards, as it happened in Egypt when the Lord gave Joseph favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.” – St. John of Kronstadt


All Saints Festival on Fairfax is Saturday, October 14, 11am-5pm. Yard signs are in the hallway – please take one home! Volunteers are needed to set up, to work various tasks during the festival, and to donate fresh baked goods. Please see the list on the bulletin board for specific area leaders, or Dan Rigsby, the festival chair.


Today, SundayMyrrh Bearers meeting, all women of the parish are invited to attend.

Monday, October 26th Hour Prayers, at 12:00 noon.

Tuesday, October 3: Divine Liturgy at 9:00am.

Wednesday, October 46th Hour Prayers at 12:00 noon; Daily Vespers at 6:00pm (Followed by Orthodoxy 101).

Thursday, October 5: Divine Liturgy at 9:00am.

FridayOctober 6: Divine Liturgy 9am.

Saturday, October 7: Bible Study at the Webb’s home, 9:00 am; Great Vespers at 5:00 pm (followed by Ask Abouna); Jr. SOYO at 3:30pm; SOYO at 6:30pm.

Sunday, October 8Matins at9:00amDivine Liturgy at 10:00am.


Names Day Celebration: Amari Swank, Romanos (1st); Charles Coats, Thomas Stucker, Thomas Przybyla, Thomas (6th).

Birthday CelebrationJacob Stemper (2nd); Leanne Bissell (3rd); Sharon Catherine Kolinski (3rd); Don Haney (6th); Mikaela Hsu (7th).

Memory Eternal: John, Johnny Sue, Edna, Louis.

Prayer ListMichael, Olga, Eileen, Soren, Kathy; Toni;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; Emilia with child; Amanda with child; Anne; Allen; Linda; Marilyn; Mary Barger; Allison and children; Nino with child, Kip, Taylor with child. 

Lending Library: Several books have been added to our library including Fr. Thomas Hopko’s Catechism books and commentaries/homilies by Church Fathers. Come and read!

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 Pantry: Non-perishable food items are always welcome! The Food Pantry is available to parish members as well as families and individuals in the greater Bloomington community. Thank you for your continued support. 

Coffee Hours:  We encourage everyone to take part in this ministry of hospitality on your designated week.  We are blessed to have many students and visitors joining us, and we hope to provide everyone a nice meal who stays to fellowship with us. Even if you don’t cook,
we welcome contributions of bakery goods, fruit, and other store-bought items. Place them on the serving table and we will arrange them.

Coffee Hour Host: Melissa Barbarick with Parishioners A-B.

Next week Host: Wendy Carter with Parishioners C-G.

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