Sunday, October 1, 2017

Sunday, October 1, 2017
Apostle Ananias of the Seventy, first bishop of Damascus
& Righteous Father Romanos the Melodist
Martyr Domninos of Thessalonica; Venerable John Koukouzelis & Gregory the Domestikos of the Great Lavra on Athos; Venerable Sabbas of Vishera in Russia

We warmly welcome all who are visiting today.
While we are still under construction for a couple of weeks, we’re thankful you can be with us.

Nourishment of the Soul: “If you completely fulfill the command to love your neighbor, you will feel no bitterness or resentment against him whatever he does. If this is not the case, then the reason you fight against you brother is clearly that you seek after transitory things and prefer them to the commandment of love.” – St. Maximos the Confessor

The Festival Committee meets around 11:50.

Do You Know that the Festival on Fairfax needs your support since it is a whole church event? You might help set up on October 13th or beginning early at 8:00 on Saturday, October 14th. You might bring baked goods on Friday, put out signs, or pass out programs as people arrive. You might stand by the inflatable slide and help children remember to use the slide safely, or find a job indoors or outdoors. You might find your schedule is tight, and can only attend or work a briefly. However much time you can invest in the festival, there are many opportunities to serve. You will find joy while being part of the parish working together in fellowship.

Food Pantry: Please continue to make donations by putting food in Marcia’s office or in the kitchen freezer. The need is ongoing, throughout the year.

Coffee Hour: Scheduled contributors this Sunday are those whose last names start with A-Ba; however you may contribute whenever you find it convenient.

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.

October is Youth Month so our youth will read the epistle each Sunday and usher.

Wednesday, October 4: Daily Vespers at 6:00; Orthodoxy 101 follows.
Thursday, October 5: Bible Study at Becky’s home 3:00 – 5:00
Saturday, October 7: Great Vespers at 5:00
Sunday, October 8: Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 – Clergy Appreciation Sunday


October 11: Festival Tents and chairs arrive at 10:00.
October 13: Festival indoor and outdoor set-up activities from 9:30-5:00. Donated baked goods are labeled and displayed. (Work all day or come as your schedule permits.)
October 14: Annual Festival on Fairfax – 11:00 – 5:00
October 21: Orthodoxy 101 will switch to 6:00pm, Saturdays, beginning on this date.


Birthday Blessings: Leanne B (3rd); Sharon K (3rd); Van L (5th); Don Haney (6th) Mikaela H (7th)
Name Day Remembrance: Charles C (Apostle Thomas – 6th)
Memory Eternal: Heather; Kh. Mary Sue Walker (27th); Steven (16th)

Prayer List: Becky; Greg; Wilber; Emilija; Adrian (Olga’s brother); Bosa; Cathy;”For the suffering Christians of Egypt, Syria, Palestine, Iraq, & all of the Middle East, and for those suffering in Ukraine and victims of recent hurricanes and earthquakes; Fr. Steven Rudy (cancer); Finley (infant girl); Fr. Basil; Fr. Philip; Grant (Leukemia); Chris; Doug & Dorothy Barrett; Eileen; Mary Ann & Jen; Dee and Don; Kh. Kristina; Betsy and Hannah; Leslie (paralysis); Jasmine; Deborah & Thomas; James; Becky H; Tom; Annie; Catherine; Janett; Julian; Vicki; Hoppes & Jesse Brandow (Missionaries); Vivian; Natalie; Senior Saints; Patricia; Nicetas; Barb; Shirley; Metropolitan Paul, Archbishop John; Fr. John Koen; Archpriest George; Heather; Susan; Gabriella & Matt; Sara; Shelley; Geni; Emily D; Emma; Nancy; Neal; Bob R; Leanne; Beth; Lillian; Julie; Roger; Virginia; Marilyn; Eric; Cheryl; Lori; Pam; Debbie; Natasha; Michael & Shelley: Gabriel; Mary; Janet; Kelly; Matushka Raisa; Marty; Charles; Mary; Marvin, Alice; Katie; Ruth; Steve; Romaine; Derek, Claire & Micah; Tim; Sharon; Sherri; Dianna; Michael and Diane; Aaron; Brent; Jennifer; Brigid; Ethan; Lena, Dean; Gayle; Thomas; Amy; Heidi; Gene & Connie, Caleb D; Megan & Colin; Bill & Sandy; Sabrina; Christy; Pete; Phil & Barb; Tammy K; Marcia

Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings

Prokeimenon: “Make your vows to the Lord our God and perform them.”
Verse: “God is known in Judah; His Name is great in Israel!” – Psalm 75:11,1

Epistle: The Reading is from St. Paul’s Second Letter 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.

Gospel: The Reading is 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.”

Divine Liturgy Variables

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.

Kontakion for Ordinary Sundays – Tone 2
O Undisputed intercessor of Christians, O 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 didst ever intercede for those who honor thee.