Sunday, October 16, 2016

Sunday, October 16, 2016
Sunday of Holy Fathers of Seventh Ecumenical Council
Martyr Longinos the centurion who stood at the cross of the Lord;
Gall, enlightener of Switzerland

Our parishioners always welcome newcomers with joy.

Nourishment of the Soul: “Don’t glue yourselves before the television. Don’t forget that the button is not only used to turn it on, but for us to turn it off, also. Guard yourselves from this means of mass blinding.”
Elder Epiphanios Theodoropoulos of Athens

Special Olympics Collection: Today, the teens will receive a free-will offering at the end of the service.
Festival: I want to extend a warm and sincere “Thank you” to all who worked so hard to make the 15th annual Festival on Fairfax a great success. The greatest part of it all is seeing God’s children working together in a spirit of peace and unity, welcoming others to the Lord’s House. We are a family, and others will know that we are Christ’s disciples by the love we have for one another. – Fr Peter Jon
Orthodoxy 101: On Wednesday, October 19th, Father Peter Jon will discuss “Prayer”.

Brundibar, Children’s Opera: Lillie Blair has been cast as ‘the baker’ in the opera. While the performance is not until November 12-13th, tickets are going fast, so purchase now. There are morning, afternoon, and evening performances each day.

General Operating Fund 2016: Income $153,572 – Expenses $157,163 = – $3,591
Building Temple Fund 2016: $450,826

Today, Myrrh Bearers will have a short meeting to discuss two items of business for events on October 30th and November 6th. A follow-up email will be sent. An option for donations to the church is now available. It is easy to find in the text bar of options on the opening page of our web page.


Wednesday, October 19: Daily Vespers at 6:00 — O101 follows around 7 :00.
Thursday, October 20: St. John of Kronstadt Fellowship (Bedford-Mitchell Fellowship) meets at the Haney’s 10:00-Noon
Thursday, October 20: Bible Study at Becky’s home 3-5:00
Saturday, October 22: Great Vespers at 5:00
Sunday, October 23: Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 – Parish Council meets.

October is Youth Month

…October 23: Parish Council meeting has changed from the 16th to October 23rd.
…October 30: Baptism of Nina and Bob’s grandchildren: Juliana ( Luke & Rachel Barber’s daughter) and Elise and Nolan (Mara & Tyler Arnold’s children).
…October 30: One-year Memorial for Ioana Frecus. Olga will prepare a memorial meal.
…November 6: Fundraiser meal sponsored by the Myrrh Bearers
…November 12-13: Lillie Blair appears in the children’s opera Brundibar at the Warehouse.
…November 13: Annual Business Meeting. This meeting is open to all who attend All Saints. Only members in good standing may vote.
…December 3: St. Nicholas Night
…December 10: Women’s Pre-Christmas party, hosted by Dee Haney and her daughters.


Birthday Greetings: Linda B (16th); Kaylee F (17); Aaron H (17th); Joel A (20th)
Blessed Name Day: Joel A (19th-Prophet Joel)
Happy Anniversary: Micah & Maria V (21st)
Memory Eternal: Infant Susannah [d. 9/8], Marjorie (Brice’s Grandma) [d. 9/8], Jill [d. 9/20], Tony (Father’s uncle) [d. 9/23]; Bruce

Prayer List : “For the suffering Christians of Syria, Palestine, Iraq, & all of the Middle East, and for those suffering in Ukraine.” Fr. Basil; Fr. Philip: Dorothy, Dan & Linda’s sister-in-law; the Tabbals; Mary Ann; Dee and Don; Kh.Kristina; Betsy and Hannah; Leslie (paralysis); Jasmine; Deborah & Thomas; Iva; James; Alex John; Jason; Steve D; Becky H.; AlexisT; Tom; Jake; Annie; Catherine; Janett; Julian; Kh. Mary Sue Walker; Vicki; Hoppes & Jesse Brandow (OCMC Missionaries); Vivian; Natalie; Senior Saints; Patricia; Nicetas; Barb; Shirley; Metropolitan Paul, Archbishop John; Fr. John Koen; Archpriests George & Stephen; Adrian; Heather; Susan; Gabriella & Matt; Sara; Shelley; Geni; 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; Christy; Dennis & Joyce; Ethan; Lena, Dean; Gayle; Thomas; Amy; Heidi; Gene & Connie, Myrna; Caleb D; Megan & Colin.

Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings

Prokeimenon: “Blessed are Thou, O Lord, the God of our Fathers.”

Verse: ” For Thou art just in all that Thou hast done to us!” Daniel 3:26-27 OSB

Epistle: The Reading from St. Paul’s Epistle to Titus. (3:8-15)
My Child Titus, faithful is the saying, and concerning these things I desire you to affirm confidently, that those who have believed in God may be thoughtful of how to preside in honorable occupations. These things are good and profitable to men. But avoid foolish disputes, and genealogies, and contentions, and controversies about the Law; for they are unprofitable and vain. A man who is a heretic after the first and second admonition reject, knowing that such a one is subverted, and sins, being self-condemned. When I send Artemas to you, or Tychicos, give diligence to come to me to Nicopolis; for I have determined to winter there. Set forward Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey diligently, that they may be lacking in nothing. And let our people also learn how to preside in honorable occupations, so as to help in cases of urgent need, that they should not be unfruitful. All who are with me salute you. Salute those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.

Gospel: The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (8:5-15)

The Lord spoke this parable: “A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell along the path, and was trodden under foot, and the birds of the air devoured it. And some fell on the rock; and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns grew with it and choked it. And some fell into good soil and grew, and yielded a hundredfold.” And when His Disciples asked Him what this parable meant, Jesus said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God; but for others they are in parables, so that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand. Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts that they may not believe and be saved. And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy; but these have no root, they believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way, they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. And as for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bring forth fruit with patience.” As Jesus said this, He called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

Divine Liturgy Variables

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 Holy Fathers – Tone 8
Thou, O Christ, art our God of exceeding praise Who didst establish our Holy Fathers as luminous stars upon earth, and through them didst guide us unto the true Faith, O most merciful One, glory to 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.