Sunday, October 18, 2020

The Holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke

Martyr Marinos the Elder at Anazarbos; Venerable Theodore, Simeon and Euphrosyne;

New-martyrs Gabriel and Kyrmidoles of Egypt; Venerable Peter of Cetinje

Nourishment of the Soul: “The inhabitants of this world, the children of this age, are like wheat in a sieve. They are being sifted by restless thoughts of this world. They are constantly tossed to and fro by earthly care, desire and absorption in a variety of material concerns. Satan tosses such souls as a sifter sifts wheat….By these concerns, he disturbs men, keeps them anxious and in a state of nervous motion.” – St. Makarios the Great

Father Peter continues to post short videos daily at to connect with, inspire and inform us. At the home page, scroll down to find the current postings under “Videos from Father Peter.” 

Fall Catechism Classes: Catechism classes (Orthodoxy 101) are held each Wednesday evening immediately following Vespers. Classes will be held in the church and will be live-streamed for those unable to attend in person. Orthodoxy 101 this Wednesday will be taught by Fr. Peter Jon: Acquiring an Orthodox Christian Mindset.

A special GYRO coffee hour today, October 18th!  Many of us are feeling the loss of not being able to host our neighbors for the Festival on Fairfax this year, due to Covid 19 restrictions. We will, however, have a small parish-only celebration, while enjoying gyros and fellowship. Bring your appetite!

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.


Wednesday, October 21: Live-Streamed  Daily Vespers at 6:00 and  Orthodoxy 101 follows.

Saturday, October 24: Live-Streamed  Great Vespers at 5:00: SOYO at 6:00 – 8:00

Sunday, October 25: Live-Streamed  Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00


Youth Month

Our youth will read the Epistle each Sunday and serve in other ways as well.


Baptisms and Chrismations – November 1st

Annual Business Meeting – November 8th


The Reading is from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Colossians. (4:5-11, 14-18)

His voice has gone out into all the earth. The heavens declare the glory of God.

Brethren, conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time.  Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer everyone.  Tychicus will tell you all about my affairs; he is a beloved brother and faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord.  I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are and that he may encourage your hearts, and with him Onesimus, the faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you.  They will tell you of everything that has taken place.  Aristarchus my fellow prisoner greets you, and Mark the cousin of Barnabas (concerning whom you have received instructions—if he comes to you, receive him), and Jesus who is called Justus.  These are the only men of the circumcision among my fellow workers for the kingdom of God, and they have been a comfort to me.  Luke the beloved physician and Demas greet you.  Give my greetings to the brethren at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church in her house.  And when this letter has been read among you, have it read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and see that you read also the letter from Laodicea.  And say to Archippus, “See that you fulfill the ministry which you have received in the Lord.”  I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand.  Remember my fetters.  Grace be with you. Amen.

The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (10:16-21)

The Lord said, “He who hears you hears Me, and he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me.”  The Seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Thy Name!”  And Jesus said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.  Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall hurt you.  Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you; but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”  In that same hour Jesus rejoiced in the spirit and said, “I thank Thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that Thou hast hidden these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes; yea, Father, for such was Thy gracious will.”

Divine Liturgy Variables for Choir and Parish

Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 2

When Thou didst submit Thyself unto death, O Thou deathless and immortal One, then Thou didst destroy hell with Thy Godly power.  And when Thou didst raise the dead from beneath the earth, all the powers of Heaven did cry aloud unto Thee; O Christ, Thou giver of life, glory to Thee.

Apolytikion of St. Luke the Evangelist – Tone 3

O holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke, intercede with the merciful God, to grant our souls forgiveness of sins.

Koinonikon (Communion Hymn) for St. Luke – Tone 8

His sound hath gone out into all the earth; and his words to the ends of the world. Alleluia.


Coffee Hour Procedures:   Food contributions for 50 have been volunteered for October.  We also need your time and strength to set up and take down two tables and to wipe down all the tables & picnic tables each Sunday morning.  If umbrellas are raised at the tables, please lower them. Safety directives are being followed. Rhonda, serving as chair of the Myrrh Bearers, is the point person.

Happy Anniversary: Micah & Maria V-H (21st);Don and Dee H (23rd); Luke & Rachel B  (24th)

Birthday Celebrations: Joel A (20th); Rita V-M (21st)

Blessed Name Day:  Luke B (Apostle Luke – 18th); Joel A (Prophet Joel – 19th); James the Brother of our Lord: James F (23rd); Ezekiel C (23rd); James T (23rd)

Memory Eternal: EJ ; Irene; Barbara

Prayer List: Fr. Seraphim Aldea; the Arthur’s extended family;  our nation and our nation’s leaders at all levels of government; world-wide pandemic; schools, school children, youth and personnel across the nation. The People of Beirut; Wadia; Jayci;  Dee, Patricia, Marvin A, Benedict, Judith Ann, Cleo, Michael;  Olga, Eileen; Kitsa Wiersteiner; Steven Sajkich; Aphrodite and son Angelos in Greece; Violet; Kim; Dusty; Betsy; Allison; Robin & Janet; Mary Ann; Vicki;  Mat. Raisa; Isaac in Air Force; Andrew for education decisions;  Fr. Marc; Fr. George; Fr. Basil & Kh. Cana; George; Catherine (not in this parish); Leanne; Heather; Nancy; Sharon Catherine; Alice & Marvin; Kh. Kristina; Bonnie; Emma; Patricia; Mary & Robert; Shirley; Rose; Lexi, Ross & Vivian; Theo; Doug Barrett; Jeremy; Charles; Grayson; Marcia & Deacon; Nick; Bruce; Joanna & Demetrios; Ashlee W; Paul; Cathy; Sitto; Elias; Waded; Neva; Bill; Lonnie; Nancy & Shalana; Seraphima; Lilly’s family; Jennifer & Regina; those suffering in the drug crisis, with fire devastation, flood damage, and earthquake damage; those suffering in the Middle East


The Monroe County Health Department requires masks to be worn by those worshipping outdoors when social distancing (6 feet apart) cannot be observed.  All are still required to wear masks indoors unless a medical condition prevents them from safely doing so, or unless one is a designated chanter/server.

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… …Everyone is welcome to attend all non-Sunday services without signing up. Face masks and safety precautions are in place.

…Teen SOYO will gather outdoors after Great Vespers each Saturday while respecting social distancing practices. 

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