Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
Martyrs Marcian and Martyrios the Notaries
Martyrs Valerios and Chrysaphios; Tabitha the merciful, raised from the dead by the Apostle Peter; Relics translation of Venerable Sabbas the Sanctified & Venerable John of Beverly
Nourishment of the Soul: “All the ways of this world are as fickle and unstable as a sudden storm at sea.” – St. Bede the Venerable
Father Peter continues to post short videos daily at www.allsaintsbloomington.org to connect with, inspire and inform us. On the home page, 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 Dr. John Craton: Comparative Religions.
The Pantry: We are beginning to see more people with food insecurity coming to the pantry. During the months of extreme Covid restrictions, most needs were for utilities and other household expenses. With supplies in our pantry low or lacking variety, everything is needed but especially soup, canned tuna, beef and chicken/turkey, peanut butter and pasta sauce; but please, NO rice, penne, and spaghetti (we’re oversupplied at this time). Thank you for filling these needs.
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 28: Live-Streamed Daily Vespers at 6:00 and Orthodoxy 101 follows.
Saturday, October 31: Live-Streamed Great Vespers at 5:00: SOYO at 6:00 – 8:00
Sunday, November 1: Live-Streamed Matins/Baptisms at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00
Our youth will read the Epistle each Sunday and serve in other ways as well.
Daylight Time ends – November 1st
Baptisms and Chrismations – November 1st
Annual Business Meeting – November 8th
Nativity Fast – November 15th
EPISTLE and GOSPEL READINGS
The Reading is from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Galatians. (1:11-19)
Sing praises to our God, sing praises. Clap your hands, all ye peoples.
Brethren, I would have you know that the Gospel which was preached by me is not man’s gospel. For I did not receive it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through a revelation of Jesus Christ. For you have heard of my former life in Judaism, how I persecuted the Church of God violently and tried to destroy it; and I advanced in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people; so extremely zealous was I for the traditions of my fathers. But when He Who had set me apart before I was born, and had called me through His grace, was pleased to reveal His Son to me, in order that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not confer with flesh and blood, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were Apostles before me, but I went away into Arabia; and again I returned to Damascus. Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to visit Cephas, and remained with him fifteen days. But I saw none of the other Apostles except James the Lord’s brother.
The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (8:26-39)
At that time, Jesus arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, which is opposite Galilee. And as He stepped out on land, there met Him a man from the city who had demons; for a long time he had worn no clothes, and he lived not in a house but among the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell down before him, and said with a loud voice, “What hast Thou to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beseech Thee, do not torment me.” For Jesus had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. [For many a time it had seized him; he was kept under guard, and bound with chains and fetters, but he broke the bonds and was driven by the demon into the desert.] Jesus then asked him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion”; for many demons had entered him. And they begged Jesus not to command them to depart into the abyss. Now a large herd of swine was feeding there on the hillside; and they begged Jesus to let them enter these. So He gave them leave. Then the demons came out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned. When the herdsmen saw what had happened, they fled, and told it in the city and in the country. Then people went out to see what had happened, and they came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had gone, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. And those who had seen it told them how he who had been possessed with demons was healed. Then all the people of the surrounding country of the Gadarenes asked Jesus to depart from them; for they were seized with great fear; so He got into the boat and returned. The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with Jesus; but Jesus sent him away, saying, “Return to your home, and declare all that God has done for you.” And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city all that Jesus had done for him.
Divine Liturgy Variables for Choir and Parish
Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 3
Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad, for the Lord hath done a mighty act with His own arm. He hath trampled down death by death, and become the first-born from the dead. He hath delivered us from the depths of Hades, granting the world the Great Mercy.
Apolytikion of SS. Marcian & Martyrios, the Notaries – Tone 4
Thy Martyrs, O Lord, in their courageous contest for Thee, * received as the prize the crowns of incorruption and life from Thee, our immortal God. * For since they possessed Thy strength, they cast down the tyrants * and wholly destroyed the demons’ strengthless presumption. * O Christ God, by their prayers, save our souls, since Thou art merciful.
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.
Birthday Celebrations: Ezekiel Cl (27th); Ava R (30th); Jon B (31st)
Blessed Name Day: Marvin P (26th- Great Martyr Demetrios the Myrrh-Streaming)
Memory Eternal: Irene; Barbara
Prayer List: Fr. Seraphim Aldea; 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; Bonnie Thelen (awaiting kidney transplant); 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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…Teen SOYO will gather outdoors after Great Vespers each Saturday while respecting social distancing practices.
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