Sunday, September 03, 2023

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Hieromartyr Anthimos of Nicomedia & Venerable Theoktistos, fellow ascetic with Euthymios the Great 

Thought for Today“While we live improperly, we fear all kinds of things. When we recognize God, there occurs a fear of His judgement. But when we start to love God, all fears vanish.” – St. Isaac the Syrian- 


Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 4

Having learned the joyful message of the Resurrection from the angel the women disciples of the Lord cast from them their parental condemnation. And proudly broke the news to the Disciples, saying: Death hath been spoiled; Christ God is risen, granting the world Great Mercy.

Apolytikion of St. Anthimos – Tone 1

O godly-minded Anthimos, as a staunch defender * of thy flock, thou eagerly sheddest thy blood for its protection. * Unbending and wholly unafraid * of all thine adversaries’ fearful threats, * thou rejoicest now in Heaven, standing before * the throne of the Three-Sun Godhead. * Glory to Christ Who hath given thee strength. * Glory to thy manly bravery. * Glory to thy patient endurance in martyrdom.

Apoltytikion for St. Theoktistos – Tone 8

The barren wilderness thou didst make fertile with the streams of thy tears; and by thy deep sighing thou hast given fruit through thy struggles a hundredfold. Accordingly, thou hast become a star for the universe, sparkling with miracles. Therefore, O righteous Father Theoktistos, intercede with Christ God to save our souls.


The Epistle 

 O Lord, how marvelous are Thy works. In wisdom hast Thou made them all. Bless the Lord, O my soul!

The Reading from the First Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians. (16:13-24)

Brethren, be watchful, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, and be strong. Let all that you do be done in love. Now, brethren, you know that the household of Stephanas were the first converts in Achaia, and they have devoted themselves to the service of the saints; I urge you to be subject to such men and to every fellow worker and laborer. I rejoice at the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus, because they have made up for your absence; for they refreshed my spirit as well as yours. Give recognition to such men. The churches of Asia send greetings. Aquila and Prisca, together with the church in their house, send you hearty greetings in the Lord. All the brethren send greetings. Greet one another with a holy kiss. I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. If anyone has no love for the Lord, let him be accursed.  Our Lord, come! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen. 


The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (21:33-42)

The Lord spoke this parable: “There was a householder who planted a vineyard, and set a hedge around it, and dug a wine press in it, and built a tower, and let it out to tenants, and went into another country.  When the season of fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants, to get his fruit; and the tenants took his servants and beat one, killed another, and stoned another.  Again he sent other servants, more than the first; and they did the same to them.  Afterward he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’  But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him and have his inheritance.’  And they took him and cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him.  When therefore the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?”  They said to him, “He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and let out the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the fruits in their seasons.”  Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: ‘The very stone which the builders rejected has become the head of the corner; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes?’” 

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. 

Welcome College Students!

Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) President Daniel de la Vega may be reached at 619-770-0878. Vice-President Eirene Stavropoulos may be reached at 630-328-6076. Howard and Rhonda Webb 314-313-4275; 3960 E. Fenbrook Lane;


Today, Sunday: Myrrh Bearers meeting after Divine Liturgy.

Monday, September 4Divine Liturgy at 9:00 am.

Tuesday, September 5: Divine Liturgy at 9:00am; OFC dinner and discussion, 6:30pm at Howard and Rhonda Webb’s home.

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

Thursday, September 7: Divine Liturgy at 9:00am; Great Vespers at 6:00pm for the Nativity of the Theotokos with Litia/Artokiasia.

FridaySeptember 8Matins at8:00am, Divine Liturgy at 9:00am, Nativity of the Theotokos.

Saturday, September 9: 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, September 10Matins at9:00amDivine Liturgy at 10:00am.


Names Day Celebration: Moses Holland; the Prophet Moses (4th); Nanette Maria, Mary Ann, Mae, Mary Barger, Kh. Marilyn, Alice Marie; Mary the Holy Theotokos (8th).

Birthday Celebrations: Steven Wakefield (6th); Andrew Labban (6th); Dan Rigsby (9th).

Memory Eternal: Archpriest Raphael, John, Mother Nektaria, Ron, Becky, Patricia, Stephen. John, Jonathan, Archpriest David, Metropolitan Daniel of Tokyo + All Japan.

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.  

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

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

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. 

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