Sunday, September 12,2021

Sunday before the Elevation of the Holy Cross

Leave-taking of the Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos

Hieromartyrs Autonomos of Italy and Coronatos of Iconium; Venerable Daniel of Thasios


Your presence is a blessing to us all.

Thought for Today: “Do you want to live a pleasant and peaceful life? Keep the commandments of God; keep the fear of God in your every thought, as well as in everything you say and do.” – Elder Ephraim of the Holy Mountain

Fall Festival News: Daniel Rigsby will hold a brief meeting after Liturgy  today (Sunday). Anyone who wants to know more about the festival or has participated in the past are invited. You may recall that our annual festival was cancelled last year due to Covid-19 precautions.

Attention OCF Students: Need a Ride? All Saints Orthodox Church has a van to pick up

anyone needing a ride for Sunday Matins/Orthros which begins at 9:00 a.m. Contact Howard Webb at 314-681-8893 for more information.


Conception of St. John the Baptist – September 23rd

OCF Dinner and Discussion at the Webb’s home. – September 23rd

Festival on Fairfax: October 9th


Monday, September 13: Vesperal Liturgy at 6:00Elevation of the Holy Cross 

Wednesday, September 15: Daily Vespers at 6:00 followed by Orthodoxy 101

“Christ in the Old Testament”- John Craton is the presenter.

Saturday, September 18: Adult Bible Study at the Webb’s 9:00 – 10:30 – 2 Peter

Saturday, September 18: Great Vespers at 5:00; SOYO at 6:00

Sunday, September 19: Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00


The Reading is from St. Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians. (6:11-18)

(For the Sunday before the Elevation of the Holy Cross)

O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance. Unto Thee, O Lord, will I cry, O my God.

Brethren, see how large a letter I have written to you with my own hand. As many as desire to make a fair show in the flesh, they compel you to be circumcised, only that they may not be persecuted for the Cross of Christ. For not even those who are circumcised do themselves keep the Law; but they desire to have you circumcised, that they may boast in your flesh. But God forbid that I should boast, except in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through Whom the world is crucified to me, and I to the world. For in Christ Jesus, neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be upon them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God. Henceforth, let no one trouble me; for I bear in my body the brand-marks of the Lord Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brethren. Amen.

The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. John. (3:13-17)

(For the Sunday before the Elevation of the Holy Cross)

The Lord said, “No one has ascended into heaven but He who descended from heaven, the Son of man.  And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.  For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.  For God sent His Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.”


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 the Nativity of the Theotokos  – Tone 4

Thy nativity, O Theotokos, hath proclaimed joy to the whole universe; for from thee did shine forth the Sun of justice, Christ our God, annulling the curse, and bestowing the blessing, abolishing death and granting us life everlasting.

Kontakion of the Nativity of the Theotokos – Tone 4

By thy holy nativity, O pure one, Joachim and Anna were delivered from the reproach of barrenness; and Adam and Eve were delivered from the corruption of death; thy people do celebrate it, having been saved from the stain of iniquity, crying unto thee: The barren doth give birth to the Theotokos, who nourisheth our life.

Megalynarion of the Feast  – Tone 8

Virginity is alien to mothers, and childbirth is foreign to virgins; in thee, O Theotokos, both were granted. Wherefore, all we the tribes of the earth bless thee unceasingly.

Koinonikon (Communion Hymn) of the Feast – Tone 8

I will take the cup of salvation, and I will call upon the Name of the Lord. Alleluia.

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.

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Anniversary Blessings: Subdn Daniel & Linda Barrett  (12th)

Birthday Celebrations: John Alexander (12th); John Labban (17th)

Name Day Celebrations: Steve B (Cornelius the Centurion -13th); Kiya C (Sophia and her daughters – 17th ); Geni G (Sophia and her daughters – 17th)

Memory Eternal: Judith Ann;  Shehadeh (George T and Ghada L’s father); David, Archpriest Anastasy (priest in Chesterton, IN); Metropolitan Jonah of Kenya 

Prayer List: Covid-19 resurgence; Afghanistan; Don; Vicki; Mat. Raisa; Jake Immimk; Ingrid, Fr. Jerome; Catherine; Catherine with child; Anastasia with child; Kristina Romanyshak and child;  our nation and nation’s leaders at all levels of government; schools, school children, youth and personnel across the nation; Bonnie Thelen; Wadia; Jayci; Dee, Patricia, Marvin, Alice; Michael; Olga; Eileen; Soren; Kitsa; Apthrodite and Angelos; Kim; Dusty, Cari; Betsy, Josh; Allison;  Andrew and Isaac (military); Leanne; Heather; Nancy; Sharon Catherine; Emma; Lexi, Ross and Vivian; Theo; Doug; Jeremy; Marcia (deer collision) & Deacon; Elias; Waded; Seraphima; Lilly’s family; Jennifer; Christy; Missy D