Sunday, September 13, 2015


Exaltation (Elevation) of the Holy Cross

(His Eminence JOSEPH has approved of the churches commemorating the Exaltation of the Holy Cross on Sunday although the feast is scheduled to be celebrated on Monday this year, September 14th. This accommodation should allow more in our parish to attend the celebration.)


Repose of John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople; Venerable Martyr Makarios the New of Thessalonica; Venerable Martyr Joseph of Dionysiou Monastery on Athositors, we warmly welcome you to all services and social events at All Saints.

Nourishment of the Soul:  “For the message of the Cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18

Let us pray to the Lord: “For the suffering Christians of Syria, Palestine, Iraq, & all of the Middle East, and for those suffering in the Ukraine.”

Festival News: Silent Auction Baskets — Have you contacted Vicki Gans, the coordinator of the silent auction? She would like to know if you plan to bring  a completed basket for the festival. These are needed on Friday, October 9th. Those who attend the festival enjoy the affordable baskets so you do not need to be extravagant, just creative in developing one. Indoor Bake Shop –Nina Rogers is the coordinator. Ask Nina how you can help.  Both ethnic and American baked goods are sold. Outdoor Greek and Arabic Foods–Contact John Alexander and Amal Hanania if you can prepare or serve food at the festival.

Resurrection Shrine: Donations to the limestone arch are being received. This outdoor chapel (which is currently under construction) will house the  beautiful mosaic of The Harrowing of Hades,

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.

Orthodoxy 101 continues on Wednesday, September 16th  after Daily Vespers with Fr. Peter Jon presenting  “The Church: Bride, Body, Ark, Hospital.”

Children’s Books:  Recently we  added in the bookstore  an assortment of children’s books, newly published by Ancient Faith Ministries.  Purchased at sale prices, we pass on the savings to you.

OCF SUNDAY: Next, Sunday September 20th, we will welcome our college students with a meal during social hour. We hope they will find All Saints to be a welcoming church home while they are in Bloomington.


Wednesday, September 16: Daily Vespers at 6:00 followed by Orthodoxy 101

Saturday, September 19: Great Vespers at 5:00

Sunday, September 20:  Matins at 9:00;  Divine Liturgy at 10:00 – OCF College Sunday and Parish Council Meeting


  • September 18-20: St. George in Fishers hosts the annual festival.
  • September 26: Marriage of George Khalil and Haley Lemmons at 2 pm
  • Daniel Byantoro, missionary from Indonesia, meets with Women of the church Tuesday, September 29th and with the parish and friends of the parish on Wednesday, September 30th. Food will be served at the beginning of each meeting.
  • October 9: Festival Set-up inside and outside (Willing Workers Needed.)
  • October 13: Women’s Bible Study resumes at Kh. Marilyn’s home
  • October 18: Special Olympics Awareness Sunday with special collecti

Happy Birthday: Elaine M (13th); John L (17th); Stephanie H(18th); Catherine G (10th)

Blessed Saints. Day: Steve B (13th – St. Cornelius); Sophia B (17th – St. Sophia); Geni G (17th – St. Sophia); Kiya Cl (17th-St. Sophia)

Happy Grandparents Day on September 13th!

Memory Eternal: Heather (August 6th); Margaret Whitaker (August 24th); Marge; Archpriest Louis Mahshie (Sept. 1); Moses (Nashville Mission – 1st)

Prayer List: Alex;  Jason; Jennifer Tatlock; Brian Bunner;  Jake; Annie; Pastor Pat ; Catherine; Janett; Jill; Kh. Kristina; Angie; Julian; Kh. Mary Sue Walker; Vicki; Hoppes in Albania,  Jesse Brandow  in Guatemala (OCMC Missionaries); Vivian; Natalie; Senior Saints; Ioana; Patricia; Dee; Galina; John G; Nicetas; Barb; Shirley; Metropolitan Paul, Archbishop John; Kh. Loretta; Fr. John Koen; Archpriests  George & Stephen; Krystal & Jason; Adrian; Heather; Susan; Gabriella & Matt; Sara; Shelley; Fr. Moses Berry; Geni; Frank & Becky; Those with child: (Brooke-Theckla, Elizabeth, Gabriella, Laura, Ioana, Megan); Noah; Emily D; Emma; Kim; Nancy; Neal; Lyuda; Bob R; Alex; John; 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; Caleb; Dennis & Joyce; Ethan; Lena, Dean; Gayle; Thomas; Amy; Heidi; Gene & Connie; Cathi

Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings                                           

Prokeimenon: “Exalt ye the Lord our God.”

Verse: “The Lord is King, let the peoples tremble!”  Psalm 98:5,1

Epistle: The Reading is from Saint Paul’s First Epistle to the Corinthians. (1:18-24)

Brethren, the word of the Cross is foolishness to those who are perishing; but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God.  For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning  I will bring to naught.”  Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age?  Has not God turned the wisdom of the world into foolishness?  For, since the world in the wisdom of God did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God though the foolishness of preaching to save those who believe.  For Jews ask for signs, and Greeks seek wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Greeks; but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the Power of God and  the wisdom of God.

Gospel: The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. John. (19:6-11,13-20,25-28,30-35)

            At that time, the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put Him to death.  And they came to Pontius Pilate saying, “Crucify Him, crucify Him!” Pilate said to them, “Take Him yourselves and crucify Him, for I find no crime in Him.”  The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and by that law He ought to die, because He has made Himself the Son of God.”  When Pilate heard these words, he was the more afraid; he entered the Praetorium again and said to Jesus, “Where art Thou from?”  But Jesus gave no answer.  Pilate therefore said to Him, “Wilt Thou not speak to me?  Knowest Thou not that I have power to release Thee, and power to crucify Thee?”  Jesus answered him, “You would have no power over Me unless it had been given you from above.

When Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judgment seat at a place called “The Pavement,” and in Hebrew, “Gabbatha.”  Now it was the day of Preparation of the Passover; it was about the sixth hour.  He said to the Jews, “Behold your King!” They cried out, “Away with Him, away with Him, crucify Him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.” Then he handed Him over to them to be crucified.

So they took Jesus and led Him away, and He went out, bearing His own Cross, to the place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew “Golgotha.”  There they crucified Him, and with Him two others, one on either side, with Jesus between them.  Pilate also wrote a title and put it on the Cross; it read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.”  Many of the Jews read this title, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, in Latin, and in Greek.

Now standing by the Cross of Jesus were His mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleopas, and Mary Magdalene.  When Jesus saw His mother, and the Disciple whom He loved standing near, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold, your son!”  Then He said to the Disciple, “Behold, your mother!”  And from that hour the Disciple took her to his own home.  After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now fulfilled, said, “It is finished;” and He bowed His head and gave up the spirit.

Since it was the Day of Preparation, in order to prevent the bodies from remaining on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.  So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who had been crucified with him; but when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs.  But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water.  He who saw it has borne witness–his testimony is true.     .

Divine Liturgy Variables

Second Antiphon

Save us, O Son of God, Who wast crucified in the flesh: Save us who sing to Thee. Alleluia.

Entrance Hymn (Eisodikon of the Feast)

Save us, O Son of God, Who wast crucified in the flesh

Apolytikion of the Holy Cross – Tone 1

O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance, granting to Thy people victory over all their adversaries, and by the power of Thy Cross, preserving Thine Estate.

Kontakion of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross – Tone 4

Do Thou, Who of Thine own good will was lifted up upon the Cross, O Christ our God, bestow Thy bounties upon the new Nation which is called by Thy Name; make glad in Thy might those who lawfully govern, that with them we may be led to victory over our adversaries, having in Thine aid a weapon of peace and a trophy invincible.


Before Thy Cross we bow down in worship, Master (or Sovereign), and Thy Holy Resurrection, we glorify.