Sunday, September 16, 2018
Sunday after the Elevation of the Holy Cross
Great-martyr Euphemia, the All-praised
Martyrs Victor and Sosthenes of Chalcedon; Martyr Melitina of Marcianopolis
Welcome to All Saints. It is our joy to greet visitors.
The Annual Student Welcome has been planned by the Myrrh Bearers,
so we hope our IU students will attend Coffee Hour today.
Nourishment of the Soul: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.” Galatians 5:22-24
Coffee Hour: Scheduled contributors this Sunday are those whose last names start with G-H and Myrrh Bearers.
Orthodoxy 101 Returns: Each Saturday, from 6-7 pm, Steve and April Blair will lead a 16-week course, titled, Journey to Fullness. The new course includes a weekly 20-minute DVD presentation featuring Orthodox Evangelist and Ancient Faith Radio personality Fr. Barnabas Powell, followed by discussion. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Church Etiquette: Standing vs. Sitting in Church
The traditional posture for prayer and worship in the Orthodox Church has always been to stand. In the Orthodox “old countries”, there are usually no pews in the churches. Chairs or benches on the side walls are usually reserved for the elderly and infirm. In North America, we have tended to build our churches with pews, and since we have them, we need to figure out when we may sit and when we should stand. First of all, it is fully acceptable (even preferable) to stand for the entire service. If you prefer this, it would be better to find a place closer to the back or side of the church so as not to stand out or block someone’s view.
When should you definitely stand? Always during the Gospel reading, the Little and Great Entrances, the Anaphora, the distribution of Holy Communion, whenever the priest gives a blessing, and the Dismissal. In many parishes, the Divine Liturgy books in the pew have suggested times when sitting is acceptable. Follow those instructions (it’s probably safer than to follow what the people are doing in the first couple of rows). When in doubt, stand. It is never wrong to stand in church.
Food Pantry: Thank you all! Currently we could use frozen chicken, hot dogs, and Ravioli. We still have LOTS of corn and green beans!
Festival Postcards are available for you to take and share with friends, family, classmates, fellow workers, or whomever you wish to invite.
All Parish Workday is planned for Saturday to prepare the building and grounds for the coming festival. Work will be done outdoors and inside.
Order of Approaching the Cup during Holy Eucharist: the Choir and Pre-School class go first, followed by each row from front to back. Ushers will assist.
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.
Parish Council meets today.
Tuesday, September 18: Gospel of St. John Bible Study at the Webb’s home 7:0 0 – 8:30
Wednesday, September 19: Daily Vespers at 6:00
Thursday, September 20: St. John Fellowship in Mitchell at the Haney’s home at 10:00
Thursday, September 20: Bible Study at Becky’s home at 3:00
Saturday, September 22: All-Parish Workday inside and outside at 9:00
Saturday, September22: Great Vespers at 5:00 – O101 at 6:00 & SOYO – 6:00 – 8:00
Sunday, September 23: Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 – Festival Meeting
…St. Mary’s in Greenwood is having its first festival on Saturday and Sunday, September 29th and 30th starting at noon. As the parishioners have supported our festival, it is a fine opportunity to do the same!
…Annual Festival on Fairfax draws near. Plan ahead to consider how you can be involved before and during the festival on October 6th. Please note that it is the first Saturday this year and not the second.
We extend our condolences to Olga and Michael Impey. Olga’s brother Adrian was buried this week. Many of you remember Adrian as the first architect for this building.
Family Membership: We are welcoming new members Herman & Johanna Hannan, Judith Burns, and Phil Campbell.
Showing our love to Charles: There will be a basket in the social hall for cards and gift cards to help Charles take advantage of naturopathic treatments that will help him recover.
Birthday Celebrations: John L (17th); Stephanie H (18th); Catherine G(19th);
Johanna H (22nd)
Name Day Remembrance: St. Sophia 17th – Geni Gritton, Kiya Crandall, Sophia Bender
Memory Eternal: Peter James (16th); Mark; Dean; Kh. Charlotte Smith; Adrian Tudorica (Olga’s brother)
Prayer List: Impey and Tudorica families; PJ Boyle’s family; Alice & Marvin; Charles; Vicki; Linda’s sister Dee; Mary Ann; Griggs family; Alexander family; Emilija (difficult pregnancy); Sharon Catherine; Lillian Purcell; Eileen; Leanne; Ashlee W; Kh. Kristina & Anthony; Vivian; Paul; Caden, Dylan & Maddie; Cathy; Sitto; Elias; Waded; Neva; Bill; Lonnie; Fr. George; Iva Lee & Jim; Adrian T; Nancy & Shalayna; Hannah & Ty; Seraphima; Lilly’s family; those suffering in the drug crisis in the USA; Those suffering in Syria and the Middle East; safety in public places and in our schools; Metropolitan Paul; Archbishop John; our church and our nation
Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings
Prokeimenon: “O Lord, how manifold are Thy works. In Wisdom hast Thou made them all.”
Verse: “Bless the Lord, O my soul.” (Psalm 103:24,1)
Epistle: The Reading is from St. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians. (2:16-20)
(For the Sunday after the Elevation of the Holy Cross)
Brethren, you know that a man is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ. Even we have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ, and not by works of the law, because by works of the law shall no one be justified. But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we ourselves were found to be sinners, is Christ then an agent of sin? Certainly not! But if I build up again those things which I tore down, then I prove myself a transgressor. For I through the Law died to the Law, that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ Who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me.
Gospel: The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according St. Mark. (8:34-9:1)
(For Sunday after the Elevation of the Holy Cross)
The Lord said, “If any man would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for My sake and the Gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” And He said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Kingdom of God come with power.”
Divine Liturgy Variables
Refrain: Save us, O Son of God, Who wast crucified in the flesh; who sing to Thee. Alleluia.
Apolytikion of the Elevation 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.
Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 7
Thou didst shatter death by Thy Cross; Thou didst open paradise to the thief; Thou didst turn the sadness of the ointment-bearing women into joy. And didst bid Thine Apostles proclaim a warning, that Thou hast risen, O Christ, granting to the world the Great Mercy.
Apolytikion of Saint Euphemia – Tone 4
O Lord Jesus, unto Thee Thy lamb doth cry with a great voice: * O my Bridegroom, Thee I love; and seeking Thee, I now contest, * and with Thy baptism am crucified and buried. * I suffer for Thy sake, that I may reign with Thee; * for Thy sake I die, that I may live in Thee: * accept me offered out of longing * to Thee as a spotless sacrifice. * Lord, save our souls through her intercessions, since Thou art great in mercy.
Kontakion of the Elevation 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.