Sunday, September 17, 2017

Sunday, September 17, 2017
Sunday after the Elevation of the Holy Cross

Martyrs Sophia and her daughters Faith, Love and Hope;
Martyr Agathokleia; Hieromartyrs Heracleides and Myron, Bishops of Tamasus in Cyprus;
Venerable Anastasios Peristeron of Cyprus; Euxiphios of Cyprus, the bishop

Welcome visitors. We are honored by your company.

Nourishment of the Soul: “Prayer rises to heaven, and immediately God’s mercy descends upon the earth.”
St. Augustine of Hippo

Hurricane Appeal: Special collections continue throughout September for those in the affected areas. Give generously as you are able. Make checks payable to All Saints. Our total thus far is $805. (Check for updates.)

Do You Know that the Virtue of Temperance or Abstinence counters the sin of gluttony? To be gluttonous is to over-indulge. On the opposite hand, the virtue of temperance is centered on self-control and moderation. One of the Seven Capital Virtues

Food Pantry: The shelves are starting to fill, but please continue to restock. Donate as you are able: peanut butter, cereal, hotdogs, frozen entrees, chicken, green beans, name brand soup, canned meat/ fish, boxed macaroni and cheese.. Donations to the charitable fund are accepted at all times. Please put food donations in Marcia’s office or the freezer.

Coffee Hour: Scheduled contributors this Sunday are those whose last names start with G-H; however you may contribute as you are able.

News from the Myrrh Bearers
This Sunday will be your last opportunity to shop at the Myrrh Bearers’ treasure table in the hallway. Please take the time to look over the wonderful items that have been donated, and see if any are calling to you!
Please hold any further donations of items until October 8 when we will be preparing another display for the festival on Fairfax.
College Sunday: Next Sunday, the Myrrh Bearers and the entire church welcome our College Students with a meal and a few gifts. It is All Saints’ way of saying we enjoy being your church family while you are away from yours.

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.

There is a Parish Council meeting today around noon.


Wednesday, September 13: Daily Vespers at 6:00; Orthodoxy 101 follows.
Thursday, September 21: St. John Fellowship in Mitchell at the Haney’s home – 10:00 – Noon
Thursday, September 21: Bible Study at Becky Hrisomalos’s home – 3:00 – 5:00
Saturday, September 23: Great Vespers at 5:00
Sunday, September 24: Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 – Myrrh Bearers meet. + College welcome Meal.


September 29: Annual Orthodox Christians for Life meal following the Akathist to the Protection of the Theotokos
October 14: Annual Festival on Fairfax – 11:00 – 5:00


Happy Birthday: John L (17th); Stephanie H (18th); Catherine G (19th)
Memory Eternal, Alex John on his name day (23rd)
Blessed Name Day: St. Sophia (17th) – Sophia Bender; Geni Gritton; Kiya Crandall
Memory Eternal: David; Heather; Kh. Mary Sue Walker (27th)

Prayer List: Becky; Greg; Wilber (difficult surgery); Emilija; Adrian (Olga’s brother); Bosa; Cathy;”For the suffering Christians of Egypt, Syria, Palestine, Iraq, & all of the Middle East, and for those suffering in Ukraine and victims of Hurricanes, Harvey and Irma”; Fr. Steven Rudy (cancer); Finley (infant girl); Fr. Basil; Fr. Philip; Grant (Leukemia); Chris; Doug & Dorothy Barrett; Eileen; Mary Ann & Jen; Dee and Don; Kh. Kristina; Betsy and Hannah; Leslie (paralysis); Jasmine; Deborah & Thomas; James; Becky H; Tom; Annie; Catherine; Janett; Julian; Vicki; Hoppes & Jesse Brandow (Missionaries); Vivian; Natalie; Senior Saints; Patricia; Nicetas; Barb; Shirley; Metropolitan Paul, Archbishop John; Fr. John Koen; Archpriest George; Heather; Susan; Gabriella & Matt; Sara; Shelley; Geni; Emily D; Emma; Nancy; Neal; Bob R; Leanne; Beth; Lillian; Julie; Roger; Virginia; Marilyn; Eric; Cheryl; Lori; Pam; Debbie; Natasha; Michael & Shelley: Gabriel; Mary; Janet; Kelly; Matushka Raisa; Marty; Charles; Mary; Marvin, Alice; Katie; Ruth; Steve; Romaine; Derek, Claire & Micah; Tim; Sharon; Sherri; Dianna; Michael and Diane; Aaron; Brent; Jennifer; Brigid; Ethan; Lena, Dean; Gayle; Thomas; Amy; Heidi; Gene & Connie, Caleb D; Megan & Colin; Bill & Sandy; Sabrina; Christy; Pete; Phil & Barb; Tammy K

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 the Epistle of St. Paul 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 to St. Mark. (8:34-9:1)
(For the 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

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

Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 6
When Mary stood at Thy grave, looking for Thy sacred body, angelic powers shone above Thy revered tomb; and the soldiers who were to keep guard became as dead men. Thou led Hades captive and wast not tempted thereby. Thou didst meet the Virgin and didst give life to the world, O Thou, Who art risen from the dead, O Lord, glory to Thee.

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.

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.