Sunday, September 17, 2023

Sunday after the Elevation of the Holy Cross

Martyrs Sophia and her daughters Faith, Love and Hope 

Thought for Today“It is easier to measure the entire sea with a tiny cup than to grasp the ineffable greatness of God with the human mind.” + St. Basil the Great+ 


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 enemies, and by the power of Thy Cross preserving Thy commonwealth.

Kontakionof the Elevaion 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.

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. 


The Epistle

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

The Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Galatians. (2:16-20)

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. 

The Gospel 

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark. (8:34-9:1)

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.” 

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.  


All Saints Festival on Fairfax is Saturday, October 14; 11am-5pm. Festival yard signs are in the hallway. For those willing to volunteer their time for set up, during the festival or to donate bake goods; contact Dan Rigsby, Festival Chair,


Today, SundayParish Council will meet.

Monday, September 186th Hour Prayers, at 12:00 noon.

Tuesday, September 19: Divine Liturgy at 9:00am.

Wednesday, September 206th Hour Prayers at 12:00 noon; Daily Vespers at 6:00pm (Followed by Orthodoxy 101). American Saint Anatole.

Thursday, September 21: Divine Liturgy at 9:00am.

FridaySeptember 22: Divine Liturgy 9am. Great Vespers at 6:00pm for the Conception of the Forerunner and Baptist John.

Saturday, September 23: Bible Study at the Webb’s home, 9:00 am; Great Vespers at 5:00 pm (followed by Ask Abouna);Special jr.SOYO TBA by email at 3:30pm; SOYO at 6:30pm.

Sunday, September 24Matins at9:00amDivine Liturgy at 10:00am. American Saint Peter the Aleut.


Names Day Celebration: Kiya Crandall Sophia (17th), Faith Farley Faith (17th); John Labban, John Alexander Forerunner and Baptist John (23rd).

Birthday Celebrations: John Labban (17th); Cat Cowan (19th); Johanna Hsu (22nd).

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

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 Hours:  We encourage everyone to take part in this ministry of hospitality on your designated week.  We are blessed to have many students and visitors joining us, and we hope to provide everyone a nice meal who stays to fellowship with us. Even if you don’t cook,
we welcome contributions of bakery goods, fruit, and other store-bought items. Place them on the serving table and we will arrange them.

Coffee Hour Host: Nina Rogers with Parishioners H-R.

Next week Host: Rhonda Webb with Parishioners S-Z.

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