Sunday after the Elevation of the Holy Cross
Eumenios the wonderworker, bishop of Gortyna; Martyr Ariadne of Phrygia
Thought for Today: “Abba Zeno said, ‘If a man wants God to hear his prayer quickly, then
before he prays for anything else, even his own soul, when he stands and stretches out his hands toward God, he must pray with all his heart for
his enemies. Through this action God will hear everything that he asks.
-Sayings of the Desert Fathers
VARIABLE for CHOIR and PARISH
Resurrectional Apolytikion -Tone 5
Let us believers praise and worship the Word; coeternal with the Father and the Spirit, born of the Virgin for our salvation. For, He took pleasure in ascending the Cross in the flesh to suffer death; and to raise the dead by His glorious Resurrection.
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.
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.
EPISTLE and GOSPEL READINGS
How magnified are Thy works, O Lord. 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, knowing that a person is not justified by the works of the Law, but through faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by faith in Christ, and not by the works of the Law; for by the works of the Law shall no flesh be justified. But if, while we sought to be justified in Christ, we ourselves also were found sinners, is Christ then a minister of sin? God forbid! For if I build up again those things which I destroyed, 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, nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself up for me.
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.”
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.
Missionary Update: It was a JOY to have Hannah Valentine speak with us last Sunday, sharing about her life and her upcoming missionary efforts in Albania. We have raised $2052 to contribute toward her ~$40,000 goal. Donations may still be made through the church or the All Saints website (designated Hannah Valentine).
Opportunity to Support:
Orthodox Christians for Life are accepting donations of diapers, formula, gently used maternity and baby clothing and equipment during the month of September. SOYO will help with delivery/distribution of collected items. There will be no meeting on September 30 since it is the evening before the annual festival.
St. Mary of Egypt Festival: Saturday, September 24 11am – 6pm
Wednesday, September, 21: Daily Vespers at 6:00pm; followed by Orthodoxy 101. Fr. Peter Jon will present the topic: Our Identity in Christ
Thursday, September 23: Great Vespers (OFFSITE) for the Conception of St. John the Forerunner, Meet at Beck Chapel on the IU Campus at 6:00pm for a procession to the Jordan River.
Saturday, September 24: Crowning of Alex and Sami Koutsares at 11:00am, followed by a reception in the St. George Pavilion.
Saturday, September, 24: Great Vespers at 5:00pm; Jr. SOYO at 3:30pm; and Teen SOYO at 6:00pm.
Sunday, September 25: Matins at 9:00 am; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 am.
Saturday, October 1: 20th Annual Festival on Fairfax; 11am – 5pm. Flyers are available in the Lending Library.
Birthday Celebrations: Catherine Cowen (19th); Johanna Hsu (22nd).
Memory Eternal: Metropolitan Herman Swaiko; Metropolitan Kallistos Ware; Joyce; Eric; Kevin, Bob, Sheila.
Prayer List: Toni;Don and Dee; Uvalde, Texas community; the war torn county of Ukraine; Peace talks; our nation and all nations’ leaders; schools: school children, youth and personnel across the nation; Mat. Raisa; Mary Ann, and (brother) George; Melanie & daughter (Adrian’s coworker and child-loss of parent and serious health issues);Bob & Bonnie Thelen; Wes (infant with brittle bone disorder); Megan (lymphoma); Mark (CHF) and (caregiver) Barbara; Wes’s grandfather;Josiah; Terra (Pitzak with cancer); Vicki;Vicki’s granddaughter;Arianna Vician; Linda; Steve Crandall; Fr. Athanasius; Fr. Gabriel;Jack;Christopher ;Nancy; Fr. Jerome; Catherine; Wadia; Jayci; Patricia, Marvin, Alice; Michael, Olga, Eileen, Soren; Kitsa; Apthrodite and Angelos; Kim; Kristy, Dusty, Cari; Betsy, Josh; Allison; Andrew and Isaac (Korea/military); Leanne; Heather; Nancy; Sharon Catherine; Lexi, Ross and Vivian; Theo; Doug; Jeremy; Marcia & Deacon; Elias; Waded; Seraphima; Lilly’s family; Jennifer; Christy; Megan; Nelson; Rhea and John; Stanley (Adrian’s uncle), Tabitha with child; Malory with child (Reid’s sister); Joelle with child (local homeschooling friends), Megan with child.
Coffee Hour Host: Nina Rogers’ Team with Parishioners H-R.
Next week’s Host: Rhonda Webb’s Team with Parishioners S-Z
Donations to the church are being made online at www.allsaintsbloomington.org and by U.S mail. Many thanks to all who continue supporting All Saints.