Sunday, September 24, 2017

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Proto-martyr Thekla, Equal-to-the-Apostles; Venerable Silouan of Athos

Commemoration of the wonder-working icon of the Theotokos of the Myrtle Tree;

New-martyr Ahmed; Venerable Nicander of Pskov; the Synaxis of All Saints of Alaska

We warmly welcome all who are visiting today. While we are still under construction for a couple of weeks, we’re thankful you can be with us for our first liturgy in our expanded worship space.

 Nourishment of the Soul:  “Thirst after Jesus, and He will satisfy you with His love.” – St. Isaac the Syrian

Hurricane Appeal: Today is the final Sunday we will place a basket for Hurricane relief. Give generously as you are able. Make checks payable to All Saints.  Our total thus far is $980.

Do You Know that Diligence or persistence, is the virtue which acts as a counter to the sin of sloth. Sloth, as a capital sin, refers to laziness in matters of Faith. Diligence in matters of the spiritual life,  combats laziness. This virtue is manifest in appropriately zealous attitudes toward living and sharing the Faith. One of the Seven Capital Virtues

 Food Pantry: Thank you for helping us restock. Please continue to make donations by putting food in Marcia’s office or in the kitchen freezer. The need is ongoing, throughout the year.

Coffee Hour: A pitch-in is scheduled for today as we give our college students an official welcome to All Saints. Myrrh Bearers and the OCF (Orthodox Christian Fellowship) have coordinated to present gifts and cookies for our students.

 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 10th Annual Buddy Walk will be today, Sunday, September 24 at 1:00 at the Monroe County Fairgrounds. Registration opens at 1:00 with fun for the whole family including carnival games, a photo booth, inflatables, bounce house, karaoke, and food trucks. At 3:30 all games and activities will close and assembly before the Walk begins. At 4:00, Buddy Walk begins, rain or shine. Hope to see you there! – Missy Shahadey

News from the Myrrh Bearers

…Many thanks for your generous donations to the Myrrh Bearers as you made selections from our recent Treasures Table.  We received  $262 in donations!  – Rhonda

…The Myrrh Bearers meet today around noon.


Wednesday, September 27: Daily Vespers at 6:00;  Orthodoxy 101 follows.

Thursday, September 28: Bible Study at Becky’s is cancelled on this date.

Friday, September 29: Annual Orthodox Christians for Life meal following the Akathist to the Protection of the Theotokos at 6:00. Fr. Jerome Sanderson is the guest speaker.

Saturday, September 30: Myrrh Bearers will have a baklava baking day to prepare for the Festival.

Saturday, September 30: Great Vespers at 5:00

Sunday, October 1: Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00  Festival Committee meets around 11:50.


October is Youth Month. Our youth will read the epistle each Sunday and usher.

October 11: Festival Tents arrive at 10:00.

October 13: Festival indoor and outdoor set-up activities from 9:30-5:00. Donated baked goods are labeled and displayed. (Work all day or come as your schedule permits.)

October 14: Annual Festival on Fairfax – 11:00 – 5:00


We have no special events on the church calendar for this week. If you have not given Marcia dates for anniversaries, birthdays, or name days, or if we have incorrect information, please email her at

Memory Eternal: Heather; Kh. Mary Sue Walker (27th)

Prayer List: Becky; Greg; Wilber (+ successful 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, Irma and Mary”; 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

   Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings

Prokeimenon: “God is wondrous among His saints.”

Verse: “Bless ye God in the congregations!” – Psalm 67:35,26

Epistle: The Reading is from  St. Paul’s Second Epistle to Timothy. (3:10-15)

(For St. Thekla)

             Timothy, my son, you have observed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions, my sufferings, what befell me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra. What persecutions I endured!  Yet from them all, the Lord rescued me.  Indeed, all, who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceivers and deceived.  But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

Gospel: The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according St. Luke. (5:1-11)

(For the First Sunday of Luke)

At that time, Jesus was standing by the lake of Gennesaret.  And He saw two boats by the lake; but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets.  Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, Jesus asked him to put out a little from the land.  And He sat down and taught the people from the boat.  And when Jesus had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”  And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing!  But at Thy word I will let down the nets.”  And when they had done this, they enclosed a great shoal of fish; and as their nets were breaking, they beckoned to their partners in the other boat to come and help them.  And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink.  But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.”  For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the catch of fish, which they had taken; and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon.  And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; henceforth you will be catching men.”  And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed Him.

Divine Liturgy Variables

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 St. Thekla, the Proto-Martyr – Tone 3  (By Cyril, Patriarch of Constantinople, 1813)

O glorious Thekla, companion of Paul the divine, thou wast enflamed with the love of thy Creator, by the teaching of the divine preacher. Thou didst despise the passing earthly pleasures, and offered thyself to God as an acceptable and pleasing sacrifice, disregarding all suffering. Intercede with Christ thy Groom to grant us His Great Mercy.

Apolytikion of  St. Silouan, the Athonite – Tone 4

By prayer thou didst receive Christ as thy teacher in the way of humility, and the Spirit bore witness to salvation in thy heart. Wherefore, all peoples called unto hope, rejoice in this day of thy memorial, O sacred Father Silouan. Pray unto Christ our God for the salvation of our souls.

Kontakion for Ordinary Sundays – Tone 2

O Undisputed intercessor of Christians, O Mediatrix who is unrejected by the Creator; turn not away from the voice of our petitions, though we be sinners.  Come to us with aid in time, who cry unto thee in faith, for thou art good. Hasten to us with intercessions, O Theotokos, who didst ever intercede for those who honor thee.