Sunday, September 3, 2017
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Hieromartyr Anthimos of Nicomedia & VenerableTheoktistos, fellow ascetic with Euthymios the Great
Martyr Chariton; New-martyr Polydoros of Cyprus; Phoebe the deaconess of Cenchreae;
Righteous Basilissa of Nicomedia; Ioanikios I, patriarch of Serbia
Welcome visitors. We are honored by your company.
Nourishment of the Soul: “Finally Brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there is any virtue, and it there is anything praiseworthy, meditate on these things.” – Philippians 4:8
Hurricane Harvey Appeal: Special collections throughout the month of September will be forwarded to our parishes to alleviate a little of the pain and suffering of the good people of the affected area. Give generously as you are able. Make checks payable to All Saints. (Bishop JOSEPH’s appeal is attached to the printed bulletin. Check antiochian.org for updates.)
Do You Know that Humility is the Virtue that Counters Pride? As pride leads to other sin, true humility clears a path for holiness. Pride is a sin based on undue and inappropriate appreciation of one’s self worth. Conversely, the virtue of humility is about modest behavior, selflessness and the giving of respect. One of the Seven Capital Virtues
Outdoor helpers needed: With the recent widening of the south driveway, much old broken glass was unearthed and remains exposed on top of the freshly turned soil on the northern side of the drive. A group met on Saturday at 4pm, but others may need to meet today following the Divine Liturgy. This will make our property safer for our children and enable us to effectively seed and straw the area.
Food Pantry: The shelves are nearly empty! Please donate as you are able: peanut butter, cereal, hotdogs, frozen entrees, chicken, green beans, name brand soup, pasta, and pasta sauce. We have corn. Donations to the charitable fund are accepted at all times.
News from the Myrrh Bearers
…The Myrrh Bearers “Treasures” will be available for purchase on September 10th and 17th. Donations of like-new or gently-used home decor items, icons, jewelry & scarves, books and small household items are being received today. Place donations in the bins in the hallway. Income supports the women’s outreach activities. Thank you for your generosity!
Coffee Hour: Scheduled contributors this Sunday are those whose last names start with A-Ba; however you may contribute as you are able.
Today there is a Memorial for Dr. William Nasser.
Monday, September 4: Labor Day
Wednesday, September 6: Daily Vespers at 6:00; Orthodoxy 101 at6:45 – Fr. Peter Jon will present
“The Church: Bride, Body, Ark, and Hospital.”
Thursday, September 7: Bible Study at Becky Hrisomalos’s home – 3:00 – 5:00
Thursday, September 7: Vesperal Liturgy of the Nativity of the Theotokos at 6:00
Friday, September 8: Remember Fr. Peter Jon in prayer during this day of his eye surgery.
Saturday, September 9: Great Vespers at 5:00
Sunday, September 10: Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 – Grandparent’s Day
September 10-17: Visit the Table of Treasures in the hallway.
September 14: Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross
September 24: College Student Welcome Meal
October 14: Annual Festival on Fairfax
Happy Birthday: Andrew L (6th); Braylan S (6th)
Blessed Name Day: Mary Ann G (Theotokos – 8th); St. Anna – 9th Ari V, Lilly B, Cora B, Amber S, and Patricia F; St. Joachim – 9th Daniel R and Braylan S
Memory Eternal: Terry (1st), David; Joe (14th); Heather; Kh. Mary Sue Walker (27th)
Prayer List: 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 as victims of Hurricane Harvey”; 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
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.
Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings
Prokeimenon: “O Lord, how marvelous 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 First Letter to the Corinthians. (16:13-24)
Brethren, be watchful, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, and be strong. Let all that you do be done in love. Now, brethren, you know that the household of Stephanas were the first converts in Achaia, and they have devoted themselves to the service of the saints; I urge you to be subject to such men and to every fellow worker and laborer. I rejoice at the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus, because they have made up for your absence; for they refreshed my spirit as well as yours. Give recognition to such men. The churches of Asia send greetings. Aquila and Prisca, together with the church in their house, send you hearty greetings in the Lord. All the brethren send greetings. Greet one another with a holy kiss. I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. If anyone has no love for the Lord, let him be accursed. Our Lord, come! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.
Gospel: The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (21:33-42)
The Lord spoke this parable: “There was a householder who planted a vineyard, and set a hedge around it, and dug a wine press in it, and built a tower, and let it out to tenants, and went into another country. When the season of fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants, to get his fruit; and the tenants took his servants and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. Again he sent other servants, more than the first; and they did the same to them. Afterward he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him and have his inheritance.’ And they took him and cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him. When therefore the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?” They said to him, “He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and let out the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the fruits in their seasons.” Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: ‘The very stone which the builders rejected has become the head of the corner; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes?’”
Divine Liturgy Variables
Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 4
Having learned the joyful message of the Resurrection from the angel, the women disciples of the Lord cast from them their parental condemnation. And proudly broke the news to the Disciples, saying: Death hath been spoiled; Christ God is risen, granting the world Great Mercy.
Apolytikion for St. Anthimos – Tone 1
O godly-minded Anthimos, as a staunch defender * of thy flock, thou eagerly sheddest thy blood for its protection. * Unbending and wholly unafraid * of all thine adversaries’ fearful threats, * thou rejoicest now in Heaven, standing before * the throne of the Three-Sun Godhead. * Glory to Christ Who hath given thee strength. * Glory to thy manly bravery. * Glory to thy patient endurance in martyrdom.
Apolytikion for St. Theoktistos – Tone 8
The barren wilderness thou didst make fertile with the streams of thy tears; and by thy deep sighing thou hast given fruit through thy struggles a hundredfold. Accordingly, thou hast become a star for the universe, sparkling with miracles. Therefore, O righteous Father Theoktistos, intercede with Christ God to save our souls.
Kontakion of the Nativity of the Theotokos – Tone 4
By thy holy nativity, O pure one, Joachim and Anna were delivered from the reproach of barrenness; and Adam and Eve were delivered from the corruption of death; thy people do celebrate it, having been saved from the stain of iniquity, crying unto thee: The barren doth give birth to the Theotokos, who nourisheth our life.