Sunday, September 30, 2018
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost & Second Sunday of Luke
Hieromartyr Gregory, Enlightener of Greater Armenia
Martyrs Rhipsime and Gaiana and companions of Armenia;
Michael the wonderworker, first metropolitan of Kiev; Venerable Gregory of the Pelshma River
Welcome to All Saints. It is our joy to greet visitors.
Festival on Fairfax on October 6th is from 11:00 to 5:00.
Nourishment of the Soul: “Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in His ways. You shall eat the fruits of your labor; you are blessed, and it shall be well with you.” – Psalm 127 (128): 1-2
Coffee Hour: No one is scheduled today on the 5th Sunday of September. Contributions are encouraged.
Food Pantry: The shelves have empty spots each Sunday, so keep up the good work of helping those who turn to us for help. Tuna was well received along with paper products.. Baked beans, catsup, yellow mustard and salad spreads/ dressings could be added.
Festival Postcards are available for you to take and share with friends, family, classmates, fellow workers, or whomever you wish to invite.
… Our Annual Festival on Fairfax is NEXT SATURDAY! Plan now to come to work, to browse, and to buy! See Chairman Daniel Rigsby for more information.
Tuesday, October 2: Gospel of St. John Bible Study at the Webb’s home 7:0 0 – 8:30
Wednesday, October 3: Daily Vespers at 6:00
Thursday, October 4: Bible Study at Becky’s home at 3:00
Friday, October 5: SET-UP ACTIVITIES inside and outside 9:30-5:30 for the FESTIVAL
Saturday, October 6: SET-UP ACTIVITIES start at 8:00 am
Saturday, October 6: FESTIVAL on FAIRFAX 11:00 – Vespers at 5:00
Sunday, October 7: Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 – Clergy Appreciation Day
A wonderful opportunity to share with our Orthodox brothers and sisters!
• St. Mary’s in Greenwood’s festival concludes this evening at 7pm. There is still time to attend.
• Orthodoxy 101 meets each Saturday and includes a weekly
20-minute DVD presentation, Journey to Fullness, featuring Orthodox Evangelist Fr. Barnabas Powell, followed by discussion. Steve and April Blair lead the discussion and welcome and encourage you and your friends to attend.
Attention College Students: Join us for the Midwest College Conference at the Iakovos Retreat Center December 27-30, 2018. It is a fantastic opportunity for Orthodox College students (age 18-25) from all different backgrounds to gather to learn about their faith, take a break, meet new people, and worship together in a beautiful new Orthodox retreat center, nestled in the beautiful woods of Wisconsin. To encourage Antiochian College students to attend, Bishop Anthony’s Diocesan Council has offered a $75 scholarship to the first 20 Antiochian students that sign up. Spots are filling fast. This conference is a BLAST and simply put can be life-changing. We all know that Antiochians are the most fun, SO GO!! For more information and to register check out the website at http://www.ocf.net/events/college-conference-midwest-2018/ Or contact Peter Karos with ANY QUESTIONS @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
When we enter the church, it is traditional to venerate the icons. When venerating (kissing) an icon, we should pay attention to where we kiss. It is not proper to kiss an icon on the face. When we approach an icon to venerate it, we kiss the gospel, scroll, or cross in the hand of the person depicted, or kiss the hand or foot of the person depicted. As we venerate an icon, we show proper respect to the person in the icon – the same respect we would show if we met them in person. And please remember to blot lipstick before kissing.
After receiving Holy Communion and at the end of the liturgy, it is traditional to eat a piece of holy bread or antidoron- the bread that was left over after Holy Communion was prepared. Antidoron is blessed bread and as such, should be eaten carefully so that crumbs don’t fall all over the place. At the appointed time, we take one piece of antidoron, and when we return to our seat, we eat the bread, trying not to drop crumbs. If you want to give a piece to someone else, which is a beautiful gesture and a way of including our guests in particular, take an extra piece (don’t break yours in half — it produces too many crumbs). Also, we need to monitor our children as they take the antidoron, teaching them to eat it respectfully.
A Final Thought on Church Etiquette
North American society in the early 21stcentury is rather casual in its approach to life. We shouldn’t allow this prevailing attitude to enter into our Orthodox Christian piety. Much of church etiquette is based on common sense and showing respect for God and others. The priest says at every Liturgy, “In the fear of God and with faith and love, draw near.” Let this be the way we approach all of worship. If we do, we will most likely have good church etiquette.
Saying Goodbye: This will be the final Sunday for George and Haley Khalil and little Nour. They are moving to Florida and will be sorely missed!
Birthday Blessings: Leanne B (3rd); Sharon K (3rd); Van L (5th); Don H (6th)
Name Day Remembrance for the Apostle Thomas – 6th: Charles C, Thomas M, Thomas P
Name Day Remembrance: Heidi S (5th)
Anniversaries, Birthday Celebrations or Name Day Remembrances : Now is the time to add your dates for the 2019 calendar updates! Please leave them on Marcia’s desk or email her at email@example.com. Also if you need to update your address or contact information, please don’t delay since phone directories are updated too.
Memory Eternal: Mark; Dean; Kh. Charlotte Smith; Adrian; Wilma Jean
Prayer List: Impey and Tudorica families; PJ Boyle’s family; Alice & Marvin; Charles; Vicki; Linda’s sister Dee; Mary Ann; Griggs family; Alexander family; Emilija (difficult pregnancy); Kristina (Weber) with child; Sharon Catherine; Lillian Purcell; Eileen; Leanne; Ashlee W; Kh. Kristina; Vivian; Paul; Caden, Dylan & Maddie; Cathy; Sitto; Elias; Waded; Neva; Bill; Lonnie; Fr. George; fr. Stephen; Fr. Basil; Iva Lee; Adrian T; Nancy & Shalayna; Hannah & Ty; Seraphima; Lilly’s family; Jennifer D; Pastor Pat; those suffering in the drug crisis and with flood damage in the USA; Those suffering in Syria and the Middle East; safety in public places and in our schools; Metropolitan Paul; Archbishop John; our church and our nation.
Order of Approaching the Cup during Holy Eucharist: the Choir and Pre-School class go first, followed by each row from front to back. Ushers will assist.
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: “Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us.”
Verse: “Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous.” (Psalm 32:22,1)
Epistle: The Reading is from St. Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians. (9:6-11)
Brethren, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that you may always have enough of everything and may provide in abundance for every good work. As it is written, “He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.” He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your resources and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way for great generosity, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.
Gospel: The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according St. Luke. (6:31-36)
The Lord said: “As you wish that men would do to you, do so to them. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He is kind to the ungrateful and the selfish. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.”
Divine Liturgy Variables for Choir and Parish Responses
Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 1
While the stone was sealed by the Jews, and the soldiers were guarding Thy most pure body, Thou didst arise on the third day, O Savior, granting life to the world. For which cause the heavenly powers cried aloud unto Thee, O Giver of Life. Glory to Thy Resurrection, O Christ; Glory to Thy Kingdom,; Glory to Thy Providence, O Thou Who alone art the lover of mankind.
Apolytikion of St. Gregory of Armenia – Tone 4
Thou hast become like the Apostles in their states, a successor to their throne, finding indeed the intelligential ladder, O thou God-inspired. Therefore, thou hast followed the Word of God in righteousness, and striven unto blood for the Faith. O Hieromartyr Gregory, intercede with Christ God to save 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.