Monastery Pilgrimage

In March of 2018 a group of OCF students and Host Parent Howard Webb made a pilgrimage to the Hermitage of the Holy Cross Monastery in Wayne, West Virginia.  They were warmly received, and joined the monks in the services and for meals.  For some, it was their first experience of the monastic life.  A former OCF student from Bloomington, the Monk Michael, has been at the monastery almost 2 years. 

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Sunday, July 22, 2018
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
Mary Magdalene, Myrrh-bearer and Equal-to-the-Apostles
Virgin-martyr Markella of Chios

It is our joy to welcome visitors to worship with us at all services.

Nourishment of the Soul: “The surest rule and standard for a well-disciplined life is this: one must be indifferent to either pleasure or pain of flesh, but one must not be immoderate in either direction, so that the body will become neither disordered by obesity nor so sickly that it cannot carry out commands.” – St. Basil the Great

Coffee Hour: Scheduled contributors this Sunday are those whose last names start with I-Z; however, your donations are appreciated at all times. (No one is scheduled July 29th)

Remember to give all announcements to Father Peter Jon before each Divine Liturgy.

“Old Mother Hubbard went to the Cupboard”: Yes, ours is almost bare as well! If you can, we would appreciate soup (especially chicken and vegetable), tuna, chicken, pasta, marinara sauce, paper products, and what you think would satisfy. We DO NOT NEED peanut butter, yams, green beans, or corn. Thank you for your steadfast love for those struggling with hunger.

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.

Myrrh Bearers meet today at noon!

THIS WEEK

Wednesday, July 25: Daily Vespers at 6:00
Thursday, July 26: Bible Study at Becky’s home – 3:00-5:00
Friday, July 27: Akathist to the Protection at 6:00
Saturday, July 28: Great Vespers at 5:00
Sunday, July 29: Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00

LOOKING AHEAD

…The Dormition Fast begins on August 1st with the Paraklesis on Friday, August 4th & 11th.

…Sunday, August 5th: Blessing of the Children as they return to school in early August

FAMILY NOTES

Anniversary Blessings: On the 23rd, the Gillquist family celebrates 12 years with us!

Birthday Celebrations: Mallory F (23rd);Thomas M (26th)

Name Day Remembrance: Mary Magdalene – 22nd: Mariam Gillquist; Dnessa Miriam Stant; Kh. Kristina (Great Martyr Christina – 24th); St. Anna – 25th: Kaylie Finchum; Cora Bidulescu; Ariana Vicion; Patricia Finchum; Lilly Blair.

Memory Eternal: Nicholas (June 29th); Bill (July 12th)

With deepest sympathy, we express our prayers to Mary Ann and her family at the unexpected passing of son Bill.
Memory Eternal.

Prayer List: Charles; Linda’s sister Dee; Mary Ann; Griggs family; Alexander family; Sharon Catherine; Lillian Purcell; Eileen; Leeanne; Ashlee W; Kh. Kristina & Anthony; Vivian; Paul; Caden, Dylan & Maddie; Marvin & Alice; Cathy; Sitto; Elias; Waded; Neva; Bill; Lonnie; Fr. George; Iva Lee & Jim; Adrian T; Nancy & Shalayna; Hannah & Ty; Seraphima; Lilly’s family; those suffering in the drug crisis in the USA; safety in public places; Metropolitan Paul; Archbishop John; our church and our nation

Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings

Prokeimenon: “The Lord will give strength to His people.”
Verse: “Ascribe to the Lord, O sons of God, ascribe to the Lord honor and glory.” (Psalm 28:11,1)

Epistle: The Reading is from St. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians. (1:10-17)

Brethren, I appeal to you, by the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree and that there be no dissension among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there is quarreling among you, my brethren. What I mean is that each one of you says, “I belong to Paul,” or “I belong to Apollos,” or “I belong to Cephas,” or “I belong to Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispos and Gaius; lest anyone should say that you were baptized in my name. (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas. Beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.) For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the Gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

Gospel: The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (14:14-22)

At that time, when Jesus went ashore he saw a great throng; and he had compassion on them, and healed their sick. When it was evening, the disciples came to Him and said, “This is a lonely place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” Jesus said, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” They said to Him, “We have only five loaves here and two fish.” And He said, “Bring them here to Me.” Then He ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass; and taking the five loaves and the two fish He looked up to Heaven, and blessed, and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children. Then Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He dismissed the crowds.

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. Mary Magdalene – Tone 1
When Christ God had been born for our sakes from the Virgin, * thou faithfully didst follow Him, keeping His statutes * and heeding His sacred laws, O august Mary Magdalene. * Hence, as we today observe thy holy remembrance, * we receive the loosing of our sins and transgressions * through thy holy prayers for us.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Sunday, July 15, 2018
Sunday of the Holy Fathers of Fourth Ecumenical Council

Great Prince Vladimir (Basil) of Kiev, Equal-to-the-Apostles; Martyrs Kyrikos and his mother Julitta of Tarsus

It is our joy to welcome visitors to worship with us at all services.

Nourishment of the Soul: “There never was and there never will be a place on earth free from sorrows. The only sorrowless place possible is the heart, when the Lord is present there.” – St. Nikon of Optina

Coffee Hour: Scheduled contributors this Sunday are those whose last names start with G-H; however, your donations are appreciated at all times.

Remember to give all announcements to Father Peter Jon before each Divine Liturgy.

Note of Gratitude: There are NO words to describe the depth of my gratitude to each and every one of you for contributing to my recent move to Evergreen Village! It is a beautiful apartment, tailor made for my limited mobility, but scenic enough to watch hawks, vultures and clouds on my bad arthritic days! Today, I sit here giving thanks to God for the kindness and generosity of my church family! May you all be blessed beyond measure! And, for those of you wondering about Gabe ( my son), he came through hernia surgery with flying colors. Thank you for all your prayers for both of us! Much love to all of you. ❤ Leanne Bissell

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.

Dear Parish Family, this Sunday is Tabitha Burchett‘s last service with us here in Bloomington. We’d like to send her off to her new job in Georgia with a cake and a card shower. Please bring a card on Sunday and extend your best wishes to her.

The Parish Council meets today at noon!

THIS WEEK

Tuesday, July 17: Bible Study at Kh. Marilyn’s home at 7:00
Wednesday, July 18: Daily Vespers at 6:00
Saturday, July 21: Great Vespers at 5:00 – Cars to be Blessed*
Sunday, July 22: Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00

LOOKING AHEAD

…Bible Study at Becky’s will NOT meet July 19th, but will resume July 26th.

*… All are welcome to bring their “chariot” (car) to be blessed at Great Vespers on Saturday, July 21st in celebration of St. Elijah’s (Elias’) day. You may recall that St. Elijah the Prophet was swept up to God in a chariot of fire at the conclusion of his earthly ministry (2 Kings 2:11).

…Akathist to the Protection at 6:00 – Friday, July 27th

…Myrrh Bearers meeting – Sunday, July 29th

…The Dormition Fast begins on August 1st with the Paraklesis on Friday, August 4th & 11th.

FAMILY NOTES

Anniversary Blessings: Deacon Lucian & Dnssa. Miriam (21st)
Birthday Celebrations: Cleo S (17th); James T (19th); Neumann J (21st)
Name Day Remembrance: Marina S (Great Martyr Marina – 17th); St. Seraphim of Sarov – 19th: Linda (Seraphima) B; Neumann (Seraphim) J; Leanne (Seraphima) B;
Alicia Barrett (Prophet Elijah/Elias – 20th
Memory Eternal: Nicholas (26th); Bill (12th)

Prayer List: Mary Ann; Alexander family; Lillian Purcell (urgent need for Linda’s colleague); Eileen; Charles; Lucia & Cora (Romania); Leeanne; Ashlee W; Kh. Kristina & Anthony; Vivian; Paul; Caden, Dylan & Maddie; Marvin & Alice; Cathy; Sitto; Elias; Waded; Neva; Bill; Lonnie; Fr. George; Iva Lee & Jim; Adrian T; Nancy & Shalayna; Hannah & Ty; Seraphima; Lilly’s family; those suffering in the drug crisis in the USA; safety in public places; Metropolitan Paul; Archbishop John; our church and our nation

Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings

Prokeimenon: “Blessed art Thou, O Lord, the God of our Fathers.”
Verse: “For Thou art just in all that Thou hast done for us.” (Daniel 3:26,27)

Epistle: The Reading is from St. Paul’s Letter to Titus. (3:8-15)
(For the Holy Fathers)

Titus, my son, the saying is sure. I desire you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to apply themselves to good deeds; these are excellent and profitable to men. But avoid stupid controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels over the law, for they are unprofitable and futile. As for a man who is factious, after admonishing him once or twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is perverted and sinful; he is self-condemned. When I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there. Do your best to speed Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way; see that they lack nothing. And let our people learn to apply themselves to good deeds, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not to be unfruitful. All who are with me send greetings to you. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.

Gospel: The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (5:14-19)
(For the Holy Fathers)

The Lord said to His Disciples: “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father Who is in heaven. Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them, but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”

Divine Liturgy Variables

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 Holy Fathers – Tone 8
Thou, O Christ, art our God of exceeding praise Who didst establish our Holy Fathers as luminous stars upon earth, and through them didst guide us unto the true Faith, O most merciful One, glory to Thee.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Sunday, July 08, 2018
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Great-martyr Procopius of Caesarea in Palestine
New-martyrs Theophanes and Anastasios of Constantinople; Venerable Theophilos the myrrh-streaming of St. Basil Kelli on Athos; Procopius of Ustug, fool-for-Christ

We extend a warm welcome to our visitors,
including an invitation to all services and events here at All Saints.

Nourishment of the Soul: “The human soul conceals much good in its depths. One must only search for it.” – St. Leo of Optina

Coffee Hour: Scheduled contributors this Sunday are those whose last names start with Be-F; however, your donations are appreciated at all times.

Mad Hatters Tea Party: Ladies, choose your hat to wear to the tea party at church. If you don’t have a hat, come anyway! Everything is being provided: food, fun, inspiration, extra hats.

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.

New Directive from His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH regarding announcements/speaking in the church: Only clergy may speak or make announcements from the solea. If any organization or person needs an announcement to be made, he or she must give it to the pastor before the liturgy (we don’t want people walking in and out of the altar during the liturgy) and the pastor will make it on behalf of the person or organization.

Quarter Jar in Social Hall: We have a jar for your donation of quarters to aid Leanne when she does laundry. For those who use a laundromat, you know how having the change available will simplify the process.

Leanne is very pleased, excited, and grateful for all who have contributed to ease her move to the new apartment. (Love in action!)

THIS WEEK

Wednesday, July 11: Daily Vespers at 6:00
Saturday, July 14: Tea Party at 3:00 in the social hall.
Saturday, July 14: Great Vespers at 5:00
Sunday, July 15: Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 – Parish Council meeting at noon

LOOKING AHEAD

…Bible Study at Becky’s will NOT meet July 12th and 19th.
…Clergy Symposium at Antiochian Village – July 16-20
…The Dormition Fast begins on August 1st with the Paraklesis on Friday, August 4th & 11th.
FAMILY NOTES

Birthday Celebrations: Wyatt C (10th); Julianna B (12th); Abby B 14th)

Name Day Remembrance: Olga I (St. Olga of Kiev – 11th); Vicki G (St. Olga of Kiev – 11th); Gabe S (Archangel Gabriel – 13th); Gabriella C (Archangel Gabriel – 13th)

Memory Eternal: Nicholas (26th)

Prayer List: Alexander family; Lillian Purcell (urgent need for Linda’s colleague); Eileen; Charles; Lucia & Cora (Romania); Leeanne; Ashlee W; Kh. Kristina & Anthony; Vivian; Paul; Caden, Dylan & Maddie; Marvin & Alice; Cathy; Sitto; Elias; Waded; Neva; Bill; Lonnie; Fr. George; Iva Lee & Jim; Adrian T; Nancy & Shalayna; Hannah & Ty; Seraphima; Lilly’s family; those suffering in the drug crisis in the USA; safety in public places; Metropolitan Paul; Archbishop John; our church and our nation

Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings

Prokeimenon: “Thou, O Lord, wilt preserve us and keep us from this generation.”
Verse: “Save me, O Lord, for the Godly man hath disappeared.” (Psalm 11:7,1)

Epistle: The Reading is from St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans. (12:6-14)

Brethren, having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; he who teaches, in his teaching; he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who contributes, in liberality; he who gives aid, with zeal; he who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness. Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with brotherly affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Never flag in zeal, be aglow with the Spirit, and serve the Lord. Rejoice in your hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints, practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.

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

At that time, Jesus got into a boat, crossed over and came to His own city. And behold, they brought to Him a paralytic, lying on his bed; and when Jesus saw their faith He said to the paralytic, “Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.” And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.” But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—He then said to the paralytic—“Rise, take up your bed and go home.” And he rose and went home. When the crowds saw it, they marveled, and they glorified God, Who had given such authority to men.

Divine Liturgy Variables

Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 5
Let us believers praise and worship the Word; co-eternal 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 St. Procopius, the Great Martyr – Tone4
Thy Martyr, O Lord, in his courageous contest for Thee * received as the prize the crowns of incorruption and life from Thee, our immortal God. * For since he possessed Thy strength, he cast down the tyrants * and wholly destroyed the demons’ strengthless presumption. * O Christ God, by his prayers, save our souls, since Thou art merciful.

Sunday, July 1, 2018 & July 3rd celebration

Sunday, July 01, 2018
Unmercenaries Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs in Rome;
New-martyr Constantine in Cyprus; translation of relics of Venerable John of Rila

We extend a warm welcome to our visitors,
including an invitation to all services and events here at All Saints.

Nourishment of the Soul: “From God comes grace, but from us comes labor. Therefore, let no one even think that the Holy Apostles relied solely on the God-given grace, or that it was easy for them, or that they performed their great work in the world without effort…so it was that the Apostles did not rely on grace alone, but also put forth nearly superhuman effort to show themselves worthy of God’s grace.” – St. Nikolai Velimirovich

Annual Fourth of July Celebration at All Saints: Beginning at 7:00 on Tuesday evening, July 3rd, we will celebrate America’s independence with a barbecue at All Saints. Fireworks will begin at 9:45. The church will provide meat, and all are encouraged to bring their favorite side dish. Thomas Pryzbyla will oversee setup and clean up.

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.

Coffee Hour: Scheduled contributors this Sunday are those whose last names start with A-Ba; however, your donations are appreciated at all times.

Thomas Przybyla is available to mow lawns, paint, or do any other number of needed jobs around your home this summer. Please call him at (812) 929-1766 with any requests.

New Directive from His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH regarding announcements/speaking in the church: Only clergy may speak or make announcements from the solea. If any organization or person needs an announcement to be made, he or she must give it to the pastor before the liturgy (we don’t want people walking in and out of the altar during the liturgy) and the pastor will make it on behalf of the person or organization.

Quarter Jar in Social Hall: We have a jar for your donation of quarters to aid Leanne when she does laundry. For those who use a laundromat, you know how having the change available will simplify the process.

Blessed are they that mourn… All of us continue to grieve in the wake of the unexpected passing of Nicholas Alexander. Please pray for Nicholas and the entire Alexander family, and watch your email inbox for the date and time of the upcoming funeral service.

THIS WEEK

Tuesday, July 3rd – Fourth of July Celebration, beginning at 7:00 with Fireworks near 9:45
Wednesday, July 4: Daily Vespers at 6:00
Thursday, July 5: Bible Study at Becky’s home; 3:00 – 5:00
Saturday, July 7: Great Vespers at 5:00
Sunday, July 8: Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00

LOOKING AHEAD

…Leanne takes possession of her apartment in Evergreen Village this week. Moving day is July 3rd. Still needed: Small rug for entry (non-slip), Lift-style recliner, Table lamp, Mattress Pad, Clothes Hamper, Wall Clock, Serving Platter, Kitchen Trash and Recycling cans, Surge strips, Tweezers, Presto 16″ Electric Frying Pan, Toilet Brush, Broom & Dustpan.. See Rhonda.
…July 3rd – Fourth of July Celebration, beginning at 7:00 with Fireworks at 9:45
…Mad Hatters Tea Party – July 14 – Ladies, choose your hat to wear to the tea party at church. If you don’t have a hat, come anyway! Everything is being provided: food, fun, inspiration, extra hats.
…Clergy Symposium at Antiochian Village – July 16-20

FAMILY NOTES

Anniversary Blessings: Aaron & Johanna H (6th)

Birthday Celebrations: Shirley R (1st); Olivia G (1st); April B (3rd); Matthew C (4th); Elise A (6th)

Name Day Remembrance: Subdn. Jon (Jeff) (St. John of Rila – July 1st)

Memory Eternal: Betty (9th); Pat (20th); Nicholas (26th)

Prayer List: Alexander family; Eileen; Charles; Lucia & Cora (Romania); Leeanne; Ashlee W; Kh. Kristina & Anthony; Vivian; Paul; Caden, Dylan & Maddie; Marvin & Alice; Cathy; Sitto; Elias; Waded; Neva; Bill; Lonnie; Fr. George; Iva Lee & Jim; Adrian T; Nancy & Shalayna; Hannah & Ty; Seraphima; Lilly’s family; those suffering in the drug crisis in the USA; safety in public places; Metropolitan Paul; Archbishop John; our church and our nation

Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings

Prokeimenon: “In the saints that are in His earth hath the Lord been wondrous.”
Verse: “I beheld the Lord ever before me, for He is at my right hand, that I might not be shaken.” (Psalm 15:3,8)

Epistle: The Reading is from St. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians. (12:27-13:8)

Brethren, you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the Church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, then healers, helpers, administrators, speakers in various kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? But earnestly desire the higher gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way. If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.

Gospel: The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (8:28-9:1)

At that time, when Jesus came to the country of the Gergesenes, two demoniacs met Him, coming out of the tombs, so fierce that no one could pass that way. And behold, they cried out, “What have we to do to Thee, O Son of God? Art Thou come here to torment us before the time?” Now a herd of many swine was feeding at some distance from them. And the demons begged Him, “If Thou castest us out, send us away into the herd of swine.” And He said to them, “Go.” So they came out and went into the swine; and behold, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea, and perished in the waters. The herdsmen fled, and going into the city they told everything, and what had happened to the demoniacs. And behold, all the city came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw Him, they begged Him to leave their neighborhood. And getting into a boat He crossed over and came to His own city.

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 of Ss. Cosmas and Damian – Tone 8
O ye silver-hating, wonderworking saints, Cosmas and Damian, visit our sicknesses. Freely ye received, freely give unto us.