Sunday, January 20, 2019

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Venerable Euthymios the Great; New-martyr Zachariah of Morea

Welcome to All Saints!

Nourishment of the Soul: “A sure sign of the deadening of the soul is the avoidance of church services.”

St. John Climacus


House Blessings:
  Father Peter Jon continues with house blessings for another 3-4 weeks. If you have not been contacted by Fr. Peter Jon already, please feel free to call or email him to setup a time that works with your family schedule.

Evening Retreat Tuesday, February 26: Fr. Seraphim Aldea, founder  of All Celtic Saints Monastery in Scotland, will be our guest. This is a rare opportunity to learn about Orthodoxy in Scotland as Fr. Seraphim will be in the states only  a few days. Make plans now to attend.

Parish Council meets today after Divine Liturgy.

THIS WEEK

Wednesday, January23: Daily Vespers at 6:00

Thursday, January 24: Bible Study at Becky’s home – 3:00 – 5:00

Friday, January 25: Akathist to the Protection of the Theotokos at 6:00

Saturday, January 26:  Great Vespers at 5:00 – O101 and SOYO at 6:00

Sunday, January 27:  Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 followed by Father Chris Moore  updating us during coffee hour regarding his family’s work in Mongolia and South Korea.

Prayer List: Lexi Orfanos-Pangere; Doug Barrett;Amber Smith;Jeremy P; Charles; Vicki; Alice & Marvin Grayson; Laura; Sue and Elmo; Nancy; Nick;Bruce; Joanna Zaharako; Dee; Mary Ann;Alexanders; Emilija and her newborn daughter; Kristina (Weber) with child; Hannah with child; Sharon Catherine; Lillian Purcell; Eileen; Leanne; Ashlee W; Kh. Kristina; Vivian; Paul; Cathy; Sitto; Elias; Waded; Neva; Bill; Lonnie; Fr. George; Fr. Basil; Iva Lee; Nancy & Shalayna; Seraphima; Lilly’s family; Jennifer & Regina; those suffering in the drug crisis, with fire devastation, with flood damage in the USA; those suffering in Syria and the Middle East; safety in public places, in our schools and on our southern borderMetropolitan Paul; Archbishop John; our church and our nation.

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. Approach to the cup starts at the front rows; the choir and preschool go first.

     Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings

Epistle: The Reading is from St. Paul’s Second Letter  to the Corinthians. (4:6-15)

Brethren, it is the God Who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” Who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, to show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. While we live we are always being given up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you. Since we have the same spirit of faith as he had who wrote, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we too believe, and so we speak, knowing that He Who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into His presence. For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.

Gospel: The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (17:12-19)

At that time, as Jesus entered a village, He was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.”  When He saw them He said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.”  And as they went they were cleansed.  Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving Him thanks.  Now he was a Samaritan.  Then Jesus said, “Were not ten cleansed?  Where are the nine?  Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?”  And He said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”

DIVINE LITURGY VARIABLES FOR CHOIR and PARISH

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. Euthymios – Tone 4

Be glad, O barren one that hast not given birth; be of good cheer, thou that hast not travailed; for a man of desires hath multiplied thy children of the Spirit, having planted in them piety and reared them in continence to the perfection of the virtues. By his prayers, O Christ God, make our lives peaceful.

Kontakion of the Presentation of Christ – Tone14

Thou, O Christ God, Who by Thy Birth, didst sanctify the Virgin’s womb, and, as is meet, didst bless Simeon’s arms, and didst also come to save us; preserve Thy fold in wars, and confirm them whom Thou didst love, for Thou alone art the Lover of mankind.

FAMILY NOTES

…Happy Birthday: Cody A (20th); Lydia F (23rd); David P (26th)

…Blessed Name Day: Cody A (St. Euthymios the Great – 20th); Max W (St. Maximos the Confessor – 21st); Laura C (St. Xenia of Petersburg – 24th)

Coffee Hour: Scheduled contributors and cleaners for today are those with last names beginning H-P.

Food Pantry: This has been an outstanding year for the pantry with 1,194 pounds being recorded. Current donations of applesauce (individual portions), peanuts, paper goods, pancake syrup and mixes would be helpful.

Children’s hats, gloves, mittens, and scarves were taken this week to schools in our area. Thank you for  continuing to donate during these cold months of winter.

LOOKING AHEAD

…Monthly Crafting Workshop will meet again in February.  Emily Wood is the coordinator.

…Antiochian Village Summer Camp: Please tell Marcia how many from your family will be attending. Soon we will know if there is scholarship available to share with you.

Temple Project: $325,407 – end of year report

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Crafting Workshop, scheduled for Saturday, January 12th, has been postponed due to the Winter Weather Warning in our area.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Sunday after the Theophany of Christ

Martyrs Hermylos and Stratonikos of Belgrade; Martyrs Pachomios and Papyrinos of Greece;

Venerable Maximos Kafsokalyvitis of Athos; Venerable Eleazar of Anzersk Island; Hilarion, bishop of Poitiers

Welcome to All Saints!

Nourishment of the Soul: “All the conflicts in the world have their origin in unabated anger. One is angry and wounds the other, who then responds with greater violence and strength. Once this chain is begun, it cannot be stopped except through the appeal of prayer–genuine prayer.” – Elder George Calciu of Romania

Holy Water is always available from the receptacle in the font of the church beneath the large Theophany icon (near the north door of the altar). Bring your own bottle, or, bottles will be available upon request.

House Blessings:  Father Peter Jon continues with house blessings. If you have not been contacted by him already, he will soon be contacting all whose names are on the worksheet in the hall.  Please check in the hallway to make sure your name is present.

THIS WEEK

Tuesday, January15: Bible Study at Kh. Marilyn’s home – 7:00

Wednesday, January16: Evening Liturgy at 6:00 – St. Peter’s Chains

Thursday, January 17: Mitchell Fellowship at the Haney’s home – 10:00 – Noon

Thursday, January 17: Bible Study at Becky’s home – 3:00 if Becky has returned from traveling.

Saturday, January 19:  Great Vespers at 5:00 – O101 and SOYO at 6:00

Sunday, January 20:  Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 – Parish Council meets.

Prayer List: Lexi Orfanos-Pangere; Doug Barrett;Amber Smith;Jeremy P; Charles; Vicki; Alice & Marvin Grayson; Laura; Laura Sue; Nancy Jones; Bruce; Joanna Zaharako; Dee; Mary Ann;Alexanders; Emilija with child; Kristina (Weber) with child; Hannah with child; Sharon Catherine; Lillian Purcell; Eileen; Leanne; Ashlee W; Kh. Kristina; Vivian; Paul; Cathy; Sitto; Elias; Waded; Neva; Bill; Lonnie; Fr. George; Fr. Basil; Iva Lee; Nancy & Shalayna; Seraphima; Lilly’s family; Jennifer & Regina; those suffering in the drug crisis, with fire devastation, with flood damage in the USA; those suffering in Syria and the Middle East; safety in public places, in our schools and on our southern borderMetropolitan Paul; Archbishop John; our church and our nation.

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. Approach to the cup starts at the front rows; the choir and preschool go first.

     Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings

Epistle: The Reading is from St. Paul’s Letter  to the Ephesians. (4:7-13)

Brethren, grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.  Therefore, it is said, “When He ascended on high He led a host of captives, and He gave gifts to men.”  (In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that He had also descended into the lower parts of the earth?  He who descended is He who also ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)  And His gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.

Gospel: The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according St. Matthew. (4:12-17)

At that time, when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee; and leaving Nazareth he went and dwelt in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulon and Naphtali, so that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: “The land of Zebulon and the land of Naphtali, toward the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.” From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”

DIVINE LITURGY VARIABLES FOR CHOIR and PARISH

Second Antiphon’s Refrain:  Save us, O Son of God, Who wast baptized by John in the Jordan; who sing to Thee. Alleluia.

Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 8

From the heights Thou didst descend, O Compassionate One, and Thou didst submit to the three-day burial, that Thou might deliver us from passion; Thou art our life and our Resurrection, O Lord, glory to Thee.

Apolytikion of the  Theophany of  Christ – Tone 1

When Thou, O Lord, wast baptized in the Jordan, worship of the Trinity wast made manifest; for the voice of the Father bore witness to Thee, calling Thee His beloved Son. And the Spirit in the likeness of a dove confirmed the truth of His word. O Christ our God, Who hast appeared and enlightened the world, glory to Thee.

Kontakion of the Theophany of  Christ – Tone 4

On this day Thou hast appeared * unto the whole world, * and Thy light, O Sovereign Lord, * is signed on us who sing Thy praise * and chant with knowledge: Thou hast now come, * Thou hast appeared, O Thou Light unapproachable.

FAMILY NOTES

…Anniversary Blessings: Ben & Heidi S(13th)

…Happy Birthday: Rachel B (14th); Aiden G (14th)

…Blessed Name Day:Amanda A (St. Agnes – 14th); April B (St. Macrina – 14th); Nina G and Nina R (St. Nina – 14th); Anthony G (St. Anthony the Great – 17th)

Coffee Hour: Scheduled contributors and cleaners for today are those with last names beginning C-G. You may notice on the calendar some changes to the donation list. We Myrrh Bearers are trying to readjust the donation weeks to reflect the current membership. This is just a trial, so we will see how it works! Direct any questions, please, to Rhonda of the Myrrh Bearers.

Contribution Tax Documents for 2018  will be available on Sunday but will be mailed to those not present. See Marcia on Sunday.

Food Pantry: This has been an outstanding year for the pantry with 1,194 pounds being recorded. Current donations of applesauce (individual portions), peanuts, paper goods, pancake syrup and mixes would be helpful.

Children’s hats, gloves, mittens, and scarves: This ministry will continue through the cold months of winter.

LOOKING AHEAD

…O101 Topics in Coming Weeks: A Beautiful Hymn, The Journey Continues. The series is nearing its end. Thank you Steve and April for your leadership.

…Monthly Crafting Workshop will meet again in February.  Emily Wood is the coordinator.

…Antiochian Village Summer Camp: Please tell Marcia how many from your family will be attending. Soon we will know if there is scholarship available to share with you.

… Guests in January: Father Chris Moore will update us on Sunday the 27th regarding his family’s work in Mongolia and South Korea.

Theophany

Schedule for Theophany, Starting Saturday,  January 5th

Friday, January 4: Royal Hours of Theophany at 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, January 5: Divine Liturgy at 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, January 5:  Great Vespers at 5:00 – O101 and SOYO at 6:00

Sunday, January 6: Theophany – Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00;

 Great Blessing of the Waters follows immediately after Divine Liturgy.

Orthodoxy 101 starts back up this Saturday (January 5th) and we are so looking forward to seeing you all.  Please let anyone else know you think would be interested.  We will run just a few minutes late, but we will be there!  Don’t forget!  — Steve and April 

Annual All Saints 2019 Calendars: they are being prepared for you to pick up this weekend. Calendars  are free to those attending All Saints. The photographer is Darryl Jones with text by your office secretary. If you do not find your anniversary, birthday, or name day in the calendar, please update with Marcia.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

The Theophany of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ

Welcome to All Saints.

Visitors are invited to stay for the social hour that follows each Sunday’s Divine Liturgy.

Nourishment of the Soul: “One must act in such a way that the soul does not turn to God only when standing in prayer, but should do so as far as possible throughout the day. It should be an unceasing offering of oneself to Him.” – St. Theophan the Recluse

The Great Blessing of the Water follows today’s Divine Liturgy. Bottles of holy water will be distributed, but you may also bring your own empty bottle from home to be refilled.

House Blessings: Father Peter Jon will bless your home or business upon request. Father Peter Jon will have the house blessing schedule in the hallway after the Divine liturgy on Sunday. Please sign up for a date and  time that works well for your family.

THIS WEEK

Tuesday, January 8: House Blessings begin.

Wednesday, January 9: Evening Liturgy at 6:00 – St. Gregory of Nyssa

Thursday, January 10: Bible Study at Becky’s home – 3:00 – 5:00

Saturday, January 12: Crafting Workshop at 3:00

Saturday, January 12:  Great Vespers at 5:00 – O101 and SOYO at 6:00

Sunday, January 13:  Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00

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. Approach to the cup starts at the front rows; the choir and preschool go first.

Prayer List: Lexi Orfanos-Pangere; Doug Barrett;Amber Smith;Jeremy P; Grayson; Laura; Laura Sue; Nancy Jones; Bruce; Joanna Zaharako; Alice & Marvin; Charles; Vicki; Dee; Mary Ann;Alexanders; Emilija with child; Kristina (Weber) with child; Hannah with child; Sharon Catherine; Lillian Purcell; Eileen; Leanne; Ashlee W; Kh. Kristina; Vivian; Paul; Cathy; Sitto; Elias; Waded; Neva; Bill; Lonnie; Fr. George; Fr. Basil; Iva Lee; Nancy & Shalayna; Seraphima; Lilly’s family; Jennifer & Regina;  those suffering in the drug crisis, with fire devastation, with flood damage or hurricane damage  in the USA; those suffering in Syria and the Middle East; safety in public places, in our schools and on our southern borderMetropolitan Paul; Archbishop John; our church and our nation.

     Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings

Epistle: The Reading is from St. Paul’s Letter  to Titus. (2:11-15; 3:4-7)

 Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord.

O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy endureth forever.

            My son Titus, the grace of God has appeared for the salvation of all men, training us to renounce irreligion and worldly passions, and to live sober, upright, and godly lives in this world; awaiting our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, Who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all iniquity and to purify for Himself a people of His own who are zealous for good deeds. Declare these things; exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no one disregard you. When the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of deeds done by us in righteousness, but in virtue of His own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal in the Holy Spirit, which He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that we might be justified by His grace and become heirs in hope of eternal life.

Gospel: The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according St. Matthew. (3:13-17)

            At that time, Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by Thee, and Thou dost come to me?” But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now; for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. And when Jesus was baptized, He went up immediately from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and alighting on Him; and lo, a voice from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, with Whom I am well pleased.”

DIVINE LITURGY VARIABLES FOR CHOIR and PARISH

Second Antiphon’s Refrain:  Save us, O Son of God, Who wast baptized by John in the Jordan; who sing to Thee. Alleluia.

Apolytikion of the  Theophany of  Christ – Tone 1

When Thou, O Lord, wast baptized in the Jordan, worship of the Trinity wast made manifest; for the voice of the Father bore witness to Thee, calling Thee His beloved Son. And the Spirit in the likeness of a dove confirmed the truth of His word. O Christ our God, Who hast appeared and enlightened the world, glory to Thee.

Entrance Hymn of the Theophany of Christ

Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord. The Lord is God and hath appeared unto us. Save us, O Son of God, Who wast baptized by John in the Jordan; who sing to Thee. Alleluia.

Kontakion of the Theophany of  Christ – Tone 4

On this day Thou hast appeared * unto the whole world, * and Thy light, O Sovereign Lord, * is signed on us who sing Thy praise * and chant with knowledge: Thou hast now come, * Thou hast appeared, O Thou Light unapproachable.

THE Anti- Trisagion Hymn (Sung in place of “Holy God”)

As many  as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. Alleluia.

St. Basil’s Liturgy Megalynarion  (Sung in place of “It is Truly Meet”)

In thee rejoiceth all creation, O thou who art full of grace: the hierarchy of the angels, and all mankind, O consecrated temple and paradise endowed with speech; glory of virginity, of whom God, Who is our God before the ages, was incarnate and became a little child. For He made thy womb a throne, and thy belly did He make more spacious than the heavens. In thee doth all creation rejoice, O thou who art full of grace, and it glorifieth thee.

Koinonikon (Communion Hymn) of the Theophany – Tone 8

The grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men. Alleluia.

As the faithful depart the church, the choir can sing the Megalynarion of the Theophany of Christ which is provided after the Dismissal.

Megalynarion  of the Theophany – Tone 2

Magnify, O my soul, her who is more honorable and more exalted in glory than the heavenly hosts.

Verily, all tongues are at a loss to praise thee properly; and every mind, even though transcending the world, is distracted in thy praise, O Theotokos. But because thou art good, accept our faith, having known our divine longing. Wherefore, since thou art the helper of Christians, we do magnify thee

FAMILY NOTES

…Anniversary Blessings: Michael & Missy S (7th)

…Happy Birthday: Charles C (8th);  Luke B (9th); Hal S (9th); Jeremy P (12th)

…Blessed Name Day: Synaxis of St. John the Baptist – 7th: John A; John L; Brian O

St. Gregory of Nyssa – 10th): Gregory Gillquist

Coffee Hour: Scheduled contributors and cleaners for today are those with last names beginning A-B. (If you contributed last week, please feel free not to repeat…clerical error!)

You may notice on the calendar some changes to the donation list. We Myrrh Bearers are trying to readjust the donation weeks to reflect the current membership. This is just a trial, so we will see how it works! Direct any questions, please, to Rhonda of the Myrrh Bearers.

Contribution Envelopes are still available in the narthex. If you have unused envelopes at home, you may continue to use them…we keep a record of the number on each booklet, not the date on the individual envelope. Using an envelope, however, is an easy reminder to plan ahead!

An Opportunity to Serve: Alice and Marvin would like help with a few tasks or a visit. Amber (Anna) S would appreciate some meals during her recovery from back surgery. Myrrh Bearers will communicate her needs with the parish.

Food Pantry:This has been an outstanding year for the pantry, and your usual donations are always welcome and appreciated. (Not needed are canned vegetables and cereal.)

Children’s hats, gloves, mittens, and scarves: This ministry will continue through the cold months of winter.

LOOKING AHEAD

…O101 Topics in Coming Weeks:, Salvation as Participation, Orthodox Worship, A Beautiful Hymn, The Journey Continues,.

…Monthly Crafting Workshop meets this week, January 12th at 3:00:  Everyone is welcome to bring projects, ideas to share, or willingness to learn. Even if you don’t have a craft, or don’t think you are crafty, please join us in the social hall!  We have some very simple crafts that anyone can do – no experience necessary – that we hope to sell at the next Festival on Fairfax.  Emily W is the coordinator

…Antiochian Village Summer Camp: Reserve a place for your child now for 2019!

…Temple Project: donations are always welcome.

December 30, 2018

Sunday, December 30, 2018

After-feast of & Sunday after the Nativity of Christ

Commemoration of Joseph the Betrothed, David the Prophet and King,

 and James the Brother of the Lord

Welcome to All Saints. Visitors are always welcome.

Nourishment of the Soul: “The humble soul is blessed. The Lord loves her. The Mother of God is higher than all in humility, and therefore all races bless her on earth, while the heavenly powers serve her. And the Lord has given us this blessed Mother of His as a defender and helper.” – St. Silouan the Athonite

Memory Eternal: Today the six-month memorial for Nicholas Alexander will be prayed.

THIS WEEK

Fast-Free until January 5th

Monday, December 31: Evening Liturgy at 6:00 – Circumcision of our Lord  –  St. Basil the Great                                          

Wednesday, January 2: Daily Vespers at 6:00

Friday, January 4: Royal Hours of Theophany at 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, January 5: Divine Liturgy at 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, January 5:  Great Vespers at 5:00 – O101 and SOYO at 6:00

Sunday, January 6: Theophany – Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00;

 Great Blessing of the Waters follows immediately after Divine Liturgy.

Prayer List: Amber Smith (surgery);Jeremy P; Grayson (9 year old boy-friend of the Blair family);Laura (Friend of John and Debbie C.); Sue (elderly woman-friend of the Baldwins); Nancy Jones; Bruce; Joanna Zaharako; Impey and Tudorica families; Alice & Marvin; Charles; Vicki; Linda’s sister Dee; Mary Ann;Griggs family;Alexander family; Emilija with child (doing well on bed rest); Kristina (Weber) with child; Sharon Catherine; Lillian Purcell; Eileen; Leanne; Ashlee W; Kh. Kristina; Vivian; Paul; Cathy; Sitto; Elias; Waded; Neva; Bill; Lonnie; Fr. George; Fr. Basil; Iva Lee; Nancy & Shalayna; Ty & Hannah (with child); Seraphima; Lilly’s family; Jennifer & Regina;  those suffering in the drug crisis, with fire devastation, with flood damage or hurricane damage  in the USA; those suffering in Syria and the Middle East; safety in public places, in our schools and on our southern borderMetropolitan Paul; Archbishop John; our church and our nation.

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. Approach to the cup starts at the front rows; the choir and preschool go first.

     Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings

Epistle: The Reading is from St. Paul’s Letter the Galatians. (1:11-19)

 God is wondrous in His saints. Bless God in the congregations.

Brethren, I would have you know that the Gospel, which was preached by me, is not man’s gospel.  For I did not receive it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through a revelation of Jesus Christ.  For you have heard of my former life in Judaism, how I persecuted the Church of God violently and tried to destroy it; and I advanced in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people; so extremely zealous was I for the traditions of my fathers.  But when He who had set me apart before I was born, and had called me through His grace, was pleased to reveal His Son to me, in order that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not confer with flesh and blood, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me, but I went away into Arabia; and again I returned to Damascus.  Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to visit Cephas, and remained with him fifteen days.  But I saw none of the other apostles except James the Lord’s brother.

Gospel: The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according St. Matthew. (2:13-23)

When the wise men had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the Child and His mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the Child, to destroy Him.”  And he rose and took the Child and His mother by night, and departed to Egypt, and remained there until the death of Herod.  This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, “Out of Egypt have I called My Son.”  Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, was in a furious rage, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region, who were two years old or under, according to the time which he had ascertained from the wise men.  Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah: “A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they were no more.”  But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, “Rise, take the Child and His mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the Child’s life are dead.”  And he rose and took the Child and His mother, and went to the land of Israel.  But when he heard that Archelaus reigned over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there, and being warned in a dream he withdrew to the district of Galilee.  And he went and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, that what was spoken by the prophets might be fulfilled, “He shall be called a Nazarene.”

DIVINE LITURGY VARIABLES FOR CHOIR and PARISH

Second Antiphon’s Refrain: Save us, O Son of God, Who wast born of a Virgin; who sing to Thee. Alleluia.

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  Nativity of Christ – Tone 4

Thy Nativity, O Christ our God, hath given rise to the light of knowledge in the world; for they that worshipped the stars did learn there from to worship Thee, O Sun of justice, and to know that from the east of the Highest Thou didst come. O Lord, glory to Thee.

Apolytikion  of the Sunday after the Nativity – Tone 2

Proclaim, O Joseph, to David, the grandparent of God, the amazing wonders; for thou hast seen a Virgin great with child; for with the shepherds thou didst give glory, with the Magi thou didst worship, and by the angel it was revealed to thee. Wherefore, plead thou with Christ God to save our souls.

Kontakion of the Nativity of  Christ – Tone 3

On this day the Virgin beareth the Transcendent in Essence; * to the Unapproachable, * the earth doth offer a small cave; * Angels join in choir with shepherds * in giving glory; * with a star the Magi travel upon their journey; * for our sakes is born a young Child, * He Who existed * before the ages as God.

FAMILY NOTES

…Anniversary Blessings: Darryl & Nancy  (4th)

…Happy Birthday: Adriana  (30th); Molly  (31st); Nancy  (31st) ; Lina  (1st); Emily  (3rd); John A (5th);

…Blessed Name Day: St. Seraphim of Sarov 2nd: Linda ; Leanne ; Neumann J

St. Emilia 3rd: Johanna H; Rachel L; Emily W

St. Genevieve 3rd: Jennifer R; Genevieve Christensen

Coffee Hour: Scheduled contributors and cleaners for today are those with last names beginning A-B. You may notice on the calendar some changes to the donation list. We Myrrh Bearers are trying to readjust the donation weeks to reflect the current membership. This is just a trial, so we will see how it works! Direct any questions, please, to Rhonda of the Myrrh Bearers.

Contribution Envelopes are still available in the narthex. If you have unused envelopes at home, you may continue to use them…we keep a record of the number on each booklet, not the date on the individual envelope. Using an envelope, however, is an easy reminder to plan ahead!

An Opportunity to Serve: If you are available to help Alice and Marvin with laundry or other tasks, please contact Nina Rogers who is coordinating this benefit for these beloved family members.

Food Pantry: The shelves are well-filled…thanks: Your usual donations are welcome.

Help fill the gift bag with children’s hats, gloves, mittens, and scarves. This ministry will continue through the cold months of winter.

LOOKING AHEAD

…House Blessings begin January 8th.

…O101 Topics in Coming Weeks:, Salvation as Participation, Orthodox Worship, A Beautiful Hymn, The Journey Continues,.

…Monthly Crafting Workshop:  Everyone is welcome to bring projects, ideas to share, or willingness to learn. Even if you don’t have a craft, or don’t think you are crafty, please join us!  We have some very simple crafts that anyone can do – no experience necessary – that we hope to sell at the next Festival on Fairfax.  Emily Wood is the coordinator. The next meeting is January 12th at 3:00 in the Social Hall. 

…Antiochian Village Summer Camp: Reserve a place for your child now for 2019!

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Forefeast of & Sunday before the Nativity of Christ

 (The Genealogy)

Ten Martyrs of Crete; New-martyr Nicholas; Venerable Nahum of Ochrid

Welcome to All Saints.

 Nourishment of the Soul: “Prayer is a branch (of the tree) of meekness, and freedom from anger. Prayer is an expression of joy and thankfulness. Prayer is a remedy against sorrow and depression.” St. Nilus of Sinai

THIS WEEK

The Nativity Fast continues until after Christmas Eve Services.

Monday Morning, December 24: Royal Hours at 9:00

Monday Morning, December 24: St. Basil’s Liturgy at 10:15

Monday Evening, December 24: Christmas Matins (Orthros) at 9:00

Monday Evening, December 24: Nativity Liturgy at 10:00 – A Light Celebratory Meal follows.

                                              Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

Wednesday, December 26: Daily Vespers at 6:00

Friday, December 28: Akathist to the Protection of the Theotokos at 6:00

Saturday, December 29: Great Vespers at 5:00

Sunday, December 30: Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00  – 6- month memorial for Nicholas Alexander

Monday, December 31: Evening Liturgy at 6:00 – Circumcision of our Lord and St. Basil the Great

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. Approach to the cup starts at the front rows; the choir and preschool go first.

     Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings

Epistle: The Reading is from St. Paul’s Letter the Hebrews. (11:9-10, 32-40)

Brethren, by faith Abraham sojourned in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. For he looked forward to the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God. And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets—who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, received promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, and put foreign armies to flight. Women received their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. Others suffered mocking and scourging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, ill-treated—of whom the world was not worthy—wandering over deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. And all these, though well attested by their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had foreseen something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.

Gospel: The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according St. Matthew. (1:1-25)

The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.  Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Aram, and Aram the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of David the king.  And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah, and Solomon the father of Rehoboam, and Rehoboam the father of Abijah, and Abijah the father of Asa, and Asa the father of Jehoshaphat, and Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, and Joram the father of Uzziah, and Uzziah the father of Jotham, and Jotham the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz the father of Hezekiah, and Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, and Manasseh the father of Amon, and Amon the father of Josiah, and Josiah the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon.  And after the deportation to Babylon: Jechoniah was the father of Shealtiel, and Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, and Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, and Abiud the father of Eliakim, and Eliakim the father of Azor, and Azor the father of Zadok, and Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eliud, and Eliud the father of Eleazar, and Eleazar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, Who is called Christ.  So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ were fourteen generations.  Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way.  When His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child of the Holy Spirit; and her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly.  But as he considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit; she will bear a son, and you shall call His Name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”  All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and His Name shall be called Emmanuel” (which means, God with us).  When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him; he took his wife, but knew her not until she had borne a son; and he called His Name Jesus.

DIVINE LITURGY VARIABLES FOR CHOIR and PARISH

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 the  Forefeast of the Nativity – Tone 4

Be thou ready, Bethlehem, Eden hath opened unto all. * Ephratha, prepare thyself, for now, behold, the Tree of Life * hath blossomed forth in the cave from the holy Virgin. * Her womb hath proved a true spiritual Paradise, * wherein the divine and saving Tree is found, * and as we eat thereof we shall all live, * and shall not die as did Adam. * For Christ is born now to raise the image that had fallen aforetime.

Apolytikion  of the Sunday before the Nativity – Tone 2

Great are the accomplishments of faith; for the three holy youths rejoiced in the fountain of flames as though at waters of rest. And the Prophet Daniel appeared a shepherd to the lions as though they were sheep. Wherefore, by their prayers, O Christ God, save our souls.

Kontakion of the Preparation of Christ’s Nativity – Tone 3

The Virgin cometh today to the cave to give birth, ineffably to bring forth the Word Eternal. Therefore, rejoice, O earth, at the message, with the angels and shepherds give glory to Him Who shall appear by His own will as a young child, He Who is from eternity God.

Anniversary Blessings: Robert & Nina Rogers (26th)

Happy Birthday: Amanda Alexander (26th); Adriana Calinescu (30th); Molly Alexander (31st);

 Nancy Jones (31st)

Blessed Name Day: Christopher Stroguiludis (15th)

Prayer List: Jeremy P; Grayson (9 year old boy-friend of the Blair family);Laura (Friend of John and Debbie C.); Sue (elderly woman-friend of the Baldwins); Nancy Jones; Bruce; Joanna Zaharako; Impey and Tudorica families; Alice & Marvin; Charles; Vicki; Linda’s sister Dee; Mary Ann;Griggs family;Alexander family; Emilija with child (doing well on bed rest); Kristina (Weber) with child; Sharon Catherine; Lillian Purcell; Eileen; Leanne; Ashlee W; Kh. Kristina; Vivian; Paul; Cathy; Sitto; Elias; Waded; Neva; Bill; Lonnie; Fr. George; Fr. Basil; Iva Lee; Nancy & Shalayna; Ty & Hannah (with child); Seraphima; Lilly’s family; Jennifer D;  those suffering in the drug crisis, with fire devastation, with flood damage or hurricane damage  in the USA; Those suffering in Syria and the Middle East; safety in public places, in our schools and on our southern borderMetropolitan Paul; Archbishop John; our church and our nation.

FAMILY NOTES

Coffee Hour: Scheduled contributors and cleaners for today are those with last names beginning I-Z.

Tithes and Pledges for 2019–please submit yours today on the last day of the drive.

Contribution Envelopes are available in the narthex. If you have unused envelopes at home, you may continue to use them…we keep a record of the number on each booklet, not the date on the individual envelope.

Congratulations to the Stant family as they all are in China for the marriage of their son Zack.

Aunt Ruth’s Toffee for Christmas is now on sale in the bookstore. Make checks payable to Vicki Gans.

An Opportunity to Serve: If you are available to help Alice and Marvin with laundry or other tasks, please contact Nina Rogers who is coordinating this benefit for these beloved family members.

Food Pantry: The shelves are well-filled…thanks: Your usual donations are welcome.

Help fill the gift bag with children’s hats, gloves, mittens, and scarves.

Christmas ‘Giving Tree’ in the social hall. Please support our annual practice of loading the tree with gift cards for Father to distribute to families in our community. 

LOOKING AHEAD

…Royal Hours of Theophany: January 4th

…Antiochian Village Summer Camp: Reserve a place for your child now for 2019!

…O101 Topics in Coming Weeks:, Salvation as Participation, Orthodox Worship, A Beautiful Hymn, The Journey Continues,.

…Monthly Crafting Workshop:  Everyone is welcome to bring projects, ideas to share, or willingness to learn. Even if you don’t have a craft, or don’t think you are crafty, please join us!  We have some very simple crafts that anyone can do – no experience necessary – that we hope to sell at the next Festival on Fairfax.  Emily Wood is the coordinator. The next meeting is January 12th at 3:00 in the Social Hall. .