Sunday, December 22 and Christmas 2019

Forefeast of & Sunday before the Nativity of Christ (The Genealogy)

Great-martyr Anastasia the Deliverer from potions and her teacher the Martyr Chrysogonos

Today we welcome into the fellowship through Holy Chrismation these two young men:

 Elijah Guess and Scott Kain.

Nourishment for the Soul:My child, our God is so great and awesome, that neither heaven nor earth nor eternity can contain Him.” – St. Nephon the Ascetic

The Christmas Tree in the social hall is ready to receive Gift Cards for Father to distribute to those who could use some extra joy during this festive season. Suggestions: Cards from Kroger, Walmart, Target, gas stations, and family shopping businesses.

THIS WEEK

Tuesday Morning, December 24: Royal Hours of Christmas at 9:00

Tuesday Morning, December 24: St. Basil’s Liturgy at 10:30

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

Tuesday, Evening, December 24: Divine Liturgy of the Nativity at 10:00

You are invited to break the fast with us in the social hall as we celebrate the Nativity of our Lord.

Wednesday, December 25: Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

Saturday, December 28: Great Vespers at 5:00; SOYO 6:00-8:00

Sunday, December 29: Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00

Tuesday,  December 31: Evening LiturgyCircumcision of Christ and Basil the Great at 6pm

Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings

Epistle: The Reading is from of St. Paul’s Letter to 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 to 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.

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.

LOOKING AHEAD

  • Myrrh Bearers’ party – January 4th at Rhonda’s home.
  • Portraits for the All Saints Photo Directory! Sign up now as spots are quickly being filled! On Monday, January 20 and Tuesday, January 21, from 2:00 to 9:00 pm each day, we will have Lifetouch photo sessions in preparation for the publication of a new church photo directory. If you attend All Saints, we want to include YOU. You are under no obligation to purchase additional photos, but you will receive a free 8 x 10 photo just for participating!
  • Church Photo Directory – Go to https://booknow-lifetouch.appointment-plus.com/b65qnjc2/  to schedule your session now.  Questions?  Contact Rhonda Webb at 314-313-4275 or webbrk1@gmail.com
  • Pre-Lenten Retreat February 21-22 with Fr. John Oliver, noted author and speaker . Clear your weekend calendar now and plan to participate. 

FAMILY NEWS

Pledges for 2020: Please consider increasing your 2019 pledge by $10 each month. There is no need to fill in a new form unless there has been a major change. If you have never made a pledge, please fill in a form, found in the narthex.

Aunt Ruth’s Toffee is ready for pick-up!

Coffee Hour: Parishioners whose last names begin with R-Z will serve and clean today. 

Warm Mittens, Gloves, Hats and Scarves: There has been a great response so far, but please continue your donations as many cold months lie ahead!

The Pantry shelves are full, and that’s a good thing!

Anniversary Blessings: Phil & Deborah C(23rd); Robert & Nina R (26th)

Name Day Blessings: Chris S (Christmas Day)

Prayer List: Kaylie and infant Oliver; Rebekah with child; Isaac in Air Force; Fr. Marc; Fr. Patrick & Kh. Vanessa; Fr. George; Fr. Basil & Kh. Cana; Judith; George; Dee; Mary Ann; Vicki; Dusty; Catherine (not in this parish); Michael & Olga;  Eileen; LeanneIrina; Heather;Nancy; Sharon Catherine; Alice & Marvin; Kh. Kristina; Bonnie; Emma; Patricia; Mary & Robert;Shirley; Rose; Lexi, Ross & Vivian; Theo; Doug Barrett;Jeremy; Charles; Grayson; Cleo; Marcia & Deacon; Nick;Bruce; Joanna & Demetrios;Ashlee W; Paul; Cathy; Sitto; Elias; Waded; Neva; Bill; Lonnie; Nancy & Shalayna; Seraphima; Lilly’s family; Jennifer & Regina; Christy, Isaac & Andrew; those suffering in the drug crisis, with fire devastation, with flood damage, and earthquake damage in the USA; those suffering in Syria and the Middle East.

Divine Liturgy Variables for Choir and Parish

Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 2

When Thou didst submit Thyself unto death, O Thou deathless and immortal One, then Thou didst destroy hell with Thy Godly power.  And when Thou didst raise the dead from beneath the earth, all the powers of Heaven did cry aloud unto Thee; O Christ, Thou giver of life, glory to Thee.

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.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Hieromartyr Eleutherios, Bishop of Illyria &

Sunday of the Forefathers (Ancestors) of Christ

Martyr Anthia, mother of Eleutherios; Venerable Paul of Latra;

Stephen, Bishop-confessor of Surozh; Venerable Tryphon of Pechenga

Welcome to All Saints!

Nourishment for the Soul: “Adorn yourself with truth; try to speak truth in all tings; and do not support a lie, no matter who asks you.  If you speak the truth and someone gets mad at you, don’t be upset, but take comfort in the words of the Lord: Blessed are those who are persecuted for the sake of truth, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven (Matt. 5:10). – St. Gennadios of Constantinople

Parish Council meets at noon today.

The Christmas Tree in the social hall is ready to receive Gift Cards for Father to distribute to those who could use some extra joy during this festive season.

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.

LOOKING AHEAD

  • Registration has opened for Summer Camp at Antiochian Village. Eight of our kids have been registered. Don’t delay since early registration secures a place for your child!
  • Christmas Eve Services (morning and evening) Royal Hours begin at 9am, followed by St. Basil’s Vesperal Liturgy around 10:30 am; Orthros begins at 9pm, followed by the Nativity Liturgy at 10pm – A light meal of celebration follows.
  • December 31: Evening Liturgy – Circumcision of Christ and Basil the Great at 6pm
  • Myrrh Bearers’ party – January 4th at Rhonda’s home.

THIS WEEK

Monday, December 16: Compline and Fellowship at the Haneys’  home at 7:00

Wednesday, December 18: Daily Vespers at 6:00 followed by O102

Thursday, December 19: St. John’s Fellowship at the Haneys’ home at noon

Thursday, December 19:  Bible Study at Becky’s home at 3:00

Saturday, December 21: Great Vespers at 5:00; SOYO 6:00-8:00

Sunday, December 15: Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00

Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings

Epistle: The Reading is from of St. Paul’s Second Letter to Timothy. (1:8-18)

(For St. Eleutherios)

Timothy, my son, do not be ashamed then of testifying to our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel in the power of God, Who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not in virtue of our works but in virtue of his own purpose and the grace which he gave us in Christ Jesus ages ago, and now has manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, Who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. For this gospel I was appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher, and therefore I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know Whom I have believed, and I am sure that He is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me. Follow the pattern of the sound words which you have heard from me, in the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus; guard the truth that has been entrusted to you by the Holy Spirit Who dwells within us. You are aware that all who are in Asia turned away from me, and among them Phygelos and Hermogenes. May the Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphoros, for he often refreshed me; he was not ashamed of my chains, but when he arrived in Rome he searched for me eagerly and found me. May the Lord grant him to find mercy from the Lord on that Day and you well know all the service he rendered at Ephesus.

Gospel: The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (14:16-24)

 (For the Holy Forefathers)

The Lord spoke this parable: “A man once gave a great banquet, and invited many; and at the time for the banquet he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come; for all is now ready.’  But, one by one, they all began to make excuses.  The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it; I pray you, have me excused.’  And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them; I pray you, have me excused.’  And another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’  So the servant came and reported this to his master.  Then the householder in anger said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and maimed and blind and lame.’  And the servant said, ‘Sir, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.’  And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges, and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled.  For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet.’  For many are called, but few are chosen.”

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 the Forefathers – Tone 2

Thou hast justified by faith the ancient Forefathers, and through them Thou hast gone before and betrothed unto Thyself the Church of the Gentiles. Let the saints, therefore, take pride in glory; for from their seed sprouted forth a noble fruit, and it was she who gave birth to Thee without seed. Wherefore, by their pleadings, O Christ God, save our souls.

Apolytikion of St. Eleutherios of Illyria – Tone 5

Being comely adorned in thy sacred priestly robes * and newly drenched with the streams of thy pure and sanctified blood, * thou didst soar aloft to stand before thy Master, Christ; * hence never cease to intercede * for those honoring with faith thy mighty and blessed contest, * thou overthrower of Satan, O wise and blessed Eleutherios.

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.

FAMILY NEWS

Aunt Ruth’s Toffee is ready for pick-up!

Coffee Hour: Parishioners whose last names begin with H-P will serve and clean today. 

Warm Mittens, Gloves, Hats and Scarves: There has been a great response so far, but please continue your donations as many cold months lie ahead!

The Pantry welcomes all donations.  The shelves are filling up, and that’s a good thing!

Birthday Blessings: Fr. Peter Jon (18th); Laura C (20th); Griffin F (21st); Nicholas and Alexandra G (21st or 22nd)

Name Day Blessings: Dan R (Prophet Daniel – 17th); Juliana B (Juliana of Nicomedia – 21st)

Prayer List: Kaylie and infant Oliver; Rebekah with child; Isaac in Air Force; Fr. Marc; Fr. Patrick & Kh. Vanessa; Fr. George; Fr. Basil & Kh. Cana; Judith; George; Dee; Mary Ann; Vicki; Dusty; Catherine (not in this parish); Michael & Olga;  Eileen; LeanneIrina; Heather;Nancy; Sharon Catherine; Alice & Marvin; Kh. Kristina; Bonnie; Emma; Patricia; Mary & Robert;Shirley; Rose; Lexi, Ross & Vivian; Theo; Doug Barrett;Jeremy; Charles; Grayson; Cleo; Marcia & Deacon; Nick;Bruce; Joanna & Demetrios;Ashlee W; Paul; Cathy; Sitto; Elias; Waded; Neva; Bill; Lonnie; Nancy & Shalayna; Seraphima; Lilly’s family; Jennifer & Regina; Christy, Isaac & Andrew; those suffering in the drug crisis, with fire devastation, with flood damage, and earthquake damage in the USA; those suffering in Syria and the Middle East.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Forefeast of the Conception of the Theotokos; Venerable Patapios of Thebes; Sophronios, Bishop of Cyprus; Apostles Sosthenes, Apollos, Crispos, Caesar & Epaphroditos of the Seventy

Welcome to All Saints!

Nourishment for the Soul: “Be modest, pure and chaste in your deeds, words and thoughts. Do not imitate the perverse. Do not take their example, and avoid any closeness to them. Without need, have nothing to do with unbelievers–unbelief is contagious. Observe modesty and decency always and everywhere; don’t become infected with the shameless customs of our days.” – St. Philaret of New York (1903-1985)

St. Lucia with her crown of candles visits us during coffee hour.

Choir and Chanter Appreciation Day: Let’s show them appreciation for their dedication to this important ministry in the church.

THIS WEEK

Monday, December 9: Compline and Fellowship at the Haneys’  home at 7:00

Tuesday, December 10: OCF Dinner and Discussion at the Webbs’ home at 6:00

Tuesday, December 10: Bible Study at Kh. Marilyn’s home at 7:00

Wednesday, December 11: Daily Vespers at 6:00 followed by O102 with Fr. Seraphim

Thursday, December 12:  Bible Study at Becky’s home at 3:00

Thursday, December 12: Vesperal Liturgy at 6:00 – St. Herman of Alaska

Saturday, December 14: Great Vespers at 5:00; SOYO 6:00-8:00

Sunday, December 15: Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00Parish Council meets.

Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings

Epistle: The Reading is from of St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians. (4:1-7)

Brethren, I, a prisoner for the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all lowliness and meekness, with patience, forbearing one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.  There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all, Who is above all and through all and in all.  But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

Gospel: The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (13:10-17)

At that time, Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath.  And there was a woman who had had a spirit of infirmity for eighteen years; she was bent over and could not fully straighten herself.  And when Jesus saw her, He called her and said to her, “Woman, you are freed from your infirmity.”  And He laid His hands upon her, and immediately she was made straight, and she praised God.  But the ruler of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, said to the people, “There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be healed, and not on the Sabbath day.”  Then the Lord answered him, “You hypocrite!  Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his ass from the manger, and lead it away to water it?  And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?”  As Jesus said this, all His adversaries were put to shame; and all the people rejoiced at all the glorious things that were done by Him.

LOOKING AHEAD

  • December 10: Registration opens for Summer Camp at Antiochian Village. Early registration secures a place for your child!
  • Christmas Eve Services (morning and evening) Royal Hours begin at 9am, followed by St. Basil’s Vesperal Liturgy around 10:30 am; Orthros begins at 9pm, followed by the Nativity Liturgy at 10pm – A light meal of celebration follows.
  • December 31: Evening Liturgy – Circumcision of Christ and Basil the Great at 6pm

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.

Divine Liturgy Variables for Choir and Parish

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.

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.

FAMILY NEWS

Congratulations: David and Kaylie at the birth of their son Oliver.

Coffee Hour: Parishioners whose last names begin with C-G will serve and clean today.  All who join the family fellowship hour appreciate these donations.

Warm Mittens, Gloves, Hats and Scarves: Please bring your donations to the church and look for the colorful bags in the hallway and in the narthex.

The Pantry welcomes all donations.  Basically EVERYTHING is needed, but this list may help: paper goods; snack packs; soup; ravioli, canned meat, tuna.  (NOT needed: peanut butter, jelly, canned vegetables, Cheerios.) Thanks!

Memory Eternal:  Khouria Anastasia

Birthday Blessings: Zane N (10th); Rhonda W (11th); Andrew H (13th); Herman H (13th)

Name Day Blessings: Subdeacon Dan B (Daniel the Stylite – 11th); Lucia T (St. Lucia – 13th); Wyatt C ( St. Herman – 13th); Aaron H (St. Herman – 13th); Herman H (St. Herman -13th)

Prayer List: Kaylie and infant Oliver; Rebekah with child; Isaac in Air Force; Fr. Marc; Fr. Patrick & Kh. Vanessa; Fr. George; Fr. Basil & Kh. Cana; Judith; George; Dee; Mary Ann; Vicki; Dusty; Catherine (not in this parish); Michael & Olga;  Eileen; LeanneIrina; Heather;Nancy; Sharon Catherine; Alice & Marvin; Kh. Kristina; Bonnie; Emma; Patricia; Mary & Robert;Shirley; Rose; Lexi, Ross & Vivian; Theo; Doug Barrett;Jeremy; Charles; Grayson; Cleo; Marcia & Deacon; Nick;Bruce; Joanna & Demetrios;Ashlee W; Paul; Cathy; Sitto; Elias; Waded; Neva; Bill; Lonnie; Nancy & Shalayna; Seraphima; Lilly’s family; Jennifer & Regina; Christy, Isaac & Andrew; those suffering in the drug crisis, with fire devastation, with flood damage, and earthquake damage in the USA; those suffering in Syria and the Middle East.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost

The Holy Prophet Nahum; Venerable Philaret the Almsgiver of Amnia;

Martyr Ananias the Persian; Theoklitos, Archbishop of Lakedaemonia

Fr. Lucas Christensen will serve matins and Divine Liturgy

today in Fr. Peter Jon’s absence.

Welcome to All Saints!

Nourishment for the Soul: “What wondrous words are in the Gospel…Whatever book you might take, even the very best author’s, if you read it many times, you will get sick of it. But the Gospel–the more you read it, the more you receive comfort and every good feeling.” – St. Nikon of Optina

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.

THIS WEEK

Monday, December 2: Compline and Fellowship at the Haneys’  home at 7:00

Tuesday, December 3: OCF Dinner and Discussion at the Webbs’ home at 6:00

Wednesday, December 4: Evening LiturgyGreat Martyr Barbara

& Venerable John of Damascus  at 6:00

Thursday, December 5:  Bible Study at Becky’s home at 3:00

Saturday, December 7:  Great Vespers at 5:00 – Pitch-in meal at 6:00 with St. Nicholas Activities

Sunday, December 8: Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00St. Lucia with her crown of candles visits us during coffee hour.

Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings

Epistle: The Reading is from of St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians. (2:14-22)

Brethren, Christ is our peace, Who has made us both one, and has broken down the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in His flesh the law of commandments and ordinances, that He might create in Himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the Cross, thereby bringing the hostility to an end.  And He came and preached peace to you, who were far off, and peace to those who were near; for through Him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.  So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone, in Whom the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in Whom you also are built into it for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

Gospel: The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (18:35-43)

At that time, when Jesus drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging; and hearing a multitude going by, he inquired what this meant. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” And he cried, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” And Jesus stopped, and commanded him to be brought to him; and when he came near, Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, let me receive my sight.” And Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, glorifying God; and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.

LOOKING AHEAD

  • December 10: Registration opens for Summer Camp at Antiochian Village.
  • December 12: Evening Liturgy at 6pm – St. Herman of Alaska
  • Christmas Eve Services (morning and evening) Royal Hours begin at 9am, followed by St. Basil’s Vesperal Liturgy around 10:30 am; Orthros begins at 9pm, followed by the Nativity Liturgy at 10pm – A light meal of celebration follows.

Divine Liturgy Variables for Choir and Parish

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.

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.

FAMILY NEWS

Congratulations: David and Kaylie welcome their newborn son Oliver.

Coffee Hour: Parishioners whose last names begin with A-B will serve and clean today.  All who join the family fellowship hour appreciate these donations.

Warm Mittens, Gloves, Hats and Scarves: Catherine Alexander is continuing this ministry started by her husband Alex to help children in area schools with the greatest need. Please bring your donations to the church and look for the colorful bags in the hallway and in the narthex.

The Pantry welcomes all donations.  Basically EVERYTHING is needed, but this list may help: applesauce, paper goods; snack packs; soup; ravioli, canned meat, mac and cheese in boxes and toothpaste.  (NOT needed: peanut butter, jelly, canned vegetables, Cheerios.) Thanks!

Memory Eternal:  Khouria Anastasia

Birthday Blessings: Gregory Gillquist (2nd)

Name Day Blessings: Nicholas Shirley (7th)

Prayer List: Kaylie and infant Oliver; Rebekah with child; Isaac in Air Force; Fr. Marc; Fr. Patrick & Kh. Vanessa; Fr. George; Fr. Basil & Kh. Cana; Judith; George; Dee; Mary Ann; Vicki; Dusty; Catherine (not in this parish); Michael & Olga;  Eileen; LeanneIrina; Heather;Nancy; Sharon Catherine; Alice & Marvin; Kh. Kristina; Bonnie; Emma; Patricia; Mary & Robert;Shirley; Rose; Lexi, Ross & Vivian; Theo; Doug Barrett;Jeremy; Charles; Grayson; Cleo; Marcia & Deacon; Nick;Bruce; Joanna & Demetrios;Ashlee W; Paul; Cathy; Sitto; Elias; Waded; Neva; Bill; Lonnie; Nancy & Shalayna; Seraphima; Lilly’s family; Jennifer & Regina; Christy, Isaac & Andrew; those suffering in the drug crisis, with fire devastation, with flood damage, and earthquake damage in the USA; those suffering in Syria and the Middle East.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost

After-Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos

Clement, Bishop of Rome; Hieromartyr Peter, Bishop of Alexandria; Hermogenes, Bishop of Agrigentum; Martyrs Philoumenos and Christopher; Martyr Alexander of Corinth

Welcome to All Saints!

Nourishment for the Soul: “To be a Christian is to affirm God as Creator of the universe; and when a Christian looks at the beauty and glory of what God has made, praise and thanksgiving pour from the lips.” – St. John Chrysostom

Parish Council Officers are Dan Rigsby (chair); Barb Grinder (Vice-Chair); Elizabeth Arthur (Secretary); and Marcia Baldwin (Treasurer).

Men’s Group: Fr. Seraphim urges all men to fill in the survey and return it by today.

Myrrh Bearers meet at noon today.

THIS WEEK

Monday, November 25: Compline and Fellowship at the Haneys’  home at 7:00

Wednesday, November 27:  Akathist of Thanksgiving – Glory to God for All Things at 6:00

Thursday, November 28:  Thanksgiving Day with pitch-in meal at 2:00. The sign-up sheet is on the  hall bulletin board. You and your friends are invited.

Friday, November 29: Akathist of the Protection of the Theotokos at 6:00

Saturday, November 30:  Great Vespers at 5:00; SOYO at 6:00

Sunday, December 1: Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00  

Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings

Epistle: The Reading is from of St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians. (2:4-10)

Brethren, God, Who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and made us sit with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the coming ages He might show the immeasurable riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.  For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God—not because of works, lest any man should boast.  For, we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Gospel: The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (18:18-27)

At that time, a man came testing Jesus and asking, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”  And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good?  No one is good but God alone.  You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery. Do not kill. Do not steal. Do not bear false witness. Honor your father and mother.’”  And the man said, “All these I have observed from my youth.”  And when Jesus heard it, he said to him, “One thing you still lack.  Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”  But when the man heard this he became sad, for he was very rich.  Jesus, seeing him sad, said, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!  For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”  Those who heard it said, “Then who can be saved?”  Jesus said, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.”

LOOKING AHEAD

  • December 7: St. Nicholas Night with Vespers, fellowship and celebration is scheduled.
  • Myrrh Bearers’ party – January 4th at Rhonda’s home.

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.

Divine Liturgy Variables for Choir and Parish

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 Entrance of the Theotokos – Tone 4

Today the Virgin is the foreshadowing of the pleasure of God, and the beginning of the preaching of the salvation of mankind. Thou hast appeared in the Temple of God openly and hast gone before, preaching Christ to all. Let us shout with one thrilling voice, saying, Rejoice, O thou who art the fulfillment of the Creator’s dispensation.

Kontakion of the Entrance of the Theotokos – Tone 4

The sacred treasury of God’s holy glory, * the greatly precious bridal chamber and Virgin, * the Savior’s most pure temple, free of stain and undefiled, * into the House of the Lord * on this day is brought forward * and bringeth with herself the grace * of the Most Divine Spirit; * her do God’s Angels hymn with songs of praise, * for she is truly the heavenly tabernacle.

FAMILY NEWS

Coffee Hour: Parishioners whose last names begin with R-Z will serve and clean today.  All who join the family fellowship appreciate these donations.

Warm Mittens, Gloves, Hats and Scarves: Catherine Alexander is continuing this ministry started by her husband Alex to help children in area schools with the greatest need. Please bring your donations to the church and look for the colorful bags in the hallway and in the narthex.

The Pantry welcomes all donations.  Basically EVERYTHING is needed, but this list may help: applesauce, paper goods; snack packs; soup; ravioli, canned meat, mac and cheese and toothpaste.  Thanks!

Memory Eternal:  Khouria Anastasia

Birthday Blessings: Fr. Lucas (27th); Dan M (30th)

Name Day Blessings: St. Katherine (25th): Cathy A; Katie A; Rachel B; Mallory F; Catherine G; Karen H; Sharon Catherine K; Kelly S; Lina T

Prayer List: Fr. Marc; Fr. Patrick & Kh. Vanessa; Fr. George; Fr. Basil & Kh. Cana; Judith; George; Dee; Mary Ann; Vicki; Dusty; Michael & Olga;  Eileen; Leanne;  Irina; Heather;Nancy; Sharon Catherine; Alice & Marvin; Kh. Kristina; Bonnie; Emma; Patricia; Mary & Robert;Shirley; Rose; Lexi, Ross & Vivian; Theo; Doug Barrett;Jeremy; Charles; Grayson; Cleo; Marcia & Deacon; Nick;Bruce; Joanna & Demetrios;Ashlee W; Paul; Cathy; Sitto; Elias; Waded; Neva; Bill; Lonnie; Nancy & Shalayna; Seraphima; Lilly’s family; Jennifer & Regina; Isaac in Air Force; Andrew in college; those suffering in the drug crisis, with fire devastation, with flood damage, and earthquake damage in the USA; those suffering in Syria and the Middle East; safety in public places, in our schools and on our southern border; Metropolitan Paul; Archbishop John; our church and our nation.