July 16 Bulletin

Upcoming

Wednesday  1 pm           Orthodox Study Group-something different

Thursday    9 am           Divine Liturgy-Prophet Elijah

Friday         11 am           Choir practice

12-2            Street Sale

Sat.              9-1               Iconography Class

Sunday, July 16-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost- Holy Fathers of the First Six Ecumenical Councils

 Troparion-Tone 5-Resurrection

Let us, the faithful, praise and worship the Word, co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit, born for our salvation from the Virgin; for He willed to be lifted up on the Cross in the flesh, to endure death, and to raise the dead by His glorious Resurrection.

Tone 8 Troparion of the Holy Fathers

You are most glorious, O Christ our God! You have established the Holy Fathers as lights on the earth. Through them You have guided us to the true Faith. O greatly compassionate One, glory to You!

Tone 8-Troparion of Pentecost

Blessed art Thou, O Christ our God, Who hast revealed the fishermen as most wise by sending down upon them the Holy Spirit – through them Thou didst draw the world into Thy net. O Lover of all Mankind, glory to Thee!

Tone 5-Kontakion of the Resurrection

My Savior and Redeemer as God rose from the tomb and delivered the earth-born from their chains. He has shattered the gates of hell, and as Master, He has risen on the third day!

Tone 1-Kontakion of Pentecost

When the Most High came down and confused the tongues, He divided all the nations, but when He distributed the tongues of fire, He called all mankind to unity. Therefore, with one voice we glorify the Holy Spirit.

Tone 2-Kontakion of Ordinary Sundays

Steadfast protection of Christians, constant advocate before the creator, despise not the cry of us sinners; but in your goodness come speedily to help us who call on you in faith: hasten to hear our petition and to intercede for us, O Theotokos, for you always protect those who honor you.

 The Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul 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, 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.

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

 And getting into a boat he 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 were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men.

 Announcements

Robes For Altar Servers

We now have a selection of sizes of robes for our altar servers, but only in white. It would be nice to be able to add two additional colors, Gold and Purple. White is for the season of Pascha, for weddings, funerals, etc. Gold is for most of the year. Purple is for Great Lent.

Robes cost about $250 each. If you would like to make a donation to help us get some new robes please enter the word Robes on the memo line and make a check out to the church or pay with a credit card.

So far three have been donated, the gold ones have been ordered.

Thank you to those who donated.

Coffee Hour

Please take a look at the coffee hour schedule on the bulletin board and sign up for a Sunday. Looking pretty sparse right now. This is an important form of hospitality for our parish and for visitors. Thank you for all of you who take on this holy work.

Fr. Stephen To Attend Conference

Fr. Stephen will be flying to Chattanooga TN for the meeting of the Diocese of The South during the week of July 25-29. He will be back home for Sunday services, God being my helper. Please keep him in prayers for travel and a good conference.

Thanks

Thank you for the flowers last Sunday, beautiful! It would be great to have them more.

Just To Be Clear

Public service announcement: category: things people say that are wrong.

  1. “Heaven gained another angel today.” People and angels of a different species of creation. People are not angels, people do not become angels when they die, angels do not become humans. In fact there are nine different kinds of Heavenly Beings, angels being one, along with Archangels, Cherubim, Seraphim, Authorities, Powers, etc.
  2. “He is playing golf in heaven now.” Heaven is not doing forever whatever you like best. Good golly, I hope its WAYYYY better than that. According to the Holy Scriptures and the Church Fathers, it is beyond description, higher than anything we can imagine.
  3. “God needed them more than we do.” God doesn’t need anything, or He would not be God. Need comes from being fallen, imperfect.

Wisdom

“Some people tell me that they are scandalized because they see many things wrong in the Church. I tell them that if you ask a fly, ‘Are there any flowers in this area? It will say, ‘I don’t know about flowers, but over there in that heap of rubbish you can find all the filth you want.’ And it will go on to list all the unclean things it has been to.

Now, if you ask a honeybee, ‘Have you seen any unclean things in this area? It will reply, ‘Unclean things? No, I have not seen any; the place here is full of the most fragrant flowers.’ And it will go on to name all the flowers of the garden or the meadow.

You see, the fly only knows where the unclean things are, while the honeybee knows where the beautiful iris or hyacinth is.

As I have come to understand, some people resemble the honeybee and some resemble the fly. Those who resemble the fly seek to find evil in every circumstance and are preoccupied with it; they see no good anywhere. But those who resemble the honeybee only see the good in everything they see. The stupid person thinks stupidly and takes everything in the wrong way, whereas the person who has good thoughts, no matter what he sees, no matter what you tell him, maintains a positive and good thought.

  • St. Paisios of Mt. Athos, “Good and Evil Thoughts”

Abba Xanthias said, The thief was on the cross and he was justified by a single word; and Judas who was counted in the number of the apostles lost all his labor in one single night and descended from heaven to hell.  Therefore, let no one boast of his good works, for all those who trust in themselves fall.

Sayings of the Desert Fathers

Abba Matoes said, “The nearer a man draws to God, the more he sees himself a sinner.”

Sayings of the Desert Fathers

Church Website

Do you ever look at the church website? It is available on your computer and on your smartphone. The address is hsoc-venice.com and it has many interesting and educational articles, photos, a calendar and help for inquirers.

Recent articles include: On Suicide and Cremation; Thinking Like Christ (how to acquire the mind of Christ); Three Liturgical Questions and Secondary Repentance.

Take advantage of this as a way to introduce people to our parish and invite them to church!

Mystical Supper Icon

The last icon for the iconostasis, the Mystical Supper is expected in August. A little more patience is required.

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