September 16-Schedule & Bulletin

Upcoming
Tuesday            10 am-Council 1 pm-Study Group
Thursday           7 am-Bake Rolls
Friday                9 to 2- Iconography class

Sunday, September 16 – 16th Sunday after Pentecost/ Afterfeast of the Elevation of the Cross/Sunday after the Elevation/ Greatmartyr Euphemia

Tone 7-Troparion of the Resurrection
By Thy Cross Thou didst destroy death. To the thief Thou didst open Paradise. For the Myrrhbearers Thou didst change weeping into joy, and Thou didst command Thy disciples, O Christ God, to proclaim that Thou art risen, granting the world great mercy.
Tone 1-Troparion of th Elevation of the Cross
O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance! Grant victories to the Orthodox Christians over their adversaries; and by virtue of Thy Cross, preserve Thy habitation!
Tone 4-Troparion of the Great Martyr Euphemia
Thy lamb Euphemia calls out to Thee, O Jesus, in a loud voice: I love Thee, my Bridegroom and in seeking Thee, I endure suffering. In baptism I was crucified so that I might reign in Thee, and I died so that I might live with Thee. Accept me as a pure sacrifice, for I have offered myself in love!” Through her prayers save our souls, since Thou art merciful!
Tone 7-Kontakion of the Resurrection
The dominion of death can no longer hold men captive, for Christ descended, shattering and destroying its powers. Hell is bound, while the Prophets rejoice and cry: “The Savior has come to those in faith; enter, you faithful, into the Resurrection!”
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit

Tone 4-Kontakion of the Elevation of the Cross
As Thou wast voluntarily raised upon the Cross for our sake, grant mercy to those who are called by Thy Name, O Christ God; make all Orthodox Christians glad by thy pow’r, granting them victories over their adversaries by bestowing on them the invincible trophy, Thy weapon of peace!
Now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.
Tone 2-Kontakion of Ordinary Sundays
Steadfast protection of Christians, constant advocate before the Creator, despise not the entreating cries of us sinners; but in your goodness come speedily to help those 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 Thee.

The Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Galatians.
Brethren, you know that a man is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ. Even we have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ, and not by works of the law, because by works of the law shall no one be justified.
But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we ourselves were found to be sinners, is Christ then an agent of sin? Certainly not! But if I build up again those things which I tore down, then I prove myself a transgressor.
For I through the Law died to the Law, that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ Who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me.

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark.
The Lord said, “If any man would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for My sake and the Gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?
For what can a man give in return for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”
And He said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Kingdom of God come with power.”

Instead of “It is truly meet …,” we sing:
Magnify, O my soul, the most precious Cross of the Lord!
Thou art a mystical Paradise, O Theotokos, who, though untilled, hast brought forth Christ; through Him the life-bearing wood of the Cross was planted on earth. Now at its Exaltation, as we bow in worship before it, we magnify thee.

Memorial Today
Today the Ladies Guild is sponsoring a coffee hour in memory of Odie, who departed this life in peace about 6 months ago. We will sing a Memorial for him.

Announcements
October 27- Pilgrimage to Panagia Vlahernon Greek Orthodox Monastery
We will travel to the monastery near Ocala FL and have lunch there, we will meet with the monks, learn about monasticism and the history of the monastery. We will have a healing service with anointing and the holy relics will be available for veneration.
We will be leaving at 8 am on that Saturday and returning late in the day or evening, probably by 8 pm. If we rent a large van or bus there will be a charge.
We will need to know how many are interested in attending so we can arrange transportation and so I can let the monastery know how many to prepare for.
Sign up sheet on bulletin board.
Out of Town
Fr. Stephen, Mt. Nancy and Mary are out town next weekend. Fr. Stephen Plumlee will be serving Liturgy. The Lourie’s are visiting children and grand-children in Austin TX.
Wisdom
“Whenever you read the Gospel, Christ Himself is speaking to you. And while you read; you are praying and talking to Him.” Saint Tikhon
How do you do with reading the Holy Scripture everyday? Here is a convenient app for that.
https://www.goarch.org/-/daily-reading-app It is an easy way to read everyday, on your computer, phone or pad.
Fr. Stephen uses this one. https://www.olivetree.com/
Go for it!

Special Event
On Friday, October 19 at 10 am we will have a special visitor:
Hawaii’s Myrrh-Streaming Iveron Icon will be visiting Florida and is coming through the Tampa Bay area to our parish!
We want to invite all the Orthodox Churches to come and venerate her and be blessed by her. We will serve a lenten luncheon in the hall following the liturgy for all pilgrims.
https://www.orthodoxhawaii.org/icons.html has all the information about the icon. Please make plans now to attend. We also will have a molieben/supplication service with anointing for healing.
This is a wonderful blessing for our and we are humbled to host this blessed event and show Orthodox hospitality to all the pilgrims.