July 22-Schedule & Bulletin


Friday 9-1 Iconography class

Saturday 5 pm Great Vespers

Sunday, July 22-8th Sunday after Pentecost

Tone 7-Troparion of the Resurrection
The Angelic Powers were at Thy tomb; the guards became as dead men. Mary stood by Thy grave, seeking Thy most pure body. Thou didst capture hell not being tempted by it. Thou didst come to the Virgin, granting life.//O Lord, Who didst rise from the dead, glory to Thee.

Tone 8-Troparion of Pentecost
Blessed art Thou O Christ our God, who has revealed the fishermen as most wise, by sending down upon them the Holy Spirit; through them Thou did draw them into Thy net. O Lover of all mankind, Glory to Thee.

Tone 7-Kontakion of the Resurrection
When Christ God the Giver of Life, raised all of the dead from the valleys of misery with His mighty hand, He bestowed resurrection on the human race.//He is the Savior of all, the Resurrection, the Life, and the God of all.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit

Tone 8- Kontakion of Pentecost
When the Most High came down and confused the tongues, He divided all the nations. But He distributed the tongues of fire, He recalled all mankind to unity. Therefore with one voice, we glorify the Holy Spirit.
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 First Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians.

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

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew.

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

• Archbishop Alexander will be visiting our holy parish February 1-3, 2019 as we celebrate our 35th Anniversary as a parish. We look forward to his arch-pastoral visit.
• In October, Fr. Stephen will be leading a pilgrimage to Panagia Vlahernon Greek Orthodox Monastery near Ocala for parishioners.
• Fr. Stephen will be out of town this week to attend the All-American Council. This is a gathering (synaxis, sobor) of all the OCA Archdiocese. This event happens every three years, this year it is in St. Louis. At this gathering will be the Metropolitan, all the Archbishops and Bishops, monastics, lay people and clergy for all of North America. Fr. Stephen will be returning (God being his helper) on Friday. The normal Saturday and Sunday service schedule will be observed.
Upcoming Fast Season
The traditional fasting discipline (no meat, poultry, eggs, dairy, fish, wine and oil) is observed during the Dormition Fast which lasts from August 1st through 14th (with katalysis for wine and oil on Saturdays and Sundays, and for fish, wine and oil on the Transfiguration [August 6th]).
Let us not neglect this important part of the life of an Orthodox Christian.
From “The Great Divorce” by C.S. Lewis
Angels are trying to help a soul make the journey from hell to heaven. One, a woman, seems mostly to a grumbler. Lewis’ soul has this conversation with his own guide:
‘I am troubled, Sir,’ said I, ‘because that unhappy creature doesn’t seem to me to be the sort of soul that ought to be even in danger of damnation. She isn’t wicked: she’s only a silly, garrulous old woman who has got into a habit of grumbling, and feels that a little kindness, and rest, and change would due her all right.’ ‘
That is what she once was. That is maybe what she still is. If so, she certainly will be cured. But the whole question is whether she is now a grumbler.’
‘I should have thought there was no doubt about that!’
‘Aye, but ye misunderstand me. The question is whether she is a grumbler, or only a grumble. If there is a real woman— even the least trace of one— still there inside the grumbling, it can be brought to life again. If there’s one wee spark under all those ashes, we’ll blow it till the whole pile is red and clear. But if there’s nothing but ashes we’ll not go on blowing them in our own eyes forever. They must be swept up.’
This small quote underlines the beauty of what lies within, and perhaps suggests how it is that God treasures even a single moment:
“Oh brothers, if you could only realize how beautiful you all are! Does not the priest swing the censer to the Holy Spirit Who lives in you, when he turns to you with the incense? Is it not the altar of the internal temple that he envelops with clouds of incense? And is not man – also the self-same ikon of God? For, as in the ikon beyond the paints and the wood, the grace of the Lord is present, so behind the flesh of man, beyond it and the sinful soul, dwells in the innermost temple, in the many-eyed conscience – the Holy Spirit.” From a sermon by Fr. Pavel Florensky (who died in Stalin’s Camps)
This section about grumbling is from the blog of Fr. Stephen Freeman. The blog is called Glory to God For All Things. It can be found at ancientfaith.com and I highly recommend it and everything else at Ancient Faith.