December 10 Weekly Bulletin


Tuesday      10 am          Council Meeting

                       Noon           Advent Paraklesis

Wednesday  9 am           Divine Liturgy- St. Herman of Alaska

Friday         11 am           Choir practice

9 -1               Iconography Class

December 3- 26th Sunday after Pentecost     

Tone 2-Troparion of The Resurrection

When Thou didst descend to death, O Life immortal, Thou didst slay hell with the splendor of Thy Godhead. And when from the depths Thou didst raise the dead, all the powers of heaven cried out: “O Giver of life, Christ our God, glory to Thee!”

Tone 4-Troparion of the Pre-Feast of the Nativity of Christ

Prepare, O Bethlehem, for Eden has been opened to all! Adorn yourself, O Ephratha, for the tree of life blossoms forth from the Virgin in the cave! Her womb is a spiritual paradise planted with the Divine Fruit: if we eat of it, we shall live forever and not die like Adam. Christ comes to restore the image which He made in the beginning!

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 2-Kontakion of the Resurrection

Hell became afraid, O almighty Savior, seeing the miracle of Thy Resurrection from the tomb! The dead arose! Creation, with Adam, beheld this and rejoiced with Thee, and the world, my Savior, praises Thee forever.

Tone 3-Kontakion of the Pre-Feast of the Nativity of Christ

Today the Virgin comes to the cave to give birth to the Eternal Word. Hear the glad tidings and rejoice, O Universe! Glorify with the angels and the shepherds the Eternal God Who is willing to appear as a little child!

 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 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 Ephesians. (6:10-17)

Brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

Therefore, take the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand, therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the equipment of the gospel of peace; besides all these, taking the shield of faith, with which you can quench all the flaming darts of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

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

At that as he 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 said Jesus, “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.”

And the remainder of the Divine Liturgy as usual.


Nativity Fast

The Nativity Fast is divided into two periods. The 1st period is November 15th through December 19th when the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, poultry, eggs, dairy, fish, wine and oil) is observed with katalysis for wine and oil on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and for fish, wine and oil on Saturdays and Sundays.

The 2nd period is December 20th through 24th when the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, poultry, eggs, dairy, fish, wine and oil) is observed with katalysis for wine and oil only on Saturday and Sunday.

Coming Soon

In January we will be beginning an Orthodox Book Study. The book was chosen because it is the book written by our Retreat Master for our Lenten Retreat on March 2-3. Archimandrite Sergius.

This will help us prepare for the retreat.

It is required that you have a book to come to the study.

They are available at Amazon for $15 and for $9 on Kindle, or the bookstore.

The book study will be each Tuesday at 1 pm.

Acquiring The Mind of Christ, by Sergius Bowyer.

Home Blessings

We will celebrate the Feast of Theophany on Jan 6 and home blessings will begin immediately following this feast. This year is the year for you to have your home blessed. Seriously.

Christmas Services

The Feast of the Nativity of Our Savior is on a Monday this year.

We will celebrate the following:

Friday, December 22        Royal Hours at 9 am

Saturday, December 23    Great Vespers at 5 pm

Sunday, December 24       Hours and Liturgy at 10 am as usual

Sunday, December 24       Great Vespers with Litia at 5 pm

Monday, December 25      Festal Liturgy of St. Basil at 9 am

King Michael I Of Romania Was “Symbol Of The Unity And Dignity Of The Romanian People”

The last king of Romania, King Michael I, died on Tuesday at his residence in Aubonne, Switzerland, at the age of 96, the Royal House announced.

King Michael I was born October 25, 1921 and reigned as the king of Romania from July 20, 1927 to June 8, 1930 and from September 6, 1940 until his forced abdication on December 30, 1947. He participated in a successful coup against the Nazi-allied dictator Ion Antonescu in 1944 and subsequently declared an alliance with the Allies. He was pressured to appoint a pro-Soviet government in 1945, the leader of which, Petro Groza, forced his abdication in 1947.

Being forced into exile, his properties were also confiscated and his citizenship was stripped. He married Princess Anne of Bourbon-Parma in 1948 and eventually settled in Switzerland. Together they had five daughters. He was not allowed to return to Romania until Pascha 1992, where he was greeted by huge crowds. His citizenship was restored in 1997 and several confiscated properties were returned.

His illness and retirement from public life were announced on March 2, 2016, with his daughter Crown Princess Margareta assuming the headship of the Royal House.

The Romanian Orthodox Church is offering prayers for the repose of the soul of King Michael, a faithful son of the Orthodox Church.

“I learned with sadness of the passing from this life of His Majesty King Michael I of Romania, news which has brought mourning and grieving to all Romanians both at home and abroad,” His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel stated, in a message posted at the Romanian Church’s Basilica News Agency.

On behalf of the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church, the clergy, and all the faithful, Pat. Daniel offered sincere condolences to the Romanian Royal House, and noted that King Michael will be prayed for in all parishes and monasteries of the Romanian Orthodox Church.

“An outstanding personality on the international and national level, King Michael I of Romania will go down in history as a symbol of the unity and dignity of the Romanian people everywhere, and an example of courage, wisdom, and devotion to the service of the fatherland and to the Romanian people in difficult times during the Second World War, and in the early period of the communist regime in Romania,” His Beatitude writes.

May his memory be eternal!

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