August 12-Schedule & Bulletin


Tuesday            9 am-Matins            5 pm-Vespers/Lamentations
Wednesday      9 am-Liturgy for The Dormition
Thursday          9 am-Matins
Friday               9 am-Matins     12-2-Street Sale
Saturday           9-1 Iconography class
5 pm Great Vespers

Sunday, August 12-Tone 2-11th Sunday after Pentecost: Afterfeast of the Transfiguration-St Maximus the Confessor

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 7-Troparion of the Transfiguration
Thou wast transfigured on the mountain, O Christ God, revealing Thy glory to Thy Disciples as far as they could bear it. Let Thine everlasting Light also shine upon us sinners, through the prayers of the Theotokos! O Giver of Light, 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 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 7-Kontakion of the Transfiguration
On the mountain Thou wast transfigured, O Christ God, and Thy Disciples beheld Thy glory as far as they could see it; so that when they should behold Thee crucified, they would understand that Thy suffering was voluntary, and would proclaim to the world that Thou art truly the Radiance of the Father.

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, you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord. This is my defense to those who would examine me. Do we not have the right to our food and drink? Do we not have the right to be accompanied by a wife, as the other apostles and the brothers of the Lord and Cephas? Or is it only Barnabas and I who have no right to refrain from working for a living?
Who serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard without eating any of its fruit? Who tends a flock without getting some of the milk? Do I say this on human authority? Does not the law say the same? For it is written in the Law of Moses, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it is treading out the grain.” Is it for oxen that God is concerned?
Does he not speak entirely for our sake? It was written for our sake, because the plowman should plow in hope and the thresher thresh in hope of a share in the crop. If we have sown spiritual good among you, is it too much if we reap your material benefits? If others share this rightful claim upon you, do not we still more?
Nevertheless, we have not made use of this right, but we endure anything rather than put an obstacle in the way of the Gospel of Christ.

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (18:23-35)

The Lord spoke this parable: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. When he began the reckoning, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents; and as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made.
So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ And out of pity for him the lord of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. But that same servant, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat he said, ‘Pay what you owe.’
So his fellow servant fell down and besought him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt. When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place.
Then his lord summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you besought me; and should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ And in anger his lord delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt. So also My heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”

Dormition Liturgy
The Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos is a Great Feast of the Orthodox Church. On Tuesday evening at 5 pm we will sing the Great Vespers with the Lamentations for the Theotokos, sung with the same melodies as the Lamentations for The Lord. The Dormition Fast is broken at the Divine Liturgy.
The Feast of the Dormition, which is also sometimes called the Assumption, commemorates the death, resurrection and glorification of Christ’s mother. It proclaims that Mary has been “assumed” by God into the heavenly kingdom of Christ in the fullness of her spiritual and bodily existence.
According to Orthodox Tradition, Mary died like all humanity, “falling asleep,” so to speak, as the name of the feast indicates. She died as all people die, not “voluntarily” as her Son, but by the necessity of her mortal human nature which is indivisibly bound up with the corruption of this world. The feast was added to the Roman calendar in the seventh century as the Dormitio. In the eighth century, the title was changed to the Assumptio (Assumption).
The Apostles were miraculously summoned to this event, and all were present except Thomas when Mary passed from this life. She was then buried.
Thomas arrived a few days later, and desiring to see her one more time, convinced the others to open her tomb. Upon doing so, the Apostles discovered that her body was no longer present. This event is seen as a firstfruits of the resurrection of the faithful that will occur at the Second Coming of Christ. The event is normally called the Dormition, though there are many Orthodox parishes in English-speaking countries with the name Assumption. In Greek, Dormition is Koimisis—falling asleep in death—from which the word cemetery derives.

Second Offering
This week will take up a second offering at the end of The Divine Liturgy which will be for Missions and Charities.

Help Needed
On the 22nd of August, Fr. Stephen will be hosting a luncheon for 15-20 Protestant ministers in the church hall. Would anyone like to help with making some food for this event? Please speak to Fr. Stephen today!
Confession: The sacrament of Repentance and Confession is readily available, following Vespers on Saturday or by appointment, or following any weekday service.
We take The Holy Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus regularly, this means confession should also be regular, during each fast period is recommended, monthly is best. If you have any questions about these issues, please speak to the priest privately. These things are for the healing of souls and bodies, not punishments.

Prayer requests: we do not keep prayer lists. If you have people you want prayed for in the Liturgy, please write them on the sheet provided and bring it to Jeff to be brought to Father. All will be prayed for in the Proskomedia Service, prior to the Liturgy. Those with an ongoing need are prayed for aloud in the Liturgy, departed are prayed for during the 40 days after their repose and on an anniversary of departing. Or bring bring them on Saturday for Vespers.
If you are bring Koliva (sweet boiled wheat) for a Memorial Service, it must be in the church Prior to the beginning of the Divine Liturgy. Don’t be a distraction and interrupt the service by bringing it in late.

Pot Luck Next Sunday
Next Sunday is a parish pot luck. Bring a dish to share and we ask each table to help clean up.