May 28 Bulletin

Upcoming

Monday–Memorial Day-go to a parade or memorial to remember those service men and women who died to keep us free.

Friday         11 am           Choir practice

Saturday     5 pm            Great Vespers with Litia for Pentecost

7TH Sunday of Pascha-Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council at Nicaea and Afterfeast of the Ascension

Tone 6-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 4-Troparion of the Ascension

Thou hast ascend in glory, O Christ our God, granting joy to Thy Disciples by the promise of the Holy Spirit. Through the blessing, they were assured that Thou art the Son of God, the Redeemer of the world.

Tone 8-Troparion of the Fathers

Thou art most glorious, O Christ our God, Who hast established the Holy Fathers as lights on the earth. Through them Thou hast guided us to the true Faith. O greatly compassionate One, glory to Thee!

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 8-Kontakion of the Fathers

The Apostles’ preaching and the Fathers’ doctrines have established one Faith for the Church. Adorned with the robe of truth, woven from heavenly theology, It defines and glorifies the great mystery of piety.

Tone 6-Kontakion of the Ascension

When Thou didst fulfilled the dispensation for our sake, and hadst united earth to heaven: Thou didst ascend in glory, O Christ our God, not being parted from those who love Thee, but remaining with them and crying: “I am with you, and there is no one against you!”

 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 Acts of the Saintly and Pure Apostles.

In those days, Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus, so that he might not have to spend time in Asia; for he was hastening to be at Jerusalem, if possible, on the day of Pentecost.  And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called to him the elders of the church.

And when they came to him, he said to them: “Take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God which he obtained with the blood of his own Son.  I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them.

Therefore, be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish everyone with tears.  And now I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.  I coveted no one’s silver or gold or apparel.  You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities, and to those who were with me.

In all things I have shown you that by so toiling one must help the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, how He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”  And when he had spoken thus, he knelt down and prayed with them all.

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John. (17:1-13)

At that time, Jesus lifted up His eyes to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Thy Son that the Son may glorify Thee, since Thou hast given Him power over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom Thou hast given Him.

And this is eternal life, that they know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ Whom Thou hast sent.  I glorified Thee on earth, having accomplished the work which Thou gavest Me to do; and now, Father, glorify Thou Me in Thy own presence with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was made.

I have manifested Thy Name to the men whom Thou gavest Me out of the world; Thine they were, and Thou gavest them to Me, and they have kept Thy word.  Now they know that everything that Thou hast given Me is from Thee; for I have given them the words which Thou gavest Me, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from Thee; and they have believed that Thou didst send Me.

I am praying for them; I am not praying for the world but for those whom Thou hast given Me, for they are Thine; all Mine are Thine, and Thine are Mine, and I am glorified in them.  And now I am no more in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to Thee.  Holy Father, keep them in Thy Name, which Thou hast given Me, that they may be one, even as We are one.

While I was with them, I kept them in Thy Name, which Thou have given Me; I have guarded them, and none of them is lost but the son of perdition, that the scripture might be fulfilled.  But now I am coming to Thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.”

(Instead of “It is truly meet …,” we sing:)

Magnify, O my soul, Christ the Giver of Life, Who has ascended from earth to heaven! We magnify thee, O Mother of God, who beyond reason and understanding gavest birth in time to the Timeless One.

(Instead of “We have seen the True Light,” we sing the Troparion of Ascension)

Holy Fire

The Holy Fire from the Tomb of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem is on our altar. If you would like to take the fire home, please speak to Fr. Stephen.

June Discussion Group

Fr. Stephen will be having a discussion group in June. We will be reading from a book called, Being Bread. It is written by Dr. Stephen Muse, a deacon in the Orthodox Church. I would suggest you purchase the book for the group.

It can be found easily on the internet or we can order it.

Wisdom

I asked for wisdom…and God gave me problems to solve.

I asked for prosperity…and God gave me brain and brawn to work.

I asked for courage…and God gave me danger to overcome.

I asked for love…and God gave me people to help.

I asked for favors…and God gave me opportunities.

I asked for strength…and God gave me difficulties to make me strong.

I received nothing I wanted…I received everything I needed.

Anonymous

 

This is the way we should see Christ. He is our friend, our brother; He is whatever is good and beautiful. He is everything…He shouts it out, “I don’t hold hell in my hands. I am not threatening you. I love you. I want you to enjoy life together with Me.”

St. Porphyrios

 

Fr. George Calciu tells a story about a time when, imprisoned by the Communists, he asked one of the cruelest guards for a piece of bread to celebrate the Liturgy in his cell. The guard’s jaw dropped at the audacity of the request and he slammed the door… only to return a while later to silently slip him the requested bread. Fr. George concludes: ‘So you can see the miracle. The most important miracle that God performed during my imprisonment was a miracle of the heart: not breaking the doors, not setting me free, not sending His angels flying into my cell, but changing the heart of my torturer. There is no miracle greater than this miracle.

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