Wed. 5 pm-Great Vespers for Feast of the Entry
Thurs. 9 am Divine Liturgy-Entry of Theotokos in the Temple
Saturday 5 pm Vespers
November 17- St Gregory the Wonderworker of Neo-Cæsarea
Tone 5-Troparion of the Resurrection
Let us, the faithful, praise and worship the Word, co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit, born for our salvation from the Virgin; for He willed to be lifted up on the Cross in the flesh, to endure death, and to raise the dead by His glorious Resurrection.
Tone 8-Troparion of Hierarch Gregory the Wonderworker
Thou didst become worthy of thy name through thy way of life; through thy vigilance in prayer and thy constant works of mercy. Therefore, O Father Gregory, beseech Christ God to enlighten our minds, that we may not sleep in sin, which leads to death!
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 5-Kontakion of the Resurrection
Thou didst descend into hell, O my Savior, shattering its gates as Almighty, resurrecting the dead as Creator, and destroying the sting of death. Thou hast delivered Adam from the curse, O Lover of man, and we cry to Thee: O Lord, save us!
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 when He distributed the tongues of fire, He called 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 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 of the epistle of St. Paul to the Galatians (2:16-20)
Brethren, see with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand. It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh that would compel you to be circumcised and only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. For even those who receive circumcision do not themselves keep the Law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may glory in your flesh.
But far be it from me to glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me and I to the world. For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. Peace and mercy be upon all, who walk by this rule, upon the Israel of God. Henceforth let no man trouble me; for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brethren. Amen.
The reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke (12:16-21)
The Lord spoke this parable: “The land of a rich man brought forth plentifully; and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ And he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns, and build larger ones; and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, be merry.’
But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you; and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”
As He said this, Jesus called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
Homily by Fr. Dn. James Atty
Sub-deacon Mitri and Nora Moussa, Helen Nicholas, Barbara Demis, Dennis Poney, Lydia Holt, Lily Zelner, Anna T., Alia Karras and Christine Lenhardt.
Visitors, thank you for joining us for the Divine Liturgy. Everyone is welcome to attend our services and join us in the social hour that follows. Only Orthodox Christians who have kept the appropriate fast, and have made a recent Confession before the parish priest may partake of Holy Communion. All are invited to receive the blessed bread as we venerate the cross at the end of the service.
The annual Winter or Advent Fast begins on November 15 and ends December 25. The 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. Coffee hour-no meat or cheese.
Food Pantry Drive
Lets help the local food pantry by bringing in non-perishable foods and placing them in the hall by the office. No out of date or opened items please. There are many needy people out there, we can help. From now until Christmas, lets work on this.