July 27 Great Martyr HYMNS AFTER THE LITTLE ENTRANCE Troparion for the Resurrection, in the Sixth Tone:  When Mary stood at thy grave looking for thy sacred Body, angelic powers shone above thy revered tomb, and the soldiers who were to keep guard became as dead men. Thou led Hades captive and wast not tempted thereby; Thou didst meet the Virgin and didst give life to the world; O thou Who art risen from the dead, O Lord, glory to Thee. Troparion of St. Panteleimon in the Third Tone: O holy prizewinner and healer Panteleimon, intercede with the merciful God that He grant our souls forgiveness of sins. All: Troparion to St. Mark in the Fourth Tone: From thy childhood the light of truth enlightened thee, O Mark, and thou didst love the labor of Christ the Savior. Wherefore thou didst follow Peter with zeal and didst serve Paul as a fellow laborer and didst enlighten the world with thy holy Gospel. Kontakion of the Transfiguration in the Seventh Tone: Thou wast transfigured on the mount, and Thy Disciples, in so far as they were able, beheld Thy glory, O Christ our God; so that, when they should see Thee crucified, they would remember that all Thy suffering was voluntary, and could declare to all the world that Thou art truly the effulgent Splendor of the Father. + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + Prokeimenon (Psalm 63:10, 1): The righteous shall rejoice in the Lord. O God, hear my prayer. The Reading is from the Second Epistle of St. Paul to St. Timothy. (2:1-10)  Timothy, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus; and what you have heard from me before many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.  Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.  No soldier on service gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to satisfy the one who enlisted him.  An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.  It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops.  Think over what I say, for the Lord will grant you understanding in everything.  Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descended from David, as preached in my gospel, the gospel for which I am suffering and wearing fetters like a criminal.  But the word of God is not fettered.  Therefore, I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain salvation in Christ Jesus with its eternal glory. Alleluia (Psalm 88.1, 2): I will sing o fyour mercies, O Lord, forever. For you have said: ‘Mercy shall be built up forever. Reading from the gospel according to St Matthew (9:27-35)         At that time, when Jesus was passing by, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, “Have mercy on us, Son of David.” When he entered the house, the blind men came to him; and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.” Then he touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith be it done to you.” And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly charged them, “See that no one knows it.” But they went away and spread his fame through all that district. As they were going away, behold, a dumb demoniac was brought to him. And when the demon had been cast out, the dumb man spoke; and the crowds marveled, saying, “Never was anything like this seen in Israel.” But the Pharisees said, “He casts out demons by the prince of demons.” And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every infirmity of the people. + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + Holy Oblations are offered today by Lilian Kassicieh for the soul of her husband Shafik departed this life nine years, for her brother Jalal Halaby departed this life one year, and for the health and salvation of her family, by Anise & Reham Turk and Emile & Rania Ansara and their families for the soul of their father Basem Nassar departed this life 40 days, by Michael & May Asaly for her mom Virgin on her birthday, for Sandy Goson on her birthday and for the health of Carole Goson, and by Steve & Barbara Scholl for Steve ’s sister Christine, departed this life 40 days. Coffee Hour is given today by Coffee Hour Committee + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + Please remember in your prayers: Odette Chade, Leilah Rodriquez, Maha Kureh, Darlyne Dibs, Eleanor Wackeen, Isa Khamis, and the suffering people of Syria, Egypt, Iraq and all the Middle East. + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + Ushers serving Today: Don Skaff & Melad Hanna Ushers serving Next week: Sami Farraj & Austin Turk Altar boys serving Today: Samir Khamis, Joseph Atallah, Andrew Bahbah Altar boys serving Next Week: Andrew Khamis, Alex Turk, Jay Skaff, Paul Rodriguez. Quote from the Saints Sweet life is not experienced by those who enjoy it in a worldly way, but rather by those who live spiritually and accept bitterness with joy, like a healing herb for the soul’s health, and eat only for their bodily preservation.” Elder Paisios of Mt. Athos NOTE TO OUR VISTORS Welcome to St. Mark’s! We are pleased to have you here with us today.  Please be informed that only those Orthodox Christians who are prepared through prayer, fasting, and the sacrament of confession should approach the Chalice for the Eucharist. The Orthodox Church does not practice “open communion” or intercommunion with other churches (non-Orthodox). If you have any questions concerning this, please talk to Father Michael before taking communion.  Visitors are welcome to venerate the cross at the end of the service and to receive some of the blessed bread, if they so desire. For Orthodox Christians to receive Holy Communion:

  • You must be spiritually prepared and uphold the beliefs and moral teachings of the Church.
  • You must keep the fast (Wednesday & Friday, and other fasting seasons)
  • If married, your marriage must have been consecrated in the Orthodox Church.
  • If (unfortunately) divorced, you must be formally restored to communion by the Church by confession and Episcopal decision.

If an Orthodox Christian has left the church, or has been absent from services for a long period, and is returning, he or she must see the priest prior to receiving the sacraments of the Church.   Canned Food Drive As we all know, unemployment is still high. All relief agencies are seeing more needs and at the same time donations are down. In light of this, the ongoing canned food collection of our parish is a small but important way to help. Please try to bring something to go in the collection barrel every week. Good Samaritan Fund Several years ago, St. Mark Church established a fund for assisting those in need, both within our parish and in the general community. From time to time we ask for contributions to the Good Samaritan Fund, and this is one of those times. If you are in need of assistance or you are aware of someone in our parish that needs financial assistance, please speak with Fr. Michael. Church Etiquette

  • Please be on time for services; those arriving late should not approach the Chalice for Communion.
  • To receive Communion, one must be a baptized/chrismated Orthodox Christian who has prepared by prayer, fasting, alms giving, and regular confession.
  • Confessions are heard on Saturday evenings after Great Vespers and during the week by appointment.
  • Men, women, and children: please dress modestly for services.
  • Please remove lip balm or lipstick before receiving Communion or kissing the holy icons, Chalice, or Gospel.
  • If you wish to stand for the entire service, please do so in the back or the aisle so as not to block the view of others who may need to sit.  When seated, we should refrain from a posture of relaxation (e.g., crossing legs or arms).
  • Pledges, Tithes, Donations:  Giving 10% of one’s income is God-pleasing, as are all gifts offered by a pious and cheerful giver with a humble heart.  Membership forms, renewed annually, are located in the Hall.
  • Children are welcome!  Yet, if they interfere with the prayers of the faithful, we all may need a break.  Food and drink (and toys) are not allowed in the Temple.

Today “No Debt Building Campaign” Our sanctuary remodel and expansion is progressing and we hope to move into the new sanctuary by the end of August. In order to complete this work with little or no debt, we have embarked on a “No Debt” Campaign. So far we have pledges and donations totaling $53,100 Thanks to those who have made these pledges. Please consider your “No Debt” contribution today!   Our New Church Directory is here!! Please see Lydia and Penny at the coffee hour to get yours. Note: No charge for the family who had their photo taken by Lifetouch. There is charge of $10 for the cost of the directory for each family that submitted their own picture or they don’t have a picture. Thank you. This Week Monday July 28th, 6:30 p.m. Parish Council Meeting The August Fast in honor of the Theotokos begins this Friday and lasts from August 1 to 14 the Church prescribes the following fast:  we abstain from all meat, dairy products (including eggs), fish, wine and olive oil (in some traditions olive oil is allowed).  Shellfish may be eaten throughout the fast.  Wine and olive oil are permitted on Saturdays and Sundays only.  On the Feast of the Transfiguration on August 6, fish, wine and oil are permitted.   Please make every effort to fast according to the best of your ability and to come to the Sacrament of Holy Confession during this holy season!   Next week Tuesday August 5th, 6:30 p.m. Evening Divine Liturgy for Holy Transfiguration. (Orthros 5:30 p.m.) Upcoming Services & Events Monday August 11th, 6:30 Parish Council Meeting Thursday August 14th, 6:30 p.m. Evening Divine Liturgy, Feast of Dormition Thursday August 14th, Orthodox Young Professionals Conference at Marriott Residence Inn, Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego. See flyers included for more information. Thursday August 21st, St. Mark Golf Tournament at Strawberry Farm Golf Course, Irvine.   Great Martyr and Healer Panteleimon, July 27 This Saint, who had Nicomedia as his homeland, was the son of Eustorgius and Eubula. His father was an idolater, but his mother was a Christian from her ancestors. It was through her that he was instructed in piety, and still later, he was catechized in the Faith of Christ by Saint Hermolaus (see July 26) and baptized by him. Being proficient in the physician’s vocation, he practiced it in a philanthropic manner, healing every illness more by the grace of Christ than by medicines. Thus, although his parents had named him Pantoleon (“in all things a lion”), because of the compassion he showed for the souls and bodies of all, he was worthily renamed Panteleimon, meaning “all-merciful.” On one occasion, when he restored the sight of a certain blind man by calling on the Divine Name, he enlightened also the eyes of this man’s soul to the knowledge of the truth. This also became the cause for the martyrdom of him who had been blind, since when he was asked by whom and in what manner his eyes had been opened, in imitation of that blind man of the Gospel he confessed with boldness both who the physician was and the manner of his healing. For this he was put to death immediately. Panteleimon was arrested also, and having endured many wounds, he was finally beheaded in the year 305, during the reign of Maximian. Saint Panteleimon is one of the Holy Unmercenaries, and is held in special honor among them, even as Saint George is among the Martyrs. July 27th 2014, Holy Grt Martyr Panteleimon, 7th Sun after Pentecost

Archbishop Joseph Elected Metropolitan of All North America

Bp_Joseph_photo.His Eminence Archbishop Joseph has been elected Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of All North America by the Holy Synod of Antioch, led by His Beatitude Patriarch John X, meeting in Balamand, Lebanon on Thursday, July 3, 2014. Axios!

His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph was consecrated to the Holy Episcopacy on June 30, 1991 at the St. Mary Cathedral in Damascus, after many years of serving as a deacon and a priest. His Eminence was born in Damascus, Syria, in 1950. He was consecrated with the title, Bishop of Katana in Syria, and served as Patriarchal Assistant and Secretary of the Holy Synod of Antioch. In 1995, he was sent by Patriarch Ignatius IV of blessed memory to America. Here in our Archdiocese, Bishop Joseph was assigned to the West Coast Chancery by Metropolitan Philip of blessed memory. After self-rule status was awarded to our Archdiocese, Bishop Joseph was enthroned at St. Nicholas Cathedral by Metropolitan Philip as the first Bishop of the Diocese of Los Angeles and the West on September 12, 2004. On December 11, 2011, at the Church of the Dormition of the Theotokos in the Patriarchal Monastery of Our Lady of Balamand in Lebanon, Patriarch Ignatius elevated Bishop Joseph to the rank of Archbishop, in honor of his many years of service as a bishop both in our Archdiocese and in the Patriarchate of Antioch.


Sunday bulletin – July 6, 2014

July 6th, 2014

Troparion of the Resurrection in the Third Tone: Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad, for the Lord hath done a mighty act with His own arm.  He hath trampled down death by death and became the first-born from the dead.  He hath delivered us from the depths of Hades, granting the world the great mercy.

All: Troparion to St. Mark in the Fourth Tone: From thy childhood the light of truth enlightened thee, O Mark, and thou didst love the labor of Christ the Savior. Wherefore thou didst follow Peter with zeal and didst serve Paul as a fellow laborer and didst enlighten the world with thy holy Gospel.

Priest: Kontakion of the Theotokos in the Second Tone:  O undisputed intercessor of Christians, the mediatrix unrejected by the Creator, turn not away from the voice of our petitions, though we be sinners.  Come to us in time, who cry to thee in faith, with assistance; for thou art good. Hasten to us with intercessions, O Theotokos, who dost ever intercede for those who honor thee.

Prokeimenon (Psalm 46:6,1) Tone3:  Sing praises to our God, sing praises.  Clap your hands, all you nations.

Reading from St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans (6:18-23)

Brethren, having been set free from sin, you have become slaves of righteousness. I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once yielded your members to impurity and to greater and greater iniquity, so now yield your members to righteousness for sanctification.

When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.  But then what return did you get from the things of which you are now ashamed? The end of those things is death. But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the return you get is sanctification and its end, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Alleluia Verses (Psalms 30.1,2) Tone 2: In you Lord I have hoped; let me never be ashamed.  Be my God and protector.

Reading from the gospel according to St Matthew (8:5-13)

At that time, Jesus entered Capernaum, and a centurion came forward to him, beseeching him and saying, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, in terrible distress.” And he said to him, “I will come and heal him.” But the centurion answered him, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, `Go,’ and he goes, and to another, `Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave, `Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard him, he marveled, and said to those who followed him, “Truly, I say to you, not even in Israel have I found such faith. I tell you, many will come from east and west and sit at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.” And to the centurion Jesus said, “Go; be it done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed at that very moment.

July 6th 2014, 4th Sunday after Pentecost