St. Mark Building Project

First Sunday after St. Mark Remodel and Sanctuary Expansion


Our Church is Ready for Saturday Night Vesper Services      11/22/2014

November 22, 2014

November 21, 2014

Flooring and Baseboard Install is Complete

November 18, 2014

Marble / Wood Floor Finished

November 17, 2014

November 14, 2014

November 13, 2014

November 11, 2014

November 5, 2014

November 4, 2014

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November 23, 2014 Front Page

During the Little Entrance

Troparion of the Presentation in the Fourth Tone: Today is the prelude of the good-will of God, of the preaching of the salvation of mankind. The Virgin appears in the temple of God, in anticipation proclaiming Christ to all. Let us rejoice and sing to her: Rejoice, O Fulfillment of the Creator’s dispensation


Troparion for the Resurrection, in the Seventh Tone: Thou didst shatter death by Thy cross. Thou didst open paradise to the thief, Thou didst turn the sadness of the ointment bearing women into joy, and didst bid thine apostles proclaim a warning that Thou hast risen O Christ granting to the world the great mercy.
Troparion of the Presentation in the Fourth Tone (repeat)

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 Presentation of the Theotokos, in the Fourth Tone: The most pure temple of the Savior, the very precious chamber and Virgin, the sacred treasure of the glory of God, is presented today in the house of the Lord. She bringeth with her the grace of the Spirit, which the angels of God do praise. She is the heavenly tabernacle.

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Prokeimenon (Psalm 28.11,1) Tone 7:  The Lord will give strength to his people.  Bring to the Lord, O sons of God, bring to the Lord honor and glory.

The reading from Saint Paul’s Second Letter to the Ephesians (2:14-22) 

Brethren, Christ is our peace, who has made us both one, and has broken down the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in his flesh the law of commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby bringing the hostility to an end.  And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; for through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.  So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built into it for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

Alleluia Verses (Psalm 91.1, 2.) Tone 7: It is good to give thanks to the Lord.  To proclaim your mercy in the morning and your truth by night.

The Reading from the Gospel according to Saint 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.”

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Holy Oblations are offered today by Michael, Charlotte, Melody, George, Melissa & Amanda Khoury for Grace on the occasion of her birthday, and by Maurice & Nadia Karkar and family for the soul of Maurice’s sister Stella who passed away in Ramallah last week, Memory Eternal!


Today’s Coffee Hour is sponsored by Coffee Hour Committee. Thank you!

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Please remember in your prayers: Odette Chade, Maha Kureh, Darlyne Dibs, Eleanor Wackeen, Sleiman Aldada, Vanda Billeh and the suffering people of West Africa, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq and everywhere afflicted with disease and violence.

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Ushers serving this week: Sami Farraj & Austin Turk

Ushers serving next week: Imad Alchammas & Roger Tierney

Altar boys serving Today: Sammy Khamis, Andrew Azzam, George Bahbah, Nour Youssef.

Altar boys serving Next Week: Noah Fortuna, Daniel Attallah, Connor Wilde, George Aldada.

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 Sunday mornings 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.

Quote from the Saints

“The soul should be provided with the word of God. For the word of God, as Gregory the Theologian says, ‘is the bread of angels, which feeds the soul that is hungry for God. But, above all, one should read the New Testament and the Psalter. From this proceeds illumination of the mind…’” — St. Seraphim of Sarov

Canned Food Drive

The economic recovery since the Great Recession has been sluggish. 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.


We celebrate the first Divine Liturgy in our remodeled and enlarged sanctuary. We will celebrate this with the Lesser Blessing of Waters Service at the end of the Liturgy (after which Church School teachers and students are dismissed).

There is still much to be done in terms of furnishings, icons, etc, but we are in our new worship space. Glory to God! 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 $80,300 Thanks to those who have made these pledges. Please consider your “No Debt” contribution today!

SOYO Fundraiser: Pies will be delivered today!!

Community Christmas Card Organized by our Teen SOYO. Please see Christmas Card form included in the bulletin. Dead line for collecting the forms is December 14th. Donation $15 per Sponsor/family.

Advent (the Christmas Fast) has begun. This fast, which lasts exactly 40 days, prepares us to celebrate the Feast of the Nativity (Birth) of Jesus Christ, commonly known as Christmas.  This Fast is divided into two periods: The first is November 15th through December 19th when the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, poultry, dairy, fish, wine, and olive oil) is observed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with katalysis for wine and olive oil (some also permit fish) on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and for fish, wine, and olive oil on Saturdays and Sundays. The second is the period of the Forefeast, December 20th through 24th, when the traditional fasting discipline is observed Monday through Friday, with katalysis for wine and olive oil on Saturday and Sunday. As part of our Advent effort Orthodox Christians should also participate in the Sacrament of Confession. The only way to combat the commercialization and vaguely sentimental observance of the Birth of the Savior is to prepare for a Holy Feast Day by participating in the Fast!

By the grace of the Holy Spirit, the Official West Coast Celebration of the Enthronement of His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph will take place on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Los Angeles. All proceeds will benefit Camp St. Nicholas and Youth Education Programs. Do not miss this historic celebration in the life of our Diocese – this is the only celebration taking place on the West Coast. We are praying for enthusiastic participation by all churches in the Diocese to honor our beloved Metropolitan Joseph. The day will start with a youth brunch, followed by a reception for clergy and wives, then vespers, and the Gala Reception and Banquet featuring special musical offerings. A Hierarchal Divine Liturgy will be held the next day at St. Nicholas Cathedral. There will be a very special Commemorative Program Book that will include memorable images from the actual enthronement. For tickets, program book and hotel info, please visit:

This Week

Wednesday November 26th, 7:00 p.m. Thanksgiving Eve Divine Liturgy at St. Paul Greek Orthodox Church, 4949 Alton Pwky, Irvine.

Thursday November 27th, Thanksgiving Day. The Church Office will be closed Thursday and Friday.

Next week

Wednesday December 3rd, 6:30 p.m. Advent Paraklesis

Upcoming Services & Events

Saturday December 13th, 7:00 P.M. St. Mark Men’s Club Annual Christmas Dinner at the home of Jacob and Vera Bahbah. Please check the flyer included for details.

Friday December 19th, 10:00 a.m. Ladies Guild Baking day at the Church kitchen for Spinach pies

Sunday December 21st, St Mark Ladies Guild Annual Christmas Bake Sale after Church

Mark your Calendar for Men’s Club New Years Eve on Wednesday December 31st. please see flyers included in this bulletin for more information.

Mark your Calendar for Valentine party on Saturday February 14th at 7:00 p.m.

Upcoming Humanitarian Events ‏

Dec 7th FOCUS OC Valencia Inn St. Nicholas Day, hosted by Sunday School

Jan 4th Red Cross Blood Drive

Saint of the Day

Holy Bishop Amphilochius of Iconium (November 23)

Saint Amphilochius, who was born in Cappadocia, shone forth in asceticism and divine knowledge even from his youth. He was consecrated Bishop of Iconium in 341, he struggled courageously against the blasphemies of Eunomius, Macedonius the enemy of the Holy Spirit, and the followers of Arius. He was present at the Second Ecumenical Council of the 150 Fathers, which took place in Constantinople, convoked during the reign of Theodosius the Great in the year 381. In 383 Amphilochius wished to persuade the Emperor Theodosius to forbid the Arians from gathering in Constantinople and to commit the churches to the Orthodox, but the Emperor was reluctant to do such a thing. The next time that Amphilochius entered the palace, he addressed Theodosius with proper honour, but slighted his young son Arcadius in his presence. Theodosius was indignant, and said the dishonour shown to his son was equally an insult to himself. To this Saint Amphilochius answered that as he would not suffer an insult to his son, so he ought to believe that God is wroth with those who blaspheme His Only-begotten. Saint Theodosius understood and admired Amphilochius’ ingenious device, and he issued the desired edict in September of the same year. Saint Amphilochius, having reached deep old age, reposed in peace about the year 395. Saint Basil the Great wrote many letters to Saint Amphilochius, his friend and Fellow champion of the Faith, and at his request wrote his treatise On the Holy Spirit, which besides demonstrating the divinity of the Holy Spirit and His equality with the Father and the Son, defends the Church’s unwritten ancient traditions, such as making the sign of the Cross, turning towards the East in prayer, no kneeling on Sunday, and so forth.


Our Ladies Guild buys scrip from many and various stores and Restaurants (see list included in this Bulletin) at a 3 to 10% discount. When you buy the scrip, which is accepted just like cash at the issuing store, the Parish benefits. You pay no more for these goods and services and are making a donation to our parish.  You can purchase this scrip from Saeda Turk at the coffee hour.

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