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Palm Sunday ;The Entrance of Our Lord Jesus Christ Into Jerusalem

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O Christ God, when before thy voluntary sufferings Thou didst explain to all the confirmation of universal resurrection; Thou didst raise Lazarus in Bethany by thine exalted might, after he had been dead for four days. And to the blind Thou didst give sight; for Thou art the Giver of light, O Savior. Thou didst also enter the city with thy Disciples, sitting on an ass, fulfilling the preaching of the Prophets, as though riding upon the cherubim, and the Hebrew youths received Thee with palms and branches. Wherefore, we also carry olive branches and palms, crying out to Thee in gratitude, Hosanna in the highest, blessed is he that cometh In the Name of the Lord.

The Raising of Lazarus

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“Though I lie in bonds, O Savior,” Lazarus cried from below to Thee his Deliverer, “yet shall I not remain forever in the depth of Hell, if Thou wilt only call to me, ‘Lazarus, come out;’ for Thou art my Light and my Life.”

“I implore thee, Lazarus,” said Hell, “Rise up, depart quickly from my bonds and be gone. It is better for me to lament bitterly for the loss of one, rather than of all those whom I swallowed in my hunger.”

Shaking the gates and iron bars, Thou hast made Hell tremble at Thy voice. Hell and Death were filled with fear, O Savior, seeing Lazarus their prisoner brought to life by Thy word and rising from the tomb.

Blessed Theophany Feast!

Today, Thou hast appeared to the universe, O Lord, and Thy light hath been shed upon us, who praise Thee with knowledge, saying, ‘Thou hast come and appeared, O unapproachable Light.” — Kontakion of Theophany

Theophany – The Baptism of Jesus Christ

About the beginning of our Lord’s thirtieth year, John the Forerunner, who was some six months older than Our Saviour according to the flesh, and had lived in the wilderness since his childhood, received a command from God and came into the parts of the Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance unto the remission of sins. Then our Savior also came from Galilee to the Jordan, and sought and received baptism though He was the Master and John was but a servant. Whereupon, there came to pass those marvelous deeds, great and beyond nature: the Heavens were opened, the Spirit descended in the form of a dove upon Him that was being baptized and the voice was heard from the Heavens hearing witness that this was the beloved Son of God, now baptized as a man (Matt. 3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:1-22). From these events the Divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ and the great mystery of the Trinity were demonstrated. It is also from this that the present feast is called “Theophany,” that is, the divine manifestation, God’s appearance among men. On this venerable day the sacred mystery of Christian baptism was inaugurated; henceforth also began the saving preaching of the Kingdom of the Heavens.

With the arrival of Theophany, the house blessing season begins. Please contact me via email or phone (or in person at church) to schedule a house blessing.

In Christ,
Fr Michael

Saint of the Day: Joseph the Betrothed

Saint Joseph (whose name means “one who increases”) was the son of Jacob, and the son-in-law – and hence, as it were, the son – of Eli (who was also called Eliakim or Joachim), who was the father of Mary the Virgin (Matt. 1:16; Luke 3:23). He was of the tribe of Judah, of the family of David, an inhabitant of Nazareth, a carpenter by Trade, and advanced in age when, by God’s good will, he was betrothed to the Virgin, that he might minister to the great mystery of God’s dispensation in the flesh by protecting her, providing for her, and being known as her husband so that she, being a virgin, would not suffer reproach when she was found to be with child. Joseph had been married before his betrothal to our Lady; they who are called Jesus’ “brethren and sisters” (Matt. 13:55-56) are the children of Joseph by his first marriage. From Scripture, we know that Saint Joseph lived at least until the Twelfth year after the birth of Christ (Luke 2:41-52); according to the tradition of the Fathers, he reposed before the beginning of the public ministry of Christ.

Advent (the Christmas Fast)

Advent (the Christmas Fast) begins Saturday November 15th. 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 observedMonday 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!

OCTOBER 19TH, 2014 HOLY PROPHET JOEL

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Kontakion of the Theotokos in the Second Tone: O protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, mediation unto the Creator most constant, O despise not the suppliant voices of those who have sinned; but be thou quick, O good one, to come unto our aid, who in faith cry unto thee: Hasten to intercession, and speed thou to make supplication, thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, them that honor thee.

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Prokeimenon (Psalm 117:14,18) The Lord is my strength and my song. The Lord has chastened me sorely.

The reading is from Saint Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians (11:31 – 12:9)

Brethren, the God and Father of the Lord Jesus, he who is blessed for ever, knows that I do not lie. At Damascus, the governor under King Aretas guarded the city of Damascus in order to seize me, but I was let down in a basket through a window in the wall, and escaped his hands.

I must boast; there is nothing to be gained by it, but I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven — whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows.  And I know that this man was caught up into Paradise — whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows– and he heard things that cannot be told, which man may not utter.  On behalf of this man I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses.  Though if I wish to boast, I shall not be a fool, for I shall be speaking the truth. But I refrain from it, so that no one may think more of me than he sees in me or hears from me.  And to keep me from being too elated by the abundance of revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan, to harass me, to keep me from being too elated.  Three times I besought the Lord about this, that it should leave me; but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” I will all the more gladly boast of my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Alleluia Verses (Psalm 19:1, 9) May the Lord hear thee in the day of trouble.  O Lord, save the king, and hear us when we call upon Thee.

Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Luke (7:11-16)

At that time, Jesus went to a city called Nain, and many of his disciples and a great crowd went with him.  As he drew near to the gate of the city, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow and a large crowd from the city was with her.  And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.”  And he came and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still, and Jesus said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.”  And the dead man sat up, and began to speak.  And Jesus gave him to his mother.  Fear seized them all; and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us!”  God has visited his people!”

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Holy Oblations are offered today by The Turk family for Reham and Anthony Turk for their birthdays; by Eileen & Mark Ellis for their niece Isabelle’s 25th birthday, by June Anter, Tony, Paula, Leilah and Pauly Rodriguez for Paul Anter on the occasion of his 85th birthday, and by Jacob & Vera Bahbah for the soul of Vera’s uncle Fouad AbuLetham departed this life in Chicago last week and for the health and salvation of their children.

No Coffee Hour today due to the Ladies Guild Pizza & salad luncheon.

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Please remember in your prayers: Odette Chade, Maha Kureh, Darlyne Dibs, Eleanor Wackeen, Suleiman Aldada and the suffering people of Palestine, Syria, Egypt, Iraq and all the Middle East.

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October is Youth Month!

October each year in the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America is celebrated as Youth Month.  During this month teens help in the Church by singing in the choir, chanting, reading the epistles, taking the collections, hosting the coffee hours, etc.

To learn more about Antiochian Teen SOYO please visit www.teensoyo.org.

Teen ushers serving Today: Grace Bahbah, George Bahbah, Alex Munayyer, Paul Rodriguez-Anter, Nicole Fakhouri

Epistle Reader: Sarah Chade

Teen ushers serving Next week: Alex Munayyer, Matthew Dabbah, Alex Turk and Diana Aldada.

Epistle Reader: Peter William

Altar boys serving Today: Noah Fortuna, Daniel Atallah, Connor Wilde, George Aldada.

Altar boys serving Next Week: Samir Khamis, Joseph Attalla, Andrew Bahbah

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.

Quote from the Saints

…do not grow cold through the example and the lukewarmness of the multitude, but live as do the few, so that with the few you may deserve to be found in the kingdom. ‘For many are called, but few are chosen’.

St. John Cassian

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.

Today

Teen officers meeting after Church

Men’s Club meeting and Officer’s election after church.

Ladies Guild Breast Cancer Awareness Pizza and Salad Luncheon, to Support the women fighting this disease. We admire the survivors and honor those taken. The Ladies are serving Pizza and Salad Lunch. Donation; $5.00 Adults and $3.00 children under 12 years. All profits will benefit Living Beyond Breast Cancer

Last Sunday we had our annual picnic and volunteer’s appreciation Day at William Mason Park in Irvine. Father Michael presented small gifts as of token of appreciation to the following people: Roger Tierney and family for Humanitarian work;  Austin Turk, Gisele Awayjan and Hanna Zabaneh for hosting the Annual Wine Tasting dinner; Maurice Karkar, Elias Nasrawi and Samir Billeh for Men’s club. Thanks to all who helped in setting up and cleaning at the park.

Two Sundays ago, we held our 2014 Annual Meeting. We passed a budget for 2015 and elected three new Parish Council Members: Ghassan Awayjan, Randy Dabbah, and Joe Daruty. Mark Ellis was appointed for a one year term. Thanks and blessings to the outgoing Council members: Kyra Pelachik, Patrick Wilde, Michael Khoury and Roger Tierney.

Parish Council had their monthly meeting on Monday 10/13/14. They elected new officers and they are: Nelson Mamey Chairman; Randy Dabbah Vice President; Fouad Tarazi. Treasurer and Richard Jirjis Assistant Treasurer; Mark Ellis Secretary. They will be installed today along with the other Council Members: Afifa Artoul, Ghassan Awayjan, Issa Bahbah, Joe Daurty and Penny Skaff. Congratulations to our new Parish Council and God bless.

“No Debt Building Campaign”

Our sanctuary remodel and expansion is progressing and we hope to move into the new sanctuary by the end of November. 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 $75,880 Thanks to those who have made these pledges. Please consider your “No Debt” contribution today!

This Week

Wednesday October 22nd, 6:30 p.m. Daily Vespers

Next week

Wednesday October 29th, 6:30 p.m. Daily Vespers

Saturday November 1st, St. Mark Annual Dinner & Wine Tasting. Presented by Fr. John Finley, please see flyer included in this bulletin for reservation.

Upcoming Services & Events

Sunday November 9th, Ladies Guild Pre Thanksgiving Luncheon. More information coming soon.

Upcoming Humanitarian Events ‏

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

Jan 4th Red Cross Blood Drive

BUY SCRIP

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.

The Holy Prophet Joel (October 19)

The Prophet Joel, whose name means “Yah is God,” was of the tribe of Reuben, the son of Bathuel, and lived from 810 to 750 B.C. (but some say in the 7th century B.C.). His book is divided into three chapters, and is the second in order of the minor Prophets. He foretold the coming of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost (Joel 2:28, and quoted by the Apostle Peter in Acts 2:17), and the saving power of the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ (Joel 2:32).

October 19, 2014 3rd of Luke 19th Sun AP

OCTOBER 12TH, 2014 HOLY FATHERS OF THE 7TH ECUMENICAL COUNCIL

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HYMNS AFTER THE LITTLE ENTRANCE

Troparion for the Resurrection, in the First Tone:   While the stone was sealed by the Jews, and the soldiers were guarding Thy most pure Body, thou didst arise on the third day, O savior, granting life to the world; for which cause the heavenly powers cried aloud unto Thee, O Giver of Life; Glory to Thy Resurrection, O Christ; glory to Thy Kingdom; Glory to Thy Providence, O Thou who alone art the Lover of mankind.

Troparion of the Holy Fathers in Tone 8: Most glorified art thou, O Christ our God, who hast established our holy Fathers as luminous stars upon the earth, and through them didst guide us all to the true Faith.  O Most Merciful One, glory be to thee.

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 Theotokos in the Second Tone: O protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, mediation unto the Creator most constant, O despise not the suppliant voices of those who have sinned; but be thou quick, O good one, to come unto our aid, who in faith cry unto thee: Hasten to intercession, and speed thou to make supplication, thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, them that honor thee.

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Prokeimenon (Daniel 3:26, 27) Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our Fathers. For you are just in all you have done.

Section from the Epistle of St. Paul to Titus (3:8-15)

                   Titus, my son, the saying is sure. I desire you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to apply themselves to good deeds; these are excellent and profitable to men. But avoid stupid controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels over the law, for they are unprofitable and futile.  As for a man who is factious, after admonishing him once or twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is perverted and sinful; he is self-condemned.

When I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there.  Do your best to speed Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way; see that they lack nothing. And let our people learn to apply themselves to good deeds, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not to be unfruitful.

All who are with me send greetings to you.  Greet those who love us in the faith.  Grace be with you all.

Alleluia Verses (Psalm 43:1, 7) O God, with our ears have we heard, for our fathers have told us the work which Thou hadst wrought in their days, in the days of old. For Thou hast saved us from them that afflict us, and them that hate us hast Thou put to shame.

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Luke (8:5-¬15)

                   The Lord spoke this parable: “A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell along the path, and was trodden under foot, and the birds of the air devoured it.  And some fell on the rock; and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns grew with it and choked it. And some fell into good soil and grew, and yielded a hundredfold.”

And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, he said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God; but for others they are in parables, so that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.

Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, that they may not believe and be saved. And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy; but these have no root, they believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature.  And as for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bring forth fruit with patience. As Jesus said this, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

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Holy Oblations are offered today by Esperance Hadshiti for her grandson Antonio Khoury on the occasion of his 6th birthday and for the health of Samer, Heba and Joelle Khoury, and by Eileen & Mark Ellis for their niece Isabelle’s 25th birthday

 

NO Coffee Hour today due to the parish Picnic!!

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Please remember in your prayers: Odette Chade, Maha Kureh, Darlyne Dibs, Eleanor Wackeen, Isa Khamis, Suleiman Aldada and the suffering people of Palestine, Syria, Egypt, Iraq and all the Middle East.

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October is Youth Month!

October each year in the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America is celebrated as Youth Month.  During this month teens help in the Church by singing in the choir, chanting, reading the epistles, taking the collections, hosting the coffee hours, etc.

To learn more about Antiochian Teen SOYO please visit www.teensoyo.org.

Teen ushers serving Today: Alex Munayyer, George Bahbah, Marianne Hannouneh, Santorine Alarja, Alex Turk, Grace Bahbah.

Epistle Reader: Paul Rodriguez-Anter

Teen ushers serving Next week: Grace Bahbah, George Bahbah, Alex Munayyer, Paul Rodriguez-Anter, Nicole Fakhouri

Epistle Reader: Sarah Chade

Altar boys serving Today: Sammy Khamis, Andrew Azzam, George Bahbah, Richard Tierney

Altar boys serving Next Week: Noah Fortuna, Daniel Atallah, 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 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.

Quote from the Saints

Very few men can accurately recognize all their own faults; indeed, only those can do this whose intellect is never torn away from the remembrance of God.

St. Diadochos of Photiki

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.

Today

St. Mark Annual Potluck Picnic after church

Last Sunday, we held our 2014 Annual Meeting. We passed a budget for 2015 and elected three new Parish Council Members: Ghassan Awayjan, Randy Dabbah, and Joe Daruty. Mark Ellis was appointed for a one year term. Thanks and blessings to the outgoing Council members: Patrick Wilde, Michael Khoury and Roger Tierney.

 “No Debt Building Campaign”

Our sanctuary remodel and expansion is progressing and we hope to move into the new sanctuary by the mid of December. 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 $75,880 Thanks to those who have made these pledges. Please consider your “No Debt” contribution today!

This Week

Monday October 13th, 6:30 p.m. Parish Council Meeting

Wednesday October 15th, 6:30 p.m. Daily Vespers

Thursday October 16th, 6:30 p.m. Ladies Guild Monthly Meeting with potluck and Bunco game. Please Ladies join us!

Saturday October 18th, Breast Cancer Awareness walk. Please see flyer included in this bulletin for more information.

Next week

Sunday October 19th,

  • Ladies Guild Breast Cancer Awareness Pizza and Salad Lunch. Donation: $5.00 Adults & $3 children under 12 years. All profits will benefit Living Beyond Breast Cancer.
  • Men’s Club meeting after church.

Wednesday October 22nd, 6:30 p.m. Daily Vespers

Upcoming Services & Events

Saturday November 1st, St. Mark Annual Dinner & Wine Tasting. Presented by Fr. John Finley, please see flyer included in this bulletin for reservation.

 

Upcoming Humanitarian Events ‏

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

Jan 4th Red Cross Blood Drive

BUY SCRIP

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.

The Holy Fathers of the 7th Ecumenical Council

On the Sunday that falls on or immediately after the eleventh of this month, we chant the Service to the 350 holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council, which gathered in Nicaea in 787 under the holy Patriarch Tarasius and during the reign of the Empress Irene and her son, Constantine Porphyrogenitus, to refute the Iconoclast heresy, which had received imperial support beginning with the Edict issued in 726 by Emperor Leo the Isaurian. Many of the holy Fathers who condemned Iconoclasm at this holy Council later died as Confessors and Martyrs for the holy Icons during the second assault of Iconoclasm in the ninth century, especially during the reigns of Leo the Armenian and Theophilus.

October 12, 2014 Sunday of the Fathers of the 7th Cncl

OCTOBER 5TH, 2014 HOLY MARTYR CHARITINA OF AMISOS

October 5 Bulletin

HYMNS AFTER THE LITTLE ENTRANCE

Troparion for the Resurrection, in the Eighth Tone: From the heights Thou didst descend, O compassionate one, and Thou didst submit to the three-day burial, that Thou might deliver us from passion. Thou art our life and our resurrection.  O Lord, glory to Thee.

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 Theotokos in the Second Tone: O protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, mediation unto the Creator most constant, O despise not the suppliant voices of those who have sinned; but be thou quick, O good one, to come unto our aid, who in faith cry unto thee: Hasten to intercession, and speed thou to make supplication, thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, them that honor thee.

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Prokeimenon (Psalm 75:11,1) Tone 8: Make your vows to the Lord out God and perform them. God is known in Judah; his name is great in Israel.

The reading from Saint Paul’s Second Letter Corinthians (6:16-7:1)

Brethren, we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will live in them and move among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore come out from them, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch nothing unclean; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”

Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, and make holiness perfect in the fear of God.

Alleluia Verses (Psalm 94:1,2): “O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us shout for joy to God our Savior. Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving.

The Reading from the gospel according to St. Luke (6:31-36)

The Lord said, “As you wish that men would do to you, do so to them.  If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.  And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.  And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again.  But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the selfish.  Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful”

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Holy Oblations are offered today by Austin & Saeda and the Turk family for their son Anthony Turk on the occasion of his birthday

 

Coffee Hour is given today by the coffee hour committee. 

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Please remember in your prayers: Odette Chade, Maha Kureh, Darlyne Dibs, Eleanor Wackeen, Isa Khamis, and the suffering people of Palestine, Syria, Egypt, Iraq and all the Middle East.

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Teen ushers serving Today: Paul Rodriguez, Leila Sliheet, Simone Sliheet, Alex Munayyer, Chadi Tarazi.

Epistle Reader: Grace Bahbah

Teen ushers serving Next week: , Alex Munayyer, Alex Turk, Grace Bahbah.

Epistle Reader: Paul Rodriquez

Altar boys serving Today: James Dabbah, Paul Youssef, Nour Youssef, Matthew Dabbah.

Altar boys serving Next Week: Sammy Khamis, Andrew Azzam, George Bahbah, Richard Tierney

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.

 

Quote from the Saints

Our salvation, according to St. Peter the Damascene, is located between fear and hope, so that we do not have self-confidence and do not despair, but with blessed hope in the mercy and help of God, we strive to conduct a life in fulfillment of the Divine commandments.

St. Ambrose of Optina 

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.

Today

Sunday October 5, 2014 Parish Meeting. At the end of Liturgy, we will hold our Annual Meeting, at which we will receive reports from the Parish Council, parish organization and committees. The Year to Date financial report will be presented as well as a proposed Budget for 2014.Only Orthodox Christians 25 years of age or older, who are Regular Pledged members of St. Mark’s, are in good spiritual standing, and agree to fulfill the duties of a Council Member, may be nominated for Parish Council. Per our Constitution and Election Procedures, the nominations for Parish Council elections closed on September 25. The following parish members have been nominated: Sly Aldada, Ghassan Awayjan, Randy Dabbah, Joe Daruty, Mark Ellis, Kyra Pelachik.

Congratulations to the new Elected Teen officers for 2014-2015: President Grace Bahbah; Vice President Alex Turk; Secretary Jay Skaff; Treasurer George Bahbah; Historians: Paul Rodriguez-Anter and Christiana Tarazi; 8th grade representative: Youssef Youssef ; 7th grade representative: Marianne Hanouneh

 

Today is Riverside Greek Fest hosted by St. Andrew Orthodox Church. Please see flyers on the table by the candles for more information.

 

 “No Debt Building Campaign”

Our sanctuary remodel and expansion is progressing and we hope to move into the new sanctuary by the mid of December. 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 $75,880 Thanks to those who have made these pledges. Please consider your “No Debt” contribution today!

FOCUS

Thanks to the Ladies Guild for their support of the FOCUS Feeding last Sunday.  We served 240 meals to our friends at the Valencia Inn and Maxwell Park in Anaheim.

This Week

Wednesday October 8th, 6:30 p.m. Daily Vespers

Friday October 10th, Ecumenical Service for Suffering Christians 7:00 p.m. Please see flyers included for more information.

Friday October 10-12, Fall Gathering hosted by St. James Orthodox Church, in Modesto, CA.

Next week

Sunday October 12th, St. Mark Annual Potluck Picnic. Please see flyer included for more information.

Monday October 13th, 6:30 p.m. Parish Council Meeting

Wednesday October 15th, 6:30 p.m. Daily Vespers

Thursday October 16th, 6:30:00 p.m. Ladies Guild Meeting potluck and Bunco game

Saturday October 18th, Breast Cancer Awareness walk

Upcoming Services & Events

Sunday October 19th, Ladies Guild Breast Cancer Awareness Pizza Lunch.

Saturday November 1st, St. Mark Annual Dinner & Wine Tasting. Presented by Fr. John Finley, please see flyer included in this bulletin for reservation.

Upcoming Humanitarian Events ‏

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

Jan 4th Red Cross Blood Drive

BUY SCRIP

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.

Dionysios the Areopagite (October 3)

This Saint was from Athens, a learned man, and a member of the famous judicial court of Mars Hill (in Greek Aeros Pagos, hence the name Areopagite (see Acts 17:19-34). When Saint Paul preached in Athens, he was one of the first there to believe in Christ, and, according to some, became the first bishop of that city. Others say — and this may be more probable–that he was the second Bishop of Athens, after Saint Hierotheus, whom Dionysios calls his friend and teacher “after Paul” (On the Divine Names, 3:2). With Saint Hierotheus he was also present at the Dormition of the most holy Theotokos; the Doxasticon of the Aposticha for the service of the Dormition is partly taken from a passage in Chapter III of On the Divine Names. According to ancient tradition, he received a martyr’s end (according to some, in Athens itself) about the year 96.

October 5, 2014 2nd Sunday of Luke

SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2014 VENERABLE CHARITON THE CONFESSOR, ABBOT OF PALESTINE

September 28 BulletinHYMNS AFTER THE LITTLE ENTRANCE

Troparion of the Resurrection in the Seventh Tone: Thou didst shatter death by thy Cross; thou didst open paradise to the thief; thou didst turn the mourning of the ointment-bearing women into joy, and didst bid thine Apostles proclaim warning

that thou hast risen, O Christ, granting the world Great Mercy.

Troparion of St. Chariton The Confessor, in the Eight Tone:

The barren wilderness thou didst make fertile with the streams of thy tears; and by thy deep sighing thou hast given fruit through thy struggles a hundred-fold. Accordingly, thou hast become a star for the universe, sparkling with miracles. Therefore, O righteous Father Chariton, intercede with Christ God to save our souls.

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 Theotokos in the Second Tone: O protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, mediation unto the Creator most constant, O despise not the suppliant voices of those who have sinned; but be thou quick, O good one, to come unto our aid, who in faith cry unto thee: Hasten to intercession, and speed thou to make supplication, thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, them that honor thee.

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

The reading is from Saint Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians (6.1-10):  Brethren, working together with him, then, we entreat you not to accept the grace of God in vain. For he says, “At the acceptable time I have listened to you, and helped you on the day of salvation.”  Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.  We put no obstacle in any one’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, tumults, labors, watching, hunger; by purity, knowledge, forbearance, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute.  We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet will known; as dying, and behold we live; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

Alleluia Verses (Psalm 91:1, 2) It is good to give thanks to the Lord. To proclaim you mercy in the morning and your truth by night.

The Reading from the gospel according to St. Luke (5:1-11)

 At that time, Jesus was standing by the lake of Gennesaret. And he saw two boats by the lake; but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets.  Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, Jesus asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat.  And when Jesus had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”  And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” And when they had done this, they enclosed a great shoal of fish; and as their nets were breaking, they beckoned to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.”  For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the catch of fish which they had taken; and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; henceforth you will be catching men.”  And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed Him.

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Holy Oblations are offered today by Sedo Anton and Teta Keitie and all the Turk family for their grandson Alex on his 17th birthday, and by Michael & Charlotte Khoury for the health & Salvation of their kids, Melody, George, Melissa, Grace & Amanda, and in memory of Michael’s brother soul, Elias. Memory Eternal

Coffee Hour is given today by the coffee hour committee. 

 

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Please remember in your prayers: Odette Chade, Maha Kureh, Darlyne Dibs, Eleanor Wackeen, Isa Khamis, and the suffering people of Palestine, Syria, Egypt, Iraq and all the Middle East.

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Ushers serving Today: Michael Asaly & Gabriel Attallah

Ushers serving Next week: Teen SOYO

Altar boys serving Today: James Dabbah, Nadim Youssef, Nour Youssef, Matthew Dabbah.

Altar boys serving Next Week: Sammy Khamis, Joseph Attalah, Andrew Bahbah

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.

Quote from the Saints

“Through repentance the filth of our foul actions is washed away. After this, we participate in the Holy Spirit, not automatically, but according to the faith, humility and inner disposition of the repentance in which our soul is engaged. For this reason it is good to repent each day as the act of repentance is unending.”

St. Simeon the New Theologian

 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.

Today

Start of Church School

FOCUS Feeding, led by our Ladies Guild.

Congratulations to our new Ladies Guild Officers for 2014-15: President Julie Bahbah, Vice-President Barbara Khamis, Treasurers:  Giselle Awayjan and Theresa Joubran, Secretary Lydia Wakileh (assisted by Wissam Farraj)

SOYO meeting after church.  This includes the youth (7-12th) and a parent.  It is an important meeting.  Elections will be held for new officers and we will discuss future activities.

“No Debt Building Campaign”

Our sanctuary remodel and expansion is progressing and we hope to move into the new sanctuary by the mid of December. 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 $75,880 Thanks to those who have made these pledges. Please consider your “No Debt” contribution today!

This Week

Wednesday October 1st, 6:30 p.m. Daily Vespers

Next week

Sunday October 5, 2014 Parish Meeting. One week from today we will hold our Annual Meeting, at which we will receive reports from the Parish Council, parish organization and committees. The Year to Date financial report will be presented as well as a proposed Budget for 2014.Only Orthodox Christians 25 years of age or older, who are Regular Pledged members of St. Mark’s, are in good spiritual standing, and agree to fulfill the duties of a Council Member, may be nominated for Parish Council. Per our Constitution and Election Procedures, the nominations for Parish Council elections closed on September 25. The following parish members have been nominated: Sly Aldada, Ghassan Awayjan, Randy Dabbah, Joe Daruty, Mark Ellis, Kyra Pelachik.

Wednesday October 8th, 6:30 p.m. Daily Vespers

Friday October 10th, Ecumenical Service for Suffering Christians 7:00 p.m. Please see flyers included for more information.

Upcoming Services & Events

Sunday October 12th, St. Mark Annual Potluck Picnic. Please see flyer included for more information.

Monday October 13th, 6:30 p.m. Parish Council Meeting

Please Save the Date

 St. Mark Annual Dinner & Wine Tasting on Saturday November 1st

Presented by Fr. John Finley, please see flyer included in this bulletin.

Upcoming Humanitarian Events ‏

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

Jan 4th Red Cross Blood Drive

BUY SCRIP

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.

St. Chariton the Confessor (September 28)

Saint Chariton was born in the city of Iconium during the reign of Aurelian, about the year 274. He was arrested, tortured, and condemned to death because of his Christian Faith, but finally set free by imperial edict. He came to Palestine, where he took up the ascetic life. He also brought many Jews and pagans to the Faith. Having dwelt in the desert of Judea for many years, and established several monasteries throughout the region, he reposed in peace.

September 28, 2014 1st Sunday of Luke

September 14, 2014 Elevation of the Cross

September 14 th , 2014

The Second Antihon

Save us, O Son of God, who was crucified in the flesh: who sing to thee. Alleluia.

Entrance Hymn

During the Little Entrance

Troparion of the Holy Cross in the First Tone: O Lord save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance. Grant victories to the Orthodox Christians over their adversaries; and by the virtue of Thy Cross, preserve Thy habitation.

HYMNS AFTER THE LITTLE ENTRANCE

Troparion of the Holy Cross in the First Tone (as above)

Kontakion of the Holy Cross Tone 4: Do thou, who of thine own good will wast lifted upon the cross, O Christ our God, bestow thy bounties upon the new nation which is called by thy name, Make glad in thy might those who lawfully govern, that with them we may be led to victory over our adversaries, having in thine aid a weapon of peace and a trophy invincible.

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Instead of “Holy God…” we sing, “Before thy Cross…

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Prokeimenon  (Psalm 98:9,1) Exalt the Lord our God. The Lord reigns; let the people tremble.

Section from the First Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians (1:18-24)

Brethren, the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us

who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the cleverness of the clever I will thwart.” Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.

 

Alleluia Verse (Psalm 73:2,12) Remember your congregation which you have acquired from the beginning. But God is our eternal king; he has worked salvation in the midst of the earth.

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John (19:6-35)

At that time, the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death; they led him to Pilate and cried out, “Crucify him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and crucify him, for I find no crime in him.” The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and by that law he ought to die, because he has made himself the Son of God.” When Pilate heard these words, he was the more afraid; he entered the praetorium again and said to Jesus, “Where are you from?” But Jesus gave no answer. Pilate therefore said to him, “You will not speak to me? Do you not know that I have power to crucify you, and power to release you?” Jesus answered him, “You would have no power over me unless it had been given you from above.” When Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judgment seat at a place called The Pavement, and in Hebrew, Gabbatha. Now it was the day of Preparation of the Passover; it was about the sixth hour. He said to the Jews, “Behold your King!” They cried out, “Away with him, away with him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.” Then he handed him over to them to be crucified.

 

So they took Jesus, and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called the place of a skull, which is called in Hebrew Golgotha. There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them. Pilate also wrote a title and put it on the cross; it read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” Many of the Jews read this title, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, in Latin, and in Greek. Now standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.

 

After this Jesus, knowing that all was now fulfilled, said, “It is finished”; and he bowed his head and gave up the spirit.
Since it was the day of Preparation, in order to prevent the bodies from remaining on the cross on the sabbath (for that sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who had been crucified with him; but when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water. He who saw it has borne witness — his testimony is true.

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Special Hymns for the Feast

Instead of “It is truly meet…,” a special hymn to the Theotokos is sung today:

Thou art the mystical paradise,  Theotokos; for that thou, being untilled, didst bud forth Christ, by whom was planted on earth the life-giving tree of the Cross. Wherefore, as we adore it being elevated, we magnify thee.

Instead of the usual Communion Hymn (“Praise ye the Lord…”), we sing

“The light of thy countenance hath been impressed on us, O Lord. Alleluia.”

Instead of “We have seen the true light…” we sing the Troparion of the Feast. We sing, “Let our mouths be filled…” as usual.

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Holy Oblations are offered today by Teta Keitie & Sido Anton Turk, Ehab & Jamie Hanna for Jeries’ 7th birthday and Zaina’s 5th birthday, by Constantine & his son Efstathios Geronikolaou for the soul of his father Efstathios, departed this life 4 years, and by Ibrahim & Aida Wakileh and their families for the soul of their father Khalil Wakileh, departed this life 10 years.

 

Coffee Hour is given today By Constantine Geronikolaou.

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Please remember in your prayers: Odette Chade, Leilah Rodriquez, Maha Kureh, Darlyne Dibs, Eleanor Wackeen, Isa Khamis, and the suffering people of Palestine, Syria, Egypt, Iraq and all the Middle East.

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Ushers serving Today: Sam Munayyer and Wael Kashou

Ushers serving Next week: Ghassan Awayjan & Sami Nino

Altar boys serving Today:.Andrew Khamis, Alex Turk, Jay Skaff, Paul Rodriguez.

Altar boys serving Next Week: James Bahbah, Alex Turk, Nicholas Bahou.

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.

 

Quote from the Saints

In one of the accounts of the martyrdoms of Christians during the reign of the Persian King Sapor, it is said: “The swords became dull, the sword-bearers fell and the sword-makers grew tired, but the Cross was lifted up even higher and shone from the blood of Christ’s martyrs.”– St. Nicholai of Zica

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.

Today

The Procession of the Holy Cross will take place just before the Dismissal.

 

“No Debt Building Campaign”

Our sanctuary remodel and expansion is progressing and we hope to move into the new sanctuary by the end of October. 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 $75,880 Thanks to those who have made these pledges. Please consider your “No Debt” contribution today!

This Week

Wednesday September 17th, 6:30 p.m., Daily Vespers

 

Next week

Sunday September 21st, Ladies Guild Annual Friendship Tea at the home of Dr. Samir and Mayssa Azzam. Please see flyer included for more information.

Sunday September 21st, Registration for Church School

Sunday September 21st, FOCUS OC Fundraiser at Andrei’s Restaurant in Irvine (see flyer for more information)

Monday September 22nd, 6:30 p.m. Parish Council

Wednesday September 24th, 6:30 p.m., Daily Vespers

Thursday September 25th, 7:00 p.m. Men’s Club meeting at the house of Fr.

Michael & Donna Laffoon. “Topic is to be announced”

Upcoming Services & Events

Sunday September 28th, Start of Church School

Sunday September 28th, FOCUS Feeding

At our October 5, 2014 Parish Meeting, the Nominating Committee will present a slate of candidates for election to three Parish Council seats. If you would like to be nominated or to suggest someone for nomination, please speak with outgoing Council Members, or Fr. Michael. Per our parish Constitution, all nominations must be made through the Nomination Committee (outgoing Council members, Patrick Wilde, Roger Tierney and Michael Khoury. The Nominating Committee must complete its work no later than 10 days before the Annual Meeting (September 25, 2014), and the list of Nominees will be printed in the Sunday Bulletin one week before the Annual Meeting. Only Orthodox Christians 25 years of age or older, who are Regular Pledged members of St. Mark’s, are in good spiritual standing, and agree to fulfill the duties of a Council Member, may be nominated for Parish Council.

Sunday October 12th, St. Mark Annual Potluck Picnic. Please see flyer included for more information.

Please Save the Date

 St. Mark Annual Dinner & Wine Tasting on Saturday November 1st

Presented by Fr. John Finley, please see flyer included in this bulletin.

 

Upcoming Humanitarian Events ‏

Sep 21st Orthodox Religious Awards to St. Mark Scouts

and Sunday School Students

Sep 28th Next FOCUS OC Valencia Feeding, hosted by Ladies Guild

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

Jan 4th Red Cross Blood Drive

 

BUY SCRIP

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.

September 14, 2014 Elevation of the Cross