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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 21, 2014 LEAVE-TAKING OF THE FEAST OF THE ELEVATION OF THE CROSS

SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2014

The Second Antiphon

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

Entrance Hymn

Priest: Exalt ye the Lord our God and worship at his footstool; for He is holy.

Choir/People: Save us, O Son of God, who art risen from the dead, who sing to thee: Alleluia.

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 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. Thou who art risen from the dead, O Lord, glory to Thee.

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

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 Holy Cross in the Fourth Tone: 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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Prokimenon:  O Lord, how manifold are Thy works.  In wisdom hast Thou made them all. Bless the Lord, O my soul.

The Reading is from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Galatians. (2:16-20)

Brethren, you know that a man is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ.  Even we have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ, and not by works of the law, because by works of the law shall no one be justified.  But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we ourselves were found to be sinners, is Christ then an agent of sin?  Certainly not!  But if I build up again those things which I tore down, then I prove myself a transgressor.  For I through the Law died to the Law, that I might live to God.  I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ Who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me.

Alleluia Verses (Psalm 44.4, 7) in the Fourth Tone: Draw your bow and prosper and reign, for the cause of truth and meekness and justice. You have love righteousness and hated wickedness.

The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark. (8:34-9:1)

The Lord said, “If any man would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.  For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for My sake and the Gospel’s will save it.  For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?  For what can a man give in return for his soul?  For whoever is ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”  And He said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Kingdom of God come with power.”

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Special Hymns for the Leave-taking of the Feast

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

Magnify, O my soul, the Exaltation of the life-giving Cross of the Lord. Verily death which befell the human race by eating from the tree, hath been abolished today by the Cross; for the curse of the first mother and all her descendents hath been undone by Him Who was born of the undefiled Theotokos, whom all the powers of Heaven do magnify. (Tone 8)

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 Susan and Patrick Wilde and Scott and Diane Daruty and family for their father and grandfather Joseph Constantine Daruty on the occasion of his 84th birthday, by Jacob & Vera Bahbah and family for their son Andy on 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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Ushers serving Today: Ghassan Awayjan & Sami Nino

Ushers serving Next week: Michael Asaly & Gabriel Attallah

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

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

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

It has been determined by God that every person has some kind of cross in this life, i.e., a spiritual sorrow which he must bear undisturbedly, for there is not any benefit from faintheartedness and impatience. And since many are the tribulations of the righteous people in this life, then how much more must we sinner endure.

St. Anthony 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

Church School Registration

Ladies Guild Annual Friendship Tea at the home of Dr. Samir and Mayssa Azzam.

Orthodox Religious Awards to St. Mark Scouts Richie Tierney and Rachael Ranney.

 

“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

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

Tuesday September 23rd, 10:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy, Conception of St. John the Baptist at St. Paul Greek Church.

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. Fr. George Aquaro of St. Matthew Church, Torrance will speak about the Orthodox Church in Romania.

Next week

Sunday September 28th, Start of Church School

Sunday September 28th, FOCUS Feeding, spear-headed by our Ladies Guild.

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

Upcoming Services & Events

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 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.

The Conception of the Holy Prophet and Forerunner John  (September 23)

This came to pass fifteen months before the birth of Christ, after the vision of the Angel that Zacharias, the father of the Forerunner, saw in the Temple while he executed the priest’s office in the order of his course during the feast of the Tabernacles, as tradition bears witness. In this vision, the Archangel Gabriel appeared to Zacharias and said to him, “Thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elizabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John” (Luke 1:13). Knowing that Elizabeth was barren, and that both he and she were elderly, Zacharias did not believe what the Angel told him, although he had before him the example of Abraham and Sarah, of Hannah, mother of the Prophet Samuel, and of other barren women in Israel who gave birth by the power of God. Hence, he was condemned by the Archangel to remain speechless until the fulfilment of these words in their season, which also came to pass (Luke 1:7-24).

September 21ST 2014 Sunday After the Elevation of the Cross

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