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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

SEPTEMBER 7TH, 2014 FEAST OF NATIVITY OF THE THEOTOKOS (BY ANTICIPATION)

SEPTEMBER 7,2014During the Little Entrance

Troparion of the Nativity of the Theotokos in the Fourth Tone: Thy Nativity, O Virgin, has proclaimed joy to the whole universe!  The Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, has shone from you, O Theotokos! By annulling the curse, He bestowed a blessing. By destroying death, He has granted us eternal life.

HYMNS AFTER THE LITTLE ENTRANCE

Troparion for the Resurrection, in the Fourth Tone: Having learned the joyful message of the Resurrection from the angel, the women Disciples cast from them their parental condemnation, and proudly broke the news to the Disciples, saying:  Death hath been spoiled.  Christ God is risen, granting the world Great Mercy.

Troparion of the Nativity of the Theotokos in the Fourth Tone (repeated in Arabic)

Kontakion for the Nativity of the Theotokos, in the Fourth Tone

By thy birth-giving, O pure one, Joachim and Anne were delivered from the reproach of barrenness; and Adam and Eve were delivered from the corruption of death.  Thy people do celebrate it, having been saved from the stain of iniquity, crying unto Thee, “The barren doth give birth to the Theotokos, who nourishes our life”.

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Prokeimenon (Psalm 27:9,1) O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance. To you O Lord, I have cried, O my God.

Section from the First Epistle of St. Paul to the Galatians (6:11-18)

Brethren, see with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand. It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh that would compel you to be circumcised, and not only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. For even those who receive circumcision do not themselves keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may glory in your flesh. But far be it from me to glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. Peace and mercy be upon all who walk by this rule, upon the Israel of God.

Henceforth let no man trouble me; for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brethren, Amen.

Alleluia Verses (Psalm 88:19, 21) I have exalted one chosen from my people. For my hand will support him.

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John (3:13-17)       The Lord said, “No one has ascended into heaven but he who descended from heaven, the Son of man. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent his Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.

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Special Hymns for the Feast

Instead of “It is truly meet…” we sing

Magnify, O my soul, the Virgin Mary, born of a barren womb. Verily, virginity, O Theotokos, is impossible for a mother, as birth-giving is impossible for

Virgins. Yet in thee hath the dispensation of both been accomplished. Wherefore, all we families of the earth ceaselessly bless thee. (Tone 8)

Communion Hymn of the Feast

I will receive the cup of salvation, and call upon the Name of the Lord.

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Holy Oblations are offered today by Sally Samaan for the health of Sally, Edwar, Aamal, Issam, Majd, Jacob, Elias, Mona, Samer, Aamer, Nour and for the soul of Tareq Tellawi departed this life on August 27 in the ongoing violence in Syria, by Joe, Salwa, Andy & Nicholas Bahbah for Nora on her 16th birthday, and by Emilie Laffoon for the souls of her parents Samuel Simon, departed this life 17 years and Jessie Simon departed this life 32 years.

Coffee Hour is given today by the Coffee Hour Committee.

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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: Nader Qoborsi & Maurice Karkar.

Ushers serving Next week: Sam Munayyer and Wael Kashou

Altar boys serving Today: Samir Khamis, Joseph Atallah, Andrew Bahbah.

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

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

What is more necessary for man than God and His divine love? He is our refuge, He is our treasure, He is our food and drink, He is our raiment and shelter, He is our health and strength, He is our happiness and joy, He is our hope and our trust. Strive then, my son, to gain Him. If you succeed in gaining the One God, it will be sufficient for you; you will rejoice more in Him than if you had gained the entire world.” — St. Theodora

 

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

With the blessing of our Metropolitan, we are celebrating tomorrow’s Feast of the Nativity by anticipation.

Church School Teachers meeting after Liturgy

“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 $72,700 Thanks to those who have made these pledges. Please consider your “No Debt” contribution today!

New Church Photo Directory still available, please see Lydia at the coffee hour to get yours.

This Week

Monday September 8, The Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos

Wednesday September 10th, 6:30 p.m., Daily Vespers

Next week

Sunday September 14, Elevation of the Precious Cross.

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

Upcoming Services & Events

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

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

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.

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

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

Dear Church Family,

We received this notice that the 2015 Sweetheart Ball will be postponed until February 2016. Thank you so much for promoting the Ball in our St. Mark bulletin, website and talking it up within our community these last several months!

God willing, the 2016 Sweetheart Ball will be very successful!  As future information is received, we’ll forward it to you. Thanks again.

With love in Christ,

Carol & Roger

The Nativity of the Theotokos (Septebmer 8)

According to the ancient tradition of the Church, the Theotokos was born of barren and aged parents, Joachim and Anna, about the year 16 or 17 before the birth of Christ. Joachim was descended from the royal line of David, of the tribe of Judah. Anna was of the priestly tribe of Levi, a daughter of the priest Matthan and Mary, his wife.

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 7th, 2014

 

AUGUST 31ST, 2014 THE PLACING OF THE SASH OF THE THEOTOKOS

 

August 31, 2014HYMNS AFTER THE LITTLE ENTRANCE

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

Troparion for placing of the Virgin’s sash in the Eighth Tone:  Thou hast bestowed upon thy city, O ever-virgin Theotokos and shelter of mankind, the robe and the belt of thy pure body, as a secure mantle, which by thy seedless birth-giving have remained without corruption; for by thee are nature and time regenerated. Wherefore, we implore thee to grant thy city safety, and our souls the Great Mercy.

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

Priest: Kontakion of the Placing of the Sash of the Theotokos in the Fourth Tone:  O pure Virgin, the Church joyously celebrates the placing of thy divine belt and cries out to thee in supplication: Save us all from powerful enemies, crush the arrogance of unbelievers, and direct our lives to the doing of the divine will of the Lord.

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Prokeimenon: My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit doth rejoice in God my Savior. For He hath regarded the lowliness of His servant.

The Reading is from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Hebrews. (9:1-7)

Brethren, even the first covenant had regulations for worship and an earthly sanctuary. For a tent was prepared, the outer one, in which were the lamp stand and the table and the bread of the Presence; it is called the Holy Place. Behind the second curtain stood a tent called the Holy of Holies, having the golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold, which contained a golden urn holding the manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant; above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat. Of these things we cannot now speak in detail. These preparations having thus been made, the priests go continually into the outer tent, performing their ritual duties; but into the second only the high priest goes, and he but once a year, and not without taking blood which he offers for himself and for the errors of the people.

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

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew (19:16-26)

At that time, a young man came to Jesus, kneeling before him and saying, “Good Teacher, what good deed must I do, to have eternal life?”  And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good?  There is no good but One, and that is God.  If you would enter life, keep the commandments.”  He said to him, “Which?” And Jesus said, “You shall not kill, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  The young man said to him, “All these I have observed; what do I still lack?”  Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”  When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful; for he had great possessions.

And Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, it will be hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.  Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

When the disciples heard this they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?”  But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.

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Holy Oblations are offered today by the Laffoon and Whitacre families on the occasion of James Whitacre’s 3rd birthday; by Michael, Mimi, Aida, Tania, Steven and Kathrina Khamis for their parents Abe & Diana Khamis on the occasion of their  wedding anniversary, by Abe and Diana Khamis for their daughter Tania and her fiancé Samer on the occasion of their engagement and for Michael and Tracey on the occasion of their birthdays, and by the Bahbah family for the health and salvation of their aunt Antoneh.

Coffee Hour is given today by the Coffee Hour Committee.

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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: Nelson Mamey & Najib Saadeh.

Ushers serving Next week: Nader Qoborsi & Maurice Karkar.

Altar boys serving Today: Noah Fortuna, Daniel Attalah, Connor Wilde.

Altar boys serving Next Week: Samir Khamis, Joseph Atallah, 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

“The roof of any house stands upon the foundations and the rest of the structure. The foundations themselves are laid in order to carry the roof. This is both useful and necessary, for the roof cannot stand without the foundations and the foundations are absolutely useless without the roof – no help to any living creature. In the same way the grace of God is preserved by the practice of the commandments, and the observance of these commandments is laid down like foundations through the gift of God. The grace of the Spirit cannot remain with us without the practice of the commandments, but the practice of the commandments is of no help or advantage to us without the grace of God.” — St. Symeon 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

Sunday August 31, 4:00 p.m. Meeting of Friends of St. Barbara Monastery. Fr. Michael will be the guest speaker. Car pool will leave Church at 1:45 p.m. Estimated time of return to Church, 8:00 p.m.

“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 $72,700 . Thanks to those who have made these pledges. Please consider your “No Debt” contribution today!

Thanks to Penny and Don Skaff and to the Golf Committee for the hard work, success of our 26th Annual Golf Tournament that was held on August 21st. Also we would like to thank all of the people who helped at this event: Nelson Mamey, Kyra Pelachick, Afifa Artoul, Patrick Wilde, Issa Bahbah, Sam Skaff, Jay Skaff, Roger, Carol & Melanie Tierney, Anahid Azzouni, Sarah Fortuna.

New Church Photo Directory still available, please see Lydia at the coffee hour to get yours.

This Week

Monday (Labor Day), the Church Office will be closed.

Wednesday September 3rd, 6:30 p.m., Daily Vespers (we are resuming regular Wednesday evening Vespers)

Next week

Monday September 8, The Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos

Wednesday September 10th, 6:30 p.m., Daily Vespers

Upcoming Services & Events

Sunday September 14, Elevation of the Precious Cross.

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

Sunday September 21st, Registration for Church School

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

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.

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

Please Save the Date

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

Presented by Fr. John Finley

The Placing of the Sash (Belt) of the Theotokos

The Placing of the Venerable Belt of the Most Holy Theotokos in a church of Constantinople’s Chalcoprateia district took place during the reign of the emperor Theodosius the Younger. Before this the holy relic, entrusted to the Apostle Thomas by the Mother of God Herself, was kept by pious Christians at Jerusalem after Her Dormition. During the reign of Emperor Leo the Wise (886-911), his wife Zoe was afllicted with an unclean spirit, and he prayed that God would heal her.

The empress had a vision that she would be healed of her infirmity if the Belt of the Mother of God were placed upon her. The emperor then asked the Patriarch to open the coffer. The Patriarch removed the seal and opened the coffer in which the relic was kept, and the Belt of the Mother of God appeared completely whole and undamaged by time. The Patriarch placed the Belt on the sick empress, and immediately she was freed from her infirmity. They sang hymns of thanksgiving to the Most Holy Theotokos, then they placed the venerable Belt back into the coffer and resealed it.

In commemoration of the miraculous occurrence and the twofold Placing of the venerable Belt, the Feast of the Placing of the Venerable Belt of the Most Holy Theotokos was established. Parts of the holy Belt are in the Vatopedi monastery on Mt. Athos, in Trier monastery, and in Georgia.

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.

August 31st 2014, 12th Sun after Pentecost

AUGUST 24TH, 2014 HIEROMARTYR EUTYCHOS 11TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

AUGUST 24TH, 2014

HYMNS AFTER THE LITTLE ENTRANCE

 

Troparion of the Resurrection in the Second Tone: When Thou didst submit Thyself unto death, O Thou deathless and immortal one, then Thou didst destroy Hell with Thy Godly power, and when Thou didst raise the dead from beneath the earth, all the powers of heaven did cry aloud unto Thee, O Christ Thou giver of Life glory to Thee.

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

Priest: Kontakion of the Nativity of the Theotokos in the Fourth Tone:  By thy holy nativity, O immaculate one, Joachim and Anna were delivered from the reproach of barrenness, and Adam and Eve from the corruption of death; thy people celebrate it, having been saved from the penalty of their transgressions, crying unto thee: The barren doth give birth to the Theotokos, the nourisher of life.

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

 

Section from St. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians (9:2-12)

Brethren, you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord. This is my defense to those who would examine me. Do we not have the right to our food and drink? Do we not have the right to be accompanied by a wife, as the other apostles and the brothers of the Lord and Cephas? Or is it only Barnabas and I who have no right to refrain from working for a living? Who serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard without eating any of its fruit? Who tends a flock without getting some of the milk?

Do I say this on human authority? Does not the law say the same?  For it is written in the Law of Moses, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it is treading out the grain.” Is it for oxen that God is concerned? Does he not speak entirely for our sake? It was written for our sake, because the plowman should plow in hope and the thresher thresh in hope of a share in the crop. If we have sown spiritual good among you, is it too much if we reap your material benefits? If others share this rightful claim upon you, do not we still more? Nevertheless, we have not made use of this right, but we endure anything rather than put an obstacle in the way of the gospel of Christ.

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

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew (18:23-35)       The Lord spoke this parable: “Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. When he began the reckoning, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents; and as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ And out of pity for him the lord of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. But that same servant, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat he said, ‘Pay what you owe.’ So his fellow servant fell down and besought him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ He refused and went and put him in prison till he should pay the debt. When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place.  Then his lord summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you besought me; and should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ And in anger his lord delivered him to the jailers, till he should pay all his debt. So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.

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Holy Oblations are offered today by for Don Skaff and his entire Golf Tournament Committee. Thanks and Blessings on a job well done!

Coffee Hour is given today by the Coffee Hour Committee.

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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: Jamal Sayegh & Jamal Qutami

Ushers serving Next week: Nelson Mamey & Jimmy Goson

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

Altar boys serving Next Week: Noah Fortuna, Daniel Attalah, Connor Wilde.

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

“Fasting is an admirable thing, but it is more admirable to forgive insults. Through fasting a man is preparing for charity, but by forgiving insults, a man shows charity. Fasting precedes forgiveness, but fasting alone does not save without forgiveness.” — 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

“No Debt Building Campaign”

Our sanctuary remodel and expansion is progressing and we hope to move into the new sanctuary by the end of August. In order to complete this work with little or no debt, we have embarked on a “No Debt” Campaign. So far we have pledges and donations totaling $72,700 Thanks to those who have made these pledges. Please consider your “No Debt” contribution today!

New Church Photo Directory still available, please see Lydia at the coffee hour to get yours.

This Week

Tuesday August 26th, 6:30 p.m.Parish Council Meeting

Thursday August 28th, 6:30 p.m. Evening Liturgy, Feast of Beheading of St. John the Baptist (Orthros at 5:30 p.m.)

Next week

Sunday August 31, 4:00 p.m. Meeting of Friends of St. Barbara Monastery. Fr. Michael will be the guest speaker. Car pool will leave Church at 1:45 p.m. Estimated time of return to Church, 8:00 p.m.

Upcoming Services & Events

Sunday September 21st, Ladies Guild Annual Friendship Tea and the home of Dr. Samir and Mayssa Azzam. More details to follow.

Note: The September 7th, Red Cross Blood drive is cancelled. We will reschedule at a date to be announced.

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

Hieromartyr Eutychos, August 24

Saint Eutychos was a disciple of Saint John the Theologian and a fellow laborer of the holy Apostle Paul. He preached the Gospel in many places, pulled down the idols’ temples, and suffered imprisonments and many torments at the hands of the idolaters. He finally reposed in peace in deep old age in his native city of Sebastia, near Tarsus.

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.

August 24th 2014, 11th Sun after Pentecost

AUGUST 17TH, 2014 HIEROMARTYR MYRON OF KYZIKOS AFTER-FEAST OF THE DORMITION

August 17th 2014, 10th Sun after Pentecost Sun after Dormition.pdf

DURING THE LITTLE ENTRANCE

Troparion of the Dormition in the First Tone:In giving birth you preserved your virginity! In falling asleep you did not forsake the world, O Theotokos! You were translated to Life, O Mother of Life, and by your prayers you deliver our souls from death!

HYMNS AFTER THE LITTLE ENTRANCE

Troparion of 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 Dormition in the First Tone  [As above, in Arabic.]

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

Kontakion of the Dormition in the Second Tone: Neither the grave nor death had power over the Theotokos, who is ever watchful in intercession and whose protection is an unchanging hope; for being the Mother of Life, she was translated to life by the One who dwelt in her ever-virgin womb.

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Prokeimenon (Psalm 32:22, 1) Let your mercy be upon us. Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous.

Reading from St. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians. (Chapter 4:9-16)

Brethren, I think that God has exhibited us apostles as last of all, like men sentenced to death; because we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels and to men. We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are held in honor, but we in disrepute. To the present hour we hunger and thirst, we are ill-clad and buffeted and homeless, and we labor, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; when slandered, we try to conciliate; we have become, and are now, as the refuse of the world, the off scouring of all things.

I do not write this to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children. For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel. I urge you, then, be imitators of me.

Alleluia verses (Psalm 17:47,50) It is God who avenges me. God magnifies the salvation of his king, and deals mercifully with his anointed.

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew (17:14-23)

At that time, a man came up to Jesus and kneeling before him said, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and he suffers terribly; for often he falls into the fire, and often into the water. And I brought him to your disciples, and they could not heal him.” And Jesus answered, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long am I to be with you?  How long am I to bear with you? Bring him here to me.” And Jesus rebuked him, and the demon came out of him, and the boy was cured instantly. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you. This kind never come out except by prayer and fasting.”

As they were traveling together through Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of man is to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him, and he will rise on the third day.”

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Holy Oblations are offered today by Jacob & Vera Bahbah and family for their son Randy on the occasion of his birthday, and by Anton & Keitie Turk and family for their grandson William 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, 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: Phillip Bahbah & Elias Nasrawi

Ushers serving Next week: Jamal Sayegh & Jamal Qutami

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

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

Today she who was heaven on earth is wrapped in a cloak of incorruptibility; she has moved to a better, more blessed dwelling-place. Today the spiritual moon, shining with the light of God, has come into heavenly conjuncture with the “sun of righteousness,” eclipsing her temporary home in this present life; rising anew in his home, she is radiant with the dignity of immortality.

St. Theodore the Studite, Encomium on the Dormition of our Holy Lady the Mother of God

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

“No Debt Building Campaign”

Our sanctuary remodel and expansion is progressing and we hope to move into the new sanctuary by the end of August. In order to complete this work with little or no debt, we have embarked on a “No Debt” Campaign. So far we have pledges and donations totaling $72,700 Thanks to those who have made these pledges. Please consider your “No Debt” contribution today!

New Church Photo Directory still available, please see Lydia at the coffee hour to get yours.

This Week

Thursday August 21st, St. Mark Golf Tournament at Strawberry Farm Golf Course, Irvine. Please see flyer included in this bulletin for more information.

Next week

Monday August 25th, 6:30 p.m.Parish Council Meeting

Thursday August 28th, 6:30 p.m. Evening Liturgy, Feast of Beheading of St. John the Baptist

Upcoming Services & Events

Sunday August 31, 4:00 p.m. Meeting of Friends of St. Barbara Monastery. Fr. Michael will be the guest speaker. Car pool will leave Church at 2:00 p.m. Estimated time of return to Church, 8:00 p.m.

Sunday September 21st, Ladies Guild Annual Friendship Tea and the home of Dr.  Samir and Mayssa Azzam. More details to follow.

Note: The September 7th, Red Cross Blood drive is cancelled. We will reschedule at a date to be announced.

Hieromartyr Myron of Kyzikos, August 17

Saint Myron was a priest during the reign of Decius, when Antipater was ruler of Achaia. On the day of our Lord’s Nativity, Antipater entered the church to seize the Christians and punish them. Saint Myron, kindled with holy zeal, roundly insulted Antipater, for which he was hung up and scraped, then cast into a raging furnace, but was preserved unharmed. When Myron refused to worship the idols, Antipater commanded that strips be cut in the Saint’s flesh from his shoulders to his feet; the Saint took one of the strips of his flesh and flung it in the tyrant’s face. He was beaten, and scraped again upon his beaten flesh; then he was thrown to wild beasts, but when Antipater saw them leaving off their fierce nature and protecting the Saint from harm, he was overcome with unbearable shame and slew himself. The Saint was then sent to Kyzicus, where the proconsul had him beheaded, about the year 250.

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.

August 17th 2014, 10th Sun after Pentecost Sun after Dormition