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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

 

AUGUST 10TH, 2014 HOLY MARTYR AND ARCHDEACON LAURENCE

 

AUGUST 10, 2014

 

DURING THE LITTLE ENTRANCE

Troparion of the Transfiguration of Christ in the Seventh Tone:  Thou wast transfigured on the mount, O Christ our God, revealing thy glory to thy disciples, as far as they could bear it. Let thine everlasting light shine upon us sinners, though the prayers of the Theotokos, O Giver of light: Glory to thee.

 

HYMNS AFTER THE LITTLE ENTRANCE

 

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

Troparion of the Transfiguration of Christ in the Seventh 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 Transfiguration in the Seventh Tone: Thou wast transfigured on the mount, and Thy Disciples, in so far as they were able, beheld Thy glory, O Christ our God; so that, when they should see Thee crucified, they would remember that all Thy suffering was voluntary, and could declare to all the world that Thou art truly the effulgent Splendor of the Father.

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

Reading from St. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians. (Chapter 3:9-17)

Brethren, we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.

According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and another man is building upon it. Let each man take care how he builds upon it.  For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.  Now if any one builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw–  each man’s work will become manifest; for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done.  If the work which any man has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward.  If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.

Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?  If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and that temple you are.

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

Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew (14:22-34)

At that time, Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds.  And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but the boat by this time was many furlongs distant from the land, beaten by the waves; for the wind was against them.  And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea.  But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear.  But immediately he spoke to them, saying, “Take heart, it is I; have no fear.”

And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, bid me come to you on the water.”  He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus; but when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.”  Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “O man of little faith, why did you doubt?”  And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.  And those in the boat worshipped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

And when they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret.

 

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Holy Oblations are offered today by Noel Zadah (Bahbah), her sons, her daughters and their families for the soul of her husband Malkie departed this life 2 years, by Helen & Bachir Kassir and their families for the soul of Helene’s father Salim Sawaya departed this life last Tuesday in Duma, Lebanon, May His Memory be Eternal, and by Jimmy & Carole Goson and family for Jimmy’s mother Sandella Goson on the occasion of her 90th birthday.

Coffee Hour is given today by the Golf 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: Imad Alchammas & Roger Tierney

Ushers serving Next week: Phillip Bahbah & Elias Nasrawi

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

He who busies himself with the sins of others, or judges his brother on suspicion, has not yet even begun to repent or to examine himself so as to discover his own sins. St. Maxims the Confessor

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

Golf Tournament sign up after Church during the coffee hour

“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 $69,100 Thanks to those who have made these pledges. Please consider your “No Debt” contribution today!

If you haven’t got your New Church Photo Directory, please see Lydia or Penny at the coffee hour to get yours. Note: No charge for the family who had their photo taken by Lifetouch. There is charge of $10 for the cost of the directory for each family that submitted their own picture or they don’t have a picture. Thank you.

This Week

 

Wednesday August 13th, 7:00 p.m. Paraklesis

Thursday August 14th, 6:30 p.m. Evening Divine Liturgy, Feast of Dormition (Orthros 5:30 p.m.)

Thursday August 14th, Orthodox Young Professionals Conference at Marriott Residence Inn, Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego. See flyers included for more information.

 

The August Fast in honor of the Theotokos begins from August 1 to 14 the Church prescribes the following fast:  we abstain from all meat, dairy products (including eggs), fish, wine and olive oil (in some traditions olive oil is allowed).  Shellfish may be eaten throughout the fast.  Wine and olive oil are permitted on Saturdays and Sundays only.  On the Feast of the Transfiguration on August 6, fish, wine and oil are permitted.   Please make every effort to fast according to the best of your ability and to come to the Sacrament of Holy Confession during this holy season!

Next week

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

Upcoming Services & Events

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

Friday August 29th, Feast of Beheading of St. John the Baptist

 

The Holy Martyr and Archdeacon Laurence of Rome, August 10

This Saint, who was born in Spain, was the Archdeacon of the Church of Rome, caring for the sacred vessels of the Church and distributing money to the needy. About the year 257, a harsh persecution was raised up against the Christians by Valerian. Pope Sixtus, who was from Athens, was commanded to worship the idols, and refused; before his martyrdom by beheading, he committed to Laurence all the sacred vessels of the Church. When Laurence was arrested and brought before the Prefect, he was questioned concerning the treasures of the Church; he asked for three days’ time to prepare them. He then proceeded to gather all the poor and needy, and presented them to the Prefect and said, “Behold the treasures of the Church.” The Prefect became enraged at this and gave command that Laurence be racked, then scourged with scorpions (a whip furnished with sharp iron points – compare II Chron. 10:11), then stretched out on a red-hot iron grill. But the courageous athlete of Christ endured without groaning. After he had been burned on one side, he said, “My body is done on one side; turn me over on the other.” And when this had taken place, the Martyr said to the tyrants, “My flesh is now well done, you may taste of it.” And when he had said this, and had prayed for his slayers in imitation of Christ, he gave up his spirit on August 10, 258.

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 10th 2014, 9th Sun after Pentecost

Sunday bulletin – July 6, 2014

July 6th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 6th 2014, 4th Sunday after Pentecost

 

Sunday Bulletin – June 8th, 2014

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REFRAIN OF SECOND ANTIPHON FOR PENTECOST Save us, O Good Comforter, who sing to thee.  Alleluia. DURING THE LITTLE ENTRANCE  Choir: Troparion of Pentecost in the Eighth Tone: Blessed art thou, O Christ our God, who hast revealed the fishermen as most wise, having sent upon them the Holy Spirit, and through them thou hast fished the universe, O Lover of mankind, glory to thee. Entrance Hymn Priest: Be thou exalted, O Lord, in thine own strength. We will sing and praise thy power. People: Save us, O Good Comforter, who sing to thee.  Alleluia. HYMNS AFTER THE LITTLE ENTRANCE Troparion of Pentecost in the Eighth Tone (Repeated in Arabic) Priest: Kontakion of Pentecost in the Eighth Tone: When the high One descended, confusing tongues, he divided the nations. And when he distributed the fiery tongues he called all to one unity. Wherefore, in unison we glorify the most Holy Spirit. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Instead of “Holy God…” we sing “As many as have been baptized into Christ …” + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + Prokeimenon (18:4,1) Their voice has gone out into all the earth.  The heavens declare the glory of God. Reading from the Acts of the Apostles (2:1-11) And when the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. And they were amazed and wondered, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians, we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” Alleluia Verses (Psalm 32: 613) By the word of the Lord the heavens were made. The Lord looks down upon the earth from heaven. The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John (7:37-52, 8:12) On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and proclaimed, “If any one thirst, let him come to me and drink.  He who believes in me, as the scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water.’” Now this he said about the Spirit, which those who believed in him were to receive; for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. When they heard these words, some of the people said, “This is really the prophet.” Others said, “This is the Christ.” But some said, “Is the Christ to come from Galilee? Has not the scripture said that the Christ is descended from David, and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David was?” So there was a division among the people over him. Some of them wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him. The officers then went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, “Why did you not bring him?” The officers answered, “No man ever spoke like this man!” The Pharisees answered them, “Are you led astray, you also? Have any of the authorities or of the Pharisees believed in him? But this crowd, who do not know the law, are accursed.” Nicodemus, who had gone to him before, and who was one of them, said to them, “Does our law judge a man without first giving him a hearing and learning what he does?” They replied, “Are you from Galilee too? Search and you will see that no prophet is to rise from Galilee.” Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” Other changes for Pentecost Sunday

  • Instead of “It is truly meet.”, a special hymn will be chanted.
  • Communion hymn: “Thy good Spirit shall lead me into the right land. Alleluia.”
  • Instead of “We have seen the true light…” we sing the Troparion of Pentecost.
  • An abbreviated form of the Pentecost Kneeling Vespers will be prayed immediately after the Divine Liturgy.

June 8th 2014, PENTECOST

Sunday Bulletin – June 1st, 2014

June 1st, 2014

Troparion of the Ascension in the Fourth Tone: Thou hast ascended in glory, O Christ our God, and gladdened Thy Disciples with the promise of the Holy Spirit, having become confident of the blessing. Verily, Thou art the Son of God, and Deliverer of the world.

Entrance Hymn

Save us, O Son of God, Who art risen from the dead; who sing to thee. Alleliua

HYMNS AFTER THE LITTLE ENTRANCE

All: 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, O Thou, Who art risen from the dead, O Lord, glory to Thee.

Troparion of the Ascension in the Fourth Tone (repeat above)

Troparion of the Holy Fathers in the Eighth Tone: Thou, O Christ, art our God of exceeding praise who didst establish our holy Fathers as luminous stars upon earth, and through them didst guide us unto the true Faith, O most merciful One, glory to thee.

Troparion of 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 Ascension in the Sixth Tone: When Thou didst fulfill Thy dispensation for our sakes, uniting earth with heaven, Thou didst ascend in glory, O Christ our God, inseparable in space, but constant without separation, and crying unto Thy beloved, I am with you, and no one shall be against you.

 

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Prokeimenon (Daniel3:26-27) Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers. For you art just in all you have done.

 

The Reading from the Acts of the Apostles. (20:16-18, 28-36)

In those days, Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus, so that he might not have to spend time in Asia; for he was hastening to be at Jerusalem, if possible, on the day of Pentecost. And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called to him the elders of the church. And when they came to him, he said to them: “Take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God which he obtained with the blood of his own Son. I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them. Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish everyone with tears. And now I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. I coveted no one’s silver or gold or apparel. You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities, and to those who were with me. In all things I have shown you that by so toiling one must help the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, how He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” And when he had spoken thus, he knelt down and prayed with them all.

Alleluia Verses (Psalm 49:1, 5) The God of gods, the Lord, has spoken and has called the earth. Gather his saints to him.

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John. (17:1-13)

At that time, Jesus lifted up His eyes to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Thy Son that the Son may glorify Thee, since Thou hast given Him power over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom Thou hast given Him. And this is eternal life, that they know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ Whom Thou hast sent. I glorified Thee on earth, having accomplished the work which Thou gavest Me to do; and now, Father, glorify Thou Me in Thy own presence with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was made. I have

manifested Thy Name to the men whom Thou gavest Me out of the world; Thine they were, and Thou gavest them to Me, and they have kept Thy word. Now they know that everything that Thou hast given Me is from Thee; for I have given them the words which Thou gavest Me, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from Thee; and they have believed that Thou didst send Me. I am praying for them; I am not praying for the world but for those whom Thou hast given Me, for they are Thine; all Mine are Thine, and Thine are Mine, and I am

glorified in them. And now I am no more in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to Thee. Holy Father, keep them in Thy Name, which Thou hast given Me, that they may be one, even as We are one. While I was with them, I kept them in Thy Name, which Thou have given Me; I have guarded them, and none of them is lost but the son of perdition, that the scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to Thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.”

Instead of “We have seen the true light…”  We sing the Troparion of the Ascension.

June 1st 2014, Sunday After Ascension