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

Golf Tournament 2014

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Dear St. Mark Family & Friends,

On Thursday, August 21st, the 26th Annual Golf Tournament will be held at the beautiful Strawberry Farms Golf Club in Irvine. This new golf tournament location is just minutes from St. Mark Church. The golf tournament is the single largest fund raiser for our church, and it is important that we all support this event.

Members of the planning committee and Strawberry Farms staff have worked hard to coordinate an exciting round of golf and dinner reception.

Hole in one prizes throughout the tournament include:

  • $10,000.00 Hole In-One
  • Set of Golf Clubs
  • Kindle Fire
  • Round Trip Airlines and Much More

The golf dinner is a family friendly fun night dinning on Tri-Tip, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Country and Pasta Salads and season vegetables. The casual dinner program features tournament awards, recognition of our “Honorary Golf Chairman,” Isa Khamis, and many opportunities to win great prizes all night including:

  • Flat screen TV,
  • GoPro Action Camera
  • Weekend Destination Get-Aways
  • Beautiful Gift Baskets
  • Lots of Dinner, Shopping and Movies Passes
  • 50/50 Drawing!

You don’t want to miss this day or night of fellowship. Attached find the event sign up form. If you have any questions, please contact a member of the planning committee.

  • Questions regarding golf sign ups: Don Skaff at dskaff@cox.net or call (949) 322-5836
  • Questions regarding event sponsorship: Nelson Mamey at nelsonmamey.net or call (949) 933-6000
  • Questions regarding golf dinner reservations: Penny Skaff at pskaff@cox.net or call (949) 322-5838

I look forward to seeing all of our church family members and friends of St. Mark on Thursday, August 21st.

In Christ,

Fr. Michael

Download  Registration Form

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

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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