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.


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.


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


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

Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America