Prosfora: N. Galiatsatos
Altar Servers: B. Garber & G. Coons
Greeter(s): D. Helferich, M. Jobst
Epistle: A. McLarnan
Donut Sponsor(s): Need Sponsor
Chapel Vacuum: J. Cunningham
Candle care: Helferich
Counters: J. Weise, M. Topalov
9:00am Hours: A McLarnan
9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
11:00am Reception of Dominic Barone and Marle Peterson into the Catechumenate
11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 3
11:45am Church School/Youth Group
Hymns & Readings:
Tone 1 Troparion (Resurrection)
When the stone had been sealed by the Jews; while the soldiers were guarding Your most pure Body; You rose on the third day, O Savior, granting life to the world. The powers of heaven therefore cried to You, O Giver of Life: "Glory to Your Resurrection, O Christ! Glory to Your Kingdom! Glory to Your dispensation, O Lover of mankind!”
Hymn of St. Paul
O blessed and Holy Paul the Apostle, Enlightener of the Nations; Your preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, has brought salvation to the ends of the earth. Never cease to intercede for us your children, that within us the Love of God may abide, bringing great joy to our neighbors and for us the salvation of our souls!
Tone 1 Kontakion
As God, You rose from the tomb in glory, raising the world with Yourself. Human nature praises You as God, for death has vanished. Adam exults, O Master! Eve rejoices, for she is freed from bondage, and cries to You: You are the giver of Resurrection to all, O Christ!
Tone 1 Prokeimenon
Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us as we have set our hope on You!
Epistle: Colossians 3:4-11
When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them. But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.
Gospel: Luke 18:35-43
Then it happened, as He was coming near Jericho, that a certain blind man sat by the road begging. And hearing a multitude passing by, he asked what it meant. So they told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. And he cried out, saying, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Then those who went before warned him that he should be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be brought to Him. And when he had come near, He asked him, saying, “What do you want Me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, that I may receive my sight.” Then Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight, and followed Him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.
For Further Reading:
Q: A certain Christ-loving man asked the same Elder: Should one be curious about the Divine Mysteries? And is a sinner who approaches them condemned as unworthy?
A: When coming into the holy temple to receive the Body and Blood of Christ, and when receiving Them, pay heed to yourself that you unfailingly believe the truth of this (Sacrament). But as to how this happens, do not be curious, as it has been said “Take, eat, This is My Body and Blood.” The Lord gave them to us for the remission of sins (Matt. 26:26; Mark 14:22). We have hope that he who believes thus will not be condemned, but he who does not believe is already condemned. And thus, do not forbid yourself to approach, condemning yourself as sinner, but recognize that a sinner who approaches the Savior is vouchsafed the remission of sins. (Saints Barsanuphius and John: Guidance toward Spiritual Life, p. 111)
Eyes But They Cannot See
“Shut their eyes lest they see” (Is 6:10); God’s prophetic warnings are a blessing to those who are disposed to receive them and repent. Otherwise they are a cures, inasmuch as the unrepentant sinner, by rejecting God’s appeal, is ipso facto, confirmed in his own blindness and obstinacy. (Georges A. Barrios, The Face of Christ in the Old Testament, p. 167)
I am a Sojourner on Earth
“I am a sojourner on the earth, hide not from my Thy Commandments.”
A wanderer strives for his goal, passing by, lingering nowhere. Yet, very often, men live as if they had to live on earth eternally. How can he not forget his eternal destination and not get too much embroiled in things of this world? (Bishop Theophan the Recluse, Psalm 118, p. 9)
Replacing Vices with Virtues
As the other passions come to birth, we must curb them and make our minds tranquil; we must banish anger, passion, grudges, enmity, malice, evil desires, all licentiousness, all the works of the flesh, which, according to St. Paul, are adultery, fornication, uncleanness, licentiousness, idolatry, witchcrafts, enmities, contentions, jealousies, drunkenness and carousingings.
It is fitting, therefore, to force out of our souls all these vices and to be eager to acquire the fruit of the Spirit: charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, modesty and continence. If we shall thus purify our minds by constantly chanting the lessons of piety, we shall henceforth be able, by preparing ourselves beforehand, to make ourselves worthy to receive His gift, great as it is, and to guard the good things which are given. (St. John Chrysostom, Baptismal Instructions, p. 36)
Building the Parish Community
Forgiving others the hurts they inflict on us, just as we depend on those same others to forgive us the wrongs we visit on them, is absolutely necessary for successful community living. That’s the only way we can live peacefully.
When you live as closely as we do with one another, situations are bound to arise in which someone is hurt or offended. Unless we can be humble enough to speak to each other about these occasions, to communicate honestly because we trust each other - and then be willing to forgive whenever necessary, the bonds that keep us together will become strained and our love for one another will grow cold.
“Living in the monastic community, we discover that none of us reaches a state of perfection in which we never hurt or offend another brother or sister. Obviously there are times when this occurs unintentionally, but unfortunately at other times, our demons drive us into behaving less nobly. There will always be situations in which we get irritated, or in which we’ve been hurtful. That’s simply part of being human. What’s more important than that these things occur is that we are ready always to apply the salve of forgiveness when they do, that the healing and mercy characteristic of God may bring about in us a bit more of the kingdom.
(The Monks of New Skete, In the Spirit of Happiness, p. 302-303)
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Sanctity of Life Sunday January 20, 2019
Archpastoral Message of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon
To the honorable Clergy, venerable Monastics, and pious Faithful of the Orthodox Church in America,
For forty-six years, we have lamented the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the United States of America. And for forty-six years, those who consider life to be a sacred gift from God have gathered each January in Washington, DC and elsewhere in this nation to proclaim this most sacred gift. Created as we are in the very image and likeness of God, we turn to the One Whom we worship as the “Giver of Life” in thanksgiving for sharing His very life with “every man who comes into the world,” even “from his mother’s womb.”
In our liturgical worship, we continuously acknowledge God as the “Bestower of Life.” And in doing so, we recognize that His precious gift is imparted at the moment of conception—a reality underscored in Luke 1:41, in which we read that John the Baptist “leaped” in his mother Elizabeth’s womb, rejoicing in her encounter with the Mother of God. It has become increasingly evident, however, that proclaiming the sanctity of life involves much more than lamenting the legalization of abortion and protecting the unborn, crucial as these are.
While we so often speak of life “in the womb” and eternal life “beyond the tomb,” there are many related issues that are encountered “in between.” Our commitment to life of necessity extends to care for our infants, our infirm, our elderly—and ourselves. While expressing our concern and offering our prayers for the unborn, we are called to recognize that issues such as the opioid crisis, the cost of quality health care, capital punishment, the marked increase in addictions and suicide, to name but a few, are intimately connected to our recognition and proclamation of God’s gift of life.
Our Christian witness demands not only concern for the unborn, but a sense of responsibility to ensure that living a “life well lived”—seeking the blessedness to which we have been called—extends to the unborn and born alike. As we discern the will of God in our own lives, we are called to preserve and protect all life in recognition of God’s plan for His people on this earth and in anticipation of “the life of the world to come.”
As we mark this sorrowful anniversary, may we turn our attention to the “Giver of Life,” Who created us in His ever-abundant love. May we, each in our own way, proclaim His sacred gift. And may we embrace His will, that in all things He and He alone might be glorified as the “Fountain of Life” and the “Light of the world,” Who brings all mankind to that Kingdom which has yet to be fully revealed, but is already fully present in the life of His people, the Church.
With love in Christ,
Archbishop of Washington
Metropolitan of All America and Canada
Wednesday Adult Discussion Group
Our Wednesday morning discussion will be meeting January 23 at 11am to discuss the article “The Bible on Human Nature: Is It Human to Sin?”
Fr. Ted at St. Stephen’s in Lima
Fr. Ted will be with Bishop Paul at St. Stephen’s in Lima January 25-27, attending their Annual Parish Meeting and meeting with the parish council. There will be no Matins or office hours on Friday morning and no Vespers on Saturday, January 26.
Funeral for Dr Val Moysaenko
Dr. Val Moysaenko, one of the founding members of St. Paul Church in the 1980's, passed away several days ago. The viewing for him will be at Kolodiy-Lazuta Funeral Home, 5677 State Road, Cleveland, OH, 44134, on Friday, January 25 from 4-7pm with the memorial service at 6pm. The funeral will be on Saturday, January 26 at 9:30am at St Vladimir's Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 5913 State Road, Parma, OH. May his memory be eternal!
On Sunday, February 3rd the Youth Group will be participating in the 21st International Orthodox Christian Charities(IOCC) Souper Bowl of Caring. Please considering bringing your favorite soup to share during fellowship hour. As in the past, we will be having a fundraiser by letting you vote for the team that you want to see win. All proceeds will be given to the IOCC. We will also be doing a food drive starting next week through the end of the month of February. Any food items brought in will be donated to a local food bank. There will be a box in the coat closet to put the food items into.
St. Paul Prayer Team
If you would like to submit prayer requests for the prayer team, forms can be found on the greeter’s table. Please place requests in the box on the greeter table or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to be a part of praying with the team - and pray daily for others in the parish, or if you have further questions please contact Mark Pearson.
In January, we have the Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. We give our charity donation to help those brave mothers who though for many hard reasons are considering abortion but then choose to keep their babies. We will give our charity funds this month to the the Orthodox agency that works with mothers who choose life - ZOE for Life. Please do remember in your prayers all of those who because of the difficulties of life are considering abortion. Pray for those who choose to give their babies life. And pray and give financial support to those families who because of poverty are struggling to raise their children. Pro-life doesn’t mean just that we oppose abortion, it means we choose to financially support those who choose life for their babies and who need our help to fulfill their commitments. Pro-life means we are committed for our entire life to the life of these children, including helping them to get health care and an education.
This Week’s Schedule:
Monday, January 21
8:30am Matins 9am Office Hours
Tuesday, January 22
Wednesday, January 23
8:30am Matins 9am Office Hours 11am Discussion Group
Thursday, January 24
4:00pm Marriage of John Bauer and Galina Babaeva
Friday, January 25
NO Matins or Office Hours
Saturday, January 26
Sunday, January 27
35th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Tone 2. Translation of the Relics of St. John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople (438). New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia.
Prosfora: Need volunteer
Altar Servers: D. Abshear, D. Holobeny
Greeter(s): D. Feerinko, B. Edwards
Epistle: M. Pearson
Donut Sponsor(s): Sainz
Chapel Vacuum: M. Bellini
Candle care: M. Bellini
Counters: K. Henry & M. Brausch
9:00am Hours: M. Pearson
9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 4
11:45am Church School/Youth Group
Upcoming Dates to Remember:
February 2 Presentation of Christ in the Temple
Baptism of Tammie Winsler/Chrismation of Bradley Winsler and Dominic Barone
February 10 Chrismation of Jacob Sims
March 11 Great Lent Begins