St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church
Sunday, November 25, 2018
26th Sunday after Pentecost
Leavetaking of the Entry Into the Temple. Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Clement, Bishop of Ochrid and Enlightener of the Bulgarians (916)
Prosfora: Nikki G.
Altar Servers: V. Weis
Greeter(s): D. Federinko, B. Edwards
Epistle: L. Short
Donut Sponsor(s): Schwaninger
Chapel Vacuum: Alex & Bobby Tyson
Candle care: Alex & Bobby Tyson
Counters: K. Henry, M. Brausch
9:00am Hours: L. Short
9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
Procession for the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple
11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 4
11:45am Youth group/Church School
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!”
Tone 4 Troparion (Entrance of the Theotokos)
Today is the prelude of the good will of God, of the preaching of the salvation of mankind. The Virgin appears in the Temple of God, in anticipation proclaiming Christ to all. Let us rejoice
and sing to her: “Rejoice, O Fulfillment of the Creator’s dispensation!”
Tone 4 Kontakion (Entrance of the Theotokos)
The most pure Temple of the Savior; the precious Chamber and Virgin; the sacred Treasure of the glory of God, is presented today to the house of the Lord. She brings with her the grace of the Spirit, therefore, the Angels of God praise her: “Truly this woman is the abode of Heaven!”
Tone 1 Troparion
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 3 Prokeimenon (Song of the Theotokos)
My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.
Epistle: Ephesians 5:9-19
(for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. Therefore He says: “Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.” See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.
Gospel: Luke 13:10-17
Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up. But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.” And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath; and he said to the crowd, “There are six days on which men ought to work; therefore come and be healed on them, and not on the Sabbath day.” The Lord then answered him and said, “Hypocrite! Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it? So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound – think of it – for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?” And when He said these things, all His adversaries were put to shame; and all the multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by Him.
Hymn to the Theotokos
The Angels beheld the Entrance of the Pure One and were amazed. How has the Virgin entered into the Holy of Holies? Since she is a living Ark of God let no profane hand touch the Theotokos. But let the lips of believers unceasingly sing to her, praising her in joy with the Angel’s song: “Truly, you are more exalted than all, O pure Virgin!”
I will receive the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
For Further Reading:
The Nativity Fast: Why Humility is Essential
The same amma also said “it is neither spiritual discipline nor vigil nor diverse toil that saves us if there be not genuine humble-mindedness. For there was a solitary driving off demons and he used to examine them: ‘What makes you come out? Is it fasting?’ They would say: ‘We neither eat nor drink.’ ‘Vigil?’ he would say - and they: ‘We do not sleep.’ ‘Withdrawal from the world?’ And they would say: ‘We exist in the deserts.’ ‘What then makes you come out?’ and they would say: ‘Nothing conquerors us other than humble-mindedness.’ Do you see that humble mindedness is victorious against demons?” (Amma Theodora, Give Me a Word: The Alphabetical Sayings of the Desert Fathers, p. 129)
Let Us Lift Up Our Hearts
But let us return to Psalm 24. “To you, oh Lord,” it says, “I lift up my soul; in you, my God, I put my trust.” Truly, the rest of this psalm, concerned entirely with prayerful trust, may be read simply as commentary on the first verse.
At each service of the Divine Liturgy, going back at least the Apostolic tradition of Saint Hippolytus near the beginning of the third century, when the priest commences the central Eucharistic benediction (corresponding to the Hebrew berakah), he turns to the congregation to exhort them to intensify their prayer: “Let let us lift up our hearts!” (Ano skomen tas kardias is the lovely Greek original.) In the ancient Latin version, this exhortation becomes more succinct: Sursum corda, “Hearts up!” A congregation of elevated hearts is the proper context for that great act known simply as “The Thanksgiving,” Eucharistia (the priest’s next line being “Let us give thanks to the Lord our God!”). (Patrick Henry Reardon, Christ in the Psalms, p. 47)
Healing on the Sabbath
Jesus answers the legal criticism with the principle, “The sabbath was made for people, not people made for the sabbath” (Mk 2:27). In the next chapter, Jesus is infuriated when the Pharisees watch to see whether he will heal on the sabbath (Mk 3:1-5). Jesus defiantly cures a man with a misshapen hand in front of the legal experts, who then plan to destroy Jesus (v. 60) for destroying the sabbath rest. But Jesus actually has honored the sabbath, which is a religious institution meant to honor the completion of God’s creative activity in Genesis, because Jesus has completed God’s creative work upon the man whom Jesus made whole.
Jesus’ radical reinterpretation of the Law serves to rehabilitate this symbol of God’s presence among the people. If the symbolic function of the sabbath is to celebrate God’s availability and power, then a sabbath which is a day of healing “works better” than a sabbath which is merely a day of rest from worldly activities. The emphasis is to be placed upon the God who is present through the symbol of the Law, and not upon the material prescriptions of the Law itself. (Marianne Sawicki, The Gospel in History, pp. 52-53)
The Theotokos: A Special Blessing for Women
Through Mary, a special blessing descended upon all women, and Proclus sets out to determine this by using biblical characters as examples:
Thanks to her, all women are blessed. It is not possible that woman should remain under her curse; to the contrary, she now has a reason to surpass even the glory of the angels. Eve has been healed; the Egyptian woman [Hagar] has been silenced; Delilah has been buried; Jezebel has fallen into oblivion; even Herodias has been forgotten.
Today, a list of women is admired: Sarah is acclaimed as the fertile field of the peoples; Rebekah is honored as the able conciliator of blessings; Leah, too, is admired as mother of the ancestor [Judah] according to the flesh; Deborah is praised for having struggled beyond the powers of her womanly nature; Elizabeth is called blessed for having carried the Forerunner, who leapt for joy in her womb, and for having giving witness to grace; Mary is venerated, because she became the Mother, the cloud, the bridal chamber, and the ark of the Lord. (Proclus, Homily 5, from Luigi Gambero’s Mary and the Fathers of the Church, p. 256)
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Children’s choir will be singing again today. Please have your child meet in the back of the church by the choir after the Our Father.
Girls’ Procession for the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple
Today, November 25 we will have a special outdoor procession especially for the young girls of our parish. In the icon of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the temple and in some of the hymns, young girls walk before the Theotokos as she goes to the Temple. We will be gathering in the fellowship hall at 9:20am in order to dress in white robes for the procession. Girls first grade and up will be carrying lit candles and we ask all younger girls to bring an icon of the Theotokos to carry during the procession. The girls will be dismissed after the procession to sit with their parents for the rest of the liturgy. See Kerrie Wiese or Erin Caldwell with questions.
Wednesday Adult Discussion Group
Our Wednesday morning discussion is not meeting again until Wednesday, December 5 at which time we will begin discussing a new book, Adam and the Genome: Reading Scripture After Genetic Science by Scot McKnight and Dennis R. Venema. The book is available for purchase online and is available as an ebook. We will discuss chapters 1 & 2 on December 5. You are welcome to join the discussion whether or not you have read the book.
Angel Giving Tree
The church school is once again sponsoring the Angel Tree to help four St. Paul families this holiday season. Please take as many “angels” off the tree as you would like. Each angel contains a few wish list items that the families suggested. Feel free to select an item(s) off of the wish list or something else that is age appropriate for the child. You do not need to purchase all of the items on the card as these are just suggestions! Presents should be returned to the church by December 16. Please remember to attach your angel to the outside of the wrapped package. Direct all questions to Kerrie Wiese.
Church School Schedule & Nativity Play
The Nativity Play will occur immediately following services on Sunday, December 23. Church school will not meet on December 23 or December 30. All classes will resume on January 6.
Altar Boy/Altar Server Meeting
There will be a meeting for all who serve behind the altar on December 30 at around 11:45am. All altar boys and altar servers should plan to attend. Also, any boys or men who are interested in helping out in this way should also plan to attend. See Victor Weis with questions.
2019 Church Wall Calendars Are In
If you turned in your 2019 Pledge, you can pick up your copy of the 2019 Church Wall Calendar. Don’t be the only parishioner in your pew who doesn’t have their 2019 Calendar. Turn your 2019 Pledge Form in today and get your copy of the Calendar. Be the first at your fellowship table to know the date for Pascha in 2019 - turn in your pledge and get your calendar.
2019 Pledge Campaign Update
Thank you to all who have turned in pledge forms. As of Sunday, November 18, 2018, we have received 55 pledge forms, representing 83 parishioners, that total $187,020. This amount represents approximately 70.5% of our 2019 budget. All members, please return your completed Pledge Forms to Brian Garber or Kerrie Wiese as soon as you can.
New Catechism/Inquirer’s Class
Anyone interested in attending a Catechism/Inquirer’s Class to learn about the Orthodox Faith or to prepare to become a member of the Orthodox Church, please contact Fr. Ted (FrTed@StPDayton.org). We are planning to offer two times for the class. First class will be this Friday, November 30 at 10am and 6:30pm. Both classes will offer the same information.
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 email@example.com. 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.
We will be giving our charity donation this month to the Orthodox Church in America’s Stewardship campaign. The monies will be used for the mission and ministries of the OCA throughout our country. Remember in your prayers our church leaders and the missionaries of our Church
Birthdays: Mary Emelia Smith, Vivian Opperman
This Week’s Schedule:
Monday, November 26
Ven. Alypius the Stylite of Adrianopolis (7th c.)
Readings: 1 Timothy 5:1-10, Luke 19:37-44
8:30am Matins 9am Office Hours
Tuesday, November 27
Greatmartyr James the Persian (421)
Readings: 1 Timothy 5:11-21, Luke 19:45-48
Wednesday, November 28
Monk Martyr and Confessor Stephen the New of Mt. St. Auxentius, Martyrs Basil, Stephen, two Gregories, John, Andrew, Peter, Anna, and many others (767).
Readings: 1 Timothy 5:22-6:11, Luke 20:1-8
NO Matins, Office Hours or Adult Discussion
Thursday, November 29
Martyr Paramon and 370 Martyrs in Bithynia (250)
Readings: 1 Timothy 6:17-21, Luke 20:9-18
Friday, November 30
Holy and All-praised Apostle Andrew the First-called (62)
Readings: 2 Timothy 1:1-2, 8-18, Luke 20:19-26
8:30am Matins 9am Office Hours 10am Catechism/Inquirers’ class
6:30pm Catechism/Inquirer’s Class
Saturday, December 1
Prophet Nahum (7th c. B.C.)
Readings: Galatians 5:22-6:2, Luke 12:32-40
4pm Confession 5pm Vespers
Sunday, December 2
27th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Tone 2. Prophet Habákkuk (6th c. B.C.).
Readings: Ephesians 6:10-17, Luke 18:18-27
Prosfora: S. Pacak
Altar Servers: D. Abshear
Greeter(s): MK Smith, M. Adrian
Epistle: S. Pacak
Donut Sponsor(s): Muzzy
Chapel Vacuum: J. Cunningham
Candle care: Garber
Counters: B. Lootens, M. Pearson
9:00am Hours: S. Pacak
9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
11:30am Fellowship Hour: Potluck
11:45am Youth group/Church School
Upcoming Dates to Remember:
December 5 Akathist: “Glory to God for All Things”
December 15 Hannah Callahan’s Baptism
December 16 Reception of Daniel & Elizabeth Callahan into the Orthodox Faith
December 18 Parish Council Meeting
December 23 Church School Christmas Play
December 24 Vespers & Lessons & Carols for the Eve of the Nativity
December 25 The Nativity of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the Flesh
December 30 Altar Boy Training Meeting