Prosfora: S. Pacak
Altar Servers: V. Weis
Greeter(s): D. Short & M. Brausch
Epistle: S. Pacak
Donut Sponsor(s): Lamb
Chapel Vacuum: T. Jacobs
Candle care: Need volunteer
Counters: B. Garber
9:00am Hours: S. Pacak
9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 2
Hymns & Readings:
The First Antiphon
Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy!
Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Savior, save us!
For the Lord, the Most High is terrible; a great God over all the earth. Refrain
He subdued peoples under us, and nations under our feet. Refrain
God has gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet! Refrain
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen. Refrain
The Second Antiphon
Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised in the city of our God.
Refrain: O Son of God, Who ascended in glory, save us who sing to You: “Alleluia!”
Mount Zion in the far north, is the city of the Great King. Refrain
Within her citadels God is known when He defends her. Refrain
For lo, the kings assembled; they came on together. Refrain
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.
Tone 6 Troparion (Resurrection)
The angelic powers were at Your tomb; the guards became as dead men. Mary stood by Your grave, seeking Your most pure body. You took captive hell, not being tempted by it. You came to the Virgin, granting life. O Lord, Who rose from the dead, glory to You.
Tone 4 Troparion (Ascension)
You ascended in glory, O Christ our God, granting joy to Your Disciples by the promise of the Holy Spirit. Through the blessing, they were assured, that You are the Son of God, the Redeemer of the world!
Tone 8 Troparion (Fathers)
You are most glorious, O Christ our God! You have established the Holy Fathers as lights on the earth. Through them You have guided us to the true Faith. O greatly compassionate One, glory to You!
Tone 8 Kontakion (Fathers)
The Apostles’ preaching and the Fathers’ doctrines have established one Faith for the Church. Adorned with the robe of truth, woven from heavenly theology, It defines and glorifies the great mystery of piety.
Tone 6 Kontakion (Ascension)
When You had fulfilled the dispensation for our sake, and united earth to heaven, You ascended in glory, O Christ our God, not being parted from those who love You, but remaining with them and crying: “I am with you, and there is no one against you!”
Tone 4 Prokeimenon (Song of the Three Children
Blessed are You, O Lord God of our fathers, and praised and glorified is Your name forever!
Epistle: Acts 20:16-18, 28-36
For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus, so that he would not have to spend time in Asia; for he was hurrying to be at Jerusalem, if possible, on the Day of Pentecost. From Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called for the elders of the church. And when they had come to him, he said to them: “You know, from the first day that I came to Asia, in what manner I always lived among you, Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves. Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears. So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. I have coveted no one’s silver or gold or apparel. Yes, you yourselves know that these hands have provided for my necessities, and for those who were with me. I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” And when he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all.
Gospel: John 17:1-13
Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was. I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me. I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.
(Instead of “It is truly meet …,” we sing:)
Magnify, O my soul, Christ the Giver of Life, Who has ascended from earth to heaven! We magnify you, the Mother of God, who beyond reason and understanding gave birth in time to the Timeless One.
Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest! Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous; praise befits the just! Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
For Further Reading:
And Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, which is opposite Jericho. And the LORD showed him all the land, Gilead as far as Dan, all Naphtali, the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Western Sea, the Negeb, and the Plain, that is, the valley of Jericho the city of palm trees, as far as Zoar. And the LORD said to him, "This is the land of which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, 'I will give it to your descendants.' I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not go over there."
God: the Cause of Our Wonder
And so it proves to be for each one who follows the spiritual Way. We go out from the known to the unknown, we advance from light into darkness. We do not simply proceed from the darkness of ignorance into the light of knowledge, but we go forward from the light of partial knowledge into a greater knowledge which is so much more profound that it can only be described as the “darkness of unknowing.” Like Socrates we begin to realize how little we understand. We see that it is not the task of Christianity to provide easy answers to every question, but to make us progressively aware of a mystery. God is not so much the object of our knowledge as the cause of our wonder. Quoting Psalm 8:1, “O Lord, our Lord, how wonderful is thy name in all the earth”, St Gregory of Nyssa states: “God’s name is not known; it is wondered at.” (Kallistos Ware, The Orthodox Way, p. 16)
Kingdom of God
For Christ, the apostles, and the Church, the kerygma, the announcement of salvation. “Repent, for the kingdom of God - that is the theme of Christianity! We believe in God not because he satisfies our happiness in this world and also promises us, as a kind of bonus, a pleasant survival. Rather, we believe in a God who revealed to us that he created this world, so that ultimately, at the end (in Greek, eschaton), God will be all things, “all in all.” We believe that in Christ each of us will find the image of his ineffable glory. We will all be, as the Pentecost prayer says, “anointed with the Holy Spirit” and become prophetis, kings, priests. Ultimately, the glory of God - the Shekinah, communion, presence, knowledge, wisdom - will triumph, and the world will become truly the temple of God and of eternal life. That was the faith, why the martyrs died happy. (Alexander Schmemman, The Liturgy of Death, pp. 173-174)
Fathers of the 1st Ecumenical Council
It was with a spirit of reverential fear that the Fathers were then compelled to defend the divinity of the Son at the council of Nicea in AD 325. They sought to remind Christians that Christ’s coming into the world was a true manifestation of the eternal God and that his Incarnation opened the way to the fullness of salvation and of deification: ‘[God] was made man,’ said St. Athanasius, following St. Irenaeus, ‘that we might be made God.’ But such insistence on the eternal unity of the Father and the Son risked compromising or minimising the uniqueness, or irreducible specificity, of each of the divine persons. The Cappadocian Fathers worked in the course of the fourth century to formulate a theological language and to establish the meaning of precise terms that would permit Christians on one hand to distinguish the unity of the Three in essence, or shared substance, and, on the other, to express the mystery of each of the three persons by using the philosophical term ‘hypostasis.’ This term settled the trinitarian debate more conclusively than did the term ‘person,’ which had been introduced by Tertullian in the early third century, by emphasizing the unfathomable depth of personal being of each member of the Trinity. (Boris Bobrinskoy, “God in Trinity,” The Cambridge Companion to Orthodox Christian Theology, p. 50)
Finishing the Race
‘Christians will not be asked how they began but rather how they finished. St. Paul began badly but finished well. Judas’s beginning was praiseworthy but his end was despicable.”
‘Many start the climb but few reach the summit.’
‘The value of good work depends on perseverance.
‘You live a good life in vain if you do not continue it until you die.’
‘Our behavior is only acceptable to God if we have the strength of purpose to complete any work we have undertaken.
‘Virtue is not a matter of starting well but of carrying on to the very end.
‘The reward is not promised to the one who begins, but rather to the one who perseveres.’ (Defensor Grammaticus, Drinking from the Hidden Fountain, p. 171)
Laughter- A Great Weapon Against Anger
For laughter is the greatest weapon against an assault of rage.
. . .
What then is the mildest of all things? God.
. . .
Otherwise I vow that you, O wicked friend [Anger],
the wretched supporter and protector,
who make men swell up and give them to the gates of Hades,
to submit this day to God and to the Word,
O Anger, you boiling, fullness of homicide,
eminent ugliness of the face, storm of the heart,
drunken gadfly who drive men off cliffs and send them to Tartarus.
O legion of spirits, evil composite,
who tear up bonds and fetters with their shackles, Christ . . .
himself wants you to flee as quickly as possible from here.
Go out and fill the depths of your swine.
They will readily receive you as you cast yourself into the sea.
Depart from all of us who are dear to God.
(St. Gregory of Nazianzus, Poems on Scripture, p. 119)
Recent Posts on Fr Ted’s Blog
David Short is organizing a group of people to help the organization Samaritan’s Purse with tornado recovery early next week (June 12-14). There will be a meeting after liturgy today, June 9, to discuss plans. Please email David with questions at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday Adult Discussion Group
We are continuing our discussion of Metropolitan Kallistos Ware’s book How Are We Saved? Please join us for the discussion when we meet again. You are welcome to attend even if you don’t have a copy of the book. When we finish discussing How are We Saved? in a couple of weeks, we will begin a new book, How To Be a Sinner by Peter Bouteneff. If you want to join our Wednesday morning discussion this summer, order a copy of the book now and begin reading.
St. Paul Park Days
We will continue our park meet-up days on Thursday, June 13 at Shoup Park. Arrive as early as 9:30 and feel free to bring a packed lunch. In case of rain, cancellations will be posted in the St. Paul Facebook page by 8:15am. The complete schedule can be found on the bulletin boards.
Memorial Saturday Liturgy
On Saturday, June 15 (the day before Pentecost) we will do a Memorial Liturgy at 9:30am. On that morning, you can give Fr. Ted a written list of the first names of the deceased loved ones you want him to pray for by name at the Liturgy.
Prayer for Graduates
We will say a prayer for the blessing of our parish high school and college graduates on Pentecost Sunday, June 16 following the Divine Liturgy. Please submit names of graduates to Erin at email@example.com.
June Parish Council Meeting
The next monthly meeting of Parish Council is 6pm, Tuesday, June 18. Any member is welcomed to sit in on the Council Meeting.
Estate Planning Seminar
How will your kids be taken care of if something happens to you? Do you want to relieve your family of making medical and financial decisions if you are incapacitated? How should your assets be distributed so there are no disputes among surviving family members? To help you prepare for the unexpected, provide for your peace of mind and a plan for your family’s future, St. Paul parish is offering a free seminar conducted by Gudorf Law firm. Topics include the necessity for and preparation of Wills, Power of Attorney, Medical Directives and more. There is no obligation to do business with Gudorf Law. The necessary documents and directives can be prepared by any lawyer or even do it yourself on line. The seminar will be held at St. Paul’s on Saturday, June 22 at 10 AM and last approximately one hour. We do need volunteers to provide child care so both spouses can attend the seminar. Please contact Bruce Garber when you decide to help our fellow parish members.
Volunteering is good for your health!
Most of you are aware that the food for the Fellowship Hour doesn’t magically appear on the serving line in the Fellowship Hall every Sunday after Liturgy. A troop of volunteers provides the goodies each week, but we have lost a number of them and need more help. If you are willing and able, please contact Andrew or Jenny Watson or Dave Fenner to be assigned to a team. Even if you are unable to cook one weekend per month, we still need help cleaning up.
Parish Feast Day Celebration
We will begin our celebration of the feast day of Sts. Peter & Paul on Friday, June 28 with Vespers at 6pm. We will have divine liturgy at 9:30am on June 29 followed by a festal meal catered by Christopher's with outdoor activities (bounce house!) for the kids. Please bring a side dish or dessert. Guests from Annunciation and Assumption Churches will also be invited.
Vacation Church School
Vacation Church school will be at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church this year June 24-28. Registration forms can be found on the bulletin board in the foyer. See Heather Weis with questions.
Our June charity to give help to area victims of the tornadoes. Please do remember our fellow citizens in your prayers - those who lost their homes, apartments, businesses and jobs due to the tornadoes. If you are able to help them in other ways, show them the love of Christ.
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.
This Week’s Schedule:
Monday, June 10
Afterfeast of Ascension. Hieromartyr Timothy, Bishop of Prussa (4th c.)
Readings: Acts 21:8-14, John 14:27-15:7
8:30am Matins 9am Office Hours
Tuesday, June 11
Holy Apostles Bartholomew and Barnabas (1st c.). — Afterfeast of Ascension.
Readings: Acts 21:26-32, John 16:2-13
Wednesday, June 12
Afterfeast of Ascension. Ven. Onuphrius the Great (4th c.) and Ven. Peter of Mt. Athos (734)
Readings: Acts 23:1-11, John 16:15-23
8:30am Matins 9am Office Hours
11am Discussion Group 6pm Catechism/Inquirer’s Class
Thursday, June 13
Afterfeast of Ascension. Martyr Aquilina of Byblos in Syria (293)
Readings: Acts 25:13-19, John 16:23-33
9:30am St. Paul Park Days: Shoup Park
Friday, June 14
Leavetaking of the Ascension. Prophet Elisha (9th c. B.C.)
Readings: Acts 27:1-44, John 17:18-26
8:30am Matins 9am Office Hours
Saturday, June 15
Memorial Saturday. Prophet Amos (8th c. B.C.)
Readings: Acts 28:1-31, John 21:15-25
9:30am Memorial Liturgy
Sunday, June 16
8th SUNDAY OF PASCHA — Tone 7. Holy Pentecost: Feast of the Holy Trinity
Readings: Acts 2:1-11, John 7:37-52, 8:12
Prosfora: N. Galiatsatos
Altar Servers: B. Garber, G. Coons
Greeter(s): D. Helferich, M. Jobst
Epistle: B. Garber
Donut Sponsor(s): Turri
Chapel Vacuum: J. Cunningham
Candle care: Helferich
Counters: J. Weise, M. Topalov
9:00am Hours: B. Garber
9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
11am Prayer for our Graduates
11:15am Kneeling Prayers of Pentecost
11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 3
Upcoming Dates to Remember:
June 24 Beginning of the Apostles’ Fast
June 24-28 Vacation Church School at Annunciation
June 28 Vespers for Sts. Peter & Paul
June 29 Liturgy for Sts. Peter & Paul with celebration afterwards