Prosfora: N. Galiatsatos
Altar Servers: B. Garber
Greeter(s): Diane H.
Epistle: M. Pearson
Donut Sponsor(s): N. Muzzy
Chapel Vacuum: S. Osman
Candle care: R. Helferich
Counters: J. Weise, L. Wagner
9:00am Hours: M. Pearson
9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 3
Hymns & Readings:
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!
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 6 Kontakion (Resurrection)
When Christ God, the Giver of Life, raised all of the dead from the valleys of misery with His mighty hand, He bestowed resurrection on the human race. He is the Savior of all, the Resurrection, the Life and the God of all.
Tone 6 Prokeimenon (Resurrection)
O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance.
Epistle: Romans 15:1-7
We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification. For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me.” For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God.
Gospel: Matthew 9:27-35
When Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out and saying, “Son of David, have mercy on us!” And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.” Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith let it be to you.” And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, saying, “See that no one knows it.” But when they had departed, they spread the news about Him in all that country. As they went out, behold, they brought to Him a man, mute and demon-possessed. And when the demon was cast out, the mute spoke. And the multitudes marveled, saying, “It was never seen like this in Israel!” But the Pharisees said, “He casts out demons by the ruler of the demons.” Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
For Further Reading:
Think nothing and do nothing without a purpose directed to God. For to journey without direction is wasted effort. (St. Mark the Ascetic, The Philokalia, p. 114)
One cannot say that Christianity is a religion. Christianity is a revelation of eternity and life. The angels rejoice greatly because God has revealed Himself mystically to His creature, man. Our human nature has become part of the mystery of the Holy Trinity, and that is a great gift which we do not even appreciate; instead, we have cleaved to the things of this world. We have been given the opportunity to prepare ourselves for eternity, to vanquish evil, and to always be with our heavenly Father. (Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica, Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives, p. 148)
Beloved Brother: Those who occupy themselves with the ephemeral and vain world, if they advance and make gains, do not count the trials which they have endured, but rejoice at the progress which they have made. Can you imagine, then, my brother, what joy the soul of a man who undertakes spiritual work for God and finishes it successfully experiences? It is natural for the soul to feel unfading joy, for at the moment of its departure, the good works which it has done will precede it when it ascends to Heaven. At that time the Angels of God will rejoice together with it, as they see it delivered from the powers of darkness. (St. Isaiah, The Evergentinos, p. 37)
Vices vs. Virtues
Let us not, therefore, envy those men in anything. Let us rather avoid greed, through which injustice thrives and justice is banished, brotherly love is spat on and hatred of mankind is embraced. Let us avoid drunkenness and gluttony, which are the parents of fornication and wantonness; for excess of every kind is the cause of insolence, and outflow is the begotten child of plentitude, from which fornication and wantonness are hatched. Let us avoid strife, division, seditions, whereof plots are born and murders begotten; for evil crops grow from evil seed. Let us avoid foul speech, whereby those who are accustomed to it slip easily into the pit of evil deeds; for what one is not ashamed to say, one will not be ashamed to do either, and what one enjoys hearing one will be drawn into committing. Let us abominate these things and spit upon them, but let us love the Lord's commandments and adorn ourselves with them. Let us honor virginity, let us attain gentleness, let us preserve brotherly love, let us give lodging to hospitality, let us cling to fortitude, let us cleanse ourselves with prayers and repentance, let us welcome humbleness that we may draw near to Christ; for the Lord is near to those who are of a contrite heart, and He will save the lowly in spirit. Let us embrace moderation; let us practice the judgment and distinction of the good from the bad. Let the soul be undaunted by the evils of life, especially if they are inflicted on us on account of Christ and His commandments, for we know that justice will follow, and it is thanks to them that we are easily carried up to heaven. (St Photius, The Homilies of Photius Patriarch of Constantinople, p. 71-72)
Faithfully Enduring Suffering
The Lord allows the enemy to tempt us in order to prove us, in order to strengthen our spiritual powers in our struggle against the enemy, and so that we ourselves may see more clearly towards what our heart inclines, whether it inclines to patiences, hope, and love and in general to virtue, or to irritability, incredulity, murmuring, blasphemy, malice, and despair. Therefore we must not be despondent, but must good-humoredly and patiently bear spiritual darkness that descends upon our soul, the fire that weakens and inclines us to impatience and malice, the affliction and oppression, knowing that all these things are indispensable in the order of spiritual life, that by these the Lord is proving us. Do not let us blaspheme against the true way - the way of holy faith and virtue, and do not let us prefer the evil way. We are free, and must strengthen ourselves by every means and with all our power in faith and virtue, unto the laying down of our life for the way of truth; and how can this be if we have no temptations? (St. John of Kronstadt, My Life in Christ, pp. 189-190)
Recent Post on Fr. Ted’s Blog
New Catechism/Inquirer’s Class Being Organized
Fr. Ted is planning to begin a new Catechism/Inquirer’s Class in a few weeks. If you or someone you know are interested in joining that class, please contact Fr. Ted as soon as possible by sending him an email at FrTed@StPDayton.org.
Wednesday Bible Discussion
We will resume Wednesday, July 18 at 11am to discuss a new book: American Savior: A Novel of Divine Politics. This one is for fun, but also gives us a chance to think about if Jesus became President of the United States, what would Jesus do? This is not your mother’s Jesus, but gives you a chance to reflect on your own faith and who Jesus is. The book is available as an e-book and some used copies are available as well. This book is not dogma but maybe gives us a chance to talk politics and religion. The book certainly doesn’t present everybody’s Jesus.
St. Paul Park Days
Please join us for park dates every Thursday this summer. Early birds will arrive around 9am and many will bring a packed lunch. In case of rain, cancellations will be posted by 8:15am in the St. Paul Facebook page. See Heather Weis with questions. We will meet July 19 at Owen’s Place Park. The full schedule is posted on the bulletin board in the hall.
All American Council
The Orthodox Church in America is holding its All American Council July 22-27 in St. Louis, Missouri. Please do remember in your prayers all of the clergy and lay delegates who will be traveling to the Council, and also pray that God will guide their every deliberation.
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.
We are giving our monthly charity funds to support the St. John’s Camp Programs in Indianapolis. They use the money to give scholarships to families who need help in meeting camping expenses. Please do remember to pray for all those who work in our Orthodox summer camps and pray for Jason Caldwell & Olivia DeLong who are attending camp this month.
Birthdays: Jill Allen, David Mohler
Nameday: Teresa Lynne
God grant you many years!
This Week’s Schedule:
Monday, July 16
Martyrs Paul and two sisters, Chionia (Thea) and Alevtina (Valentina), at Cæsarea in Palestine (308)
Readings: 1 Corinthians 9:13-18, Matthew 16:1-6
9am Office Hours
Tuesday, July 17
Greatmartyr Marina (Margaret) of Antioch in Pisidia (4th c.)
Readings: 1 Corinthians 10:5-12, Matthew 16:6-12
5:30 Vespers 6pm Parish Council Meeting
Wednesday, July 18
Martyr Emilian of Silistria in Bulgaria (363)
Readings: 1 Corinthians 10:12-22, Matthew 16:20-24
8:30am Matins 9am Office Hours 11am Discussion Group
Thursday, July 19
Ven. Macrina, sister of St. Basil the Great (380)
Readings: 1 Corinthians 10:28-11:7, Matthew 16:24-28
9:30am Park Day: Owen’s Place
Friday, July 20
Holy Glorious Prophet Elijah (9th c. B.C.)
Readings: 1 Corinthians 11:8-22, Matthew 17:10-18
8:30am Matins 9am Office Hours
Saturday, July 21
Prophet Ezekiel (6th c. B.C.)
Readings: Romans 13:1-10, Matthew 12:30-37
1pm Baptism of Oliver Drummy (Pavlina) 5pm Vespers
Sunday, July 22
8th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Tone 7. Holy Myrrhbearer and Equal-to-the-Apostles Mary Magdalene (1st c.)
Readings: Romans 15:1-7, Matthew 9:27-35
Prosfora: N. Galiatsatos
Altar Servers: D. Abshear, D. Beleney
Greeter(s): D. Federinko, B. Edwards
Epistle: A. McLarnan
Donut Sponsor(s): Smith
Chapel Vacuum: Alex & Bobbie Tyson
Candle care: Alex & Bobbie Tyson
Counters: K. Henry & M. Brausch
9:00am Hours: A. McLarnan
9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 4
Upcoming Events to Remember
August 5 Vespers for the feast of the Transfiguration
August 6 Liturgy for the Transfiguration, 9:30am
August 14 Vespers at Assumption in Springfield for the feast of the Dormition