Prosfora: N. Galiatsatos
Altar Servers: D. Abshear, D. Beleny
Greeter(s): M. Jobst, M. Brausch
Epistle: M. Pearson
Donut Sponsor(s): Need sponsor
Chapel Vacuum: T. Jacobs
Candle care: J. Elash
Counters: B. Garber & J. Elash
9:00am Hours: M. Pearson
9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 2
12pm Church School Teacher Meeting
Hymns & Readings:
Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth! Sing of his name, give glory to His praise!
Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Savior, save us!
The voice of your thunder was in the whirlwind; Your lightning lighted up the world the earth trembled and shook. Refrain
You are clothed with honor and majesty, who cover Yourself with light as with a garment. Refrain
Glory to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen. Refrain
Mount Zion in the far north is the city of the Great King!
O Son of God who was transfigured on the mountain, save us who sing to You, Alleluia.
And He brought them to the mountain of His sanctuary, this mountain which his right hand had won! Refrain
The Mount Zion which He loved, He built as His sanctuary with mighty strength. Refrain
Tone 2 Troparion (Resurrection)
When You descended to death, O Life Immortal, You destroyed hell with the splendor of Your Godhead. And when from the depths You raised the dead, all the powers of heaven cried out: “O Giver of life, Christ our God, glory to You!”
Tone 7 Kontakion (Transfiguration)
You were transfigured on the mountain, O Christ God, revealing Your glory to Your Disciples as far as they could bear it. Let Your everlasting Light also shine upon us sinners, through the prayers of the Theotokos! O Giver of Light, glory to You!
Tone 2 Kontakion (Resurrection)
Hell became afraid, O almighty Savior, seeing the miracle of Your Resurrection from the tomb! The dead arose! Creation, with Adam, beheld this and rejoiced with You, and the world, my Savior, praises You forever.
Tone 7 Kontakion (Transfiguration)
On the mountain You were transfigured, O Christ God, and Your Disciples beheld Your glory as far as they could see it; so that when they would behold You crucified, they would understand that Your suffering was voluntary, and would proclaim to the world that You are truly the Radiance of the Father.
Tone 2 Prokeimenon (Resurrection)
The Lord is my strength and my song. He has become my salvation.
Epistle: 1 Corinthians 9:2-12
If I am not an apostle to others, yet doubtless I am to you. For you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord. My defense to those who examine me is this: Do we have no right to eat and drink? Do we have no right to take along a believing wife, as do also the other apostles, the brothers of the Lord, and Cephas? Or is it only Barnabas and I who have no right to refrain from working? Who ever goes to war at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat of its fruit? Or who tends a flock and does not drink of the milk of the flock? Do I say these things as a mere man? Or does not the law say the same also? For it is written in the law of Moses, “You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain.” Is it oxen God is concerned about? Or does He say it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written, that he who plows should plow in hope, and he who threshes in hope should be partaker of his hope. If we have sown spiritual things for you, is it a great thing if we reap your material things? If others are partakers of this right over you, are we not even more? Nevertheless we have not used this right, but endure all things lest we hinder the gospel of Christ.
Gospel: Matthew 18:23-35
Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. But as he was not able to pay, his master commanded that he be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and that payment be made. The servant therefore fell down before him, saying, ‘Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’ Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt. But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, ‘Pay me what you owe!’ So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’ And he would not, but went and threw him into prison till he should pay the debt. So when his fellow servants saw what had been done, they were very grieved, and came and told their master all that had been done. Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?’ And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him. So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.”
Hymn to the Theotokos
Magnify, O my soul, the Lord Who was transfigured on Mount Tabor! Your childbearing was without corruption; God came forth from your body clothed in flesh, and appeared on earth and dwelt among men. Therefore, we all magnify you, O Theotokos.
Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest! O Lord, we will walk in the light of Your countenance, and will exult in Your name forever. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
For Further Reading:
Achieving the Goal of Fasting
Once certain brethren, who were always ill and could not practise fasting, said to me: How is it possible for us without fasting to rid ourselves of the devil and the passions? To such people we should say: you can destroy and banish what is evil, and the demons that suggest this evil to you, not only by abstaining from food, but by calling with all your heart on God. For it is written: They cried to the Lord in their trouble and He delivered them (Ps. 107:6); and again: Out of the belly of hell I cried and Thou heardest my voice... Thou hast brought up my life from corruption (Jonah 2:2,6). Therefore until iniquity shall pass away that is, as long as sin still troubles me I will cry to God most high (Ps. 57:1-2 LXX), asking Him to bestow on me this great blessing: by His power to destroy within me the provocation to sin, blotting out the fantasies of my impassioned mind and rendering it image-free. So, if you have not yet received the gift of self-control, know that the Lord is ready to hear you if you entreat Him with prayer and hope. Understanding the Lord’s will, then, do not be discouraged because of your inability to practise asceticism, but strive all the more to be delivered from the enemy through prayer and patient thanksgiving. If thoughts of weakness and distress force you to leave the city of fasting, take refuge in another city (cf. Matt. 10:23) that is, in prayer and thanksgiving. (St. John of Karpathos, The Philokalia, p. 314)
The Dormition of the Theotokos
Belief in the Assumption of the Mother of God is clearly and unambiguously affirmed in the hymns sung by the Church on 14 August, the Feast of the ‘Dormition’ or ‘Falling Asleep’. But Orthodoxy, unlike Rome, has never proclaimed the Assumption as a dogma, nor would it ever wish to do so. The doctrines of the Trinity and the Incarnation have been proclaimed as dogmas, for they belong to the public preaching of the Church; but the glorification of Our Lady belongs to the Church’s inner Tradition:
It is hard to speak and not less hard to think about the mysteries which the Church keeps in the hidden depths of her inner consciousness...The Mother of God was never a theme of the public preaching of the Apostles; while Christ was preached on the housetops, and proclaimed for all to know in an initiatory teaching addressed to the whole world, the mystery of his Mother was revealed only to those who were within the Church...It is not so much an object of faith as a foundation of our hope, a fruit of faith, ripened in Tradition. Let us therefore keep silence, and let us not try to dogmatize about the supreme glory of the Mother of God. (V. Lossky) (Kallistos Ware, The Orthodox Church, p. 253)
The Feast of the Dormition
...the Virgin’s pivotal role as the second Eve in the healing transformation of human nature damaged by the sins of the first Eve was already recognized by such Church fathers as St. Irenaeus as early as the second century. This recognition combined with the sifting of a very long oral tradition resulted by the late sixth to early seventh centuries in the establishment and celebration of the solemn Feast of her Dormition throughout the Christian Roman empire. With the addition of this feast to the Church calendar, later Church fathers began to offer rhetorical homage to Mary as the Theotokos in the form of sermons in honor of the Feast of her Dormition. Her death, after all, represented the completion of her mission as the second Eve. By grace, she experienced a reciprocal transformation, the deification of her humanity (and by extension, all human nature) as she offered her humanity to the divine presence within her womb. In effect, her life and death represent the fullest flowering of the hope of all Christians: union with God in theosis. In contrast to the good thief, the second Eve, in the entirety of her life and death, is the confirmation of the very real possibility of an ever-expanding relationship between creature and Creator that transcends any conceivable earthly human hope, which can begin in this life well before the eleventh hour. (Daniel B. Hinshaw, Touch and the Healing of the World, p. 126)
Crown Them With Glory and Honor
Genesis 1:27 states that humankind, male and female, is created in the divine ‘image.’ What does this mean? Certainly it cannot mean that humans bear some kind of physical resemblance to God, for in contrast to neighboring peoples who fashioned idols of their gods, Israelites were absolutely forbidden to make any physical image of Yahweh. So the idea that humans have any kind of physical likeness to God would be unimaginable to the biblical authors. Scholars still debate the precise meaning of the phrase ‘in the divine image,’ but many believe that Psalm 8:5 provides important insight. The psalm praises God for creating humanity as ‘a little lower than God, / and crowned . . . with glory and honor.’ In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word for ‘glory’ (kabod) is regularly used of Yahweh, but here it is applied to humans. Kabod or ‘glory’ refers to God’s reality or presence made visible, and the psalm indicates that God somehow shares this divine reality with humankind. … describing humans as created in the image of God suggests that God shares something of God’s own self with the human creature. Further, humankind is created to be a visible manifestation of God on earth; this is a major purpose for human existence. … creation of humankind in the image and likeness of God above all points to ‘something happening’ between God and the human race. ‘What God has decided to create must stand in a relationship to him.’ Against this background, it becomes evident that the Priestly redactor presents a stark contrast between the religious beliefs of Israel and Babylonia. In the Babylonian creation myth, humans are created to serve the gods as slaves serve their masters. (Marielle Frigge, Beginning Biblical Studies, p 90)
Recent Posts on Fr. Ted’s Blog
Church School Teacher Meeting
There will be a church school teacher meeting after fellowship hour on TODAY. All teachers and assistants should plan to attend. Thank you!
Church School Update/Registration
We need one more teacher to help with grades 3-5 for the upcoming school year. Please see Kerrie Wiese if you are interested in helping with the program. Also, please take the time to register your children (ages 4 and up) for church school by TODAY. There is a master sign-up sheet on the bulletin board outside of the fellowship hall. Many of the children are already listed on the sheet. Please review and add any missing information or changes to the registration sheet.
Wednesday Adult Discussion Group
We are discussing: 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 book is not dogma but maybe gives us a chance to talk politics and religion.
Feast of the Dormition
This year we will be celebrating the Feast of the Dormition with our sister parish of the Assumption of the Virgin Greek Church in Springfield, OH. We will do Vespers in Springfield on Tuesday, August 14, at 7pm. The Divine Liturgy for the Feast will be at 10am on Wednesday, August 15, also at Assumption Church, 1127 East High Street, Springfield, OH 45505.
St. Paul Park Days
Please join us for our LAST PARK DATE! We will meet August 16 at Orchardly Park (NOTE the change from Shafor Park).
Church School Kick-Off Party
After Liturgy on August 19, we will have some games and special cold treats for the kids to celebrate the beginning of the church school year which will resume August 26 at 11:45am. Come ready to have some fun!
Fellowship Hour Team Members Needed!
Volunteers who can cook and help clean up for the Fellowship Hour teams are needed! The food and fellowship at our fellowship hour are invaluable to our parish and visitors and are one of the things that make our parish unique. Contact Dave Fenner if you are interested in helping.
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. The class is offered for those interested in learning more about the Orthodox Faith and also for those preparing themselves to be received into the Orthodox Faith.
“That we might spend the remaining time of our life in peace and repentance, let us pray to the Lord.” We do ask God to give us a lifetime of repentance. If you want to come to the sacrament of Confession at any time during the year, please contact Fr. Ted to set up a time for your confession. He is regularly available before and after the Saturday 5pm Vespers, but it is always good to call him in advance to make sure he is available.
Adult Discussion This Autumn
What is the vision of our parish for the parish? This autumn we can have a discussion of Fr. Alexander Schmemann’s FOR THE LIFE OF THE WORLD. St. Vladimir’s Seminary will issue a new edition of this classic Orthodox book this fall. Originally published in 1963, the book is based on a series of lectures Fr. Schmemann delivered in which he gave a vision for the liturgical theology of the Orthodox Church. It is a book that helped inspire the creation of the Orthodox Church in America. The book was also Fr. Ted’s inspiration for coming to Dayton to start the St. Paul mission. If you would join a group meeting 4 times to discuss the book, please speak with Fr Ted. We probably will not order copies of the book until the new edition is published.
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 will be helping a couple of Orthodox families who are in need.
Birthdays: David Abshear, Wendy McGlaun
Anniversaries: Tim & Ann McLarnan
God grant you many years!
This Week’s Schedule:
Monday, August 13
Leavetaking of the Transfiguration. St. Tikhon, Bishop of Vorónezh, Wonderworker of Zadónsk and All Russia (1783)
Readings: 2 Corinthians 5:10-15, Mark 1:9-15
8:30am Matins 9am Office Hours
Tuesday, August 14
Forefeast of the Dormition. Prophet Micah (8th c. B.C.)
Readings: 2 Corinthians 5:15-21, Mark 1:16-22
7pm Vespers for the Dormition at Assumption Orthodox Church in Springfield
Wednesday, August 15
The Dormition (“Falling Asleep”) of our Most Holy Lady, Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary
Readings: Philippians 2:5-11, Luke 10:38-42; 11:27-28
10am Liturgy for the Dormition at Assumption Orthodox Church in Springfield
Thursday, August 16
Afterfeast of the Dormition. Martyr Diomedes the Physician of Tarsus in Cilicia (298)
Readings: 2 Corinthians 7:1-10, Mark 1:29-35
9:30am Park Day: Orchardly Park
Friday, August 17
Afterfeast of the Dormition. Martyr Myron, Presbyter, of Cyzicus (254).
Readings: 2 Corinthians 7:10-16, Mark 2:18-22
8:30am Matins 9am Office Hours
Saturday, August 18
Afterfeast of the Dormition. Martyrs Florus and Laurus of Illyria (2nd c.)
Readings: 1 Corinthians 1:26-29, Matthew 20:29-34
2:30pm Wedding of Jacob Brausch and Cami Jones
Sunday, August 19
12th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Tone 3. Afterfeast of the Dormition. Martyr Andrew Stratelates and those with him (2593 soldiers) in Cilicia (4th c.)
Readings: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, Matthew 19:16-26
Prosfora: Need volunteer
Altar Servers: V. Weis, J. Fencik
Greeter(s): D. Helferich, D. Short
Epistle: L. Short
Donut Sponsor(s): Need sponsor
Chapel Vacuum: S. Osman
Candle care: R. Helferich
Counters: J. Weise, Michaela Topalov
9:00am Hours: L. Short
9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 3
Church School Kick-Off Party
Upcoming Events to Remember:
August 26 Church School Resumes
September 7 Vespers for the Nativity of the Theotokos, 6pm
September 8 Liturgy for the Nativity of the Theotokos, 9:30am
September 13 Vespers-Liturgy for the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, 6pm
September 14 Exaltation of the Holy Cross