St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church

Sunday Bulletin

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, Tone 1

The Leavetaking of the Holy Transfiguration of Our Lord

 and Savior Jesus Christ

St. Tikhon, Bishop of Vorónezh, Wonderworker of Zadónsk 

and All Russia (1783)

Today’s Schedule:

Prosfora: Freezer     

Altar Servers: D. Abshear

Greeter(s): M. Jobst, M. Brausch

Epistle: R. Barone

Donut Sponsor(s): Garber

Chapel Vacuum: Need volunteer

Candle care: Need volunteer

Counters: B. Garber, P. Friesel

9:00am Hours 

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

Fr. Silviu celebrant

11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 2



Hymns & Readings:


First Antiphon Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Savior, save us.


Second Antiphon Refrain: O Son of God, who was transfigured on the mount, save us who sing to Thee: Alleluia!


Troparion for Transfiguration: Tone 7 

You were transfigured on the mount, 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!

Kontakion for Transfiguration: Tone 7

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!


Prokeimenon: Tone 1

Let your mercy, O Lord, be upon us as we have set our hope on you.


Epistle:1 Corinthians 4:9-16

For I think that God has displayed us, the apostles, last, as men condemned to death; for we have been made a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men. We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, but we are dishonored! To the present hour we both hunger and thirst, and we are poorly clothed, and beaten, and homeless. And we labor, working with our own hands. Being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we endure; being defamed, we entreat. We have been made as the filth of the world, the offscouring of all things until now. I do not write these things to shame you, but as my beloved children I warn you. For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. Therefore I urge you, imitate me.


Gospel: Matthew 17:14-23

And when they had come to the multitude, a man came to Him, kneeling down to Him and saying, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. So I brought him to Your disciples, but they could not cure him.” Then Jesus answered and said, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me.” And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” Now while they were staying in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill Him, and the third day He will be raised up.” And they were exceedingly sorrowful.


Hymn to the Theotokos

Magnify, O my soul, the Lord who was transfigured on Mount Tabor! Your child bear ing 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.


Communion Hymn

O Lord, we shall walk in the light of Your countenance, and shall exult in Your name for ever.


For Further Reading:

In Praise of Mary

My Lady Mary--

Consecrated to virginity from your earliest years,

Whose heart gave no entry to the desires of this world,

There is none among men or angels that can compare with you.

You are the thorn bush that bore the flames of fire,

Out of which God himself spoke

About how he would deliver the tent of his people Jacob from it.

You are the Cloud of Manna raining down at the time dew descends

All manner of delightful food, flavored according to each one’s taste (Enzira Sebhat, Harp of Glory, p. 81).


Imitate St. Paul

At the heart of Paul's message in the letter is his appeal to the Philippians to imitate him (3:17), which we must read in light of his depiction of himself as being in humble and humiliating circumstances. He opens the letter by noting that he and his co-worker Timothy are “slaves” of Christ, then points out that he is also a prisoner. Thus, Paul’s basis for his assurance is not arrogance or a feeling of success. Rather, his confidence emerges from the fact that in his own situation, God has used what seems to be a bad situation for a greater purpose: although Paul is in prison, the gospel has spread (1:12-14); although some preach from impure motives, Christ is still proclaimed (1:15-18); although death seems preferable, life is necessary, but Christ is honored in either case (1:19-26). What seems to be a lowly and dangerous situation Paul upholds as an experience to be used for the greater glory of God. Paul intentionally interprets as positive circumstances that seem to indicated a loss of status: imprisonment, dissention with others, the threat of death. He reaffirms his role in God’s greater purpose in order to underscore his own character, which allows him to speak to the Philippians as he does.

            He calls them to be like him- not to aspire to greatness, but rather to unity (humility) and service (2:1-14). Instead of competing for honor, he directs them to pursue a vision that continues and strengthens a value that already exists in the community: mutuality (Richard S. Ascough, Passionate Visionary, p. 38).


Tradition = Scripture Rightly Understood

So, for Irenaeus, both the true apostolic tradition maintained by the churches, and the apostolic writings themselves, derive from the same apostles, and have one and the same content, the Gospel, which is itself, as we have seen, “according to the Scripture.” “Tradition” for the early Church is, as Florovsky puts it, “Scripture, rightly understood.” Irenaeus’ appeal to tradition is thus fundamentally different to that of his opponents. While they appealed to tradition precisely for that which was not in Scripture, or for principals which would legitimize their interpretation of Scripture, Irenaeus, in his appeal to tradition, was not appealing to anything else that was not also in Scripture. Thus Irenaeus can appeal to tradition, to establish his case, and at the same time maintain that Scripture itself, using its own hypothesis and canon (John Behr, Formation of Christian Theology: The Way to Nicea, p. 45).


St. Paul’s Understanding of Faith

I want to suggest that for Paul there is one soteriological model: justification is by crucifixion, specifically co-crucifixion, understood as participation in Christ’s act of covenant fulfillment....

            A close reading of Galatians 2:15-21 and Romans 6:1-7:6, is connection with other passages in Paul (especially Rom 5:1-11; 2 Cor 5:14-21; and, once again, Phil 2:6-11), reveals that the apostle understands faith as co-crucifixion with the Messiah Jesus, or “justification by co-crucifixion,” and therefore as inherently participatory (Michael J. Gorman, Inhabiting the Cruciform God, p. 43-44).


Seeing God

In Exodus 33 we find the paradox of intimacy and distance, knowledge and ignorance, presence and transcendence. Moses in the Tent of Meeting seeks guidance from the Lord for his work as leader of the people of Israel; he is told, ‘My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest’ (v. 14); but Moses wants more, and asks to see the glory of God. To this request comes the reply, ‘You cannot see my face; for man cannot see me and live’ (v. 20). As this incident unfolds we see a distinction between what Moses does see and what he is unable to see: ‘And the Lord said, “Behold, there is a place by me where you shall stand upon the rock; and while my glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by; then I will take away my hand, and you shall see my back; but my face shall not be seen.’” (vv. 21-23). The mystery remains, and Moses is not able to see God face to face. But the Israelites are aware of the effect of Moses’ time in the presence of God, for the face of Moses shines ‘because he had been talking with God’, shines with a brightness so great that his face had to be veiled (Exodus 34:29-35). Here we have an early example in the Scriptures of the human face transfigured because of close contact with God; it is an experience that is repeated in the lives of many saints. Much of what we see in the life of Moses we see also in the lives of other Old testament prophets, such as Elijah (1 Kings 19) and Isaiah (Isaiah 6), so it is not surprising that these Old Testament episodes become ‘types’ which help to interpret later events, and which find greater significance in the light of the subsequent developments.

            St. Gregory of Nyssa used the life of Moses as a starting point and framework for his exposition of Christian ascetical theology, and from Gregory derives a whole tradition of apophatic theology which uses the imagery of darkness to articulate the Christian experience of living with the mystery of God’s presence. The theophanies involving Moses and Elijah are included in the Scripture readings at Vespers for the Feast of Transfiguration (John Baggley, Festival Icons for the Christian Year, p. 60-61).


Recent Posts on Fr. Ted’s Blog


Upcoming Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos

All are invited to Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Springfield on August 14 at 7pm for Vespers to celebrate their patronal feast day of the Dormition. Divine Liturgy will be here at St. Paul the next morning, August 15 at 9:30am. This is also a time where we bless flowers or fragrant herbs (basil, rosemary, thyme, etc.). If anyone brings some, Fr. Ted will bless them. Following liturgy, we will plan to go to brunch at Christopher’s Restaurant.

Wednesday Book Study

The group is meeting this week on Wednesday, August 16 at 11am to begin their discussion of the book An Introduction to God by Fr. Andrew Damick. The book can be purchased online and is available as an ebook. If you would like to discuss how to approach other people to talk about God, this book and discussion is for you.


Playground Pledge Collection

Another big "thank you!" to everyone who supported the pledge drive for the new parish playground!  We have placed an order, and now need to start collecting the money pledged. Please include "Playground" on the memo line of your check or envelope with cash and give to Rebecca Barone, Kerrie Wiese, or the collection during Liturgy. Thank you!


Church School Begins Next Week!

Church school will resume for the 2017-2018 on August 20. See Kerrie Wiese if you have any questions.


Parish Picnic

Our annual parish picnic is coming up on August 27. This will be a fun time during fellowship hour where we have games for kids and adults alike. Some of our food will be provided by Christopher’s Restaurant. Please bring a summer side dish to share and any outdoor games you may have (corn hole, etc.).

Meals for the Weis Family

The Weis family recently welcomed a new member to their family, Zoe Theodora. If you are interested in signing up to make and take a meal to the Weis family, please do so by this Mealtrain link or by emailing Erin Caldwell at Thanks!

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 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.


New Catechism/Inquirer’s Class

Fr. Ted was asked to offer another Catechism/ Inquirer’s class beginning at the end of August.  If you would like to join this class, or if you know of someone else who would want to join the class, please let Fr. Ted know as soon as possible. Contact him at


August Charity

In August, the Charity funds will be given to both the Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) and to support the charitable work of St. Vincent de Paul. As our college age Orthodox return to school, we will give support to an organization, the OCF, which ministers to Orthodox students on campuses across the nation. Please remember to pray for all the Orthodox college students as they face the challenges that college life brings to those who desire to live a Christian life.


This Week’s Schedule:


Monday, August 14 (Dormition fast)     

Forefeast of the Dormition. Prophet Micah (8th c. B.C.).

Readings: 2 Corinthians 2:4-15, Matthew 23:13-22

9am Matins     10am Office Hours

7pm Vespers at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Springfield


Tuesday, August 15


Readings: Philippians 2:5-11, Luke 10:38-42; 11:27-28

9:30 am Divine Liturgy for the Dormition of Theotokos & Blessing of Flowers & Fragrant Herbs

11am Brunch at Christophers


Wednesday, August 16 

Afterfeast of the Dormition. Martyr Diomedes the Physician of Tarsus in Cilicia (298).

Readings: 1 Corinthians 16:4-12, Matthew 21:28-32

9am Matins     10am Office Hours  11:00am Discussion Group


Thursday, August 17

Afterfeast of the Dormition. Martyr Myron, Presbyter, of Cyzicus (254).

Readings: 2 Corinthians 4:1-6, Matthew 24:13-28


Friday, August 18 

Afterfeast of the Dormition. Martyrs Florus and Laurus of Illyria (2nd c.)

Readings: 2 Corinthians 4:13-18, Matthew 24:27-33, 42-51

9am Matins     10am Office Hours


Saturday, August 19

Afterfeast of the Dormition. Martyr Andrew Stratelates and those with him (2593 soldiers) in Cilicia (4th c.)

Readings: 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Matthew 19:3-12

2pm Deanery Class: Handouts

5pm Vespers


Sunday, August 20

11th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Tone 2. Afterfeast of the Dormition. Prophet Samuel (11th c. B.C.).

Readings:1 Corinthians 9:2-12, Matthew 18:23-35

Prosfora: Freezer     

Altar Servers: M. Caldwell

Greeter(s): D. Helferich, G. Friesel

Epistle: L. Short

Donut Sponsor(s): Helferich

Chapel Vacuum: D. Short

Candle care: D. Short

Counters: J. Weise, L. Wagner

9:00am Hours L. Short

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 3

11:30am Youth Group

11:45am Church School