St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church

Sunday Bulletin

Sunday, August 19, 2018

12th Sunday after Pentecost.
Tone 3. Afterfeast of the Dormition. Martyr Andrew Stratelates and those with him (2593 soldiers) in Cilicia (4th c.)

Today’s Schedule:

Prosfora: N. Galiatsatos

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

Hymns & Readings:


Tone 3 Troparion (Resurrection)

Let the heavens rejoice! Let the earth be glad! For the Lord has shown strength with His arm. He has trampled down death by death. He has become the first born of the dead. He has delivered us from the depths of hell, and has granted to the world great mercy.


Tone 1 Troparion (Dormition)

In giving birth you preserve your virginity. In falling asleep you did not forsake the world, O Theotokos. You were translated to life O Mother of Life, and by your prayers you deliver our souls from death.


Tone 3 Kontakion (Resurrection)

On this day You rose from the tomb, O Merciful One, leading us from the gates of death.

On this day Adam exults as Eve rejoices; with the Prophets and Patriarchs they unceasingly praise the divine majesty of Your power.


Tone 2 Kontakion (Dormition)

Neither the tomb, nor death, could hold the Theotokos, who is constant in prayer and our firm hope in her intercessions. For being the Mother of Life, she was translated to life by the One Who dwelt in her virginal womb.


Tone 3 Prokimenon (Resurrection)

Sing praises to our God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises!

Epistle: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11

Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you – unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time. For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. Therefore, whether it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.


Gospel: Matthew 19:16-26

Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?” So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.” He said to Him, “Which ones?” Jesus said, “’You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ ’Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ “The young man said to Him, “All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?” Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. When His disciples heard it, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?” But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”


Hymn to the Theotokos

Refrain: The Angels, as they looked upon the Dormition of the Virgin, were struck with wonder, seeing how the Virgin went up from earth to heaven.


Heirmos: The limits of nature are overcome in you, O Pure Virgin: for birthgiving remains virginal, and life is united to death; a virgin after childbearing and alive after death,

you ever save your inheritance, O Theotokos.


Communion Hymns

Praise the Lord from the heavens! Praise Him in the highest! I will receive the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

For Further Reading:


All That is Within Me Bless His Name

Look within yourself. From your own nature you can learn something of your Maker.

There is nothing to be ashamed of in your body. If you are in control of its members, they are not in the slightest evil. Adam and Eve in paradise were naked at first and their bodies did not appear shameful or disgusting. Our limbs do not cause sin, but the wrong use of them does. The Creator of our bodies knew what he was doing.

Who makes the secret parts of the mother’s womb able to bear children? Who gives life to the lifeless fruit of conception? Who shapes the sinews and bones, who covers all with flesh and skin? When the baby comes to the light, who gives the milk that it can suck? How does the newborn infant grow to become a child, then an adolescent, then an adult, and then in the end an old person?

Who imposes on the heart the regularity of its beat? Who protects so skilfully our eyes with their eyelashes? Who makes our whole bodies able to be kept alive by our breathing?

Look at your Maker. Admire your wise Creator. The greatness and the beauty of his creatures will help you to contemplate him. (St Cyril of Jerusalem, Drinking from the Hidden Fountain, p. 60)


If You Want to be Perfect

Become perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect” [Mt 5.48]. Do you see how the Lord restores to us that which is according to the likeness? If you become a hater of evil, free of rancor, not remembering yesterday’s enmity; if you become brother-loving and compassionate, you are like God. If you forgive your enemy from your heart, you are like God. If as God is toward you, the sinner, you become the same toward the brother who has wronged you, by your good will from your heart toward your neighbor, you are like God. If you forgive your enemy from your heart, you are like God. If as God is toward you, the sinner, you become the same toward the brother who has wronged you, by your good will from your heart toward your neighbor, you are like God. As you have that which is according to the image through your being rational, you come to be according to the likeness by undertaking kindness. Take on yourself “a heart of compassion, kindness,” that you may put on Christ. For through those things by which you undertake sympathy you put on Christ, and drawing near to him is drawing near to God. thus the creation story is an education in human life. “Let us make the human being in our image.” Let him have by his creation that which is according to the image, let him also come to be according to the likeness. For this God gave the power. (St. Basil the Great, On the Human Condition, p. 44)


God’s Love

...the divine love of the Sermon on the Mount, a love that shows its perfection in being directed toward good and bad alike. It is precisely this love, which draws no distinctions but loves all its fellow men equally - the distinctively Christian form of love (agape)...that is, for Maximus, the purest reflection of God, as he has revealed himself in his incarnate Son and in his Holy Spirit. So the unity that the Church realizes on earth is the first and most exalted image of God in the world, precisely as a unity of love. (Hans Urs von Balthasar, Cosmic Liturgy, p. 103)


The Gospel

Who Jesus really was, what Jesus really thought of himself, and who really were included among Jesus’ closest associates - such titillating questions have in recent years occupied the front covers of national news magazines and prompted television documentaries. This is fascinating since the church looks to the Gospels as authoritative witnesses to the one gospel, who is Jesus Christ, and not to the Jesus reconstructed by even our best historians. (Joel B. Green, Seized by Truth, p. 109)


Did Moses Foresee the Theotokos?

 It seems to me that, already, the great Moses knew about this mystery by means of the light in which God appeared to him, when he saw the bush burning without being consumed (cf Ex 3:1ff). For Moses said: “I wish to go up closer and observe this great vision.” I believe that the term “go up closer” does not indicated motion in space but a drawing near in time. What was prefigured at that time in the flame of the bush was openly manifested in the mystery of the Virgin, once an intermediate space of time had passed.

            As on the mountain the bush burned but was not consumed, so the Virgin gave birth to the light and was not corrupted. Nor should you consider the comparison to the bush to be embarrassing, for it prefigures the God-bearing body of the Virgin. (St Gregory of Nyssa, found in Luigi Gambero’s Mary and the Fathers of the Church, p. 155)


Recent Posts on Fr. Ted’s Blog



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.


Church School Kick-Off Party

After Liturgy today, 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!


Parish Council Meeting

The Parish Council holds its monthly meeting this Thursday at 6pm, immediately following Vespers at 5:30pm.


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 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 WorldSt. 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 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.


August Charity

We will be helping a couple of Orthodox families who are in need.



Birthdays: Ann McLarnan, Sarah Haas, Dennis McFarland

Anniversaries: Bruce & Diane Garber

God grant you many years!


This Week’s Schedule:

Monday, August 20

Afterfeast of the Dormition. Prophet Samuel (11th c. B.C.). 

Readings: 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, Mark 3:6-12

8:30am Matins            9am Office Hours


Tuesday, August 21

Afterfeast of the Dormition. Martyr Bassa of Edessa and her sons Theogonius, Agapius, and Pistus (2nd c.)

Readings: 2 Corinthians 8:16-9:5, Mark 3:13-19


Wednesday, August 22

Afterfeast of the Dormition. Virgin Martyr Eulalia of Barcelona (ca. 303).

Readings: 2 Corinthians 9:12-10:7, Mark 3:20-27

8:30am Matins            9am Office Hours


Thursday, August 23

Leavetaking of the Dormition. Martyr Lupus, slave of St. Demetrius of Thessalonica (4th c.)

Readings: 2 Corinthians 10:7-18, Mark 3:28-35

5:30pm  Vespers

6pm  Parish Council Meeting


Friday, August 24

Hieromartyr Eutychius, disciple of St. John the Theologian (1st c.). 

Readings: 2 Corinthians 11:5-21, Mark 4:1-9

8:30am Matins            9am Office Hours


Saturday, August 25

Holy Apostle Titus of the Seventy, Bishop of Crete (1st c.). 

Readings: 1 Corinthians 2:6-9, Matthew 22:15-22

5pm Vespers


Sunday, August 26

13th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Tone 4. Martyrs Adrian and Natalia and 33 companions, of Nicomedia (4th)

Readings: 1 Corinthians 16:13-24, Matthew 21:33-42

Prosfora: N. Galiatsatos

Altar Servers: M. Caldwell, B. Garber

Greeter(s): D. Federinko, B. Edwards

Epistle: A. McLarnan

Donut Sponsor(s): Need sponsor

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

11:45am Youth group/Church School


Upcoming Events to Remember:

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