St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church

Sunday Bulletin

Sunday, August 20  Tone 2.

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, Afterfeast of the Dormition.

 Prophet Samuel (11th c. B.C.).

Today’s Schedule:

Prosfora: Freezer     

Altar Servers: D. Abshear

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

11:15am Youth Group

11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 3

11:45pm Church School


Today’s Hymns & Readings:


Resurrection Troparion: Tone 2:

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!


Troparion for Dormition:

In giving birth you preserved 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.


Resurrection Kontakion: Tone 2

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, O my Savior, praises You forever!


Kontakion for 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.


Prokeimenon: Tone 2

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

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 Hymn

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:

The Unforgiving Servant

We cannot continue without mentioning the parable of the destitute servant (Mt 18:23-35)--and we are all destitute servants! A man owed the king a tremendous sum of money which we was unable to repay. So, he was to be sold into slavery together with his entire family. But the king was moved to pity and forgave him his debt. No sooner had this servant gone out then he came upon another who owed him a small sum and fiercely grabbing him by the throat, he had him cast into prison. The master having heard this brought harsh justice upon him saying; “You wicked servant! I forgive you all that debt because you besought me; and should you not have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?”

            We must carefully note the progression of the parable. It is not because I forgive the sins of those who are in my debt that God forgives my own. I cannot exact God’s forgiveness. It is because God forgives me and leads me back to Himself, because He enables me to exist, in freedom, in His grace and because I am so overwhelmed with gratitude that I then free others from my egocentric ways and let them live in the freedom of grace as well.

            We are constantly expecting something from others. They owe us their love, their attention, or their admiration. My interest is not in others but in my self-gratification, which they provide. The stuff of which I am made is vanity and irritability. And since others are a perpetual disappointment, since they cannot settle their debts with me, I pursue them out of spite and bear towards them dark and negative feelings, I get lost in a wilderness of ill defined “vendettas.” Or else, nursing my offended dignity, I remove myself, taking on an air of proud indifference and pay myself for the offenses of fool’s gold! (Olivier Clement, Three Prayers, pp. 33-34).


Judging Others 

Better Sleep Than Slander


Sa’di of Shiraz tells this story about himself:

When I was a child I was a pious boy, fervent in prayer and devotion. One night I was keeping vigil with my father, the Holy Koran on my lap.


Everyone else in the room began to slumber and soon was sound asleep, so I said to my father, “None of these sleepers opens his eyes or raises his head to say his prayers. You would think that they were all dead.” 


My father replied, “My beloved son, I would rather you too were asleep like them than slandering.” (Anthony de Mello, The Song of the Bird, p. 107).


Mary Opens Heaven to Us

This hymn sums up the entire body of hymnography for the feast. Mary, the chosen dwelling-place of God, is offered as a pure and blameless sacrifice. She is preordained as the one who brings salvation to mankind. It is precisely at this point, however, that we may ask whether the hymnography has passed into the realm of hyperbole. If, as we have already noted, the hymnography of this period presupposes an understanding of salvation (theosis) in which God alone can save man, how can it be said that Mary “has opened the Kingdom of Heaven to us”? Or, how can it be affirmed that Mary is the “restoration of all who dwell on earth: for through thee we are reconciled to God”?

            It is precisely because salvation is defined in terms of theosis that these hymnographers can make such statements about the Virgin without encroaching upon the uniqueness of Christ. God alone can redeem man and deify human nature, but man must be able to receive that gift. This is the role of the Virgin Mary. She is the pure and blameless sacrifice that mankind offers to God as the one who is able to receive the salvation that God has prepared for the human race. It is important to note here, however, that while this hymnography often refers to Mary as reconciler and mediatrix, she is never referred to as redemptrix or co-redemptrix. Mary is the necessary human component in the reconciliation of man with God, but in no way is she said to redeem or deify man (C. Clark Carlton, “The Temple that Held God”, from St. Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly Vol 50, No 1-2   2006 , p. 112).


The Christian Family 

In addition to temptations from the evil one, Starets Macarius gives several other important causes for family problems. To one correspondent he writes: “It is this growing indifference to His Word, and our consequent refusal to examine our hearts-where we could find both the peace He bequeathed us and the insight into our lack of love of Him and of our neighbor-which brings in its wake this punishment, this disruption of the home.” He also says that this is due to our failure to see Christ in others. He reminds us that when we mistreat others, we are in a real sense mistreating Christ. So he tells us, “Remember that you are pupils of Christ-of Christ who teaches us to love not only our friends but even our enemies, and to..forgive all who trespass against us. ‘But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses’ (Matt. 6:15). What a frightful prospect!”

Along these same lines, he tells a correspondent that while it is good that she has a long prayer rule and often reads the Church Fathers, “remember that love of the neighbor is the first work you must strive for. And you do not even have to leave your house to find that neighbor: your husband is that neighbor; your mother is that neighbor; and so are your children.” To another spiritual child, he says that the “poison” in the family cannot be cast out of their home “unless you promptly cease condemning each other. You clearly think you are always in the right; she, of course thinks she is. You heap on her a multitude of grave or petty accusations. She does the same to you. Where will this all end?” Then he points out that the chief things the husband accuses his wife are actually the same faults he has. The Elder concludes:

All this financial trouble between you comes of your having completely forgotten that yours is a Christian home, or should be. A home is a Christian one when all the members of the household bear each other’s burdens, and when each condemns only himself. You have forgotten this, both of you. And so every word of hers pieces you, like an arrow dipped in poison. And your words, likewise, pierce her. 

Ponder the truth of Christian marriage: man and wife are one flesh! Does it not follow that they must share all their possessions? And yet you two haggle over this property! And why? Because of words! 

Unless you promptly strive for and achieve a loving peace between you, it is hopeless to try to bring tidiness and fairness into your business dealings with one another. Humble yourself, not her. Love her, not yourself (David and Mary Ford, Marriage as a Path to Holiness, p. xlvi-xlvii).


Recent Posts on Fr. Ted’s Blog


Church School Begins Today!

Church school will begins for the 2017-2018 TODAY! Youth group begins at 11:15 and all other ages begin at 11:45. See Kerrie Wiese if you have any questions.


Wednesday Book Study

The group is meeting this week on Wednesday, at 11am to continue their discussion of the book An Introduction to God by Fr. Andrew Damick. Please read chapters 1 & 2.   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.


Parish Picnic

Our annual parish picnic and the celebration for the start of church school 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.).


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!


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 at


See an Error in the Bulletin?

If you see something in the bulletin weekly schedule or announcements that doesn’t seem quite right, please let Fr. Ted or Erin Caldwell know as soon as possible.The sooner an error gets pointed out the sooner we can correct it. We try to keep all the information accurate and up-to-date, but sometimes we don’t catch typos or errors before the bulletin goes to print or before the ebulletin is emailed to you. We appreciate your eyes being on the bulletin, and are not offended if you point out a mistake in the bulletin. Rather, we appreciate getting the correction as soon as possible so that we can get the corrected information to all parish members.


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


Thank You from MVERN

“Thank you so much for your recent gift of $300 to MVERN, the Miami Valley Episcopal Russian Network. While we no longer sponsor trips to Sablino, Russia or hold fundraisers, we are still sending money to Fr. Nicholai Askenov to help in his parish’s educational endeavors. He holds a summer camp yearly for children and provides educational programs teaching art, drama, music, theatre, and religious studies. Thanks again for your generous gift!

—Bee Tanner, President of MVERN”

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.



Birthdays: Bill Glushko, Dennis McFarland, Jon McIntosh, Mark Stokoe


This Week’s Schedule:


Monday, August 21     

Afterfeast of the Dormition. Apostle Thaddæus of the Seventy (ca. 44).

Readings: 2 Corinthians 5:10-15, Mark 1:9-15

8:30am Matins                        9am Office Hours

1-4pm  Solar Eclipse              5:30pm  Vespers     6pm Parish Council


Tuesday, August 22

Virgin Martyr Eulalia of Barcelona (ca. 303)

Readings: 2 Corinthians 5:15-21, Mark 1:16-22


Wednesday, August 23

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

Readings: 2 Corinthians 6:11-16, Mark 1:23-28

8:30am Matins            9am Office Hours

11am  Discussion


Thursday, August 24

Virgin Martyr Cyra of Persia (558).

Readings: 2 Corinthians 7:1-10, Mark 1:29-35


Friday, August 25

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

Readings: 2 Corinthians 7:10-16, Mark 2:18-22

8:30am Matins            9am Office Hours


Saturday, August 26

Martyrs Adrian and Natalia and 33 companions, of Nicomedia (4th). Ven. Adrian, Abbot of Ondrusov (Valaam—1550).

Readings: 1 Corinthians 1:26-29, Matthew 20:29-34

5pm Vespers


Sunday, August 27

12th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Tone 3. Ven. Pœmen the Great (ca. 450).

Readings: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, Matthew 19:16-26

Prosfora: Nikki G.

Altar Servers: M. Caldwell

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

Epistle: D. Abshear

Donut Sponsor(s): Need sponsor

Chapel Vacuum: Need volunteers

Candle care: Need volunteers

Counters: K. Henry & M. Brausch

9:00am Hours Need volunteer

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

11:30am Parish Picnic