Prosfora: D. Federinko
Altar Servers: M. Caldwell, B. Garber
Greeter(s): MK Smith & M. Adrian
Epistle: R. Barone
Donut Sponsor(s): Need sponsor
Chapel Vacuum: J. Cunningham
Candle care: Garber
Counters: B. Lootens, M. Pearson
9:00am Hours: Need volunteer
9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
11:30am Fellowship Hour: Potluck
6pm Vespers for the Transfiguration
Hymns & Readings:
Tone 1 Troparion (Resurrection)
When the stone had been sealed by the Jews; while the soldiers were guarding Your most pure Body; You rose on the third day, O Savior, granting life to the world. The powers of heaven therefore cried to You, O Giver of Life: "Glory to Your Resurrection, O Christ! Glory to Your Kingdom! Glory to Your dispensation, O Lover of mankind!”
Tone 4 Troparion (Forefeast of Transfiguration)
Come, you faithful, let us welcome the Transfiguration of Christ, and let us joyfully cry as we celebrate the prefeast: “The day of holy gladness has come; the Lord has ascended Mount Tabor to radiate the beauty of His Divinity.”
Tone 1 Kontakion (Resurrection)
As God, You rose from the tomb in glory, raising the world with Yourself. Human nature praises You as God, for death has vanished. Adam exults, O Master! Eve rejoices, for she is freed from bondage, and cries to You: You are the giver of Resurrection to all, O Christ!
Tone 4 Kontakion (Forefeast of Transfiguration)
Today all mortal nature shines with the divine Transfiguration and cries with exultation: “Christ the Savior is transfigured to save us all!”
Tone 1 Prokeimenon (Resurrection)
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.
For Further Reading:
Hearing the 10 Commandments at the Transfiguration
From all that has been said, may you always bear in your hearts the loveliness of this vision; may you always hear within you the Father’s voice: “This is” - not a slave, not an elder, not an angel - but “my beloved Son; listen to him!” Let us, therefore, really listen to him, as he says, “You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart.” “You shall not kill” - but you also shall not be angry with your brother without reason. “Be reconciled with your brother first, and then go and offer your gift.” “You shall not commit adultery” - but you also shall not let yourself be excited by someone else’s beauty. “You shall not swear falsely” - but you shall not even swear at all: “Let your speech be ‘Yes, yes!’ and ‘No, no!’ What lies beyond that is an invention of the Evil One.” “You shall not bear false witness.” “You shall not commit fraud” - but “give, too, to the one who asks of you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow,” and do no prevent someone from taking what is yours. “Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, act uprightly towards those who curse you, act uprightly towards those who hate you, and pray for those who threaten and persecute you.” “Do not judge, so that you may not be judged.” Forgive, and you will be forgiven, so that you may become sons of your Father, perfect and merciful as is your Father in heaven, “who makes his sun rise on the wicked and the good, and makes rain fall on the just and the unjust.” (John of Damascus, Light on the Mountain, pp. 229-230)
When speaking of how God is known, the Bible seldom speaks of insight or illumination or demonstration; rather, it says that God appeared, did something, showed himself, or spoke to someone, as in the beginning of the book of Hosea: “The word of God came to Hosea” (Hos. 1:1). Accordingly, the way to God begins not with arguments or proofs but with discernment and faith, the ability to see what is disclosed in events and the readiness to trust the words of those who testify to them…
For the Greeks, God was the conclusion of an argument, the end of a search for an ultimate explanation, an inference from the structure of the universe to a first cause. For Christian thinkers, God was the starting point, and Christ the icon that displays the face of God. “Reason became man and was called Jesus Christ,” wrote Justin. Now one reasoned from Christ to other things, not from other things to Christ. In him was to be found the reason, the logos, the logic, if you will, that inheres in all things.
The Christian gospel was not an idea but a certain kind of story, a narrative about a person and things that had actually happened in space and time. It was, says Origen, an “event recorded in history.” In its proper sense the term gospel, as he explained in his commentary on the Gospel According to John, refers to those books that include a “narrative of the deeds, sufferings and words of Jesus.” But this narrative was not a bare report of what had taken place. The gospel, he writes, is “an account of things that...make the hearer glad when he accepts what is reported.” It is centered on a specific human being, Jesus of Nazareth…(Robert Louis Wilken, The Spirit of Early Christian Thought, p. 7 & 15-16)
The Theotokos as an Image of the Church
It might not be surprising that the use of a virgin-mother as an image of the Church began to be paralleled at this time by the use of Mary, virgin and mother, for the same purpose. Preceded by Ephrem in the East, Ambrose was the first to develop this metaphor in the West, and in an important passage he does so in terms that recall his virgin-mother-Church metaphor. After recounting the relationship between Mary and Joseph as recorded in the Gospel of Luke, he comments on its deeper meaning:
Let us address the mystery: She was truly espoused, but a virgin, because she is a type of the Church, which is immaculate but married. As a virgin she begot us form the Spirit, as a virgin she bears us without groaning. And this is perhaps why the holy Mary, although married to one person, was impregnated by another, because the individual churches as well are in fact filled with the Spirit and with grace, while simultaneously being joined under the aegis of a temporal priest. (Boniface Ramsey, Beginning to Read the Fathers, pp. 112-113)
Transfiguration: Seeing the Divine Glory
On Mount Tabor, O Lord, You have shown today the glory of Your divine form unto Your chosen disciples, Peter, James and John. For they looked upon Your garments that gleamed as the light and at Your face that shone more than the sun; and unable to endure the vision of Your brightness which none can bear, they fell to the earth, completely powerless to lift up their gaze. For they heard a voice that testified from above: ‘This is My beloved Son, Who has come into the world to save mankind. (Vespers Hymn for the Transfiguration)
The Wedding Prokimenon
Because of the sincerity of their [the martyrs'] love, this became the greatest of the battles against the Adversary. The Beast had to be throttled to be forced to disgorge alive those who had been devoured. They did not boast over the ones who had fallen. On the contrary, of their riches they gave to those in need and with motherly tenderness went and pleaded with the Father on their behalf. They asked for life, and he gave it to them, and they shared it with their neighbor when they went forth to God in complete triumph. Having always loved peace and always commended peace, in peace they departed to God. They left no distress for their Mother no division or conflict in the family of the faith, but rather joy, peace, harmony, and love. (The Martyrs of Lyons, Early Christian Spirituality, p. 50)
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Services for the Feast of the Transfiguration
We will begin our celebration of the feast of the Transfiguration tonight with Vespers at 6pm. There will be divine liturgy tomorrow at 9:30am.
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.
The counting team is looking for one more volunteer to help count the offering after Liturgy. The counters have a recurring monthly schedule so they each count once a month. Please contact Kerrie or Jeff Wiese if interested.
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 August 12. 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.
“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.
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.
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 August 9 at Hills & Dales Metropark (White Oak Camp). The full schedule is posted on the bulletin board in the hall.
Family Outing Invitation!
On Friday, August 10 bring your families to the opening week of the Levitt Pavilion (134 S. Main St. Dayton) where Lisa Wagner is the executive director. There will be a free urban jazz concert performed by Paul Brown and featuring Chris Standring. The concert begins at 7pm but plan on arriving at 6:30 so everyone can get seats together. Hope you all can make it!
St. Macrina Conference
The 5th annual St. Macrina conference, “In peace let us pray: Christian Diakonia of Peace” will be August 10-11 at the St. Iakovos Retreat Center in Wisconsin. The featured speaker is Deacon Nicholas Denysenko who will be talking about "Diaconal Service: In Peace for Church and World.” For more information and to download a registration form visit: https://www.midwestdiocese.org/news_180715_1.html.
Church School Teacher Meeting
There will be a church school teacher meeting after fellowship hour on August 12. All teachers and assistants should plan to attend. Thank you!
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!
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.
Namedays: Grant Ashworth, Jeff McGlaun
God grant you many years!
This Week’s Schedule:
Monday, August 6
The Holy Transfiguration of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ
Readings: 2 Peter 1:10-19, Matthew 17:1-9
9:30am Liturgy for the Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord
Tuesday, August 7
Afterfeast of the Transfiguration. Martyr Dometius of Persia and two disciples (363)
Readings: 2 Corinthians 2:14-3:3, Matthew 23:23-28
Wednesday, August 8
Afterfeast of the Transfiguration. St. Emilian the Confessor, Bishop of Cyzicus (813-820)
Readings: 2 Corinthians 3:4-11, Matthew 23:29-39
8:30am Matins 9am Office Hours 11am Discussion Group
Thursday, August 9
Afterfeast of the Transfiguration. Glorification of Ven. Herman of Alaska, Wonderworker of All America (1970)
Readings: 2 Corinthians 4:1-6, Matthew 24:13-28
9:30am Park Day: Hills & Dales (White Oak Camp)
Friday, August 10
Afterfeast of the Transfiguration. Holy Martyr and Archdeacon Lawrence of Rome, Hieromartyr Sixtus, Bishop of Rome, and Martyrs Felicissimus and Agapitus, Deacons (258).
Readings: 2 Corinthians 4:13-18, Matthew 24:27-33, 42-51
8:30am Matins 9am Office Hours
Saturday, August 11
Afterfeast of the Transfiguration. Holy Martyr and Archdeacon Euplus (Euplius) of Catania (304)
Readings: 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Matthew 19:3-12
Sunday, August 12
11th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Tone 2. Afterfeast of the Transfiguration. Martyrs Anicletus and Photius (Photinus) of Nicomedia, and many with them (305-306)
Readings: 1 Corinthians 9:2-12, Matthew 18:23-35
Prosfora: Need volunteer
Altar Servers: D. Abshear, D. Beleny
Greeter(s): M. Jobst, M. Braush
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
Upcoming Events to Remember:
August 12 Church School Teacher Meeting
August 19 Church School Kick-Off Party
August 26 Church School Resumes
August 14 Vespers at Assumption in Springfield for the feast of the Dormition, 7pm
August 15 Liturgy for the Dormition at Assumption in Springfield, 10am