Sunday, August 6, 2017, Tone 8.
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, The Holy Transfiguration of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
Prosfora: D. Federinko
Altar Servers: M. Caldwell
Greeter(s): MK Smith & M. Adrian
Epistle: A. McLarnan
Donut Sponsor(s): Garber
Chapel Vacuum: Need volunteer
Candle care: Need volunteer
Counters: B. Lootens & R. Wagner
9:00am Hours D. Abshear
9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
Fr. Silviu, celebrant
11:30am Fellowship Hour: Potluck
11:45am Sunday School Teacher Meeting
Today’s 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 4
O Lord, how manifold are Your works, in wisdom have You made them all.
Epistle: 2 Peter 1:10-19
Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. For this reason I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, though you know and are established in the present truth. Yes, I think it is right, as long as I am in this tent, to stir you up by reminding you, knowing that shortly I must put off my tent, just as our Lord Jesus Christ showed me. Moreover I will be careful to ensure that you always have a reminder of these things after my decease. For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty. For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” And we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain. And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.
Gospel: Matthew 17:1-9
Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!” And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid. But Jesus came and touched them and said, “Arise, and do not be afraid.” When they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only. Now as they came down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, saying, “Tell the vision to no one until the Son of Man is risen from the dead.”
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.
O Lord, we shall walk in the light of Your countenance, and shall exult in Your name for ever.
For Further Reading:
We are taught to fast regularly as part of our Christian discipline. Why should we fast? How do we serve God by going hungry? Surely we need adequate food each day in order to work hard in God’s service. Jesus criticized most vehemently those who drew attention to their fasting, urging us to fast in secret; so clearly fasting is not a matter for personal pride. There are two reasons to fast. The first is to break our attachment to material things, of which food is the most central, and so compel us to depend on spiritual things. When we are eating regularly, food not only sustains our bodies, but provides pleasure and satisfaction. In itself there is nothing wrong with such pleasure. But when we do without food, we are reminded that the only true and lasting source of joy is spiritual. The second is to express solidarity with those whose poverty forces them to go hungry. We may fast from time to time as a discipline; but many people fast continually because they have not money to buy food. If we are truly to show compassion to the poor, we must experience within our own bodies the consequences of poverty. Fasting is thus an incentive toward generosity. And the money saved during a fast can readily be given to relieve the enforced hunger of others (St. John Chrysostom, On Living Simply, p. 78).
Christ Removes All Barriers to God
He did not change place, nor did He penetrate or pass over a wall, but, as He Himself showed, He left no barrier standing which could separate us from Him. Since God occupies every place He was not separated from man by place, but by man’s variance with Him. Our nature separated itself from God by being contrary to Him in everything that it possessed and by having nothing in common with Him. God remained Himself alone; our nature was man, and no more. When, however, flesh was deified and human nature gained possession of God Himself by hypostatic union, the former barrier opposed to God became joined to the Chrism. The difference gave way when God became man, thus removing the separation between Godhead and manhood. So chrism represents Christ as the point of contact between both natures; there could be no point of contact were they still separate (Nicholas Cabasilas, The Life in Christ, pp. 104-105).
These are the divine prodigies behind the present festival; what we celebrate here, on this mountain now, is for us, too, a saving Mystery. This sacred initiation into the Mystery of Christ, this public solemnity, gathers us together. So that we might come inside the ineffable sanctuary, and might enter the place of Mysteries along with those chosen ones who were inspired to speak God’s words, let us listen to a divine, most sacred voice, as it seems to invite us from the peak of the mountain above us inviting us with strong words of persuasion and saying, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, on the day of the Lord - in the place of the Lord and in the house of our God.” [Our hope is] that, bathed in a vision of him, flooded with light, we might be changed for the better and joined together as one; and that, grasping hold of the light in light, we might cry out: “How fearful is this place! This is nothing other than the house of God, this is the gate of heaven!” This is the place towards which we must hasten, I make bold to say, since Jesus who dwells there and who has gone up to heaven before us, is our guide on the way. With him, let us also flash like lightning before spiritual eyes, renewed in the shape of our souls and made divine, transformed along with him in order to be like him, always being deified, always changing for the better - leaping up the mountain slopes more nimbly than powerful deer, soaring higher than spotless doves, lifted up to the summit with Peter and James and John, walking on clouds with Moses and Elijah - so that the Lord might say of us as well: “There are some of those standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of man coming” to them “in the glory of his Father” (Anastasius of Sinai, Homily on the Transfiguration, Light on the Mountain, pp. 167-168).
Be an Example
“A brother asked Abba Poemen, ‘I am living with some brothers. Do you want me to be in charge of them?’ The elder said to him, ‘No. Do your own work first, and if they want to survive they will provide what is needed themselves.’ The brother said to him, ‘But it is they themselves who want me to be in charge of them.’ The elder said to him, ‘No. You must become their example, not their legislator.’”
An example like that does not draw attention to himself. Only those who wish will follow.
“A young man came to see an old ascetic to be instructed in the way of perfection. But the old man said not a word to him.
The other asked him the reason for his silence. ‘Am I your superior to give you orders? Do what you see me doing if you like.’ From then on the young man imitated the ascetic in everything and learned the meaning of silence.” (Olivier Clement, The Roots of Christian Mysticism, pp. 145-146).
The Virgin Mary
“In her virginity, Eve put on
leaves of shame, but your mother has put on,
in her virginity, a garment of glory
that encompasses all, while to Him who covers all
she gave a body as a tiny garment.”
The imagery of the Robe of Glory, deeply embedded in the Syriac tradition, is used to describe the various stages of salvation history: Adam and Eve are originally clothed in it in Paradise, but lose it at the Fall; Christ, the Divine Word who “put on the body,” deposits humanity’s lost Robe of Glory in the River Jordan at his baptism, and at each Christian baptism it is received in potential from the Font (often described both as the Jordan and as a womb; ...); finally, at the Last Judgement, it becomes the clothing of the Righteous in reality .... Since Christ’s presence in the Jordan makes the Robe of Glory available again to humanity, his presence in Mary’s womb is understood as constituting her baptism, thus providing her with her Robe of Glory .... Mary’s giving Christ “a body as a tiny garment” and receiving in return a “Robe of Glory” is one of the ways in which Ephrem brings out the idea of exchanged involved in the incarnation; this is expressed in ... epigrammatic form: “He gave us divinity, we gave Him humanity” (Sebastian P. Brock & George A. Kiraz, Ephrem the Syrian: Select Poems, p. 51).
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Church School Teacher Meeting
There will be a meeting next Sunday, at 11:45am TODAY for all teachers and those willing to help with the church school program for the upcoming school year. We will discuss classroom assignments and the ordering of materials.
Wednesday Book Study
The group is not meeting this week but will resume meeting on August 16 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.
August 10 is our last park day of the summer! We’re meeting at Shafor Park in Oakwood. See you there!
Church School Update & Registration
Please take the time to register your children (ages 4 and up) for the upcoming school year by August 6. 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. Church school will resume for the 2017-2018 on August 20.
Lifetouch Photo Directory Update!
Photo sessions for our parish have ended but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to be included in our new photo directory. You can still schedule a photo session at another location OR you can submit your own photo. Please see Erin Caldwell ASAP if you’d like to still be included. Thank you all for your participation! New directories will be distributed probably in September.
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.
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 FrTed@StPDayton.org
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.
Fr. Ted on Vacation
Fr. Ted is on vacation this week, please pray for him as he travels. Next Sunday, August 13, he will be serving at St. Stephen’s in Lima.
This Week’s Schedule:
Monday, August 7 (Dormition fast)
Afterfeast of the Transfiguration. Martyr Dometius of Persia and two disciples (363).
Readings: 1 Corinthians 15:12-19, Matthew 21:18-22
NO Matins or Office Hours
Tuesday, August 8 (Dormition fast)
Afterfeast of the Transfiguration. St. Emilian the Confessor, Bishop of Cyzicus (813-820).
Readings: 1 Corinthians 15:29-38, Matthew 21:23-27
Wednesday, August 9 (Dormition fast)
Afterfeast of the Transfiguration. GLORIFICATION OF VEN. HERMAN OF ALASKA, WONDERWORKER OF ALL AMERICA (1970).
Readings: 1 Corinthians 16:4-12, Matthew 21:28-32
NO Matins, Office Hours or Discussion Group
Thursday, August 10 (Dormition fast)
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 1:1-7, Matthew 21:43-46
9:30am Park Day @ Shafor Park in Oakwood
Friday, August 11 (Dormition fast)
Afterfeast of the Transfiguration. Holy Martyr and Archdeacon Euplus (Euplius) of Catania (304)
Readings: 2 Corinthians 1:12-20, Matthew 22:23-33
NO Matins or Office Hours
Saturday, August 12 (Dormition fast)
Afterfeast of the Transfiguration. Martyrs Anicletus and Photius (Photinus) of Nicomedia, and many with them (305-306).
Readings: Romans 15:30-33, Matthew 17:24-18:4
Sunday, August 13 (Dormition fast)
10th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Tone 1. Leavetaking of the Transfiguration. St. Tikhon, Bishop of Vorónezh, Wonderworker of Zadónsk and All Russia (1783).
Readings: 1 Corinthians 4:9-16, Matthew 17:14-23
Altar Servers: V. Weis
Greeter(s): M. Jobst, M. Brausch
Epistle: L. Short
Donut Sponsor(s): Garber
Chapel Vacuum: D. Short
Candle care: D. Short
Counters: B. Garber, P. Friesel
9:00am Hours D. Short
9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
Fr. Siliviu celebrant
11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 2