Prosfora: S. Pacak
Altar Servers: V. Weis, D. Beleny
Greeter(s): M. Jobst & M. Brausch
Epistle: S. Pacak
Donut Sponsor(s): B. Edwards
Chapel Vacuum: T. Jacobs
Candle care: J. Elash
Counters: B. Garber, J. Elash
9:00am Hours: S. Pacak
9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 2
11:45am Youth group/Church School
Hymns & Readings:
Tone 6 Troparion (Resurrection)
The angelic powers were at Your tomb; the guards became as dead men. Mary stood by Your grave, seeking Your most pure Body. You took captive hell, not being tempted by it. You came to the Virgin, granting life. O Lord who rose from the dead: glory to You!
Tone 4 Troparion (Nativity of the Theotokos)
Your nativity, O Virgin, has proclaimed joy to the whole universe! The Sun of righteousness, Christ our God, has shone from you, O Theotokos. By annulling the curse, He bestowed a blessing. By destroying death, He has granted us eternal life.
Tone 4 Kontakion (Nativity of the Theotokos)
By your nativity, most pure Virgin, Joachim and Anna are freed from barrenness, Adam and Eve -- from the corruption of death. And we, your people, freed from the guilt of sin, celebrate and sing to you: “The barren woman gives birth to the Theotokos, the nourisher of our Life.”
Tone 6 Kontakion (Resurrection)
When Christ God, the Giver of Life, raised all of the dead from the valleys of misery with His mighty hand, He bestowed resurrection on the human race. He is the Savior of all, the Resurrection, the Life and the God of all.
Tone 6 Prokimenon (Resurrection)
O Lord, save Your people, and bless Your inheritance!
Epistle: Galatians 6:11-18
See with what large letters I have written to you with my own hand! As many as desire to make a good showing in the flesh, these would compel you to be circumcised, only that they may not suffer persecution for the cross of Christ. For not even those who are circumcised keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh. But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation. And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God. From now on let no one trouble me, for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus. Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.
Gospel: John 3:13-17
No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
Hymn to the Theotokos
Magnify, O my soul, the most glorious birth of the Mother of God! Virginity is foreign to mothers;
childbearing is strange for virgins. But in you, O Theotokos, both were accomplished. Therefore all we nations of the earth unceasingly magnify you.
For Further Reading:
A Theology of Woman
From one of Cyril’s statements, we might cull a starting point for a theology of woman:
At first, the feminine sex was obligated to give thanks to men, because Eve, born of Adam but not conceived by a mother, was in a certain sense born of man. Mary, instead, paid off the debt of gratitude: she did not give birth by means of a man, but by herself, virginally, through the working of the Holy Spirit and the power of God.
Cyril seems to want to say that the Blessed Virgin restored woman’s dignity, reestablishing her position of equality with regard to man and ennobling her role as mother. Mary’s response to God, who spoke to her through the mouth of an angel, reminds women that they, too, are partners, not only of men, but of God himself.
The prestigious catechist of the Jerusalem Church, through his simple, spontaneous, and lively style, tries to make his disciples understand that the figure of Mary is essential to understanding the mystery of Christ. God, incarnate and made man, appears in all his mysterious divine-human reality and in his glory as the Savior of men only if he is presented alongside his Mother, from whom he received the body that made him Emmanuel, God-with-us. (Luigi Gamero, Mary and the Fathers of the Church, p. 139)
Dealing with Your Enemies
You, therefore, when you have your enemy in your power, do not make it your concern how to avenge yourself and after subjecting him to countless outrages get rid of him, but how to look after him, how to bring him to mildness; do not stop short of doing and saying everything until by gentleness you overcome his ferocity. Nothing, after all, is more efficacious than mildness; someone suggested as much in the words, “A soft tongue will break bones:” what could be tougher than bones, and yet should anyone be as tough and unbending as that, the one employing mildness will easily prevail. And again, “A submissive answer turns away wrath.” Hence it is clear that you have more say than your enemy in his being upset and his being reconciled: it is up to us, not to the wrathful, both to snuff out their resentment and to kindle the flame to greater heat. The previous authority suggested as much by a simple example saying, Just as you ignite the flame by blowing on a spark, but extinguish it by spitting on it, and you have the say in each case (his words are “Both come out of your mouth”), so too with hostility towards your neighbor: if you give vent to inflated and foolish words, you kindle his fire, you ignite the coals, but if peaceable and moderate words, you extinguish his rage completely before the fire takes on. So do not say, I suffered this and this, I was told this and this: you have the say in it all; as with extinguishing and enkindling the fire, so with inflaming or repressing his resentment, it is likewise up to you. (St. John Chrysostom, Old Testament Homilies, Vol 3, p. 53-54)
The Prayers of St. Parthenius
Oh Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, do not allow vanity, selfishness, sensuality, carelessness, or anger to have dominion over me and snatch me from Thy love.
O Lord, I pray Thee especially for those who in some way have wronged, offended, or saddened me, or have done me some evil. Do not punish them on my account, who am also a sinner, but pour upon them Thy goodness.
O Lord, I pray Thee for all whom I, sinful as I am, have grieved, offended or scandalized by word, deed or thought, consciously or unconsciously.
O Lord, forgive us our sins and mutual offences; expel from our hearts all indignation, scorn, anger, resentment, altercation, and all that can hinder charity and lessen brotherly love. (St. Parthenius, What the Church Fathers Say About...Vol.2, p. 130-131)
Martha & Mary
Understand that Martha represents active virtue, while Mary represents divine vision. Action entails distractions and disturbances, but divine vision, having become the ruler of the passions (for Maria means mistress, she who rules), devotes itself entirely to the contemplation of the divine words and judgements...therefore, whoever sits at the feet of Jesus, that is, whoever steadfastly follows and imitates Jesus, is established in all active virtue. Then such a man will also come to the listening of the divine words, that is, he will attain to divine vision. Mary first sat, and by doing this she was then able to listen to Jesus’ words. Therefore you also, O reader, if you have the strength, ascend to the rank of Mary: become the mistress of your passions, and attain to divine vision. But if you do not have the strength, be Martha, and devote yourself to active virtue, and by this means welcome Christ. (Theophylact of Ochrid, found in Hillarion Alfeyev’s Jesus Christ: His Life and Teaching, p. 453)
God So Loved the World: Unlimited Love
Limitless Love forces open doors. Perhaps I had not achieved some sort of peaceful coexistence with God. Perhaps I had succeeded in believing that, as far as my soul was concerned, I was more or less “in good order,” and so had come to feel more or less at rest...And now all those presuppositions have been turned upside down by a divine intrusion. God asks something from me that I am quite unprepared for. It is like the news of an unwanted child..to listen to this demand, to take the costly decision, ah, but why? Everything seemed to be going so well! Must I have new uncertainties and anxieties?...And now limitless Love wants to erupt into my life. It comes to upset everything in it. It comes to break up what seemed stable and to open new horizons to which I had never given a thought. (Father Lev Gillet, from Michael Plekon, Living Icons: Persons of Faith in the Eastern Church, p. 94)
Recent Posts on Fr. Ted’s Blog:
Library Story Time Outings
Erin Ferdelman has organized some outings for our moms/kids to meet at some local libraries for story times. The first outing will be Wednesday, September 12th, beginning at 10:00am at the main branch of the Dayton Metro Library. This storytime is geared towards ages 0-24 months, but bigger kids are always welcome. See her with questions.
We will be starting up our children’s choir again beginning on September 16. Erin Caldwell & Erin Ferdelman will be leading this informal singing group in an effort to make our kids feel more a part of the liturgy and to familiarize them a little more with some of the hymns of the church. Any kids under 18 is welcome to join. We will be meeting in the church at 11:30am just before church school and will dismiss kids to church school at 11:45am.
Procession with Crosses
“And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, Jesus said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” (Mark 8:34) In remembrance of Jesus’ words to us, next Sunday, September 16, we will have our usual Cross Procession during the Liturgy. Everyone in the parish is encouraged to bring a cross (not just the kids) to carry during the procession. This is to remind yourself that you agreed to be a disciple of the Crucified One, we symbolically carry it in procession to remind ourselves we must carry it daily in our hearts, minds and lives. Parents, besides carrying your own cross, please do remember to have your children bring a cross for the procession.
Wednesday Adult Discussion Group
We are not meeting this week, but will resume on Wednesday, September 19. We will continue our discussion on a vision for Orthodoxy in America. We will be looking at a couple of articles that deal with some of the first Russian Orthodox missionaries to America who began to envision an Orthodox Church for America that wasn’t here to serve ethnic migrants but was here to establish an English language church for all Americans. Please see Fr. Ted to get a copy of the reading materials if you plan to join the discussion.
“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.
September: Support Our Seminarians!
While all of God’s People are called to proclaim the Good News, our clergy have been given the special task of “equipping the saints for ministry” by planting the seeds of faith and nurturing spiritual growth. For three quarters of a century, our seminaries have devoted themselves to imparting information about our faith and to pursuing the formation of those called to the ordained ministry. Our diocesan seminarians have chosen a truly difficult and selfless path, especially in terms of funding their studies and related living expenses. September 2018 has been designated “Support Our Seminarians Month” in the Diocese of the Midwest, culminating in “SOS Sunday” on September 30. Please be generous as we join together to help lighten our seminarians’ financial burdens. All funds will be given directly to our seminarians!
Please send your donations to the Diocese of the Midwest, 927 North LaSalle Blvd., Chicago, IL 60610.
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. So far 5 people have expressed an interest in attending.
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 email@example.com. 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.
Thanks for Your Prayers
Fr. Ted thanks you for your continued prayers for his health. This past week he had his 6 month CT scan and they found no cancer. It is 3 ½ years since he was diagnosed with lung cancer, but thanks to your prayers, no new cancer has occurred. He does not need to return to oncology until February, 2019.
Our September charity will be given to the Diocesan Support our Seminarian campaign. The money will be used to help seminarians and their families with expenses for food and housing. Please remember to pray for our diocesan seminarians and their families - they are devoting their lives to serve us in the Church.
Birthdays: Alexandra Pacak, Rebecca Barone
God grant you many years!
This Week’s Schedule:
Monday, September 10
Afterfeast of the Nativity of the Theotokos. Martyrs Menodora, Metrodora, and Nymphodora, at Nicomedia (305-311).
Readings: Galatians 4:28-5:10, Mark 6:54-7:8
8:30am Matins 9am Office Hours
Tuesday, September 11
Afterfeast of the Nativity of the Theotokos. Ven. Theodora of Alexandria (474-491).
Readings: Galatians 5:11-21, Mark 7:5-16
Wednesday, September 12
Leavetaking of the Nativity of the Theotokos. Hieromartyr Autonomus, Bishop in Italy (313).
Readings: Galatians 6:2-10, Mark 7:14-24
NO Matins or Office Hours or Adult Discussion Group
5pm Vespers 5:30-6pm Confession 6pm Catechism/Inquirer’s Class
Thursday, September 13
Forefeast of the Elevation of the Cross. Commemoration of the Founding of the Church of the Resurrection (Holy Sepulcher) at Jerusalem (335). Hieromartyr Cornelius the Centurion (1st c.)
Readings: Ephesians 1:1-9, Mark 7:24-30
6pm Vespers-Liturgy for the Elevation of the Holy Cross
7:30pm Lenten Potluck
Friday, September 14 Strict Fast
The Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Lifegiving Cross. Repose of St. John Chrysostom (407).
Readings: 1 Corinthians 1:18-24, John 19:6-11, 13-20, 25-28, 30-35
8:30am Festal Matins 9am Office Hours
Saturday, September 15
Afterfeast of the Elevation of the Cross. Saturday after Elevation. Greatmartyr Nicetas (Nikita) the Goth (ca. 372).
Readings: 1 Corinthians 10:23-28, Matthew 24:34-44
Sunday, September 16
16th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Tone 7. Afterfeast of the Elevation of the Cross. Sunday after Elevation. Greatmartyr Euphemia the All-praised (304).
Readings: 2 Corinthians 6:1-10, Matthew 25:14-30
Prosfora: D. Federinko
Altar Servers: M. Caldwell, B. Garber
Greeter(s): D. Helferich, D. Short
Epistle: Need volunteer
Donut Sponsor(s): D. Federinko
Chapel Vacuum: S. Osman
Candle care: R. Helferich
Counters: J. Weise, Michaela Topalov
9:00am Hours: Need volunteer
9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
Procession with Crosses
11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 3
11:45am Youth group/Church School
Upcoming Events to Remember:
September 16 Procession with Crosses
September 23 Reception of Daniel & Elizabeth Callahan into Catechumenate