Great Vespers - 5:30 PM Saturday; Orthros - 9:00 AM Sunday; Divine Liturgy - 10:00 AM Sunday
Confessions are available after Services, or contact Fr. Steven
Tone 6 / Eothinon 4
Sunday after the Elevation of the Holy Cross
Martyrs Sophia and her daughters Faith, Love and Hope; Martyr Agathokleia; Hieromartyrs Heracleides and Myron, Bishops of Tamasus in Cyprus; Venerable Anastasios Peristeron of Cyprus; Euxiphios of Cyprus, the bishop
WELCOME! WE WISH TO EXTEND A GRACIOUS WELCOME TO ALL WHO ARE VISITING TODAY! A FRIENDLY REMINDER: Only Orthodox Christians who have properly prepared themselves through fasting, prayer, and recent confession may approach the Chalice to receive Holy Communion.
PAGE 26: As a disciple of the Lord, O righteous one, thou hast received the Gospel. As a Martyr thou art never turned away. As the Brother of God, thou hast boldness. As a hierarch thou canst intercede. Do thou intercede with Christ God that He save our souls.
Prokeimenon. 6th Tone. Psalm 27.9,1.
O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance.
Verse: To you, O Lord, I have cried, O my God.
The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Galatians 2:16-20.
Brethren, knowing that a man is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ, and not by works of the law, because by works of the law shall no one be justified. But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we ourselves were found to be sinners, is Christ then an agent of sin? Certainly not! But if I build up again those things which I tore down, then I prove myself a transgressor. For I through the law died to the law, that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Sunday after Holy Cross
The Reading is from Mark 8:34-38; 9:1
The Lord said: "If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? For what can a man give in return for his life? For whoever is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels." And he said to them, "Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God come with power."
These Saints were from Italy and contested for the Faith about the year 126, during the reign of the Emperor Hadrian. Faith was twelve years old, Hope, ten, and Love, nine; each was tormented and then beheaded, from the eldest to the youngest. Their mother Sophia mourned at their grave for three days, where she also fell asleep in peace; because of her courageous endurance in the face of her daughters' sufferings, she is also counted a martyr. The name Sophia means "wisdom" in Greek; as for her daughters' names, Faith, Hope, and Love (Charity), they are Pistis, Elpis, and Agape in Greek, and Vera, Nadezhda, and Lyubov in Russian.
What is simple is also the most precious...
So struggle in the spiritual life simply, gently, without violence. The soul struggles and is cleansed with the study of the words of the Fathers, in getting psalms by heart, scriptural passages, with chanting, with the Prayer (of Jesus). Give yourself to these spiritual things, and leave all the rest. We can attain to the worship of God easily, without shedding blood. There are two paths that lead us to God, the hard and the wearisome, with fierce assaults on evil and the easy one with love. There are many who have chosen the hard way and have "shed blood to gain the Spirit," such that they attain to great virtue. I find that the shorter road is that of love. You, too, should follow it. So maybe you can have another go. Study to pray, and have it as your goal to progress in the love of God and the Church. Do not wage a war of chasing the darkness from the chamber of your soul. Make a little chink for the light, and the darkness will scatter. The same hold true for the passions and weaknesses. Don't engage in battle with them, but turn them into strengths which defy evil. - St. Porphyrios
Thanks to all who participated in the Meals by Grace effort last weekend, and the St. James Garage Sale!
Sunday School for all starts NOW! PARENTS! Get your kids to class! Aside from church attendance, this schooling is more important than anything! Worldly distractions and activities are fine, but they won't get you into Heaven!
TODAY: We will view Part 1 of the Becoming Truly Human movie during Coffee Hour.
WEDNESDAY: Daily Vespers @ 6:30 PM; Catechumen Class @ 7:15 PM
PLAN AHEAD! Our feastday (Oct. 23rd) will be celebrated on Sunday, Oct. 22nd. There will be a parish outing to Bogan Park after liturgy. Everyone attend!
Remember in your prayers Nicholas, Tamara, Jamie, Jalen, Tara, Allyn, Theodore, Elizabeth, Pelagia, Miguel, Jesse, Salwa, Timothy, Khouria Barbara, Vera, Ashby, Christine, Mary, Elizabeth, Stephen, the catechumens,Thomas, Deborah, Thomas, Theophylact, Richard, Alexandra.
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