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December 15, 2019

Hieromartyr Eleutherios

Sunday of the Forefathers

Troparion of the Resurrection: The stone being sealed by the Jews, and thy pure body being guarded by the soldiers, thou didst arise on the third day, O Saviour, granting life to the world. Wherefore, the heavenly powers acclaimed thee, O Giver of life, crying, Glory to thy Resurrection, O Christ! Glory to thy kingdom! Glory to thy gracious providence, O only Lover of mankind.

Troparion of the Forefathers: Thou hast justified by faith the ancient forefathers and through them thou hast gone before and betrothed unto thyself the Church of the Gentiles. Let the saints, therefore, take pride in glory; for from their seed sprouted forth a noble fruit, and she it was who gavest birth to thee without seed. Wherefore, by their pleadings, O Christ God, save our souls.

Troparion of the Hieromartyr Eleutherius: Being comely adorned in thy sacred priestly robes and newly drenched with the streams of thy pure and sanctified blood, thou didst soar aloft to stand before thy Master, Christ; hence never cease to intercede for those honouring with faith thy mighty and blessed contest, thou overthrower of Satan, O wise and blessed Eleutherius.

Troparion of the Chains of St. Peter: O Holy Apostle, Peter, thou dost preside over the Apostles by the precious chains which thou didst bear. We venerate them with faith and beseech thee that by thine intercessions we be granted the great mercy.

Kontakion Preparatory for Nativity: Today the Virgin comes unto the cave to give birth in an ineffable manner to the Word before the ages. Rejoice, therefore, O universe, when you hear, and glorify with the angels and the shepherds him who shall appear by his own will as a new babe, being God before the ages.


Sunday, December 15 (Sunday of the Holy Forefathers)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

12:00 p.m. — Children’s Nativity Play

Monday, December 16

Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, December 17

6:30 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Wednesday, December 18

6:30 p.m. — Advent Paraklesis

Thursday, December 19

6:30 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Friday, December 20 (Ignatios the God-bearer of Antioch)

Saturday, December 21

8:30 a.m. — Workday at the Church

5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers

Sunday, December 22 (Sunday before the Nativity of our Lord)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy


Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Algoods for the Divine Liturgy this morning.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

December 15 Algood Henderson/Lockhart/Alaeetawi/Cooper

December 22 Katool Stewart/Meadows

December 24 (Tues. p.m.) Schelver Kh. Be’Be’/Cheryl/Sarah Anne/Lamia

(Feast of the Nativity of our Lord)

December 29 Morris Pigott/Dabit/Strain/Lavric

December 31 (Tues. p.m.) Meadows (Artoklasia Bread) NO MEAL

(Feast of the Circumcision of our Lord and Feastday of St. Basil the Great)

Schedule for Epistle Readers – Page numbers refer to the Apostolos (book of the Epistles) located on the front pew. Please be sure to use this book when you read.

Reader Reading Page#

December 15 Kh. Sharon Meadows II Tim. 1:8-18 346

December 22 Mildred Morris Heb. 11:9-10, 32-40 348

December 24 (Tues. p.m.) Walt Wood Gal. 4:4-7 351

December 29 Sh. Charlotte Algood Gal. 1:11-19 188

Please be reminded that the Sacristy/Vestry which is adjacent to and behind the altar in our church is considered by the Orthodox Church to be part of the Sanctuary (Altar area) and should not be entered without the blessing of the priest for a specific purpose. If you need to speak with a member of the clergy while they are in the Sanctuary, please ask them to come to you in the nave.

Please be reminded of the following:

Be very careful with the Blessed Bread when you take it after communion. Because this bread has been blessed, we should take care not to let crumbs fall on the floor. Parents, especially, please help your children to choose a small piece and treat it carefully.

Also, at the end of the liturgy, maintain a prayerful disposition during the veneration of the cross as the prayers of thanksgiving after communion are still underway. Please exchange your greetings with each other in the Fellowship Hall during Coffee Hour.

Please remember the following in your prayers: Steve, Sheryl Chamblee; Aidan Milnor, the Milnor family; Sam and Lamia Dabit; Mary Greene (Lee and Kh. Sharon’s sister); Lynda Costas; Fr. Nicholas, Kh. Jan and Angelina Speier; David Morris and his family; Vernie Meadows, Fr. James and Kh. Sharon and their family; Dn. Noah and Sh. Beth Ann (Baker) Pappas, the Reader Basil and Brenda and all of the Baker family; Chris and Rebecca Dansereau and their daughters; Fr. Leo and Kh. Be’Be’ and their family; Emad and Natalia Alaeetawi and their family.

Please remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle, and their daughter Abigail, in your prayers.

Continue to pray for Metropolitan Paul (who is also the brother of our Patriarch) and the Syriac Archbishop John of Aleppo who were abducted while on a humanitarian mission in Syria.

Calendar Items:

* The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month. However, they will meet on the third Thursday in July (only).

* The Ladies of St. Peter meet at 10:00 a.m. on the second Saturday of the month to pray the Akathist to the Mother of God, Nurturer of Children.

* The Ladies of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the last Tuesday of the month.

* We are currently in the Fast of the Nativity and, as is our parish custom, we will have the Service of the Advent Paraklesis in place of Daily Vespers on Wednesday evenings, beginning December 4th.

* The Christian Education classes will present their annual Nativity Play following Coffee Hour today.

* Our celebration of the Nativity of our Lord will begin with Royal Hours on Tuesday morning, December 24th, beginning at 7:00 a.m. Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy will take place that evening, beginning at 10:00 p.m.

* We will celebrate the Circumcision of our Lord and the Feastday of St. Basil the Great with Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia on Tuesday evening, December 31st, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Fasting Discipline for December

During the Fast of the Nativity (November 15-December 24) the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed each day of the week. Note, however, through December 19th there is a katlysis on Tuesdays and Thursdays when wine and oil are permitted, and on Saturdays and Sundays when fish, wine and oil are permitted.

Major Commemorations for December

December 15 Hieromartyr Eleutherios

December 20 Ignatios the God-bearer of Antioch

December 25 The Nativity of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ

December 26 Synaxis of the Theotokos

December 27 Protomartyr Stephen

The Parish Council is aware of problems with the water pressure in the bathrooms and is seeking solutions with the city and a plumbing company. We appreciate your forbearance.

Information regarding the Diocesan Winter Retreat will be forthcoming from Father John. Registration forms are available in the hallway outside the nave.

Anyone wishing to contribute to Sunnybrook Children’s Home can find information on options available on the bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall. Please let Dn. Terry know right away if you’d like to participate.

Unsupervised children in the Kitchen: For health and safety concerns children are not to be allowed in the kitchen unless accompanied by a parent. Please get ice for your children and do NOT allow them to use the icemaker themselves.

If severe weather is in the area please check our website or facebook page for information on services. If it is ever necessary to cancel any of our services due to severe weather conditions, this will be posted on those sites.

For Parents: Children in the nursery during Coffee Hour MUST be supervised just as they are on the playground. This room is used for Sunday School each week. Children who are unsupervised create disarray and use materials set aside for the teaching of Christian Education. This creates extra work for the Sunday School teachers who have to come in and set the room in order before class or who find supplies depleted unexpectedly. A parent must be in the room with their children at all times. Please help us with this! — Fr. John

ead of ManHead of Maonasteries

Quotable: “The ultimate purpose of work and the taking part in the life of this world isn’t so much the development of nature as it is the normal development of the dormant possibilities in man and his neighbors. Even in the enduring of troubles, which is one of the most important means of Christian striving, we don’t have a running away from the life of the world, but a persistence in it. The care for one’s own formation and that of our neighbors, by beautifying ourselves with virtues, doesn’t mean a non-participation in the life of the world. It is the very fullest collaboration, if man is a part of humanity, and his formation is the ultimate goal of creation.”

Dumitru Staniloae, Orthodox Spirituality

Worship: Sunday, December 22, 2019 (Sunday before the Nativity of our Lord)

Scripture: Hebrews 11:9-10, 32-40; Matthew 1:1-25

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Mildred Morris

Prosphora: Katool

Coffee Hour: Stewart/Meadows