SAINT LUKE THE EVANGELIST

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1 SAINT LUKE THE EVANGELIST GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH January 18, 2015 the 12th sunday of luke Saints Athanasius and Cyril were Archbishops of Alexandria. These wise teachers of truth and defenders of Christ s Church share a joint Feast in recognition of their dogmatic writings which affirm the truth of the Orthodox Faith, correctly interpret the Holy Scripture, and censure the delusions of the heretics. St Athanasius took part in the First Ecumenical Council when he was still a deacon. He surpassed everyone there in his zeal to uphold the teaching that Christ is consubstantial (homoousios) with the Father, and not merely a creature, as the Arians proclaimed. This radiant beacon of Orthodoxy spent most of his life in exile from his See, because of the plotting of his enemies. He returned to his flock as he was approaching the end of his life. Like an evening star, he illumined the Orthodox faithful with his words for a little while, then reposed in 373. He is also commemorated on May 2 (the transfer of his holy relics). Saint Athanasius of Synadem and Vologda was a disciple of St Alexander of Svir (August 30). After the death of his mentor, he established the Dormition hermitage in the forests of Karelia, not far from the city of Olonets, on an island of Lake Synadem. The slander and pettiness of the local inhabitants compelled St Athanasius to move back to the Svir monastery, where they chose him as igumen. Later returning to the Dormition hermitage, St Athanasius died in about the year 1550 in great old age, and was buried on one of the promontories of Roschinsk island. Afterwards, a church was built over his grave, named for Sts Athanasius and Cyril of Alexandria. The incorrupt relics of St Athanasius were placed in this church in Saint Marcian of Cyrrhus lived in the desert near the city of Cyrrhus. He built a small hut and settled in it, passing his time in prayer, singing Psalms and reading spiritual books. He ate very little food, just enough to keep him alive. Reports of his holy life attracted to him many zealous ascetics, and St Marcian established a monastery for them audubon drive columbia, missouri, tel / fax web:

2 at the small entrance we sing αναστ. Ἀπολυτίκιον. Ἦχος πλ. β. Kατέλυσας τῷ Σταυρῷ σου τὸν θάνατον, ἠνέῳξας τῷ Λῃστῇ τὸν Παράδεισον, τῶν Μυροφόρων τὸν θρῆνον μετέβαλες, καὶ τοῖς σοῖς Ἀποστόλοις κηρύττειν ἐπέταξας ὅτι ἀνέστης Χριστὲ ὁ Θεός, παρέχων τῷ κόσμῳ τὸ μέγα ἔλεος. Ἀπολυτίκιον των αγιων. Ἦχος γ. Ἔργοις λάμψαντες Ὀρθοδοξίας, πᾶσαν σβέσαντες κακοδοξίαν, νικηταὶ τροπαιοφόροι γεγόνατε τῇ εὐσεβείᾳ τὰ πάντα πλουτίσαντες, τὴν Ἐκκλησίαν μεγάλως κοσμήσαντες, ἀξίως εὕρατε Χριστὸν τὸν Θεὸν εὐχαῖς ὑμῶν, δωρούμενον πᾶσι τὸ μέγα ἔλεος. Ἀπολυτίκιον του ναου. πλ. α. Λουκάν τον πανύμνητον καὶ ἅγιον ἀπόστολον, τὸν τῆς Ἐκκλησίας γνωστὸν συνθέτην τῶν Πράξεων τῶν Ἀποστόλων, τόν τε σεμνὸν τοῦ Εὐαγγελίου Χριστοῦ ὑπομνηματιστήν, ἀξίως τιμήσωμεν ὕμνοις ὁσίοις, ὡς νοσημάτων ἀνθρωπίνων καὶ φυσικῶν ἀσθενειῶν θεραπευτήν, τὸν καθαίροντα πληγὰς τοῦ πνεύματος, καὶ ἀδιαλείπτως πρεσβεύοντα ὑπὲρ τῶν ψυχῶν ἡμῶν. Κοντάκιον. Ἦχος α. μήτραν παρθενικὴν ἁγιάσας τῷ τόκῳ σου, Ὁ καὶ χεῖρας τοῦ Συμεὼν εὐλογήσας ὡς ἔπρεπε, προφθάσας καὶ νῦν ἔσωσας ἡμᾶς Χριστὲ ὁ Θεός. Ἀλλ εἰρήνευσον ἐν πολέμοις τὸ πολίτευμα, καὶ κραταίωσον Βασιλεῖς οὓς ἠγάπησας, ὁ μόνος φιλάνθρωπος. resurr. apolytikion. varys. By means of Your Cross, O Lord, You abolished death. To the robber You opened Paradise. The lamentation of the myrrh-bearing women You transformed, and You gave Your Apostles the order to proclaim to all that You had risen, O Christ our God, and granted the world Your great mercy. apolytikion οf the saints. Mode 3. Ηaving shone with deeds of Orthodoxy * and extinguished all impious doctrines, * you have rightly won the trophies and victory. * Since you enriched all the world with correct belief, * greatly adorning the Church with your words and deeds, * you therefore have worthily found Christ God, * who by your prayers grants to all the great mercy. Apolytikion for the Church. Mode 5. The holy Apostle, the All-hymned Luke, * who is acknowledged by the Church of Christ * as the recorder of the Acts of the Apostles, * and the splendid author of the Gospel of Christ. * Let us praise with sacred hymns as a physician, * who heals the infirmities of man, * and the ailments of nature, * who cleanses spiritual wounds, and prays unceasingly for our souls. Kontakion. Mode 1. Υou sanctified the virginal womb by Your birth, O Lord, and blessed the hands of Symeon fittingly, O Christ God; and even now You came and saved us. Now, give peace to our Nation in time of war, and empower our Leaders, so loved by You, the only one who loves humanity.

3 THE READINGS OF THE DAY epistle reading the Letter of st. paul to Hebrews 13:7-16 Brethren, remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God; consider the outcome of their lives, and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever. Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings; for it is well that the heart be strengthened by grace, not by foods, which have not benefited their adherents. We have an altar from which those who serve the tent have no right to eat. For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest as a sacrifice for sin are burned outside the camp. So Jesus also suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his own blood. Therefore let us go forth to him outside the camp and bear the abuse he endured. For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city which is to come. Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. gospel reading Luke 17:12-19 At that time, as Jesus entered into a certain village, ten men who were lepers met him, and they stood at a distance. They lifted up their voices, saying, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us! When Jesus saw them, he told them, Go and show yourselves to the priests. And it happened that as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, glorifying God with a loud voice. He fell on his face at Jesus feet, giving him thanks; and this man was a Samaritan. Jesus said, Were not ten cleansed? But where are the nine [others]? Was no one found who came back to glorify God, except for this foreigner? Then Jesus said to him, Get up and go your way. Your faith has healed you! For us the fear of God consists wholly in love, and perfect love of God brings our fear of him to its perfection. Our love for God is entrusted with its own responsibility: to observe his counsels, to obey his laws, to trust his promises. Let us hear what Scripture says: And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you except to fear the Lord your God and walk in his ways and love him and keep his commandments with your whole heart and your whole soul, so that it may be well for you? st. hilary of poitiers

4 announcements upcoming church services: Saturday, January 24, Great Vespers, 5pm house blessings Following the celebration of Epiphany on January 5-6, it is customary for Orthodox Christians to have their homes blessed in order to ask for God s blessings upon themselves and their families during the new year. If you would like to have your home blessed, please see the sign-up sheets in the Narthex stewardship The 2015 Stewardship packets have been mailed. PLEASE return your stewardship card as soon as possible. If you are not on the mailing list, please take a packet from the narthex. Thank you for your generosity! bookstore The Parish Bookstore is open on Sunday s following Divine Services. Visit to see new items! dinner dance - save the date Our annual Dinner Dance fundraiser will be on February 8th. Tickets are available today. Adult tickets are $35 ($40 at door) and kids (5-12) will be $20 ($25 at door). wedding Next week Shane and Laura Miller will be married in the Church. All are welcome Ecclesiastical calendars Please find the envelope and take your 2015 Ecclesiastical Calendar in the Narthex. There are extra unlabeled envelopes w/ calendars if you do not receive mailings from the Church. philoptochos Philoptochos New Year Party: New Year Party: Special thanks to G&D Pizzaria for their hospitality! Gift Cards: The next gift card deadline is is Feb 10. Please see Ronni Harwood or Karen Sade to place your order. Souper Bowl of Caring: Please bring non-perishable food items and place them in the purple food barrel. Philoptochos will collect monetary donations from parishioners on February 1. Every dollar donated goes to IOCC (International Orthodox Christian Charities) to support their ministries. Please join us in transforming Super Bowl Sunday into the nation s largest celebration of giving and serving by participating in the Souper Bowl of Caring! Go RED: Join Philoptochos in observing Heart Healthy Month on February 15 by wearing red to Church. We encourage everyone in the community to wear red to show your support! give a month towards our future As we did in 2014, we would again like to offer families and individuals the opportunity to help offset our additional mortgage payment with a donation of $640. If you would like to sponsor one month for 2015, please contact Fr. Michael.

5 God s blessing rested upon the saint, and he possessed the gift of wonderworking. Once, a serpent crawled into his cell. The saint made the Sign of the Cross and the serpent perished, burned up by flames. At night, when the ascetic read, a heavenly light shone for him. The monk also worked many other miracles on behalf of the brethren. He died in peace about the year 388. Saint Cyril and his wife Maria were the parents of St Sergius of Radonezh (September 25). They belonged to the nobility, but more importantly, they were devout and faithful Christians who were adorned with every virtue. When the child in Maria s womb cried out three times in church during Liturgy, people were astonished. Although frightened at first, Maria came to see this event as a sign from God that her child would become a chosen vessel of divine grace. She and her husband agreed that if the child was a boy, they would bring him to church and dedicate him to God. This child, the second of their three sons, was born around He was named Bartholomew at his baptism. Because of civil strife, St Cyril moved his family from Rostov to Radonezh when Bartholomew was still a boy. Later, when their son expressed a desire to enter the monastic life, Sts Cyril and Maria asked him to wait and take care of them until they passed away, because his brothers Stephen and Peter were both married and had synaxarion their own family responsibilities. The young Bartholomew obeyed his parents, and did everything he could to please them. They later decided to retire to separate monasteries, and departed to the Lord after a few years. It is believed that Sts Cyril and Maria both reposed in Forty days after burying his parents, Bartholomew settled their estate, giving his share to his brother Peter. He then went to the monastery when he was twenty-three years old, and was tonsured on October 7 with the name Sergius (in honor of the martyr St Sergius who is commemorated on that day). As everyone knows, St Sergius of Radonezh became one of Russia s greatest and most revered saints. St Cyril was glorified by the Orthodox Church of Russia in He is also commemorated on September 28, and on July 6 (Synaxis of the Saints of Radonezh). Righteous Athanasius of Navolotsk went at the end of the sixteenth century from the Kargopol region to the Olonets land, where he founded a monastery 78 versts from what later became the city of Petrozavodsk. The saint died at a Verkholedsk suburb not far from Shenkursk.

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