July 6, 2008 Church Bulletin
Sunday, July 6, 2008
THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
VARIATION IN TODAY'S DIVINE LITURGY
At the entrance (Service Book page 97):
1. TROPARION OF THE RESURRECTION - Tone 2: When Thou didst submit Thyself unto death, O Thou deathless and immortal One, then Thou didst destroy Hell, with Your Godly power. And when Thou didst raise the dead from beneath the earth, all the powers of Heaven did cry aloud unto Thee, O Christ Thou giver of life, Glory to Thee, O our God.
2. THE ENTRANCE HYMN: O Come, let us worship and fall down before Christ. O son of God, who art risen from the dead save us who sing unto thee: Alleluia.
3. Repeat #1 above.
4. TROPARION OF ST. SIOES - Tone 1: Thou didst appear making the wilderness thy home, an angel in the flesh, a doer of wonders and by fasts, vigils, and prayers thou didst receive heavenly gifts. Therefore, thou dost heal the sick and the souls of those who hasten to thee, O God-mantled Father Sioes. Glory to him who hath given thee power; glory to him who hath crowned thee; glory to him who through thee accomplished healing for all.
5. TROPARION OF ST. GEORGE - Tone 4: As deliverer of captives and defender of the poor, healer of the infirm, champion of kings, victorious, Great Martyr George, intercede with Christ our God for our soul's salvation.
6. KONTAKION FOR THE THEOTOKOS - Tone 2: O undisputed intercessor of Christians, the mediatrix who is unrejected by the Creator, turn not away from the voice of our petitions, although we be sinners, come to us with aid in time who cry unto Thee in faith, for thou art good. Hasten to us with intercessions, O Theotokos, who dost ever intercede for those who honor thee.
Prokeimenon: The Lord is my strength and my song.
The Lord has chastened me sorely.
EPISTLE: The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Romans.
BRETHREN, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in our hope of sharing the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us.
While we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Why, one will hardly die for a righteous man--though perhaps for a good man one will dare even to die. But God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we are now justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. Not only so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received our reconciliation.
THE HOLY GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ST. MATTHEW
The Lord said: "The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is sound, your whole body will be full of light; but if your eye is not sound, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
"No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
"Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O men of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or "What shall we drink?' or "What shall we wear?" For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.
NEXT WEEK'S HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT: Titus 3:8-15; Matthew 5:14-19.
BIG DREAMS START SMALL 2008 FUNDRAISER FOR ST. JUDE'S - Join us in celebrating a decade of dreaming on Saturday, September 27, 2008 at the Copley Marriott, Boston, 6pm-Midnight. Cocktails, Dinner, Live & Silent Auction, Dancing & Fashion to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. For sponsorship info and to reserve your tickets please see or call Marilyn Ganame, 781.769.1766.
PLEASE SAVE YOUR SHAW'S AND STAR MARKET GROCERY RECEIPTS AND HELP ST. MICHAEL MISSION - Beginning next Sunday a box will be set up at the Religious Items Table to collect your grocery receipts from the above-named supermarkets. St. Michael the Archangel Mission in Cotuit will receive a penny for every dollar saved from these receipts. Thank you!