The Witness (January 8th – 16th)

SERVICES AND EVENTS

Saturday, January 8, 6:30pm Vespers
Sunday, January 9, 9am Matins 10am Divine Liturgy followed by Outdoor Blessing of Waters (@Holy Transfiguration)
Wednesday, January 12, 6:30pm Vespers 7:30pm Patristic Pints @ Wallys
Thursday, January 13, 7am Divine Liturgy
Saturday, January 15, 6:30pm Vespers
Sunday, January 16, 9:20am Baptism of Ada Wilson 10am Divine Liturgy

ANNOUNCEMENT
Outdoor Blessing of Waters 
January 9 after Divine Liturgy. This year it will take place at the spring by Yountsville Bridge. Coffee Hour will follow at Holy Transfiguration for those who wish to attend.
Annual All Parish Meeting is on Sunday January 16. If you are the head of a committee make sure and have a report prepared. If you are interested in being on Parish Council let any current PC member know.
Sanctity of Life Sunday Appeal We will be taking collections the next two Sundays (9th and 16th) to help the Women’s Resource Center. Bring a monetary donation (make check to “Women’s Resource Center”) or items (baby bottles, formula, diapers, new or gently used clothing).
New Icon Project The Parish Council is pursuing the possibility of getting new icons painted for our iconostas. This topic will be discussed at the all parish meeting. In the meantime there are sample works from the two regional iconographers being considered on the wall by the icon shelves in the narthex. Take a look – if you have any strong preferences, opinions, or questions, please let a parish council member know. Confession Sign Up is online at this link https://tinyurl.com/38pwa783 or on bulletin board.
House Blessing Sign Up is now online here: https://tinyurl.com/3ejcnwvm
and on bulletin board.
Birthdays: Aidan Guise (1/14) Brent Jones (1/15)

Tone 4 Troparion (Resurrection)
When the women disciples of the Lord
learned from the angel the joyous message of Your Resurrection, they cast away the ancestral curse
and elatedly told the apostles:
“Death is overthrown!
Christ God is risen,//
granting the world great mercy!”

Tone 1 Troparion (Feast)
When You, O Lord, were baptized in the Jordan, the worship of the Trinity was made manifest. For the voice of the Father bore witness to You, and called You His beloved Son;
and the Spirit in the form of a dove
confirmed the truthfulness of His word.
O Christ our God, You have revealed Yourself// and have enlightened the world, glory to You.

Tone 4 Troparion (St. Polyeuctus)
Your holy martyr Polyeuctus, O Lord,
through his sufferings has received an incorruptible crown from You, our God. For having Your strength, he laid low his adversaries,
and shattered the powerless boldness of demons.//
Through his intercession, save our souls!

Tone 4 Kontakion (Resurrection)
My Savior and Redeemer
as God rose from the tomb and delivered the earth-born from their chains. He has shattered the gates of hell,
and as Master,//
He has risen on the third day!

Tone 4 Kontakion (St. Polyeuctus)
When the Savior bowed His head in the Jordan,
the heads of the dragons were crushed;//
when Polyeuctus was beheaded, the deceiver was put to shame.

Tone 4 Kontakion (Feast)
Today You have shone forth to the world, O Lord,
and the light of Your countenance has been marked on us. Knowing You, we sing Your praises:
“You have come and revealed Yourself,//
O unapproachable Light.”

Tone 1 Prokeimenon (Sunday After)
Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us / as we have set our hope on You! (Ps. 32:22)

V. Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous! Praise befits the just! (Ps. 32:1)

Ephesians 4:7-13 (Epistle, Sunday After)

But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore He says: “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men.” (Now this, “He ascended” – what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.) And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;

Tone 5

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

V. I will sing of Your mercies, O Lord, forever; with my mouth I will proclaim Your truth from generation to generation. (Ps. 88:1-2)
V. For You have said: Mercy will be established forever; Your truth will be prepared in the heavens. (Ps. 88:3)

Matthew 4:12-17 (Gospel, Sunday After)

Now when Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, He departed to Galilee. And leaving Nazareth, He came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the regions of Zebulun and Naphtali, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, by the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles: The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned.” From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

(Instead of “It is truly meet…,” we sing:)

Magnify, O my soul, the most pure Virgin Theotokos,
more honorable than the heavenly hosts!
No tongue knows how to praise you worthily, O Theotokos; even angels are overcome with awe praising you.
But since you are good, accept our faith;
for you know our love inspired by God!
You are the defender of Christians, and we magnify you.

Communion Hymn

Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest! (Ps. 148:1) The grace of God has appeared for the salvation of all men. (Titus 2:11) Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!