The Witness (December 11th – 19th)

SERVICES AND EVENTS
Saturday, December 11, 6:30pm 
Vespers
Sunday, December 12, 9am Matins 10am Divine Liturgy 
Wednesday, December 15, 6:30pm Advent Paraklesis
Thursday, December 16, 7am Divine Liturgy
Saturday, December 18, 6:30pm Vespers
Sunday, December 19, 9am Matins 10am Divine Liturgy

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Parish Council meets December 12
Wesley Vickery Ordination 
to the Subdiaconate will be on Monday December 13, 10:45am EST at St. Josephs Orthodox Church in Wheaton, IL.
No Church School for Littles/Middles for the remainder of December. Church School will resume after the first of the year.
St. Tikhons Calendars Fr. Joel will be ordering 2022 Calendars soon. Please let him know if you would like one. They are $8 this year.
Birthdays: Miriam Fowler (12/17)
Names Days: Casey Boruff (Righteous Ruth), Joshua Boruff (Prophet David), Sarah Boruff, Sarah Jones, Sarah Wolf (Righteous Sarah) Rachel Hassler (Righteous Rachel the Matriarch) Caleb Belt, Caleb Wilson (Righteous Caleb) : Sunday of the Forefathers and Mothers (12/12) Debra Wolf (Righteous Debra the Judge 12/17).
Confession Sign Up is online at this link https://tinyurl.com/38pwa783 or on bulletin board.

Tone 8 Troparion (Resurrection)
You descended from on high, O Merciful One!
You accepted the three day burial to free us from our sufferings!// O Lord, our Life and Resurrection, glory to You!

Tone 2 Troparion (Forefathers)
Through faith You justified the Forefathers, betrothing through them the Church of the gentiles. These saints exult in glory,
for from their seed came forth a glorious fruit:
she who bore You without seed.//
So by their prayers, O Christ God, have mercy on us!

Tone 6 Kontakion (Forefathers) You did not worship the graven image,
O thrice-blessed ones,
but armed with the immaterial Essence of God,

you were glorified in a trial by fire.
From the midst of unbearable flames you called on God, crying: “Hasten, O compassionate One!
Speedily come to our aid,//
for You are merciful and able to do as You will!”

Tone 4 Prokeimenon (Forefathers)
Blessed are You, O Lord God of our fathers, / and praised and glorified is Your

Name forever! (Song of the Three Holy Children, v. 3)
V. For You are just in all that You have done for us! (v. 4)

Colossians 3:4-11 (Epistle)

When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them. But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.

Tone 4

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

V. Moses and Aaron were among His priests; Samuel also was among those who called on His Name. (Ps. 98:6) V. They called to the Lord and He answered them.

Luke 14:16-24 (Gospel)

Then He said to him, “A certain man gave a great supper and invited many, and sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were invited, ‘Come, for all things are now ready.’ But they all with one accord began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it. I ask you to have me excused.’ And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them. I ask you to have me excused.’ Still another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’ So that servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind.’ And the servant said, ‘Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is room.’ Then the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. ’For I say to you that none of those men who were invited shall taste my supper.’”

Communion Hymn

Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest! Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous; praise befits the just! Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!