The Witness (December 31st – January 8th)

Saturday, December 31, 6:30pm 
Sunday, January 1, 9am Matins 10am Divine Liturgy
Thursday, January 5, 8am Royal Hours 6:30pm Festal Matins and Blessing of Waters (Holy Theophany)
Friday, January 6, 10am Divine Liturgy (Holy Theophany)
Saturday, January 7, 6:30pm Vespers
Sunday, January 8, 9am Matins 10am Divine Liturgy 1pm Outdoor Blessing of Waters

Parish Council Meets January 1
Outdoor Blessing of Waters 
This year we will be doing the blessing of waters at the old coke plant (usual spot) but it will be after coffee hour at 1pm and in concelebration with Holy Transfiguration.
Chrismation of Andrew Henderson will be on January 15th at 9:30am.
Annual All Parish Meeting is on Sunday, January 15th after Coffee Hour.
Birthdays: Samuel Oprisko (1/2)
Name’s Days: Liam Guise (1/1 St. Basil the Great) Seraphima Goshorn-Maroney (1/2 St. Seraphim of Sarov) Eniene Wilson (1/2 St. Juliana of Lazarevo)

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 (Circumcision)
Enthroned on high with the Eternal Father and Your divine Spirit,
O Jesus, You willed to be born on earth of the unwedded handmaid, ^Your Mother. Therefore You were circumcised as an eight-day-old Child.
Glory to Your most gracious counsel;
glory to Your ^dispensation;//
glory to Your condescension, O only Lover of man!

Tone 1 Troparion (St. Basil)
Your proclamation has gone out into all the earth, which was divinely taught by hearing your voice. You expounded the nature of creatures
and ennobled the manners of men.
O venerable Father of royal priesthood,//
entreat Christ God that our souls may be saved!

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. Basil)
You were revealed as the sure foundation of the Church,
granting all mankind a lordship which cannot be taken away,// sealing it with your precepts, O venerable Basil, revealer of heaven.

Tone 3 Kontakion (Feast)
The Lord of all accepts to be circumcised,
thus, as He is good, He excises the sins of mortal men. Today He grants the world salvation,
while light-bearing Basil, high priest of our Creator,// rejoices in heaven as a divine initiate of Christ.

Tone 6 Prokeimenon (Sunday Before and Circumcision) O Lord, save Your people, / and bless Your inheritance! (Ps. 27:9a)

V. To You, O Lord, will I call. O my God, be not silent to me! (Ps. 27:1a)

Tone 1Prokeimenon (St. Basil)
My mouth shall speak wisdom, / the meditation of my heart shall be understanding. (Ps.


2 Timothy 4:5-8 (Epistle, Sunday Before)

But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.

Colossians 2:8-12 (Epistle, Circumcision)

Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power. In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.

Tone 8 Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
V. O God, be bountiful to us and bless us, show the light of Your countenance upon us, and have mercy on us. (Ps. 66:1) V. That we may know Your way upon the earth, and Your salvation among all the nations. (Ps. 66:2) V. Give ear, O shepherd of Israel, You Who lead Joseph like a flock!

Luke 2:20-21,40-52 (Gospel, Circumcision)

Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them. And when eight days were completed for the circumcision of the Child, His name was called JESUS, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb. And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him. His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast. When they had finished the days, as they returned, the Boy Jesus lingered behind in Jerusalem. And Joseph and His mother did not know it; but supposing Him to have been in the company, they went a day’s journey, and sought Him among their relatives and acquaintances. So when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking Him. Now so it was that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers. So when they saw Him, they were amazed; and His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You done this to us? Look, Your father and I have sought You anxiously.” And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” But they did not understand the statement which He spoke to them. Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them, but His mother kept all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.

Mark 1:1-8 (Gospel, Sunday Before)

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in the Prophets: “Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before You. The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the LORD; make His paths straight.’” John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. Then all the land of Judea, and those from Jerusalem, went out to him and were all baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair and with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. And he preached, saying, “There comes One after me who is mightier than I, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to stoop down and loose. I indeed baptized you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

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

Hymn to the Theotokos

All of creation rejoices in you, O Full of Grace: the assembly of Angels and the race of men. O sanctified temple and spiritual paradise, the glory of virgins,

from whom God was incarnate and became a Child –
our God before the ages.
He made your body into a throne,
and your womb He made more spacious than the heavens. All of creation rejoices in you, O Full of Grace.//

Glory to you!

Communion Hymn

Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest! (Ps. 148:1)
The righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance. He shall not fear evil tidings.