The Witness (December 4th – 12th)

SERVICES AND EVENTS
Saturday, December 4, 6:30pm 
Vespers
Sunday, December 5, 9am Matins 10am Divine Liturgy 4:30pm Early Vespers for Feast of St. Nicholas
Monday, December 6, 10am Divine Liturgy for Feast of St. Nicholas
Wednesday, December 8, 6:30pm Advent Paraklesis 7:30pm Patristic Pints
Saturday, December 11, 6:30pm Vespers
Sunday, December 12, 9am Matins 10am Divine Liturgy

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Parish Council meets December 5
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.
Names Days: Nikki Jones, Nick Hitt, Nicholas Daron, Ann Hatfield, Nicole Wilson (December 6, St. Nicholas)
Confession Sign Up is online at this link https://tinyurl.com/38pwa783 or on bulletin board.

Tone 7 Troparion (Resurrection)
By Your Cross You destroyed death.
To the thief You opened Paradise.
For the Myrrhbearers You changed weeping into joy. And You commanded Your disciples, O Christ God, to proclaim that You are risen,//
granting the world great mercy.

Tone 8 Troparion (Ven. Sabbas)
By a flood of tears you made the desert fertile,
and your longing for God brought forth fruits in abundance.
By the radiance of miracles you illumined the whole universe.// Our Father Sabbas, pray to Christ God to save our souls!

Tone 7 Kontakion (Resurrection)
The dominion of death can no longer hold men captive,
for Christ descended, shattering and destroying its powers. Hell is bound, while the Prophets rejoice and cry:
“The Savior has come to those in faith;//
enter, you faithful, into the Resurrection!”

Tone 8 Kontakion (Ven. Sabbas)
From your youth you offered yourself to God as a blameless sacrifice, having been dedicated to Him before your birth, O blessed Sabbas.
You were an adornment of the righteous and a praiseworthy citizen of the

desert.//
Therefore, we cry to you: “Rejoice, O ever-glorious Father!”

Tone 7 Prokeimenon (Resurrection)
The Lord shall give strength to His people. / The Lord shall bless His people

with peace. (Ps. 28:11)
V. Offer to the Lord, O you sons of God! Offer young rams to the Lord! (Ps. 28:1a) Tone 7 Prokeimenon (Ven. Sabbas)

Precious in the sight of the Lord / is the death of His saints. (Ps. 115:6)

Galatians 5:22-6:2 (Epistle, Saint)

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Ephesians 2:14-22 (Epistle)

For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father. Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

Tone 7

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

V. It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to Your Name, O Most High. (Ps. 91:1
V. To declare Your mercy in the morning, and Your truth by night. (Ps. 91:2a) Tone 6

V. Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in His commandments. (Ps. 111:1)

Matthew 11:27-30 (Gospel, Saint)

All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Luke 17:12-19 (Gospel)

Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner? And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.”

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. (Ps. 111:6) Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!