The Witness (January 1st – 9th)

SERVICES AND EVENTS
Saturday, January 1, 6:30pm 
Vespers
Sunday, January 2, 9am Matins 10am Divine Liturgy
Wednesday, January 5, 8am Royal Hours for Holy Theophany 6:30pm Vespers for Holy Theophany and Blessing of Waters
Thursday, January 6, HOLY THEOPHANY 9am Matins 10am Divine Liturgy 
Saturday, January 8, 6:30pm Vespers
Sunday, January 9, 9am Matins 10am Divine Liturgy followed by Outdoor Blessing of Waters (@Holy Transfiguration)

ANNOUNCEMENT
Parish Council meets Sunday January 2
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.
Help Needed We are in need of someone to be responsible for purchasing (expenses reimbursed) and stocking items for the parish (bathroom and kitchen supplies, coffee, altar wine) See Fr. Joel or Rachel Hassler if you are interested in serving the parish in this capacity.
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: Jess Norton (1/8)
Names Days: Eniene Wilson (1/2 St. Juliana of Lazarevo)

Tone 3 Troparion (Resurrection) Let the heavens rejoice!

Let the earth be glad!
For the Lord has shown strength with His arm. He has trampled down death by death.
He has become the first born of the dead.
He has delivered us from the depths of hell, and has granted to the world//
great mercy.

Tone 4 Troparion (Forefeast) Prepare, O Zebulon,

and adorn yourself, O Naphtali!
River Jordan, cease flowing,
and receive with joy the Master coming to be baptized! Adam, rejoice with our first Mother,
and do not hide yourselves as you did of old in Paradise; for having seen you naked,
He has appeared to clothe you with the first garment.// Christ has appeared to renew all creation.

Tone 4 Troparion (St. Seraphim)
You loved Christ from your youth, O blessed one,
and, longing to work for Him alone, you struggled in the wilderness in constant

prayer and labor.
With penitent heart and great love for Christ you were favored by the Mother of

God.
Therefore we cry to you://
“Save us by your prayers, venerable Seraphim, our father!”

Tone 3 Kontakion (Resurrection)
On this day You rose from the tomb, O Merciful One, leading us from the gates of death.
On this day Adam exults as Eve rejoices;
with the Prophets and Patriarchs//
they unceasingly praise the divine majesty of Your power.

Tone 2 Kontakion (St. Seraphim)
Forsaking the beauty as well as the corruption of this world,
you settled in the monastery of Saróv, O Saint.
There you lived an angelic life,
becoming for many the way to salvation.
Therefore, Christ has glorified you, O Father Seraphim,
enriching you with abundant healing and miracles.//
So we cry to thee: Save us by your prayers, venerable Seraphim, our father!

Tone 4 Kontakion (Forefeast)
Today the Lord enters the Jordan and cries out to John: “Do not be afraid to baptize Me.//
For I have come to save Adam, the first-formed man.”

Tone 6 Prokeimenon (Sunday Before)
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 7 Prokeimenon (St. Seraphim)
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.

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.

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)
Tone 6

V. Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in His commandments.

Luke 6:17-23 (Gospel, Saint)

And He came down with them and stood on a level place with a crowd of His disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem, and from the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear Him and be healed of their diseases, as well as those who were tormented with unclean spirits. And they were healed. And the whole multitude sought to touch Him, for power went out from Him and healed them all. Then He lifted up His eyes toward His disciples, and said: “Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be filled. Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh. Blessed are you when men hate you, and when they exclude you, and revile you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of Man’s sake. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy! For indeed your reward is great in heaven, for in like manner their fathers did to the prophets.

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.”

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!