The Witness (January 6th – 15th)

Friday, January 6, 10am 
Divine Liturgy (Holy Theophany)
No Vespers on Saturday
Sunday, January 8, 9am 
Matins 10am Divine Liturgy 1pm Outdoor Blessing of Waters Wednesday, January 11, 6:30pm Vespers
Thursday, January 12, 7am Divine Liturgy
Saturday, January 14, 6:30pm Vespers
Sunday, January 15, 9:30am Chrismation of Andrew Henderson 10am Divine Liturgy

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: Jess Norton (1/8 )Aidan Guise (1/14)

Tone 5 Troparion (Resurrection)
Let us, the faithful, praise and worship the Word, co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit,
born for our salvation from the Virgin;
for He willed to be lifted up on the Cross in the flesh, to endure death,and to raise the dead//
by His glorious Resurrection.

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 5 Kontakion (Resurrection) You descended into hell, O my Savior, shattering its gates as Almighty,
resurrecting the dead as Creator,

and destroying the sting of death.
You have delivered Adam from the curse, O Lover of man,// and we cry to You: “O Lord, save us!”


Tone 4 Kontakion (St. George)
You have appeared as a brilliant light
and have illumined with divine rays those who cry to you, O George. Pray for us to Christ the Master,
Who appeared in the waters//
to illumine those born on earth!

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!