The Witness (September 3rd – 11th)

Saturday, September 3, 6:30pm 
Sunday, September 4, 9:15am Baptism of Thomas Wilson 10am Divine Liturgy Wednesday September 7, 6:30pm Vespers for Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos Thursday, September 8, 9am Divine Liturgy for Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos Saturday, September 10, 6:30pm Vespers
Sunday, September 11, 9:30am Matins 10am Divine Liturgy

Reception of New Catechumen 
Tyler Thompson will be received as a catechumen immediately after Divine Liturgy on September 4.
Pitch In on Sept. 4 for Church New Year
Church School Starts Sept. 11
Doug Wolf (9/10)
Names Days: Tanaya Hitt (9/4 St. Hermione of Ephesus) June Wilson (9/5 St. Elizabeth Mother of St. John the Forerunner)

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 (St. Babylas)
By sharing in the ways of the Apostles,
you became a successor to their throne.
Through the practice of virtue, you found the way to divine contemplation, O inspired

one of God;
by teaching the word of truth without error, you defended the Faith, even to the

shedding of your blood.//
O Hieromartyr Babýlas, entreat Christ God to save our souls!

Tone 2 Troparion (Prophet Moses)
You ascended to the heights of the virtues, O Prophet Moses; therefore, you were deemed worthy to see the glory of God. Having received the grace-filled tablets of the Law,
and bearing the grace of the writing within yourself,
You were the honorable praise of prophets,//
and a great mystery of piety.

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 4 Kontakion (St. Babylas)
You guarded the mighty works of faith in your heart,
therefore, you did not fear the tyrant;//
preserve us as well, Hieromartyr Babýlas, good servant of Christ!

Tone 2 Kontakion (Prophet Moses)
The choir of prophets rejoices with Moses and Aaron today, for the fulfillment of their prophecy is in our midst:
the Cross, by which You have saved us, shines forth today.// By their prayers, O Christ God, have mercy on us!

Tone 3 Prokeimenon (Resurrection)
Sing praises to our God, sing praises! / Sing praises to our King, sing praises!

(Ps. 46:6)
V. Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy! (Ps. 46:1)

1 Corinthians 15:1-11 (Epistle)

Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you – unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time. For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. Therefore, whether it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.

Tone 3

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

V. In You, O Lord, have I hoped; let me never be put to shame! (Ps. 30:1a)
V. Be a God of protection for me, a house of refuge in order to save me! (Ps. 30:2b)

Matthew 19:16-26 (Gospel)

Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?” So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.” He said to Him, “Which ones?” Jesus said, “’You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ ’Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ “ The young man said to Him, “All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?” Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. When His disciples heard it, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?” But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Communion Hymn

Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest! (Ps. 148:1) Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!