The Witness

SERVICES AND EVENTS
Saturday, September 11, 6:30pm 
Vespers
Sunday, September 12, 9am Matins 10am Divine Liturgy
Monday, September 13, 6:30pm Vespers for Exaltation of the Cross
Tuesday, September 14, 10am Divine Liturgy for Feast of Exaltation of the Cross
Wednesday, September 8, 10am Coffee with the Fathers (@Joshua Cup)
Saturday, September 18, 6:30pm Reader Vespers
Sunday, September 19, 9am Matins 10am Divine Liturgy

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Church School 
will be begin September 12. Littles/Middles will meet at 9:30am each Sunday. Teenage “Why?” class will meet 2nd and 4th Sundays at around noon after Liturgy.
Patristic Pints/Coffee with the Fathers Returns! In September we plan to restart the book study/discussion - we will be going through the book “Hearken My Beloved” by St. Sophrony. Printouts will be available for the sections we go through - or it can be purchased here: https://stmpress.com/products/hearken-my-beloved-brethren
Geoff and Kriss Whiteman Visit on September 12. The Whitemans, who have visited our parish before, are Missionary Care Coordinators for OCMC. They will give a very brief presentation about their work after Liturgy, and then will be available for any who want to meet, learn more, and converse at 2pm. The Whitemans are trained in marriage and family therapy and intercultural studies.
IOCC Appeal The Parish Council is matching donations up to $1000 in the month of September to IOCC for the relief effort for those affected by Hurricane Ida. Donate via the tithe box (IOCC appeal in the memo line or envelope)
Confession Sign Up is online at this link https://tinyurl.com/38pwa783 or on bulletin board.
Birthdays: Natalie Wilson (9/12)

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 (Feast) Your nativity, O Virgin,

has proclaimed joy to the whole universe!

The Sun of righteousness, Christ our God, has shone from you, O Theotokos.
By annulling the curse,
He bestowed a blessing.//

By destroying death, He has granted us eternal life.

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 (Feast)
By your nativity, O most pure Virgin,
Joachim and Anna are freed from barrenness,
Adam and Eve — from the corruption of death.
And we, your people, freed from the guilt of sin, celebrate and sing to you:// “The barren woman gives birth to the Theotokos, the nourisher of our Life.”

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 3 Prokeimenon (Song of the Theotokos)
My soul magnifies the Lord, / and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior. (Lk. 1:46-47)

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.

Galatians 6:11-18 (Epistle, Sunday Before)

See with what large letters I have written to you with my own hand! As many as desire to make a good showing in the flesh, these would compel you to be circumcised, only

that they may not suffer persecution for the cross of Christ. For not even those who are circumcised keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh. But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation. And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God. From now on let no one trouble me, for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus. Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

Philippians 2:5-11 (Epistle, Theotokos)

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Tone 1

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

V. I have exalted one chosen out of My people. (Ps. 88:18b)
V. For My hand shall defend him and My arm shall strengthen him. (Ps. 88:20) Tone 8
V. Hearken, O daughter, and see, and incline your ear! (Ps. 44:9a)

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.”

John 3:13-17 (Gospel, Sunday Before)

No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so

must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

Luke 10:38-42; 11:27-28 (Gospel, Theotokos)

Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” And it happened, as He spoke these things, that a certain woman from the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, “Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts which nursed You!” But He said, “More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”

(Instead of “It is truly meet...,” we sing:)

Tone 8

Magnify, O my soul, the most glorious birth of the Mother of God! Virginity is foreign to mothers;
childbearing is strange for virgins.
But in you, O Theotokos, both were accomplished.//

Therefore all we nations of the earth unceasingly magnify you.

Communion Hymn

Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest! (Ps. 148:1)
I will receive the cup of salvation and call on the Name of the Lord. (Ps. 115:4) Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!