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St. Mary Orthodox Christian Church
Publish Date: 2017-08-20
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St. Mary Orthodox Christian Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (316) 264-1576
  • Street Address:

  • 344 S Martinson St.

  • Wichita, KS 67213-4044


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Services Schedule

Saturday Confessions 4:30 pm    Saturday Great Vespers 5:00 pm 
Sunday Matins 9:00 am     Sunday Divine Liturgy 10:00 am

 

St. Mary welcomes those seeking holiness and salvation through

a loving and nurturing spiritual family that manifests the presence of Christ on earth. 


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Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Second Tone

When thou didst submit thyself unto death, O Thou deathless and immortal one, then Thou didst destroy Hell with Thy Godly pow'r, and when Thou didst raise the dead from beneath the earth, all the pow'rs of heaven did cry aloud unto Thee O Christ thou giver of life glory to Thee.

Apolytikion for Afterfeast of the Dormition in the First Tone

In giving birth thou didst preserve virginity, and in thy dormition, thou didst not forsake the world, O Theotokos. For thou wast translated unto life since thou art the Mother of Life. By thine intercessions, deliver our souls from death.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Second Tone

Verily, the Theotokos, who is ever watchful in intercessions, who is never rejected, neither tomb nor death could control. But being the Mother of Life, he who dwelt in her ever-virgin womb did translate her to life.
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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Second Tone. Psalm 117.14,18.
The Lord is my strength and my song.
Verse: The Lord has chastened me sorely.

The reading is from St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians 9:2-12.

Brethren, you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord. This is my defense to those who would examine me. Do we not have the right to our food and drink? Do we not have the right to be accompanied by a sister as wife, as the other apostles and the brothers of the Lord and Cephas? Or is it only Barnabas and I who have no right to refrain from working for a living? Who serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard without eating any of its fruit? Who tends a flock without getting some of the milk? Do I say this on human authority? Does not the law say the same? For it is written in the law of Moses, "You shall not muzzle an ox when it is treading out the grain." Is it for oxen that God is concerned? Does he not speak entirely for our sake? It was written for our sake, because the plowman should plow in hope and the thresher thresh in hope of a share in the crop. If we have sown spiritual good among you, is it too much if we reap your material benefits? If others share this rightful claim upon you, do not we still more? Nevertheless, we have not made use of this right, but we endure anything rather than put an obstacle in the way of the gospel of Christ.


Gospel Reading

11th Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from Matthew 18:23-35

The Lord said this parable: "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. When he began the reckoning, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents; and as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, 'Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.' And out of pity for him the lord of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. But that same servant, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat he said, 'Pay what you owe.' So his fellow servant fell down and besought him, 'Have patience with me, and I will pay you.' He refused and went and put him in prison till he should pay the debt. When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. Then his lord summoned him and said to him, 'You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you besought me; and should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?' And in anger his lord delivered him to the torturers, till he should pay all his debt. So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart."


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Holy Bread Offering: Marie, Megan, & Tara Patterson

Holy Bread offered by: Marie, Megan, & Tara Patterson

08/20/2017

The Orthodox servants of God, that they may have mercy, life, peace, health, salvation and visitation: Marie, Megan, Tara, and Donna, Diane.

The Orthodox servants of God departed this life in the hope of resurrection unto life eternalBeverly, Laura, Robinia, Virginia. 

                                        YOUR PRAYERS ARE REQUESTED

Abdallah Abdayem, Tina Bnawart, Karl Beal, Terry Bentley, Shawn Bourgerie, Josiah Bunyard, Teresa C., Roy Clark, Eli Ferris, Maria Greene, Esther Henry, Fred Herrera, Mike Janssens, George Kaleel, Dio Kaufman, Ethan Kosjer, Nick Kosjer, Stephanie Lamone, Julia Lockwood, Donna Namee, Debra Nassif, Yvonne Nassif, Megan Patterson, Duane Rosenbaum, Virginia Rosenbaum, Annalise Shearer, Dan Stitt, Jacob Taylor, Valerie Vulgamore, Autumn  Volhein, Kim Volhein, Briana, Jameson Witzenburg, Jackie.                                                               

          May God remember all of them and us in His Kingdom.

 

 


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Announcements

ST. MARY ON THE GO

St. Mary On the Go will have a brief planning meeting this Sunday in the Library following the Q& A session.  Please grab your coffee and treats and join us for planning activities for the rest of the year.  


ST. MARY ON THE GO

08/20/2017

St. Mary On the Go will have a brief planning meeting this Sunday in the Library following the Q& A session.  Please grab your coffee and treats and join us for planning activities for the rest of the year.  


BISHOP BASIL VISIT

His Grace, our Bishop Basil, plans to make his annual pastoral visit to our parish the weekend of September 9 and 10. We will have a parish luncheon to celebrate our feast day and his 25 years as a bishop following Liturgy on Sunday, September 10. Further details are forthcoming, but please mark your calendars now.


CHURCH SCHOOL REGISTRATION

The teachers are busy getting ready for a great year, and it’s time to sign your children up for Church School! You may visit the web form to sign them up or use the form included in the bulletin. Please sign up by August 20 so we make sure we have enough materials for all the children! Web form sign up: http://bit.ly/2vJqAFU Thank you! Questions? Contact Justine at jnightingale@cox.net or 316-655-1393.


GOT BREAD

GOT BREAD??  If you have not offered the holy bread lately, we invite you to do so.  You are welcome to “team up” with another person or family.  This is not at all uncommon in the life of the Church.  The book in which you may sign up is located on a table in the Fellowship Hall. Feel free to take it to your table during coffee hour.  Sunday’s as well as special feasts will be available throughout the year, so please consider signing up today to offer the holy bread for an upcoming Divine Liturgy.  Thank you.

Upcoming dates still available:  Friday, September 8 Nativity of The Theotokos, Sunday, September 10, Thursday, September 14 Exaltation of The Holy Cross.


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Birthdays and Anniversaries

Birthdays and Anniversaries This Week

BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Justine Nightingale (Aug 21), Eli Ferris (Aug 22), Karl Beal (Aug 23), Roy Clark (Aug 24). Celebrating an anniversary are Alex & Jessica Lessman (Aug 25). God grant them good health and many years!

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Calendar

  • Looking Ahead at St. Mary

    August 20 to September 3, 2017

    Sunday, August 20

    9:00AM Matins

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Monday, August 21

    11:45AM Men's Lunch @ Kababs (3101 N Rock)

    Thursday, August 24

    5:30PM Parish Council Meeting

    Friday, August 25

    Scroll on Website

    Saturday, August 26

    4:30PM Confession

    5:00PM Great Vespers

    Sunday, August 27

    Scroll in Foyer

    Family Promise Host Week

    9:00AM Matins

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Monday, August 28

    6:00PM Divine Liturgy ~ Beheading of St John the Baptist

    Tuesday, August 29

    Strict Fast Day - The Beheading of St John the Baptist

    Saturday, September 2

    4:30PM Confession

    5:00PM Great Vespers

    Sunday, September 3

    9:00AM Matins

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

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Saints and Feasts

Samuel
August 20

Samuel the Prophet

This most holy man, a Prophet of God from childhood, was the last judge of the Israelite people, and anointed the first two Kings of Israel. He was born in the twelfth century before Christ, in the city of Armathaim Sipha, from the tribe of Levi, the son of Elkanah and Hannah (Anna). He was the fruit of prayer, for his mother, being barren, conceived him only after she had supplicated the Lord with many tears; wherefore she called him Samuel, that is, "heard by God." As soon as Hannah had weaned him, she brought him to the city of Silom (Shiloh), where the Ark was kept, and she consecrated him, though yet a babe, to the service of God, giving thanks to Him with the hymn found in the Third Ode of the Psalter: "My heart hath been established in the Lord . . ." Samuel remained in Silom under the protection of Eli the priest. He served in the Tabernacle of God, and through his most venerable way of life became well-pleasing to God and man (I Kings 2: 26). While yet a child, sleeping in the tabernacle near the Ark of God, he heard the voice of God calling his name, and foretelling the downfall of Eli; for although Eli's two sons, Ophni and Phineas, were most lawless, and despisers of God, Eli did not correct them. Even after Samuel had told Eli of the divine warning, Eli did not properly chastise his sons, and afterwards, through various misfortunes, his whole house was blotted out in one day.

After these things came to pass, Samuel was chosen to be the protector of the people, and he judged them with holiness and righteousness. He became for them an example of all goodness, and their compassionate intercessor before God: "Far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you; yea, I will serve the Lord, and show you the good and the right way" (ibid. 12:23). When he asked them -- having God as witness -- if he ever wronged anyone, or took anyone's possessions, or any gift, even so much as a sandal, they answered with one voice: "Thou hast not defrauded us, nor oppressed us, nor afflicted us, neither hast thou taken anything from anyone's hand" (ibid. 12:4). When Samuel was old, the people asked him for a king, but he was displeased with this, knowing that God Himself was their King. But when they persisted, the Lord commanded him to anoint them a king, saying, "They have not rejected thee, but they have rejected Me from reigning over them" (ibid. 8:7); so Samuel anointed Saul. But Saul transgressed the command of God repeatedly, so Samuel anointed David. Yet, since Samuel was a man of God, full of tender mercy, when the Lord told him that He had rejected Saul, Samuel wept for him the whole night long (ibid. 15:11); and later, since he continued to grieve, the Lord said to him, "How long wilt thou mourn for Saul?" (ibid. 16:1). Having lived blamelessly some ninety-eight years, and become an example to all of a God-pleasing life, he reposed in the eleventh century before Christ. Many ascribe to him the authorship of the Books of judges, and of Ruth, and of the first twenty-four chapters of the First Book of Kings (I Samuel).


Holy12ap
August 21

The Holy Apostle Thaddaeus

The Apostle Thaddaeus was from Edessa, a Jew by race. When he came to Jerusalem, he became a disciple of Christ, and after His Ascension he returned to Edessa. There he catechized and baptized Abgar (see Aug. 16). Having preached in Mesopotamia, he ended his life in martyrdom. Though some call him one of the Twelve, whom Matthew calls "Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus" (Matt. 10:3), Eusebius says that he is one of the Seventy: "After [Christ's] Resurrection from the dead, and His ascent into Heaven, Thomas, one of the twelve Apostles, inspired by God, sent Thaddaeus, one of the seventy disciples of Christ, to Edessa as a preacher and evangelist of Christ's teaching" (Eccl. Hist. 1: 13).


Allsaint
August 21

The Holy Martyr Bassa and Her Sons: Theognis, Agapius, and Pistus

The Martyrs were from Edessa of Macedonia. Bassa was the wife of a certain Valerian, a priest of the idols, to whom she bore three sons and raised them in piety. She was betrayed with her sons to the proconsul by her own husband; each of her sons was tormented before her and beheaded. For refusing to worship the idols, she was imprisoned, cast into water and then fire, was stoned, and remaining unharmed, was brought to the temple to worship the idols. Laying hold upon the idol of Zeus, she overturned it and broke it to pieces. After being preserved through further torments, she was beheaded, about the year 290, in the reign of Maximian.


Ireneaus
August 23

Our Holy Father Ireneaus, Bishop of Lyons

The Holy Hieromartyr Irenaeus was born in Asia Minor about the year 120, and in his youth was a disciple of Saint Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna. Saint Irenaeus was sent to Lyons in Gaul, to be a fellow labourer of Pothinus, Bishop of Lyons (celebrated June 2), who had also been a disciple Saint Polycarp. After the martyrdom of Saint Pothinus, Saint Irenaeus succeeded him as Bishop of Lyons. Besides the assaults of paganism, Irenaeus found himself compelled to do battle with many Gnostic heresies, against which he wrote his greatest work, A Refutation and Overthrow of Knowledge Falsely So Called . He was also a peace-maker within the Church. When Victor, Bishop of Rome, was prepared to excommunicate the Christians of Asia Minor for following a different tradition celebrating Pascha, Irenaeus persuaded him to moderate his zeal, and mediated peace. He made Lyons an illustrious bastion of Orthodoxy and a school of piety, and sealed his confession with martyrdom about the year 202, during the reign of Septimius Severus. He is not to be confused with Saint Irenaeus, Bishop of Sirmium, also celebrated today, who was beheaded and cast into a river in 304 under Diocletian.


Kosmaito
August 24

Cosmas of Aetolia, Equal to the Apostles

Our holy Father Cosmas was from the town of Mega Dendron (Great Tree) of Aetolia. At the age of twenty, he went to study at the school of the Monastery of Vatopedi on the Holy Mountain. Later, he came to the Athonite Monastery of Philotheou where he was tonsured. With the blessing of his abbot, he departed for Constantinople where he learned the art of rhetoric, and thereafter, he began to preach throughout all the regions of northern Greece, the Ionian Islands, but especially in Albania, for the Christian people there were in great ignorance because of the oppression and cruelty of the Moslems. Finally, in 1776, after having greatly strengthened and enlightened the faithful, working many signs and wonders all the while, he was falsely accused by the leaders of the Jewish people and was executed by strangulation by the Moslem Turks in Albania.


Allsaint
August 25

Titus the Apostle of the 70

Saint Titus was a Greek by race, and an idolater. But having believed in Christ through the Apostle Paul, he became Paul's disciple and follower and labored with him greatly in the preaching of the Gospel. When Paul ordained him Bishop of Crete, he later wrote to him the Epistle which bears his name. Having shepherded in an apostolic manner the flock that had been entrusted to him, and being full of days, he reposed in peace, some ninety-four years of age.


Natalia
August 26

The Holy Martyrs Adrian and Natalie

The holy Martyrs Adrian and Natalie confessed the Christian Faith during the reign of Maximian, in Nicomedia, in the year 298. Adrian was a pagan; witnessing the valor of the Martyrs, and the fervent faith with which they suffered their torments, he also declared himself a Christian and was imprisoned. When this was told to his wife Natalie, who was secretly a believer, she visited him in prison and encouraged him in his sufferings. Saint Adrian's hands and feet were placed on an anvil and broken off with a hammer; he died in his torments. His blessed wife recovered part of his holy relics and took it to Argyropolis near Byzantium, and reposed in peace soon after.


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Wisdom of the Fathers

When then you are minded to be revengeful, consider that against yourself are you revengeful, not against another; that you art binding up your own sins, not your neighbors ....
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 61 on Matthew 18, 4th Century

Do we forgive our neighbors their trespasses? God also forgives us in His mercy. Do we refuse to forgive? God, too, will refuse to forgive us. As we treat our neighbors, so also does God treat us. The forgiveness, then, of your sins or unforgiveness, and hence also your salvation or destruction, depend on you yourself, man. For without forgiveness of sins there is no salvation.
St. Tikhon of Zadonsk
Unknown, 18th century

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