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St. Mary Orthodox Christian Church
Publish Date: 2017-07-02
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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 Third Tone

Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad; for the Lord hath done a mighty act with his own arm. He hath trampled down death and become the First-born from the dead. He hath delivered us from the depth of hades, granting the world the Great Mercy.

Apolytikion for Robe of the Theotokos in the Eighth Tone

Thou best bestowed upon thy city, O ever virgin Theotokos and shelter of mankind, the robe and the belt of thy pure body, at a secure mantle, which by thy seedless birthgiving have remained without corruption for by thee are nature and time regenerated Wherefore, we implore thee to grant thy city safety, and our souls the Great Mercy.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Fourth Tone

O godly shelter that dost cover all mankind, the sacred robe that covered thy sacred body hast thou bestowed on all the faithful graciously, O pure Virgin, as a robe of divine incorruption. As we celebrate with love its august deposition, we cry to thee with fear, O graced of God: Rejoice, O modest one, boast of the Christian race.
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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Third Tone. Luke 1: 46-48.
My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.
Verse: For he has regarded the humility of his servant.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 9:1-7.

BRETHREN, the first covenant had regulations for worship and an earthly sanctuary. For a tent was prepared, the outer one, in which were the lampstand and the table and the bread of the Presence; it is called the Holy Place. Behind the second curtain stood a tent called the Holy of Holies, having the golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold, which contained a golden urn holding the manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant; above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat. Of these things we cannot now speak in detail. These preparations having thus been made, the priests go continually into the outer tent, performing their ritual duties; but into the second only the high priest goes, and he but once a year, and not without taking blood which he offers for himself and for the errors of the people.


Gospel Reading

4th Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from Matthew 8:5-13

At that time, as Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, beseeching him and saying, "Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, in terrible distress." And he said to him, "I will come and heal him." But the centurion answered him, "Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, 'Go,' and he goes, and to another, 'Come,' and he comes, and to my slave, 'Do this,' and he does it." When Jesus heard him, he marveled, and said to those who followed him, "Truly, I say to you, not even in Israel have I found such faith. I tell you, many will come from east and west and sit at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth." And to the centurion Jesus said, "Go; be it done for you as you have believed." And the servant was healed at that very moment.


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Holy Bread Offering: Marie, Megan, & Tara Patterson

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

07/02/2017

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 eternal: Beverly, Laura, Robinia, Virginia.

                                    

                                       YOUR PRAYERS ARE REQUESTED

Abdallah Abdayem, Tina Bnawart, Karl Beal, Terry Bentley, Virginia Bohannon, 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, Annalise Shearer, 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

CAMP ST RAPHAEL

Fr Aaron will serve as a clergy counselor at Camp St Raphael during their second session. He will be out of the office and at camp following Divine Liturgy today, July 2, through Saturday, July 8. On Saturday, July 8, we will not have Confessions or Great Vespers. We will have the regular Matins & Divine Liturgy services on Sunday, July 9. In case of pastoral emergency during his absence, you may contact Fr Paul O’Callaghan (209-4676) or Fr Joshua Burnett (412-736-3827).


HUMANITARIAN SUNDAY

On Sunday, July 9, we will have a Humanitarian Sunday food pantry collection. Please see the flyer included in this bulletin for details. Monetary donations for the team to purchase grocery items are also welcome. Please note this is an important collection as we currently only have enough funds to support our food pantry for approximately 2 more months. Your donations are greatly appreciated!


RESERVATIONS NEEDED SOON

“Tribute to the Everly Brothers” will be in Wichita at The Orpheum and St. Mary On the Go is inviting anyone in the parish who would like to join us to come along. This will be at 3:00 pm in the afternoon on Sunday, August 6, and the cost is $25.00 per ticket. We would like to purchase tickets by July 14, so please contact Mary Ann Khoury to let her know if you would like a ticket. For those who would enjoy a little more fellowship, we will go out for dinner following the concert - TBA. See Mary Ann in the hall after Divine Liturgy or contact her at 832-0734/maktoob@cox.net for reservations or more information.


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:  Sunday, July 23, Sunday, August 6, and Sunday August 27.


FOOD PANTRY BAGS NEEDED

07/02/2017

FOOD PANTRY BAGS NEEDED ~ The Humanitarian Ministry Team is again in need of your plastic bags to package food for the food pantry.  You may put your bags in the Humanitarian Collection Box by the Bookstore in the hall.  Thank you so much for your continued help with this project.


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Birthdays and Anniversaries

Birthdays and Anniversaries This Week

06/25/2017

BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Cheryl Jantz (Jul 4), Sonia Laham (Jul 5), Kirby Jantz (Jul 6), Kacy Minks (Jul 8). Celebrating an anniversary are Nick & Amanda Steinbrink (Jul 3),and Eric & Tracy Namee (Jul 5).  God grant them good health and many years!

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Calendar

  • Looking Ahead at St. Mary

    July 2 to July 17, 2017

    Sunday, July 2

    9:00AM Matins

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Sunday, July 9

    Humanitarian Sunday

    9:00AM Matins

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    11:30AM Humanitarian Ministry Team Coffee Hour

    Monday, July 10

    11:45AM Men's Lunch @ LaGalette

    Thursday, July 13

    5:30PM Parish Council Meeting

    Saturday, July 15

    4:30PM Confession

    5:00PM Great Vespers

    Sunday, July 16

    9:00AM Matins

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Monday, July 17

    VBS @ St Michael (Park City)

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Saints and Feasts

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July 02

Deposition of the Precious Robe of the Theotokos in Blachernae

During the reign of Leo the Great (457-474) two patricians and brethren on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land lodged with an old widow, a Christian of Jewish descent. Seeing the many miracles wrought at a small shrine in her house, they pressed her until she revealed to them that she had raiment of the most holy Theotokos kept in a small coffer. Our Lady had had two virgins in her lifetime who attended upon her; before her holy dormition, she gave each of them one of her divine garments as a blessing. This old widow was of the family of one of those two virgins, and it had come through the generations into her hands. With the permission of God, that this holy relic might be had for the profit of many, the two men took the garment by stealth and brought it to Blachernae near Constantinople, and building a church in honor of the Apostles Peter and Mark, they secretly enshrined the garment therein. But here again, because of the multitude of miracles that were worked, it became known to the Emperor Leo, and a magnificent church was built, as some say, by that same Leo, but according to others, by his predecessors Marcian and Pulcheria, and enlarged by Leo when the holy raiment was found. The Emperor Justin the Younger completed the church, which the Emperor Romanus IV Diogenes raised up immediately again after it had burned in 1070. It burned again in 1434, and from that time it remained a small house of prayer together with the renowned holy spring. After the seventh century, the name Blachernae was given to other churches and monasteries by their pious founders out of reverence for this famous church in Constantinople. In this church John Catacuzene was crowned in 1345; also, the Council against Acindynus, the follower of Barlaam, was convoked here (see the Second Sunday of the Great Fast).


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July 02

Juvenal the Protomartyr of America & Alaska

Saint Juvenal was (together with Saint Herman; see Dec. 12) a member of the first mission sent from Russia to proclaim the Gospel in the New World. He was a priest-monk, and a zealous follower of the Apostles, and baptized hundreds of the natives of Alaska. He was martyred by enraged pagans in 1796.


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July 02

John Maximovitch, Archbishop of Shanghai and San Francisco

The Holy Hierarch John Maximovitch was born in the Kharkov region in 1896, and reposed in Seattle in 1966. In 1921, during the Russian Civil War, his family fled to Belgrade, joining the ranks of Russian exiles in Serbia, where he later became a monk and was ordained priest. In 1934 he was made Bishop of Shanghai, where he served until the Communists came to power. Thereafter he ministered in Europe, serving as Bishop first in Paris then in Brussels, until he became Archbishop of San Francisco in 1962. Throughout his life he was revered as a strict ascetic, a devoted man of prayer, and a truly wondrous unmercenary healer of all manner of afflictions and woes. He served the Divine Liturgy daily, slept little more than an hour a day, and kept a strict fast until the evening. It is doubtful that any one man gave so much protection and comfort as he to the Russian Orthodox people in exile after the Revolution of 1917; he was an unwearying and watchful shepherd of his sheep in China, the Philippines, Europe, and America. Through his missionary labors he also brought into the Church many who had not been "of this fold." Since his repose in 1966, he has been especially glorified by God through signs and miracles, and his body has remained incorrupt.


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July 04

Andrew of Crete Author of the Great Canon

Saint Andrew was from Damascus; his parents' names were George and Gregoria. He became a cleric and secretary of Theodore and Patriarch of Jerusalem; from this, he is called "the Jerusalemite." He was present at the Sixth Ecumenical Council in Constantinople, which was convoked in 680 during the reign of Emperor Constantine IV (668-685). He became deacon of the Great church in Constantinople, that is, the Church of the Holy Wisdom of God, then Archbishop of Crete. He reposed in 720 or 723. Beside his other sacred writings, he also composed various hymns, among which is the famous Great Canon, which is chanted during Great Lent (see the Thursday of the Fifth Week of the Fast).


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July 04

Holy Royal Martyrs of Russia

Tsar Nicholas II was the son of Alexander III, who had reposed in the arms of Saint John of Kronstadt. Having been raised in piety, Tsar Nicholas ever sought to rule in a spirit consonant with the precepts of Orthodoxy and the best traditions of his nation. Tsaritsa Alexandra, a grand-daughter of Queen Victoria of England, and a convert from Lutheranism, was noted for her piety and compassion for the poor and suffering. Their five children were beloved of all for their kindness, modesty, and guilelessness.

Amidst the political turmoil of 1917, Tsar Nicholas selflessly abdicated the throne for what he believed was the good of his country. Although he had abdicated willingly, the revolutionaries put him and his family under house arrest, then sent them under guard to Tobolsk and finally Ekaterinburg. A letter written from Tobolsk by Grand Duchess Olga, the eldest of the children, shows their nobility of soul. She writes, "My father asks that I convey to all those who have remained devoted to him ... that they should not take vengeance on his account, because he has forgiven everyone and prays for them all. Nor should they avenge themselves. Rather, they should bear in mind that this evil which is now present in the world will become yet stronger, but that evil will not conquer evil, but only love shall do so."

After enduring sixteen months of imprisonment, deprivation, and humiliation with a Christian patience which moved even their captors, they and those who were with them gained their crowns of martyrdom when they were shot and stabbed to death in the cellar of the Ipatiev house in Ekaterinburg in 1918.

Together with them are also commemorated those who faithfully served them, and were either slain with them, or on their account: General Elias Tatishchev; Prince Basil Dolgorukov; the physician Eugene Dotkin; the lady-in-waiting Countess Anastasia Hendrikova; the serving-maid Anna Demidova; the cook John Kharitonov; and the sailors Clement Nagorny and John Sednev.


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July 05

Holy New Martyrs Elizabeth the Grand Duchess and the Novice Barbara

Grand Duchess Elizabeth, a grand-daughter of Queen Victoria of England and elder sister of Empress Alexandra of Russia (see July 4), was one of the most illustrious women of her day, known throughout Europe not only for her high birth and graceful beauty, but also for her modesty and goodness of heart. After marrying Grand Duke Sergius Alexandrovich, she converted to Orthodoxy, although this was not required of her by her position. After the assassination of her husband in 1905, Grand Duchess Elizabeth withdrew from public life, founding the convent of Saints Martha and Mary, of which she became the superior. There she dedicated herself to prayer, fasting, tending the sick, and caring for the poor. After the Bolsheviks seized power, she was exiled to the Urals, where she and those with her were martyred in 1918 when they were cast alive into an abandoned mine. The Novice Barbara followed Saint Elizabeth into exile. When she was separated from the Grand Duchess, Barbara asked to be allowed to join her again; to terrify her, the Bolsheviks told her that she would be allowed to do this, but only if she were prepared for unheard-of torments and a violent death. To their amazement, she consented, and was deemed worthy of martyrdom with the Grand Duchess. Their holy relics were recovered and taken through Russia to China, and came to rest in the Convent of Saint Mary Magdalene in Jerusalem. When their reliquaries were opened in 1981, their bodies were found to be partially incorrupt, and sweet with the odour of sanctity. With them are also commemorated their fellow Martyrs: Grand Duke Sergius Mikhailovich; Princes John, Constantine, and Igor, the brethren; Prince Vladimir Paley; and Theodore Remez.


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July 06

Siso√ęs the Great

This Saint, great and renowned among the ascetics of Egypt, lived in the fourth century in Scete of Nitria. After the death of Saint Anthony the Great, he left Scete to live in Saint Anthony's cave; he said of this, "Thus in the cave of a lion, a fox makes his dwelling." When Sisoës was at the end of his long life of labours, as the Fathers were gathered about him, his face began to shine, and he said, "Behold, Abba Anthony is come"; then, "Behold, the choir of the Prophets is come"; his face shone yet more bright, and he said, "Behold, the choir of the Apostles is come." The light of his countenance increased, and he seemed to be talking with someone. The Fathers asked him of this; in his humility, he said he was asking the Angels for time to repent. Finally his face became as bright as the sun, so that the Fathers were filled with fear. He said, "Behold, the Lord is come, and He says, 'Bring Me the vessel of the desert,'" and as he gave up his soul into the hands of God, there was as it were a flash of lightning, and the whole dwelling was filled with a sweet fragrance.


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July 07

Thomas the Righteous of Malea

Saint Thomas, though wealthy in material goods, though illustrious for the military trophies he had won in wars against the barbarians, forsook all that he had that he might gain Christ, and was led by a pillar of fire to Mount Maleon. By divine grace he wrought wonders, cast out demons, gave sight to the blind, caused springs of water to gush forth, healed many, and while in prayer appeared as a pillar of fire. The century in which he lived is not known.


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July 07

Kyriake the Great Martyr

Saint Kyriake was the daughter of Christian parents, Dorotheus and Eusebia. She was given her name because she was born on Sunday, the day of the Lord (in Greek, Kyriake). She contested in Nicomedia during the reign of Diocletian, in the year 300. After many bitter torments she was condemned to suffer beheading, but being granted time to pray first, she made her prayer and gave up her holy soul in peace.


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July 08

The Holy Great Martyr Procopius

The holy Martyr Procopius was born of a pious father named Christopher, but his mother Theodosia was an idolater. After Christopher's death, she presented Neanias - for this was the Saint's name before - to Diocletian, who was at Antioch in Syria. Diocletian made him Duke of Alexandria, and sent him there to punish the Christians. On the way to Alexandria, our Lord spoke to Neanias as once He had to Saul, and turned this new persecutor to faith in Him. Neanias turned back to Scythopolis, and preached Christ. He was betrayed by his own mother, and was arrested and tormented in Caesarea of Palestine. While he was in prison, the Lord appeared to him again and gave him the new name of Procopius (which is derived from the Greek word meaning "progress, advancement"). He was brought out of prison and taken to worship the idols, but at his prayer, the idols fell; many then believed in Christ and suffered martyrdom, among them certain soldiers, twelve women of senatorial rank, and the Saint's own mother, Theodosia. Saint Procopius, after further torments and imprisonment, was beheaded about the year 290.


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Wisdom of the Fathers

Let us hearken, as many as are to receive Christ: for it is possible to receive Him even now. Let us hearken, and emulate, and receive Him with as great zeal; for indeed, when you receive a poor man who is hungry and naked, you have received and cherished Him.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 26 on Matthew 8, 4th Century

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