Sundays: Divine Liturgy 10:00 am
Weekdays: Divine Liturgy 10:00 am
O blessed are You, O Christ our God, who by sending down the Holy Spirit upon them made the fishermen wise and through them illumined the world and to You the universe was ever drawn, all glory to You, O Lord.
Philemon, who was from Colossae, a city of Phrygia, was a man both wealthy and noble; Apphia was his wife. Archippus became Bishop of the Church in Colossae. All three were disciples of the Apostle Paul. Onesimus, who was formerly an unbeliever and slave of Philemon, stole certain of his vessels and fled to Rome. However, on finding him there, the Apostle Paul guided him onto the path of virtue and the knowledge of the truth, and sent him back to his master Philemon, to whom he wrote an epistle (this is one of the fourteen epistles of Saint Paul). In this epistle, Paul commended Onesimus to his master and reconciled the two. Onesimus was later made a bishop; in Greece he is honoured as the patron Saint of the imprisoned. All these Saints received their end by martyrdom, when they were stoned to death by the idolaters. Saint Onesimus is also commemorated on February 15.
Saint Cecilia was of an illustrious Roman family. On being betrothed to Valerian, she drew him to the Faith of Christ, and he in turn drew his own brother Tiburtius to the same. They contested in martyrdom during the reign of Diocletian, in the year 288.
Saint Clement was instructed in the Faith of Christ by the Apostle Peter. He became Bishop of Rome in the year 91, the third after the death of the Apostles. He died as a martyr about the year 100 during the reign of Trajan.
Saint Peter illustriously occupied the throne of Alexandria for twelve years, and, as Eusebius says, "was a divine example of a bishop on account of the excellence of his life and his study of the sacred Scriptures" (see Eusebius, Eccl. Hist., Book VII, 3 2; Book VIII 11, 13; and Book IX, 6). He excommunicated Arius for his sympathy with the Meletian schism. When Arius learned that Saint Peter had been imprisoned, he sent many priests and deacons to him, asking that he receive him back into the communion of the Church before his martyrdom. When the ambassadors of Arius, who had not, like Saint Peter, perceived the ruin he would engender, were astonished at the vehemence with which Saint Peter refused to receive Arius again, he revealed to them a dread vision he had seen, in which the Master Christ had appeared to him as a child wearing a garment torn from head to foot. When Saint Peter asked the Lord who rent His garment, the Lord answered that it was Arius, and that he must not be received back into communion. The holy hieromartyr Peter was beheaded during the reign of Maximinus in the year 312; he is called the "Seal of the Martyrs," because he was the last Bishop of Alexandria to suffer martyrdom under the pagan Emperors. His successors to the throne of Alexandria, Saints Alexander and Athanasius the Great, brought to final victory the battle against Arius' heresy which Saint Peter had begun.
Saint Catherine, who was from Alexandria, was the daughter of Constas (or Cestus). She was an exceedingly beautiful maiden, most chaste, and illustrious in wealth, lineage, and learning. By her steadfast understanding, she utterly vanquished the passionate and unbridled soul of Maximinus, the tyrant of Alexandria; and by her eloquence, she stopped the mouths of the so-called philosophers who had been gathered to dispute with her. She was crowned with the crown of martyrdom in the year 305. Her holy relics were taken by Angels to the holy mountain of Sinai, where they were discovered many years later; the famous monastery of Saint Catherine was originally dedicated to the Holy Transfiguration of the Lord and the Burning Bush, but later was dedicated to Saint Catherine. According to the ancient usage, Saints Catherine and Mercurius were celebrated on the 24th of this month, whereas the holy Hieromartyrs Clement of Rome and Peter of Alexandria were celebrated on the 25th. The dates of the feasts of these Saints were interchanged at the request of the Church and Monastery of Mount Sinai, so that the festival of Saint Catherine, their patron, might be celebrated more festively together with the Apodosis of the Feast of the Entry of the Theotokos. The Slavic Churches, however, commemorate these Saints on their original dates.
Saint Mercurius came from Cappadocia, and was the son of Gordian, a Scythian. A young man, and a soldier of high rank, he refused to offer sacrifice to the idols, and after torments was beheaded during the reign of Valerian (253-260).
St. Stylianos was from Paphlagonia living in the latter 6th century and early 7th century. He loved the Lord Jesus Christ with his whole heart and lived in strict asceticism. When he fell asleep in the Lord, his face shone like the sun and an angel appeared to take his soul to Glory. His prayers have worked many miracles, both during his earthly life and since. He is of special help to children who are ill and to childless couples. He is known as a protector of orphans.
This Saint was from the city of Bythlaba and was of noble birth; he was the closest and most honoured friend of Isdiger (or Yazdegerd) I, King of Persia (reigned 399-420). Though a Christian from his youth, James renounced Christ because he was allured by the King's friendship and flatteries. When his mother and his wife learned of this, they declared to him by letter that they would have nothing more to do with him, since he had preferred a glory that is temporal to the love of Christ. Wounded in soul by these words and coming to himself, the Saint wept over his error, and repudiated the worship of the idols. Therefore, becoming exceedingly wroth, the King - this was Bahram (or Varahran) V (reigned 421-438), Isdiger's son and successor - condemned him to a most bitter death, the likes of which not even a brute beast was ever condemned to: that is, his body was dismembered at every joint of his arms and legs. And so, when he had been cut asunder limb by limb to his very hips and shoulders, the courageous Martyr was finally beheaded, in the year 421.
Προκείμενον. Grave Tone. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 28.11,1.
Κύριος ἰσχὺν τῷ λαῷ αὐτοῦ δώσει.
Στίχ. Ἐνέγκατε τῷ Κυρίῳ υἱοὶ Θεοῦ, ἐνέγκατε τῷ Κυρίῳ δόξαν καὶ τιμήν.
τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς Ἐφεσίους 2:14-22.
Ἀδελφοί, Χριστός ἐστιν ἡ εἰρήνη ἡμῶν, ὁ ποιήσας τὰ ἀμφότερα ἕν, καὶ τὸ μεσότοιχον τοῦ φραγμοῦ λύσας, τήν ἔχθραν ἐν τῇ σαρκί αὐτοῦ, τὸν νόμον τῶν ἐντολῶν ἐν δόγμασιν, καταργήσας· ἵνα τοὺς δύο κτίσῃ ἐν ἑαὐτῷ εἰς ἕνα καινὸν ἄνθρωπον, ποιῶν εἰρήνην, καὶ ἀποκαταλλάξῃ τοὺς ἀμφοτέρους ἐν ἑνὶ σώματι τῷ θεῷ διὰ τοῦ σταυροῦ, ἀποκτείνας τὴν ἔχθραν ἐν αὐτῷ· καὶ ἐλθὼν εὐηγγελίσατο εἰρήνην ὑμῖν τοῖς μακρὰν καὶ τοῖς ἐγγύς· ὅτι διʼ αὐτοῦ ἔχομεν τὴν προσαγωγὴν οἱ ἀμφότεροι ἐν ἑνὶ πνεύματι πρὸς τὸν πατέρα. Ἄρα οὖν οὐκέτι ἐστὲ ξένοι καὶ πάροικοι, ἀλλὰ συμπολῖται τῶν ἁγίων καὶ οἰκεῖοι τοῦ θεοῦ, ἐποικοδομηθέντες ἐπὶ τῷ θεμελίῳ τῶν ἀποστόλων καὶ προφητῶν, ὄντος ἀκρογωνιαίου αὐτοῦ Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ, ἐν ᾧ πᾶσα οἰκοδομὴ συναρμολογουμένη αὔξει εἰς ναὸν ἅγιον ἐν κυρίῳ, ἐν ᾧ καὶ ὑμεῖς συνοικοδομεῖσθε εἰς κατοικητήριον τοῦ θεοῦ ἐν πνεύματι.
Prokeimenon. Grave Tone. Psalm 28.11,1.
The Lord will give strength to his people.
Verse: Bring to the Lord, O sons of God, bring to the Lord honor and glory.
The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Ephesians 2:14-22.
Brethren, Christ is our peace, who has made us both one, and has broken down the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in his flesh the law of commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby bringing the hostility to an end. And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; for through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built into it for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
9th Sunday of Luke
Κατὰ Λουκᾶν 12:16-21
Εἶπεν ὁ Κύριος τήν παραβολὴν ταύτην· Ἀνθρώπου τινὸς πλουσίου εὐφόρησεν ἡ χώρα· καὶ διελογίζετο ἐν ἑαυτῷ λέγων· τί ποιήσω, ὅτι οὐκ ἔχω ποῦ συνάξω τοὺς καρπούς μου; καὶ εἶπε· τοῦτο ποιήσω· καθελῶ μου τὰς ἀποθήκας καὶ μείζονας οἰκοδομήσω, καὶ συνάξω ἐκεῖ πάντα τὰ γενήματά μου καὶ τὰ ἀγαθά μου, καὶ ἐρῶ τῇ ψυχῇ μου· ψυχή, ἔχεις πολλὰ ἀγαθὰ κείμενα εἰς ἔτη πολλά· ἀναπαύου, φάγε, πίε, εὐφραίνου. εἶπε δὲ αὐτῷ ὁ Θεός· ἄφρον, ταύτῃ τῇ νυκτὶ τὴν ψυχήν σου ἀπαιτοῦσιν ἀπὸ σοῦ· ἃ δὲ ἡτοίμασας τίνι ἔσται; οὕτως ὁ θησαυρίζων ἑαυτῷ, καὶ μὴ εἰς Θεὸν πλουτῶν.
9th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 12:16-21
The Lord said this parable: "The land of a rich man brought forth plentifully; and he thought to himself, 'What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?' And he said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns, and build larger ones; and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, 'Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, be merry.' But God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul is required of you; and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?' So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God." As he said these things, he cried out: "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."
We will be celebrating a Memorial Service at the end of Liturgy for the departed members of our Ladies Philoptochos Society
Fellowship Hour today is offered by the Ladies Philoptochos Society in memory of their departed members.
Services this Week
This week we celebrate the Holy Great Martyr Aikaterini (Katherine) of Alexandria on Wednesday, November 25 with the Divine Liturgy at 10:00 am. St. Katherine is the patron of our Ladies Philoptochos Society. It would be good to have the members of the Philoptochos come to celebrate their great patron today!
December Greek Dinner to Go
Enjoy your December Greek Meal to Go from Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church (68 North State St., Concord) on Sunday, November 13 (pick up from 12 noon to 1 pm). This month’s offering is Stuffed Grape Leaves (either with meat or vegetarian), dinner roll, Greek Style Roasted Vegetables, and a Greek dessert. Please specify whether you want the meat or the vegetarian option; the order cannot be mixed; if you want some of both, you need to order two meals. The price is $15 per meal. The cut off for order is Wednesday, December 9 . To order either call 603-953-3051 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or on our website: www.holytrinitynh.org. You can pay on line at the website or send in the check to the church. Thank you for your support. Kali Orexi! Good Appetite!
Father is Away
Father is intending to be away from the parish from November 27 until December 9. At present there is a complication in the plans; so the following information may change. You will be notified about the final arrangments as soon as they are made.
For the two Sundays he is away the church will be open from 10 to 11 for you to come to light a candle and say a prayer, but there will be no Ltiturgy those days. Father will be live streaming Liturgies from St. James Greek Orthodox Church in Belpre, OH on the two Saturdays (Nov 28 and Dec. 5). There are also many other churches live streaming Liturgy.
If there is an emergency, please do not call the Metropolis. First please contact either Barabara (344-0272) or Tasso (848-3676). They will make the appropriate arrangements.
On-Line Book Club
We will be taking a little holiday break from our Book Club. We will be resuming our discussions of Hiking the Holy Mountain on Thursday, December 10 at 7:30 pm. If you would like to join our discussion, please tell Father.
We continue our examination of The Church in the World: How to Approach Modern Questions with an Ancient Faith, based on the recent publication For the Life of the World: Towards a Social Ethos of the Orthodox Church. The text presents an Orthodox approach to contemporary questions. The text will provide material for a robust discussion, both about the approach taken by the authors and about the Orthodox view of these questions. You can find a copy of the text (you can choose either English or Greek!) at https://www.goarch.org/social-ethos.
Our next meeting will be thisTuesday, November 17 at 7:00 pm on Zoom. We will continue our discussion of the text Poverty, Wealth, and Civil Justice. If you do not have zoom or internet access, there is the ability to join on telephone. If you would like to join but do not have internet access, please speak with Father.
Reverse Advent Calendar
It's not too late to join in our Reverse Advent Calendar Challenge. Each day of the Christmas Fast, put one non-perishable food item or toiletry into a box or basket (one per family) for those in need. If you run out of ideas, there are suggestions later in this bulletin. Bring the filled box or basket to either the Vesperal Liturgy of Christmas (Dec. 24), the morning Liturgy of Christmas (Dec. 25) or the Sunday after Christmas (Dec. 27) and place them before the icon of the Nativity; they will then be prayed over and blessed to remind us that our generosity isn't mere human giving, but an important part of our salvation!
Our Virtual Festival
Because of present circumstances we are not able to have our annual Greek Food Festival, which provides a large part of our budget for the endfing of the year. We are trying to replace this income with our monthly meals. Another way is to buy a virtual piece of the Festival. This is our normal way of raising needed funds for the Festival and trying to make it as profitable as possible. If you are a regular buyer of a piece of the Festival, please consider doing that again this year; if you aren't this year would be a great one to do that. You received the information in the mail; you can also find it in the Bulletin inserts part of this Bulletin. Thank you once again for your faithfulness and generosity.
You should have also received the raffle tickets for our Virtual Festival in the mail. Please make an effort to mail back the stubs with your check. We are at a disadvantage this year, since the people who normally buy the raffles at the Festival will not be doing that this year. Please make an extra effort to get them back in time!
Light a Virtual Candle
Have you wanted to light a candle in church, but weren't able to be there for some reason? Maybe you were not feeling well enough to go, or it was a weekday and the church was closed. Now you can light a virtual candle on our website. What a great way to participate in prayer in the church when you are watching the Liturgy on line! Go any time of the day or night to http://www.holytrinitynh.org/media/light-a-candle.
Please Remember the Poor
Because we have been away from our church building for so many months, our supply of food for the food pantry has dwindled to almost nothing. Please remember once again to do your Lazaros shopping when you are out! If even a few people bring a few things, we will have an abundance to help those in need.
We are also in need of donations of toiletries for the Blessing Bags. Please bring moderate sized toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, body wash, etc. There are a couple of bags available to take. You probably noticed an increase in the number of people begging at intersections. These bags are the perfect way of showing them love without necessarily promoting any addictions. Please take them and keep them in your car for just such an occasion!
Because of the strange circumstances we find ourselves living through, our Parish, although blessed by God in many ways, suffers from a particular shortage of income during the summer months. Your consistent offering of your Stewardship each month will be an enormous help to get us through this summer slump. The easiest and most consistent way to do this is by having your Stewardship given automatically each month. Please go to our website (www.holytrinitynh.org); in the upper right hand corner (of each page!) you will find the link to make your monthly contribution. You can also use this link for other contributions to the parish, such as candles and trays, especially if you prefer not to handle cash. Thank you for your generosity and making sure we are able to serve you throughout the whole year to the glory of God!
Sunday, November 22--9th Sunday of Luke
10:00 am--Divine Liturgy
Memorial Service for the Departed Members of the Ladies Philoptochos Society
Wednesday, November 25--The Holy Great Martyr Katherine of Alexandria
10:00 am--Divine Liturgy
Thursday, November 26--Thanksgiving Day
Have an enjoyable and safe celebration, always remembering to thank God for His many blessings on us, our families and our Parish Family!
Friday, November 27--Wednesday, December 9
Father away from parish
Your choice of meat or vegetarian stuffed grape leaves (you have to specify your choice when ordered)--Pick up--November 13
Flyer and description of Reverse Advent Calendar
On-line Book Club November 19, 7:30 pm Thursdays at 7:30 pm
Orthodoxy in the World Flyer
Text for reading and discussion for Church in the Modern World, November 3 at 7:00 pm
Virtual Festival Letter
Virtual Own a Piece of the Festival