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.
Saint Plato contested in martyrdom in 266, when Agrippinus was proconsul. He was from the city of Ancyra in the province of Galatia.
Saint Romanus, who was from Antioch, lived during the reign of Maximian. He presented himself before Asclepiades the Eparch, and rebuked him, saying, "The idols are not gods; even a little child could tell you that." Then the Saint asked that a child be brought in from the market, that he might be the judge of the matter at hand. Therefore, when the child was asked, "Which God must we worship?" he replied, "Christ." The child was beaten mercilessly and beheaded at the command of the tyrant. As for Saint Romanus, his tongue was cut out, and then he was cast into prison, where he was strangled in the year 305.
According to the tradition of the Church, the Theotokos was brought to the Temple at three years of age, where she was consecrated to God and spent her days until she was fourteen or fifteen years old; and then, as a mature maiden, by the common counsel of the priests (since her parents had reposed some three years before), she was betrothed to Joseph.
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.
Προκείμενον. Plagal 4th Mode. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 75.11,1.
Εὔξασθε καὶ ἀπόδοτε Κυρίῳ τῷ Θεῷ ἡμῶν.
Στίχ. Γνωστὸς ἐν τῇ Ἰουδαίᾳ ὁ Θεός, ἐν τῷ Ἰσραὴλ μέγα τὸ ὄνομα αὐτοῦ.
τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς Ἐφεσίους 4:1-7.
Ἀδελφοί, παρακαλῶ οὖν ὑμᾶς ἐγώ, ὁ δέσμιος ἐν κυρίῳ, ἀξίως περιπατῆσαι τῆς κλήσεως ἧς ἐκλήθητε, μετὰ πάσης ταπεινοφροσύνης καὶ πρᾳότητος, μετὰ μακροθυμίας, ἀνεχόμενοι ἀλλήλων ἐν ἀγάπῃ, σπουδάζοντες τηρεῖν τὴν ἑνότητα τοῦ πνεύματος ἐν τῷ συνδέσμῳ τῆς εἰρήνης. Ἓν σῶμα καὶ ἓν πνεῦμα, καθὼς καὶ ἐκλήθητε ἐν μιᾷ ἐλπίδι τῆς κλήσεως ὑμῶν· εἷς κύριος, μία πίστις, ἓν βάπτισμα, εἷς θεὸς καὶ πατὴρ πάντων, ὁ ἐπὶ πάντων, καὶ διὰ πάντων, καὶ ἐν πᾶσιν ἡμῖν. Ἑνὶ δὲ ἑκάστῳ ἡμῶν ἐδόθη ἡ χάρις κατὰ τὸ μέτρον τῆς δωρεᾶς τοῦ Χριστοῦ.
Prokeimenon. Plagal 4th Mode. Psalm 75.11,1.
Make your vows to the Lord our God and perform them.
Verse: God is known in Judah; his name is great in Israel.
The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Ephesians 4:1-7.
Brethren, I, a prisoner for the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all lowliness and meekness, with patience, forbearing one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ's gift.
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."
Many thanks today to everyone who brought something to share for our Community Pot Luck Fellowship Hour today. Your generous offerings today will go towards the new Christmas decorations for the church.
Make sure to check out the many blanks on the schedule for Fellowship Hour. What a wonderful opportunity to work together with another family to provide fellowship for your Parish Family!
A Journey to Fullness
No Journey to Fullness this week because of Thanksgiving. We will resume next Thursday, November 29 at 6:30 pm. The topic will be: Mindset Matters.
The last Sunday of November (the one closest to November 25, the feast of St. Katherine) is traditionally the day on which we, as a parish, remember our departed sisters of the Philoptochos who have given so much of their time and talent for our Parish and for the poor. Please make an effort to join in the Memoral prayers. Αιωνια η μνημη αυτων! May their memory be eternal!
Looking for a Few Good People
We are looking for a few (at least 5!) good people to work together with Father on the Parish Council. The Council takes care of the day to day running of the Parish. This is a great way to see exactly what goes into the nuts and bolts of your Parish Family. Metropolitan Methodios has said that every parishioner should at one time serve on the Parish Council. If you are interested in this vital ministry for our Parish Family, sign up or talk to one of the Council Members. Everyone nominated for the Parish Council needs to take the Council Seminar which will be offered after Liturgy next Sunday, November 25.
Mark These Dates on your Calendar
Fall General Assembly and Parish Council Elections--Sunday, December 2 after Liturgy. The Parish Council Seminar (required by the UPR for all candidates running for the Council) will take place on Sunday, November 25 after Liturgy.
On Sunday, December 2, you are invited to a High Tea Fellowship Hour hosted by the Mother Maria of Paris Outreach Ministries. You will be regaled with special teas, finger sandwiches, and desserts. The contribution for this special tea is one non-perishable food item for the food pantry.
On Wednesday, December 5 at 7:00 pm, you are invited to join our brothers and sisters at the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Manchester, to celebrate their Name Day Vespers. A light reception will follow the service.
On Saturday, December 8 at 12:00 noon, the Ladies of the parish are invited to enjoy some fellowship at the Philoptochos Christmas Party, which will take place at Sonny's in Henniker. You are invited to bring an anonymous envelope with a contribution toward the Christmas decorations of the church and the needs of our kitchen.
On Sunday, December 9, you are invited to a afternoon of caroling at the Bel-Air Nursing Home in Goffstown, NH beginning at 2:00. The residents are already looking forward to a fun afternoon of their favorite carols! Carpooling information will be forthcoming.
On Tuesday, December 11 from 7:00 to 8:15, you are invited to a quiet time of reflection and prayer entitled Lord, Teach Us to Pray. We talk a lot about prayer, but rarely actually learn how to pray. This evening there will be a short presentation about praying the Jesus Prayer, and then some time together simply praying the Jesus Prayer in a quiet, dim church. This is a good opportunity not only to learn how to pray the Jesus Prayer, but also to offer special prayer for our families and our Parish Family.
On Sunday, December 16 at 4:00 pm, you are invited to An Orthodox Service of Lessons and Carols to put you into the Christmas spirit. The Service is adapted from the Royal Hours of Christmas, and consists of Psalms, Hymns, Readings, and Carols, bringing us to the cave of Bethlehem and the mystery of God becoming man. A light reception will follow.
Check Out the Website!
Check out the church renovations, among other information on our Website holytrinitynh.org. It has a fancy new look and you can follow important information about the Festival, and follow the progress of the renovations. You can also see when we are celebrating the Divine Liturgy. The site is still under construction in parts, so please be patient. If you have any suggestions for improvement, please see Father.
Looking for Good Christmas Presents for Children, Godchildren or Grandchildren?
Are you in need of devotional items, like censers, incense, oil lamps, prayer ropes (koumboskinia)? Could you use a small, simple presentation of the life of a Saint in English or in Greek? Check out our new Holy Trinity Store. Please put the money in the basket; we are using the honor method. Make checks payable to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.
Sunday, November 18--9th Sunday of Luke
10:00 am--Divine Liturgy
Wednesday, November 21--The Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple
10:00 am--Divine Liturgy
Thursday, November 22--Thanksgiving Day
Please remember to thank God for all the blessings He has given us!
Sunday, November 25--13th Sunday of Luke/ The Holy Great Martyr Katherine of Alexandria
10:00 am--Divine Liturgy
Parish Council Candidate Seminar after Liturgy