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Emulating the ways of Elias the zealot, * and following the straight paths of the baptist O Father Anthony, * you made of the wilderness a city; * and did support the world by your prayers. * Wherefore intercede with Christ our God * that our souls be saved.
Τὸν ζηλωτὴν Ἠλίαν τοῖς τρόποις μιμούμενος, τῷ Βαπτιστῇ εὐθείαις ταῖς τρίβοις ἑπόμενος, Πάτερ Ἀντώνιε, τῆς ἐρήμου γέγονας οἰκιστής, καὶ τὴν οἰκουμένην ἐστήριξας εὐχαῖς σου· διὸ πρέσβευε Χριστῷ τῶ Θεῷ, σωθῆναι τὰς ψυχὰς ἡμῶν.
Saint Anthony, the Father of monks, was born in Egypt in 251 of pious parents who departed this life while he was yet young. On hearing the words of the Gospel: "If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell what thou hast, and give to the poor" (Matt. 19:21), he immediately put it into action. Distributing to the poor all he had, and fleeing from all the turmoil of the world, he departed to the desert. The manifold temptations he endured continually for the span of twenty years are incredible. His ascetic struggles by day and by night, whereby he mortified the uprisings of the passions and attained to the height of dispassion, surpass the bounds of nature; and the report of his deeds of virtue drew such a multitude to follow him that the desert was transformed into a city, while he became, so to speak, the governor, lawgiver, and master-trainer of all the citizens of this newly-formed city.
The cities of the world also enjoyed the fruit of his virtue. When the Christians were being persecuted and put to death under Maximinus in 312, he hastened to their aid and consolation. When the Church was troubled by the Arians, he went with zeal to Alexandria in 335 and struggled against them in behalf of Orthodoxy. During this time, by the grace of his words, he also turned many unbelievers to Christ.
Saint Anthony began his ascetic life outside his village of Coma in Upper Egypt, studying the ways of the ascetics and holy men there, and perfecting himself in the virtues of each until he surpassed them all. Desiring to increase his labors, he departed into the desert, and finding an abandoned fortress in the mountain, he made his dwelling in it, training himself in extreme fasting, unceasing prayer, and fierce conflicts with the demons. Here he remained, as mentioned above, about twenty years. Saint Athanasius the Great, who knew him personally and wrote his life, says that he came forth from that fortress "initiated in the mysteries and filled with the Spirit of God." Afterwards, because of the press of the faithful, who deprived him of his solitude, he was enlightened by God to journey with certain Bedouins, until he came to a mountain in the desert near the Red Sea, where he passed the remaining part of his life.
Saint Athanasius says of him that "his countenance had a great and wonderful grace. This gift also he had from the Saviour. For if he were present in a great company of monks, and any one who did not know him previously wished to see him, immediately coming forward he passed by the rest, and hurried to Anthony, as though attracted by his appearance. Yet neither in height nor breadth was he conspicuous above others, but in the serenity of his manner and the purity of his soul." So Passing his life, and becoming an example of virtue and a rule for monastics, he reposed on January 17 in the year 356, having lived altogether some 105 years.
Saint George, the man of few words and abundant faith, was born in 1810 in the village of Tsurkhli in the province of Grevena, which borders the province of Epirus in northwest Greece. He was orphaned of his parents at the age of eight, and as a young man was employed for eight years by Hatzi Abdullah, an officer of Imin Pasha. For some reason the local Moslems called him “Giaour Hasan” – infidel Hasan – rather than George, which led many to take him for a Moslem. In 1836 Imin Pasha became governor of Ioannina, taking with him his officer Hatzi Abdullah and George. In the same year George was betrothed to a very pious orphan named Helen; on the very day of their betrothal, a fanatical Turkish hodja from Ioannina recognized George, whom he had only known as “Giaour Hasan,” and rebuked him for marrying a Christian. Saint George succinctly answered that being a Christian, he sought a Christian as his wife. But the hodja accused him to the judge as an apostate from their religion. When Saint George was brought before him, he insisted that he was a Christian, and a friend of his fluent in Turkish came to his defense. So the judge sent George to the vizier; the vizier knew him to be in the employ of Hatzi Abdullah, who when summoned bore witness that he had always known George to be a Christian. The vizier had George registered with the court as a Christian.
On the following Sunday, the feast of Saint Demetrius, George and Helen were married. A son was born to them, whom they had baptized on the seventh of January; on the following Tuesday morning, George fell into a deep sleep all that day, from which his family were unable to rouse him even by shaking him. He awoke in time for supper, and when, instead of saying the usual blessing before the meal George said, “Glory to Thee, O God,” someone asked him why he said that, he answered, “Be glad that I know how to say even this much.”
The next day, Wednesday, he put on his best clothing, saying he was going to look for work, and before going out the door turned back and gazed with deep emotion on his son, his wife, and the rest of his family; when asked why he did this, he answered, “What difference does it make to you?” In fact he did this twice.
As he passed through the market the hodja who had accused him before accosted him again and made a ruckus; George was taken to the same judge, who now rejected the previous testimony that George was a Christian, and demanded that he become a Moslem or die. George’s whole reply was, “Do what you will.”
George was mocked by an apostate Christian, whom he valiantly rebuked, bringing the wrath of the authorities upon himself. He was questioned by the governor and then imprisoned; when brought again before the judge he briefly answered, “I am a Christian. I will die a Christian.” He was taken back to prison, his feet were confined in wooden stocks, and his body pressed down under a stone slab weighing well over a hundred pounds. Yet he slept so sweetly as if he were in his own bed at home, that when he awoke his fellow prisoners asked him how this was possible. He told them that he had felt no pain at all, and that he had a vision of a young man dressed in white who said to him in Turkish, “Fear not, George.”
George was brought before the judge a third time and answered his threat of the death-sentence with, “Do with me what you like. I’m not afraid. Whether you pass one sentence or a hundred, I was born a Christian, I am a Christian, and I am going to die a Christian.” Seeing the Saint’s courage, the judge decided to release him, but the clamor of the people calling out for his death forced him to carry out the sentence of death.
George passed a number of days in prison, in which many of the leading Christians interceded with the vizier for his release, but to no avail; and those who encouraged him in prison found him in no need of encouragement, but fearless and ready for death for Christ’s sake, and steadfast throughout the daily visits of the captors who urged him to deny his Faith, to whom he said nothing but, “I am a Christian.”
On a Monday, the feast of Saint Anthony the Great, January 17, 1838, at nine in the morning, five executioners came to George in the prison, and he accompanied them to the place of execution with joy as if he were flying rather than walking, and was hanged by them at the age of twenty-eight. His body was left hanging for three days, during which time a heavenly light shone on his body by night, and his holy relics remained incorrupt and fragrant, until the Christians received permission to bury them. Pieces of the rope with which he was hanged or of his clothing worked wondrous cures, and those who came to his tomb were healed. The Martyr appeared to his widowed young wife Helen and told her not to fear, because he would come to her often. Even the icon of him then commissioned to be painted worked miracles.
Saint George is but one of the innumerable multitude of New Martyrs of the Turkish Yoke who were simple laymen that lived their piety honestly without giving any special tokens of sanctity. Without long ascetic training, or the intention of becoming Martyrs, they were suddenly presented with the choice of denying Christ and living, or confessing Him and suffering a painful death, and were found to be Christians not in name only but in the depths of their souls, unto the very death.
Tenth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from John 21:1-14
At that time, being raised from the dead, Jesus revealed himself to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he revealed himself in this way. Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were together. Simon Peter said to them, "I am going fishing." They said to him, "We will go with you." They went out and got into the boat; but that night they caught nothing. Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, "Children, have you any fish?" They answered him, "No." He said to them, "Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some." So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, for the quantity of fish. The disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "It is the Lord!" When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his clothes, for he was stripped for work, and sprang into the sea. But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, but about a hundred yards off.
When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish lying on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, "Bring some of the fish that you have just caught." So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three of them; and although there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, "Come and have breakfast." Now none of the disciples dared ask him, "Who are you?" They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish. This was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.
Tenth Orthros Gospel
Κατὰ Ἰωάννην 21:1-14
Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, ἐφανέρωσεν ἑαυτὸν πάλιν ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς τοῖς μαθηταῖς ἐπὶ τῆς θαλάσσης τῆς Τιβεριάδος· ἐφανέρωσε δὲ οὕτως. ἦσαν ὁμοῦ Σίμων Πέτρος, καὶ Θωμᾶς ὁ λεγόμενος Δίδυμος, καὶ Ναθαναὴλ ὁ ἀπὸ Κανᾶ τῆς Γαλιλαίας, καὶ οἱ τοῦ Ζεβεδαίου, καὶ ἄλλοι ἐκ τῶν μαθητῶν αὐτοῦ δύο. λέγει αὐτοῖς Σίμων Πέτρος· ὑπάγω ἁλιεύειν. λέγουσιν αὐτῷ· ἐρχόμεθα καὶ ἡμεῖς σὺν σοί. ἐξῆλθον καὶ ἐνέβησαν εἰς τὸ πλοῖον εὐθύς, καὶ ἐν ἐκείνῃ τῇ νυκτὶ ἐπίασαν οὐδέν. πρωΐας δὲ ἤδη γενομένης ἔστη ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς εἰς τὸν αἰγιαλόν· οὐ μέντοι ᾔδεισαν οἱ μαθηταὶ ὅτι ᾿Ιησοῦς ἐστι. λέγει οὖν αὐτοῖς ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς· παιδία, μή τι προσφάγιον ἔχετε; ἀπεκρίθησαν αὐτῷ· οὔ. ὁ δὲ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· βάλετε εἰς τὰ δεξιὰ μέρη τοῦ πλοίου τὸ δίκτυον, καὶ εὑρήσετε. ἔβαλον οὖν, καὶ οὐκέτι αὐτὸ ἑλκύσαι ἴσχυσαν ἀπὸ τοῦ πλήθους τῶν ἰχθύων. λέγει οὖν ὁ μαθητὴς ἐκεῖνος, ὃν ἠγάπα ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς, τῷ Πέτρῳ· ὁ Κύριός ἐστι. Σίμων οὖν Πέτρος ἀκούσας ὅτι ὁ Κύριός ἐστι, τὸν ἐπενδύτην διεζώσατο· ἦν γὰρ γυμνός· καὶ ἔβαλεν ἑαυτὸν εἰς τὴν θάλασσαν· οἱ δὲ ἄλλοι μαθηταὶ τῷ πλοιαρίῳ ἦλθον· οὐ γὰρ ἦσαν μακρὰν ἀπὸ τῆς γῆς, ἀλλ᾽ ὡς ἀπὸ πηχῶν διακοσίων, σύροντες τὸ δίκτυον τῶν ἰχθύων. ὡς οὖν ἀπέβησαν εἰς τὴν γῆν, βλέπουσιν ἀνθρακιὰν κειμένην καὶ ὀψάριον ἐπικείμενον καὶ ἄρτον. λέγει αὐτοῖς ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς· ἐνέγκατε ἀπὸ τῶν ὀψαρίων ὧν ἐπιάσατε νῦν. ἀνέβη Σίμων Πέτρος καὶ εἵλκυσε τὸ δίκτυον ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς, μεστὸν ἰχθύων μεγάλων ἑκατὸν πεντήκοντα τριῶν· καὶ τοσούτων ὄντων οὐκ ἐσχίσθη τὸ δίκτυον. λέγει αὐτοῖς ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς· δεῦτε ἀριστήσατε. οὐδεὶς δὲ ἐτόλμα τῶν μαθητῶν ἐξετάσαι αὐτὸν σὺ τίς εἶ, εἰδότες ὅτι ὁ Κύριός ἐστιν. ἔρχεται οὖν ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς καὶ λαμβάνει τὸν ἄρτον καὶ δίδωσιν αὐτοῖς, καὶ τὸ ὀψάριον ὁμοίως. Τοῦτο ἤδη τρίτον ἐφανερώθη ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς τοῖς μαθηταῖς αὐτοῦ ἐγερθεὶς ἐκ νεκρῶν.
Prokeimenon. Grave Mode. Psalm 115.15,12.
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.
Verse: What shall I render to the Lord for all that he has given me?
The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 13:17-21.
Brethren, obey your leaders and submit to them; for they are keeping watch over your souls, as men who will have to give account. Let them do this joyfully, and not sadly, for that would be of no advantage to you. Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things. I urge you the more earnestly to do this in order that I may be restored to you the sooner. Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do His will, working in you that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Προκείμενον. Grave Mode. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 115.15,12.
Τίμιος ἐναντίον Κυρίου ὁ θάνατος τῶν ὁσίων αὐτοῦ.
Στίχ. Τί ἀνταποδώσωμεν τῷ Κυρίῳ περὶ πάντων, ὧν ἀνταπέδωκεν ἡμῖν;
τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς Ἑβραίους 13:17-21.
Ἀδελφοί, πείθεσθε τοῖς ἡγουμένοις ὑμῶν, καὶ ὑπείκετε· αὐτοὶ γὰρ ἀγρυπνοῦσιν ὑπὲρ τῶν ψυχῶν ὑμῶν, ὡς λόγον ἀποδώσοντες· ἵνα μετὰ χαρᾶς τοῦτο ποιῶσιν, καὶ μὴ στενάζοντες· ἀλυσιτελὲς γὰρ ὑμῖν τοῦτο. Προσεύχεσθε περὶ ἡμῶν· πεποίθαμεν γὰρ ὅτι καλὴν συνείδησιν ἔχομεν, ἐν πᾶσιν καλῶς θέλοντες ἀναστρέφεσθαι. Περισσοτέρως δὲ παρακαλῶ τοῦτο ποιῆσαι, ἵνα τάχιον ἀποκατασταθῶ ὑμῖν. Ὁ δὲ θεὸς τῆς εἰρήνης, ὁ ἀναγαγὼν ἐκ νεκρῶν τὸν ποιμένα τῶν προβάτων τὸν μέγαν ἐν αἵματι διαθήκης αἰωνίου, τὸν κύριον ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦν, καταρτίσαι ὑμᾶς ἐν παντὶ ἔργῳ ἀγαθῷ εἰς τὸ ποιῆσαι τὸ θέλημα αὐτοῦ, ποιῶν ἐν ὑμῖν τὸ εὐάρεστον ἐνώπιον αὐτοῦ, διὰ Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ· ᾧ ἡ δόξα εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων. Ἀμήν.
12th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 17:12-19
At that time, as Jesus entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices and said: "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us." When he saw them he said to them, "Go and show yourselves to the priests." And as they went they were cleansed. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus's feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then said Jesus: "Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?" And he said to him: "Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well."
12th Sunday of Luke
Κατὰ Λουκᾶν 17:12-19
Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, εἰσερχομένου αὐτοῦ εἴς τινα κώμην ἀπήντησαν αὐτῷ δέκα λεπροὶ ἄνδρες, οἳ ἔστησαν πόρρωθεν, καὶ αὐτοὶ ἦραν φωνὴν λέγοντες· ᾿Ιησοῦ ἐπιστάτα, ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς. καὶ ἰδὼν εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· πορευθέντες ἐπιδείξατε ἑαυτοὺς τοῖς ἱερεῦσι. καὶ ἐγένετο ἐν τῷ ὑπάγειν αὐτοὺς ἐκαθαρίσθησαν. εἷς δὲ ἐξ αὐτῶν, ἰδὼν ὅτι ἰάθη, ὑπέστρεψε μετὰ φωνῆς μεγάλης δοξάζων τὸν Θεόν, καὶ ἔπεσεν ἐπὶ πρόσωπον παρὰ τοὺς πόδας αὐτοῦ εὐχαριστῶν αὐτῷ· καὶ αὐτὸς ἦν Σαμαρείτης. ἀποκριθεὶς δὲ ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς εἶπεν· οὐχὶ οἱ δέκα ἐκαθαρίσθησαν; οἱ δὲ ἐννέα ποῦ; οὐχ εὑρέθησαν ὑποστρέψαντες δοῦναι δόξαν τῷ Θεῷ εἰ μὴ ὁ ἀλλογενὴς οὗτος; καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ· ἀναστὰς πορεύου· ἡ πίστις σου σέσωκέ σε.
Parish Council Update In November, the decision was made by His Eminence to postpone this year's parish council elections and extend the terms of current council members by 1 year. At this time, one of our council members chose not to extend and resigned from the council.
In accordance with Uniform Parish Regulations and our Parish By-Laws, the Parish Council made the decision to have Danilo Simich fill this vacancy. We are blessed he has chosen to serve in this way and know his talent and experience will be a positive addition to the council.
This week, three additional council members have notified us of their decision to resign. The Parish Council is actively working to fill these vacancies as well. We will provide you with an update on your new council members when they are known.
It is an important and unique role to serve on the Parish Council, and we recognize it is not a role for just anyone. Parish Council service, at the very least, requires that any potential member must be willing to attend church services regularly, attend meetings and work with the current members of the Parish Council and priest, and be fully supportive of the Parish, especially our Faith & Light campaign.
Anyone who has the interest to serve and would like to learn more about becoming a Parish Council member should contact Father Stephen.
We offer our 4 outgoing council members - John, George, George, and Lou - our deepest gratitude for their service. They are faithful stewards of our parish and we pray God continues to bless them with good health and many years.
2021 Stewardship With much love, faith, and light in your hearts, we ask that you prayerfully consider sending in your commitment if you haven't done so yet. A new card needs to be submitted to the church office each year as it helps us plan and budget effectively. View and print a 2021 Stewardship Commitment Card by clicking this link: 2021 Stewardship Commitment Card
Stewardship is an important part of our Orthodox faith and is part of a total commitment to Christ. Click on this link for an explanation of Stewardship at our parish.
Donations Team Recruiting. We are still looking for parishioners to assist with Faith and Light outreach. This can be done from the comfort of your own home and should only involve one to two hours of your time, periodically. If you interested in helping in this way, please contact the church office.
Visit our website to learn more or Faith & Light efforts (http://saintanthonyreno.org/faith-light-for-all-generations/) Here you can find an overview of our plan, past emails, our Town Hall presentation video, and more. Check this page often as more information will be added as we progress!
We understand this time is impacting everyone in many ways and, therefore, all expressions of love for our parish are deeply appreciated. It is your love that keeps alive the Faith and Light of our church, now and for generations to come! May you have health and God’s blessing! Ygeía kai evlogía Theoú na éhete! +
Here is the link for this Sunday's Children's Word
Church Capacity is currently set at 25 people "Stay at Home 2.0" plan is still in effect and asks that all Nevadans shelter in place as much as possible. The limit of 25 people is in line with the Washoe County Health Department’s recommendations for public gatherings. The sign-up process for Sunday Services remains the same, as does the approach to weekday services (no reservation needed). See links below for more information.
Let us continue to pray for those impacted, for our front-line health care workers, and for the health and well-being of our entire community. God willing, these additional restrictions will only be with us for a limited time.
Bible Study Online is set to resume this Thursday. Class meets each Thursday morning at 11am. To receive a ZOOM invite please contact Father Stephen at email@example.com.
Quick Reminders A reservation is required for Sunday Services Click Here for Sign Up Procedures You do not need to sign up for services held Monday-Saturday. These are open on a first-come first-seated basis until capacity is reached. Please do not congregate in the Narthex or Small Hall after church.
Live Streaming All scheduled services are being live-streamed on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/saintanthonychurchreno/.We have seen great improvement with the quality of our streaming, but we are still learning. We now have someone at church monitoring the live-streaming and correcting issues as they arise. If your video freezes or disconnects, please refresh your screen. Sometimes you will need to look for a new post to pick up on services where they cut out. Thank you for your continued patience and support as we learn and grow with this capability. It is a blessing to be able to connect with those at home in this way.
Online Giving Portal for Stewardship & Donation Offerings The Online Giving Portal can be accessed through our Church Website by clicking the new “Donations & Stewardship” tab. This functionality is secured for your protection and gives you the opportunity to make a one-time contribution or set up a recurring offering.
Our traditional ways of accepting offerings remain the same – the portal has been added for those who prefer the convenience of online giving. It also helps to mitigate the risks associated with handling cash. Our office remains open during weekdays and at services a collection tray will be placed in the Narthex (as a health and safety precaution it will not be passed).
Click here for more info on FAITH & LIGHT FOR ALL GENERATIONS
Sunday, January 17th Feast day of Saint Anthony, Orthros 9a; Divine Liturgy 10a
Wednesday, January 20th Paraklesis 6p
Thursday, January 21st Bible Study 11a
Saturday, January 23rd Vespers 6p
Sunday, January 24th Orthros 9a; Divine Liturgy 10a
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Weekday services including Paraklesis, Vespers and Liturgy do not require an RSVP.
If you cannot attend, please join our services streaming online at https://www.facebook.com/saintanthonychurchreno
Narthex Greeters: Kiki Virden, Nancy Surina
Altar Flowers: Please contact the church office if you would like to provide fresh flowers.
May God grant us all good health and well-being.
May He protect us from the perils of the Coronavirus.
May our Lord bless and protect all those impacted by the wildfires in all ways possible.
May He give us the will to continue to support and build our parish!
Please contact the church office at 825-5365 to give the names of those in need of prayer. Please know that the names of all parishioners are included in prayers at every Divine Liturgy.