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Saint Nectarios Monthly Newsletter – October 2020
Saint Nectarios Greek Orthodox Mission Church
627 West Bonneville St, Pasco WA 99301
Facebook: 'Saint Nectarios - Pasco' Group,
Phone: 509 547-3968
NEW! Listen to St Nectarios Services at Home - Selected Vespers and Divine Liturgy
Links to YouTube videos with the audio for selected Saturday Vespers and Sunday Divine Liturgy Services are posted to the Facebook Group “Saint Nectarios – Pasco"
The Bookmarks (Links) for Online Meetings
*** Weekly Saturday Online Activities
Saturday 4:00 pm:
Weekly Orthodox Study Group - All are welcome in join in a discussion of Orthodoxy
Saturday 5:00 pm:
Vespers Service - Interactive Service with Father John.
*** Weekly - Sunday Online Activities
Sunday 10:00 am:
Divine Liturgy. Father John has invited everyone to his home to help him celebrate the Divine Liturgy Service as a Zoom meeting. Please join us for a lively discussion. .
Sunday 1:00 pm:
Fellowship Time – Every Sunday, a time to share. Just talk, no agenda other than Christian Fellowship! In several recent fellowship times there even has been singing by participants.
*** Monthly Activity - Online and At-home
Akathist to St. Nectarios Service
First Friday of each month 6:00 pm:
The next Service will be November 6 starting at 6:00pm. Akathist to St. Nectarios, Wonderworker of Aegina and Pentapolis. (Held on the first Friday of each Month).
Online: Those with online access may join an on-line service using the above Zoom software link.
At Home: For those who cannot (or do not want to) use online access, you are invited to join the prayers by holding the Akathist service in your home starting at 6:00 pm.
Please call/contact the church if you would like an Akathist to St. Nectarios service text either emailed or mailed to you. The service text is also available on the St Nectarios - Pasco website.)
Please plan to listen to, or participate in some, or all, of the above activities. The format is quite informal - typical of a small congregation.
Note: If you decide to join us, please be sure that you have the correct time for a meeting. The above links are "any-time" links - if you try to join when there is not a meeting, you will be put into an endless “waiting que." So, if nothing is happening - check to be sure you have the right time. Also Jim Droppo will be glad to answer questions and help you.
Schedule of Upcoming Activities
October 10, 4:00 pm Orthodox Discussion Group
October 10, 5:00 pm Saturday Vespers
October 11, 10:00 am, Sunday Divine Liturgy
October 11, 1:00 pm, Sunday Fellowship Time
October 17, 4:00 pm Orthodox Discussion Group
October 17, 5:00 pm Saturday Vespers
October 18, 10:00 am, Sunday Divine Liturgy
October 18, 1:00 pm, Sunday Fellowship Time
October 24, 4:00 pm Orthodox Discussion Group
October 24, 5:00 pm Saturday Vespers
October 25, 10:00 am, Sunday Divine Liturgy
October 25, 1:00 pm, Sunday Fellowship Time
November 1,4:00 pm Orthodox Discussion Group
November 1, 5:00 pm Saturday Vespers
November 2, 10:00 am, Divine Liturgy
November 2, 1:00 pm, Sunday Fellowship Time
November 7, 6:00 pm Akathist to St. Nectarios Service
Saint Nectarios Weekly Bulletin – Week Ending October 11
Saint Nectarios Greek Orthodox Mission Church
Sunday of the 7th Ecumenical Council
Sunday of the 7th Ecumenical Council
On the Sunday that falls on or immediately after the eleventh of this month, we chant the Service to the 350 holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council, which gathered in Nicaea in 787 under the holy Patriarch Tarasius and during the reign of the Empress Irene and her son, Constantine Porphyrogenitus, to refute the Iconoclast heresy, which had received imperial support beginning with the Edict issued in 726 by Emperor Leo the Isaurian. Many of the holy Fathers who condemned Iconoclasm at this holy Council later died as Confessors and Martyrs for the holy Icons during the second assult of Iconoclasm in the ninth century, especially during the reigns of Leo the Armenian and Theophilus.
In the Gospel of St. Luke, which we read this season, we find Jesus taking time out from His busy teaching and healing ministry in order to be with His Heavenly Father. He withdrew to quiet places, such as the desert and the mountains, to be by Himself in communion with His Father. Sometimes He took with Him His Disciples, away from the crowds, to teach them some of the greatest truths we treasure in the Bible, including the Sermon on the Mount.
As human beings, composed of body and soul, we need quiet time to commune with ourselves and with our Heavenly Father. I refer you to a deeper level of communion, person to person, to an existential communication, the I-Thou relationship. In this personal communication we discover our true self. We allow it to reveal to us all its strengths and weaknesses, all its fears and glorious victories.
This inner self is authentic and opens up itself to the presence of God, asking in humility to commune with Him. It feels its sinfulness as a creature before the Holiness of God, the “Holy Other.” It asks and
receives forgiveness, like the Prodigal Son, and rejoices in God’s presence. It is united ineffably with Him, receiving an incredible amount of energy and strength and an indescribable joy.
St. Paul opens a small window of his life in his Letters to the Churches in order to allow us to see the depth of his personal relationship to the Lord. He felt the presence of the Holy Spirit in his heart and accompanying him in his missionary work. For this reason, he was able to say, “I no longer live myself, Christ lives in me.” Because of this personal communion with God, the adverse external circumstances and persecutions could not take away the joy in his heart. When we are united with the Lord in this personal, authentic relationship, we can face the hard knocks of life in a calm and peaceful way, like Job in the Old Testament.
The secular professional world has acknowledged the need for the periodic withdrawal from the everyday demands of the workplace. For this reason, it provides periods of relaxation, for seminars, for “brainstorming,” and for quiet time.
If we do not heed the needs of our body and spirit and burn the candle on both ends, then we will become sick physically, emotionally, or both.
Some people do not want to face their true self. They follow the route of escapism and use drugs, alcohol, or illicit sex to cover up their true inner needs. Unfortunately, they do not see the great harm they do to themselves and to the people around them until it is too late. Thus, they miss the purpose of their life, their true goal. And they commit sin, amartia, which literally means, “missing the mark,’” and wander aimlessly through life. That is why metanoia, change of mind, return to our true self, brings us back to our senses, to our true self.
Let us discover our true self in the depth of our heart and be true to ourselves in the presence of God.
Philip the Apostle of the 70, one of the 7 Deacons
Nectarios, Arsakios, Sisinios and Philotheos Kokkinos, Patriarchs of Constantinople
Hymns of the Day
Resurrectional Apolytikion in the First Tone
Savior, Your tomb was sealed with a stone. Soldiers kept watch over Your sacred body. Yet, You rose on the third day giving life to the world. Wherefore the powers of heaven cried out, "O Giver of Life, glory to Your Resurrection O Christ; glory to Your Kingdom, glory to Your dispensation who alone are the Loving One."
Apolytikion for Sun. of the 7th Ecumenical Council in the Plagal Fourth Tone
You are greatly glorified, O Christ our God, who established our Fathers as luminaries upon the earth, and through them led us all to the true Faith. O Most compassionate, glory to You.
Apolytikion for the Church in the First Tone
The Offspring of Selyvria and Guardian of Aegina, the true friend of virtue who appeared in the last years. Oh Nectarios we faithful honor you as a godly servant of Christ! For you bring forth healings of every kind for those who piously cry out: Glory to Christ who has glorified you, Glory to him who made you wondrous, glory to him who workest healings for all through you.
Seasonal Kontakion in the Second Tone
O Protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, mediation unto the creator most constant: O despise not the voices of those who have sinned; but be quick, O good one, to come unto our aid, who in faith cry unto thee: Hasten to intercession and speed thou to make supplication, O thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, them that honor thee.
The translations of hymns are under copyright and used by permission. All rights reserved. These works may not be further reproduced, in print or on other websites or in any other form, without the prior written authorization of the copyright holder: Resurrectional Apolytikion in First Tone © Narthex Press; Apolytikion for Sun. of the 7th Ecumenical Council in the Plagal of the Fourth Tone © Narthex Press; Seasonal Kontakion in the Second Tone © Holy Transfiguration Monastery.
Gospel and Epistle Readings
Prokeimenon. Fourth Tone. Daniel 3.26,27.
Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers.
Verse: For you are just in all you have done.
The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to Titus 3:8-15.
Titus, my son, the saying is sure. I desire you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to apply themselves to good deeds; these are excellent and profitable to men. But avoid stupid controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels over the law, for they are unprofitable and futile. As for a man who is factious, after admonishing him once or twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is perverted and sinful; he is self-condemned.
When I send Artemas or Tychicos to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there. Do your best to speed Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way; see that they lack nothing. And let our people learn to apply themselves to good deeds, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not to be unfruitful.
All who are with me send greeting to you. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.
Sunday of the 7th Ecumenical Council
The Lord said this parable: "A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell along the path, and was trodden under foot, and the birds of the air devoured it. And some fell on the rock; and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns grew with it and choked it. And some fell into good soil and grew, and yielded a hundredfold." And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, he said, "To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God; but for others they are in parables, so that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand. Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, that they may not believe and be saved. And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy; but these have no root, they believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. And as for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bring forth fruit with patience." As he said these things, he cried out "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."
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