Saint Nectarios Greek Orthodox Mission Church
Bulletin for Week Ending Sept. 20, 2020
627 West Bonneville St, Pasco WA 99301 / Phone: (509) 547-3968
Online Divine Liturgy on Sunday! Join the Service live on Zoom - or watch later on Facebook.
Online and At-home Activities
Bridges back to in-person services
Live Weekly Saturday Activities
4:00 pm: Weekly Orthodox Study Group - All are welcome in join in a discussion of Orthodoxy
5:00 pm: Saturday Vespers Service - Interactive Service with Father John.
Live Weekly Sunday Activities
10:00 am: Divine Liturgy. Father John has invited to his home to celebrate the Divine Liturgy Service (with no communion) as a Zoom meeting. Please join us and give us feedback.
1:00 pm: Fellowship Time – Every Sunday, a time to share. Just talk, no agenda other than Christian Fellowship! In one recent fellowship time there even was some singing.
Live and At-home Monthly Activities
6:00 pm on the first Friday of each month: Akathist to St. Nectarios, Wonderworker of Aegina and Pentapolis.
Online: Those with online access may join an on-line service using the above Zoom software link.
At Home: For those that 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 the church if you would like an Akathist to St. Nectarios prayer book sent to you.
At-home Streaming of St. Nectarios Videos of Services (Facebook)
Saturday Vespers will be posted to the "Saint Nectarios - Pasco" Facebook Group before 7:00 pm on Saturdays
Sunday Liturgy will be posted to the "Saint Nectarios - Pasco" Facebook Group before 1:00 pm on Sundays
To view these videos, if you are not already a member, you will need to become a member of the "St Nectarios - Pasco" Facebook Group in advance of viewing a video.
Please plan to participate in some of the above activities. The format is quite informal - typical of a small congregation.
Message from Father John
SUNDAY AFTER THE ELEVATION OF THE HOLY CROSS OF CHRIST
"If any man would come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross and follow me.”
God respects our freedom which He gave us in our creation. He created us free to choose what is good. He did not create us as robots to manipulate us from afar. He will not stop us if we decide to turn against Him and choose evil.
God will give us opportunities to reconsider our decision and repent, but He will not force us. “Cloistered virtue is no virtue at all.” But our freedom is earthbound. One day we will have to give an account to Him of how we used our freedom and then we will reap the appropriate consequences.
God respects our freedom; but after we accept His invitation, we need to conform to His terms of service:
First, we need to deny our self, our selfish, narcissistic love, our filautia.
The egotistical, self love is the root of all passionate desires and evils, because it turns our unnatural self love of our ego into an idol. We think of ourselves as the center of our surroundings and we want the others to attend to all our desires and whims. We become very selfish, possessive and manipulative. St. John Chrysostom said long ago, “my own and your own is the root of all evil.”
We are invited to heal this selfish, unnatural love which is the result of our fallen human nature; to make it an unselfish love. God summarized His requirement of us in one commandment: To love Him with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength and to love our fellowman. This is the true meaning of “denying our self.” For in denying our egotistical self we find our true self, as God intended us to be. Christ gave us His example to emulate in order to find true meaning in our life.
The second step, after curing our selfish, egotistical love, is to “take up our own cross.”
Christ carried His own cross and suffered on it to forgive our sins, to redeem us from the curse of the law and to grant us eternal life with His glorious resurrection from the dead.
All of us have our own cross which comes in various forms. We are invited to carry our cross patiently. He will not abandon us under the weight of our cross. God will give us His grace and strength to carry it and benefit from this pain and suffering. But we need to keep our faith and hope in Him and never doubt His ability to help us in any situation we find ourselves. In the Sacraments of our Church He gives us His grace to assist us. We must be certain, that He will never give us more than we can bear.
The third condition in Christ’s invitation is to “follow Him.”
After Jesus restored Peter to his position, He told Peter to “follow Him!” Jesus is the “Way, the Truth, Life itself.” The first Christians were called the “followers of the Way.”
We deny ourselves and carry our cross for a glorious purpose—to imitate the life of Christ; to achieve victory over sin and death as the crucified and resurrected Christ achieved it. Remember the gospel lesson from the Sunday of Judgment. The ones who helped their fellowman in his need inherited the Kingdom of God.
Lastly, we do all this for our invaluable soul, for our salvation. Nothing in this world can be compared in value with our immortal soul. No one and nothing can redeem our soul, can save us, except for Christ. He accomplished that for us. He is our Savior and Redeemer. Only when we follow Him and do His holy Will we’ll find eternal salvation and meaning in our present life.
With love, Fr. John P. Angelis
Sunday after Holy Cross – September 20
Saints and Feasts
Hilarion the New Martyr of Crete
John the Foreigner
Hymns of the Day
O Christ, the angelic powers appeared at Your tomb, the guards were as dead, and Mary stood by the sepulcher, seeking Your sacred body. You destroyed Hades yet remained untouched by it. You encountered the Virgin and through her, bestowed Life. Glory to You who has risen from the dead!
Apolytikion for Afterfeast of the Holy Cross in the First Tone
Lord, save Your people and bless Your inheritance, granting our rulers to prevail over adversaries, and protecting Your commonwealth by Your Cross.
Apolytikion for Martyr Eustathius and His Companions in the Fourth Tone
Thy Martyrs, O Lord, in their courageous contest for Thee received as the prize the crowns of incorruption and life from Thee, our immortal God. For since they possessed Thy strength, they cast down the tyrants and wholly destroyed the demons' strengthless presumption. O Christ God, by their prayers, save our souls, since Thou art merciful.
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 Fourth Tone
Lifted up on the Cross by Your free will, Christ God, grant mercies to the new commonwealth that bears Your name. Gladden our faithful rulers by Your power, giving them victories over their adversaries. May Your alliance be for them a weapon for peace, an invincible standard.
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 Plagal of the Second Tone © Narthex Press; Apolytikion for Afterfeast of the Holy Cross in the First Tone © Narthex Press; Apolytikion for Martyr Eustathius and His Companions in the Fourth Tone © Holy Transfiguration Monastery; Seasonal Kontakion in the Fourth Tone © Narthex Press.
Gospel and Epistle Readings
Prokeimenon. Plagal Second Tone. Psalm 27.9,1.
O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance.
Verse: To you, O Lord, I have cried, O my God.
The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Galatians 2:16-20.
Brethren, knowing that a man is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ, and not by works of the law, because by works of the law shall no one be justified. But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we ourselves were found to be sinners, is Christ then an agent of sin? Certainly not! But if I build up again those things which I tore down, then I prove myself a transgressor. For I through the law died to the law, that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Mark 8:34-38; 9:1
The Lord said: "If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? For what can a man give in return for his life? For whoever is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels." And he said to them, "Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God come with power."
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