This Week at Ss Cyril & Methodius

Sunday, January 16 (OS January 3), 2022

Tone 5
30th Sunday after Pentecost

Forefeast of the Theophany of our Lord; Sunday before the Holy Theophany; Holy Prophet Malachias (400 B.C.); Martyr Gordius of Caesaria (4th c.); Ven. Genevieve of Paris (512); Ven. Abelard, abbot; A mother and her two children, who suffered death by fire.

From the Pastor:

Christ is Born!

Thank you to Katie Justin, Deb & Judith for putting the festal icons up in the altar!

This Tuesday, January 13 we’ll have Vespers at 4:00 pm for the feast of the Circumcision of our Lord and St Basil the Great.

Next Wednesday, January 19 is the Feast of Holy Theophany. On Tuesday, January 18, we’ll celebrate the Vesperal Liturgy of St Basil and Blessing of Water starting at 6:00 pm. This will be the only service for Holy Theophany.

Finally, we will have a parish assembly after Liturgy on Sunday, January 23. We have several matters to discuss but the meeting should be brief. Here is the proposed agenda:

Call to order (Katie)
Opening Prayer (Fr Gregory)
Priest’s Report
Treasurer’s Report (Judith)
Vote on By-laws (Katie; attached)
Discussion & Vote on changing to the new calendar (Fr Gregory )
New Building (Gregg)
New business
Adjournment (Katie)
Closing Prayer (Fr Gregory)

If you’d like other times included please contact me or Katie as the president of the Parish Board of Administration.

In Christ,

Fr Gregory

Hymns After the Small Entrance

Tone 5 Troparion (Resurrection)
Let us, the faithful, praise and worship the Word,
co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit,
born for our salvation from the Virgin;
for He willed to be lifted up on the Cross in the flesh,
to endure death,
and to raise the dead//
by His glorious Resurrection.

Tone 4 Troparion (Forefeast)
Prepare, O Zebulon,
and adorn thyself, O Naphtali!
River Jordan, cease flowing,
and receive with joy the Master coming to be baptized!
Adam, rejoice with our first Mother,
and do not hide yourselves as you did of old in Paradise;
for having seen you naked,
He has appeared to clothe you with the first garment.//
Christ has appeared to renew all creation.

Tone 4 Troparion (Ss Cyril & Methodius)
Divinely-wise Cyril and Methodius,
equals-to-the-apostles and teachers of the Slavs,
entreat the Master of all
to strengthen all nations in Orthodoxy and unity of mind,
to grant peace to the world and to save our souls.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

Tone 3 Kontakion (Ss Cyril & Methodius)
Let us honor the sacred pair, who translated divine scripture
pouring forth a fountain of divine knowledge from which we still draw today.
Now as you stand before the throne of the Most-high
we call you blessed, Cyril and Methodius,
as you fervently pray for our souls.

Both now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Tone 4 Kontakion (Forefeast)
Today the Lord enters the Jordan and cries out to John:
“Do not be afraid to baptize Me.//
For I have come to save Adam, the first-formed man.”
Sunday Readings

Sunday Readings

January 16, 2022

Epistle: Mark 1:1-8

Timothy my son, be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.

Gospel: Mark 1:1-8

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in the Prophets:

“Behold, I send My messenger before Your face,
Who will prepare Your way before You.”
“The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord;
Make His paths straight.’ ”

John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. Then all the land of Judea, and those from Jerusalem, went out to him and were all baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins.

Now John was clothed with camel’s hair and with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. And he preached, saying, “There comes One after me who is mightier than I, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to stoop down and loose. I indeed baptized you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

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