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Sunday, September 3, 2023
13th Sunday after Pentecost
Hieromartyr Anthimus, Bishop of Nicomedia; Ven. Theoctistus
Ecumenical Patriarch's Message for the Day of the Protection of the Environment
† B A R T H O L O M E W
BY THE MERCY OF GOD ARCHBISHOP
OF CONSTANTINOPLE, NEW ROME AND
TO THE PLENITUDE OF THE CHURCH
GRACE AND PEACE
FROM THE CREATOR OF THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE
OUR LORD, GOD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST
(UOC-USA) As we come again to the changing of the Church year, we reflect once more on the state of God's creation. We think about the past and repent for all that we have done or failed to do for the earth's care; we look to the future and pray for wisdom to guide us in all that we think or do.
These last twelve months have been a time of great uncertainty for the whole world. The financial systems that so many people trusted to bring them the good things of life, have brought instead fear, uncertainty and poverty. Our globalised economy has meant that everyone - even the poorest who are far removed from the dealings of big business - has been affected.
The present crisis offers an opportunity for us to deal with the problems in a different way, because the methods that created these problems cannot provide their best solution. We need to bring love into all our dealings, the love that inspires courage and compassion. Human progress is not just the accumulation of wealth and the thoughtless consumption of the earth's resources. The way that the present crisis has been dealt with has revealed the values of the few who are shaping the destiny of our society; of those who can find vast sums of money to support the financial system that has betrayed them, but are not willing to allot even the least portion of that money to remedy the piteous state the creation has been reduced to because of these very values, or for feeding the hungry of the world, or for securing safe drinking water for the thirsty, who are also victims of those values. On the face of every hungry child is written a question for us, and we must not turn away to avoid the answer. Why has this happened? Is it a problem of human inability or of human will?
We have rendered the Market the centre of our interest, our activities and, finally, of our life, forgetting that this choice of ours will affect the lives of future generations, limiting the number of their choices that would probably be more oriented towards the well-being of man as well as the creation. Our human economy, which has made us consumers, is failing. The divine economy, which has made us in the image of the loving Creator, calls us to love and care for all creation. The image we have of ourselves is reflected in the way we treat the creation. If we believe that we are no more than consumers, then we shall seek fulfilment in consuming the whole earth; but if we believe we are made in the image of God, we shall act with care and compassion, striving to become what we are created to be.
Let us pray for God's blessing on the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December, so that the industrially developed countries may co-operate with developing countries in reducing harmful polluting emissions, that there may exist the will to raise and manage wisely the funds required for the necessary measures, and that all may work together to ensure that our children enjoy the goods of the earth that we leave behind for them. There must be justice and love in all aspects of economic activity; profit - and especially short-term profit - cannot and should not be the sole motive of our actions.
Let us all renew our commitment to work together and bring about the changes we pray for, to reject everything that is harming the creation, to alter the way we think and thus drastically to alter the way we live.
Your beloved brother in Christ and fervent supplicant before God,
† BARTHOLOMEW of Constantinople
Glory to Jesus Christ!
Because of the UW home game, there will be no Vespers or catechumen class this Saturday (9/2).
Friday, September 1 is the beginning of the Church Year. The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has asked churches to offer prayers this day for the sake of the environment. We will offer a brief prayer for this after Liturgy on Sunday (9/3).
I will be in Milwaukee this Thursday and Friday (8/31-9/1).
Looking a bit further ahead, we will have a parish council meeting after Liturgy on Sunday, September 10.
August Ukrainian Orthodox Word
This Week at Ss Cyril & Methodius
Monday, August 28
- 5:30 PM: Great Vespers (Beheading of St John the Baptist)
Tuesday, August 29 (Strict Fast)
- 7:00 AM: Divine Liturgy (Beheading of St John the Baptist)
Wednesday, August 30
- 12:30-4:30 PM: Office Hours/Confessions
Saturday, September 2
- 3:30 PM: Catechumen Class [canceled]
- 4:30 PM: Confessions [canceled]
- 5:00 PM: Great Vespers [canceled]
- 6:00 PM: Confessions [canceled]
Sunday, September 3
- 9:00 AM: Hours/Pre-Communion Prayers
- 9:30 AM: Divine Liturgy & Prayers for the Environment
Wednesday, September 6
- 11:00-3:00 PM: Office Hours/Confessions
Thursday, September 7
- 1:00-5:00 PM: Office Hours/Confessions
- 5:30 PM: Great Vespers (Nativity of the Mother of God)
Friday, September 8
- 7:00 AM: Divine Liturgy (Nativity of the Mother of God)
Saturday, September 9
- 3:30 PM: Catechumen Class
- 4:30 PM: Confessions
- 5:00 PM: Great Vespers
- 6:00 PM: Confessions
Sunday, September 10
- 9:00 AM: Hours/Pre-Communion Prayers
- 9:30 AM: Divine Liturgy
- 11:00 AM: Parish Council Meeting
Hymns After the Small Entrance
Tone 4 Troparion (Resurrection)
When the women disciples of the Lord learned from the angel the joyous message of Thy Resurrection, they cast away the ancestral curse and elatedly told the apostles: “Death is overthrown! Christ God is risen,//granting the world great mercy!”
Tone 4 Troparion (Ss Cyril and 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.
Tone 4 Troparion (St. Anthimus)
By sharing in the ways of the Apostles, thou didst become a successor to their throne. Through the practice of virtue, thou didst find the way to divine contemplation, O inspired one of God; by teaching the word of truth without error, thou didst defend the Faith, even to the shedding of thy blood.//O Hieromartyr Anthimus, entreat Christ God to save our souls!
Tone 8 Troparion (St. Theoctistus)
By a flood of tears thou didst make the desert fertile, and thy longing for God brought forth fruits in abundance.By the radiance of miracles thou didst illumine the whole universe.//Our holy Father Theoctistus, pray to Christ our God to save our souls!
Tone 4 Kontakion (Resurrection)
My Savior and Redeemer as God rose from the tomb and delivered the earth-born from their chains. He has shattered the gates of hell, and as Master,//He has risen on the third day!
Tone 3 Kontakion (Ss Cyril and 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.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
Tone 4 Kontakion (St. Anthimus)
Living hon’rably as a priest, thou didst complete the course of martyrdom; thou didst extinguish the worship of idols and didst become a champion of thy flock, O divinely wise one. Therefore, we honor thee, mystically crying out://“Through thy prayers deliver us from calamity, ever-memorable Anthimus.”
now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.
Tone 6 Theotokion
O protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, mediation unto the Creator most constant, O despise not the suppliant voices of those who have sinned; but be thou quick, O good one, to come unto our aid, who in faith cry unto thee: Hasten to intercession, and speed thou to make supplication, thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, them that honor thee.
Epistle: 1 Corinthians 16:13-24
Brethren, watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love. I urge you, brethren—you know the household of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have devoted themselves to the ministry of the saints— that you also submit to such, and to everyone who works and labors with us.I am glad about the coming of Stephanas, Fortunatus, and Achaicus, for what was lacking on your part they supplied. For they refreshed my spirit and yours. Therefore acknowledge such men.The churches of Asia greet you. Aquila and Priscilla greet you heartily in the Lord, with the church that is in their house. All the brethren greet you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. The salutation with my own hand—Paul’s. If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed. O Lord, come! The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.
Gospel: Matthew 21:33-42
“Hear another parable: There was a certain landowner who planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a winepress in it and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country. Now when vintage-time drew near, he sent his servants to the vinedressers, that they might receive its fruit. And the vinedressers took his servants, beat one, killed one, and stoned another. Again he sent other servants, more than the first, and they did likewise to them. Then last of all he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But when the vinedressers saw the son, they said among themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance.’ So they took him and cast him out of the vineyard and killed him.
“Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vinedressers?”
They said to Him, “He will destroy those wicked men miserably, and lease his vineyard to other vinedressers who will render to him the fruits in their seasons.”
Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures:
‘The stone which the builders rejected
Has become the chief cornerstone.
This was the Lord’s doing,
And it is marvelous in our eyes’?
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