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WEEKLY DIOCESAN BULLETIN

SUNDAY, JUNE 18, 2017

SECOND SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST: THE HOLY HIEROMARTYR DOROTHEUS, BISHOP OF TYRE; THE VENERABLE PETER OF KORISH

RESURRECTIONAL TROPARION - TONE ONE:
When the stone had been sealed by the Jews; while the soldiers were guarding Thy most pure Body; Thou didst arise on the third day, O Savior, granting life to the world. The powers of heaven therefore cried to Thee, O Giver of Life: Glory to Thy Resurrection, O Christ! Glory to Thy Kingdom! Glory to Thy dispensation, O Thou who loves mankind.

TROPARION TO HIEROMARTYR DOROTHEUS – TONE FOUR: Dorotheus, wise hierarch of Christ, you received the light of wisdom as a gift from the Father of lights. You increased the talents given to you and in your old age contested beyond the bounds of nature. And now, O hieromartyr, you even intercede for our souls.

TROPARION TO VENERABLE PETER OF KORISH – TONE ONE: As a desert dweller, an angel in body and a miracle worker, thou hast revealed thyself, O our God-bearing father Peter. Through fasting, vigils and prayer, thou hast received heavenly gifts to heal the needy and those who come to thee with faith. Glory be to the One who crowned thee, glory be to the One who strengthened thee, glory be to the One who through thee accomplishes healings.

RESURRECTIONAL KONTAKION - TONE ONE:
As God, Thou didst arise from the tomb in glory, raising the world with Thyself. Human nature praises Thee as God, for death has vanished. Adam exults, O Master! Eve rejoices, for she is freed from bondage, and cries to Thee: Thou art the giver of resurrection to all, O Christ!

KONTAKION TO HIEROMARTYR DOROTHEUS – TONE THREE: By preaching Orthodox doctrine, O hieromartyr, you offered yourself as a godly and holy gift. First you excelled in asceticism, and then in the contest of martyrdom; attaining the victor’s prize from Christ our God.

KONTAKION TO VENERABLE PETER OF KORISH – TONE SIX: Having fled from the company of men, thou didst dwell in stony caves and clefts. Thou wast filled with divine desire and love for thy Lord, O Peter, from whom thou didst receive the crown. Pray without ceasing that our souls may be saved.

HYMN TO THE MOTHER OF GOD - TONE SIX: Steadfast Protectress of Christians and constant advocate before the Creator, do not despise the cry of us sinners; but in your goodness come speedily to help us who call on you in faith. Hasten to hear our petition and to intercede for us, O Theotokos, for you always protect those who honor you!

EPISTLE READING

PROKEIMENON IN TONE ONE:
Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us, as we have set our hope on You.

SECOND SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST: ROMANS 2: 10-16
Brethren, there will be glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For there is no partiality with God. For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law (for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified; for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them) in the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel.

THE ALLELUIA VERSES:
God gives vengeance to me, and subdues people under me. He magnifies the salvation of the king, and deals mercifully with His Christ, with David and his seed forever.

GOSPEL READING

SECOND SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST: MATTHEW 4: 18-23
At that time Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” They immediately left their nets and followed Him. Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him. And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.

FROM THE PROLOGUE:

JUNE 5/18, BY SAINT NIKOLAI VELIMIROVIC:
The Hieromartyr Dorotheus, Bishop of Tyre
Dorotheus was Bishop of Tyre from the time of Diocletian to the time of Julian the Apostate, under whom he was tortured and suffered for the Orthodox Faith. He lived on earth for 107 years and, pleasing God, took up his habitation in life eternal in the year 361. Dorotheus was a very educated man and wrote many instructive works in Greek and Latin. Especially well known is his Greek-Latin Syntagma.

The Venerable Theodore the Hermit
Theodore was a miracle-worker. Purifying his spirit through a long life of asceticism in the wilderness of Jordan, Theodore received from God the gift of working miracles. Traveling by boat to Constantinople, it happened that the boat wandered off course and they ran out of drinking water. All the travelers on the boat were at the point of death from thirst. Theodore raised his hands to heaven, prayed to God and traced the sign of the Cross over the sea water. After that, he told the boatmen to draw water from the sea and drink. When they drank it, the water it was sweet. When they began to bow down before Theodore, he beseeched them not to thank him but to thank the Lord God, Who had worked this miracle because of His love for mankind. Theodore died peacefully in the year 583.

The Venerable Anoub
Anoub was one of the great Egyptian monks. He suffered much for the true Faith. Prior to his death, three aged hermits visited him and he, being clairvoyant, revealed all the secrets of their hearts to them. Anoub reposed peacefully in the second half of the fifth century.

Blessed Igor
Igor was the Prince of Chernigov and Kiev. Persecuted by his kinsmen, he withdrew from the world and was tonsured a monk. The inhabitants of Kiev, dissatisfied with the Olgovich dynasty, wanted to exterminate it. They charged the monastery, captured the young and innocent Schemamonk Igor and slew him. Many were the misfortunes that befell the inhabitants of Kiev as a result of this crime. But over the grave of this blessed monk candles were seen to light by themselves on several occasions, and a fiery pillar was seen over the church where he was buried. This occurred in the year 1147.

The Venerable Father Peter of Koriš
Peter was born in the village of Koriš, beyond the Monastery of St. Mark near Prizren. (According to another tradition he was from a village near Peæ.) As a young man, he plowed with a one-eyed ox. Peter was exceptionally meek and mild tempered. He withdrew at an early age to lead a life of asceticism, as did his sister Helena. He was very strict and persistent in his ascetic labors. In difficult combat with demonic temptations, Peter proved himself victorious. He was a teacher to the many monks who gathered around him. Fleeing the glory of men, he hid himself for a period of time by the Black River, where St. Janiæije of Deviè later lived in asceticism. Peter reposed in old age in his cave at Koriš. On the night he reposed, a light from many candles was seen in his cave and angelic singing was heard. This wondrous saint probably lived in the thirteenth century. Over his miracle-working relics Tsar Dušan built a church, which was a dependency (metochion) of Hilandar. In more recent times the remains of the relics of St. Peter were secretly translated to the Black River, where they repose today.

Blessed Constantine, Metropolitan of Kiev
In the days of Blessed Prince Igor, when there was great quarreling and confusion among the Russian princes, there was also disorder in the Church and frequent changes on the hierarchical thrones. Thus, after the death of Metropolitan Michael of Kiev, Prince Izyaslav brought in the famous and learned monk Klim as metropolitan without seeking the blessing of the patriarch of Constantinople, contrary to the age-old tradition. The patriarch sent Metropolitan Constantine to investigate the matter. Constantine removed Klim and deposed all those clerics that he had ordained. Because of this the people were divided: some adhered to Klim and others to Constantine. Then, according to the wishes of the Russian princes, the patriarch sent a third, Theodore, and both Klim and Constantine were removed. When Constantine died, in the year 1159, they opened his will, and in it he had requested that he not be buried but that his body be thrown in a field to be consumed by dogs, because he considered himself to have been the culprit responsible for the confusion in the Church. Not daring to disobey his testament, but nevertheless with great fear, men took the body of the metropolitan and threw it into a field, where it lay for three days. For three days there was terrible thunder over Kiev, lightning flashed all around and struck, and the earth quaked. Eight men perished from the lightning. Three fiery pillars appeared over Constantine’s lifeless body. Seeing all of this, the prince of Kiev ordered that the body of Constantine be taken and honorably buried in the church where the tomb of Igor was located. Immediately afterward a calm ensued in nature. Thus God justified His humble servant.

HYMN OF PRAISE: Saint Anoub
“Anoub, in just three dark nights,
You will go to God for reckoning.
Give us a profitable word!”
Three elders asked him, the three together.
Anoub to the elders replied:
“I was exposed to persecution
For the honorable Cross and for the true Faith.
I wanted to offer to the Lord my head,
But the Lord turned me from that;
He did not want to give me the martyr’s wreath.
Never seek from God the earthly.
With every good the Lord has eased me.
Radiant angels have appeared to me;
Heavenly food have they brought me.
Whatever I asked of God I received.
Many mysteries I saw and comprehended;
I saw the heavens and the faces of angels,
Apostles, saints, martyrs,
Heavenly faces, holy and joyful,
And wondrous Paradise, wondrous and sweet.
I saw hades and the torments of sinners,
And all the dark satanic hosts.
A lie never issued forth from my lips;
All earthly delights I renounced.
The face of Christ shines for me greater than the sun.
Elders, forgive me, Anoub the sinner!”

REFLECTION
Do not ever violate the fast on Wednesday and Friday. This fast is commanded by the Church and is well founded. If you have ever in your life violated this fast, pray to God that He forgive you, and sin no more. Pious men do not consider themselves exempt from this fast when traveling, or even in sickness. St. Pachomius met some men carrying a corpse and he saw two angels in the funeral procession. He prayed to God to reveal to him the mystery of the presence of the angels at the burial of this man. What good did this man do that the holy angels of God accompanied him in procession to the grave? According to God’s providence, both angels approached Pachomius and explained this to him: “One of us is the angel of Wednesday and the other is the angel of Friday. Seeing how this man always, even until death, fasted on Wednesdays and Fridays, we are honorably accompanying his body. As he kept the fast until death, so are we glorifying him.”

CONTEMPLATION
Contemplate the miraculous healing of the paralytic (Matthew 9:2–6):
1. How the good Lord restored health to the paralytic saying to him: Arise and walk!
2. How the Church brings my palsied (paralytic) soul before the Lord, that the Lord might restore it to health, if only I desire it.

HOMILY
on the justification of almsgiving
Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thy hand to do it (Proverbs 3:27).

The Lord does not deny you that which you need; neither should you deny the man whom the Lord has sent to you in order to test your heart. If a beggar extends his hand to you for help once in your life, give to him and do not refuse. Remember how many years there are in your life and how many hours in a day and how many minutes in an hour—every minute of so many, many thousands of days you extend your hand to the Lord, and the Lord gives and does not refuse. Remember the mercy of God, and your lack of mercy will burn you as a live coal, and it will never give you any peace until you repent and soften your heart.

Do not ever say: “These beggars annoy me!” So many millions of men live on earth, and all are beggars before the Lord; emperors as well as laborers, the wealthy as well as servants, all are beggars before the Lord. And the Lord never says: “These beggars annoy me!” O man, give thanks to God that someone seeks something good from you, be it material or spiritual! This means that you are a man of God’s trust: God has entrusted some of His goods to you, for all goods belong to God. Show yourself worthy of this trust; show yourself worthy in lesser things so that you may be entrusted with greater things.

O Lord most rich, soften our hearts and enlighten our understanding, that we may be merciful in the goods that Thou, the All-merciful, hast entrusted to us.
To Thee be glory and praise forever. Amen.

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