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WEEKLY DIOCESAN BULLETIN

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost


RESURRECTIONAL TROPARION - TONE EIGHT:

You descended from on high, O Merciful One! You accepted the three day burial to free us from our sufferings! O Lord, our Life and Resurrection: Glory to You!

TROPARION TO ST. GREGORY THE WONDERWORKER - TONE EIGHT:

You became worthy of your name through your way of life: through your vigilance in prayer and your constant works of mercy.  Therefore, O father Gregory, beseech Christ God to enlighten our minds, that we may not sleep in sin, which leads to death.

RESURRECTIONAL KONTAKION - TONE EIGHT:

By rising from the tomb You raised the dead and resurrected Adam.  Eve exults in Your Resurrection, and the world celebrates Your rising from the dead, O greatly Merciful One!

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

The Prokeimenon in the Eighth Tone
Pray and make your vows before the Lord our God

Ephesians 4: 1-6
Brethren, I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the  unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.  There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

Alleluia Verses

Come let us rejoice in the Lord! Let us make a joyful noise to God our Savior!  Let us come before His face with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to Him with psalms!

GOSPEL READING

St. Luke 10: 25-37

At that time, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Jesus, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”  He said to him, “What is written in the law?  What is your reading of it?”  So he answered and said, “’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind’, and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’”  And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.”  But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”  Then Jesus answered and said, “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him and departed, leaving him half dead.  Now by chance a certain priest came down that road.  And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.  Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side.  But a certain Samaritan, as he     journeyed, came where he was.  And when he saw him, he had compassion.  So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.  On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’  So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?” And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.”  Then    Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

 

All-NIGHT VIGIL ON THE EVE OF THE FEAST OF THE ENTRY INTO THE TEMPLE OF THE MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
at 9:00 p.m. at the
Christ the Savior Church
in Arcadia California

His Grace, Bishop Grigorije of Zahum-Hercegovina will join His Grace, Bishop Maxim, Hieromonk Sava, Abbott of the Tvrdos Monastery, local clergy, and the faithful for this prayerful gathering.

All are invited to attend and symbolically participate in the Vigil of the Hilandar Monastery, where the monastics celebrate this Feast as their Slava. 

 

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