2012 July 1 – Fourth Sunday after Pentecost (Holy and Wonderworking Unmercenaries Cosmas and Damian)

Dear Parishioners and Friends of Holy Archangels Orthodox Church:

Please note, that there will be no Bible study on the Gospel of St. John this week due to the Fourth of July celebrations. We will resume the Bible study next Wednesday.

Welcome to Holy Archangels Orthodox Church (OCA)! We’re glad to have you worshipping the Holy Trinity with us! If you are new or are worshiping with us for the first time, please introduce yourself to our priest, Fr. Robert Miclean, after the service.

We thank God for His desire to heal us of our passions, but also that Christ Himself, as the Logos of God (the Word), is the Giver of Life and the Sustainer of all life. Being in communion with Him is eternal life. And so, whatever our temporal sicknesses or physical maladies and imperfections, we rest in Him, knowing that while we will all die, we shall also, by God’s mercy, be given a resurrected body at the Second Coming of our Lord. In the meantime, God continues to work physical healing in this world, but He does so in a mystery. Some receive healing while others do not. What we know is this: God’s priority is to heal our souls for eternity, our bodies will all “where out like a garment,” but our souls will live forever. This is not to suggest, however, that there is a dichotomy between our bodies and souls: God created us with both and can work both physical and spiritual healing in our lives. In fact, sometimes, the two are related. We’ve all experienced emotional and spiritual stress that’s made us physical ill. Sometimes, however, we just get sick living in a fallen world with mortal bodies. Thank God, this isn’t the end of the story. God offers us His life, eternal life, for all who believe in Him and strive to live this life in Him. May we renew our efforts to do so this day and going forward. May we ask the holy Unmercenary Healers, Cosmas and Damian to intercede for us for the healing in soul and/or body, and may we avail ourselves of the opportunities for prayer, anointing, worship, confession, and communion through which Christ God, the Great Physicaian of our souls and bodies, can work that healing.

May Christ our true God, bless you!
Fr. Robert+

This week at Holy Archangels:

  • CANCELED – Saturday, July 7, 6 p.m., Great Vespers with the Matins Gospel. Confession following.
  • Sunday, July 8, 9:30 Hours, 10am Divine Liturgy followed by Trapeza.

Prayer Requests:

  • Please pray for Azariah (Brian) and Brayton in your prayers as they look for work.
  • Pray for healing for David, Seraphima, Carol, and Natasha
  • Please pray for our Mission that we may find a full-time Choir Director.

Troparion (Resurrection) Tone 3
Let the heavens rejoice!
Let the earth be glad!
For the Lord has shown strength with His arm.
He has trampled down death by death.
He has become the first born of the dead.
He has delivered us from the depths of hell,
and has granted to the world
great mercy.

Troparion (for Saints Cosmas and Damian) Tone 8
Holy Unmercenaries and Wonderworkers, Cosmas and Damian, heal our infirmities!
Freely you have received; freely you give to us.

Troparion (Holy Archangels) Tone 4
Commanders of the heavenly hosts,
we who are unworthy beseech you,
by your prayers encompass us beneath the wings of your immaterial glory,
and faithfully preserve us who fall down and cry to you:
“Deliver us from all harm, for you are the commanders of the powers on high!”

Kontakion (Resurrection Tone 3 )
On this day You rose from the tomb, O Merciful One,
leading us from the gates of death.
On this day Adam exults as Eve rejoices;
with the Prophets and Patriarchs//
they unceasingly praise the divine majesty of Your power.

Kontakion (for Saints Cosmas and Damian) Tone 2
Having received the grace of healing,
you grant healing to those in need.
Glorious wonder-workers and healers, Cosmas and Damian,
visit us and put down the insolence of our enemies,//
and bring healing to the world through your miracles!

Kontakion (Holy Archangels) Tone 2
Commanders of God’s armies and ministers of the divine glory,
princes of the bodiless angels and guides of mankind,
ask for what is good for us, and for great mercy,
supreme commanders of the Bodiless Hosts.