2012 June 18 – All Saints of America

2nd Sunday after Pentecost: All Saints of America*                                               

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.

As we remember our fathers on Fathers Day it’s a good opportunity to remember what the role of a father is.  There’s a lot of confusion out there today about the role of a father.  Increased insecurities about what it means to be a man, let alone a father, can have drastic consequences on families.  But Christ God gives men and fathers an identity, a role, a purpose that is grounded on who they are in Christ God.

Just as manhood is inseparable from what it means to be a godly and god-fearing man, so too with fathers.  A father is a godly man who “seeks first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness” (Matt. 6:33), who strives in his imperfect love to lead his family by example, in godly service (note: not subservience), providing for the spiritual development and nurturing of his family.  A father fears God more than he fears man.  He is courageous in standing his ground when it comes to the things of God.  He strives to the best of his ability to exercise his headship as ‘priest of his family’ in humility and love.  Because he will fail in this endeavor at times, he is quick to ask forgiveness.  Because this calling is beyond his own abilities, he looks to God as His help.  In all things, he strives to faithfully provide for what his wife and children need, not necessarily what they may want.  He takes responsibility for his family’s well-being, assures and oversees the spiritual growth and education of his children in authentic witness to his own relationship and communion with God.  Above all else, a father is a man of prayer for with prayer, he looks to God, “the Author and Finisher of our faith” (Heb. 12:2).

In Christ’s love and wishing you a blessed Apostles’ Fast,
Fr. Robert+

This week at Holy Archangels:

  • Saturday, June 23, 6 p.m.,Great Vespers with the Matins Gospel. Confession following.
  • Sunday, June 24,  9:30 Hours, 10am Divine Liturgy followed by Trapeza.
  • Wednesday, June 27, 7 p.m., Continuing Bible Study on the gospel of St. John, Location: St. John’s Boathouse

Looking Ahead:

  • Friday, June 29, Sts. Peter and Paul Feast, 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.
  • Please pray for our Mission that we may find a full-time Choir Director.

Troparion              (Resurrection)  Tone 1           
When the stone had been sealed by the Jews,
while the soldiers were guarding Your most pure ^body,
You rose on the third day, O Savior, granting life to the world.
The powers of heaven therefore cried to You, O Giver of Life:
“Glory to Your Resurrection, O Christ!
Glory to Your ^Kingdom!//
Glory to Your dispensation, O Lover of mankind!”
Troparion              (All Saints of North America)  Tone 8           
As the bountiful harvest of Your sowing of salvation,
the lands of North America offer to You, O Lord, all the saints who have shone in them.
By their prayers keep the Church and our land in abiding peace
through the Theotokos, O most Merciful One!
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 1            
As God, You rose from the tomb in glory,
raising the world with Yourself.
Human nature praises You as God, for death has vanished.
Adam exults, O Master!
Eve rejoices, for she is freed from bondage and cries to You://
“You are the Giver of Resurrection to all, O Christ!”
Kontakion              (All Saints of North America)  Tone 3           
Today the choir of Saints who were pleasing to God in the lands of North America
now stands before us in the Church and invisibly prays to God for us.
With them the Angels glorify Him,
and all the Saints of the Church of Christ keep festival with them;
and together they all pray for us to the Pre-eternal God.
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.