Weekly Update and Bulletin From Fr. Robert Miclean – August 26, 2019

As we are reminded this day in our Epistle, the Apostles and their successors, and indeed all faithful Orthodox Christians, will suffer living out our faith in this world.  The life of a faithful Christian, by necessity, involves self-denial and our coming outside ourselves to love and to serve. This is part of our ‘cross’ by which we become more like Christ and, indeed, further united with Him. We give of ourselves not out of a sense of duty, but in a desire to love and grow in His love, to be deified, to participate more in the life of the Church.  Our Gospel today prompts us to see that prayer and faith go hand in hand in enabling us to be these fellow partakers with Christ and victors over the hold that the world and its priorities often exercise on us. This day, we remember God’s gifts to us and we see our own need to return to God the glory and worship of our grateful hearts.  This is our response to God for all His bounty and blessings to us. Our worship extends to our striving to bring our faith to bear on our everyday lives– our prayers, fasting, worship, service, witness, and the extent to which we exercise our faith in obedience and humility in our daily lives.  If we seek Christ first, all other things find their proper place.  So, we’re called to prioritize our life in Christ above all things. God is at work in us and through us to continue to make us into the men and women of God He’s called us to be. May we cultivate the faith to move whatever ‘mountains’, whatever impediments, stand between us and the fullness of life in Him.                           In Christ’s love,Fr. Robert+

2019 Pledges/Commitments.  We give back a “first fruits” pledge to Christ from what He’s so mercifully given and entrusted to us.  Everything we have is a gracious gift from God.  Let us be as those servants who used their talentswisely and to God’s glory (Matt. 25:23).  If you have not done so yet, please offer your pledge of talents today.  To grow in faith and grow our Mission “in spirit and in numbers,” please give generously and faithfully. (II Cor. 9:7).


  • TODAY 9:30Hours, 10 Divine Liturgy, Trapeza  
  • Tues., Aug.27, 1-1:20 p.m., Sixth Hour Prayers, St. Nicholas Orthodox Chapel, USNA
  • Wed., Aug. 28, 6:45 p.m., NO Patristics Study this Week
  • Sat., Aug. 31,6 p.m., Great Vespers (Confession offered)
  • Sun., Sep. 1,9:30 am Hours, 10 am, DivineLiturgyTrapeza 

Looking Ahead: Mark your Calendars!

  • Sat., Sept. 7, 6 p.m., Great Vespers, Great Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos, Litya
  • Sun., Sept. 8, 9:30 a.m., Hours, 10 a.m., Divine Liturgy, Great Feastof the Nativity of the Theotokos, Trapeza
  • Sat., Sept. 14,9:30 Hours, 10 a.m., Divine Liturgy, Great Feast of the Precious, Holy, and Life-Giving Cross.  

Confession & Reception:In keeping with OCA Guidelines, it’s the discipline at Holy Archangels to practice monthlyconfession.  If a month has passed and you’ve not made confession for good reason, or, are visiting, please talk with Fr. Robert to ask a blessing to receive prior to the serviceand before approaching the Chalice.

TRAPEZA:The lunch and fellowship served after Divine Liturgy is an important part of our Mission’s family life together.  We cannot draw closer to God if we’re not also drawing closer to each other.  To grow “in spirit and in numbers,” such fellowship is important.  Please sign up to help provide for this important ministry!

Prayer Requests: Our Mission’s Growth “in spirit & in numbers”  

  • For God’s financial provisionfor our Mission & college ministry, ACM (Annapolis Pan-Orthodox College Ministry);
  • Departed founders: Archpriest George the Confessor, Gabriel, Rafael, Serafim, Basil, Rdr. Michael, Mitchell, Archpriest John (Moses), Archpriest John (Matusiak)
  • Met. Isaiah of Georgia, Archbishops Yohanna Ibrahim, Boulos Yazigi of Syria, Sbn. John, Gov. Hogan, Benedict, Benjamin, Daniel, Noah, Alex, Gary, Timothy, Vivian, Beatrice, George, Helen, Helen, Geneva, Sydney, Young, Liam, Eleni, Valerie, Charlotte, Anastasia, Valentina, Linda, Susan, Michael, Elizabeth, Noah, Tommy, Thomas, Johann, Mat. Alexandra, Judith, Maggie, Frank, Karley, Christina, Jaysen, the Church in Georgia, Romania as they address the relativism of the West, speaking the truth in love, our persecuted brethren around the world, peace in Syria. 

Troparion              (Resurrection)            Tone 1            

When thestonehad been sealed by the Jews,

while the soldiers were guarding Thy most pure body,

Thou didst riseon the third day, O Savior, 

grantinglifeto 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 lovest of mankind!”

Troparion (Holy Apostles Bartholomew and Titus) Tone 3            

Holy Apostles, Bartholomew and Titus,

entreat the merciful God,

to grant our soulsforgiveness of transgressions!

Troparion                (Angels) Tone 4            

O Commanders of the heavenly hosts, // we who are unworthy beseechyou: // by your prayers encompass us beneath the wings of your immaterial glory, // and faithfully preserve us who fall down and cryto you://Deliver us from all harm, for you are the Commanders of the Powers on high!

Kontakion            (Resurrection)            Tone 1             

As God, Thou didst rise from the tomb in glory,

raising the worldwith Thyself.//Human nature praises Thee as God, for death has vanished.//Adam exults, O Master!

Eve rejoices, for she is freed from bondage and criesto Thee://

“Thou art the Giver of Resurrection to all, O Christ!”

Kontakion        (Holy Apostle Bartholomew)            Tone 4            

Thou didst appear as a great sun to the world with miracles and rays of teaching.  // Thou dost guide to the Light all who venerate thee,  // O Apostle of the Lord, Bartholomew.

Kontakion                (Holy Apostle Titus)            Tone 2 

Titus, worthy of all praise and preacher of Christ’s mysteries,

thou wast Paul’s companion, and with him taught us the doctrine of God. // Therefore we cry outto thee:

“Never cease to intercedefor the sakeof us all!”

Kontakion               (Angels) Tone 2            

Commanders of God’s armiesand ministers of the divine glory//princes of the bodiless Angelsand guidesof mankind// askfor what is good for us, and for great mercy,//O Supreme Commanders of the Bodiless Hosts.