Weekly Update and Bulletin From Fr. Robert Miclean – January 27, 2019

We live in an age when it can be intimidating to speak openly of our faith in Christ God or reveal ourselves to be Orthodox Christians.  Increasingly our faith is seen as out of step with the culture’s ever evolving ‘values.’  The meaning of sin, love, healing, and marriage (just to a few) have all been changed by popular culture to mean something else.  The Saints we commemorate this day all suffered for the sake of the Gospel and Orthodox Faith.  For his uncompromising proclamation of the Gospel and Orthodox Faith, St. John Chrysostom was exiled and died in harsh treatment.  St. Nino forsook all familiar to her out of love for God and the Georgian people to proclaim the Gospel with the strength of the Apostles—At one point, being targeted for murder.  The new martyrs of Russia and all the Communist lands, valiantly confessed Christ knowing that it may cost them their blood.  St. George Calciu (the Confessor) was condemned to death in Romania for his proclamation of the Gospel.  Our priceis much less, but Christ God calls on us to take up our cross, to sacrifice ourselves, to use our talents to love the people of America, those around us, with that same love that motivated these beloved Saints of God to come out of their comfort zone, to give all that they had, to build up Christ’s holy Church, so that others could know the truth of Jesus Christ and the life that’s only in Him.  May we too emulate them and ask their fervent intercessions.  Glory to God for all things!  In Christ, Fr. Robert+

House Blessings:During this season, the faithful invite Christ into their homes to bless them and to pray God to make them places manifesting Christ’s light, peace, truth, and love—harbors, places of refuge for our souls.  House blessings are a testimony to what we believe as Orthodox Christians.  Please contact Fr. Robert with two suggested days/times for a house blessing as soon as possible.  He will do his best to accommodate you.

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 Jan. 27, 9:30 Hours, 10 Divine Liturgy,Trapeza,
  • 6 p.m., Daily Vespers, 6:45, PATRISTICS STUDY This Week: The Epistle of St. Clement to the Corinthians. 
  • Thur.,Jan. 31, 2:30-4 p.m., Home Schooling Get Together
  • Sat.Feb. 2,9:30 Hours, 10 a.m., Divine LiturgyGreat Feast, Presentation of the Lord in the Temple, Trapeza
  • Sat., Feb. 2,6:00 p.m., Great VespersConfession following
  • Sun., Feb. 3,9:30 a.m., Hours, 10 Divine Liturgy,trapeza

Looking Ahead…Mark your Calendars!

  • Sun., March 10, Forgiveness Sunday(Cheesefare). Trapeza, Forgiveness Vespers, Rite of Forgiveness, Liturgical Entry into Lent!  
  • Wed., March 13,6:30 pm, Presanctified LiturgySoup Supper

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.

AMAZON.  We’re now able to give 6.5%of our regular purchases from Amazon.comto Holy Archangels. Purchases are anonymous and will be automatically credited to Holy Archangels.  Please Visit our website and click the link beforeyou shop at Amazon and it will be credited to us.  Please note: This is not the same promotion as “Amazon Smile.”

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 of our church: Archpriest George the Confessor, Gabriel, Rafael, Serafim, Basil, Rdr. Michael, 
  • Met. Isaiah of Georgia, Archbishops Yohanna Ibrahim and Boulos Yazigi of Syria, Sbn. John, Gov. Hogan, Benedict, Benjamin, Daniel, Noah, Alex, Gary, Timothy, Sophia, Vivian, Beatrice, George, Helen, Helen, Geneva, Phoenix, Sydney, Young, Liam, Eleni, Valerie, Charlotte, Anastasia, Valentina, Linda, Susan, Jessica (sister of Kelly Vernet), Michael, Elizabeth, Noah, Jocelyn, Tommy, Thomas, Johann, newly illumined Daniela Serafima, godmother Naşa Elena, the Church in Georgia, Romania as they address the relativism of the West, speaking the truth in love, our persecuted brethren throughout the world, peace in Syria.

Troparion         (Resurrection)Tone 2

When Thoudidst descend to death, O Life immortal,

Thou didst slay hell with the splendor of Thy Godhead.

And whenfrom the depths Thou didst raisethe dead,

all the powers of heaven cried out://

“O Giver of life, Christ our God, glory to Thee!” 

Troparion         (St John Chrysostom)        Tone 8

Grace shining forthfrom thy lipslike a beacon has enlightened the universe.//It has shown to the worldthe riches of poverty;

it has revealedto usthe heights of humility.

Teaching us bythy words, O Father John Chrysostom,//

Intercede beforethe Word, Christ our God, to saveour souls!

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 2

Hellbecame afraid, O almighty Savior,

seeing the miracle of Thy Resurrection from the tomb!

The deadarose! Creation, with Adam, beheld this and rejoicedwith Thee,// and the world, my Savior, praises Theeforever.

Kontakion         (St John Chrysostom)        Tone 1

Most glorious John Chrysostom,

the Church of Constantinople greatly rejoiced, receiving the gift of thy holy ^relics;//keeping them as a treasure of greatprice.

Throughthine intercession,//

they bring the grace of healing to those who praisethee in hymns.

Kontakion           (Angels) Tone 2           

Commanders of God’s armiesand ministers of the divine glory,//princes of the bodiless Angelsandguidesof mankind

//askfor what is good for us, and for great mercy,//O Supreme Commanders of the Bodiless Hosts.

~Glory to God for All Things!~