Weekly Update and Bulletin From Fr. Robert Miclean – November 10, 2019

The Parable of the Good Samaritan calls us to come outside ourselves and our self-focus to live as Christ in the midst of a world torn apart and ravaged by the ‘thieves’ of our souls that rob mankind of its greatest treasure: our life in and with God the Holy Trinity, our identity as a child of God called to glorify Him with our lives.  Godlessness pulls our neighbors away from our Life-source, from relationship and communion with God.  We have the opportunity to be as the Samaritan, a foreigner in this world, yes, and one who ministers to those robbed of their sacred vocation to know God, those in need of healing through repentance and the laver of regeneration, baptism, and the sacramental life in Christ.  As we live out our faith with all sincerity, prioritizing our life in Christ in the Church, we give others hope of the reality of this new life as well, we present an alternative to slavery to this world and its passions—all that’s passing away.  In this way, we mend the wounds of our neighbors’ eternal souls by loving them with the Gospel and the Orthodox Faith, by bringing them to Christ.  May He give us the eyes to see those in need, who’ve fallen among ‘the thieves’ of our culture, and give us a heart to love and minister to them that they too find Christ and His holy Church.          The Lord bless you, Fr. Robert+

TIME, TALENT, TREASURE: First Fruits Pledge 2020.  

As Christians we know that everything is ultimately a gift from God.  Throughout time, the people of God have given back to God a tenth, that is, a Tithe, of all that they had.  In the early Church, some even felt called to give away all that they had to build up the Church and glorify God.  While as Christians we recognize that everything belongs to God, the tithe (or some percentage) is an important means to open our hearts to God, to learn to love God more, to take a step forward in faith and trust in God to His glory.  Please offer your “Time, Talent, Treasure” pledge form today, knowing that God will give you so much more in return “He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.” (II Cor. 9:6)

THIS WEEK at HOLY ARCHANGELS:All Services held at our new church home at 73 Franklin St. (CLT Building), historic Annapolis

  • TODAY 9:30 a.m., Hours, 10 a.m., Divine Liturgy, Trapeza
  • Tues., Nov. 12,4:30-5:30 p.m., St. John’s OCF Patristics Study, Cohen study room, library (all are welcome)
  • Wed., Nov. 13, 6 p.m.,Daily Vespers(confession offered)
  • Fri., Nov. 15,Begin Nativity Fast
  • Sat., Nov. 16, 10-4 pm, Fr. Michael Oleksa, priest in Alaska, “Baptizing Cultures,”St. Mark Orthodox Church, (7124 River Rd., Bethesda, lunch provided)
  • Sat., Nov. 16, 6 pm Great Vespers (Confession offered)
  • Sun., Nov. 17, 9:30 a.m., Hours, 10, Divine LiturgyTrapeza

Looking Ahead: Mark your Calendars!

  • Wed., Nov. 20, 6:30 p.m., Vesperal Divine LiturgyGreat Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple
  • Thur., Dec. 5, Starting at 5 pm,St. Nicholas Eve-Akathist, 5:30 pm,Open House, 6:30 -7:30 pm,colinde (caroling)
  • Tues., Dec. 24, 10 p.m., Vigil and Divine Liturgy, Nativity of our Lord, God, Savior Jesus Christ(“Winter Pascha”).  Please bring a quiche to share!

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, newly departed Kh. Anastasia, Richard (grandfather of Doug Burnett) 
  • Met. Isaiah of Georgia, Archbishops Yohanna Ibrahim, Boulos Yazigi of Syria, Sbn. John, Benedict, Benjamin, Daniel, Noah, Alex, Gary, Timothy, Vivian, Beatrice, George, Helen, Helen, Sydney, Young, Valerie, Anastasia, Valentina, Linda, Susan, Michael, Elizabeth, Noah, Tommy, Thomas, Mat. Alexandra, Judith, Maggie, Frank, Karley, Christina, Mark, Eric, Erin, Joseph, James, Julie, Elaine, Steven, the Church in Georgia, Romania as they battle the relativism of the West, speaking the truth in love, our persecuted brethren in the Middle East, peace in Syria.

Troparion              (Resurrection)            Tone 4            

When the women disciples of the Lord

learned from the angel the joyous message of thy Resurrection,

they cast away the ancestral curse // and elatedly told the apostles: // “Deathis overthrown!

Christ God is risen,// granting the world great mercy!”

Troparion            (Apostles of the Seventy)            Tone 3            

Holy Apostles, Erástus, Olýmpas, Heródion, Sosipáter, Qúartus and Tértius, // 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 4                        

My Savior and Redeemer

as God rose from the tomb and delivered the earth-born from their chains. // He has shattered the gatesof hell,

and as Master,// He has risen on the thirdday!

Kontakion            (Apostles of the Seventy)            Tone 2            

Illumined by divine light, O holy Apostles,

ye wisely destroyed the works of idolatry.

When ye caughtall the pagans ye brought them to the Master

and taught them to glorify the Trinity.

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.

Glory to God for All Things!