17th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Tone 8. Fathers of the 7th Ecumenical Council. Martyrs Carpus, Papylus, Agathadorus, and Agathonica, at Pergamum (251). Ven. Benjamin of the Kiev Caves (Far Caves—14th c.). Martyr Florentius of Thessalonica (1st-2nd c.). Martyr Benjamin, Deacon, of Persia (421-424). St. Nicetas the Confessor of Paphlagonia (838). New Martyr Chryse (Zlata) of Bulgaria (1795). Translation of the “IVERON” (“IBERIAN”) Icon of the Most-holy Theotokos to Moscow (1648). The “SEDMIYEZERNAYA” Icon of the Most-holy Theotokos (17th c.).
Welcome. Thank you for joining us in the Divine Liturgy. Here are the portions of the liturgy that change from week to week. You are welcome to join with us in song and prayer. Holy Communion is only given to Orthodox Christians who have prepared themselves by prayer, fasting, and recent confession. All are welcome to partake of the blessed bread offered by the priest at the end of the service. Please join us for an Agape luncheon after the liturgy.
Tone 8 Troparion (Resurrection)
Thou didst descend from on high, O Merciful One!
Thou didst accept the three day burial
to free us from our sufferings!//
O Lord, our Life and Resurrection, glory to Thee!
Tone 8 Troparion (Fathers)
Thou art most glorious, O Christ our God!
Thou hast established the Holy Fathers as lights on the earth.
Through them Thou hast guided us to the true Faith.//
O greatly compassionate One, glory to Thee!
Tone 8 Kontakion (Resurrection)
By rising from the tomb, Thou didst raise the dead and resurrected Adam.
Eve exults in Thy Resurrection,
and the world celebrates Thy rising from the dead, O greatly Merciful One!
Tone 6 Kontakion (Fathers)
The Son who shone forth from the Father
was ineffably born, two-fold in nature, of a woman.
Having beheld Him, we do not deny the image of His form,
but depict it piously and revere it faithfully.
Thus, keeping the True Faith,//
the Church venerates the icon of Christ Incarnate.
Tone 8 Prokeimenon(Resurrection)
Pray and make your vows before the Lord, our God! (Ps 75/76:11)
v: In Judah God is known; His name is great in Israel. (Ps 75/76:1)
Tone 4 Prokeimenon(Song of the Fathers)
Blessed art Thou, O Lord God of our Fathers and praised and glorified is Thy Name forever! (Daniel 3:26:Song of the Three Holy Children v.3)
2 Corinthians 6:16-7:1
 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
Hebrews 13:7-16 (Fathers)
 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.
 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.
 We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.
 For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp.
 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.
 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.
 For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.
 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
v: Come, let us rejoice in the Lord! Let us make a joyful noise to God our Savior! (Ps 94/95:1)
v: Let us come before His face with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to Him with songs of praise! (Ps 94/95:2)
Tone 1 (Fathers)
v: The Lord, the God of gods, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting. (Ps 49/50:1)
 A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it.
 And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture.
 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it.
 And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
 And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be?
 And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.
 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
 Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.
 They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.
 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.
 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.
John 17:1-13 (Fathers)
 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:
 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.
 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.
 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.
 I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.
 Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee.
 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.
 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.
 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.
 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.
 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.
Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest! (Ps 148:1)
Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous! Praise befits the just! (Ps 32/33:1)
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
Commemoration of the Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council
Today the Church remembers the 350 holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council under the holy Patriarch Tarasius(February 25).
The Synod of 787, the second to meet at Nicea, refuted the Iconoclast heresy during the reign of Empress Irene and her son Constantine VI.
The Council decreed that the veneration of icons was not idolatry (Exodus 20:4-5), because the honor shown to them is not directed to the wood or paint, but passes to the prototype (the person depicted). It also upheld the possibility of depicting Christ, Who became man and took flesh at His Incarnation. The Father, on the other hand, cannot be represented in His eternal nature, because “no man has seen God at any time” (John 1:18).
In Greek practice, the holy God-bearing Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council are commorated on October 11 (if it is a Sunday), or on the Sunday which follows October 11. According to the Slavic MENAION, however, if the eleventh falls on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, the service is moved to the preceding Sunday.
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