20th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Tone 3. Synaxis of the Holy Unmercenaries. Martyrs Akepsimas the Bishop, Joseph the Presbyter, and Aithalas the Deacon, of Persia (4th c.).
Welcome to the Divine Liturgy. Herein are the changeable portions of the service; binders available at the front contain the framework of the service. You are welcome to join with us in song and prayer. Communion is only given to Orthodox Christians who have prepared themselves by prayer, fasting, and recent confession. All are welcome to venerate the cross at the end of the service. Please join us for luncheon in the church hall after the liturgy.
Tone 3Troparion (Resurrection)
Let the heavens rejoice!
Let the earth be glad!
For the Lord has shown strength with His arm.
He has trampled down death by death.
He has become the first born of the dead.
He has delivered us from the depths of hell,
and has granted to the world//
Tone 3Troparion (Martyrs)
Ye were pillars of the Church, O servants of godliness,
and ye humbled the proud worshippers of fire.
Much afflicted hierarch Aképsimas, Joseph the presbyter and Áethalas the deacon,
pray to ↑Christ our God
to grant us His great mercy!
Tone 4Troparion (St George)
O liberator of captives, defender of the poor,
physician of the sick, and champion of kings,
trophy-bearer, great martyr George,
tntercede with Christ God
that our souls may be saved!
Tone 3Kontakion (Resurrection)
On this day Thou didst rise from the tomb, O Merciful One,
leading us from the gates of death.
On this day Adam exults as Eve rejoices;
with the Prophets and Patriarchs//
they unceasingly praise the divine majesty of Thy power.
Thou didst celebrate the mysteries blamelessly, O wise one,
and became thyself an acceptable sacrifice, O divinely blessed one.
Thou didst gloriously drank of the cup of Christ, Holy Akepsimas.
Together with thy fellow sufferers thou art praying unceasingly to Christ God for us all.
Tone 8Kontakion(St George)
As we the faithful flee to thee for refuge and seek thy protection and speedy help,
We entreat thee, O Champion of Christ, that we who sing thy praises may be delivered from the snares of the enemy
and from every peril and adversary,
that we may cry: “Rejoice, O martyr George!”
Sing praises to our God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing
praises! (Ps 46/47:6)
v: Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy!(Ps 46/47:1)
Galatians 1: 11-19
 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.
 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
 For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it:
 And profited in the Jews' religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers.
 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace,
 To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:
 Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus.
 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days.
 But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord's brother.
1 Corinthians 12:27-13:8 (Unmercenaries)
 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?
 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?
 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.
 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
v: In Thee, O Lord, have I hoped; let me never be put to shame! (Ps 30/31:1)
v: Be a God of protection for me, a house of refuge in order to save me! (Ps 30/31:2)
 For he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay a dying. But as he went the people thronged him.
 And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any,
 Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched.
 And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?
 And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.
 And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him and how she was healed immediately.
 And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.
 While he yet spake, there cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue's house, saying to him, Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the Master.
 But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole.
 And when he came into the house, he suffered no man to go in, save Peter, and James, and John, and the father and the mother of the maiden.
 And all wept, and bewailed her: but he said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth.
 And they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead.
 And he put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise.
 And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway: and he commanded to give her meat.
 And her parents were astonished: but he charged them that they should tell no man what was done.
Matthew 10:1, 5-8 (Unmercenaries)
 And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.
 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:
 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
Praise the Lord from the heavens! Praise Him in the highest! (Ps 148:1)
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.
Synaxis of the Holy Unmercenaries
On the first Sunday in November a number of Byzantine Churches keep a special remembrance (Synaxis) for All the Unmercenary Healers: those who cared for the sick or aged in the spirit of Christ, without concern for gain. These physicians and other medical workers understood their skills in the spirit of St Paul’s teaching on spiritual gifts (“To each is given a manifestation of the Spirit for the common good” – 1 Corinthians 12:7).
A Christian’s skills are given, according to Paul, not simply to enhance the person who receives them but chiefly to benefit the entire Body of Christ. St Paul lists several of these spiritual gifts: “To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are inspired by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills” (1 Corinthians 12:8-11). Any of these gifts – and of the countless others manifested in the Church – is God’s gift to the entire Church given through the one who manifests them.
The Unmercenary Physicians adopted this teaching as the guiding principle of their professional lives to a heroic degree. In an age when health care, as rudimentary as it often was, was exclusively for those who could afford it, the Unmercenaries stood out by their compassionate attention to the sick poor. When Christians were still suspect in the pagan Roman Empire, the witness of Holy Unmercenaries led people to see that Christians were living by a higher standard than the leaders of their own culture. Not surprisingly, Unmercenaries took the occasion of caring for the sick as opportunities for preaching the Gospel as well. The ideal of physicians serving without pay for Christ inspired many in the Church to follow their example.
Orthodox Church in America, Diocese of New England
425 South Main Street, Brewer, ME 04412
With the blessings of our hierarchs, we meet at St. Theresa's Catholic Church
Sundays starting at 9:30 am - 3rd Hour, 6th Hour, Divine Liturgy, followed by pot luck meal
Wednesdays at 6:00 pm - 9th Hour, Vespers, followed by pot luck meal and Bible study
Confessions are available during Hours on Sunday or after Vespers.
Rector: Father Scott Ceraphim,
Parish Council President: Chris Maas,