CHRIST THE SAVIOR Orthodox Mission
SUNDAY: AUGUST 25TONE 1
10th Sunday after Pentecost/ Return of the Relics of the Apostle Bartholomew/Holy Apostle Titus
Welcome. Thank you for joining us in the Divine Liturgy. Here arethose 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 present are welcome to partake of the blessed bread offered by the priest at the end of the service. You are also invited to join us for an Agape luncheon after the liturgy.
(at the Divine Liturgy)
Tone 1Troparion (Resurrection)
When the stone had been sealed by the Jews,
while the soldiers were guarding Thy most pure body,
Thou didst rise on the third day, O Savior,
granting life to 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!”
Tone 3 Troparion (Holy Apostles Bartholomew and Titus)
Holy Apostles, Bartholomew and Titus,
entreat the merciful God,
to grant our souls forgiveness of transgressions!
Tone 1 Kontakion(Resurrection)
As God, Thou didst rise from the tomb in glory,
raising the world with Thyself.
Human nature praises Thee as God, for death has vanished.
Adam exults, O Master!
Eve rejoices, for she is freed from bondage and cries to Thee://
“Thou art the Giver of Resurrection to all, O Christ!”
Tone 4Kontakion (Holy Apostle Bartholomew)
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.
Tone 2 Kontakion (Holy Apostle Titus)
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 out to thee:
“Never cease to intercede for the sake of us all!”
Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us as we have set our hope on Thee! (Ps 32/33:22)
v: Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous! Praise befits the just! (Ps 32/33:1)
1 Corinthians 4:9-16
9] For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men.
 We are fools for Christ's sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised.
 Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwellingplace;
 And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it:
 Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day.
 I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you.
 For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.
 Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.
v: God gives vengeance unto me, and subdues people under me. (Ps 17/18:47)
v: He magnifies the salvation of the King and deals mercifully with David, His anointed, and his seed forever. (Ps 17/18:50)
 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
 And he laid his hands on them, and departed thence.
 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,
 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?
 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.
 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest! (Ps 148:1)
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.
The Transfer of the Relics of the Apostle Bartholomew took place at the end of the sixth century. His apostolic activity and martyr’s end are remembered by the Church on June 11. The Apostle Bartholomew suffered for Christ in Armenian Albanus (now Baku) in the year 71, where his holy relics were. Numerous miracles occurred from the relics of the holy Apostle, and many of the unbelieving were converted to Christ. Under the emperor Anastasius (491-518) the relics of the Apostle Bartholomew were transferred into the newly constructed city of Anastasiopolis (or Dura) and remained there until the end of the sixth century.
When the city of Anastasiopolis was captured by the Persian emperor Chozroes, Christians took up the chest with the relics of the Apostle Bartholomew and fled with it to the shores of the Black Sea. Having overtaken them, pagan priests threw the chest with the relics of the Apostle Bartholomew into the sea. Four other chests containing the relics of the holy Martyrs Papian, Lucian, Gregory and Acacius were also thrown into the sea.
By the power of God the chests did not sink into the depths of the sea, but miraculously floated upon the waves and reached Italy. The chest with the relics of the Apostle Bartholomew came to land at the island of Lipari, and the remaining chests continued their journey and came to land at various places in Italy. The chest with the relics of the Martyr Papian halted at Sicily, the Martyr Lucian at Messina, the Martyr Gregory at Calabria, and the Martyr Acacius at Askalon.
The arrival of the relics of the holy Apostle Bartholomew was revealed to Bishop Agathon of the island of Lipari, who went with clergy to the shores of the sea, took the chest from the waters and solemnly transferred it to church.
Myrrh flowed from the relics of the Apostle Bartholomew, healing people of various illnesses. The holy relics remained in the church of the island of Lipari until the middle of the ninth century when the island was captured by pagans. Christian merchants took up the holy relics of the Apostle Bartholomew and transferred them to the city of Beneventum, near Naples, where they were received with great veneration and placed in the main church of the city.
Today we also remember the Apostle Titus of the Seventy and Bishop of Crete; Confessors Barses and Eulogius, Bishops of Edessa; and Protogenes, Bishop of Carrhae; St. Menas, Patriarch of Constantinople; New Hieromartyr Vladimir (Moshchansky) of Tver; St. John the Cappadocian, Patriarch of Constantinople; and St. Epiphanius, Patriarch of Constantinople.
On Thursday, August 29thwe commemorate the Beheading of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist John.
The Beheading of the Prophet, Forerunner of the Lord, John the Baptist: The Evangelists Matthew (Mt.14:1-12) and Mark (Mark 6:14-29) provide accounts about the martyricend of John the Baptist in
the year 32 after the Birth of Christ.
Following the Baptism of the Lord, Saint John the Baptist was locked up in prison by Herod Antipas, the Tetrarch. The prophet of God John openly denounced Herod for having left his lawful wife, the daughter of the Arabian king Aretas, and then instead cohabiting with Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip (Luke 3:19-20). On his birthday, Herod made a feast for dignitaries, the elders and a thousand chief citizens. Salome, the daughter of Herod, danced before the guests and charmed Herod. In gratitude to the girl, he swore to give her whatever she would ask, up to half his kingdom.
The vile girl on the advice of her wicked mother Herodias asked that she be given the head of John the Baptist on a platter. Herod became apprehensive, for he feared the wrath of God for the murder of a prophet, whom earlier he had heeded. He also feared the people, who loved the holy Forerunner. But because of the guests and his careless oath, he gave orders to cut off the head of Saint John and to give it to Salome.
The holy body of John the Baptist was taken that night by his disciples and buried at Sebastia, there where the wicked deed had been done.
After the murder of Saint John the Baptist, Herod continued to govern for a certain time. Pontius Pilate, governor of Judea, later sent Jesus Christ to him, Whom he mocked (Luke 23:7-12).
The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist, a Feast day established by the Church, is also a strict fast day because of the grief of Christians at the violent death of the saint. In some Orthodox cultures pious people will not eat food from a flat plate, use a knife, or eat food that is round in shape on this day.
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