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11th Sunday after Pentecost/ Church New Year (Indiction), St Simeon the Stylite and his mother, Venerable Martha


Welcome.  Thank you for joining us in the Divine Liturgy.  Here are those 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.




The Church New Year

The first day of the Church New Year is also called the beginning of the Indiction. The term Indiction comes from a Latin word meaning, “to impose.” It was originally applied to the imposition of taxes in Egypt. The first worldwide Indiction was in 312 when the Emperor Constantine (May 21) saw a miraculous vision of the Cross in the sky. Before the introduction of the Julian calendar, Rome began the New Year on September 1.

According to Holy Tradition, Christ entered the synagogue on September 1 to announce His mission to mankind (Luke 4:16-22). Quoting Isaiah 61:1-2), the Savior proclaimed, “The spirit of the Lord is upon me; because He has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent me to proclaim release to captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord...” This scene is depicted in a Vatican manuscript (Vatican, Biblioteca. Cod. Gr. 1613, p.1).

Tradition says that the Hebrews entered the Promised Land in September.


(at the Divine Liturgy)

Tone 2Tropari on (Resurrection)

When Thou didst descend to death, O Life immortal,

Thou didst slay hell with the splendor of Thy Godhead.

And when from the depths Thou didst raise the dead,

all the powers of heaven cried out://

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




Tone 2 Troparion (Indiction)

O Creator of the Universe,

Thou didst appoint times by Thine own power;

bless the crown of this year with Thy goodness, O Lord!

Preserve in safety Thy rulers and Thy cities://

and through the intercessions of the Theotokos, save us!


Tone 1 Troparion (St Simeon)

Thou wast a pillar of patient endurance,

having imitated the Forefathers, O ^Venerable One:

Job in suffering and Joseph in temptations.

Thou didst live like the bodiless hosts while yet in the flesh, O Simeon, our Father.//

Beseech Christ God that our souls may be saved!


Tone 2 Kontakion (Resurrection)

Hell became afraid, O almighty Savior,

seeing the miracle of Thy Resurrection from the tomb!

The dead arose! Creation, with Adam, beheld this and rejoiced with Thee,//

and the world, my Savior, praises Thee forever.


Tone 2 Kontakion (St Simeon)

Seeking the things of the Highest,

and having made a fiery chariot, thou wast joined to the heights.

Therefore, thou hast become a companion to the angels, O

venerable Simeon,//

and with them thou art praying incessantly to Christ God for us all.





Tone 4 Kontakion (Indiction)

O Creator and Master of time and the ages,

Triune and Merciful God of all:

grant blessings for the course of this year,

and in Thy boundless mercy save those who worship Thee and cry out infear://

O Savior, grant blessings to all mankind!


Tone 3 Prokeimenon

Great is our Lord and abundant in power! His understanding is beyond measure! ((Ps 146/147:5)

v: Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God.  (Ps 146/147:1)


Tone 7 Prokeimenon

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints. (Ps 115/116:6)



1 Timothy 2:1-7 (Indiction)

1 Corinthians 9:2-12 (Sunday)*

Colossians 3:12-16 (St Simeon)


[1] I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
[2] For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
[3] For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
[4] Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
[5] For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
[6] Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
[7] Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.

[2] If I be not an apostle unto others, yet doubtless I am to you: for the seal of mine apostleship are ye in the Lord.
[3] Mine answer to them that do examine me is this,
[4] Have we not power to eat and to drink?
[5] Have we not power to lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other apostles, and as the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas?
[6] Or I only and Barnabas, have not we power to forbear working?
[7] Who goeth a warfare any time at his own charges? whoplanteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? orwho feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock?
[8] Say I these things as a man? or saith not the law the same also?
[9] For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen?
[10] Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope.
[11] If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?
[12] If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather? Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ.


[12] Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
[13] Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
[14] And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
[15] And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the whichalso ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
[16] Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.


Tone 4 Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

v: Praise is due to Thee, O God, in Zion, and to Thee shall vows be performed.  (Ps 64/65:1)

v: Bless the crown of the year with Thy goodness, O Lord!

(Ps 64/6511

v: Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in His commandments. (Ps 111/112:1)



Luke 4:16-22 (Indiction)*

Matthew 18:23-35 (Sunday)*

Matthew 11:27-30 (St Simeon)


[16] And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.
[17] And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
[18] The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
[19] To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
[20] And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
[21] And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
[22] And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Isnot this Joseph's son?


[23] Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.
[24] And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.
[25] But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.
[26] The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
[27] Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.
[28] But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.
[29] And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
[30] And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.
[31] So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.
[32] Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:
[33] Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?
[34] And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.
[35] So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.


[27] All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.
[28] Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
[29] Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
[30] For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.


Communion Hymns

Bless the crown of the year with Thy goodness, O Lord! (Ps 64/65:11

The righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance! He shall not fear evil

tidings! (Ps 111/112:6)

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!



Saint Eanswythe, Abbess of Folkestone


Saint Eanswythe was born around 614, the only daughter of King Eadbald of Kent and his wife Emma, who was a Frankish princess. At the time of Eanswythe’s birth, her father was probably a pagan, while her mother was almost certainly a Christian. Therefore, it is highly likely that Eanswythe was baptized and raised as a Christian.


When she was two years old, her paternal grandfather King Ethelbert of Kent (February 25) died. Saint Ethelbert had been baptized at Saint Martin’s church in Canterbury by Saint Augustine of Canterbury (May 28). It was Saint Augustine who came to England in 597 with several monks in order to re-establish Christianity, which had almost been wiped out by the pagan Anglo-Saxons. These monks carried out their missionary work under the protection of King Ethelbert


From her childhood, Saint Eanswythe showed little interest in worldly pursuits, for she desired to dedicate her virginity to God and to serve Him as a nun. Her father, on the other hand, wanted her to marry. Saint Eanswythe told him that she would not have any earthly suitor whose love for her might also be mixed with dislike. There was a high rate of mortality for children in those days, so she knew it was likely that at least some of hers would also die. All of these sorrows awaited her if she obeyed her father. The young princess told her father that she had chosen an immortal Bridegroom Who would give her unceasing love and joy, and to Whom she had dedicated herself. She went on to say that she had chosen the good portion (Luke 10:42), and she asked her father to build her a cell where she might pray.


The king ultimately gave in to his daughter, and built her a monastery in Folkestone in Kent. While the monastery was under construction, a pagan prince came to Kent seeking to marry Eanswythe. Eanswythe, however, insisted that she would not exchange heavenly blessings for the things of this world, nor would she accept the fleeting joys of this life in place of eternal bliss.

Around the year 630, the building of the monastery was completed. This was the first women’s monastery to be founded in England. Saint Eanswythe lived there with her companions in the monastic life, and they may have been guided by some of the Roman monks who had come to England with Saint Augustine in 597.

There are many stories of Saint Eanswythe’s miracles before and after her death. Among other things, she gave sight to a blind man, and cast out a demon from one who had been possessed.

According to Tradition, Saint Eanswythe fell asleep in the Lord on the last day of August 640 when she was only in her mid-twenties. Her father King Eadbald also died in the same year.

The monastery at Folkestone did not last very long after the saint’s death. Some say it was destroyed by the sea, while others say it was sacked by the Danes in 867.


We also commemorate today Hieromartyr Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage, Saint Gennadius, Patriarch of Constantinople, and Saint Aidan, Bishop of Lindesfarne



The Parish Annual Meeting

Our parish bylaws direct that “an annual meeting of the voting members of the Parish shall be held…for the purpose of electing members of the Parish Council and for the transaction of such other business as may come before the meeting”

All are invited to attend and to participate. All members eighteen years of age or older are entitled to vote.

At this meeting, among other things we discuss and adopt the Parish Budget, we elect the Parish Council and the members of the various committees who do so much to keep the parish going.  


The Parish Council has up to eight members, including a President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. In addition we elect two auditors.  We also appoint members to various committees.  These include Finance, School, Lbrary/Bookstore, Altar and (perhaps) Building.


We cannot manage the parish without volunteers in every one of the above areas.  Please think carefully about your possible participation in the Parish Council and/or in one or more of the committees.  If you would like more information on the duties in each of the above positions, contact Chris Maas (924-4553, or


At next week’s meeting, we will review the budget for last year and the actual revenue and expenses against that budget.  This enables us to discuss and to vote on a budget for the coming year.


Now that we have been formally organized for four years, we believe that it is appropriate to consider some longer range plans for the growth of the parish.  The Finance Committee and the Parish Council have developed a five year plan for the growth of the parish.  We will present that plan for discussion will put several items on that plan forward for your consideration and your votes.


This will be an important meeting.  Please make every effort to attend and to participate.



The Orthodox Book Group will meet today after the meal. We will be discussing Chapter 2 of His Life is Mine. Everyone is welcome. Extra books are available (see Chris for a copy).
The Annual Parish Council meeting will be held on September 8. All are encouraged to attend as we plan for the new year.
Today, Theresa Jezak and Vivienne Bouchet will be baptized before the liturgy.
Sunday, September 8 we will celebrate the Nativity of the Theotokos.
Sunday, September 15, we will celebrate the Exaltation of the Cross.

Christ the Savior Orthodox Mission

Orthodox Church in America, Diocese of New England

425 South Main Street, Brewer, ME 04412

(With the blessing of our hiararchs, we meet at St. Teresa's Catholic Church.)


Sundays:  9:40 am - in Brewer, Divine Liturgy (with 3rd and 6th hours) Every liturgy includes a festal meal served after the liturgy.  All are welcome.  (In our parish the meal is pot luck.)
Wednesdays: 6:00 pm - Brewer Chapel, Vespers with the 9th hour read before. Followed by a Bible study and meal.


Christ the Savior Contact information:

Confessions are always available before Divine Liturgy during Hours every Sunday or after any Vespers service.
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