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SUNDAY, September 22, 2019 Phocas, Bishop of Sinope; Phocas the Gardener Orthros: Plagal First Gospel: Mark 16: 9-20 Epistle: II Corinthians 1: 21-24; 2: 1-4 Page: 1000 (Pew Bibles) Gospel: Luke 5: 1-11 Page: 890 (Pew Bibles) The Atmosphere of a Christian Home “Pray without ceasing” (I Thess 5:17). A home is blessed when everyday tasks are accomplished with prayer. Food cooked with love and prayer is a blessing for all who partake of it. When someone is dressing, he can pray: “Clothe me in thy righteousness, O Lord.” When leaving or entering the house, one can pray: “Lord bless my coming in and my going out.” It is also beneficial to make the sign of the cross and pray at the beginning of every journey. In everything and at every time strive to please God and think of the salvation of your soul from sin. On rising from bed, make the sign of the Cross and say: “In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,” and also, “Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this day without sin and teach me to do Thy will.” While washing say: “Purge me with hyssop, Lord and I shall be clean; wash me and I shall be whiter than the snow.” When putting on your linen, think of the cleanliness of the heart, and ask the Lord for a clean heart: “Create me a clean heart, O God!” If you are putting on new clothes think about the renewal of the spirit and say: “Renew a right spirit within me” laying aside the old man, the sinful, passionate, carnal man. Tasting the sweetness of bread, think of the true bread, which gives eternal life to the soul-the Body and Blood of Christ-and hunger after this bread. Drinking water, tea or any other drink, think of the true drink that quenches the thirst of the soul inflamed by passions-of the most pure and life-giving Blood of the Savior. Lying down to sleep at night, think of the sleep of death, which sooner or later will unfailingly come to all of us. Meeting the day, think of the nightless day, eternal, the day of the Kingdom of Heaven who all that repented and strove to please God in this temporary life will rejoice. Excerpt from Children in the Church Today, by Sr. Magdalen 1. RESURRECTION APOLYTIKION (Plagal First Mode) Let us worship the Word Who is unoriginate with the Father and the Spirit, and from a virgin was born for our salvation, O believers, and let us sing His praise. For in His goodness He was pleased to ascend the Cross in the flesh, and to undergo death, and to raise up those who had died, by His glorious Resurrection. 2. APOLYTIKION FOR THE HIEROMARTYR PHOCAS (Fourth Mode) Becoming a partner with the Apostles in way of life and successor to their thrones, O God-inspired Saint, in the active life you found an entrance to contemplation. Hence you rightly expounded the word of truth, and you shed your blood in struggling for the faith, O Hieromartyr Phocas. Intercede with Christ our God, beseeching Him to save our souls. 3. HYMN OF OUR CHURCH (Fourth Mode) Today is the beginning of our salvation, and the revelation of the mystery of ages. The Son of God becomes the Son of the Virgin. And Gabriel proclaims this gift from God. Together with him we cry out to You, O Theotokos: “Hail thou full of grace, the Lord is with you. 4. KONTAKION (Second Mode) A protection of Christians unshamable, Intercessor to our Holy Maker, unwavering, please reject not the prayerful cries of those who are in sin. Instead, come to us for you are good; your loving help bring unto us, who are crying in faith to you: Hasten to intercede and speed now to supplicate, as a protection for all time, Theotokos, for those who honor you. 1. ΑΝΑΣΤΑΣΙΜΟ ΑΠΟΛΥΤΙΚΙΟΝ (Ηχ. Πλ. α) Τὸν συνάναρχον Λόγον Πατρὶ καὶ Πνεύματι, τὸν ἐκ Παρθένου τεχθέντα εἰς σωτηρίαν ἡμῶν, ἀνυμνήσωμεν πιστοὶ καὶ προσκυνήσωμεν, ὅτι ηὐδόκησε σαρκί, ἀνελθεῖν ἐν τῷ σταυρῷ, καὶ θάνατον ὑπομεῖναι, καὶ ἐγεῖραι τοὺς τεθνεῶτας, ἐν τῇ ἐνδόξῳ Ἀναστάσει αὐτοῦ. 2. ΑΠΟΛΥΤΙΚΙΟΝ ΙΕΡΟΜΑΡΤΥΡ ΦΩΚΑ (Ηχ. δ) Και τρόπων μέτοχος, και θρόνων διάδοχος, των Αποστόλων γενόμενος, την πράξιν εύρες θεόπνευστε εις θεωρίας επίβασιν. Δια τουτο τον λόγον της αληθείας ορθοτομών, και τη πίστει ενήθλησας μέχρις αίματος, Ιερομάρτυς Φωκά. Πρέσβευε Χριστώ τω Θεώ, σωθήναι τας ψυχάς ημών. 3. ΑΠΟΛΥΤΙΚΙΟΝ ΤΟΥ ΝΑΟΥ (Ηχ. δ’) Σήμερον τῆς σωτηρίας ἡμῶν τό Κεφάλαιον, καί τοῦ ἀπ᾽ αἰῶνος Μυστηρίου ἡ φανέρωσις· ὁ Υἱός τοῦ Θεοῦ, Υἱός τῆς Παρθένου γίνεται, καί Γαβριήλ τὴν χάριν εὐαγγελίζεται. Διό καὶ ἡμεῖς σὺν αὐτῷ τῇ Θεοτόκῳ βοήσωμεν· Χαῖρε Κεχαριτωμένη, ὁ Κύριος μετὰ σοῦ. 4. ΚΟΝΤΑΚΙΟΝ (Ηχ. β) Προστασία τῶν Χριστιανῶν ἀκαταίσχυντε, μεσιτεία πρὸς τὸν Ποιητὴν ἀμετάθετε, μὴ παρίδῃς ἁμαρτωλῶν δεήσεων φωνάς· ἀλλὰ πρόφθασον ὡς ἀγαθή, εἰς τὴν βοήθειαν ἡμῶν, τῶν πιστῶς κραυγαζόντων σοι· τάχυνον εἰς πρεσβείαν, καὶ σπεῦσον εἰς ἱκεσίαν, ἡ προστατεύουσα ἀεί, Θεοτόκε τῶν τιμώντων σε.

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