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SUNDAY, November 18, 2018

Plato of Ancyra; Martyr Romanus

 Orthros: Plagal Fourth                     Gospel: Mark 16: 9-20
Epistle: Ephesians 4: 1-7                     Page: 106 (Red Books)                                                             Gospel:  Luke 12: 16-21                Page: 108  (Red Books)

             

Thanksgiving Message

 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Gratitude and Generosity: two virtues which go hand in hand.  The more we live with thanksgiving in our hearts, the more we recognize that everything we have is a gift from God.  And the more we realize that everything we have is a gift from God, the more we are willing to share what we have with those in need. 

 The essence of Thanksgiving – not the turkey and stuffing and football games, but the essential message of gratitude – has everything to do with our  Orthodox Faith as we prepare for the Holy Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

 Our God is a loving God.  He wants to fill our storehouses with all kinds of goods to satisfy our needs and to fill us with joy.  But we must receive His gifts with a spirit of thankfulness in our hearts so that we may honor our Giver by sharing our excess with those in need.  

 This is why we need Thanksgiving and other reminders to live with gratitude.  Because gratitude is not an  option.  We need it to survive spiritually, as individuals and as a society. 

 In the spirit of gratitude and giving, all the donations collected from the enclosed Thanksgiving offering envelope will be sent to the Food Hub of the Lancaster Council of Churches, which provides fresh and healthy food to over 100 families on a daily basis.  $1.00 can purchase six meals or eight glasses of milk.  $10 can purchase 50 pounds of groceries.

 During this Thanksgiving season – and always – may we live with a spirit of gratitude and generosity. 

 In Christ’s Love,

Fr. Hector Firoglanis

 


1.  RESURRECTION APOLYTIKION
           (Plagal Fourth Mode)
      From the heights You came down,
      O Compassionate One.
      And you did submit to three-day burial
      that from the passions You might deliver us.
      O our Life and Resurrection, O Lord,
      glory be to You.

 2. APOLYTIKION OF GREAT MARTYR PLATO (Tone 4)
    Your Martyrs, O Lord, was worthily
    awarded by You the crown of
    incorruption, in that he contested for
    You our immortal God.  Since he
    possessed Your power, he defeated
    the tyrants, dashing the demons’
    powerless displays of defiance.  O
    Christ God, at his fervent entreaties,
    save our souls.

3. HYMN OF OUR CHURCH (Mode 4)
    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 For the Entry Into the Temple
                          (Fourth Mode)
    The Savior’s most pure and
    immaculate temple, the very precious
    bridal chamber and Virgin, who is the
    sacred treasure of the glory of God,
    on this day is introduced into the
    House of the Lord, and with herself
    she brings the grace in the divine
    Spirit.  She is extolled by the Angels of
    God.  A heavenly tabernacle is she.

1. ΑΝΑΣΤΑΣΙΜΟΝ ΑΠΟΛΥΤΙΚΙΟΝ (Ηχ. Πλ.δ)
    Ἐξ ὕψους κατῆλθες ὁ εὔσπλαγχνος,
    ταφὴν κατεδέξω τριήμερον,
    ἵνα ἡμᾶς ἐλευθερώσης τῶν παθῶν,
    ἡ ζωὴ καὶ ἡ Ἀνάστασις ἡμῶν, Κύριε δόξα σοι.

2. ΑΠΟΛΥΤΙΚΙΟΝ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΜΑΡΤΥΡΟΣ ΠΛΑΤΩΝ (Ηχ. Δ)
    Ο μάρτυς σου Κύριε εν τη αθλήσει αυτού,
    το στέφος εκομίσαντο της αφθαρσίας,
    εκ σου του Θεού ημών.
    Έχων γάρ την ισχύν σου,
    τους τυράννους κάθειλεν
    έθραυσε και δαιμόνων τα ανίσχυρα θράση
    αυτών ταις ικεσίαις Χριστέ ο Θεός,
    σώσον 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 ΕΙΣΟΔΙΟΝ (Ηχ. Δ)
   Ὁ καθαρώτατος ναὸς τοῦ Σωτῆρος,
   ἡ πολυτίμητος παστὰς καὶ Παρθένος,
   τὸ ἱερὸν θησαύρισμα τῆς δόξης τοῦ Θεοῦ,
   σήμερον εἰσάγεται, ἐν τῷ οἴκῳ Κυρίου,
   τὴν χάριν συνεισάγουσα, τὴν ἐν Πνευματι Θείῳ·
   ἣν ἀνυμνοῦσιν Ἄγγελοι Θεοῦ· 
   Αὕτη ὑπάρχει σκηνὴ ἐπουράνιος. 

 

 



 

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 


 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

   

  

 

 

 

 

 

 


                         

 

 

 

                         

 

 

 

 

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