Divine Liturgy, September 18, 2022 

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Tone 5) 

The Holy Prophet Zachariah, father of the Forerunner

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Sunday, September 18, 2022

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Tone 5)

The Holy Prophet Zachariah, father of the Forerunner

NO Fast

Priest Micah J. Chisholm, Rector   Phone: (989) 324-8773

[www.stsebastianorthodoxchurch.org]

Entrance Hymn:  Come, let us worship and fall down before Christ, Who rose from the dead O Son of God, save us who sing to Thee: Alleluia!

Resurrectional Troparion – Tone 5: Let us, the faithful, praise and worship the Word, co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit, born for our salvation from the Virgin; for He willed to be lifted up on the Cross in the flesh, to endure death, and to raise the dead by His glorious Resurrection!

Troparion – St. Sebastian – Tone 8:  The image of God was preserved in thee, O father, for thou didst take up thy cross and follow Christ.  Thou didst teach by thine own example that the flesh is to be spurned as transient, while the soul needs great care as immortal.  Wherefore, O venerable Sebastian, thou dost rejoice with the Angels.

Troparion – Prophet Zachariah – Tone 4:  Robed in the vestments of the priesthood, according to the Law of God you offered whole burnt offerings in a sacred manner, wise Zachariah.  Thou didst become a luminary and a seer of the mysteries, bearing within thyself the signs of grace, all-wise one.  Slain by the sword in the temple of God, O prophet of Christ, intercede together with the Forerunner that our souls may be saved.

Resurrectional Kontakion – Tone 5: Thou didst descend into hell, O my Savior, shattering its gates as Almighty; resurrecting the dead as Creator, and didst destroy the sting of death, Thou hast delivered Adam from the curse, O Lover of Man, and we all cry to Thee: O Lord, save us!

Kontakion – St. Sebastian – Tone 2: O father Sebastian, armed with purity of soul and grasping unceasing prayer as firmly as a spear, thou didst pierce the demons’ armies.  Unceasingly pray for us all.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit!

Kontakion – Prophet Zachariah – Tone 2: Today the prophet Zachariah, priest of the Most High and father of the Forerunner has prepared a banquet on behalf of the faithful and mixed the drink of holiness!  Therefore we praise him as a seer of the mysteries of the grace of God!

Both now and ever and unto the ages of ages.  Amen.

Kontakion of the Theotokos – Tone 6: Steadfast Protectress of Christians, constant advocate before the Creator, despise not the cry of us sinners, but in thy goodness come speedily to help us who call on thee in faith: hasten to hear our petition and to intercede for us, O Theotokos, for thou dost ever protect those who honor thee.

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The Prokeimenon (in the 5th Tone): Thou, O Lord, shalt protect us and preserve us from this generation forever.

Verse: Save me, O Lord for a righteous man there is no more.

The Prokeimenon (In the 7th Tone): The righteous shall rejoice in the Lord, and shall hope in Him.

Epistle Reading (II Cor. 1:21-2:4 (§170); Heb. 6:13-20 (§314))

Brethren, He who established us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee. Moreover I call God as witness against my soul, that to spare you I came no more to Corinth.  Not that we have dominion over your faith, but are fellow workers for your joy; for by faith you stand.  But I determined this within myself, that I would not come again to you in sorrow.  For if I make you sorrowful, then who is he who makes me glad but the one who is made sorrowful by me?  And I wrote this very thing to you, lest, when I came, I should have sorrow over those from whom I ought to have joy, having confidence in you all that my joy is the joy of you all.  For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote to you, with many tears, not that you should be grieved, but that you might know the love which I have so abundantly for you.

From Hebrews: Brethren, when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, "Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you."  And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.  For men indeed swear by the greater, and an oath for confirmation is for them an end of all dispute.  Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.  This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.

Gospel (St. Matt. 22:2-14 (§89); St. Matt. 23:29-39 (§96))

At that time, Jesus spoke this parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come.  Again, he sent out other servants, saying, 'Tell those who are invited, "See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding." ' But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business.  And the rest seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them. But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.  Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy.  Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.'  So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests.  But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment.  So he said to him, 'Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?' And he was speechless.  Then the king said to the servants, 'Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'  For many are called, but few are chosen."

The Lord said unto the Jews who came unto Him: Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous, and say, 'If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.'  Therefore you are witnesses against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets.  Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers' guilt.  Serpents, brood of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation of hell? Therefore, indeed, I send you prophets, wise men, and scribes: some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city, that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar.  Assuredly, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation.  "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!  See! Your house is left to you desolate for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, 'Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!' "

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Hymn to the Theotokos

It is truly meet to bless thee, O Theotokos, ever-blessed and most pure, and the Mother of Our God.  More honorable than the Cherubim, and more glorious beyond compare than the Seraphim, without defilement thou gavest birth to God the Word, true Theotokos, we magnify thee.

Communion Hymn

Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest! In everlasting remembrance shall the righteous be; he shall not be afraid of evil tidings. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


Pre-Communion Prayer

     I believe, O Lord, and I confess that Thou art truly the Christ, the Son of the living God, Who didst come into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.  Moreover, I believe that this is truly Thy most Pure Body, and that this is truly Thine Own Precious Blood.  Wherefore, I pray Thee: Have mercy on me and forgive me my transgressions, voluntary and involuntary, in word and in deed, in knowledge and in ignorance.  And vouchsafe me to partake without condemnation of Thy most pure Mysteries unto the remission of my sins and life everlasting.

     Of Thy Mystical Supper, O Son of God, receive me today as a communicant; for I will not speak of the Mystery to Thine enemies, nor will I give Thee a kiss as did Judas, but like the Thief do I confess Thee:  Remember me, O Lord, in Thy Kingdom.

     Let not the communion of Thy Holy Mysteries be unto me for judgment, or condemnation, O Lord, but for healing of soul and body.  Amen.

The Many Years

Our Great Lord and Father, His Holiness Kyrill, Patriarch of Moscow and All the Rus, His Eminence Nicholas, Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, our Lord the Most Reverend Peter, Archbishop of Chicago and Mid-America, and their God-protected flock, this land, its civil authorities and armed forces, the God-preserved Lands of Rus, the Rector of this Holy Parish and all Orthodox Christians: preserve, O Lord, for many years!

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Note: The Parish Council has decided to regularly publish our latest financial health status for general awareness.   The information will be freshened each month.  Here is the status as of 08/31/22:

     2022 CY Income to Date:                        $  36,600

     2022 CY Expenses to Date:                   $  31,678

     Current Building Fund Balance            $    7,275

     Building Fund Total “Pledged”            $  70,325

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