Divine Liturgy, Sunday, February 18, 2024 

Thirty-Seventh Sunday after Pentecost: Martyr Agatha of Palermo

& Afterfeast of the Meeting of the Lord  (Tone 4)

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Sunday, Feb. 18, 2024

 Thirty-Seventh Sunday after Pentecost: Martyr Agatha of Palermo & Afterfeast of the Meeting of the Lord - Tone 4


Father Micah Chisholm      Phone: (989) 324-8773


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 4: When the women disciples of the Lord learned from the angel the joyous message of Thy Resurrection, they cast away the ancestral curse and elatedly told the Apostles: “Death is over thrown; Christ our God is risen, granting the world great mercy!”

Troparion – Meeting of our Lord in the Temple – Tone 1: Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos, Full of Grace!  From thee shone the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, enlightening those who sat in darkness.  Rejoice and be glad, O righteous Elder, thou didst accept in thine arms the Redeemer of our souls, Who grants us the 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 it is immortal.  Wherefore, O venerable Sebastian, thou dost rejoice with the Angels.

Troparion – Holy Martyr Agatha of Palermo in Sicily (251) – Tone 4: Your lamb Agatha calls out to You, O Jesus, in a loud voice: “I love You, my Bridegroom, and in seeking You I endure suffering.  In baptism I was crucified so that I might reign in You, and I died so that I might live with You.  Accept me as a pure sacrifice, for I have offered myself in love.”  Through her prayers save our souls, since You are merciful 

Resurrectional Kontakion – Tone 4: My Savior and Redeemer, as God rose from the tomb and delivered the earth-born from their chains.  He has shattered the gates of Hell, and as Master, He has risen on the third day!

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 – Holy Martyr Agatha of Palermo in Sicily (251)  – Tone 4: May the Church be robed today in a garment of glorious porphyry, dyed by the pure blood of the martyr Agatha, and let us cry out: “Rejoice, pride of Catania!”

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

Kontakion – Meeting of our Lord in the Temple – Tone 1: By Thy Nativity Thou didst sanctify the Virgin’s womb and didst bless Simeon’s hands, O Christ God.  Now Thou hast come and saved us through love.  Grant peace to all Orthodox Christians, O only Lover of Man!

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The Prokeimenon (in the 4th Tone): O Lord, how manifold are Thy works!  In wisdom hast Thou made them all!

Verse: Bless the Lord, O my soul; O Lord my God, Thou hast been magnified exceedingly.

Epistle Reading ([I Tim. 4:9-15 (§285 mid))

My son Timothy, this is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance.  For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe.  These things command and teach.  Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.  Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.  Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership. Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.

Gospel (St. Luke 19:1-10 (§94))

At that time, Jesus entered and passed through Jericho.  Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich.  And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature.  So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was going to pass that way.  And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, "Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house."  So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully.  But when they saw it, they all complained, saying, "He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner."  Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, "Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold."  And Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost."

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Hymn to the Theotokos

O Virgin Theotokos, hope of all Christians, protect, preserve, and save those who hope in thee!  In the shadow and letter of the Law, let us, the faithful, discern a figure: every male child that opens the womb is holy to God.  Therefore we magnify the firstborn Word of a Father Who has no beginning, the Son firstborn to a Mother who had not known man.

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.  Amen.

     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 thehealing of soul and body.  Amen.

Polychronion (The Many Years)

Our Great Lord and Father, His Holiness Kyrill, Patriarch of Moscow and All the Rus, Our Lord the Very Most Reverend 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 2024 status as of 02/02/24:  


                     Total Operating Income to Date:                                     $   4,997

                     Total Operating Expenses to Date:                                 $   6,081  *

                     Current Building Fund Balance                                       $97,919

                      Building Fund Total “Pledged”                                      $103,000

* Includes Diocesan Assessment increment

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Please pray for our Catechumens:

Julie, Nathan & Claire

And also for Ma. Stephanie, Simeon Chisholm, and Donald Clewley & Family

If you are interested in learning more about the Orthodox faith, 

or are interested in learning how you can become a part of Saint Sebastian Orthodox Christian Church, 

please speak to Father Micah.

We welcome everyone to Saint Sebastian Orthodox Church.  
Please stay and join us for fellowship and refreshments after the service today.