Divine Liturgy, January 29, 2023 

Thirty-third Sunday after Pentecost (Tone 8)

The Veneration of the Precious Chains of the Holy and All-Glorious Apostle Peter & Zacchaeus Sunday

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Sunday, January 29, 2023

Thirty-third Sunday after Pentecost (Tone 8)

The Veneration of the Precious Chains of the

Holy and All-Glorious Apostle Peter & Zacchaeus Sunday

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 8: Thou didst descend from on high, O Merciful One!  Thou didst accept the three day burial to free us from our sufferings!  O Lord, our Life and Resurrection, glory to Thee!

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 – Veneration of the Precious Chains of Apostle Peter – Tone 4:  Thou didst come to us without leaving Rome through the precious chains that thou didst wear.  First-enthroned of the apostles, we bow down to them in faith and pray: “Through thy prayers to God grant us great mercy.”

Resurrectional Kontakion – Tone 8: By rising from the tomb, Thou didst raise the dead and resurrected Adam.  Eve exults in Thy Resurrection.  And the world celebrates Thy rising from the dead, O greatly Merciful One!

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 – Veneration of the Precious Chains of Apostle Peter – Tone 2: Christ the Rock radiantly glorifies the Rock of Faith, the first-enthroned of the disciples; He calls us to honor the miracles wrought through Peter’s chains, so that He may grant us forgiveness of our sins.

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 8th Tone): Pray and make your vows before the Lord our God!

Verse: In Judea is God known, His name is great in Israel.

In the same Tone: Their proclamation has gone out into all the earth, and their words to the ends of the universe. 

Epistle Reading (I Tim. 4:9-15 (§285 mid); Acts 12:1-11 (§29))

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.

From Acts: In those days, Herod the king stretched out his hand to harass some from the church.  Then he killed James the brother of John with the sword. And because he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to seize Peter also. Now it was during the Days of Unleavened Bread.  So when he had arrested him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four squads of soldiers to keep him, intending to bring him before the people after Passover. Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church.  And when Herod was about to bring him out, that night Peter was sleeping, bound with two chains between two soldiers; and the guards before the door were keeping the prison.  Now behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the prison; and he struck Peter on the side and raised him up, saying, "Arise quickly!" And his chains fell off his hands.  Then the angel said to him, "Gird yourself and tie on your sandals"; and so he did. And he said to him, "Put on your garment and follow me."  So he went out and followed him, and did not know that what was done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision.  When they were past the first and the second guard posts, they came to the iron gate that leads to the city, which opened to them of its own accord; and they went out and went down one street, and immediately the angel departed from him.  And when Peter had come to himself, he said, "Now I know for certain that the Lord has sent His angel, and has delivered me from the hand of Herod and from all the expectation of the Jewish people."

Gospel (St. Luke 19:1-10 (§94); St. John 21:15-25 (§67))

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."

At that time: having dined, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?" He said to Him, "Yes, Lord; You know that I love You." He said to him, "Feed My lambs."  He said to him again a second time, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?" He said to Him, "Yes, Lord; You know that I love You." He said to him, "Tend My sheep."  He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?" Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, "Do you love Me?" And he said to Him, "Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You." Jesus said to him, "Feed My sheep.  Most assuredly, I say to you, when you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish." This He spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, "Follow Me."  Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also had leaned on His breast at the supper, and said, "Lord, who is the one who betrays You?"  Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, "But Lord, what about this man?"  Jesus said to him, "If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me."  Then this saying went out among the brethren that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but, "If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you?"  This is the disciple who testifies of these things, and wrote these things; and we know that his testimony is true.  And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen.

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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!  Their sound hath gone forth into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.  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 healing of soul and body.  Amen.

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 status as of 12/31/22 (End of 2022):

     2022 CY Income to Date:                       $ 53,932

      2022 CY Expenses to Date:                    $ 48,650*

     Current Building Fund Balance            $ 13,011

     Building Fund Total “Pledged”             $ 75,000

* Includes full annual Diocesan Assessment

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