Divine Liturgy, June 13, 2021 - Sunday of the 318 Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council (325) & Afterfeast of the Ascension

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Sunday, June 13, 2021

Sunday of the 318 Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council (325)  & Afterfeast of the Ascension  (Tone 6) 

NO Fast

          Father Micah Chisholm        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 6: The angelic powers were at Thy tomb; the guards became as dead men.  Mary stood by Thy grave, seeking Thy most pure Body.  Thou didst capture hell, not being tempted by it.  Thou didst come to the Virgin, granting life.  O Lord Who didst rise from the dead, Glory to Thee.

Troparion – Ascension of our Lord – Tone 4: Thou didst ascend in glory, O Christ our God, granting joy to Thy disciples by the promise of the Holy Spirit.  Through the blessing they were assured that Thou art the Son of God, the Redeemer of the world!

Troparion – Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council – Tone 8: Thou art most glorious O Christ our God, Who hast established the Holy Fathers as lights on the earth!  Through them Thou hast guided us to the true faith!  O greatly Compassionate One, glory to Thee!

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

Kontakion – Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council –  Tone 8: The Apostles’ preaching and the Fathers’ doctrines have established one Faith for the Church.  Adorned with the robe of truth, woven from heavenly theology, It defines and glorifies the great mystery of piety.

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

Kontakion – Ascension –  Tone 6: When Thou hadst fulfilled the dispensation for our sake, and didst unite earth to heaven: Thou didst ascend in glory, O Christ our God, not being parted from those who love Thee, but remaining with them and crying: “I am with you and there is no one against you!”

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The Prokeimenon (in the 4th Tone): Blessed art Thou, O Lord God of our fathers and praised and glorified is Thy Name forever.

Verse: For Thou art just in all that Thou hast done for us.

Epistle Reading (Acts 20:16-18,28-36 (§44))

In those days, Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus, so that he might not have to spend time in Asia; for he was hastening to be at Jerusalem, if possible, on the day of Pentecost.  And from Mile'tus he sent to Ephesus and called to him the elders of the church.  And when they came to him, he said to them: "You yourselves know how I lived among you all the time from the first day that I set foot in Asia.  Take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God which he obtained with the blood of his own Son.  I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them.  Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears.  And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.  I coveted no one's silver or gold or apparel.  You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities, and to those who were with me.  In all things I have shown you that by so toiling one must help the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, `It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"  And when he had spoken thus, he knelt down and prayed with them all.

Gospel (St. John 17:1-13 (§56)

At that time: Jesus lifted up his eyes to heaven and said, "Father, the hour has come; glorify thy Son that the Son may glorify thee, since thou hast given him power over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom thou hast given him.  And this is eternal life, that they know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.  I glorified thee on earth, having accomplished the work which thou gavest me to do; and now, Father, glorify thou me in thy own presence with the glory which I had with thee before the world was made.  "I have manifested thy name to the men whom thou gavest me out of the world; thine they were, and thou gavest them to me, and they have kept thy word.  Now they know that everything that thou hast given me is from thee; for I have given them the words which thou gavest me, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from thee; and they have believed that thou didst send me.  I am praying for them; I am not praying for the world but for those whom thou hast given me, for they are thine; all mine are thine, and thine are mine, and I am glorified in them.  And now I am no more in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to thee. Holy Father, keep them in thy name, which thou hast given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.  While I was with them, I kept them in thy name, which thou hast given me; I have guarded them, and none of them is lost but the son of perdition, that the scripture might be fulfilled.  But now I am coming to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves.

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Hymn to the Theotokos

Magnify, O my soul, Christ the Giver of life, Who has ascended from earth to heaven!  We the faithful, with one accord, magnify you, the Mother of God, who, beyond reason and understanding, ineffably gave birth in time to the Timeless One.

Communion Hymn

Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest.  Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous; praise is meet for the upright.  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.

Instead of “We have seen the True Light…”

Troparion of the Feast (“Thou didst ascend…”)


The Many Years

Our Great Lord and Father, His Holiness Kyrill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, our Lord the Very Most Reverend Hilarion, 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 Russian Land, the Rector of this Holy Parish and all Orthodox Christians: preserve, O Lord, for many years!

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