Divine Liturgy, Jan. 17, 2021 - 32nd Sunday after Pentecost 

Synaxis of the 70 Apostles & Forefeast of the Theophany

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Sunday, January 17, 2021

32nd Sunday after Pentecost (Tone 7)

Synaxis of the 70 Apostles & Forefeast of the Theophany

No Fast

          Father Micah Chisholm        Phone: (989) 324-8773


[Please Note: A modified approach to reading, chanting, and singing the various portions of this Liturgy Service, while we are still in a period of “prevention” regarding any possible spread of the COVID-19 virus, will be employed.  A maximum of three (3) readers/singers (possibly pairs of readers/singers) will be utilized, and they will be located a significant distance away from the worshipers.  They will be wearing their masks when not delivering any “audio”.  Generally, out of necessity, masks will be lowered when delivering “vocalizations”, otherwise breathing difficulties can be encountered.]

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 7: By Thy Cross, Thou didst destroy death!  To the thief, Thou didst open paradise!  For the myrrh-bearers, Thou didst change weeping into joy!  And Thou didst command Thy disciples, O Christ God, to proclaim that Thou art risen, granting the world great mercy.

Troparion – Forefeast of Theophany – Tone 4:  Prepare, O Zebulon, and adorn thyself, O Naphtali; River Jordan, cease flowing and receive with joy the Master coming to be baptized.  Adam, rejoice with our First Mother and do not hide thyself as thou didst of old in Paradise; for having seen thee naked, He has appeared to clothe thee with the first garment.  Christ has appeared to renew all creation.

Troparion – St. Sebastian of Jackson – 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 – Synaxis of the 70 Apostles – Tone 3: O holy apostles, entreat the merciful God, that He grant unto our souls remission of transgressions.

Resurrectional Kontakion – Tone 7: The dominion of death can no longer hold men captive, for Christ descended, shattering and destroying its powers.  Hell is bound while the Prophets rejoice and cry: “The Savior has come to those in faith.  Enter, you faithful, into the Resurrection.”

Kontakion – St. Sebastian of Jackson – 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 – Synaxis of the 70 Apostles – Tone 2: In hymns, O ye faithful, let us divinely praise the choir of the seventy disciples of Christ; for through them have we all learned to worship the indivisible Trinity.  And they remain beacons of the divine Faith.

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

Kontakion – Forefeast of Theophany – Tone 4: Today the Lord enters the Jordan and cries out to John: “Do not be afraid to baptize me.  For I have come to save Adam, the first-formed man.”

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The Prokeimenon (in the 6th Tone): O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance.

Verse: To Thee, O Lord, will I call; O my God, be not silent to me.

The Prokeimenon (in the 8th Tone): Their proclamation has gone out into all the earth and their words to the ends of the universe.

Epistle Reading (II Tim. 4:5-8; Rom. 8:8-14)

My son Timothy, be watchful in all things, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil your ministry.  For I am already on the point of being sacrificed; the time of my departure has come.  I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.

From Romans:  Brethren, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.  But you are not in the flesh, you are in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Any one who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.  But if Christ is in you, although your bodies are dead because of sin, your spirits are alive because of righteousness.  If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit which dwells in you.  So then, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh -- for if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body you will live.  For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.

Gospel (St. Mark 1:1-8; St. Luke 10:1-15)

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, "Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, who shall prepare thy way; the voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight -- "  John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.  And there went out to him all the country of Judea, and all the people of Jerusalem; and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.  Now John was clothed with camel's hair, and had a leather girdle around his waist, and ate locusts and wild honey.  And he preached, saying, "After me comes he who is mightier than I, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.  I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."

From St. Luke:   At that time, the Lord appointed seventy others, and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to come.  And he said to them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.  Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs in the midst of wolves.  Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and salute no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, first say, `Peace be to this house!'  And if a son of peace is there, your peace shall rest upon him; but if not, it shall return to you.  And remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they provide, for the laborer deserves his wages; do not go from house to house.  Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you; heal the sick in it and say to them, `The kingdom of God has come near to you.'  But whenever you enter a town and they do not receive you, go into its streets and say, `Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off against you; nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near.'  I tell you, it shall be more tolerable on that day for Sodom than for that town. "Woe to you, Chora'zin! woe to you, Beth-sa'ida! for if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.  But it shall be more tolerable in the judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you.  And you, Caper'na-um, will you be exalted to heaven? You shall be brought down to Hades.

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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 proclamation has gone out into all the earth and their words to the ends of the universe.  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 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!

Honoring the 70 Apostles

Selected Hymns from the Great Vespers service on this day:

O ye faithful, with sacred hymns let us bless Cleopas, Andronicus, Silvanus and Agabus, Ananias and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Rufus and Sosthenes, Linus and Stachys, Stephen, Timon, Hermas, Phlegon, Mark, Luke, Sosipater, Jason and Gaius, Tychicus and Philemon.

As is meet, let Narcissus and Trophimus be praised, with Cæsarius, Zenas and Aristarchus, Mark, Silas and Gaius, Quartus, Hermes and Asyncritus, Apollos and Cephas, Clement and Justus, Quartus, Erastus, Luke, Onesiphorus, Carpus, Euodias, Matthias and James, Urban and Aristobulus, Tychicus and Aristarchus.

Let us honor the honored preachers of God: Pudens, Herodion and Artemas, Philologus, Olympus and Rodion, Apelles and Amplias, Patrobus and Mark, Tertius and Thaddeus, the wondrous Epenetus, Achaius, Aquila, Lucius, Barnabas and Fortunatus, and glorious Apollos and Crispus.

Forefeast of the Theophany

Selected Hymns from the Great Vespers service on this day:

This is indeed the Unbearable Fire, Who comes to the Jordan to cleanse me from the destruction of my evil transgressions.  Let me partake of the earthly rain and in the midst of the waters wash the filth of my many sins, for Thou art bountiful and dost grant many mercies!

The feast, which passed, was radiant, but the one to come is even more glorious.  There the Magi worshipped the Savior; here the servant baptizes the Master.  There the shepherds saw the Child and were amazed; here the voice of the Father proclaims the only begotten Son!

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