1 Sunday Bulletin December 07, th Sunday of Luke Ambrose Bishop of Milan, Athenodoros of Mesopotamia Transfiguration of our Lord Greek Orthodox Church 414 St. Stephen s School Road Austin, Texas (512) website - Sunday Service Schedule Orthros 8:45am; Divine Liturgy 10:00am Reverend Fr. Vasileios Flegas, Proistamenos
2 Hymns for today Resurrection Hymn Τοῦ λίθου σφραγισθέντος ὑπὸ τῶν Ἰουδαίων, καὶ στρατιωτῶν φυλασσόντων τὸ ἄχραντόν σου σῶμα, ἀνέστης τριήμερος Σωτήρ, δωρούμενος τῷ κόσμῳ τὴν ζωήν. Διὰ τοῦτο αἱ Δυνάμεις τῶν οὐρανῶν ἐβόων σοι Ζωοδότα Δόξα τῇ ἀναστάσει σου Χριστέ, δόξα τῇ Βασιλείᾳ σου, δόξα τῇ οἰκονομίᾳ σου, μόνε Φιλάνθρωπε. The stone that had been sealed before Your tomb by the Jews and the soldiers guarding did watch oe r Your pure and sacred body O Savior the third day You arose, and unto all the world did You give life where by all the heavenly powers did proclaim that You are the giver of life Glory unto our resurrected Christ, Glory unto Your Kingdom, Glory to Your dispensation O You alone who loves all. Hymn for the Transfiguration of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Μετεμορθώθης εν τώ όρει Χριστέ ο Θεός, δείξας τοίς Μαθηταίς σου τήν δόξαν σου, καθώς ήδυναντο, Λάμψον καί ημίν τοίς αμαρτωλοίς, τό φώς σου τό αϊδιον, πρεσβείαις τής Θεοτόκου, φωτοδότα δόξα σοι. When O Christ our God Thou wast Transfigured on the mountain Thou didst reveal Thy glory to Thy disciples in proportion as they could bear it. Let Thine everlasting light also enlighten us sinners. Through the intercessions of the Theotokos, O Thou Bestower of light, glory to Thee. Kontakion H Παρθένος σήμερον, τον προαιώνιον Λόγον, εν σπηλαίω έρχεται, αποτεκείν απορρήτως. Χόρευε, η οικουμένη ακουτισθείσα, δόξασον, μετά Αγγέλων και των ποιμένων, βουληθέντα εποφθήναι, Παιδίον νέον, τον προ αιώνων Θεόν. On this day the Virgin cometh to the cave to give birth to God the Word ineffably, Who was before all the ages. Dance for joy, O earth, on hearing the gladsome tidings; with the Angels and the shepherds now glorify Him Who is willing to be gazed on as a young Child Who before the ages is God.
3 Epistle St. Paul's Letter to the Ephesians 5:8-19 Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is a shame even to speak of the things that they do in secret; but when anything is exposed by the light it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it is said, "Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light." Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart. Ἀδελφοί, ὡς τέκνα φωτὸς περιπατεῖτε - ὁ γὰρ καρπὸς τοῦ πνεύματος ἐν πάσῃ ἀγαθωσύνῃ καὶ δικαιοσύνῃ καὶ ἀληθείᾳ - δοκιμάζοντες τί ἐστιν εὐάρεστον τῷ κυρίῳ καὶ μὴ συγκοινωνεῖτε τοῖς ἔργοις τοῖς ἀκάρποις τοῦ σκότους, μᾶλλον δὲ καὶ ἐλέγχετε τὰ γὰρ κρυφῆ γινόμενα ὑπʼ αὐτῶν αἰσχρόν ἐστιν καὶ λέγειν. Τὰ δὲ πάντα ἐλεγχόμενα ὑπὸ τοῦ φωτὸς φανεροῦται πᾶν γὰρ τὸ φανερούμενον φῶς ἐστίν. Διὸ λέγει, Ἔγειρε ὁ καθεύδων καὶ ἀνάστα ἐκ τῶν νεκρῶν, καὶ ἐπιφαύσει σοι ὁ Χριστός. Βλέπετε οὖν πῶς ἀκριβῶς περιπατεῖτε, μὴ ὡς ἄσοφοι, ἀλλʼ ὡς σοφοί, ἐξαγοραζόμενοι τὸν καιρόν, ὅτι αἱ ἡμέραι πονηραί εἰσιν. Διὰ τοῦτο μὴ γίνεσθε ἄφρονες, ἀλλὰ συνιέντες τί τὸ θέλημα τοῦ κυρίου. Καὶ μὴ μεθύσκεσθε οἴνῳ, ἐν ᾧ ἐστὶν ἀσωτία, ἀλλὰ πληροῦσθε ἐν πνεύματι, λαλοῦντες ἑαυτοῖς ψαλμοῖς καὶ ὕμνοις καὶ ᾠδαῖς πνευματικαῖς, ᾄδοντες καὶ ψάλλοντες ἐν τῇ καρδίᾳ ὑμῶν τῷ κυρίῳ. Gospel Luke 13:10-17 At that time, Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity for eighteen years; she was bent over and could not fully straighten herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her and said to her, "Woman, you are freed from your infirmity." And he laid his hands upon her, and immediately she was made straight, and she praised God. But the ruler of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the sabbath, said to the people, "There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be healed, and not on the sabbath day." Then the Lord answered him, "You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to water it? And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?" As he said this, all his adversaries were put to shame; and all the people rejoiced at all the glorious things that were done by him. Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, Ην δὲ διδάσκων ἐν μιᾷ τῶν συναγωγῶν ἐν τοῖς σάββασι. καὶ ἰδοὺ γυνὴ ἦν πνεῦμα ἔχουσα ἀσθενείας ἔτη δέκα καὶ ὀκτώ, καὶ ἦν συγκύπτουσα καὶ μὴ δυναμένη ἀνακῦψαι εἰς τὸ παντελές.ἰδὼν δὲ αὐτὴν ὁ Ιησοῦς προσεφώνησε καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῇ γύναι, ἀπολέλυσαι τῆς ἀσθενείας σου καὶ ἐπέθηκεν αὐτῇ τὰς χεῖρας καὶ παραχρῆμα ἀνωρθώθη καὶ ἐδόξαζε τὸν Θεόν. ἀποκριθεὶς δὲ ὁ ἀρχισυνάγωγος, ἀγανακτῶν ὅτι τῷ σαββάτῳ ἐθεράπευσεν ὁ Ιησοῦς, ἔλεγε τῷ ὄχλῳ ἓξ ἡμέραι εἰσὶν ἐν αἷς δεῖ ἐργάζεσθαι ἐν ταύταις οὖν ἐρχόμενοι θεραπεύεσθε, καὶ μὴ τῇ ἡμέρᾳ τοῦ σαββάτου. ἀπεκρίθη οὖν αὐτῷ ὁ Κύριος καὶ εἶπεν ὑποκριτά, ἕκαστος ὑμῶν τῷ σαββάτῳ οὐ λύει τὸν βοῦν αὐτοῦ ἢ τὸν ὄνον ἀπὸ τῆς φάτνης καὶ ἀπαγαγὼν ποτίζει; ταύτην δέ, θυγατέρα Αβραὰμ οὖσαν, ἣν ἔδησεν ὁ σατανᾶς ἰδοὺ δέκα καὶ ὀκτὼ ἔτη, οὐκ ἔδει λυθῆναι ἀπὸ τοῦ δεσμοῦ τούτου τῇ ἡμέρᾳ τοῦ σαββάτου; καὶ ταῦτα λέγοντος αὐτοῦ κατῃσχύνοντο πάντες οἱ ἀντικείμενοι αὐτῷ, καὶ πᾶς ὁ ὄχλος ἔχαιρεν ἐπὶ πᾶσι τοῖς ἐνδόξοις τοῖς γινομένοις ὑπ αὐτοῦ.
4 Welcome Visitors! We welcome all new visitors who worshipped with us this morning. We are pleased to have you with us! Please join us next door after service for coffee and fellowship. There is material in the entrance of the church regarding ministries and events of Transfiguration. We hope that you will return often to worship with us and grow in Christ! Receiving Holy Communion The sacrament of Holy Communion is reserved for only baptized and/or Chrismated Orthodox Christians who have properly prepared by fasting, prayer and confession. The Orthodox Church is not in sacramental communion with any other church outside the Orthodox Christian Faith. If you are not Orthodox, you are invited with everyone to receive the Antidoron (blessed bread) at the end of service. If you would like information about the Orthodox Church, please see Fr. Vasileios after services. The Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective (James 5:16) Prayers for Health JoGeo, Konstantinos, Shelly, Ruthie, Barbara, Samantha, Maria, Efstathia, Tony, Rouba, Sarah, Emily, Kynlee, Wesley, Afrodite, Nick, Nicholas Wyatt, Cameren, Helen, Chrissy, Nancy, MaryAnn, Marian, Tina, Salin, George-Panagiotis, Salin, Raphael, Marta, Guadalupe, Caroline, John, Lili, Archie, Kelsey, Eva,, Papouli Stamati, Virginia, Makena, Dolly, Afrodite, Alexandros, Lou, Thomas, Greg, Bill, Kathryn, John, Kathy, Nakis, Maggie, Rosemary, Mindy, Pat, Louella, Steve, Marie, Clifford, Tina, Timothy, Cynthia, Chad, Douglas, Mat. Sissy Yerger, Fr. Paul, Kyle, Katerina, Vasili, Harry, Angie, Francis, Petya, Thomas, Romeo,John, John, Brenda, Dennis, Georgie, Dale, John, Dale, Anna, Brenda, Carol, Jan, Nick, Damon, Afrodite, Nick, Alex,, John Francis, Petya, Thomas, Romeo, Fr. Jason and family, Presv. Tiffany, Maria, David, Boyd, Chris Jordan, Jennifer, Jay, Dede he is always wrestling in prayer for you (Colossians 4:12) Prayers for those in our Armed Forces SGT Jennifer D. Atkinson, SSG John Atkinson, COL Dave Romine, CPT James Alfaro, SSG Deane Anderson, CPT William Willett, MAJ Timothy Ullman, MAJ Chris Chase, SPC Mindy Keys, SPC Andrew Bentzel, MAJ Scot Thornhill, CPT Christopher Gilbert, CPT. Alexander Stathos, 1st LT Angela Bahlatzis, MIDN 1/C Joseph Barone, SGT Walter Hurbert ( Nikolaos ) Willoughby IV, LCDR Thomas Uhl Arthur Christopher Anthony Pavlovsky
5 Philoptochos News Philoptochos Transfiguration Community Christmas Card Project DO NOT BE LEFT OUT THIS YEAR! TODAY IS THE LAST DAY!!! Stop by the Philoptochos table, and for a suggested donation of $25, you can add your name in the beautiful Christmas greeting that we send out to our members and to many more. Christmas is just around the corner! And don t forget gift cards! Your purchases help us raise funds to give to MANY worthy charities! Great Lakes Scrip carries cards from MANY grocery stores, department stores, restaurants, movies, etc. You name it, they carry it! These cards make great gifts for your college students! Compassionate Friends Ministry The Compassionate Friends Ministry first and foremost offers a connection of loving companionship to people who are bound to their homes, either out of illness or age, so that they remain connected to the grace and love of Jesus Christ through our Church. This outreach is especially crucial and meaningful to these individuals during the busy holiday season. Please prayerfully consider becoming a part of this ministry by signing up to share the precious gift of your time through home visits. The ministry also extends itself to those who may have recently undergone surgery, are in the hospital, are isolated, are in grief, or have given birth to a child. Although part of the greater Philoptochos membership, all are invited to participate. If you are interested please the church office at or call the church office at Aid our Community and Parish Families Project Our tree is full, once again, of the wishes and needs of families and children from our very own community and parish. Let us all come together this holiday season and make it a Christmas to remember for our families that are going through a rough patch. Stop by the Philoptochos table and pick up a gift card. Your generosity is a great help to a family that doesn t have some of the things that we consider given.
6 WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS: Sunday, December 07, 2014 GOLF Our next study will be on Tues., December 16, at 10am We are currently studying the book Everyday Saints and Other Stories Please contact Krystal Cawood to be added to our list: GOYA Christmas Service Project We will be feeding our brothers and sisters who are homeless and hungry on Saturday, December 20. We will meet at 8:30am at Mount Tabor to prepare the sandwiches and then deliver them downtown. After that we will continue with Christmas caroling. The whole community is invited to join us Men s Group Book Study Get ready for the Nativity of Our Lord Explore and Discuss Start at 6:30 pm Shared Lenten Snack 7:00 8:15 pm Group Study Book available soon Tuesday, December 9 and 16,2014 Luncheon Volunteers needed We are working on the Monthly Luncheon schedule for 2015 and we need your help. If you or your group would like to sponsor a monthly luncheon, please contact Maria Burke or Yanna at the office. Holy Trinity Centennial 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the Holy Trinity parish in Dallas. While not a sponsored portion of the Metropolis Basketball Event Weekend, the parish is kicking off a series of events for their centennial year with a concert by vocalist Mario Frangoulis which will be held at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas on Thursday, January 15 prior to the Metropolis Weekend. The Intercontinental Hotel has informed us that they will honor the Metropolis room rate for that Thursday evening if the reservations are booked in conjunction with Event Weekend rooms through the Metropolis reservation system. Please let Yanna at the office know if you are interested in going so that we can inquire about getting group tickets. GOYA parents that are attending the Basketball Tournament, please note that this would mean that you would have to be in Dallas on Thursday, January 15.
7 Christmas and Epiphany Schedule of Services Wednesday, December 24, 2014, Merry Christmas!!! The Proeortia (Forefeast) of the Nativity of Christ 9am Matins and Royal Hours (of the 24th) 5pm Christmas Eve Vesperal Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great for the 24th Thursday, December 25, 2014, Merry Christmas!!! Feast of the Nativity of Christ 9am Matins 10am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom for the 25th Friday, December 26, 2014 Synaxis of the Theotokos 9am Orthros 10am Divine Liturgy Saturday, December 27, 2014 Feast of St. Stephen 9am Orthros 10am Divine Liturgy Sunday, December 28, 2014 Sunday after Nativity 8:45am Orthros 10am Divine Liturgy Thursday, January 1, 2015, Happy New Year!!! The Circumcision of our Lord and the Feast of St. Basil the Great 9am Orthros 10am Divine Liturgy Sunday, January 4, 2015 Sunday Before the Feast of the Theophany of Christ 8:45am Orthros 10am Divine Liturgy Monday, January 5, 2015 The Proeortia (Forefeast) of the Theophany of Christ 9am Orthros 10am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom followed by the Service of the Lesser Blessing of Waters 5pm Great Vespers of the Feast of Theophany Tuesday, January 6, 2015 The Holy Theophany of Our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ 9am Orthros 10am Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great followed by the Service of the Greater Blessing of Waters Wednesday, January 7, 2015 The Synaxis Feast of St. John the Baptist 9am Orthros 10am Divine Liturgy
8 WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS Sunday, December 07, 2014 Services for this Week: Tuesday, December 9 - Feast of the Conception by St. Anna of the Theotokos - Orthros 9am, Liturgy 10am Friday, December 12 - St. Spyridon - Orthros 9am, Liturgy 10am Saturday, December 13 - Great Vespers - 5pm 40 Days Blessing Today, Annette Marie and Erin Spindler are presenting their son YAL Book Study Get ready for the Nativity of Our Lord Samuel Vincent Spindler to our church for the 40 days blessing! Congratulations Explore and Discuss Start at 6:30 pm Shared Lenten Snack 7:00 8:15 pm Group Study Book available soon Thursday, December 18,2014 Thank you to last week s Coffee Hour Sponsors: Robertson, Ross, Rossnagel, Salmatanis, Sarinaki, Sarkis Thank you to this week s Coffee Hour Sponsors Scattergood, Sewell, Sgarbi, Shannon, Shotwell, Skevofilax Next week s Luncheon Sponsors: Parish Council Thank you to last week s ushers: Jim Norman (PCM) Dan Appling, Gigi Appling Nyda Glaros Thank you to today's ushers: Maria Burke (PCM) Chrissie Spiropoulos, David Horwedel, Gregory Chronis Next week s ushers are: Tricia Korioth (PCM) Paul Petrogeorge, Kevin Korioth, Stella Allen