1 Sunday Bulletin September 21 Sunday After Holy cross 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 Apolytikon Save o Lord your people, and bless Thine inheritance; grant Thou unto the faithful victory over adversaries. And by the power of Thy Cross, do Thou preserve Thy Commonwealth. Σώσον Κύριε τόν λαόν σου καί ευλόγησον τήν κληρονομίαν σου, νίκας τοίς Βασιλεύσι κατά βαρβάρων δωρούμενος καί τό σόν φυλάττων διά τού Σταυρού σου πολίτευμα. Entrance Hymn Exalt the Lord our God, and worship at the footstool of His feet. For He is holy. Save us, O Son of God, who arose from the dead, we sing to You alleluia. Resurrection Hymn : The Angelic Powers (2nd Plagal Tone) Ἀγγελικαὶ Δυνάμεις ἐπὶ τὸ μνῆμά σου, καὶ οἱ φυλάσσοντες ἀπενεκρώθησαν, καὶ ἵστατο Μαρία ἐν τῷ τάφῳ, ζητοῦσα τὸ ἄχραντόν σου σῶμα. Ἐσκύλευσας τὸν ᾍδην, μὴ πειρασθεὶς ὑπ' αὐτοῦ, ὑπήντησας τῇ Παρθένῳ, δωρούμενος τὴν ζωήν, ὁ ἀναστὰς ἐκ των νεκρῶν, Κύριε δόξα σοι. When the angelic powers appeared at your tomb and those who guarded You became as though dead, and standing by Your sepulchre was Mary seeking Your pure and sacred body. For You did vanquish Hades and uncorrupted by its touch You came unto the virgin woman, bestowing the gift of life O You who rose from the dead. Lord we give glory to You. 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 Thou who was raised up on the Cross of Thine own will, O Christ our God do Thou bestow Thy compassions upon this, Thy new Commonwealth named after Thee. Gladden with Thy sovereign might our most Orthodox hierarchs, and vouchsafe them victorious over every false teaching; and as Thy help in war, may they possess the weapon of peace, the trophy invincible. Ο υψωθείς εν τώ Σταυρώ εκουσίως, τή επωνύμω σου καινή πολιτεία, τούς οικτιρμούς σου δώρησαι, Χριστέ ο Θεός, Εύφρανον εν τή δυνάμει σου, τούς πιστούς Βασιλείς ημών, νίκας χορηγών αυτοίς, κατά τών πολεμίων, τήν συμμαχίαν έχοιεν τήν σήν, όπλον ειρήνης, αήττητον τρόπαιον. Megalynarion Unto the human race did death come through eating from the tree then in Paradise. But through the Cross, today it is neutralized. The primal mother's curse affecting the entire race has been dissolved by the Offspring of the pure Mother of God. And her do all the powers of the heavens ever magnify. Communion Hymn The light of Thy countenance Oh Lord, has been signed upon us. Alleluia.
3 Epistle - St. Paul's Letter to the Galatians 2:16-20 BRETHREN, you know that a man is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ, and not by works of the law, because by works of the law shall no one be justified. But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we ourselves were found to be sinners, is Christ then an agent of sin? Certainly not! But if I build up again those things which I tore down, then I prove myself a transgressor. For I through the law died to the law, that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Ἀδελφοί, εἰδότες ὅτι οὐ δικαιοῦται ἄνθρωπος ἐξ ἔργων νόμου, ἐὰν μὴ διὰ πίστεως Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ, καὶ ἡμεῖς εἰς Χριστὸν Ἰησοῦν ἐπιστεύσαμεν, ἵνα δικαιωθῶμεν ἐκ πίστεως Χριστοῦ, καὶ οὐκ ἐξ ἔργων νόμου διότι οὐ δικαιωθήσεται ἐξ ἔργων νόμου πᾶσα σάρξ. Εἰ δέ, ζητοῦντες δικαιωθῆναι ἐν Χριστῷ, εὑρέθημεν καὶ αὐτοὶ ἁμαρτωλοί, ἆρα Χριστὸς ἁμαρτίας διάκονος; Μὴ γένοιτο. Εἰ γὰρ ἃ κατέλυσα, ταῦτα πάλιν οἰκοδομῶ, παραβάτην ἐμαυτὸν συνίστημι. Ἐγὼ γὰρ διὰ νόμου νόμῳ ἀπέθανον, ἵνα θεῷ ζήσω. Χριστῷ συνεσταύρωμαι ζῶ δέ, οὐκέτι ἐγώ, ζῇ δὲ ἐν ἐμοὶ Χριστός ὃ δὲ νῦν ζῶ ἐν σαρκί, ἐν πίστει ζῶ τῇ τοῦ υἱοῦ τοῦ θεοῦ, τοῦ ἀγαπήσαντός με καὶ παραδόντος ἑαυτὸν ὑπὲρ ἐμοῦ. Gospel Mark 8:34-38; 9:1 The Lord said: "If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? For what can a man give in return for his life? For whoever is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels." And he said to them, "Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God come with power." Εἶπεν ὁ Κύριος Εἴ τις θέλει ὀπίσω μου ἐλθεῖν, ἀπαρνησάσθω ἑαυτὸν καὶ ἀράτω τὸν σταυρὸν αὐτοῦ, καὶ ἀκολουθείτω μοι. ὃς γὰρ ἂν θέλῃ τὴν ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ σῶσαι, ἀπολέσει αὐτήν ὃς δ ἂν ἀπολέσῃ τὴν ἑαυτοῦ ψυχὴν ἕνεκεν ἐμοῦ καὶ τοῦ εὐαγγελίου, οὗτος σώσει αὐτήν. τί γὰρ ὠφελήσει ἄνθρωπον ἐὰν κερδήσῃ τὸν κόσμον ὅλον, καὶ ζημιωθῇ τὴν ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ; ἢ τί δώσει ἄνθρωπος ἀντάλλαγμα τῆς ψυχῆς αὐτοῦ; ὃς γὰρ ἐὰν ἐπαισχυνθῇ με καὶ τοὺς ἐμοὺς λόγους ἐν τῇ γενεᾷ ταύτῃ τῇ μοιχαλίδι καὶ ἁμαρτωλῷ, καὶ ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ἐπαισχυνθήσεται αὐτὸν ὅταν ἔλθῃ ἐν τῇ δόξῃ τοῦ πατρὸς αὐτοῦ μετὰ τῶν ἀγγέλων τῶν ἁγίων. Καὶ ἔλεγεν αὐτοῖς ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν ὅτι εἰσί τινες τῶν ὧδε ἑστηκότων, οἵτινες οὐ μὴ γεύσωνται θανάτου ἕως ἂν ἴδωσι τὴν βασιλείαν τοῦ Θεοῦ ἐληλυθυῖαν ἐν δυνάμει.
4 Parish Council Corner... Nomination Committee Do you have time, treasure or talent to share with your community? The Nominating Committee is looking for candidates for Parish Council. Contact Stuart Yoder, Pat Mitchell, or any of the current Council Members to find out what serving on the Council is like and how you can participate. Maintenance Committee Semiannual clean-up/work day. Please join the maintenance committee and Parish Council on the morning of Saturday, September 27, 2014(9:00-12:00). There are a number of projects to work on from deep cleaning in the sanctuary to tree trimming and landscape upkeep. If you see something that needs fixing talk to Stuart Yoder or Tom Gouris and come out on Saturday to help us get it accomplished. Today!!! Parish Council Parish Assembly Sunday, September 21, 2104 after Divine Liturgy. Please join us for the 3rd general assembly of the year. A tentative agenda is: the Future Development Committee s proposal for a complete site plan and next steps; audit report for 2013; and nominations for 2015 Parish Council. Please set aside the early afternoon on the 21st for this important meeting.
5 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. WORSHIP and STUDY Paraklesis is back! September 17 through November 5 Join us every Wed. at 5:30pm Orthodoxy 101 After Paraklesis we will have our Orthodoxy 101 Class at 7pm in Mt. Tabor Hall! Everyone is welcome! NEW LIST FOR PRAYERS FOR HEALTH! New Year, new prayers! With the beginning of the new ecclesiastical year we started a new list for prayers for health. Please call or the office to give the names of your loved ones that you would like to put on the list. 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, Heather and her unborn child. 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
6 OCF News Wednesday, September 24, Structured 7, Location TBA. Thursday, September 25, Trailer Park Thursday Behind 6:30 Men s Study and Fellowship Join us for our next study on Thursday, September 25 at 7:15am Jim s Restaurant 9091 Research Blvd, Austin, TX Fr. Vasileios will be leading a study of the book: The Prison Epistles: Philippians-Ephesians-Colossians-Philemon by Lawrence R. Farley. Our next study will be on Tuesday, Sept.23 at 10am We are currently studying the book- Everyday Saints and Other Stories Please contact Krystal Cawood to be added to our list- ENCORE The ecclesiastical year has begun and Encore has planned its first fellowship for the year. SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5, PAPOULI'S GREEK GRILL 6pm 1000 E. 41st street (off 41st and Red River in HEB shopping center). We will send out an RSVP request later this month in order to get an idea of how many of us will be coming. Philoptochos News Thank you Diana Angelo for hosting a lovely meeting and thank you Papoulis and Cynthia Phillips for all the wonderful food! Don t forget to purchase gift cards from us! 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! This is back-to-school shopping time, so please consider picking up gift cards from us to make your school purchases. These cards make great gifts for your college students, too! Again this year Philoptochos will have a Garage Sale (for new or gently used items) at the November 1, 2014 Taste of Greece/ Holiday Bazaar. The proceeds from this part of the Bazaar go directly to Father Vasileios Benevolent Fund. Please start thinking about what you can donate to help make this a success. Top Sellers in the past have been: Bicycles (especially ones ready to ride) Children s books Clothes (especially children s clothes) Gardening Equipment Handbags Household items (dishes, quilts, bedding) Jewelry (watches, rings) Power Tools (saws, drills, sanders) Sporting Equipment (golf clubs, workout equip.) Toys (not broken)
7 WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS: Sunday, September 21, 2014 Services for this Week: Wednesday, September 24 - St. Thekla:, Orthros 8:45 Liturgy 10am. Paraklesis: 5:30pm Friday, September 26 Falling asleep of St. John the Theologian Orthros 8;45 Liturgy 10am Great Vespers: Saturday, September 27-5:00pm Exploring Modern Orthodoxy Fr. Deacon George has begun a class for the young adults which is proving to be very informative and captivating. The class meets every other week on Thursdays. Everyone is welcome to join them! Their next meeting will be on Thursday, October 2, at 6:30pm in the fellowship hall. Nativity Pageant We are beginning to prepare for this year's Nativity Pageant and are looking for youth and adults who are interested in participating (acting, singing, helping with props, sets, etc). There will be a sign-up table in the hall this Sunday. For more information, please Lainie Horwedel at: Come by the office for free admission tickets!!! Our Levendia dancers will be performing at 7pm Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church invites you to us celebrate with at 29th Anniversary Gala Saturday, Nov. 8th, :30pm to 11:30pm our Dinner, Dancing, Entertainment, Silent Auction, Raffle Ticket Prices: Adults- $100 Children under 18- $40 Purchase Tickets at transfiguration.org Complementary Valet Park-
8 WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS continued: Sunday, September 21, 2014 Memorial Service Today we are having a memorial service for: Vasilios & Paraskevi Bakiris. They are remembered by their children Michalis Bakiris of Austin, Georgia Zachariades of San Antonio and their families, Despina Tsourdi, Katerina Pavlidi, Valasia Kasioti, Maria Papaioanou, Elefteria Koumnaki, Christos Bakiris, Ioannis Bakiris, Tsambika Sansoneti of Greece and their families. Eddie Mowad (6months). He is remembered by his son, Steve Mowad (his wife Marva and sons Stephen and Isaiah) 40 days blessing of Loukas Jacob Suehs son of Brandon and Jeniffer Suehs and little brother of Evangeline and Thomas. Join us on October 24-26, 2014 for an incredible weekend, packed full of spiritual and social activities. Get to know and spend time with fellow Orthodox Christians as we learn what it means to live authentically. Explore the concepts of: "Real Life, True Faith" with Dr. George Stavros. We'll reflect, learn, and worship together, discover Austin's hotspots, and form lifelong connections. Please be sure to connect with us via our website, or . October 24-26, address: -Event website (including registration): at the Holiday Inn at Town Lake Next week s Coffee hour Sponsors: Thank you to last week s Luncheon Sponsors: Thank you to this week s Coffee hour Sponsors: The Greek School Karides, Kenyon, Kersch, Keys, Thank you to today s ushers: Thank you to last week s ushers: Next week s ushers are: Tom Gouris (PCM) Harry Stamatis, Allen Wynn Nyda Glaros Mary Georgantonis (PCM), Maria Miller, Anita Jones, James Kalpaxis Maria Burk (PCM), Chrissie Spiropoulos, David Horwedel, Gregory Chronis Khan, Kinnas, Kobzar, Korioth, Kourkounakis, Kwasny