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kosmas & damianos Orthodox Church (goa)

703 W. Center Street, Rochester, MN (507) 282-1529 http://www.rochesterorthodoxchurch.org

frmark@rochesterorthodoxchurch.org Rev. Fr. Mark Muoz, Proistamenos


, , , , , . Through your cross you destroyed death and opened paradise to the thief. You transformed the sorrow of the Myrrh-bearers, Christ our God. You commanded the apostles to proclaim that you have risen from the dead, and granted great mercy to the world. , . , , , . In giving birth, thou didst preserve thy virginity; in thy dormition, thou didst not forsake the world, O Theotokos. Thou wast translated unto life, since thou art the Mother of Life; and by thine intercessions dost thou redeem our souls from death.

Neither the grave nor death could contain the Theotokos, the unshakable hope, ever vigilant in intercession and protection. As Mother of life, He who dwelt in the ever-virginal womb transposed her to life. , , , , .
Floros & Lauros the Monk-martyrs of Illyria, John & George, Patriarchs of Constantinople,

8th Sunday of St. Matthew

August 18th, 2013

Todays scripture readings

Epistle reading

St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians 1:10-17 Prokeimenon. Grave Mode. Psalm 28.11,1 The Lord will give strength to his people. Verse: Bring to the Lord, O sons of God, bring to the Lord honor and glory. BRETHREN, I appeal to you by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree and that there be no dissensions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. For it has been reported to me by Chloe's people that there is quarreling among you, my brethren. What I mean is that each one of you says, "I belong to Paul," or "I belong to Apollos," or "I belong to Cephas," or "I belong to Christ." Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispos and Gaius; lest any one should say that you were baptized in my name. (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas. Beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized any one else.) For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
Gospel pericope

Matthew 14:14-22 At that time, Jesus saw a great throng; and he had compassion on them, and healed their sick. When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, "This is a lonely place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves." Jesus said, "They need not go away; you give them something to eat." They said to him, "We have only five loaves here and two fish." And he said, "Bring them here to me." Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass; and taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and broke and gave the loaves to the crowds. And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children. Then he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds.

Liturgical/Program Schedule:
Wed. Aug. 21st: Parish Council Meeting, 6:30pm Wed. Aug. 21st: Pastry Dipping, 9am Thurs. Aug. 22nd: Last baking day Thurs. Aug. 22nd: Greek Fest Set Up and Prep Fri-Sun. Aug 23rd-25th: 50th Annual Rochester Greek Fest

Todays Memorial Service: Archimandrite Jerome, Argirios Ioannides- 6 mo, Konstantinos Ioannides- 2.5 yrs, Alexios Fanos- 1yr Greek Fest 13:
is quickly approaching! Our festival has grown over the years which translates into more work and more workers needed. Subcommittee leads will be contacting parishioners to solicit their assistance. Please consider your availability for working shifts on the weekend of Aug. 23rd-25th, theres a signup sheet in the Narthex. We will be setting up beginning Thursday morning, please see Dan J. or Gust B. for more info! Thank you to all who are anticipating lending a hand this year!
HOW TO RECEIVE HOLY COMMUNIONOnly Orthodox Christians (i.e. the Orthodox Church
does not observe open communion) in good standing are encouraged to receive Holy Communion frequently, provided they have prepared themselves spiritually, mentally and physically. They must be on time for the Divine Liturgy, and be in a Christ-like, humble state of mind. They should be in a confession relationship with their priest or spiritual father, have observed the fasts of the Church, and they should have self-examined their conscience. On the day of receiving Holy Communion, it is not proper to eat or drink anything before coming to church. When you approach to receive Holy Communion, state your Christian (baptismal) name clearly, and hold the red communion cloth to your chin. After receiving, wipe your lips on the cloth, step back carefully, hand the cloth to the next person and make the sign of the Cross as you step away. Please do not be in a rush while communing! Please take special care not to bump the Holy Chalice.

Pearls from the desert

Someone asked Abba Anthony, 'What must one do in order to please God?' The old man replied, 'Pay attention to what I tell you: whoever you may be, always have God before your eyes; whatever you do, do it according to the testimony of the holy Scriptures; in whatever place you live, do not easily leave it. Keep these three precepts and you will be saved.' A brother said to Abba Anthony, 'Pray for me.' The old man said to him, 'I will have no mercy upon you, nor will God have any, if you yourself do not make an effort and if you do not pray to God.'


A parish-wide BBQ is planned for after Liturgy on Sunday, Sept. 8th @ Slatterly Park (10th ST & 11th Ave SE). Come enjoy Johnnys Chicken, Fr. Marks BBQ Ribs, Hamburgers, Hotdogs! Please bring a side dish or dessert to share; beverages will be provided! Lets celebrate Back-to-School and the end of summer together! +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Sunday School Registration

The purpose of the registration is to ascertain the number of children in each class to ensure that the proper materials are ordered. Presbytera Michelle is in charge of the registration and would like everyone to know that if you have children between the ages of 3-18 she will be contacting you. If you have any questions regarding registration please email Presbytera at gabrielnina@hotmail.com First day of Sunday School is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 15th.

A special thanks to all who brought prosphora to the church this week! After the heartfelt plea went out within 2 days I had received 12 prosphora loaves!! A tremendous and immediate responsethanks again!