The Reading from the Second Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians. (11:31-12:9)
Brethren, the God and Father of the Lord Jesus, He Who is blessed forever, knows that I do not lie. At Damascus, the governor under King Aretas guarded the city of Damascus in order to seize me, but I was let down in a basket through a window in the wall, and escaped his hands. I must boast; there is nothing to be gained by it, but I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. I know a man in Christ who 14 years ago was caught up to the third heaven—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows. And I know that this man was caught up into Paradise—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows—and he heard things that cannot be told, which man may not utter. On behalf of this man I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses. Though if I wish to boast, I shall not be a fool, for I shall be speaking the truth. But I refrain from it, so that no one may think more of me than he sees in me or hears from me. And to keep me from being too elated by the abundance of revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan, to harass me, to keep me from being too elated. Three times I besought the Lord about this, that it should leave me; but He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” I will all the more gladly boast of my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (8:41-56)
At that time, there came to Jesus a man named Jairus, who was a ruler of the synagogue; and falling at Jesus’ feet he besought Him to come to his house, for he had an only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she was dying. As Jesus went, the people pressed round Him. And a woman, who had had a flow of blood for twelve years, and had spent all her living upon physicians, and could not be healed by anyone, came up behind Him, and touched the fringe of His garment; and immediately her flow of blood ceased. And Jesus said, “Who was it that touched Me?” When all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the multitudes surround Thee and press upon Thee! And Thou sayest, ‘Who touched Me?’” But Jesus said, “Someone touched Me; for I perceive that power has gone forth from Me.” And when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before Him declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched Him, and how she had been immediately healed. And Jesus said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.” While Jesus was still speaking, a man from the ruler’s house came and said, “Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the Teacher any more.” But Jesus on hearing this answered him, “Do not fear; only believe, and she shall be well.” And when Jesus came to the house, He permitted no one to enter with Him, except Peter and James and John, and the father and mother of the child. And all were weeping and bewailing her; but Jesus said, “Do not weep; for she is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. But taking her by the hand Jesus called, saying, “Child, arise.” And her spirit returned, and she got up at once; and Jesus directed that something should be given her to eat. And her parents were amazed; but He charged them to tell no one what had happened.
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For reflections on the Orthodox Faith from the Holy Mountain Athos, Greece, please visit their website: www.asceticexperience.com. Fr. Jason participated in a pilgrimage to the Holy Mountain from August 17 - September 1, 1982 and encourages you to visit this website.
TEAM 1 Dinner immediately following Divine Liturgy on November 10th
Adults $15; children 12-6yeard old $10; under 5 Free! Syrian Garlic Chicken, Rice, Hummous, Salad, Dessert. Tickets on sale today.
Fellowship of St. Catherine
On Wednesday evenings, all are invited to participate in the Fellowship of St. Catherine, an educational ministry of our parish. The first meeting was held last Wednesday, October 16, and the participants agreed to read the text entitled, The Winter Pascha by Fr. Thomas Hopko of Blessed Memory. In his book, Fr. Thomas provides brief but very informative reflections on the main spiritual themes of the season of Advent, the Nativity and Holy Theophany. If you are interested participating in the Fellowship, please contact Eileen Greiner @ 412-559-6648 for more information. The next meeting will be held in our parish hall this Wednesday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m.
Church School Announcements
The first day of Church School and SOYO 2019 will be Sunday, September 15th 2019.
Church School classes meet at 9:30am on Sundays for Elementary through High School students and immediately following Divine Liturgy for our younger students.
SOYO Meetings will typically be the first Sunday each month at 9:30am.
Antiochian Women’s Annual Calendar Party
Sunday, October 27th 12:30—3pm at St. George Cathedral in Oakland. $30/ticket includes lunch and proceeds will benefit the National Antiochian Women Project. Please contact 412-983-4222 if you are interested in attending. AWE is also looking for donations of hand bags, jewelry, electronics, gift cards, or monetary donations for the Chinese auction.
St. Mary’s Hunt Valley, MD (Father Damaskinos’ church) Consecration—Nov 2, 3
Grand Hafli at St. Teresa of Calcutta (Aliquippa) - December 7th
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