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August 23, 2015

Holy Ascension Orthodox Church


209 South Lehigh Avenue                           Frackville, PA. 17931


V. Rev. James M. Jadick


(570) 874-3162                                                   rjmj_1hotmail.com


August 23, 2015


12th Sunday after Pentecost


Leavetaking of the Dormition. Martyr Lupus.



Troparion (Tone 3) (Resurrection)

Let the heavens rejoice / Let the earth be glad / For the Lord has shown strength with His arm / He has trampled down death by death / He has become the first born of the dead / He has delivered us from the depths of hell / and has granted to the world // great mercy.


Troparion (Tone 1) (Feast)              

In giving birth you preserved your virginity / In falling asleep you did not forsake the world, O Theotokos / You were translated to life, O Mother of Life // and by your prayers you deliver our souls from death.


Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.


 Kontakion (Tone 3) (Resurrection)

On this day Thou didst rise from the tomb / O Merciful One / leading us from the gates of death / on this day Adam exults as Eve rejoices/ with the prophets and patriarchs they unceasingly praise // the divine majesty of Thy power.


Now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.


Kontakion (Tone 2) (Feast)             

Neither the tomb, nor death, could hold the Theotokos / who is constant in prayer and our firm hope in her intercessions / For being the Mother of life // she was translated to life by the One who dwelt in her virginal womb.


 Prokeimenon (Tone 3)

 Sing praises to our God, sing praises // Sing praises to our King, sing praises.

Vs. Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy!


Epistle Reading (1 Corinthians 15:1-11)

Brethren:I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time.  For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. Therefore, whether it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.


Verses after the Epistle

And to your spirit. Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

In Thee, O Lord, have I placed my hope; let me not be put to shame.

Be Thou a God of protection for me, a house of refuge in order to save me.


Gospel Reading(Matthew 19:16-26)

Let us attend:   And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honor thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions. Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.


Hymn to the Theotokos (Instead of It is Truly meet…)

The angels, as they looked upon the Dormition of the virgin / were struck with wonders / seeing how the virgin went up from earth to heaven / The limits of nature are overcome in you / O Pure Virgin / for birth giving remains virginal / and life is untied to death / A virgin after child bearing and alive after death // You ever save your inheritance O Theotokos.


Communion Hymn

Praise the Lord in the heavens / Praise Him in the highest / I will receive the cup of salvation / and call on the Name of the Lord // Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


Welcome to our Visitors!

A warm welcome to all our visitors and guests who have joined us in celebrating the Divine Liturgy. Please join us for our Fellowship Hour in the Church Hall . Please note: Only those Orthodox Christians that have properly prepared themselves through prayer, fasting and confession of sins may approach the Chalice and receive Holy Communion.


Schedule of Services

Friday, August 28             6:00 p.m. Great Vespers with Litiya

Saturday, August 29         9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy

                                           Feast of the Beheading of St. John the Baptist.  Strict Fast Day.

                                             4:00 p.m. Great Vespers

Sunday, August 30           9:10 a.m. 3rd and 6th Hours

                                           9:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy / Coffee Hour / Choir Rehearsal



 Coffee Hour List   

August 23       Martha & Tom Fletcher

August 30       Cindy Schaeffer & Sonya Bosack

September 6   100th Anniversary


Please remember that it is your responsibility to find someone to cover for your turn if you cannot be there on the appointed date. Thanks to all!


Choir Rehearsal

This Thursday, August 27 at 6:00 p.m. (preparation for the 100th Anniversary)


Parish Newsletter

The August newsletter is available in the Church vestibule. Take one, enjoy and pass it on!

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