Holy Ascension Orthodox Church
209 South Lehigh Avenue Frackville, PA. 17931
V. Rev. James M. Jadick
(570) 874-3162 rjmj_1hotmail.com
December 21, 2014
28th Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday Before the Nativity of Christ. Forefeast of the Nativity of Christ.
Virgin Martyr Juliana
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 2) (Holy Fathers)
Great are the accomplishments of faith / for the three Holy Youths rejoice in the fountain of flames as though in the waters of rest / and the Prophet Daniel appeared / a shepherd to the lions as though they were sheep // So by their prayers, O Christ God, save our souls!
Troparion (Tone 4) (Forefeast of the Nativity)
Prepare, O Bethlehem, for Eden has been opened to all / adorn yourself, O Ephratha, for the Tree of Life blossoms forth from the virgin in the cave / Her womb is a spiritual paradise planted with the divine fruit / If we eat of it we shall live forever and not die like Adam // Christ comes to restore the image which He made in the beginning.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
Kontakion (Tone 1) (Holy Fathers)
Rejoice, O Bethlehem, prepare yourself, O Ephratha / the Lamb is on her way to give birth to the chief shepherd she carries in her womb / The God bearing forefathers will rejoice, beholding him // and with the shepherds, they will glorify the virgin nursing Him.
Now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.
Kontakion (Tone 2) (Forefeast of the Nativity)
He who holds the earth in the hollow of His hand / Now is beheld in Bethlehem wrapped in swaddling clothes / We offer prefestal hymns to His mother, who maternally rejoices // Having held to her bosom the Son of God.
Prokeimenon (Tone 4) (Song of the Fathers)
Blessed art Thou, O Lord God of our Fathers / and praised and glorified is Thy Name forever.
Vs. For Thou art just in all that Thou hast done for us!
Epistle Reading (Hebrews 11:9-10, 17-23, 32-40)
Brethren: By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God. By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, “In Isaac your seed shall be called,” concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense. By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come. By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff. By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the departure of the children of Israel, and gave instructions concerning his bones. By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s command. And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets: who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again. Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented—of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth. And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.
Verses after the Epistle
And to your spirit. Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.
We have heard with our ears, O God, for our fathers have told us!
For Thou hast saved us from them that oppose us, and hast put to shame them that hate us.
Gospel Reading(Matthew 1:1-25)
Let us attend: The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren; And Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram; And Aram begat Aminadab; and Aminadab begat Naasson; and Naasson begat Salmon;And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse; And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias; And Solomon begat Roboam; and Roboam begat Abia; and Abia begat Asa; And Asa begat Josaphat; and Josaphat begat Joram; and Joram begat Ozias; And Ozias begat Joatham; and Joatham begat Achaz; and Achaz begat Ezekias; And Ezekias begat Manasses; and Manasses begat Amon; and Amon begat Josias; And Josias begat Jechonias and his brethren, about the time they were carried away to Babylon: And after they were brought to Babylon, Jechonias begat Salathiel; and Salathiel begat Zorobabel; And Zorobabel begat Abiud; and Abiud begat Eliakim; and Eliakim begat Azor;And Azor begat Sadoc; and Sadoc begat Achim; and Achim begat Eliud; And Eliud begat Eleazar; and Eleazar begat Matthan; and Matthan begat Jacob; And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ. So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations. Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name Jesus.
Praise the Lord from the heavens /praise Him in the highest/Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous / praise befits the just // 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
Wednesday, December 24 9:00 p.m. Compline with Litiya / Matins
Thursday, December 25 9:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy Feast of the Nativity of our Lord, Jesus Christ
Saturday, December 27 4:00 p.m. Great Vespers
Sunday, December 28 9:10 a.m. 3rd and 6th Hours
9:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy / Church School Yolka / Covered Dish Luncheon
Coffee Hour List
Dec. 21 Marie & Peter Weremedic
Dec. 28 Yolka & Covered Dish Luncheon
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!
The December issue of the parish newsletter is available in the vestibule. Take one, enjoy it and pass it on!
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Dates to Remember
Monday, December 22 – Pierogie Sale (Frozen Only)
Sunday, December 28 – Church School Yolka / Covered Dish Luncheon