January 2021 Newsletter
Bulletin for Week Ending January 3
627 West Bonneville St, Pasco WA 99301
The St Nectarios 2020 Ecumenical Calendars are here – just let us you know if you want one mailed to you – contact Jim/Tammy Droppo (5O9), 547-8745, or by email with your mailing address to the St Nectarios email address given above.
Facebook Divine Liturgy Streaming – Selected online Liturgy services are being streamed live to Facebook Group, Saint Nectarios – Pasco. Normally they will also be available for viewing after the service is completed.
Special Upcoming Services
January 6th at 7:00pm – Vesperal Liturgy Service on the eve of “old calendar” Christmas. Plan to participate the live evening service using the link given below - new participants are always welcome. The zoom meeting link is:
Other Upcoming Saint Nectarios Online Christian Orthodox Activities
Friday, January 1, 6:00 pm Akathist to St. Nectarios Service – participate online or at-home
Saturday, January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 4:00 pm Orthodox Discussion with Father John
Saturday, January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 5:00 pm Saturday Vespers – Father John
Sunday, January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 10:00 am, Divine Liturgy – Father John
Sunday, January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 pm, Sunday Fellowship Time
Bookmarks (Links) to join above online activities
*** First Friday Monthly ***
Akathist to St. Nectarios. Online and At-home activity is held the first Friday of each month at 6:00 pm:
Need Help? Just call, or send an email, if you would like help setting up access to online activities. Jim Droppo 5O9 366-8745.
January Message from Father John
Our Resolutions are Inspired and Strengthened by the Will of God
Behind our dollar bills stands the treasury of our country; it promises that it has the power and resources to back up its value. Behind our New Year’s resolutions we need our strong will and determination to carry them out. Only this way we can succeed. Otherwise, they will be empty promises that would evaporate with the passing of time.
We believe in a true and Almighty God whose promises are not yes and no. They are always yes because he has the power to carry them out if they are good for our salvation.
Reading both the old and the new testaments, we see that God fulfilled all his promises and carried them out in history to secure victory and salvation for all the people who believed in him.
We, however, have a spiritual enemy who fights against God and us. He seeks to frustrate our godly plans and destroy our noble resolutions. But he acts very subtly so that we cannot see his evil plans and intentions. He weakens our will and noble resolution. He whispers in our ears that ‘it is very difficult to achieve it;’ we should enjoy what we now have; life is too short to make all these sacrifices. And little by little we slack off in our determination and give up our resolution!
Where is God in all this struggle? He is around, but he will never interfere with our free will. He will remind us, with the voice of our conscience, of our commitment; He will help us every time we wake up and try again. But when we allow the advice of the devil to influence our plans, He will not interfere to violate our free will.
When the Israelites, out of cowardice before the enemy, backed out from the battle, Joshua said to them, as for me and my family we will listen and obey the Will of the Lord and fight the enemy.
We need to say the same thing to the evil spirit, as we carry out our New Year’s resolutions: we would categorically say, “We would rather obey the Will of God; we will do what the true scientists tell us about the coronavirus and protect ourselves with the vaccinations science has discovered and invented for us!”
Happy and Healthy New Year to All!
With love, Fr. John P. Angelis
Sunday, January 3
Sunday before Epiphany
Saints and Feasts
Malachi the Prophet
Gordios the Martyr of Caesarea
Hymns of the Day
Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal First Tone
O Faithful, let us sing a hymn of praise and worship to the Logos, coeternal with the Father and the Spirit, who was born of the Virgin for our salvation. Of His own will He went upon the Cross in the flesh and suffered death, to raise the dead through His glorious Resurrection.
Apolytikion for Forefeast of the Theophany in the Fourth Tone
Be thou ready, Zabulon; prepare thyself, O Nephthalim. River Jordan, stay thy course and skip for gladness to receive the Sovereign Master, Who cometh now to be baptized. O Adam, be thou glad with our first mother, Eve; hide not as ye did of old in Paradise. Seeing you naked, He hath appeared now to clothe you in the first robe again. Christ hath appeared, for He truly willeth to renew all creation.
Apolytikion for the Church in the First Tone
The Offspring of Selyvria and Guardian of Aegina, the true friend of virtue who appeared in the last years. Oh Nectarios we faithful honor you as a godly servant of Christ! For you bring forth healings of every kind for those who piously cry out: Glory to Christ who has glorified you, Glory to him who made you wondrous, glory to him who workest healings for all through you.
Seasonal Kontakion in the Fourth Tone
In the running waters of the Jordan River, on this day the Lord of all crieth to John: Be not afraid and hesitate not to baptize Me, for I am come to save Adam, the first-formed man.
The translations of hymns are under copyright and used by permission. All rights reserved. These works may not be further reproduced, in print or on other websites or in any other form, without the prior written authorization of the copyright holder: Resurrectional Apolytikion in Plagal of the First Tone © Narthex Press; Apolytikion for Forefeast of the Theophany in the Fourth Tone © Holy Transfiguration Monastery; Seasonal Kontakion in the Fourth Tone © Holy Transfiguration Monastery.
Gospel and Epistle Readings
Prokeimenon. Plagal Second Tone. Psalm 27.9,1.
O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance.
Verse: To you, O Lord, I have cried, O my God.
The reading is from St. Paul's Second Letter to Timothy 4:5-8.
TIMOTHY, my son, always be steady, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil your ministry.
For I am already on the point of being sacrificed; the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.
Sunday before Epiphany
The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in the prophets, 'Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who shall prepare your way; the voice of one crying in the wilderness: prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.' John was baptizing in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And there went out to him all the country of Judea, and all the people of Jerusalem; and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel's hair, and had a leather girdle around his waist, and ate locusts and wild honey. And he preached, saying, "After me comes he who is mightier than I, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."
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