Weekly Bulletin: September 30, 2012

weekly bulletin logo for st. elia the prophet orthodox church in akron, ohioSCHEDULE OF DIVINE SERVICES

17th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST – Tone 8 –  Hieromartyr Gregory, Bishop of Greater Armenia

Saturday, September 29

  • No Vespers scheduled due to Trustees Meeting in Toledo

Sunday, September 30

  • 9:45 a.m.: Hours, read by Reader Michael Luc
  • 10 a.m.: Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
  • Epistle Reader: Reader Michael Luc
  • EPISTLE: 2 Corinthians 6:16-7:1; GOSPEL: Luke 6:31-36

Holy Day: Protection of Our Most-Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary

  • Sunday, September 30, 6 p.m.: Great Vespers and Litija (Blessing of Five Loaves, Wheat, Wine, Oil)

18th   SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST – Tone 1 – Martyrs Sergius and Bacchus

Saturday, October 6

  • No Vespers scheduled due to the Consecration of the Church at Holy Dormition Monastery in Rives Junction, Michigan

Sunday, October 7

  • 9:45 a.m.: Hours, read by Reader Aaron Gray
  • 10 a.m.: Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
  • Epistle Reader: Reader Aaron Gray
  • EPISTLE: 2 Corinthians 9:6-11; GOSPEL: Luke 7:11-16


Monday, October 1

  • The Protection of our Most-Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary
  • Hebrews 9:1-7; Luke 10:38-42

Tuesday, October 2

  • Hieromartyr Cyprian, Virgin Martyr Justina and Martyr Theoctistus of Niocomedia
  • Ephesians 5:20-26; Luke 6:37-45

Wednesday,October 3

  • Hieromartyr Dionysius the Areopagite, Bishop of Athens and Martyrs the Presbyter Rusticus and Deacon Eleutherius
  • 5:25-33; Luke 6:46-7:1
  • Strict Fast Day

Thursday, October 4

  • Hieromartyr Hierotheus Bishop of Athens
  • Ephesians 5:33-6:9; Luke 7:17-30

Friday, October 5

  • Martyr Charitina of Amisus
  • Ephesians 6:18-24; Luke 7:31-35
  • Fast Day

Saturday, October 6

  • Glorification of St. Innocent, Enlightener of the Aleuts and Apostle to the Americas.  Holy and Glorious Apostle Thomas
  • Hebrews 7:26-8:2; Luke 10:9-16


By the grace of God and the Protection of our Most-Holy Lady Theotokos, the Sisters will celebrate the 25th Anniversary since the founding of the Monastery. As they celebrate this milestone, the community will offer for consecration the newly constructed Temple.

The celebration will begin on Friday, October 5, 2012, with Vigil at 6 p.m.  On Saturday, October 6, the Divine Services will begin with the Procession of the Holy Relics at 8:15 a.m., followed by the consecration of the new Church at 8:30 a.m.  The Hierarchical Divine Liturgy will be held in the outdoor Pavilion at 10 a.m.

Father Don will be attending the Divine Services at the Monastery on Friday and Saturday.  Vespers will not be served at St. Elia on Saturday, October 6.  Divine Liturgy will be celebrated as usual at St. Elia on Sunday morning at 10 a.m.



This miraculous appearance of the Mother of God occurred in the mid-tenth century in Constantinople, in the Blachernae church where her robe, veil, and part of her belt were preserved after being transferred from Palestine in the fifth century.

On Sunday, October 1, during the All Night Vigil, when the church was overflowing with those at prayer, the Fool-for-Christ St Andrew, at the fourth hour, lifted up his eyes towards the heavens and beheld our most Holy Lady Theotokos coming through the air, resplendent with heavenly light and surrounded by an assembly of the Saints. St John the Baptist and the holy Apostle John the Theologian accompanied the Queen of Heaven. On bended knees the Most Holy Virgin tearfully prayed for Christians for a long time. Then, coming near the Bishop’s Throne, she continued her prayer.

After completing her prayer she took her veil and spread it over the people praying in church, protecting them from enemies both visible and invisible. The Most Holy Lady Theotokos was resplendent with heavenly glory, and the protecting veil in her hands gleamed “more than the rays of the sun.” St Andrew gazed trembling at the miraculous vision and he asked his disciple, the blessed Epiphanius standing beside him, “Do you see, brother, the Holy Theotokos, praying for all the world?” Epiphanius answered, “I do see, holy Father, and I am in awe.”

The Ever-Blessed Mother of God implored the Lord Jesus Christ to accept the prayers of all the people calling on His Most Holy Name, and to respond speedily to her intercession, “O Heavenly King, accept all those who pray to You and call on my name for help. Do not let them not go away from my icon unheard.”

Sts Andrew and Epiphanius were worthy to see the Mother of God at prayer, and “for a long time observed the Protecting Veil spread over the people and shining with flashes of glory.

On the Feast of the Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos we implore the defense and assistance of the Queen of Heaven, “Remember us in your prayers, O Lady Virgin Mother of God, that we not perish by the increase of our sins. Protect us from every evil and from grievous woes, for in you  do we hope, and venerating the Feast of your Protection, we magnify you.”


Church  School classes are held on Sunday  mornings. Following the Divine Liturgy, the children go to their classes in the Church Hall.

The theme for this year is “Jesus, the Good Shepherd.” A shepherd takes care of is sheep. The sheep knows the Shepherd’s voice, and they follow where he leads them.  “Jesus said, ‘I am the good shepherd.  The good shepherd gives his life for his sheep.’”  John 10:11

The adults of our community remain in Church during the Church School time for a special session of Q&A—questions and answers. Please remember that our children’s time in Church School is very precious.  During the children’s class time, please do not be in the Church Hall visiting and conversing. This is distracting for the teachers and children.


His Grace, our Bishop Alexander, will be with us the weekend of November 10 and 11.  Chaired by Popadia Donna, the Ladies of our Sisterhood are planning a  Thanksgiving Charity Dinner with all the trimmings for Sunday, November 11.  Our freewill offerings will be given to a charitable cause as we gather to welcome our Bishop and give thanks to God for all His Blessings


The 17th All American Council of the Orthodox Church in America will be held at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Parma, Ohio, on Tuesday, November 13, 2012, the Feast of St. John Chrysostom. This will be a one-day gathering at which a new Primate of  the Orthodox Church in America will be nominated and elected. Our Parish Council President, Mr. John Bohush, was elected as our Lay Delegate and will represent our Parish at the Council along with our Parish Priest, Fr. Don Anthony Freude.


  • Anthony Freude, son of Fr. Don and Popadia Donna Freude
  • Egor Cravcenco, son of Serghei and Ludmilla Cravcenco


  • Mickey Stokich
  • Tom Hagerman
  • Leonora Evancho
  • Pierre Theodore
  • Bessie Alexandrovich
  • Larissa Freude
  • Christina Paluch Collins
  • Anastasia Haymon
  • Joseph Boyle, brother of Kathy Gray
  • Nicholas Dimoff

PROSPHORA OFFERING: For today, Michele Lambo

COFFEE HOUR: For today, Eve Tavenier


To have the coffee hour on Sundays following the Divine Liturgy, volunteers are needed to host this event. Please sign up for your turn.


A new membership form has been put into place by the Parish Council. Membership numbers established by completed forms shall be used to establish voting eligibility and meeting quorums that are set by the Parish Bylaws, which were accepted at the annual meeting on January 29, 2012. Please fill out the form on both sides and give it to Fr. Don or a member of the Parish Council.

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