Announcements for September 9-15, 2012

Theotokos and Child enthroned — From the 5th century church of “Old St. Mary” in Rome

Today: 8:30 am Matins, 9:30 am Divine Liturgy, Brunch, Parish Council Meeting

Tuesday: 6:00 pm Vespers

Thursday: 6:00 pm Vespers & Litia

Friday: 6:00 pm (note the time) Divine Liturgy

Saturday: 6:00 pm Vespers

Sunday: 8:30 am Matins, 9:30 am Divine Liturgy, Semi-Annual Meeting & Brunch

The first fruit of our salvation is accomplished today, O peoples, for behold, the Mother and Virgin and vessel of God, foreordained from ancient generations, comes to be born from a barren woman.  A flower from Jesse and a rod from his root has budded; let Adam, our forefather, be glad, and Eve rejoice and delight, for behold, she who was formed from Adam’s rib plainly calls her daughter and descendant blessed: “My deliverance has been born,” says Eve; “through her, I shall be freed from the bonds of Hades.”  Let David rejoice, striking his lyre, and let him bless God, for behold, the Virgin comes forth from a barren rock for the salvation of our souls!  (from Vespers)

Pray for the people of Angola (population: 19,000,000 / 17,000,000 Christians) and the people of Antigua (population: 89,000 / 82,000 Christiains)  He’s got the whole world in His hands…