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kosmas & damianos Orthodox Church (goa)

703 W. Center Street, Rochester, MN (507) 282-1529 Rev. Fr. Mark Muoz, Proistamenos


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The joyful news of your resurrection was told to the women
disciples of the Lord by the angel. And throwing off the ancestral
curse, they boastingly told the Apostles: death has been
vanquished, Christ our God is risen, bestowing great mercy on the
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The Angels' ranks were awed by thy life in the flesh, how, though corporeal, and clad with earthly
clay, thou didst set forth with courage to invisible wars and wrestlings and didst boldly smite the
hordes of the demons with mortal wounds. Wherefore, Christ rewarded thee with abundant gifts in
return. Entreat Him that our souls find salvation, O most renowned Father Athanasius.
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O Protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, mediation unto the Creator most constant:
despise not the suppliant voices of those who have sinned; but be quick, O good one, to come unto our
aid who in faith cry unto you: Hasten to intercede, and speed to make supplication, you who ever
protect, O Theotokos, them that honor you.

5th Sunday of matthew

St. Athanasios of the Holy Mountain, Righteous Father Lampadus the Wonderworker

Todays scripture readings

Epistle reading

St. Paul's Letter to the Galatians 5:22-26; 6:1-2

Prokeimenon. Mode 4.
Psalm 103.24,1
O Lord, how manifold are your works. You have made all things in wisdom.
Verse: Bless the Lord, O my soul.
Brethren, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law. And those who
belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live
by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. Let us have no self-conceit, no provoking of
one another, no envy of one another. Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass,
you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Look to yourself, lest
you too be tempted. Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Gospel pericope

Matthew 8:28-34; 9:1

At that time, when Jesus came to the other side, to the country of the Gergesenes, two
demoniacs met him, coming out of the tombs, so fierce that no one would pass that way. And
behold, they cried out, "What have you to do with us, O Son of God? Have you come here to
torment us before the time?" Now a herd of many swine was feeding at some distance from
them. And the demons begged him, "If you cast us out, send us away into the herd of swine."
And he said to them, "Go." So they came out and went into the swine; and behold, the whole
herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea, and perished in the waters. The herdsmen fled,
and going into the city they told everything, and what had happened to the demoniacs. And
behold, all the city came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw him, they begged him to leave
their neighborhood. And getting into a boat he crossed over and came to his own city.

Liturgical/Program Schedule:
Mon. July 6th: Orthodoxy 101 moved to Monday July 13th, 6pm!
Wed. July 8th: Paraklesis of Healing to St. Nektarios the Wonderworker, 6pm
Thurs. July 9th: Thursdays on First, volunteers needed!
HOW TO RECEIVE HOLY COMMUNIONOrthodox Christians in good standing are encouraged to
receive Holy Communion frequently, provided they have prepared themselves spiritually, mentally and physically.
They must be on time for the Divine Liturgy, and be in a Christ-like, humble state of mind. They should be in a
confession relationship with their priest or spiritual father, have observed the fasts of the Church, and they should
have self-examined their conscience. On the day of receiving Holy Communion, it is not proper to eat or drink
anything before coming to church. When you approach to receive Holy Communion, state your Christian
(baptismal) name clearly, and hold the red communion cloth to your chin. After receiving, wipe your lips on the
cloth, step back carefully, hand the cloth to the next person and make the sign of the Cross as you step away.
Please do not be in a rush while communing! Please take special care not to bump the Holy Chalice.

For this holy house and for those who enter it with faith, reverence, and the fear of God, let us pray to
the Lord.
The summer months will soon be upon us and that means enjoying warm weather and fun in the sun. While shorts (for males
& females), capris, flip-flops, tank tops, spaghetti straps, short skirts well above the knees, etc. are practical and may be
acceptable at the pool or the lake front they are not appropriate attire at church, and must not be worn during the Divine Services
of the Church. At every Eucharistic celebration we are spiritually and physically brought in the awesome presence of Jesus
Christ Himself, and when we commune He comes to dwell within us in a miraculous way. Therefore the sanctity, solemnity, and
dignity of the Divine Liturgy must be preserved for the wellbeing of all. ******Parents, your assistance and guidance are most
especially helpful and appreciated.******

Pearls from the Desert

A brother monk, who had sinned, was turned out of the church by the priest. Abba
Bessarion got up and went out with him, saying, "I, too, am a sinner."
Abba Isidore said, "If you fast regularly, do not be inflated with
pride, but if you think highly of yourself because of it, then you had
better eat meat. It is better for a man to eat meat than to be
inflated with pride and to glorify himself."


Athanasius was born in Trebizond of God-fearing parents. He became orphaned at an early age but, by the
Providence of God, a commander took him under his care and brought him to Constantinople to be educated.
Because of his meekness and humbleness, he was the favorite of his peers. During the children's games, the children
chose one to be an emperor, one a commander and Athanasius as abbot as though it was some kind of foretelling!
Having completed his education, Athanasius (who before tonsuring was called Abraham) withdrew into the desert of
Maleinos near Athos, the Holy Mountain, where he lived the life of an ascetic as a disciple of the then renowned
Michael Maleinos. Desiring a more difficult life of mortification, Athanasius settled on Holy Mt. Athos to live in
silence (the life of a silentary). But many who were desirous of a life of asceticism began to gather around him and,
therefore, he was compelled to build his famous Lavra [monastery]. In that, he was assisted by the Byzantine
emperors: at first, Nicephorus Phocas, who himself thought to withdraw and to become a monk and, after him, John
Tzimiskes. Countless temptations befell Athanasius both from demons and from men but he, as a brave soldier of
Christ, resisted and conquered all by his immeasurable meekness and continual prayer to the Living God. Filled with
the Grace of God, Athanasius was made worthy to see the All-holy Birth-giver of God who miraculously brought
forth water from a rock and promised that she would also be the abbess [Ikonomisa, the one in charge of the
provisions of the monastery]. In work and in prayer, Athanasius surpassed his brethren and loved all with the love a
spiritual father and shepherd. Death came to Athanasius unexpectedly. At one time, he with six other monks,
climbed upon a newly built vestibule of the church to inspect the wall which was being constructed and the wall
caved in on them and buried them. Thus, this great beacon of monasticism died in the year 980 A.D. Many times
following his death Athanasius appeared to his brethren either to comfort them or to reprimand them.
Cyprian was born in the village of Klitzos in Epirus. Following the death of his good parents, Cyprian went to the
Holy Mt. Athos, was tonsured a monk and devoted himself completely to a life of asceticism in a cell near the
monastery of Kutloumousiou. He imposed upon himself labor upon labor and mortification upon mortification until
he became renown and respected throughout the entire Holy Mountain. Cyprian was still not satisfied with himself.
He was tormented by the thought that he could not be saved except through martyrdom for Christ. Therefore, he left
the Holy Mountain and arrived in Thessalonica and came before the Pasha of Thessalonica and called upon him to
reject the false faith of Muhammad and to accept the true faith of Christ. The Pasha ordered him scourged and
driven out. Unsatisfied with such a small suffering for Christ, Cyprian traveled to Constantinople and wrote a letter
to the Grand Vezir in which he outlined the falseness of Muhammad and the truthfulness of the Lord Christ.
Enraged, the Vezir sent him to Skeik Ul Islamu and he, after having heard all that Cyprian had to say, ordered him
beheaded. Cyprian was joyful beyond measure and went to the scaffold as to a wedding feast. Thus, this godly man
suffered for Christ on July 5, 1679, and realized his burning desire.
Loving Christ with a fervent love from his early youth, Lampadus withdrew into the wilderness of Irenopolis where
he gave himself up to a life of asceticism. Since he overcame all passions and desires of the flesh, his soul was
radiant with a heavenly light and an unspeakable peace not of this world. Lampadus was a miracle-worker, both
during life and after death. He lived a life of mortification probably in the tenth century.