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Saint Joseph Melkite Greek Catholic Church

130 North Saint Francis Cabrini Avenue Scranton, PA 18504

Rev. Protodeacon Michael Jolly
Administrator pro tempore

Reader Michael Simon Parish Office 570-343-6092

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October 30, 2011 Tone 3 and Orthros Gospel 9 Liturgy Schedule: Saturday Vespers 4pm Compline Weds 8:30PM

5h Sunday After the Exaltation of the Holy Cross The Rich Man and Lazarus Sunday Orthros 8:55 am Sunday Divine Liturgy 10:00 am

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October 30, 2011 James&Francis Murray Elizabeth Kelleher by Karen Murray November 6, 2011 Officer Joseph Wargo by Protodeacon Michael

Welcome back Father Jerome who serves liturgy today . Daylight Savings Time ends next Sunday morning at 2am. Fall Back! Work has begun on our steeple repair, please pardon our dust! Parish Coffee/Hourafter Divine Liturgy today. All are welcome. Parish Council Meets after next Sundays Divine Liturgy Thanks to all who helped at the Spaghetti Dinner. Congratulations to Paul Patchoski winner of the $100 savings bond.

THE BISHOPS APPEAL: In the story of the Rich Man and Lazarus in todays Gospel, Our Lord warns us that the time to act with mercy and generosity is NOWbefore it is too late. Let us open our hearts and hands to the needs of our Melkite brothers and sisters across the country. Now is the time to respond generosity to Christs call by giving a gift today to the Bishops Appeal. Give joyfully from the heart for God loves a cheerful giver. Thank you for your generous response!

The Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom

First Antiphon Through the prayers of the Mother of God Second Antiphon O Son of God, Who are risen from the dead Hymn of incarnation Third Antiphon Tone 2 Tone 2 Tone 4 Tone 3 Tone 3 Tone 4

Resurrectional Troparion Troparion of the Martyrs Zenobios and Zenobia
As brother and sister united in goodness, you contested together Zenobius and Zenobia. You received incorruptible crows and unending glory and shine forth with the grace of healing upon those in the world.

Troparion of St. Joseph Kontakion O Never Failing

Tone 2

Sing praise to our God, sing praise! Sing praise to our King, sing praise! Stichon: All you peoples, clap your hands! Shout to God with cries of gladness!

Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Galatians 1:11-19

BRETHREN, I give you to understand that the Good News that was announced to you by me is not of man. For I did not receive it from man, nor was it taught to me [by man], but I received it by a revelation from Jesus Christ. For you have heard of the way I lived before in Judaism: how I persecuted the Church of God and ravaged it beyond measure. And I advanced in Judaism above many of my contemporaries in my nation, showing much more zeal for the traditions of my fathers. But when it pleased Him Who from my mothers womb set me apart and called me by His grace, to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, immediately, without taking counsel with flesh and blood and without going up to Jerusalem to those who were appointed apostles before me, I retired into Arabia and again returned to Damascus. Then after three years I went to Jerusalem to see Peter, and I remained with him fifteen days. But I saw none of the other apostles, except James, the Lords brother.

In You, O Lord, I have hoped: let me never be put to shame. In Your justice, save me and deliver me. Stichon: Be for me a protecting God, a sheltering house to save me..

The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke

16: 19-31

At that time, the Lord told this parable; There was certain rich man who used to clothe himself in purple and fine linen, and who feasted every day in splendid fashion. And there was a certain poor man, named Lazarus, who lay at his gate, covered with sores, and longing to be filled with the crumbs that fell from the rich mans table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores. And it came to pass that the poor man died and was borne away by the angels into Abrahams bosom; but the rich man also died and was buried in hell. And lifting up his eyes, being in torments, he saw Abraham far off and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried out and said, Father Abraham have pity on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said to him, Son, remember you in your lifetime have received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now here he is comforted whereas you are tormented. And besides all that, between us and you a great gulf is fixed, so that those who wish to pass over from this side to you cannot, and they cannot cross from your side to us. And he said, Then, father, I pray you to send him to my fathers house, for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they too come into this place of torments. And Abraham said to him, They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them. But he answered, No father Abraham, but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent. But he said to him, If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not believe even if someone rises from the dead.

The rich man and Lazarus

The parable of the rich man and Lazarus shows us a foolish misuse of material goods. It raises slightly the curtain covering certain mysteries about man's portion beyond the grave. We encounter this parable in the Gospel according to Luke. A first-time reading of this parable does not make clear why the rich man ended up hell. Because he was rich in this life? We know from the Gospel that wealth is seductive, but not all the rich are condemned. Zacchaeus, the rich tax collector, in spite of his wealth, was saved with all his family (Luke 19:1-10). We remember the wealth of Joseph of Arimathea, the disciple of Christ, in whose tomb the Savior was buried (Matthew 27:57-60). Likewise, the Pharisee Nicodemus, one of the chiefs and leaders of the people of Israel was not a poor man. He brought a hundred liters of expensive aromatic oils to anoint the body of Jesus Christ (John 19:39). We remember that Lord Jesus Christ did not condemn the rich young man for his wealth, which did not hinder him from faith or from keeping all God's commandments, or from coming and venerating Christ as a teacher. Christ did not condemn the rich man's way of life, but pointed out a more perfect way of life to him. Christ never said that the rich cannot enter into the Kingdom of God, but that men cannot enter into it who trust in wealth, who think that wealth rather than God will save them (Mark 10:24), and who make an idol or fetish of wealth (Mammon). The Bible has many righteous men who were very rich: The righteous Joseph, the son of Israel, controlled the treasures of Pharaoh, arrayed like a royal prince (Genesis 41:40 -45) as second man in the realm. The righteous Job blameless and God-fearing - was also rich: He had 7,000 head of livestock, 3,000 camels, 500 pair of oxen and 500 she-asses and a great many servants (Job 1:3).

On the contrary, it is good to be dissatisfied, always "to hunger and thirst after righteousness." It is good to be always "poor in spirit" and to ask alms of Christ unceasingly. For conversion to Christ, we must be uneasy, always seek and asking, always in thirst and be in need, always be know ourselves as destitute, not selfsufficient, but dependent on God. The rich man's lived only for the flesh; he enjoyed earthly goods and stifled within himself every part spiritual life. He really prepared for himself his bitter fate. The Apostle Paul says: "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting" (Galatians 6:7-8).

Each man prepares his portion beyond the grave. If he abides in God's commandments to love God and neighbor; if he repents when he transgresses these commandments in any way; if he nourishes his soul with Church mysteries; if he abides in prayerful communion with the Lord; then about such a man one may say that he soweth to the Spirit. Such a man in this life begins communion with the spiritual world; he becomes its The Christian Church has glorified many emperors and citizen. After death, such a man enters into a better world kings - those anointed to reign - who held all the wealth and enjoys its good things, which his life here taught him of their country as personal property, and who did let to enjoy wealth become their God. In Russia and America millionaires have done a great deal of good in Genuine faith begins with repentance, recognition of one's spiritual poverty and sinfulness. "Repent ye: for the philanthropy. kingdom of heaven is at hand," say both the Forerunner But all the same, why did the rich man in the parable we and Christ (Matthew 3:2, 4:17). The Kingdom of God belongs to are examining end up hell? The parable does not say that the sincere Christian who prays "Lord Jesus Christ, Son he was evil, cruel, depraved, godless or impious. The of God, have mercy on me, a sinner!" Without this prayer Evangelist Mark explains the problem: that he trusted in a Christian cannot live. Consciousness of one's sinfulness, wealth. "How hard it is for them that trust in riches to poverty and helplessness makes a Christian a disciple of enter into the kingdom of God!" (Mark 10-24). Money is not the Savior and a member of Christ's Church. bad in itself, but one's attitude toward money must be The destitute Lazarus gained heaven, of course, not ironic.

because of his material poverty, but because of his knowing his spiritual destitution, and listened to Moses and the Prophets (Luke 16:29). And the rich man of the parable did not gain heaven because he lacked this spiritual need and he trusted in his wealth as in an idol. He did not feel a need for God's help. He became so hardened in soul that he showed no compassion for Lazarus, who lay at his gate in constant view. The soul of the rich man could not love his neighbor.

consciousness of the endlessness of the sufferings. The rich man does not have this hopeless consciousness; but, on the contrary, he has an aspiration and hope for something better."

"Secondly, the rich man begins to feel sorry for his brethren. This shows that good feelings had awakened in him, that he had begun to repent and hopes for their repentance. This means that in the life beyond the grave a certain change in a man's state is possible, because What can such a man expect in the world beyond the repentance that has begun can already turn into full grave? He cannot commune with God, Who is love, and repentance and then into compunction." Whose communion requires love, and not with the other sprits of the righteous. Such a man must remain apart from "The rich man does not yet know full repentance. For the God and from the world of the righteous; he must remain present, he only understands the causal tie between his in outer darkness. The passions that the rich man managed condition before, on earth, and now, in hell; but he does to amass during his life will burn him with everlasting fire. not understand the justness of his condition. But all the His conscience which he had ignored will become an same, he has begun to feel sorry for his brethren, which is unsleeping gnawing worm in him. He himself is to blame, very important for the further development of his soul." who ignored God's constant warnings. He cast himself into "If in that life there is a possibility of changing one's state the abyss of hell. in the sense of manifesting good feelings and repentance, The parable of the rich man and Lazarus suggests that the then one must allow the possibility of full repentance and torment of sinners will be endless. And The torment of fire then compunction; then one must allow the possibility of burns but does not consume. But the fire, smoke and other hope that the doors of paradise are not closed once and horrors are images that distort the torments of hell. forever. One must likewise allow the hope that, in passing According to the teaching of the Holy Fathers of the through some kind of suffering, the soul of the sinner, if it Church, the torments of hell are not physical sufferings, has not become completely hardened, can become capable but remoteness from God and his mercy, which is possible of repentance, at first partially, as with the rich man, and only in conditions of full and sincere repentance. later fully; and then the soul can revive for spiritual Therefore, the torment is endless only because repentance compunction and salvation." is impossible. Metropolitan Antony (Khrapovitsky), points out that the Gospels speak of everlasting punishment in time, but that everlasting is not synonymous with endlessness. According to Metropolitan Antony', the Word of God does not define the endlessness of the sufferings of all sinners not fix their fate as unchangeable. Abraham's words about the gulf between the righteous and sinners in the other world, which cannot be crossed, does fix the sinner's lack of repentance. Let us ask the Lord to imbue in us the need, the hunger, and the thirst for the divine sap from the Vine of Christ, given to us all at the Lord's Table, at the Holy Eucharist. Let us pray that our minds grow poorer in spirit, that we, like Lazarus and the beggars who stand on church porches, stretch our hands out and beg alms of Christ, Who Himself, according to the Apostle Paul, "though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich" (II Corinthians 8:9).

Metropolitan Antony's continues on our fate beyond the "Each person must bear the weaknesses of others. grave: "The parable of the rich man and Lazarus gives us, Who is perfect? Who can boast that he has kept his as it were, two rays of hope for a more consoling prospect. heart undefiled? Hence, we are all sick, and whoever First of all, we see that Abraham in paradise did hear the condemns his brother does not perceive that he rich man, and, consequently, there is between them some himself is sick, because a sick person does not kind of communication, if only in the form of condemn another sick person." conversation. This, their conversation, indicates that sinners have the thought and hope for something better. This alone already eases their condition, because the most fearful thing is not the suffering itself, but the hopeless

The question about who can then be saved was asked a long time ago. St. Peter asked it of Christ when he was listening to His teachings. The answer of Christ was conclusive: With men these things are impossible. But with God all things are possible. This is the point. Christian morality is, strictly speaking, not a human morality designed for the happy life in this world. Christian morality is the morality of perfection. Be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect. These are the words of Christ in the Sermon on the Mount. Such a morality in this world is really open-ended. It is never complete. As a matter of fact, it is the teaching of the Orthodox Church that mans life is never complete even in the Kingdom of God. Man will always be on the way. His very perfection, as one saint put it, is always to grow more perfect. To be as perfect as God is impossible to men. But to move toward this perfection eternally and forever is within mans possibilities with the help of God. And this is the life and the moral position to which Christians are called. The Church is always ready to forgive the sinner, since Christ is the Head of the Church and He has come exactly to save sinners. But while condescending to forgive every sort of sin and weakness and necessity to indulge in relativistic and morally ambiguous actions (such as warfare and politics and birth control), the Church cannot give

Among Todays Saints

The Hieromartyr Zenobius, Bishop of Aegea, and his sister Zenobia suffered a martyr's death in the year 285 in Cilicia. From childhood they were raised in the holy Christian Faith by their parents, and they led pious and chaste lives. In their mature years, shunning the love of money, they distributed away their inherited wealth giving it to the poor. For his beneficence and holy life the Lord rewarded Zenobius with the gift of healing various maladies. He was also chosen bishop of a Christian community in Cilicia. As bishop, St Zenobius zealously spread the Christian Faith among the pagans. When the emperor Diocletian (284-305) began a persecution against Christians, Bishop Zenobius was the first one arrested and brought to trial to the governor Licius. "I shall only speak briefly with you," said Licius to the saint, "for I propose to grant you life if you worship our gods, or death, if you do not." The saint answered, "This present life without Christ is death. It is better that I prepare to endure the present torment for my Creator, and then with Him live eternally, than to renounce Him for the sake of the present life, and then be tormented eternally in Hades." By order of Licius, they nailed him to a cross and began the torture. The bishop's sister, seeing him suffering, wanted to stop it. She bravely confessed her own faith in Christ before the governor, therefore, she also was tortured. By the power of the Lord they remained alive after being placed on a red-hot iron bed, and then in a boiling kettle. The saints were then beheaded. The priest Hermogenes secretly buried the bodies of the martyrs in a single grave. St Zenobius is invoked by those suffering from breast cancer.

Renew Your Spiritual Life Is your spiritual life in the doldrums? Jan Dargatz, author of 52 Simple Ways to Give Your Spiritual Life a Lift, gives the following ideas to help point you toward a deeper relationship with the Lord: Recall God's gifts. List incidents from your own life when you have felt close to God. Share your list with family members and friends - especially experiences that will help others grow in their faith. Spend more time with God. Pray for guidance as you evaluate your commitments. Look for what you can eliminate from your life. Ask, "Does this need to be done?" "Will this count for something five years from now?" "What happens if I don't do it?" Talk about God. Talk with your spiritual father or mentor about how to grow in your faith and how to use it every day. Talk about Christ with someone who is at the same stage of their spiritual journey/ experience. Talk about how the Holy Spirit works in your lives. Encourage one another to grow even more in understanding the Father and His Word. Pray for one another.


Devotions and Readings for this week

Mon 10/31 Tues 11/1 Weds 11/2 Thurs 11/3 Fri 11/4 Sat 11/5 The Holy Martyr Epimakios The Unmercenaries, Cosmas and Damian of Asia Minor The Martyr Akindinos and his companions The Martyr Acepsimas and his companions Joannicios the Great The Martyrs Galaction and Epistime Phil 4:10-23 Col 1:1-11 Col 1:18-23 Col 1:24-29, 2:1 Col 2:1-7 2 Cor 3:12-18 Lk 7:36-50 Lk 8:1-3 Lk 8:22-25 Lk 9:7-11 Lk 9:12-18a Lk 6:1-10

Prayer Requests

Parish Calendar
Rev. Father Philip Azoon Rev. Deacon John Karam Rev. Seraphim Michalenko Rev. Basil Samra Rev. Peter Boutros Rev. Deacon Bryan McNiel Rev. Deacon Irenaeus Dionne

October 30 Coffee Hour after Liturgy Youth Meeting 5PM8PM November 6 Parish Council after Liturgy 21 Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Presentation in the Temple
Sacrificial Giving 10/23/2011 Candles Weekly Special Monthly $ 4.50 $ 929.00 $ 10.00 $ 10.00

Marie Abda Marie Abda Marie Barron Joseph Barron Mary Sue Betress Chris Carey Nikki Boudreaux Dr. Frances Colie John Colie Ann Coury

Margaret Dillenburg Mark Dillman Karen Kane Niko Mayashairo Mary McNeilly Marie Patchoski Joanna Simon William Simon Dr. Thomas Zaydon

The Weekly Quiz

Who plotted to kill Daniel? The priests The magicians, astrologers and soothsayers The army generals His fellow administrators
Last Weeks Answer Q. Who wrote these words? "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Blessed art thou, O LORD: teach me thy statutes. With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth." A. David

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