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 Sts. Constantine and Helen Orthodox Church

Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America

1225 E. Rosemeade Pkwy. Carrollton, TX 75007

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost & Fifth Sunday of Luke

Apostles Stachios, Apellos, Amplias, Urban, Aristoboulos and Narcissos of the Seventy; Martyr Epimachos of Alexandria; New-martyr Nicholas of Chios


When Thou didst submit Thyself unto death, O Thou deathless and immortal One, then Thou didst destroy hell with Thy Godly power. And when Thou didst raise the dead from beneath the earth, all the powers of Heaven did cry aloud unto Thee: O Christ, Thou giver of life, glory to Thee.


Constantine who is Thine Apostle among kings O Lord, received his calling like Paul not from man, for he saw the sign of Thy Cross in the heavens, and placed his royal city into Thy hands; preserve both it and us in safety for all time, through the prayers of the Theotokos, only Lover of man.


O protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, mediation unto the Creator most constant, O despise not the suppliant voices of those who have sinned; but be thou quick, O good one, to come unto our aid, who in faith cry unto thee: Hasten to intercession, and speed thou to make supplication, thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, them that honor thee.


(For the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost)

The Lord is my strength and my song. The Lord has chastened me severely.

The Reading from the Second Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians. (11:31-12:9)

Brethren, the God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, the One who is blessed for evermore, knows that I do not lie. In Damascus, the governor under Arétas the king guarded the city of the Damascenes, willing to seize me, and through a window I was let down in a basket by the wall, and escaped his hands. I must boast, though it is not expedient; but I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord. I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago—whether in the body, I do not know, or whether out of the body, I do not know; God knows—who was caught up to the third heaven. And I know that this man—whether in the body or out of the body, I do not know; God knows—was caught up into Paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which no person is allowed to utter. On behalf of this one I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my infirmities. For if I would desire to boast, I shall not be foolish, for I shall speak the truth. But I refrain from it, lest anyone should think of me above that which he sees me to be, or hears from me. And to keep me from being exalted above measure through the abundance of revelations, I was given a thorn in the flesh, an angel of Satan to buffet me, to keep me from being exalted above measure. For this thing I beseeched the Lord three times, that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for thee, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Most gladly therefore will I rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.


(For the Fifth Sunday of Luke)

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (16:19-31)

The Lord said, “There was a rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, full of sores, who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table; moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried; and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes, and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus in his bosom. And he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy upon me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in anguish in this flame.’ But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.’ And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers, so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’ But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.’”

Transliteration of "Our Father" in Arabic

Abānal-ladhī   Fis-Samawāt,

Liya-taqad-das Ismuk

Liya’ti Malakootuk

Litakun Mashī’atuk

Kamā  Fis-Samā,  Kadhalik ‘alal-Ard

Khubzanal-Jawhari A’tinal-Yawm

Wat-ruk Lanā  Mā ‘Alaynā

Kamā Natruku Naḥnu liman Lanā ‘Alayḥi

Wala Tud-khil-nā  Fī Tajriba

Lākin Naj-jinā Minash-Shirrīr

Please pray for health of body and soul of:   Met. Boulos & Archbp. Yohanna, Priest Methodius, Kh. Danielle, Tamam and her family, George, Theresa, Janet, Kevin, Dolly, Tony, Elie, Eliane, Joseph, Edward, Linda, Willie Rea, Jeff, Maher, Wahiba, John, Joseph, Karen, Mark, Sami, Jacob, Ean, Elias, Bill, Sophie, Tim, Gheorghe and Elizabeta, Sam, Joe, Bill, John, Helen, Hiam, E.N., for those serving in our armed forces: Justin, Jordan, Michaela and Vlad, and our catechumens, Johnny, Judy, Jesse, Nathaniel, Shelley, Andrew, Anne, Emily, Ethan, Zoe and Joseph.

Please pray for the repose of:  Hoda Nehmeh, newly departed, Richard Craiker, newly departed, Antoine Elie Khairallah, newly departed, David Makatura, newly departed, Samir Khoury, brother of Elias Khoury, newly departed.

Holy Bread is offered by: Elias Khoury, in memory of his Brother, Samir Khoury

Trisagiaon Memorial for the Departed:  Samir Khoury (40 daya)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Parishioners celebrating their birthdays this week:  Marianne Awad, Christina Huseth, Zackary Lucas, Andrew Abdo, Mark Abdo, Hilary Klimkowski, Rachel Fanous, George Isis

Upcoming Memorials:  Antoine Khairallah, November 7.

Spiritual Morsels:

"Just as the bee is attracted by the fragrance of the flower, people will be attracted to a church community by its spiritual beauty and fresh growth. Allow God to prosper your community by His grace, be open to the inquirer and minister to the suffering. In loving others, you allow God to love you all the more." -- His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH

We relinquish a light burden when we condemn ourselves, but we take upon ourselves a heavy burden when we attempt to justify ourselves. from the writings of the Desert Fathers

Everybody wants to change the world, but nobody thinks about changing himself —Dostoevsky

When you read a worldly magazine or newspaper, it is light and agreeable reading, you easily believe in everything in it. But if you take up a religious publication or book to read, especially one relating to church matters, or sometimes when you begin reading prayers ? you feel a weight upon your heart, you are tormented by doubt and unbelief, and experience a sort of darkness and aversion. Many acknowledge this. From what does it proceed? Of course, not from the nature of the books themselves, but from the nature of the readers, from the nature of their hearts, and ?chiefly ? from the Devil, the enemy of mankind, the enemy of everything holy: 'he takes away the word out of their hearts' (Lk. 8:12). When we read worldly books, we do not touch him and he does not touch us. But as soon as we take up religious books, as soon as we begin to think of our amendment and salvation, then we go against him; we irritate and torment him, and therefore he attacks us and torments us on his side. What can we do? We must not throw aside the good work, the reading or prayers that are profitable to our souls, but we must patiently endure and in patience save our souls. St. John of Kronstadt

The person who truly comes to serve God must prepare his soul, as it says in the Wisdom of Sirach (2:1), for temptations. In this way, he will never be surprised or disturbed by what happens --- believing that nothing happens without the providence of God; and where there is the providence of God, what happens is good and for the benefit of the soul. For everything that God does, He does for our benefit and because He loves us and has compassion on us." "We must, as the Apostle says: 'In everything give thanks' [I Thessalonians 5:18], for His goodness. We must never be troubled, or narrow-minded, about anything that happens to us, but we must accept everything that happens with humility and hope in God --- believing, as I have said, that everything that God does for us, He does because of His goodness and because He loves us. For this reason, all is done well; and it is never possible for things to be better than the way God arranges them in His mercy." St. Abba Dorotheos of Gaza

It is more important that we should remember God than that we should breathe: indeed, if one may say so, we should do nothing else besides. St. Gregory Nazianzus

 "The soul of a humble man is like the sea: throw a stone into the sea--for a moment it will ruffle the surface a little, and then sink to the bottom. Thus do afflictions disappear down into the heart of the humble man, because the strength of the Lord is with him." - St. Silouan of Mount Athos

Stewardship Ministry Update

“He, who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food, will supply and multiply your seed for sowing, and increase the harvest of your righteousness.”

We  thank each of you for pledging to Sts. Constantine & Helen and giving to our beautiful church.  In the past week we have secured over $192,000 in pledges from 55 pledges against a goal of $500,000 and 150 families.  This is an average consistent with our goal of $3,500 per pledge or $460 more per pledge than last year to exceed our goal !

Please continue to give to the church and mail, bring in  your pledge card, and submit your pledge online.