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Bulletin: July 19, 2020. Fathers of the First Six Ecumenical Councils.

Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. July 19, 2020.
Fathers of the First Six Ecumenical Councils.
On Three Sundays each year, Byzantine Churches commemorate the fathers of the seven great councils of the first millennium. The first ecumenical council (Nicaea I) is remembered on the Sunday after the Feast of the Ascension and the seventh (Nicaea II) on the Sunday nearest to October 11. The first six councils are recalled together on the Sunday following July 13, the feast of the fourth council (Chalcedon).
Many Christian churches in America were founded by a pastor who had a Bible, a microphone, and a conviction that God wanted him to preach. So he gathered a few followers (often his own relatives), rented space and scheduled services. Americans see nothing unusual in this – after all freedom of speech and individual initiative are hallmarks of the American way of doing things. Why not in the Church?
The historic Churches (those of the first centuries) saw things differently. Many of these Churches were founded by one of the Apostles or their co-workers. They emphasized that the Church is the Body of Christ, an organic unity of Head and members. Like St Paul, these Churches saw unity as a chief mark of the Church and that an important part of their mission was “endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3-6).
Still, the first centuries saw a number of teachers with competing doctrines arise in the Church. When they were not accepted by the leaders of a local Church, these teachers or their followers often formed their own rival groups. In some places these groups became more popular than the historic Church. Arians, for example, were prominent in Constantinople through much of the fourth century and in much of the West through the fifth.
The councils – whether local, regional or ecumenical – reflects a basic understanding of Church in the Eastern Catholic and Orthodox Church. The Church is the “communion in the Holy Spirit,” a community infused with the life-giving presence of the Spirit of God. Councils reflect this image of the Church as a community. The council is a true image of the Church when it is imbued with and dependent on the grace of the Holy Spirit.

As of Sunday, July 19, 2020, the Divine Liturgy will be celebrated outside in our new Church courtyard. Rules per California State Laws for COVID-19 and for your safety and the safety of those around you please observe the following guidelines:

1. You must wear a face mask at all times.
2. Please bring your own chairs, a hat, and some water. We have set up some additional chairs.
3. Form only one line for Communion and maintain the required 6 feet safe distance.
4. No holding or shaking hands during the Divine Liturgy.
5. Please place your offering in the offertory box or donate online at: holycrossmelkite/donate

July 19. Commemoration of our Venerable Mother Macrina, Sister of Basil the Great and of our Holy Father Dios.
Macrina was gifted with striking beauty and elegance. She became a widow while still very young, consecrating herself to the service of God and the support of her mother Emilia and her ten younger brothers. She died in December of the year 379, while conversing on the soul and immortality with one of her brothers who became St. Gregory of Nyssa.
Dios, born in Antioch, founded one of the most celebrated monasteries in Constantinople. He died in the year 431.

Wine Fundraiser. July 31st is the last day to place your order for a luscious Rose imported from France, 12 bottles for $150. The full price will be donated to Holy Cross Church. Please contact the church office for any questions.

We are very thankful for all the volunteers and donors who helped make the Pergola and courtyard dream come true. We now have a beautiful open space area which we will use for outdoor prayers, events, and gatherings. If you would like to donate towards the cost of the painting and courtyard work please contact the office. Thank you very much.

We have exciting news: To make it easier for you to support our parish and the important ministries we provide, Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church is using Faith Direct, the leading electronic giving (eGiving) program for Catholic churches across the country. You will receive a letter the week of July 20 with the various giving options. The Faith Direct link is currently available to register for a recurring or one time donation at: HolyCrossMelkite.org/Donate
We appreciate your ongoing generosity.

The Melkite Catholic Divine Liturgy at St. Kilian’s Church in Mission Viejo is on hold for the time being. If the Covid situation improves we will resume in August or September.

Holy Cross Church is here for you and your family during this difficult time. If you need any groceries, have any medical needs, or need assistance in any way please contact the office.

The Church is available for private prayer and we are carefully practicing social distancing. If you wish to spend some private time with the Lord in Church, go to confession, or receive communion please contact us.

Our Weekly Online Prayer and Faith Nourishment Schedule.
Monday-Friday. 11:00-11:20 a.m. Daily Prayers on Facebook live and Youtube live.
Visit: YouTube.com/HolyCrossMelkite or Facebook.com/HolyCrossMelkite

Every Monday and Thursday from 5:00-6:30 p.m. A Journey Through the Gospel of St. Luke, led by Father François Beyrouti. Open to all age groups. July 20 (Luke 17), July 23 (Luke 18), July 27 (Luke 19) etc. Zoom meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86256912606 or call: (669) 900-9128. Meeting ID: 862 5691 2606.

Friday 6:00 p.m. Arabic Bible Study led by Deacon Elias Kashou. On Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81131094348 and at Holy Cross Church.

4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening Prayer) on Facebook live and Youtube live. Visit: YouTube.com/HolyCrossMelkite or Facebook.com/HolyCrossMelkite

-10:00 a.m. Orthros (Morning Prayer).
-11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy on Facebook live and Youtube live. Visit: YouTube.com/HolyCrossMelkite or Facebook.com/HolyCrossMelkite

Continue to gather as a family for daily prayers, watch the live-stream prayers together, and spend time with each other reading the Bible.

An offer for financial planning assistance from our parishioners Gus & Hala Nakhoul. Do you have a Financial Plan For Your Family? (1) How is your current job security? Do you have a plan B? We have one for you? (2) How safe are your retirement savings with the current market conditions? We have plans that secure your original investments. (3) Is your family well protected just in case the breadwinner is no longer around and you lose the household income? We have the right plan for you to replace that income. For more info contact: Gus Nakhoul (714) 249-8100. Hala Nakhoul (714) 920-6180.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for the repose of the souls of:
Jamileh Assaf Bechara (June 7, 2020). 40th day memorial.
Bishop John A, Elya, (July 19, 2019). 1 Year memorial.
Kamal Malouf (July 14, 2015). Five year memorial.
Wadade (Barakeh) Abouzeid (July 15, 2020), Nehmtallah Farid Wazen (July 15, 2020), Layla Jubran Tawk (July 14, 2020), Fr. Joseph Wakim (July 11, 2020), Yasmin Khoury Beyrouti (July 6, 2020), Antoun Maallouly (July 4, 2020), Wail Hanna (July 4, 2020), Edward Lutfi (June 28, 2020), Nick Aboody (June 22, 2020), Florence Boxley (June 16, 2020), Jamileh Assaf Bechara (June 7, 2020), Concepcion Galindo (June 7, 2020), Ibrahim El-Gharbi (June 5, 2020), Jamil Michel Kilzi (May 26, 2020), Evie Hajjar Calafat (May 26, 2020), Jamileh Abujudeh (May 9, 2020), Rima (Asfour) Haddad (April 19, 2020), Jaqueline Abdallah Lutfi (November 11, 2018), Mary Mikhail (2013), Marie Mehanna (2008).
The health, safety, and salvation of:
Inaam Bottomley, Margaret Haddad, Carmen Italia, Isabella Hernandez, Boulous Ibrahim, Carmen Kassouf, Lily Marji, Carolyn Monestero, Violette Saghbini, Marie Semaan, Ramadan Shaban, Florence Shaib, May Williamann, Rose Ann Hammond.
For peace in the United States of America.
For all those suffering from the Coronavirus and their families.
For vocations to the priesthood, monastic life, and lay parish ministries.
For peace in Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, and all the troubled regions around the world.

Scripture Memory:
“The saying is sure. I desire you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to apply themselves to good deeds; these are excellent and profitable to men. But avoid stupid controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels over the law, for they are unprofitable and futile” (Titus 3:8-9).

"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16).

Full Readings Below.
Epistle: Titus 3:8-15.
Gospel: Matthew 5:14-19.

Hymns: (See our Church’s website for Audio Recordings: holycrossmelkite.org/Melkite-hymns)
Troparion of the Resurrection (Tone 6). The angelic powers were around Your tomb, and the guards became as dead, and Mary stood at the tomb, seeking Your spotless body; Then You despoiled Hades without being tried by it, and You met the Virgin O Bestower of life. O Lord, who rose from the dead, glory to You!
Troparion of the Fathers (Tone 8). O Christ our God, you are above all glory, for you have established our Holy Fathers as radiant stars on earth, and through them you have guided us all to the true faith. Most Merciful One, glory to You!
Troparion of the Holy Cross (Tone 1). O Lord save your people and bless your inheritance, granting peace to the world; and protect your community by the power of your Cross.
Kondakion of the Mother of God (Tone 2). O never failing Protectress of Christians and their ever present intercessor before the Creator, despise not the petitions of us sinners, but in your goodness extend your help to us who call upon you with confidence. Hasten, O Mother of God, to intercede for us, for you have always protected those who honor you.

Father François Beyrouti’s Homilies. You can listen and subscribe to the homilies on YouTube.com/MelkiteTV or these podcasts: Apple’s iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and TuneIn + Alexa, Google Podcast, and iHeart Radio podcasts.
If you would like to receive the emailed weekly parish bulletin or homily please sign up on our website (HolyCrossMelkite.org) or contact the office. Most recent homilies by Father François Beyrouti:
-“How Charming Are You?” Sunday July 12, 2020.
-“The Right Mix for Chocolate Cake and Your Faith.” Sunday July 5, 2020.
-“Power and Responsibility.” Sunday June 28, 2020.
-“Wander Into Focus.” Sunday June 21, 2020.

Thank you for your ongoing generous donations:
-Thursday July 2, 2020. Sunday collection deposit: Sunday offertory $2,122 + eGiving Venmo $40 + candles $114 + Bookstore $2 = $2,278.
-Thursday July 2, 2020. Building fund deposit: $6,810 + eGiving Paypal $470 = $7,280.
-Tuesday July 7, 2020. deposit: Sunday offertory $1,794 + candles $157 = $1,951. Building fund deposit: $1,580 + eGiving Paypal $500 = $2,080. Charity account deposit: $125.
-Sunday July 12, 2020 Offertory $2,057 + Candles $94 + Online Giving Faith Direct $200 + Baptism $200 = $2,551. Building fund deposit: $2,570.

2020 deposits: April: $21,766, May: $25,322, June: $21,963, July: $18,835.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
$600.88 paid on July 2, 2020. Southern California Edison.
$30.51 paid on July 2, 2020. SoCal Gas.
$118.63 paid on June 26, 2020. Photocopier lease (Great America Financial Services).

Listen to Melkite audio links on our parish website at holycrossmelkite.org/Melkite-hymns

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Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, you just; exult, all you upright of heart.
Stichon: Happy are those whose faults are taken away, and whose sins are covered.

A reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to Titus.
My son Titus, this saying is true, and in this matter, I want to insist that tose who believe in God be careful to excel in good works; these are good and useful to people. But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and quarrels, and disputes about the Law, for they are useless and futile. Avoid a factious man after warning him one or twice, knowing that such a man is perverted and sins, since he is condemning himself. When I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, make every effort to meet me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there. Help Zenas the lawyer and Apolos on their way, taking care that they lack nothing. And let our people also learn to excel in good works, in order to help cases of urgent need so that they may not be unfruitful. All my companions greet you. Greet those who love us in the faith. The grace of God be with all of you. Amen.

0 God, our ears have heard, our fathers have declared to us the deeds you did in their days, in the days of old.
Stichon: For you saved us from those who afflicted us and have put to shame those who hated us

The Holy Gospel According to St. Matthew the Evangelist (5:14-19).
The Lord said to his disciples, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Neither do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but upon the lamp-stand, so as to give light to all in the house. Even so let your light shine before men, in order that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. Do not think I have come to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I have not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For amen I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not one letter or one stroke shall be lost from the Law till all things have been accomplished. Therefore whoever does away with one of these least commandments, and so teaches men, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever carries them out and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”

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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church.
451 West Madison Avenue, Placentia, CA 92870-4537
Telephone: (714) 985-1710.
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Parish Web site:HolyCrossMelkite.org
Facebook Page: Facebook.com/HolyCrossMelkite
YouTube Page: Youtube.com/HolyCrossMelkite
Twitter: Twitter.com/HCMelkite

Pastor: Father François Beyrouti.
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Cellular phone: (714) 914-1710.

Pastoral Associate: Deacon Elias Kashou.
Pastoral Director: Carol Nasr. E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Choir Directors: Saad Tashman and Lupe Ojeda.
Sunday School / Eastern Christian Formation Program: Every Sunday after the Divine Liturgy from September-May. Pre-School to Grade 8.
Our Lady’s Society: Iman Lutfi (714) 595-7999.

SATURDAY: 4:30 p.m. Confession. 5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).
SUNDAY: 9:45 p.m. Orthros (Morning prayer). 11:00 a.m. The Divine Liturgy.

HOLY DAYS AND WEEKDAYS: Please check the bulletin.

MYSTERIES OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION: The three Mysteries of Baptism, Chrismation and Holy Eucharist are always celebrated together in one ceremony. One month notice is required and one baptismal preparation meeting is required with the priest.
MYSTERY OF HOLY CROWNING: Six month notice, an initial meeting with the priest, marriage preparation sessions, and a wedding license are required. You must be an active member of the parish.
MYSTERY OF HOLY CONFESSION: Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
MYSTERY OF HOLY ANOINTING: Available for anyone who is ill.
PLEASE NOTE: There is no charge for the celebration of the Sacramental Mysteries, however, it is appropriate to offer a gift of thanksgiving. Therefore the Parish Advisory Council suggests an offering of $200 for Baptisms; $500 for Weddings; $300 for Funerals; and $100 for a Memorial Service.


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