Sunday Bulletin 7/9/23

Bulletin as of July 8 2023


Saturday, July 8 – Procopius, Martyr

5:00 PM         Santa Paula Outreach Divine Liturgy 

Sunday, July 9 – 6th Sunday after Pentecost

8:30 AM          Matins

9:30 AM          Divine Liturgy

Monday, July 10 – Holy 45 Martyrs of Nicopolis

8:30 AM         Morning Prayer

4:00 PM         Evening Prayer

5:30 PM         *Akathist for those suffering Addiction & Mental Illness

Wednesday, July 12 – Proclus and Hilary, Martyrs

8:30 AM         Morning Prayer 

Saturday, July 15 – Cyricus and Julitta, Martyrs

5:00 PM         Santa Paula Outreach Divine Liturgy 

6:30 PM         Reader Vespers 

Sunday, July 16 – 7th Sunday after Pentecost

8:30 AM         Matins

9:30 AM          Divine Liturgy  

*Add first names to this prayer service by emailing

Please note there is no Wednesday night liturgy this week



St. Mary’s: Sundays 8:45 AM or by appointment

Santa Paula: Saturdays 4:15 PM or by appointment


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Please remember the following people in your prayers: The Carlin Family, Michael Hefferon, Shirely Kunze, Michael Mina, Peter Mina, Fr. John Mina, Mila Mina, Lana Zimmerman, Patrick Zimmerman, Shannon O’Neill, Fern Bonowicz, All the sick and suffering of St. Mary’s


Byzantine Basics: Our Three-Bar Cross

One of the most frequently asked questions by guests is “why does your cross look like that“? The “three bar cross” is a feature of most Byzantine-Slav temples (Byzantine-Greek temples usually feature a cross with two equal-length bars forming a “plus“ shape). The three bars on our cross represent, from top to bottom: 

-The top bar represents the notification of that which the executed criminal was accused. In Christ’s case, “Jesus of Nazareth king of the Jews”, allowing the Romans to kill him for treason against Caesar. 

-The second bar, the longest one, represents the crossbar where Christ’s hands were tied and nailed. 

-The third bar, and the one whose presence usually sparks this question, represents a footrest. Since one’s body weight causing asphyxiation is the way crucifixion causes death, allowing the accused to stand on a footrest would prolong the suffering by postponing the moment of death. This is why the legs of the criminals on either side of Jesus were broken. Namely to prevent them from holding themselves up, and so cause death to come more quickly. We have angled this third bar up on Christ’s right side to remind us that Christ’s passion, death, and resurrection allows those who receive it in faith to join Christ in the kingdom, as did the good thief who is on his right.

“According to your faith let it be done to you!” Jesus met the blind men who cried to him for mercy, and he brought them healing. The Church continues this ministry of healing. Are you being called to take part in this ministry in a special way? Discerning a life of healing in monasticism or holy orders could be your calling. To learn more, contact the Vocations Office at 206-329-9219 or email: 

Saturday, July 8 –

  • 9:06 AM