Thomas Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sunday, April 23, 2017

New Sunday or Anti-Pascha

Sunday of Thomas the Apostle, Called “The Twin”

Great-martyr George the Trophy-bearer

 Christ is Risen! Indeed, He is Risen!

 Visitors, we want to invite you to all services of the church.

 Nourishment of the Soul: “Evils reinforce each other; so do virtues, thus encouraging us to still greater efforts.” – St Mark the Ascetic

Food for Hungry People Campaign: We will be sending a check for $802 to Food for Hungry People. If you have not made your contribution yet, please do it this Sunday!

Coffee Hour Foods: Contributors this Sunday are those whose last names start with I-Z.

Next week at coffee hour we will have a pitch-in to send Caleb Lewis on his journey after completing his studies at Indiana University. He has been a faithful chanter, singer, and member here at All Saints. If you are a university student who is not returning next semester, please tell Father and Marcia so you can be included.  Graduating high school seniors, please let us know who you are so we can plan something for you as the school year draws to a close.

Soon, you will see the long-awaited changes being made to the property and to the building.

Receiving the Eucharist: We invite you to receive the Holy Eucharist if you are an Orthodox Christian who has prepared yourself through fasting, prayer, and recent confession.  If you are not Orthodox, or are Orthodox but  have not prepared, we invite you to receive a piece of the blessed bread in the wooden bowls held by the altar servers at the front of the church.

 

Parish Council meets today in Father’s office around noon.

SPECIAL EVENTS in BLOOMINGTON THIS WEEK

Monday, April  24th at 7pm – St. Mark’s Methodist Church on east side: MAYO (Musical Arts Youth Organization) Symphony and Rock Band concert, featuring Nina and Gregory Gillquist

Thursday, April 27th  – Sunday, April 30th: St. Emmelia Homeschool Conference at Antiochian Village

Thursday, April 27th at 7pm & Saturday, April 29th at 4pm: TheatreWorks of Bloomington presents “Sherlock Holmes” at The Warehouse on S. Rogers Street. The cast includes Nina Gillquist as Alice Faulkner, a clever damsel in distress, and Gregory Gillquist as Gashouse Gary, the bomb maker

THIS WEEK at ALL SAINTS

 Wednesday, April 26: Daily Vespers at 6:00

Thursday, April 27: Bible Study at Becky’s home – 3:00 – 5:00

Friday, April 28: Akathist to the Protection of the Theotokos at 6:00

Saturday, April 29: Great Vespers at 5:00

Sunday, April 30: Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 – Saying Good-bye to Caleb Lewis and a brief Myrrh Bearers meeting

FAMILY NOTES

Birthday Greetings: Pres. Stacey C (23rd); Elizabeth Ar (24th); Paul B (24th); Maria Van H (25th); Noah S (28th)

Name Day Blessings: Griffin F, Max L, and George T (St. George – 23rd); Elise A and Elizabeth A (New Martyr Elizabeth – 24th); Valeria Van H(St. Valeria  – 28th)

Memory Eternal: Danny; Albert (Alex John) Alexander – 4th); Met. Elias; Lavonne (Martin’s Grandmother)

Prayer List: John Craton’s friend Matthew and family; Hal; Stephanie; Adrian (Olga’s brother); Cathy;“For the suffering Christians of Syria, Palestine, Iraq, & all of the Middle East, and for those suffering in Ukraine.”; Fr. Steven Rudy (cancer); Finley (infant girl child with stroke and spasms-Improved); Fr. Basil; Fr. Philip;  Grant (Leukemia); Chris; Doug & Dorothy Barrett; Eileen; the Tabbals; Mary Ann & Jen; Dee and Don;  Kh.Kristina; Betsy and Hannah; Leslie (paralysis); Jasmine; Deborah & Thomas; James; Becky H; Tom; Annie; Catherine; Janett;  Julian; Kh. Mary Sue Walker; Vicki; Hoppes &  Jesse Brandow (Missionaries); Vivian; Natalie; Senior Saints; Patricia; Nicetas; Barb; Shirley; Metropolitan Paul, Archbishop John; Fr. John Koen; Archpriest George; Heather; Susan; Gabriella & Matt; Sara; Shelley; Geni; Emily D; Emma; Nancy; Neal; Bob R;  Leanne; Beth; Lillian; Julie; Roger; Virginia; Marilyn; Eric; Cheryl; Lori; Pam; Debbie; Natasha; Michael & Shelley: Gabriel; Mary; Janet; Kelly; Matushka Raisa; Marty; Charles; Mary; Marvin, Alice; Katie; Ruth; Steve; Romaine; Derek, Claire & Micah; Tim; Sharon; Sherri; Dianna; Michael and Diane; Aaron; Brent; Jennifer; Brigid; Ethan; Lena, Dean; Gayle; Thomas; Amy; Heidi; Gene & Connie, Caleb D; Megan & Colin; Bill & Sandy; Sabrina; Christy O.

Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings

Prokeimenon: “The righteous shall rejoice in the Lord.”

Verse: ” Hear my voice, O Lord.” Psalm 63:11,1

Epistle: The Reading from the Acts of the Apostles. (12:1-11)

(For St. George)

In those days, Herod the king laid violent hands upon some who belonged to the church.  He killed James the brother of John with the sword; and when he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also.  This was during the days of Unleavened Bread.  And when he had seized him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending after the Passover to bring him out to the people.  So Peter was kept in prison; but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the Church.  The very night when Herod was about to bring him out, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries before the door were guarding the prison; and behold, an angel of the Lord appeared, and a light shone in the cell; and he struck Peter on the side and woke him, saying, “Get up quickly.”  And the chains fell off his hands.  And the angel said to him, “Wrap your mantle around you and follow me.”  And he went out and followed him; he did not know that what was done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision.  When they had passed the first and the second guard, they came to the iron gate leading into the city.  It opened to them of its own accord, and they went out and passed on through one street; and immediately the angel left him.  And Peter came to himself, and said, “Now I am sure that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from the hand of Herod and from all that the Jewish people were expecting.”

Gospel: The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John. (20:19-31)

 (For Thomas Sunday)

On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the Disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the Disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other Disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in His side, I will not believe.” Eight days later, His Disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. The doors were shut, but Jesus came and stood among them, and said, “Peace be with you.” Then He said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see My hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing.” Thomas answered Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen Me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.” Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the Disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His Name.

Divine Liturgy Variables

Priest alone at BEGINNING of the service: Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down Death by death; and upon those in the tombs, bestowing life!

People: Repeat twice.

The Entrance Hymn of Pascha

In the gathering places bless God the Lord, from the springs of Israel. Save us, O Son of God, Who art risen from the dead, who sing to Thee: Alleluia.

Apolytikion for Thomas Sunday  –  Tone 7

While the tomb was sealed, Thou didst shine forth from it, O Life. While the doors were closed, Thou didst come in to Thy Disciples, O Christ God, Resurrection of all, renewing in us through them an upright spirit, according to the greatness of Thy mercy.

Apolytikion for St. George – Tone 4

Since thou art a liberator and deliverer of captives, a help and support of the poor and needy, a healing physician of the sick, a contender and fighter for kings, O great among Martyrs, the victory-clad George; intercede with Christ God for the salvation of our souls.

Kontakion of Pascha – Tone 8

Thou didst descend into the tomb, O Immortal. Thou didst destroy the pow’r of Death. In Victory didst Thou arise, O Christ God, proclaiming rejoice to the myrrh-bearing women: Granting peace to Thine Apostles, and bestowing  Resurrection on the fallen.

Megalynarion forThomas Sunday – Tone 1

O most radiant lamp, the Theotokos, the immeasurable honor, which is more exalted than all creatures, with praises do we magnify thee.

Koinonikon (Communion Hymn) of  Thomas Sunday – (Psalm 147:1)

Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem; praise thy God, O Zion. Alleluia.

ORDER OF THE GREAT DISMISSAL

Priest alone:  Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down Death by death…

People:            … and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!

Holy Pascha Eve and Holy Pascha Sunday

Saturday and Sunday, April 15-16, 2017

Great and Holy Pascha

 Visitors, Fr. Peter Jon and the entire parish welcome you today.

Please be our guest at the services and at all activities here at All Saints.

As you arrive for the 10pm service: Take your prepared baskets and colored eggs to the place reserved for them near the iconostasis.  If you are sharing colored eggs, there is a basket in which to place them.

Saturday Night begins with Rush when we receive the Light in the darkened church and then  go in Procession outside, around the church singing of Christ’s Holy Resurrection. After we learn the identity of the King of Glory, we enter into the now brightly lighted church.   Matins begins with beautiful hymns and readings. Christ is Risen is our proclamation. Then the Divine Liturgy continues with the joy of His Resurrection. The evening concludes with a light festive meal.

Nourishment of the Soul: “You make up a chorus, so that joined together in harmony and having received the godly strain in unison, you might sing in one voice through Christ to the Father, so that He might hear you and recognize you through your good deeds as members of His Son.” – St. Ignatius

Food for Hungry People Program: Make checks payable to All Saints, and we will send one check after Holy Pascha.

Agape Sunday: You are all invited to come to Great Vespers at noon to hear the Holy Gospel proclaimed in many languages. Then as we sing Christ is Risen from the Dead, we visit the Empty Tomb in procession. Afterward, the children rush with joy to gather colorful eggs on the lawn. Then the pitch-in meal concludes the afternoon. Christ is Risen! Indeed, He is Risen!

Pascha Greetings from both His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH and  His Grace,  Bishop ANTHONY have been inserted in today’s bulletin. They can be found at antiochian.org and at the Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest if you search!

Soon, you will see the long awaited changes being made to the property and to the building!

Receiving the Eucharist: We invite you to receive the Holy Eucharist if you are an Orthodox Christian who has prepared yourself through fasting, prayer, and recent confession.  If you are not Orthodox, or are Orthodox but  have not prepared, we invite you to receive a piece of the blessed bread in the wooden bowls held by the altar servers at the front of the church.

THE PASCHAL AGAPE GOSPEL for Sunday

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint John (20:19-25).

On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the Disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the Disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.

Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent Me, even so I send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other Disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in His side, I will not believe.”

BRIGHT WEEK

The Paschal Office may be read in your homes.

Find it listed at www.antiochian.org under Online Liturgical Guide.

Sunday, April 16: Agape Great Vespers at noon; Procession to the Empty Tomb; Egg Hunt; Festive pitch-in dinner on Holy Pascha

Thursday, April 20: Bible Study at Becky’s home – 3:00 – 5:00

Saturday, April 22: Great Vespers at 5:00

Sunday, April 23: Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00

FAMILY NOTES

Birthday Greetings: Gabriella C (20th)

Memory Eternal:  Dale; David; Albert (Alex John) Alexander – 4th); Met. Elia

Prayer List: Patricia; Stephanie; Adrian (Olga’s brother); Cathy; Ken William, Kenny;“For the suffering Christians of Syria, Egypt; Palestine, Iraq, & all of the Middle East, and for those suffering in Ukraine.”; Fr. Steven Rudy (cancer); Finley (infant girl child with stroke and spasms-Improved); Fr. Basil; Fr. Philip;  Grant (Leukemia); Chris; Doug & Dorothy Barrett; Eileen; the Tabbals; Mary Ann & Jen; Dee and Don;  Kh.Kristina; Betsy and Hannah; Leslie (paralysis); Jasmine; Deborah & Thomas; James; Becky H; Tom; Annie; Catherine; Janett;  Julian; Kh. Mary Sue Walker; Vicki; Hoppes &  Jesse Brandow (Missionaries); Vivian; Natalie; Senior Saints; Patricia; Nicetas; Barb; Shirley; Metropolitan Paul, Archbishop John; Fr. John Koen; Archpriest George; Heather; Susan; Gabriella & Matt; Sara; Shelley; Geni; Emily D; Emma; Nancy; Neal; Bob R;  Leanne; Beth; Lillian; Julie; Roger; Virginia; Marilyn; Eric; Cheryl; Lori; Pam; Debbie; Natasha; Michael & Shelley: Gabriel; Mary; Janet; Kelly; Matushka Raisa; Marty; Charles; Mary; Marvin, Alice; Katie; Ruth; Steve; Romaine; Derek, Claire & Micah; Tim; Sharon; Sherri; Dianna; Michael and Diane; Aaron; Brent; Jennifer; Brigid; Ethan; Lena, Dean; Gayle; Thomas; Amy; Heidi; Gene & Connie, Caleb D; Megan & Colin; Bill & Sandy; Sabrina; Christy O; David & Loretta

Holy Week 2017

As we approach Holy Pascha, here are some details that may interest you.

 Donations of Lilies should be brought to the social hall by Saturday morning. Decoration of the church is done from noon through the afternoon. If you would like to make a contribution to the flower fund in honor of a loved one or as a memorial, please give the donation at any time this week. Give Father the names to be prayed for.

 Food for Hungry People donations can be made to the church, and they will be sent after Pascha.

 Great and Holy Wednesday Evening, April 12th – The Holy Unction Service at 6 pm

James 5:13-16 “Is there anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is any cheerful? Let him sing praise.  Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in  the name of the Lord…”  Baptized and Chrismated Orthodox Christians will be anointed with holy oil.

Great and Holy Thursday Morning, April 13th – St. Basil’s Vesperal Liturgy at 9am.

The Mystical Supper – Following Christ’s example, Fr. Peter Jon will wash the feet of those who are present.

Great and Holy Thursday Evening, April 13th – The Reading of the Twelve Gospels at 6pm

Troparion: “While the glorified Disciples, being illuminated at the evening washing, Judas of evil worship, was stricken and darkened with the love of the silver.  And unto lawless judges, O righteous Judge, he delivered and surrendered Thee…” Christ is nailed to the Holy Cross.

Great and Holy Friday Morning, April 14th – The Reading of the Royal Hours at 9am.

Great and Holy Friday Noon, April 14th -Decoration of the Holy Bier by children.

Great and Holy Friday at 3pm – Great Vespers

Great and Holy Friday at 6pm – Service of Lamentation for Christ

Great and Holy Friday – All Night Vigil of reading from the Psalms. You are invited to come throughout the night until morning.

Great and Holy Saturday Morning, April 15th at 9am. Divine Liturgy

The deep purple vestments change to white as we approach Holy Pascha in the evening service.

Great and Holy Pascha Eve Services, April 15th at 10pm – Rush, Matins, and the Resurrection Liturgy

Throughout the service, we will joyously chant and sing “Christ is Risen from the Dead, Trampling Down Death by Death and upon those in the Tombs, bestowing Life!”

…Bring Pascha baskets to the front of the nave. These will be blessed near the end of the service. (Typically baskets include cheese, meat, eggs, wine, bread and other dairy or festive foods which have been abstained from during Great Lent) These are either taken home after the blessing and eaten in the days following Pascha, or they may be shared with family or friends later in the evening.

A break-the-fast meal is provided by the church at the end of the service (deli meats and cheese and a few side dishes.  You may add specialties to this faire, but we hope to keep clean-up to a minimum.)

Agape Sunday, April 16th  at Noon – Great Vespers includes the reading of the  Holy Gospel from John 20:19-25 in many languages.

There is then a Procession to the Empty Tomb; the Egg Hunt  is on the lawn. The eggs have been prepared, the children quickly put the eggs in baskets we provide, but they may also bring their own basket.  Then the Great Feast is spread with your many pitch-in dishes.  Jan G. is providing two baked hams, but everything else is donated.

 

Lazarus Saturday & Palm Sunday April 8-9, 2017


Lazarus Saturday morning Chrismation and Liturgy followed by a workday to prepare for Palm Sunday.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Feast of Palm Sunday

Entrance of Our Lord Jesus Christ into Jerusalem

**Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom**

 Visitors, bring your friends to Holy Week and Great and Holy Pascha.

 Nourishment of the Soul: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.” (Deuteronomy 6:5–8).

We offer our love and prayers for Cathy Alexander at the passing of her beloved husband Alex John.

Food for Hungry People Program: Make checks payable to All Saints, and we will send one check after Holy Pascha.

Volunteers Needed: Sometime during Holy Week,  fill plastic eggs for the Egg Hunt (we have the candy) and  fill luminaries for the candlelight procession on Pascha Eve (we have the materials);On Pascha Eve place luminaries on the lawn around 9:15;On Agape Sunday to put plastic eggs on the lawn during the Procession to the Empty Tomb; Pitch-in foods on Agape Sunday.

Agape Sunday: Readers in various languages are needed. Please see Charles Coats.

 Egg Dye and Egg Wraps are in the hallway. Prepare your Pascha Baskets this week and bring them to the Saturday Night Service to be blessed by Fr. Peter Jon.

Receiving the Eucharist: We invite you to receive the Holy Eucharist if you are an Orthodox Christian who has prepared yourself through fasting, prayer, and recent confession.  If you are not Orthodox, or are Orthodox but  have not prepared, we invite you to receive a piece of the blessed bread in the wooden bowls held by the altar servers at the front of the church.

HOLY WEEK

Bring donations of lilies to the Social Hall this week to be used to decorate for Pascha.

Sunday Evening, April 9: Evening Bridegroom Service at 5pm

Monday, April 10 Presanctified Liturgy at 9am ; Evening Bridegroom Service at 6pm

 Tuesday, April 11: Presanctified Liturgy at 9am ; Evening Bridegroom Service at 6pm Wednesday, April 12: Presanctified Liturgy at 9am; Evening Service of Holy Unction at 6pm  

Thursday, April 13: St. Basil’s Divine Liturgy and Foot-washing at 9am; Evening Reading of the Twelve Gospels at 6pm

Friday, April 14:  Reading of the Royal Hours and Typica at 9am; Noon Decorating the Bier by children; Great Vespers at 3 pm; Lamentations and Procession with the Bier at 6pm  – All Night Vigil

Saturday Morning, April 15: Great and Holy Saturday Divine Liturgy at 9am

Saturday Evening, April 15: Holy Pascha Service of Rush, Matins & Holy Resurrection at 10pm – Break-the-Fast light meal around midnight.

Sunday, April 16 at Noon: Holy Pascha – Agape Service of Reading the Gospel in many languages; Procession to the Empty Tomb; Egg Hunt for kids; Pitch-in Festal meal

LOOKING AHEAD

Bright Week – The Paschal Office may be read in your homes.

Find it listed at www.antiochian.org under Online Liturgical Guide.

FAMILY NOTES

Anniversary Memories: Daniel & Gala M (14th)

Birthday Greetings: Marvin P (15th)

Name Day Blessings: Max W (St. Maximus – 9th); Subdn, Jon (St. John of Vilna – 14th)

Memory Eternal:  Dale; David; Albert (Alex John) A – 4th)

Prayer List: Hal; Stephanie; Adrian (Olga’s brother); Cathy;“For the suffering Christians of Syria, Palestine, Iraq, & all of the Middle East, and for those suffering in Ukraine.”; Fr. Steven Rudy (cancer); Finley (infant girl child with stroke and spasms-Improved); Fr. Basil; Fr. Philip;  Grant (Leukemia); Chris; Doug & Dorothy Barrett; Eileen; the Tabbals; Mary Ann & Jen; Dee and Don;  Kh.Kristina; Betsy and Hannah; Leslie (paralysis); Jasmine; Deborah & Thomas; James; Becky H; Tom; Annie; Catherine; Janett;  Julian; Kh. Mary Sue Walker; Vicki; Hoppes &  Jesse Brandow (Missionaries); Vivian; Natalie; Senior Saints; Patricia; Nicetas; Barb; Shirley; Metropolitan Paul, Archbishop John; Fr. John Koen; Archpriest George; Heather; Susan; Gabriella & Matt; Sara; Shelley; Geni; Emily D; Emma; Nancy; Neal; Bob R;  Leanne; Beth; Lillian; Julie; Roger; Virginia; Marilyn; Eric; Cheryl; Lori; Pam; Debbie; Natasha; Michael & Shelley: Gabriel; Mary; Janet; Kelly; Matushka Raisa; Marty; Charles; Mary; Marvin, Alice; Katie; Ruth; Steve; Romaine; Derek, Claire & Micah; Tim; Sharon; Sherri; Dianna; Michael and Diane; Aaron; Brent; Jennifer; Brigid; Ethan; Lena, Dean; Gayle; Thomas; Amy; Heidi; Gene & Connie, Caleb D; Megan & Colin; Bill & Sandy; Sabrina; Christy O

The Palm Sunday Letter from His Grace, Metropolitan JOSEPH has been inserted in today’s bulletin at the church.  

 Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings

Prokeimenon: “Blessed is He Who comes in the Name of the Lord..”

Verse: “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;  His mercy endures forever.” Psalm 117:26,1

Epistle: The Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul the Philippians. (4:4-9)

Brethren, rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let all men know your forbearance. The Lord is at hand. Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, these do; and the God of peace will be with you.

Gospel: The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John. (12:1-18)

Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus who had died was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. There they made Him a supper; Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at table with Him. Mary took a pound of costly ointment of pure nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped His feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment. But Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, one of His Disciples (he who was to betray Jesus), said, “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” This he said, not because he cared for the poor but because he was a thief, and as he had the moneybox he used to take what was put into it. Jesus said, “Let her alone, let her keep it for the day of My burial. The poor you always have with you, but you do not always have Me.” When the great crowd of the Jews learned that He was there, they came, not only on account of Jesus but also to see Lazarus, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. So the chief priests planned to put Lazarus also to death, because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus. The next day a great crowd who had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying, “Hosanna! Blessed is He Who cometh in the Name of the Lord, the King of Israel!” And Jesus found a young donkey and sat upon it; as it is written, “Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt!” His Disciples did not understand this at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that this had been written of Him and had been done to Him. The crowd that had been with Jesus when He called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead bore witness. The reason why the crowd went to meet Jesus was that they heard He had done this sign.

Divine Liturgy Variables

The Second Antiphon

Refrain: Save us, O Son of God, Who didst sit upon the foal of a donkey, who sing to Thee. Alleluia.

The Entrance Hymn of Palm Sunday

Save us, O Son of God, Who didst sit upon the foal of a donkey; who sing to Thee. Alleluia.

Apolytikion of  Lazarus Saturday –  Tone 1

O Christ God, when Thou didst raise Lazarus from the dead, before Thy Passion, Thou didst confirm the universal resurrection. Wherefore, we, like children, carry the insignia of triumph and victory, and cry to Thee, O Vanquisher of death: Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is He Who cometh in the Name of the Lord.

Apolytikion of  Palm Sunday – Tone 4

O Christ God, when we were buried with Thee in Baptism, we became deserving of Thy Resurrection to immortal life. Wherefore, we praise Thee, crying: Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord.

Kontakion of Palm Sunday – Tone 6

Upborne upon the heavenly throne, and seated upon the earthly foal, O Christ our God, receive the praises of angels and the hymns of men, exclaiming before Thee: Blessed is He that cometh to restore Adam.

Megalynarion for Palm Sunday – Tone 4

God the Lord hath appeared unto us; let us celebrate the Feast, and let us rejoice and magnify Christ. With palms and branches let us raise our voices unto Him with praise, saying: Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord, our Savior.

Koinonikon (Communion Hymn for Palm Sunday – Tone 8

Blessed is He Who cometh in the Name of the Lord. Alleluia.

Procession: During the customary procession around the exterior of the church which follows “Blessed be the Name of the Lord”, the choir may sing the Apolytikia of Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday, “Rejoice, O Bethany” and the Trisagion Hymn.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Friday Evening Reminders

The final Akathiston of Great Lent at 6:00.

 An Invitation: The Webbs invite you to join the OCF students at a showing of the movie “Ostrov” (The Island) in their home on Friday March 31, following the Akathist prayers.  “Somewhere in Northern Russia in a small Russian Orthodox monastery lives an unusual man whose bizarre conduct confuses his fellow monks, while others who visit the island believe that the man has the power to heal, exorcise demons and foretell the future.” It is in Russian with English subtitles, and has won many awards, including best feature film in Russian in 2007. It is challenging spiritually and is beautifully crafted.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Fifth Sunday of Great Lent

Commemoration of our Righteous Mother Mary of Egypt

Venerable Titus the wonderworker; Virgin-martyr Theodora of Palestine;

Martyrs Amphianos and Aidesios of Lydia

Visitors, you are always welcome here.

 Nourishment of the Soul: “I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy.  I woke and I saw that life is all service; I served and I saw that service is joy.”- Kahlil Gibran

Tonight at 5:00:  Sunday, April 2: Lenten Vespers will be at St. Stephen’s in Indy, 1435 N. Medford.

Confession: Orthodox Christians come to confession during Great Lent. If you haven’t taken the opportunity for this Mystery of Healing yet this season, please contact Fr. Peter Jon to setup a time this week. Holy Week is very busy with services morning and night, so please plan to confess before Palm Sunday. If you need help preparing, father is happy to assist.

O101: The last O101 of the spring is on Wednesday.

Coffee Hour Foods: Contributors this Sunday are those whose last names start with A-Ba.

Food for Hungry People Program: Make checks payable to All Saints, and we will send one check after Holy Pascha.

 

Receiving the Eucharist: We invite you to receive the Holy Eucharist if you are an Orthodox Christian who has prepared yourself through fasting, prayer, and recent confession.  If you are not Orthodox, or are Orthodox but  have not prepared, we invite you to receive a piece of the blessed bread in the wooden bowls held by the altar servers at the front of the church.

Choir News: Today, April 2 is the last practice before Palm Sunday and Holy Week. Attendance is vital for those singing at Pascha.

 THIS WEEK

 Wednesday, April 5:  Presanctified Liturgy at 6:00 – O101 follows.

Thursday, April 6: Bible Study at Becky’s home with Kh. Marilyn leading –  3-5:00 pm

Friday, April 7:  Canon to St. Lazarus at 6:00

Saturday, April 8: Chrismation/ Liturgy at 10 am – Workday follows to prepare for Palm Sunday and  Holy Week . A light lunch is being provided.

Saturday, April 8: Great Vespers at 5:00

Sunday, April 9: Palm Sunday Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 – Procession with Palms/Branches

Sunday, April 9: The First Bridegroom Service of Holy Week at 5:00

 LOOKING AHEAD

 April 10-14: Holy Week -Sunday through  Friday-  there are services at 9am each morning and at

6 pm each evening, with the Friday afternoon service at 3pm.

April 15: Vesperal Liturgy at 9am with HOLY PASCHA service beginning at 10pm with meal around 1am

April 16: Pascha Day – Agape Great Vespers Service at Noon with procession, egg hunt, and festal meal

FAMILY NOTES

 Birthday Greetings: Brian O (2nd); Irene V-W (3rd); Jennifer R (5th)

Name Day Blessings: Zane N (St. Nicetas – 3rd); Pola M (St. Appolinaria 4th)

Memory Eternal:  Kristina (Feb.28th); Danny; David

 Prayer List: Hal, Alex John; Stephanie; Adrian (Olga’s brother);  “For the suffering Christians of Syria, Palestine, Iraq, & all of the Middle East, and for those suffering in Ukraine.”; Fr. Steven Rudy (cancer); Finley (infant girl child with stroke and spasms-Improved); Fr. Basil; Fr. Philip;  Grant (Leukemia); Chris; Doug & Dorothy Barrett; Eileen; the Tabbals; Mary Ann & Jen; Dee and Don;  Kh.Kristina; Betsy and Hannah; Leslie (paralysis); Jasmine; Deborah & Thomas; James; Becky H; Tom; Annie; Catherine; Janett;  Julian; Kh. Mary Sue Walker; Vicki; Hoppes &  Jesse Brandow (Missionaries); Vivian; Natalie; Senior Saints; Patricia; Nicetas; Barb; Shirley; Metropolitan Paul, Archbishop John; Fr. John Koen; Archpriest George; Heather; Susan; Gabriella & Matt; Sara; Shelley; Geni; Emily D; Emma; Nancy; Neal; Bob R;  Leanne; Beth; Lillian; Julie; Roger; Virginia; Marilyn; Eric; Cheryl; Lori; Pam; Debbie; Natasha; Michael & Shelley: Gabriel; Mary; Janet; Kelly; Matushka Raisa; Marty; Charles; Mary; Marvin, Alice; Katie; Ruth; Steve; Romaine; Derek, Claire & Micah; Tim; Sharon; Sherri; Dianna; Michael and Diane; Aaron; Brent; Jennifer; Brigid; Ethan; Lena, Dean; Gayle; Thomas; Amy; Heidi; Gene & Connie, Caleb D; Megan & Colin; Bill & Sandy; Sabrina; Christy O.   

Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings

Prokeimenon: “Make your vows to the Lord our God, and perform them.”

Verse: “God is known in Judah; His Name is great in Israel.” Psalm 75:11,1

Epistle: The Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Hebrews. (9:11-14)

Brethren, when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation), He entered once for all into the Holy Place, taking not the blood of goats and calves but His own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. For if the sprinkling of defiled persons with the blood of goats and bulls and with the ashes of a heifer sanctifies for the purification of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, Who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, purify your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

Gospel: The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark. (10:32-45)

At that time, Jesus took His twelve Disciples, and began to tell them what was to happen to Him, saying, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem. And the Son of man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn Him to death, and deliver Him to the Gentiles.  And they will mock Him, and scourge Him, and spit upon Him, and kill Him; and after three days He will rise.” And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to Him, and said to Him, “Teacher, we would that thou shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall desire” And Jesus said to them, “What do you want Me to do for you?” And they said to Him, “Grant us to sit, one at Thy right hand and one at Thy left, in Thy glory.” But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?” And they said to Him, “We are able.” And Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized. But to sit at My right hand or at My left is not Mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.” And when the ten heard it, they began to be indignant at James and John. And Jesus called them to Him and said to them, “You know that those who are supposed to rule over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be servant of all. For the Son of man also came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”

Divine Liturgy Variables

Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 8

From the heights Thou didst descend, O Compassionate One, and Thou didst submit to the three-day burial, that Thou might deliver us from passion; Thou art our life and our Resurrection, O Lord, glory to Thee.

Apolytikion of  St. Mary of Egypt –  Tone 8

Through thee, the divine likeness was securely preserved, O mother Mary; for thou didst carry the cross and follow Christ. By example and precept thou didst teach us to ignore the body, because it is perishable, and to attend to the concerns of the undying soul. Therefore, doth thy soul rejoice with the angels.

Kontakion for Ordinary Sundays – Tone 2

O Undisputed intercessor of Christians, O Mediatrix who is unrejected by the Creator; turn not away from the voice of our petitions, though we be sinners.  Come to us with aid in time, who cry unto thee in faith, for thou art good. Hasten to us with intercessions, O Theotokos, who didst ever intercede for those who honor thee.