April 19, 2015

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Sunday of St. Thomas (New Sunday)

Saints of the Day: Hieromartyr Paphnoutius of Jerusalem; Tryphon, patriarch of Constantinople; Venerable Martyr Agathangelos of Espigmenou monastery on Athos; Venerable Simeon of Philotheou monastery on Athos; Venerable John of Old Lavra in Palestine

Visitors, you are always welcome at All Saints.

 Let us pray to the Lord: “For the suffering Christians of Syria, Palestine, Iraq, & all of the Middle East, and for those suffering in the Ukraine.”

Nourishment of the Soul: “There will come a time when not the persecutions but money and the goods of this world will take people far from God. Then many more souls will be lost than in the time of the persecutions. On the one hand, they will be putting gold on the domes and will put the crosses on them and, on the other hand, everywhere evil and falsehood will reign. The true Church will always be persecuted. They who want to be saved will be saved with illnesses and afflictions. The way in which the persecutions will occur will be very sly and it will be very difficult for one to foresee the persecutions. Dreadful will be that time; I pity those who will be living then.” — St. Seraphim of Viritsa,  The New Saint of the Russian Church

Holy Week Books at $35: If you would like to have your own copy of the  Holy Week book in preparation for next year, please tell Marcia this week. She will be placing an order soon.

Congratulations to Kathleen & Claudio Perez at the birth of their 9 1/2 pound son on Bright Monday.

Introducing Marah Louise who officially bears the name of her parents Adrian and Catherine PolitNext Sunday she will be baptized during Matins. Following Divine Liturgy, the Myrrh Bearers will  sponsor a time of celebration for  this long awaited event. The church family is invited  to join the Polits by giving congratulatory cards or gift cards from Kroger, Target, or BloomingFoods.

Dear All Saints Family,  we would like to thank all of you for your support in sending us to camp this year.  It has alleviated the financial burden considerably. We look forward to meeting up with friends and camp clergy this summer!  We know we will have many wonderful experiences and stories to share when we return home. – With Love, SOYO Campers

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 at noon in Father’s office.


Tuesday, April 21: Trisagion Prayers at All Saints Cemetery at 11:00

Wednesday, April 22: There will be NO DAILY VESPERS HERE.

Wednesday, April 22: St. George in Fishers–Hierarchical Liturgy and Feast Day Celebration of St. George the Trophy Bearer at 6:30 – Fellowship meal follows.

Saturday, April 25: Great Vespers at 5:00

Sunday, April 26: Baptism at 9:10 during Matins (8:50); Divine Liturgy at 10:00 – Myrrh Bearers meeting and coffee hour to honor the Polits at the adoption of Marah Louise

Happy Birthday: Gabriella Crandall (20); Elizabeth Arthur (24); Paul Blair (24); Maria Van Hoff (25)

Name Day: Griffin Finchum (23- St. George); Max Leininger (23- St. George); Elizabeth Arthur (24- St. Elizabeth of Constantinople)

Memory Eternal:  Fr.Thomas Hopko (18th); Phyllis Walker (21st)

 Prayer List: Julian; Fr. Gordon & Kh. Mary Sue Walker (both in ill health); Vicki Gans; Kh. Marilyn; Jean Foley & Laham family (lung cancer – friends of Lloyd & Barbara George); Hoppe & Moore Families (OCMC Missionaries); Vivian Orfanos; Natalie; Senior Saints; Ioana; Patricia; Marianne (Stephanie’s friend); Dee; Galina; John G; Nicetas; Barb; Shirley; Metropolitan Paul, Archbishop John; Kh. Loretta; Fr. John Koen; Archpriests Roman, George & Stephen; Krystal & Jason; Adrian; Heather; Susan; Gabriella & Matt; Sara; Shelley; Fr. Moses Berry; Geni; Frank & Becky Hrisomalos; Those with child: (Kh. Kristina, Mary; Brooke (Theckla); Elizabeth, and Gabriella); Noah; Emily D; Emma; Kim; Nancy; Neal; Lyuda; Bob R; Alex; John; Leanne; Beth; Lillian; Julie; Roger; Virginia McCallister; Marilyn; Eric; Cheryl; Lori; Pam; Debbie; Natasha; Michael & Shelley:  Gabriel; Mary; Doug; Janet; Kelly; Matushka Raisa; John C; Marty; Charles; Eileen; Mary; Marvin, Alice; Katie; Deborah; Ruth; Steve; Kevin; Romaine; Derek, Claire & Micah; Tim; Preston; Sharon; Sherri; Dianna; Michael and Diane; Aaron; Brent; Jennifer; Brigid; Caleb; Dennis & Joyce; Ethan; Lena, Dean; Gayle; Thomas; Amy; Heidi; Gene & Connie; Cathi

 Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings                                           

Prokeimenon: “Great is our Lord, and great is His strength.”

Verse: “Praise ye the Lord, for the Lord is good!”  Psalm 146:5;134:3

Epistle: The Reading is from the Acts of the Holy Apostles. (5:12-20)

             IN THOSE DAYS, many signs and wonders were done among the people by the hands of the Apostles; and they were all with one accord in Solomon’s porch.  None of the rest dared to join them, but the people magnified them.  And more than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women, so that they even carried out the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and pallets, that as Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on some of them.  The people also gathered from the cities around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those afflicted with unclean spirits, and they were all healed.  But the chief priest rose up and all who were with him, that is, the sect of the Sadducees, and filled with jealousy they laid their hands on the Apostles and put them in the common prison.  But at night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out and said: “Go and stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this Life.”

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

             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

Apolytikion of 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 into Thy Disciples, O Christ God, Resurrection of all, renewing in us through them an upright spirit, according to the greatness of Thy mercy.

Kontakion of Pascha – Tone 8

Thou didst descend into the tomb, O Immortal. Thou didst destroy the power  of death; in victory didst Thou arise, O Christ God, proclaiming Rejoice to the Myrrhbearing women, granting peace toThine Apostles, and bestowing resurrection on the fallen.

 Megalynarian (instead of It Is Truly Meet)

O most radiant lamp, the Theotokos, the immeasurable honor which is more exalted than all creatures, with praise do we magnify thee. (words may vary)

 Communion Hymn

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


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