May 3, 2020 – Third Sunday of Pascha

Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women,

Pious Joseph of Arimathaea & Righteous Nicodemus

Nourishment of the Soul: “Love for Christ is unlike anything else. It doesn’t end. You can’t have enough. It transmits life, gives strength, grants health, and keeps giving…and the more it gives, the more one wishes to fall in love. When we love Christ, all other loves recede. Other loves have a saturation point…Love for Christ doesn’t have one.” – St. Porphyrios the Kapsokalivite


We are still observing the directive with only 5 present during the services.

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Saturday, May 9: Great Vespers at 5:00

Sunday, May 10: Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 – Mother’s Day


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Sunday’s Epistle and Gospel Readings

The Reading is from the Acts of the Saintly and Pure Apostles. (6:1-7)

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

In those days, when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists murmured against the Hebrews because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. And the Twelve summoned the body of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brethren, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” And what they said pleased the whole multitude, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaos, a proselyte of Antioch. These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands upon them. And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.

The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark. (15:43-16:8)

At that time, Joseph of Arimathaea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the Kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus. And Pilate wondered if He were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether Jesus was already dead. And when he learned from the centurion that He was dead, he granted the body to Joseph. And he bought a linen shroud, and taking Him down, wrapped Him in the linen shroud, and laid Him in a tomb, which had been hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where He was laid. And when the Sabbath was passed, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices so that they might go and anoint Him. And very early on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?” And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back—it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, “Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, Who was crucified. He has risen, He is not here; see the place where they laid Him. But go, tell His Disciples and Peter that He is going before you to Galilee; there you will see Him, as He told you.” And they went out and fled from the tomb; for trembling and astonishment had come upon them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

Divine Liturgy Variables for Choir and Parish

The Eisodikon (Entrance Hymn) of Pascha (Usually sung by Fr. Peter Jon)

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.

Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 2

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.

Apolytikion of Joseph of Arimathaea – Tone 2

The noble Joseph, taking Thine immaculate Body down from the Tree, and having wrapped It in pure linen and spices, laid It for burial in a new tomb. But on the third day Thou didst arise, O Lord, granting to the world Great Mercy.

 Apolytikion of the Myrrh-Bearing Women – Tone 2

Unto the myrrh-bearing women did the Angel cry out as he stood by the grave: Myrrh-oils are meet for the dead, but Christ hath proved to be a stranger to corruption. But cry out: The Lord is risen, granting to the world Great Mercy.

All Saints Apolytikion – ‘Throughout the World’…

Kontakion of Pascha – Tone 8

Though Thou didst descend into the tomb, O Immortal; Thou didst destroy the power of Death, and in victory didst Thou arise, O Christ God, proclaiming  rejoice to the myrrh-bearing women, granting  peace to Thine Apostles, and granting resurrection to the fallen.

The Megalynarion for Pascha- Tone 1

The Angel cried to the Lady, full of grace: Rejoice, rejoice, O pure Virgin. Again I say, rejoice;  Son hath risen from His three days in the tomb. With Himself, He has raised all the dead. Rejoice, rejoice, O ye people.

Shine, shine, shine,  O new Jerusalem,  the glory of the Lord hath shown upon thee. Exult now, exult and be glad, O Zion; Be radiant,  O pure Theotokos, in the resurrection, the resurrection of Your Son.

Koinonikon (Communion Hymn) of Pascha – Tone 8

Receive ye the body of Christ; taste ye the Fountain of immortality.

Instead of “We have seen the true light,” sing “Christ is Risen”

Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!








(Please note that Fr. Peter sings the first line with the parish joining on the last line;

after that all sing together.)

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

People: and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!

Priest: Christ is risen!

People: Truly He is risen! (3X)

Priest: Glory to His Third-day Resurrection!

People: We adore His Third-day Resurrection!


Anniversary Blessings: Fr. Seraphim & Kh. Paraskeva – 5th)

Birthday Greetings: Kelly S (4th); Fiona Rose (6th); Kh. Marilyn (9th)

Name Day Blessing: Irene Vlachos-W (5th – Great Martyr Irene); Scott K (9th – St. Christopher); Today: Our women, the Myrrh Bearers

Memory Eternal: Pastor Rick; infant Sam; Doris Finchum; Esther Murphy

Prayer List: Friends of Petroulla in Greece (Aphrodite and son Angelos); James Finchum’s family at his mother’s passing; Adam; Eileen; Violet (Vicki’s granddaughter’s baby); Beth & Bobby Lewis (Caleb’s parents with the virus); Kim; Dusty; Betsy; Allison; Robin; Doris Finchum; Mary Ann; Vicki;  Mat. Raisa; Kaylie and infant Oliver; Catherine with child; Rebekah with child; Amanda Hermione with child; Nikki with child;  Isaac in Air Force; Fr. Marc; Kh.Vanessa & Anthony Kinder; Fr. George; Fr. Basil & Kh. Cana; Judith Ann; George; Dee; Catherine (not in this parish); Michael & Olga; Leanne; Heather;Nancy; Sharon Catherine; Alice & Marvin; Kh. Kristina; Bonnie; Emma; Patricia; Mary & Robert;Shirley; Rose; Lexi, Ross & Vivian; Theo; Doug Barrett;Jeremy; Charles; Grayson; Cleo; Marcia & Deacon; Nick;Bruce; Joanna & Demetrios;Ashlee W; Paul; Cathy; Sitto; Elias; Waded; Neva; Bill; Lonnie; Nancy & Shalayna; Seraphima; Lilly’s family; Jennifer & Regina; those suffering in the drug crisis, with fire devastation, flood damage, and earthquake damage; those suffering in the Middle East; our nation; world-wide coronavirus outbreak.