May 8, 2016

Sunday, May 8, 2016

New Sunday or Anti-Pascha

Sunday of Thomas the Apostle, Called ‘The Twin’

Synaxis of the Apostle and Evangelist, John the Theologian

Venerable Arsenios the Great

We warmly welcome you to All Saints on Mother’s Day.

Nourishment of the Soul: “The truth of Christ is clear as day: seek and ye shall find. Help from above is always ready for the sincere seeker.” – St. Theophan the Recluse

 Deacon Lawrence will serve the Eucharistic Typica this morning.  The service is shorter than a regular Divine Liturgy, but you will hear hymns for Thomas Sunday and the Readings. The order of the service will differ from that of the usual Divine Liturgy as well, with Psalms being read throughout.

 Refugee Packet Donations through OCMC: This is the last Sunday to make your contributions. Especially needed are hand towels. 100 packets are almost ready for shipment. Thank you, April Blair, for organizing this urgent need, and thanks be to all who donated.

FFHP:  Please turn in donations to Food for Hungry People, payable to All Saints. Currently $236.36 has been collected.

 May14th,  Father Peter Jon returns from his travels.

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.

If you have not YET  looked at the Plans for the Future of All Saints, posted in the social hall, NOW IS THE TIME!


Wednesday, May 11: Reader Vespers at 6:00

Saturday, May 14: Great Vespers at 5:00

Sunday, May 15: Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 — Parish Council at noon


There is no Bible Study at Kh. Marilyn’s home on May 10th since she is traveling.

There is no Bedford-Mitchell Fellowship this week while Father travels.

…May 18: After Daily Vespers, Fr. Moses Berry will speak  on His Journey to Orthodoxy. He is Dorothy Berry’s father.

…Bible Study at Becky Hrisomalos’ home resumes with a study of the Epistle to the Ephesians from May 19th throughout June from 3-5pm each Thursday.

 Birthday Greetings: Kh. Marilyn (9th); Marina S (9th); Mariam Gt (10th); Teya T(12th); Trevor P (12th); Missy S (13th)

Name Day Blessing: Henry Dillard (St. Christopher-9th); Barbara Grinder (St. Isadora of Tabenna -10th);

Memory Eternal: Met. Constantine of Baghdad (20th); Kh. Mary Ellen Braun (30th); Zado (Lina Tabbal’s grandmother-29th); David Barrett (Subdn. Daniel’s brother-1st); Kevin (Stephanie’s friend)

Prayer List : “For the suffering Christians of Syria, Palestine, Iraq, & all of the Middle East, and for those suffering in the Ukraine.”   Betsy and Hannah (suffering depression); Leslie (paralysis); Jasmine; Deborah & Thomas; Amal; Iva.; John G; James; Alex John;  Jason; Steve D;  Dee; Becky H.; Alexis T. ;Tom;  Jake; Annie; Catherine; Janett; Jill; Kh. Kristina; Angie; Julian; Kh. Mary Sue Walker; Vicki; Hoppes in Albania,  Jesse Brandow in Guatemala (OCMC Missionaries); Vivian; Natalie; Senior Saints; Patricia; Dee H; Nicetas; Barb; Shirley; Metropolitan Paul, Archbishop John; Kh. Loretta; Fr. John Koen; Archpriests  George & Stephen; Adrian; Heather; Susan; Gabriella & Matt; Sara; Shelley; Geni; With child: Rachel B,; Emily D; Emma; Kim; Nancy; Neal; Lyuda; Bob R;  Leanne; Beth; Lillian; Julie; Roger; Virginia; 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   

Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings

 Prokeimenon: “ His sound has gone forth into all the earth. ”

Verse: “The heavens declare the glory of God!”  Psalm 18:4,1

 Epistle: The Reading is from the First Catholic Epistle of St. John. (1:1-7)

That which was from the beginning, that which we have heard, that which we have seen with our own eyes, that which we beheld, and which our hands handled, concerning the Word of Life – for the Life was manifested, and we have seen it, and testify to it, and proclaim to you the Eternal Life, which was with the Father, and was manifested to us–that which we have seen and heard we proclaim to you, that you also may have communion with us; and indeed our communion is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.  And we write these things to you, that our joy may be fulfilled.  And this is the proclamation which we have heard from Him and proclaim it to you: that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.  If we say that we have communion with Him and walk in darkness, we lie, and we do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light, as He is in the Light, we have communion with one another and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

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.

Typica Variables

“Christ is Risen from the dead…” (3 times  replaces “Holy God.”

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. John the Evangelist – Tone 2

O Apostle John, speaker of divinity, the beloved of Christ God, hasten and deliver thy people powerless in argument; for He on Whose bosom thou didst lean, accepteth thee as an intercessor. Beseech Him, therefore, to disperse the cloud of the stubborn nations, asking for us safety and the Great Mercy.

All Saints Troparion: “Throughout the world…”

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 to Thine Apostles, and bestowing resurrection on the fallen.

Only Begotten Son…

The Beatitudes…

More Honorable…

Blessed be the Name…

It isTruly Meet…(offering received)


Blessed is he that cometh…

Receive me today…

Prayers of Thanksgiving after Holy Communion: It is customary for all to participate in the post communion prayers, included in the service book. You may say them with the reader or silently.