Palm Sunday and Holy Pascha Preparation

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Feast of Palm Sunday

Entrance of Our Lord Jesus Christ into Jerusalem

Thought for Today: “Every night, no matter how tired you are, don’t miss resorting to Him. Pray on your knees or sitting down. And when you can, stand up. It doesn’t matter so much the attitude, it’s enough to pray. Give thanks to the Lord for the day that has passed, no matter how difficult it has been. Beg Him for a good night and ask forgiveness, with deep repentance for your mistakes. During the night, whenever you wake up for a while and before you fall back to sleep, pray as you are lying. That’s not bad. Instead, if you are able say a Psalm. In the midst of sleep you will remove all bad calculations that fight you at that time.” + St. Theophanis the Eclist

Food for Hungry People and Outreach, 2022 Campaign: FFHP is receiving donations for the Archdiocesan fund to support those in our country and around the world with food insecurity. You may make a donation to All Saints by Agape Sunday and we will send the composite donation to FFHP.

Coffee Hour on Palm Sunday: Hosts are Nina Rogers and Parishioners H-R.

Often there is great attendance so all are encouraged to contribute. Fish will be served on this festive day.

A warm welcome to those baptized/chrismated into the Holy Orthodox Faith this weekend…Welcome home!  John (Maximovitch) Allen; Ross (Archangel Uriel) Caton; Max (St. Maximus) Pitchkites; Vivian Margaret (Marina) Garletts (infant);  Heather (Rachel) Sherrod.

Lilies may be donated as Pascha decorations, beginning Wednesday. If you want the lily to be in honor of someone, please notify Father Peter Jon.

Festal Messages from His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH and His Grace Bishop ANTHONY were sent to parishioners in their weekly email.

HOLY WEEK begins with the first Bridegroom service tonight (Sunday) at 5pm.


Monday, April 18

  • Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts at 9:00
  • 2nd Bridegroom Orthros at 6:00

Tuesday, April 19

  • Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts at 9:00
  • 3rd Bridegroom Orthros at 6:00

Wednesday, April 20

  • Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts at 9:00
  • Holy Unction Service at 6:00

Thursday, April 21

  • Vesperal Liturgy for the Last Supper at 9:00 am
  • Twelve Passion Gospels at 6:00

Friday, April 22

  • The Royal Hours of Holy Friday at 9:00
  • Great Vespers of the Taking Down of Christ from the Cross at 3:00
  • Orthros with the Lamentations at 6:00
  • All Night Vigil  –  9pm to 9am

Saturday, April 23

  • Harrowing of Hades Liturgy at 9:00
  • Evening Pascha Service with Rush, Orthros and Divine Liturgy at 10:00
  • Break-the-Fast Meal (Foods are provided but edible contributions are welcome!)

Sunday, April 24

  • Agape Vespers at Noon with the reading of the Holy Gospel in many languages. (See Charles Coats NOW if you want to read.)
  • Procession to the Empty Tomb
  • Egg Hunt
  • Pascha Feast (Roasted Lamb will be provided; pitch-in foods are welcome.)

The liturgy for St. George will be celebrated Bright Monday at 10am with the blessing of the Mosaic of Saint George in the pavilion.


Refrain of the Second Antiphon: Save us, O Son of God, Who didst sit upon the foal of an ass, who sing to Thee. Alleluia.

Apolytikion of Palm Sunday – Tone 4

As by baptism we were buried with Thee, O Christ our God, so by Thy Resurrection we were deemed worthy of immortal life; and praising Thee, we cry: Hosanna in the highest; blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord.

Apolytikion of Lazarus Saturday – Tone 1

In confirming the common Resurrection, O Christ God, Thou didst raise up Lazarus from the dead before Thy Passion. Wherefore, we also, like the children, bearing the symbols of victory, cry to Thee, the Vanquisher of death: Hosanna in the highest; blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord.

Kontakion of Palm Sunday – Tone 6

Being borne upon a throne in Heaven, and upon a colt on the earth, O Christ God, Thou didst accept the praise of the angels and the laudation of the children as they cried to Thee: Blessed art Thou Who comest to recall Adam.

Megalynarion for Palm Sunday – Tone 4

God is the Lord and hath appeared unto us; ordain a feast, and  rejoicing, come let us magnify Christ with palms and branches, crying out with hymns: 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.


The Reading is from St. Paul’s Epistle to the Philippians. (4:4-9)

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

O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy endures forever.

                Brethren, rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice! Let your forbearance be known to all people. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your petitions be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are honorable, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there is any virtue, and if there is any praise, think about these things. The things which you both learned and received, and heard and saw in me, these things do; and the God of peace will be with you.

The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according 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 ass and sat upon it; as it is written, “Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on an ass’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.


May 27-30: Pilgrimage to Holy Dormition Monastery

If you would like to join the Webbs on a pilgrimage to Holy Dormition Monastery over Memorial Day weekend, please see the information and Sign up NOW on the Sheet on the Bulletin Board by the kitchen door. First come, first served, as there are limited spaces available. There will be a waiting list in case plans change for some people. + Thanks, Rhonda


Coffee Hour Reminders: First Sunday A-B; Second Sunday C-G; Third Sunday H-R; Fourth Sunday S-Z; Fifth Sunday All Pitch-in.

Birthday Celebrations: Gabriella C (20th); Alexander P(21st)

Blessed Name Day: Griffin F (St. George – 23rd); Georges T (St. George – 23rd)

Memory Eternal: Justin; Christopher Ryan; Natalie Ashanin

Prayer List: Josiah (hospitalized with life-threatening condition); Displaced Ukrainian refugees and those who remain in their war-torn country; Peace talks; our nation and all nations’ leaders; Vicki;Vicki’s granddaughter with pre-term baby’s death;Petroulla’s mother hospitalized with kidney failure (Cyprus); Hermione with child;Arianna Vician; Rhonda’s sister-in-law Judee with a kidney tumor;Wendy Elizabeth’s Aunt Helen (Covid-Pneumonia) and Uncle Bobby;Mary Ann; Linda; Steve Crandall; Fr. Athanasius; Jack;Christopher; schools: school children, youth and personnel across the nation; Nancy; Don and Dee; Fr. Jerome; Catherine; Anastasia with child; Bonnie Thelen; Wadia; Jayci; Patricia, Marvin, Alice; Michael; Olga; Eileen; Soren; Kitsa; Apthrodite and Angelos; Kim; Kristy, Dusty, Cari; Betsy, Josh; Allison;  Andrew and Isaac (Korea/military); Leanne; Heather; Nancy; Sharon Catherine; Lexi, Ross and Vivian; Theo; Doug; Jeremy; Marcia & Deacon; Elias; Waded; Seraphima; Lilly’s family; Jennifer; Christy