Palm Sunday, April 24, 2016

Sunday, April 24, 2016

The Feast of Palm Sunday

Entrance of Our Lord Jesus Christ into Jerusalem

We warmly welcome you to All Saints.

Nourishment of the Soul: “A tree is known by its fruit, a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love..”  – St. Basil the Great

 Flower Fund Donations: As you will see, many palms and flowers will decorate our services in these Holy Days.  Please donate  your cash or checks if you are able to participate in this blessing and expense. If you want to have loved ones remembered with your donations, please submit a list.

Presanctified Liturgies: Many thanks to all who provided food or clean up during Great Lent.

 Refugee Packet Donations through OCMC: 11 toothbrushes and 20 hand towels are still needed.

May 1-8: Please turn in donations to Food for Hungry People, payable to All Saints.

 May 3-13: Father Peter Jon and Family are traveling.

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.

Birthday Greetings: Elizabeth A (24th); Paul B (24th); Lesya R (27th); Noah S (28th); Ephrem Al (30th)

Name Day Blessing: Elizabeth A (St. Elizabeth of Constantinople – 24th); Valeria VH (28th)

Memory Eternal: Hendrix Steele (23rd); Shaylyn (22nd); Cathy (27th); Nassif Saliba (30th)


All morning services except Friday are liturgies.

All evening services are not liturgies except for Saturday’s Celebration of Holy Pascha.

Sunday, Evening, April 24: Bridegroom Orthros at 5:00

Monday Morning, April 25: Presanctified Liturgy at 9:00

Monday, Evening, April 25: Bridegroom Orthros (Matins) at 6:00


Tuesday Morning,  April 26: Presanctified Liturgy at 9:00

Tuesday Evening, April, 26:  Bridegroom Orthros (Matins) at 6:00

Wednesday Morning, April 27: Presanctified Liturgy at 9:00

Wednesday Evening, April 27: Holy Unction Service at 6:00

Thursday Morning, April 28: Vesperal Liturgy of the Last Supper and Foot Washing at 9:00

Thursday Evening, April 28: Service of the Reading of the 12 Passion Gospels at 6:00

Friday Morning, April 29: Royal Hours at 9:00

Friday, Noon, April 29: Children decorate the Holy Bier with April Blair

Friday, Afternoon, April 29:  Lowering the Holy Cross – Great Vespers at 3:00

Friday Evening, April 29: Service of Lamentations at 6:00

Saturday Morning, April 30: Vesperal Liturgy at 9:00  

Saturday Noon, April 30: Decorating and Final Preparations

Saturday, Evening,  April 30: Rush, Matins and Divine Liturgy of  Great of Holy Pascha at 10:00

Saturday, Evening, April 30: About 1:00 a.m. — Break the Fast light meal in celebration – Christ is Risen!


Agape Sunday, May 1 at Noon: Great Vespers with the Gospel read in many languages;

Procession to the Empty Tomb; Egg Hunt and Pitch-In FeastChrist is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!

Bright Monday, May 2: St. George Divine  Liturgy at 10:00

Prayer List : “For the suffering Christians of Syria, Palestine, Iraq, & all of the Middle East, and for those suffering in the Ukraine.”   Leslie (paralysis); Jasmine; Deborah & Thomas; Amal; Iva.; John G; Anastasiya  Dudar’s family in Australia; 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; Those with child: Rachel B, Jessica with twins, Anastasia Hope, and Anastasiya D; 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: “ Blessed is He Who cometh in the Name of the Lord.”

Verse: ” O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy endures forever!”  Psalm 117:25,1

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

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.

Gospel: The Reading is 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 an ass.

The Eisodikon (Entrance Hymn) of Palm Sunday

Save us, O Son of God, Who didst sit upon the foal of an ass; 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 – Tone4

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.

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