Sunday, April 29, 2018
Fourth Sunday of Pascha
Sunday of the Paralytic
Apostles Jason and Sosipater of the Seventy; Martyr Kerkyra of Corfu; John the New Almsgiver, Metropolitan of Thebes; Martyr John of Romania; Basil of Ostrog, Metropolitan of Zakhum in Serbia
Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down Death by death;
and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!
If you are visiting, we warmly welcome you
and invite you to join us during the social hour, following Divine Liturgy.
Nourishment of the Soul: “Sin, to one who loves God, is nothing other than an arrow from the enemy in battle. The true Christian is a warrior fighting his way through the regiments of the unseen enemy to his heavenly homeland. According to the word of the Apostles, our homeland is in heaven; and about the warrior he says: “our warfare is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers of wickedness under heaven”(Ephesians 6:12). – St. Herman of Alaska
Coffee Hour: Scheduled contributors this Sunday are those whose last names start with I-Z; however you may contribute as you are able.
Graduating/Traveling? If you are graduating from high school or the university, please let Father Peter Jon know. Also, Father would like to say travel prayers for all students going home for the summer, so please tell either him or the Webbs of your plans.
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.
Special Anointing: During their travels, the Gillquist family was blessed to venerate the miraculous myrrh-exuding icon of the Theotokos from Taylor, Pennsylvania. Fr. Peter Jon brought home some heavenly oil and will be anointing all who desire it after the Divine Liturgy.
On May 3rd at 7:00PM and May 5th at 5:30PM, Christian, Nina, and Gregory Gillquist will be performing in The Rest of the West, a side-splitting Western comedy, with their homeschool theatre group. It will take place at the Warehouse (1525 S. Rogers St.). Tickets ($5-$7) will be sold at the door. All are warmly encouraged to come!
Myrrh Bearers will not meet today. The May meeting is also cancelled since Pentecost and Memorial Day weekend occur on the scheduled date.
Wednesday, May 2: Daily Vespers at 6:00
Thursday, May 3: Bible Study at Becky’s home 3:00 – 5:00
Saturday, May 5: Great Vespers at 5:00
Sunday, May 6: Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00
…Mother’s Day – May 13th
…Holy Ascension – May 17th
…Parish Council Meeting – May 20th
…Akathist to the Protection of the Theotokos – May 25th
…Holy Pentecost – May 27th
…All Saints Feast Day – June 3rd
Birthday Celebration: Ephrem A (30th); Kelly S (4th)
Name Day Remembrance: Ava R (St. Ava – 29th); Irene W ( Great Martyr Irene – 5th)
Memory Eternal: Gladys; Betty; Archpriest John
Prayer List: Paul; Caden, Dylan & Maddie; Marvin & Alice; Cathy; Kh. Kristina; Sitto; Elias; Waded; Neva; Bill; Lonnie; Fr. George; Iva Lee & Jim; Adrian T; Nancy & Shalayna; Rigsby family; those suffering in the drug crisis in the USA; Safety in our Schools; Metropolitan Paul, Archbishop John
Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings
Prokeimenon: “Sing praises to our God, sing praises.”
Verse: “Clap your hands, all you nations.” Psalm 46:6,1
Epistle: The Reading is from the Acts of the Apostles. (9:32-42)
In those days, as Peter went here and there among them all, he came down also to the saints that lived at Lydda. There he found a man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden for eight years and was paralyzed. And Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; rise and make your bed.” And immediately he rose. And all the residents of Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord. Now there was at Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which means Dorcas. She was full of good works and acts of charity. In those days she fell sick and died; and when they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him entreating him, “Please come to us without delay.” So Peter rose and went with them. And when he had come, they took him to the upper room. All the widows stood beside him weeping, and showing tunics and other garments, which Dorcas made while she was with them. But Peter put them all outside and knelt down and prayed; then turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, rise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. And he gave her his hand and lifted her up. Then calling the saints and widows he presented her alive. And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.
Gospel: The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. John. (5:1-15)
At that time, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Hebrew called Bethsaida, which has five porticoes. In these lay a multitude of invalids, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool and troubled the water; whoever stepped in first, after the troubling of the water was healed of whatever disease he had. One man was there, who had been ill for 38 years. When Jesus saw him and knew that he had been lying there a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is troubled, and while I am going another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your pallet, and walk.” And at once the man was healed, and he took up his pallet and walked. Now that day was the Sabbath. So the Jews said to the man who was cured, “It is the Sabbath, it is not lawful for you to carry your pallet.” But he answered them, “The man who healed me said to me, ‘Take up your pallet, and walk.’” They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take up your pallet, and walk’?” Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place. Afterward, Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse befalls you.” The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus Who had healed him.
Divine Liturgy Variables
The Third Antiphon
+ Let God arise, and let His enemies be scattered, and let them that hate Him flee from before His face.
Refrain: Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death; and upon those in the tombs, bestowing life!
+ As smoke vanisheth, so let them vanish; as wax melteth before the fire. (Refrain)
+ So let sinners perish at the presence of God, and let the righteous be glad. (Refrain)
+ This is the day which the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Refrain)
Eisokikon (Entrance Hymn) of Pascha
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 3
Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad, for the Lord hath done a mighty act with His own arm. He hath trampled down death by death, and become the first-born from the dead. He hath delivered us from the depths of Hades, granting the world the Great Mercy.
Kontakion of Pascha – Tone 8
Thou didst descend into the tomb, O Immortal. Thou didst destroy the pow’r of death. In victory didst Thou arise, O Christ God, proclaiming: “Rejoice!” to the Myrrh-Bearing women, granting peace to Thine apostles, and bestowing resurrection on the fallen
Megalynarion for Pascha – Tone 1
The angel cried to the lady full of grace, Rejoice, rejoice, O pure Virgin; again I say, Rejoice; your Son is risen from His three days in the tomb. With Himself, He has raised all the dead. Rejoice, Rejoice, all ye people! Shine, shine, shine, O New Jerusalem; the glory of the Lord hath shone on you. Exult and be glad, O Zion! Be radiant, O pure Theotokos, in the Resurrection of your Son.
Koinonikon (Communion Hymn) of Pascha
Receive ye the body of Christ; taste ye the immortal Fountain. Alleluia.