Sunday, May 10, 2020 – Mother’s Day

Fourth Sunday of Pascha

Sunday of the Paralytic

Apostle Simon the Zealot; Venerable Laurence of Egypt

Nourishment of the Soul: “A thorn bush can never produce a fig. Just so, your heart can never be free from oppressive thoughts, words, and actions until it has purified itself internally. Be eager to walk this path. Watch your heart always. Constantly say the prayer: ‘Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me.’ Be humble. Set your soul in quietness.” – St. Hesychius the Priest

Happy Mother’s Day to all who bear this favored name.


While we are still observing recent directives for services, please anticipate receiving in the coming days an email from Fr. Peter Jon  that will outline  our plan for the incremental opening of the church.

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Saturday, May 16: Great Vespers at 5:00

Sunday, May 17: Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 

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Sunday’s Epistle and Gospel Readings

The Reading is from the Acts of the Saintly and Pure Apostles.  (9:32-42)

Sing praises to our God, sing praises. Clap your hands, all you nations.

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.

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 Bethesda, 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 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 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.

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!


Birthday Greetings: Mariam G (10th); Anthony G (12th); Teya T (12th); Missy S (13th); Howard W (14th)

Name Day Blessing: Barb G (St. Isadora of Tabenna -10th)

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.