Sunday, May 15, 2016
Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women,
Pious Joseph of Arimathea & Righteous Nicodemus
We warmly welcome you to All Saints.
Nourishment of the Soul: “From henceforth, during the time of this short earthly life, which Scripture has not even called ‘life,’ but rather ‘journeying,’ let us become acquainted with the saints. Do you want to belong to their society in heaven; do you want to be a partaker of their blessedness? From henceforth enter into association with them. When you go forth from the house of the body, then they will receive you to themselves as their own acquaintance, as their own friend (Luke 16:9).” — St. Ignatius Brianchaninov
Refugee Packet Donations through OCMC: 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 $706 has been collected.
Free Items in the hallway: A friend gave me new household items and electronic toddler toys to do with as I saw fit. Visit the table in the hallway and take what you or a friend could use. The items are free, but you may choose to donate to the Myrrh Bearers to help with their benevolent activities. The items will be on display this weekend only. Marcia
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.
Be certain to look at the plans for the future of All Saints that are posted in the social hall.
May 18: After Daily Vespers, Fr. Moses Berry will speak on his Journey to Orthodoxy. He is Dorothy Berry’s father. We met Dorothy’s mother recently; she will accompany him. A light meal will be served.
Wednesday, May 18: Daily Vespers at 6:00 – Meal with Fr. Moses Berry speaking.
Thursday, May 19: Kh. Marilyn leads a Bible study at Becky’s house from 3:00-5:00.
Saturday, May 21: Great Vespers at 5:00
Sunday, May 22: Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 – Parish Council meets.
…Bible Study at Becky Hrisomalos’ home continues with a study of the Epistle to the Ephesians during the rest of May and throughout June from 3-5pm each Thursday.
…June 9 – Holy Ascension — Fasting on Wednesdays and Fridays continues anew.
…June 19 – Holy Pentecost
…June 22-26 – Parish Life Conference of the Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest
…June 26 – All Saints Feast Day
…July 18-22 – Clergy Symposium at AV
Birthday Greetings: Caleb L (15th); Hannah G (18th)
Name Day Blessing: Lydia F (20th); Saraquel H (21st)
Memory Eternal: Kh. Mary Ellen Braun (30th); Zado (Lina Tabbal’s grandmother-29th); David Barrett (Subdn. Daniel’s brother-1st); Kevin; Christopher (10th)
Prayer List : “For the suffering Christians of Syria, Palestine, Iraq, & all of the Middle East, and for those suffering in the Ukraine.” John Griggs; Kh. Loretta; Amal H; Dee and Don; Kh.Kristina; Betsy and Hannah (suffering depression); Leslie (paralysis); Jasmine; Deborah & Thomas; Iva.; James; Alex John; Jason; Steve D; Becky H.; Alexis T. ;Tom; Jake; Annie; Catherine; Janett; Jill; Angie; Julian; Kh. Mary Sue Walker; Vicki; Hoppes in Albania, Jesse Brandow in Guatemala (OCMC Missionaries); Vivian; Natalie; Senior Saints; Patricia; Nicetas; Barb; Shirley; Metropolitan Paul, Archbishop John; Fr. John Koen; Archpriests George & Stephen; Adrian; Heather; Susan; Gabriella & Matt; Sara; Shelley; Geni; Rachel B with child; 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: “ The Lord is my strength and my song. ”
Verse: “With chastisement has The Lord chastened me.” Psalm 117:14,18
Epistle: The Reading is from the Acts of the Holy Apostles. (6:1-7)
In those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, the Hellenists murmured against the Hebrews because their widows were neglected in the daily ministry. And the twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said: “It is not right that we should forsake the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brethren, pick out from among you seven men of good report, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this duty. And we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” And the saying pleased the whole multitude, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochoros, and Nikanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nikolaos a proselyte of Antioch. These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands upon them.
And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem exceedingly, and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.
Gospel: The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark. (15:43-16:8)
At that time, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the Kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus. And Pilate wondered if He were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether Jesus was already dead. And when he learned from the centurion that He was dead, he granted the body to Joseph. And he bought a linen shroud, and taking Him down, wrapped Him in the linen shroud, and laid Him in a tomb, which had been hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where He was laid. And when the Sabbath was passed, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices so that they might go and anoint Him. And very early on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?” And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back—it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, “Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, Who was crucified. He has risen, He is not here; see the place where they laid Him. But go, tell His Disciples and Peter that He is going before you to Galilee; there you will see Him, as He told you.” And they went out and fled from the tomb; for trembling and astonishment had come upon them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.
Divine Liturgy Variables
Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down Death by death; and upon those in the tombs, bestowing life!
Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 2
When Thou didst submit Thyself unto death, O Thou deathless and immortal One, then Thou didst destroy hell with Thy Godly power. And when Thou didst raise the dead from beneath the earth, all the powers of Heaven did cry aloud unto Thee; O Christ, Thou giver of life, glory to Thee.
Apolytikion of Joseph of Arimathea – Tone 2
The pious Joseph, having brought down Thy pure body from the Tree, wrapped it in fine linen, embalmed it with ointment, provided for it, and laid it in a new tomb. But Thou didst verily rise after three days, O Lord, granting the world Great Mercy.
Apolytikion of the Myrrh-Bearing Women – Tone 2
Verily, the angel came to the tomb and said to the ointment-bearing women, the ointment is meet for the dead, but Christ is shown to be remote from corruption. But cry ye: The Lord is risen, granting the world the Great Mercy.
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.
Megalynarion for Pascha : The Angel Cried…
Koinonikon of Pascha (Communion Hymn) – Tone 8
Receive ye the body of Christ; taste ye the Fountain of immortality.
Priest: Christ is risen! (THRICE)
People: Truly, He is risen! (THRICE)
Priest: Glory to His Holy, third-day Resurrection!
People: We adore His Holy, third-day Resurrection!
Priest: Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down Death by death, and upon those in the tombs…
People: …bestowing life!
After the Dismissal, we chant the phimi (in Tone Two) in honor of His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH on the occasion of his patronal feast day in the following order:
1) The priest intones the phimi from the beautiful gate.
2) The clergy then chant the phimi from the sanctuary.
3) The choir then chants the phimi from where it stands.
PHIMI OF METROPOLITAN JOSEPH
JOSEPH, the most devout, the most reverend, chosen by God as Archbishop of New York and the Metropolitan of all North America, our Father and Chief Shepherd, may God grant him many years!