Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women,
Pious Joseph of Arimathaea & Righteous Nicodemus
Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!
Thought for Today: “Happiness is a pure heart, for such a heart becomes the throne of God.” – St. Nectarios of Aegina
Blessed feast day to our beloved Myrrh Bearers, who do so much work behind the scenes at our parish. May God grant you many years!
Ordination News: Kosmas (Mitchell) Morfas, former member at All Saints with his parents and sisters, was ordained deacon by Bishop JOHN on March 17th at St. George Church, Boston, Massachusetts. Dn. Kosmas is completing his studies at St. Vladimir’s Seminary.
Food for Hungry People and Outreach Fund: We gathered $776 this year. Thank You.
Coffee Hour News: We are now scheduling donations for Coffee Hour snacks for the month of June. Please email Rhonda at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up. Please keep in mind that we are still eating outdoors, so portable food is best! Thanks!
Parish Council meets today around noon.
Wednesday, May 19: Daily Vespers at 6:00
Saturday, May 22: Great Vespers at 5:00 – SOYO at 6:00
Sunday, May 23: Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00
EPISTLE and GOSPEL READINGS
The Reading is from the Acts of the Holy Apostles. (6:1-7)
The Lord is my strength and my song. With chastisement has the Lord chastened me.
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 Próchoros, and Nikánor, and Tímon, and Parmenás, and Nikólaos 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.
The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark. (15:43-16:8)
At that time, Joseph of Arimathaea, 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 past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might go and anoint Jesus. And very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb at the rising of the sun. 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 long white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, “Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, Who was crucified. He is 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 quickly 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 for CHOIR and PARISH
Resurrection 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 Arimathaea – Tone 2
While the tomb was sealed, Thou didst shine forth from it, O Life. While the doors were closed, Thou didst come in to Thy Disciples, O Christ God, Resurrection of all, renewing in us through them an upright spirit, according to the greatness of Thy mercy.
Apolytikion of the Myrrh-Bearing Women – Tone 2
Unto the myrrh-bearing women did the Angel cry out as he stood by the grave: Myrrh-oils are meet for the dead, but Christ hath proved to be a stranger to corruption. But cry out: The Lord is risen, granting to the world Great Mercy.
The Kontakion of Pascha – Tone 8
Though Thou didst descend into the grave, O Immortal One, yet didst Thou destroy the power of Hades, and didst arise as victor, O Christ God, calling to the myrrh-bearing women, Rejoice, and giving peace unto Thine Apostles, O Thou Who dost grant resurrection to the fallen.
Megalynarion for Pascha – Tone 1
The Angel cried unto her that is full of grace: O pure Virgin, rejoice, and again I say, rejoice; for thy Son hath arisen from the grave on the third day. Shine, shine, O new Jerusalem, for the glory of the Lord hath arisen upon thee; dance now and be glad, O Zion, and do thou exult, O pure Theotokos, in the arising of Him Whom thou didst bear.
Koinonikon (Communion Hymn) of Pascha – Tone 8
Receive ye the body of Christ; taste ye the Fountain of immortality.
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!
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Happy Birthday: Hannah G (18th)
Name Day Blessings: Nancy J (St. Lydia -20th); Saraqael H (St. Elena – 21st)
Memory Eternal: Sara (Nina’s sister)
Prayer List: Cleo, Christ, Nick;Jan Gudaitis; Jake Immimk; Ingrid, Fr. Jerome; Catherine; Catherine with child; Anastasia with child; our nation and nation’s leaders at all levels of government; schools, school children, youth and personnel across the nation; Bonnie Thelen (awaiting kidney transplant); Wadia; Jayci; Dee, Patricia, Marvin, Alice; Judith Ann; Cleo; Michael; Olga; Eileen; Soren; Kitsa; Apthrodite and Angelos; Kim; Dusty, Cari; Betsy, Josh; Allison; Robin; Vicki; Mat. Raisa; Cleo; Andrew; Leanne; Heather; Nancy; Sharon Catherine; Emma; Lexi, Ross and Vivian; Theo; Doug; Jeremy; Marcia & Deacon; Elias; Waded; Seraphima; Lilly’s family; Jennifer